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ESPN’s NFL Nation Predicts: New York Giants Will Finish 9-7 in 2014

April 24th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

The NFL schedule has now been officially released, and with that has come an early series of 2014 predictions. And while the NFL Draft has not yet even taken place, ESPN's NFL Nation recently offered their insight into how the 2014 regular season will shake out.

Beat writers for each team submitted their prediction on their respective team's final record and Dan Graziano, representing the New York Giants, predicted a two-game improvement that sees Big Blue ending the season with a 9-7 record.

The NFC East once again looks like a tightly bunched mess, so give the Giants a 3-3 division record by default. After that, it helps that so many 2013 powers (San Francisco, Indianapolis, even Arizona) come to New Jersey, while less-proven opponents such as Jacksonville and Tennessee are road games. Their Thursday night game is a short road trip to Washington (which is good), and their toughest game is a short-week road trip to Seattle to play the defending Super Bowl champs (which is rough).

Based on the predictions from other beat writers, the Philadelphia Eagles would also finish with a record of 9-7, the Dallas Cowboys a record of 8-8 and the Washington Redskins a record of 7-9.

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Antrel Rolle Looking to ‘Go Out with a Bang’ If 2014 is Final Season with New York Giants

April 24th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Doug Rush

Ever since his arrival before the 2010 season, Antrel Rolle has been worth every single penny paid to him by the New York Giants.

As a football player, Rolle has played as one of the top safeties in the league and without him patrolling the secondary, the Giants would be in bad shape; just look back to the 2009 season and hence, the reason why the Giants went all-in to pursue Rolle in free agency from the Arizona Cardinals.

Off the field, Rolle is one of the strongest voices in the locker room and in the media and no matter how the Giants are doing; win or lose, Rolle is always available to speak on the team and that's not always something an athlete will do, yet Rolle does, and to most of the fan base, Rolle's honesty, even though it gets called outspoken, it's still honesty, and it's appreciated.

However, the business side of the NFL always comes first and Rolle is in the final year of a five-year, $37 million deal and the Giants have yet to extend Rolle; something fans thought might happen at times when the Giants needed salary cap space in free agency and by re-structuring Rolle's $7 million deal into an extension, it would have kept him in New Jersey past the 2014 season, but that didn't happen.

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Prince Amukamara Admits He’d Be Insulted If New York Giants Don’t Pick up 2015 Option

April 24th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Doug Rush

The clock is ticking on the New York Giants decision if they will pick up the 2015 option that they have on Prince Amukamara's rookie contract; an option that would pay him roughly around $6.898 million for that year.

If they don't pick up that option, Amukamara would naturally become an unrestricted free agent and the Giants would be risking losing a corner who is on the rise and continuing to get better each passing week. Amukamara's performance back in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions and by holding down Calvin Johnson (until he left the game with an injury) was extremely impressive.

The Giants though, decided to make a very bold splash to the secondary by adding former Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and signed him to a five year deal and will use him as their new number one corner and move Amukamara to the number two cornerback position. 

Even with the move made in free agency, the Giants still have less than two weeks to make a decision on their former first-round pick from the 2011 NFL Draft and this past week, Amukamara admitted that he would be insulted if the Giants decided to not pick up the option on him for the 2015 season.

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New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin: We Have a “Difficult and Challenging Schedule”

April 24th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Late Wednesday, the NFL officially announced the schedule for all 32 teams. For the New York Giants, it was revealed that they would open up the season on the road against the Detroit Lions and would have five scheduled primetime games to begin — something subject to early change with NFL flex scheduling now beginning in Week 5.

In addition to the five primetime games, the Giants also have a four-week span in November where they take on the Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys respectively. Needless to say, and their "strength of schedule" aside, Big Blue does not exactly have it easy.

“It’s a difficult and challenging schedule, as we knew it would be,” Tom Coughlin told Giants.com. “We play a lot of very good teams. We’re playing some teams that we haven’t played for a while that feature some key, key ingredients, some teams that are building and growing and teams with new coaches, guys I have a lot of respect for."

But it's not just the big names you have to concern yourself with, says Coughlin. Rather it's the teams some may overlook — teams like the St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans.

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New York Giants Official 2014 Regular Season Schedule Released

April 23rd, 2014 at 8:20 PM
By Doug Rush

The regular season schedule for the New York Giants for the 2014 season was officially released on Wednesday night.

The schedule is as follows:

Week 1: September 8: at Detroit Lions, Ford Field, Monday Night Football, 7:10 p.m.

Week 2: September 14: vs Arizona Cardinals, MetLife Stadium, 1:00 p.m.

Week 3: September 21: vs Houston Texans, MetLife Stadium, 1:00 p.m. 

Week 4: September 25: at Washington Redskins, FedEx Field, Thursday Night Football, 8:25 p.m.

Week 5: October 5: vs Atlanta Falcons, MetLife Stadium, 1:00 p.m.

Week 6: October 12: at Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday Night Football, 8:30 p.m.

Week 7: October 19: at Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium, 4:25 p.m.

Week 8: October 26: Bye Week

Week 9: November 3: vs Indianapolis Colts, MetLife Stadium, Monday Night Football, 8:30 p.m.

Week 10: November 9: at Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink Field, 4:25 p.m,

Week 11: November 16: vs San Francisco 49ers, MetLife Stadium, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12: November 23: vs Dallas Cowboys, MetLife Stadium, Sunday Night Football, 8:30 p.m.

Week 13: November 30: at Jacksonville Jaguars, EverBank Field, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: December 7:  at Tennessee Titans, LP Field, 1:00 p.m.

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