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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The New York Giants' Schedule in 2008

The two tough ones this year to peg for wins are AT CLE and AT PIT. With New Eli and Osi, we can win one or even both. At this moment I am not so sure we win EITHER.

WASH ..win
AT STL win
CINC ..win
SEA ...win
AT CLE ....loss
SF ....win
AT PIT ....loss
DAL ........loss
AT PHL ....loss
BAL ...win
AT ARZ win
AT WSH ??? ???
PHL ...win
AT DAL ....loss
CAR ...win
AT MIN ....loss

I am not a big believer in new coaches in their first season. So the Giants have an oppty vs the Skins to sweep. If they do they can go 10-6. If they lose, they are 9-7.

Note how the first three games are against schlock, and the fourth is vs a team which should rate to lose to us on the road. So we will rate to be 4-0... a nice start. But this is the weakest part of the schedule, so DO NOT GET EXCITED simply because we got out of the blocks. Get excited if we see the NEW ELI. Get excited if we get "QUALITY WINS."

The Eagles have a very weak schedule (AT CHI, ATL) with the right teams (CLE, PIT) at home. If the Eagles show up they are 11-5. If they have a good season they are 12-4 or 13-3. (If Westbrook goes down, kaput 8-8 again. I will assume the Eagles stay healthy and finish 2nd in the NFC East.)

Tomorrow, Wonder's assessment around the NFL before the start of the NFL season.


bruno said...

U assume that the Giants will be better at home than away. I would make the same assumption but these r the Giants. I think they will be 9 and 7.

Andy F. said...

Last year was a crazy fluke in so many ways. Are you realistically expecting them to be the vaunted road warriors AGAIN? The Giants are going to surprise no one, because everyone wants a piece of them. (I understand you agree, but throwing it out there that things do not repeat in '08 the same way as they did in '07. Every team is different.)

So many variables to consider. Hey, we have not mentioned perhaps the biggest variable... miracle worker Spagnuolo, who may be able to craft another gem, given how his players know the system now. That optimism is a little guarded because everyone dissected the Giants in the offseason to see what they did right. But they won't be able to copy Spags.

KP said...

Sorry I see the Giants at 11-5, 10-6 at worst. I just don't see the Osi injury as that big a loss, especially with the depth we have on D. Spags will plug them in at LB and DE and continue to disrupt. Please don't discout the efforts of ALFORD,ROBBINS,and COEFIELD, they will be even better this year. Since when did the Eagles become such a force? The still don't have recievers, and Jackson is a rookie. I have absolutely no worries about thursdays game and I certainly have no worries about Eli. He is what he is...........a winner, maybe a little inconsistent but never the less a winner. Put the OLD ELI, NEW ELI to bed, he's turned the corner.

bruno said...

kp; I sure hope u r right. I too have a lot of faith in Spags. Also, the offense should be able to help out the defense with their ground game.

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