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New York Giants’ 2013 Opponents Set, Including Marquee Matchup with Denver Broncos

December 31st, 2012 at 6:40 AM
By Dan Benton

Since the NFL sets schedules years in advance, it's relatively easy to determine who will play who based on the final standings of any given year. Although weeks, days and times are still open for discussion by those at the NFL, once the final game of the regular season is played, opponents are locked in stone. Accordingly, as the Washington Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys to win the NFC East on Sunday night, the New York Giants' 2013 home and away opponents were determined.

'Manning calling plays, Broncos vs Steelers 2012' photo (c) 2012, Craig Hawkins - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Next season, the NFC East will play the NFC North and AFC West (this is based on a four-year rotation), and because the Giants finished second in their division, they will play the second place teams from the NFC West and NFC South.

2013 Home Games:

Washington Redskins (10-6), Dallas Cowboys (8-8), Philadelphia Eagles (4-12), Green Bay Packers (11-5), Minnesota Vikings (10-6), Denver Broncos (13-3), Oakland Raiders (4-12) and Seattle Seahawks (11-5).

2013 Away Games:

Washington Redskins (10-6), Dallas Cowboys (8-8), Philadelphia Eagles (4-12), Chicago Bears (10-6), Detroit Lions (4-12), Kansas City Chiefs (2-14), San Diego Chargers (7-9) and Carolina Panthers (7-9).

There's no real way to determine how talented teams will be a year from now, but on paper, this schedule seems substantially easier than ones the Giants have seen in recent years, including this season when they played one of the most difficult schedules in NFL history (based on the previous years winning percentage).

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7 Responses to “New York Giants’ 2013 Opponents Set, Including Marquee Matchup with Denver Broncos”

  1.  Krow says:

    G-man mentioned Brewer … anyone else got a line on how he did? If he can play ROT it’s a huge plus for 2013.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      He was brought in as the “6th” blocker, the same way Diehl was being used for a while when Locklear played. He held his own and showed some attitude at one point, shoving an Eagle after the whistle. I’m going to see if I can find some clips to post.

  2.  James Stoll says:

    Well, the giants remain maddeningly frustrating to the end. Looked like world beaters yesterday, even if it was against a horrible Eagles team.
    By my count, there were 9 blowouts this year. Carolina, Cleveland, SF, Gb, NO and Philly2 in the W column; Cincy, Atlanta, Baltimore in the L column.
    Same great start with second half collapse that we have seen in most of the past 9 years (’04, ’06, ’09, ’11, ’12). Third time in the last 4 years we have missed the playoffs altogether. And yet 2 super bowls in the last 6 years.
    4 of this year’s losses were to playoff teams (Washington, Cincy, Baltimore, Atlanta), 3 to the league’s lesser teams (Philly, Dallas, Pitt). 3 victories over playoff team’s (GB, SF, Washington), 6 against the dregs (Tampa, Cleveland, Philly, Dallas, NO, Carolina). 3-3 in our division. I guess that is pretty much the definition of a .500 team.

    What next year will bring, who knows. Wilson and A Brown should be the future of the running game. Bradshaw could be released. They will resign Bennett unless he gets greedy. I would think both Nicks and Cruz are resigned; again $$ demands by the players would seem to be the only impediment. A new right tackle seems to be a given, but unless someone retires (i.e., Snee), the rest of the line will be the same.
    Again, unless Gilbride suddenly decides to retire, the offensive game plan will be the same — long bombs and shotgun draws.
    Defense is a much more interesting discussion. The past two seasons could be enough to get Fewel fired (although I doubt it), but not enough to get him hired away. Osi is likely gone; entirely up to him. Unless he restructures, Canty could find his tenure here over (6.25M is a lot for a guy in his 9th year who played only 1/2 the season, and not very well at that. Significant injuries in 2 of his 4 years with the Giants.). Tuck is of course the mystery. 1 more year; 4.5M; 2 consecutive down years due to injuries. That shoulder looks to be chronic. I don’t think the Giants release him; but he could retire. Not that we saw anything of him this year, but Tracey could be gone if any other team shows interest. With Ojomo and Broha in the wings, the Giants may not care much. If either or both of Osi/Tuck goes, Kiwi likely moves back to DE full time and along with JPP, those could be 4 of your 5 guys.
    DT will be an off-season area of need. Aside from the Canty problem, there is the non-development of Austin, the ACL for Kuhn, and a overall down year for LJ. Maybe a FA and a draft pick.
    LB should be interesting. Bolely in his final year at 4.5M should be back, but he was not great this year so who knows. Rivers will be resigned cheap I have to believe; his injuries compel that. JR probably gives him a 1 year deal. Williams and Paysinger will return, as will Chase and Herzlich. But this unit remains the weekday of links on this defense and we may see JR go with a high pick here (between 1 and 3) if the right guy is there.
    But perhaps the most interesting group is the secondary. The guys who we care about who are back for sure are Rolle, Prince, Hosely, Hill. Webster has to be a goner after this season and a 7M tab next year, absent something dramatic (I’m not sure a restructuring does it; but it depends on the salary cap hit). KP is of course the real wild card. A great player when healthy; rarely healthy. Missed 14 games in ’09; took all of ’10 to recover despite playing; terrific in ’11, especially as the season progressed; but a lost year this year. This is the one player JR may gamble on despite the injuries, but you have to think that like Kiwi before him, JR will try and get him to agree to a 1 or 2 year show me deal. If he goes that route, someone may well scoop him. And of course, we’ll take one last look at TT and hope.
    The defense could look quite different personnel wise next year; but of course the scheme will stay the same if Fewel remains. Which makes one wonder whether JR will draft to fit Fewel’s preferences.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      Regarding Blackburn and Herlzich: I have a feeling that only one of them will be with the Giants next season. And I’m not assuming it’s Herlzich. I think this is an area of focus for JR and he will do something big to improve this defense. Of these two guys, one will be deemed the backup and the other will be let go. JR will either draft a blue chip ILB who will be expected to step in at some point next year or he will sign an FA. With the way this defense got gashed on the ground you can bet there will be changes in that front 7 and I think it starts with the Mike.

  3.  turkish says:

    I’m not buying Tuck’s injuries as an excuse after he admitted to being lazy in the off-season in 2011. He does not prepare for the game the way he needs to. Very disappointed in his demeanor and attitude as a team C.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      I agree with you. Justin Tuck has been a great Giant, but his play and his attitude have tanked for the past two seasons.

      •  tman540 says:

        Mr. Tuck certainly needs to lose that C on his chest

        Mr. Rolle deserves that after this season

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