In a rematch of Super Bowl LI, New England will face the Falcons at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night in Week 7.
Last year, in fact, only the Giants (284) and Patriots (250) did a better job limiting opponents from scoring than the Seahawks, who by the way have won the last three meetings with the Giants. Steve Spagnuolo's defense allowed a season-low six points to Detroit in a 17-6 home win last December. He read it off, and it has the 49ers hosting the Giants in Week 10. Now, we know when they will be playing against those teams.
In addition to playing at Dallas on Sept. 10, the Giants will be at Philadelphia Sept. 24, at Tampa Bay on October 1 and at Denver on October 15. In my mind, the Giants would be in pretty good shape if they can somehow be 4-2 after six weeks. The teams open the season against each other in Dallas for the third straight year.
On Thursday, the NFL will once again attempt to take center stage in the sporting world, as the league is preparing to release its 2017 schedule.
And the news of the Giants playing in Dallas for Week 1 was later confirmed by Jordan Raanan of ESPN and by Dan Duggan of NJ Advanced Media.
Seattle finished with 22.1 points per game to the Giants' 19.4 points per game and barely topped the Giants in time of possession, 29:36 to 28:19. If they're battling any of them for the division crown, there's now place like home. Noted New York sports talk radio host Mike Francesa claims to have learned the entire Giants schedule. They'll be looking to end that mini-skid in this year's season opener.
Jameis Winston, Mike Evans and a unsafe Tampa Bay team await the Giants in their third road game in four weeks to open the regular season. And the bye (Week 8) comes in the middle of a almost five-week stretch that includes just one road game (San Francisco), allowing the team to catch its breath and recharge for the second half of the season. That's pretty good. They only make three trips to the far west (at San Francisco, Oakland and Arizona), although two are in the final five weeks.
Considering the G-Men will likely be improved in 2017, the schedule is a favorable one that should not only help them land another playoff spot, but also have them vying for a division title.
That could be a huge factor for the Giants as the season wears on.
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