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.
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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