The regular season is finished for 2015-2016, and the New York Giants have finished with nothing to brag about. Their Head Coach is retiring, and one of their star players will most likely go free agent next season. There’s a real sense of change in the air, but at least one thing is fixed, and that’s the play schedule. Next year’s games have been decided, and there is a real mixed bag for the Giants to face off against. Below is the current list of games to be played at home and away, including the Twickenham game against the Rams. So, which games should they be looking forward to, and which games should they be preparing for already? Which game will bring them the most attention? Let’s see if we can’t split the wheat from the chaff on this one.
Nice and Easy The Giants are facing off against the AFC North this year, and that brings the Giants to Cleveland. Facing off against the Browns should be a relatively easy win. In the last five games against the Browns, the Giants have walked away the victors. Two of those wins have been at Cleveland. With the Browns currently imploding in their own special way, and still searching for someone to sit on the cursed throne, this could well be a walk in the Park. Provided the Giants can get aggressive on the pass rushing, and Manning continues his special relationship with OBJ. Hard hitting Facing off against the Vikings, after a hard loss to them this year is going to be a tough matchup. Having taken the NFC North title, in what was an exciting season right to the very end, the Vikings are a team in ascendency. With solid physical play, a hard hitting O-line, and an aggressive set of backers, the Vikings are a nightmare for the current Giants playstyle. Unless the new head coach can teach Manning to call more frequent run plays, then the Giants will struggle against the Vikings next season. Prime time Green bay are one of the oldest franchises in the game, and the Giants are one of the others. They’ll be playing at ‘the home of football’ and the stakes are pretty high for both sides for bragging rights about winning this game. Green Bay and Giants games never fail to deliver when it comes to attracting crowds, so this could well be the easiest game to stick in the Primetime slot for the NFL, to guarantee big viewer numbers. The first game at Twickenham – the home of Rugby – could well be the most logical candidate, but the time zone issue would make a prime time slot unrealistic, so the Rams will lose out on that one. All in, it’s a real mixed bag for the Giants, with some really strong teams mixed in with some floundering franchises. The fact that they’re facing both the AFC and NFC North makes for some exciting match-ups this time around, and is going to be a real opportunity for the Giants to take a look at changing things up for this new season.