As reigning champions of the National Football League, the New York Football Giants have some pretty big shoes to fill this season after their shocking upset victory of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Head Coach Tom Coughlin has re-signed with the club and hopes to lead the champs to another title run under the on field leadership of Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.
Below you will find the Giants 2008 schedule and preview of the upcoming season! Home games are in bold.
Week 1 Thursday, Sept. 4 – 7 p.m. vs. Washington Redskins (9-7) – After splitting games with the Skins last year during the regular season, the G-Men look to avoid last years 0-2 start by getting out ahead early and taking home their first “W” of the year.
Week 2 Sunday, Sept. 14 – 1 p.m. at St. Louis Rams (3-13) – The Rams just aren’t the same team they were in the late 90’s and the Giants will ride the week 1 win to carry them to victory #2 of the season in as many weeks.
Week 3 Sunday, Sept. 21 – 1 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Bengals (7-9) – The Bengals can put up great offensive numbers with their receiving core running circles around most secondary defenses, their main problem is stopping opponents at doing the same thing. This has the potential to be a shootout in the high 40’s but New York will come out on top at home.
Week 4 BYE – Early BYE week this year for the Giants, could play into late season fatigue.
Week 5 Sunday, Oct. 5 – 1 p.m. vs. Seattle Seahawks (10-6) – The two NFC teams did not meet last year but will battle is out at the Meadowlands in a possible first round play-off preview. Whichever team establishes the run early will have the advantage opening up their passing attack for deep yardage in the 2nd half.
Week 6 Monday, Oct. 13 – 8:30 p.m. at Cleveland Browns (10-6) – Here’s another match up that we didn’t see last year. The Browns have the potential to be a playoff caliber team, but it will require wins against teams like the Giants to boost them over the top. In a game that features many lead changes, the Browns squeak this one at with a late FG and hand NY their first loss of the season.
Week 7 Sunday, Oct. 19 – 1 p.m. vs. San Francisco (5-11) – Tom Coughlin has his boys ready to go and jumps on the 49er’s early in this one. With a double digit lead after the first quart and a 3 TD lead by the half, Manning and the Giants offense coast to a potential offensive record setting day.
Week 8 Sunday, Oct. 26 4:15 p.m. at Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) – This game will be decided by which young QB steps up to the plate first. Big Ben has the home crowd on his side, but last year we saw that Eli’s best games were when he was in the spotlight under pressure. The Giants win on a beautiful last drive ending with a Manning QB sneak, untouched for the TD.
Week 9 Sunday, Nov. 2 – 4:15 p.m. vs. Dallas Cowboys (13-3) – The NFC equivalence to the Red Sox vs. Yankees match up is a Cowboys v Giants game. Dallas took both regular season games last year but fell to the G-Men in an exciting 2nd round playoff game. Dallas’s running game is too much for the Giants defensive line and NY falls for the first time at home this season.
Week 10 Sunday, Nov. 9 – 8:15 p.m. at Philadelphia Eagles (8-8) – In two low scoring games, the Giants handed the Eagles two losses last season and crushed their playoff hopes. Philly will be hungry at home, gunning for the Super Bowl Champs, especially Eli Manning in the pocket. Defensive pressure leading to turnovers helps the Eagles pull off the upset win.
Week 11 Sunday, Nov. 16 – 1 p.m. vs. Baltimore Ravens (5-11) – Baltimore comes in with a mediocre offensive unit, a better then average defensive unit, but below average team chemistry which is why they have trouble putting points on the board. The Giants take advantage of good starting field position and put points up early that are enough for the low scoring win.
Week 12 Sunday, Nov. 23 – 4:15 p.m. at Arizona Cardinals (8-8) – The Giants are happy to return to Arizona, the site of where they captured the Super Bowl victory and make sure not to overlook the scrappy cardinals who can quietly put a high point total on the board. However, the Giants are in their element and even though it’s not as special and against a different opponent, win for the second straight time in Arizona.
Week 13 Sunday, Nov. 30 – 1 p.m. at Washington Redskins (9-7) – The Redskins are having a solid season and battling for a playoff spot while the Giants are thinking about home field. Washington has learned from their early season loss to attack the Giants special teams, and great starting starts lead to many short but effective offensive possessions and a big Redskin victory.
Week 14 Sunday, Dec. 7 – 1 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8) – The Giants must re-focus after the week 13 loss and have a tough opponent coming in for week 14 in the Eagles. In another close game, the Giants even up the season series at 1 a piece on a dominating afternoon performance by Eli Manning, throwing for over 400 yards and 3 TD’s en route to the win.
Week 15 Sunday, Dec. 14 – 8:15 p.m. at Dallas Cowboys (13-3) – The game will decide the division champion and unfortunately for the G-Men, they are outmatched right from the coin flip. Tony Romo comes to play and picks apart a secondary that hasn’t had a week off since their Bye week in late September.
Week 16 Sunday, Dec. 21 – 1 p.m. vs. Carolina Panthers (7-9) – The G-Men come out with a statement victory of the Panthers in their last regular season home game. They want to show the rest of the NFL that their loss to Dallas was a fluke and that going into the playoffs they are once again a serious contender.
Week 17 Sunday, Dec. 28 – 1 p.m. at Minnesota Vikings (8-8) – The Vikings are well out of the playoffs and the game means little for either team. The Giants rest the majority of their starters but are still able to capture the road victory heading into the playoffs with the 3rd best record in the NFC only behind Dallas and Green Bay
The defending Super Bowl Champions certainly has what it takes to make it into the playoffs but like last season, they will need to hit their stride at the right time and use that momentum to push them through the always tough NFC playoffs.