Nick Alfonse - 4/22/10
Football fans, rejoice! The upcoming 2010 schedule was finally unveiled on April 20th, filled with surprises, disappointments, and some outstanding matchups for pigskin heads worldwide. One thing is for sure; our New York Giants will have another long, grueling road to endure, littered with landmines and trap games that have the potential to derail their comeback season. Hopefully, the front office will find a way to replenish the defense with fresh, effective draft picks, while the team prepares to gel with their new defensive coordinator, Perry Fewell and get back on the playoff path. Let’s peruse the Giants’ fate in 2010, shall we?
1: Sun, Sep 12 Carolina 1:00 PM
2: Sun, Sep 19 at Indianapolis 8:20 PM
3: Sun, Sep 26 Tennessee 1:00 PM
4: Sun, Oct 3 Chicago 8:20 PM
5: Sun, Oct 10 at Houston 1:00 PM
6: Sun, Oct 17 Detroit 1:00 PM
7: Mon, Oct 25 at Dallas 8:30 PM
8: BYE WEEK
9: Sun, Nov 7 at Seattle 4:05 PM
10: Sun, Nov 14 Dallas 4:15 PM
11: Sun, Nov 21at Philadelphia 8:20 PM
12: Sun, Nov 28 Jacksonville 1:00 PM
13: Sun, Dec 5 Washington 1:00 PM
14: Sun, Dec 12 at Minnesota 1:00 PM
15: Sun, Dec 19 Philadelphia 1:00 PM
16: Sun, Dec 26 at Green Bay 4:15 PM
17: Sun, Jan 2 at Washington 1:00 PM
While there’s plenty of directions people can go while breaking down the first half of the season, the immediate stand out is the matchup pitting the Manning brothers against each other at Lucas Oil Stadium. The previous “Manning Bowl” was a fantastic game in 2006, with the Colts emerging victorious in a hard-fought 26 to 21 win. Both players have changed and grown since then, and the imminent collision between the two Super Bowl Champions is something to mark on your calendar in advance, as all eyes will be scrutinizing each man’s performance.
New York’s secondary will need to be as sharp as ever during the first half, as the team will take on some of the best quarterbacks in the league such as Matt Schaub, Tony Romo, and Peyton Manning. Even Jay Cutler could be considered dangerous if Chicago finds him some suitable targets and he prevents himself from throwing the football to the wrong team all afternoon.
Don’t expect much sympathy for the run defense either in the early going, with the Giants taking on Dallas, Carolina, and Tennessee; who are all capable of racking up devastating numbers on the ground. Especially after the woes last season, fans won’t have a high tolerance level for watching New York allow 200 plus yards rushing, which the Cowboys and Panthers each achieved with ease last year.
After a nice bye week right in the middle of their grueling schedule, New York has the pleasure of playing five of their six divisional matchups during the second half. Philadelphia and Washington have already made some significant moves with their quarterbacks, and the draft will give both teams the opportunity to replenish their defenses. Toss in matchups at Minnesota and Green Bay in December, and there aren’t too many spots for the Giants to stop the bleeding if they begin a skid similar to 2009.
Once again, due to the ferocity of the NFC East, the Giants will find themselves in some tough, bitterly cold battles while climbing their mountain of a schedule. Although there aren’t many truly awful teams in the NFL, New York certainly didn’t draw one of the “easier” set ups for their 2010 season. Detroit, Seattle, Chicago, Washington, and Jacksonville are all beatable with their current rosters, but fans will have to await the outcome of the NFL draft before making any drastic assumptions about the Giants abilities. Feast or famine; it’s up to New York to control their own destiny and return with a vengeance, or suffer the consequences in 2010.
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