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2011 New York Giants Schedule: The Good, The Bad, The Interesting

The NFL released the 2011 schedule last night and Double G Sports is taking you through what looks like an interesting season for the New York Giants. Like usual, there are tough stretches, easier stretches, and intriguing games.

The Good

– Giants end the regular season at home against the Dallas Cowboys. If a playoff position or seeding comes down to the final game, at least the team will have home field on it’s side.

– Week 5-8. Three straight home games with a bye week in between. The three home games are against teams that finished with losing records last season (Seattle, Buffalo, Bye, Miami).

– A December home game against the defending Super Bowl champion Packers. Sure, it’s not a “good” thing the Giants must play Green Bay, but better at home than on the road, especially in the month of December.

The Bad

– Weeks 9-14. Four of the six games are on the road and two are against the previous two Super Bowl Champions. Have a six game stretch of; at New England, at San Francisco, hosting Philadelphia, at New Orleans, hosting Green Bay, and at Dallas is going to be a very tough run for the Giants.

– Two instances of back to back road games. At Philly in week 3 and at Arizona in week 4. Then at New England in week 9 and at San Fran in week 10.

– Seven total games against playoff teams from last season: two with Philly and one apiece against the Jets, New England, Green Bay, New Orleans, and Seattle.

The Interesting

– Open the season on the road against the Washington Redskins on September 11th. On the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the NFL honors both cities that most severely impacted. Should be a very emotional contest against division rivals.

– Christmas Eve will be fun for New York football fans. The Jets and Giants will battle on Saturday, December 24th. It will be a home game for the Jets with area bragging rights at stack.

– Four prime time games. The Giants will play two Monday Night games (vs St. Louis and at New Orleans) and two Sunday Night games (vs Philadelphia and at Dallas).  The Giants are 21-31-1 on Monday nights and 15-20-1 on Sunday nights.

– A Monday night home game in Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams and their head coach Steve Spagnuolo. It will be the first time the Giants go up against their former defensive coordinator.

– Two of the final four games are against Dallas. These games could have big playoff implications. Week 14 the Giants are in Dallas while ending the season home against the Cowboys.

The Complete Schedule

Sunday, 9/114:15pm@ Washington
Monday, 9/198:30pmSt. Louis
Sunday, 9/251:00pm@ Philadelphia
Sunday, 10/24:05pm@ Arizona
Sunday, 10/91:00pmSeattle
Sunday, 10/161:00pmBuffalo
Sunday, 10/23 —-Bye
Sunday, 10/301:00pmMiami
Sunday, 11/64:15pm@ New England
Sunday, 11/134:15pm@ San Francisco
Sunday, 11/208:20pmPhiladelphia
Monday, 11/288:30pm@ New Orleans
Sunday, 12/44:15pmGreen Bay
Sunday, 12/118:20pm@ Dallas
Sunday, 12/181:00pmWashington
Saturday, 12/241:00pm@ NY Jets
Sunday, 1/11:00pmDallas

 Any early thoughts? Predictions?

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