I circled so many, I just decided to circle the whole thing. They play seven games against 2011 playoff teams plus six against their division rivals, who all missed the postseason last year but can never be overlooked. Those games are always hard fought contests.
The way the Eagles were playing at the end of the season, no one wanted to see them in the playoffs. Had they made it instead of, let's say, Atlanta, we could have seen a different picture in the NFC.
The Redskins beat the Giants twice and promise to be better with RGIII at the helm. And Dallas is Dallas. They will never go away.
It is the toughest schedule in the NFL. The opponents have an aggregate winning percentage of .547.
"We will have a week-in and week-out challenge, not only in who we play, but with the different elements of our schedule," head coach Tom Coughlin said last night. "We play on four different days and we have five night games. Our first three games are Wednesday-Sunday-Thursday. We play two road night games early, come home for a week and then go to San Francisco. Our people are going to have to be really good about it."
Looking at the other games....Carolina has Cam Newton, who looks like an unstoppable force at times. The Panthers will get him help in this draft. He is big, he can throw and he can run. I don't think the Giants scare him, either.
Then there is Tampa Bay, who now have former Giant assistant Mike Sullivan running their offense. He knows too much about this Giant team. He could be trouble.
The only game I see as a mismatch is in Week 5 against Cleveland. They don't have a whole lot on that team to write home about. But if they draft RB Trent Richardson, he could pose a problem for the Blue.
In the end, I erased all the circles and added just one: Week 11 (Nov 18), which is the Giants' bye week.