Takeaways on the New York Giants 2017 Schedule

The Giants 2017 schedule has been released.

Happy schedule release day, everyone. The 2017 regular-season schedules are set in stone for each NFL team, and for the New York Giants, theirs includes four scheduled prime-time games, including their first appearance on Thanksgiving since 2009.

If the Giants are to accomplish their goal of putting another Lombardi in the team’s trophy case, they would be best off if they can win the NFC East. They’ll have a chance to jump out to a 2-0 mark against division foes within the first four games of the season, but both of those games, on the road, won’t come easy.

1 September 10at Dallas8:30 PMESPN
2September 18Detroit8:30 PMESPN
3 September 24at Philadelphia1:00 PMFOX
4October 1at Tampa Bay4:05 PMFOX
5October 8Los Angeles Chargers1:00 PMCBS
6October 15at Denver8:30 PM*ESPN
7October 22Seattle4:25 PM*FOX
8October 29Bye
9November 5Los Angeles Rams1:00 PM*FOX
10November 12at San Francisco4:25 PM*FOX
11November 19Kansas City1:00 PM*CBS
12November 23at Washington8:30 PMESPN
13December 3at Oakland4:25 PM*FOX
14December 10Dallas4:25 PM*FOX
15December 17Philadelphia1:00 PM*FOX
16December 24at Arizona4:25 PMFOX
17December 31Washington1:00 PM*FOX
All kickoff times Eastern.

*Kickoff time subject to change due to flexible scheduling.

Nor will a post-bye stretch that will see them take three out of five road trips, including two to the bay area to face San Francisco and Oakland (with the afore-mentioned Thanksgiving evening game at Washington just before the Oakland game).

Read on for some takes about the Giants’ 2017 schedule.

The Start of the Season is a Challenge

The Giants will play three of their first four games on the road, with their first two games, the season-opener at Dallas and the home opener the following week against Detroit, being in prime time.

“I know we have three of our first four on the road, but you can only handle them one at a time,” McAdoo said. “Right now, all we have to do is focus on Dallas. We’re getting ready yesterday.”

The Dallas game—the third straight year the Giants are opening on the road down in Big D likely appealed to the schedule makers after seeing how Cowboys rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott helped launch the Cowboys to their first NFC East division title since 2014.

Last year, the Giants were the only team in the division to sweep the Cowboys. The Giants are also aiming for their first NFC East title since 2011.

If they (or any other division foe for that matter) can knock the Cowboys off the throne, it will mark the 13th straight year since the division has had the same first-place winner since the Philadelphia Eagles won it four years in a row, from 2001 to 2004.

No Back-to-Back Road West Coast Games

Last month, McAdoo expressed hope that the Giants might draw two consecutive West coast road games. The plan, had that been the case, would have been to keep the players out on the west coast and not to have them travel back and forth cross-country.

That didn’t pan out; instead, the Giants will hit the West coast once every three games following their Week 8 bye. New York will visit San Francisco on November 12, Oakland on December 3, and Arizona on Dec. 24.

“We’ll be okay. We’ll make the best of that situation,” McAdoo said. “We have the trips spread out. No concerns there. You like to have a little breathing room to make sure the players have a chance to spend some time at home as well as on the road. It’s good to space those things out a bit.”

The Giants game in Oakland comes 10 days after they visit Washington for their first Thanksgiving game since 2009. That game will be played at 8:30 that night.

Three Out of the Last Four Games May Shape the Division

No surprise here but three out of the last four regular-season games of the season are against NFC East opponents and all three will be Giants home games.

They’ll host Dallas on December 10, the Eagles on December 17 and Washington to close out the season on December 31.

“The end of the season, the way the league has it shaking out, is going to be exciting for us,” McAdoo said. “We have four NFC teams in the last four weeks, (including) three division games at home. It’s great to be at home in December. You have to be playing good football there in December.”

The Bye Week Falls Midway through the Year

The Giants will have their annual bye in Week 8 for the third time in the last four years.

The Giants have mostly had positive results during the Eli Manning era when the bye has fallen in Week 8. Here’s is the breakdown.

Year Post Bye Record
2010 5-4
2014 3-6
2016 7-2

“The middle of the season is a good time for the bye,” McAdoo said. “But it depends on how things shake out with the health of your football team. But being in the middle of the season is generally a good proposition.”

Schedule Oddities

The Giants will play six games against 2016 playoff teams: Dallas, Seattle, Detroit and Kansas City at home, and Dallas and Oakland on the road.

New York will also face four teams with new head coaches: the Rams (Sean McVay), 49ers (Kyle Shanahan), Chargers (Anthony Lynn) and Broncos (Vance Joseph).

Since MetLife Stadium opened in 2010, only two teams have not played the Giants on their home turf. Those include the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, both of whom will make their first visits to MetLife when it’s adorned in Giants blue.

The Giants are 24-37-1 on Monday nights, including 9-9 at home. They hosted Cincinnati last Nov. 14 on a Monday night. They last had Monday night home games in consecutive seasons in 1998-99, when the opponent each time was the Cowboys.

They are 21-28-1 on Sunday nights, including 11-12 at home and 10-16-1 on the road, and are  15-8-3 on Thursday, including 3-2 since the NFL began mandating in 2012 that every team play a Thursday game every season.

The Giants, who last played in a Thanksgiving game in 2009, are 7-4-3 on Thanksgiving.

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