As fans I know that we are disappointed to not see the Giants open up the season against the Jets on September 11th, but we must look past that to the rest of the schedule. The schedule in 2011 begins formidably for Big Blue, who are usually fast starters. In Weeks 1–6 we face only two teams that had winning records in 2010, and in those six games three opponents are from the NFC West. So the schedule sets up the Giants for another fast start in the season possibly jumping out to a 5-1 record, or better. With the hardest game being a week two matchup at Lincoln Financial Field against the Philadelphia Eagles; whom the Giants haven’t beaten since November 9th, 2008.
After the Week 7 bye, the schedule begins to toughen as the Giants face, New England, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Green Bay; all of which made it to the postseason in 2010. Those next six weeks will quite possibly determine whether or not the Giants make a serious push toward the playoff. The Philadelphia matchup which occurs at the Meadowlands may be the game that decides whether the Giants win the division or contend only for a wildcard spot.
Another must-see game being the rematch with the Packers, last year’s Super bowl champions. The is the same Green Bay Packers team that beat the Giants 45–17, with Aaron Rodgers throwing for 404 yds and 4 touchdowns, which in the end eliminated the Giants for the playoffs. A lot of the team’s 2011 aspirations will be dependent on how the Giants play those six weeks after the Bye Week.
The last four games of the regular season will help get the Giants battle tested and ready for a playoff push. Two tough games against the Cowboys, a division battle with the Redskins, and a highly charged Christmas Eve game against the Jets, will show us Giants fans what our team has to offer. The Cowboys are a team that is looking for redemption and hoping to make the playoffs themselves. Those games, especially the final game week 17 at home, will hold major divisional implications.
Aside from how the schedule aligns today, on paper, the Giants still have a long way to go before we can predict the outcomes of those games. As fans and supporters we can be happy that the Giants received four nationally televised primetime games. Two of those games being on Sunday night and the other two match ups on Monday Night Football. The sight of football games being played in September should be enough to bring a smile to any fans face, because many of us still do not know if this will even occur as scheduled.
So dream and hope that the season plays out as listed, on time, and that the NY Giants make another Super Bowl run.