Giants in '13: Predicting each game
Giants at Cowboys: Sunday, Sept. 8, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
This time, the Giants will be looking to ruin the Cowboys' home opener. In 2007, the last time the Giants opened the season in Dallas, they lost but went on to win the Super Bowl. This game is at Jerry Jones' sparkling palace, where the Giants are 4-0. Look for them to put more heat on Tony Romo, who will be playing his first game as the Cowboys' $119 million quarterback.
Prediction: Giants 35, Cowboys 31 (Record: 1-0)
Giants vs. Broncos: Sunday, Sept. 15, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Eli Manning versus Peyton Manning again. Perry Fewell's defense, which finished 31st last season, gets put to the test in Week 2 against the receiving trio of Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. Middle linebacker Dan Connor might be starting in only his second game for the Giants against Peyton. Something tells us the third time will not be a charm for Eli in Manning Bowl III.
Prediction: Broncos 34, Giants 24 (Record: 1-1)
Giants at Panthers: Sunday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. (FOX)
These two teams face off again in Week 3 for the second straight season. Last season, the Giants crushed Cam Newton. Carolina hired Dave Gettleman away from the Giants to be the GM, and he signed Chase Blackburn and Domenik Hixon. Newton is no picnic, but the Giants should pull this one out.
Prediction: Giants 28, Panthers 24 (Record: 2-1)
Giants at Chiefs: Sunday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tom Coughlin squares off against old foe Andy Reid. Reid knows how to beat the Giants, and Arrowhead Stadium is one of the toughest stadiums in the NFL. This, though, is a game the Giants need to win with five of the first eight games on the road.
Prediction: Giants 24, Chiefs 13 (Record: 3-1)
Giants vs. Eagles: Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m. (FOX)
The Giants get their first taste of new NFL head coach Chip Kelly. The Eagles should be a much different team than they were last season, so it will be interesting to see how this game plays out. The Giants' Philly-flavored defensive front of Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson need to help the Giants slow down LeSean McCoy and Michael Vick.
Prediction: Giants 24, Eagles 17 (Record: 4-1)
Giants at Bears: Thursday, Oct. 10, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
The Giants have a quick turnaround before facing the Bears in what could be a physical, defensive-minded game. The Giants need to get pressure on Jay Cutler. If they don't, Cutler and Brandon Marshall will go to work on the Giants' secondary. Cutler will probably look for ex-Giant Martellus Bennett as well. Matt Forte could be a problem.
Prediction: Bears 23, Giants 17 (Record: 4-2)
Giants vs. Vikings: Monday, Oct. 21, 8:40 p.m. (ESPN)
The Giants get a nice 10-day break after their trip to Chicago to prepare for Adrian Peterson. Of course, slowing down the incomparable A.P. is one of the hardest things to do in football. But on "Monday Night Football," look for the Giants' offense to outscore Peterson and the Vikings.
Prediction: Giants 30, Vikings 17 (Record: 5-2)
Giants at Eagles: Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. (FOX)
The second time around, the Giants should have an even better feel for Kelly. But the same can be said for the Eagles. Philadelphia, though, could still be a work in progress under Kelly in Week 8. Expect this game to be tough as usual in Philadelphia, but the Giants grind it out and get off to yet another 6-2 start.
Prediction: Giants 24, Eagles 21 (Record: 6-2)
>> BYE WEEK <<
Giants vs. Raiders: Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m. (CBS)
The Giants get a well-timed bye week midseason and face the Raiders in Week 10. This is one of those classic home games against an inferior opponent that the Giants tend to overlook and sometimes struggle in. But it's the Raiders on the East Coast at 1 p.m., and that means a must-win game for the Giants.
Prediction: Giants 31, Raiders 20 (Record: 7-2)
Giants vs. Packers: Sunday, Nov. 17, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
For the third straight season, the Giants play the Packers in the second half of the season at home. Last season, the Giants blindsided the Pack and Aaron Rodgers. Something tells us that Rodgers won't let that happen again. This should be a good test for the Giants in the second half of the season.
Prediction: Packers 35, Giants 30 (Record: 7-3)
Giants vs. Cowboys: Sunday, Nov. 24, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
It's late November, and that often means that dreaded five-letter word -- swoon. The Giants split with the Cowboys last season, and it likely will happen again this season. Romo sends the Giants on the season's first losing streak.
Prediction: Cowboys 27, Giants 17 (Record: 7-4)
Giants at Redskins: Sunday, Dec. 1, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
It remains to be seen how Robert Griffin III will recover from his knee surgery. But the Giants are unlucky in the fact that they don't get to face RG III until December, giving the Redskins' franchise quarterback more time to get healthier. Last season, Griffin completed 33 of 49 passes (67 percent) for three touchdowns and one interception while rushing for an average of 80.5 yards against the Giants. Griffin and Alfred Morris give the Giants fits again in prime time. Swoon in full effect.
Prediction: Redskins 23, Giants 17 (Record: 7-5)
Giants at Chargers: Sunday, Dec. 8, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
The Giants' lone West Coast trip is to San Diego and fortunately not San Francisco, where the Giants traveled the past two seasons. Eli Manning versus Philip Rivers will be fun, but the Giants need this game badly and will get it.
Prediction: Giants 34, Chargers 28 (Record: 8-5)
Giants vs. Seahawks: Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m. (FOX)
The Seahawks loaded up in the offseason, giving Russell Wilson another dangerous weapon in Percy Harvin. This could be a playoff preview if the Giants and Seahawks advance. In 2011, the last time these teams faced each other on the East Coast, the Seahawks pulled out a 36-25 win.
Prediction: Seahawks 33, Giants 30 (Record: 8-6)
Giants at Lions: Sunday, Dec. 22, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
With three games remaining last season, the Giants were hammered in two straight road games at Atlanta and Baltimore with a playoff spot on the line. The Lions are not the Falcons or Ravens, but they aren't going to be a cakewalk, either. The Lions are explosive on offense, which features Calvin Johnson. How are the Giants going to stop Megatron? This win could be too close for the Giants' comfort.
Prediction: Giants 31, Lions 28 (Record: 9-6)
Giants vs. Redskins: Sunday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m. (FOX)
With the NFC East possibly on the line in the season finale, the Giants have the advantage of playing RG III on their turf. If the Giants are going to win the division, they have to go through the defending NFC East champs, whom they'll face twice in a month. This season, the Giants find a way to win 10 games.
Prediction: Giants 24, Redskins 20 (Record: 10-6)
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