The New York Giants are one of the founding franchises of the National Football League (NFL) and a team that has enjoyed lots of success, particularly in recent years. Quarterback Eli Manning, the younger brother of Peyton and the son of Archie, has won two Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, just in the past few years.
But in this league, success can be, and often is, fleeting. The team that has New York in its name but a home field that has a New Jersey address was not very good in 2014. Fans of this team are loyal and somewhat patient. But one losing season can make their patience wear thin.
That’s one reason why the upcoming season figures to be better than the one that ended in January of this year. The team has the twelfth weakest schedule in all of football. Their opponents could only produce a winning percentage in 2014 that topped out at a very pedestrian .478.
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That should mean the Giants will have lots of “easy” games on their 2015 schedule. However, those easy games will not come from divisional rivals. The Giants will be playing home games against the Washington Redskins on September 24th, against the hated Dallas Cowboys on October 25th and against the equally-disliked Philadelphia Eagles in the last game of the regular season, on January 3rd.
There will be several other difficult home games for the Giants, as well. The Super Bowl Champion NNew England Patriots will pay the home team a visit as will the up-and-coming Carolina Panthers. But the most interesting and exciting home game in 2015 will have the Giants facing off against their co-tenant, the New York Jets.
Bragging rights are always at stake when these two teams meet on the playing field. And, because both teams have playoff aspirations, the game’s outcome this year really matters. It can go a long way toward determining which team plays in January.
The road may prove a bit bumpy for “Big Blue” this season. It includes stops at the stadiums of their divisional rivals, Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington. And it also has the New Yorkers in New Orleans, Miami and Minnesota.
It is never easy to win on the road in the National Football League. For this year’s Giants, it may easily turn out to be next to impossible.
Of course, the team that calls MetLife Stadium home has weapons, especially on offense. Odell Beckham, last year’s Rookie of the Year is back and so is fellow wide receiver Victor Cruz. He missed all of last season due to injury.
The Giants defense, porous last year, may present a problem again this year. But “Big Blue” can be something of a scoring machine. They may have to put lots of points on the board to have a reasonable chance to win.
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