The New York Giants have a big season ahead of them. After a disappointing 2018 campaign, they traded away Odell Beckham Jr. and re-committed to Eli Manning at quarterback. Unless he plays very well, this is almost certainly Manning’s last year at the helm. The Giants need to improve on their record from last year, and they have some tough games in 2019. With the NFL releasing its schedule in full Wednesday night, here’s a look at some of New York’s biggest games, which were leaked by NorthJersey.com’s Art Stapleton:
The New York Giants’ full 2019 schedule. (via @art_stapleton) #GiantsNation pic.twitter.com/zhRXMLgkmW
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In Week 6, the Giants will make the trek to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots. Manning won both of his Super Bowl rings against the Patriots, and these two franchises have very intertwined histories. The Manning vs. Tom Brady rivalry has been a great one, and unfortunately it could be coming to an end. These teams only play each other once every four years in the regular season, so this is almost certainly the last time we’ll be seeing this matchup. Fans should cherish it while they can.
The Giants will face another legendary quarterback in Week 13, when they face the Green Bay Packers. This will be the first time these teams played each other since the Packers embarrassed the Giants in the playoffs by a score of 38-13. That was the last time the Giants had a successful season, and that loss is surely still fresh in the mind of Manning. It’ll be fascinating to see if he can get his revenge here.
In Week 10, they’ll play a road game in their own stadium against the Jets. These in-state rivals also only meet once every four years, so this should be a fun one. It projects as a changing of the guard in New York football, with the elder Manning facing off against the 22-year-old Sam Darnold. This game means a ton for both sides, as neither wants to be seen as the little brother in the state.
In Week 9, they’ll host the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night football. Dallas swept the season series last year, winning a pair of close games. This game could have huge implications for the division race, and the Giants need a statement win within the NFC East. They absolutely need to beat the Cowboys, the defending division champs, at least once in 2019, and this is their best chance to do it.