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New York Giants 2012 Schedule

The NFL announced the 2012 schedule tonight and here is the New York Giants breakdown. The team has a host of primetime games, including the overall opening night game against the Dallas Cowboys at home on a Wednesday night. Then, Big Blue has a Thursday night game (at Carolina), two Sunday night affairs (at Philadelphia and home against Green Bay) and a Monday night matchup at Washington.

Week 1: vs. Dallas Cowboys, 8:30 p.m. (Wednesday night)
Opening the season on a Wednesday night at MetLife Stadium against the hated Cowboys should be quite the experience for the defending Super Bowl champs and their fans. Even though Dallas should be right at the top of the division at the end of the season, with the Giants and Eagles, the Giants should ride the momentum to an opening win and stake claim early as a favorite to repeat.

Week 2: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
The Bucs will automatically improve greatly after replacing Raheem Morris with Greg Schiano, but the talent level just isn't on par with Big Blue. The Giants, with home field advantage, improve to 2-0.

Week 3: at Carolina Panthers, 8:20 p.m. (Thursday night)
This should be an interesting matchup, as quarterback Cam Newton and the Panthers host the Giants. Newton will pose a number of challenges to an aggressive Giants defense that could set this game up for an upset. Maybe the Giants are looking ahead to the Eagles a week later, but I can easily see a Panthers victory on a short week (Thursday night game).

Week 4: at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. (Sunday night)
It's tough to beat a divisional opponent at home, especially in what should be a hyped-up atmosphere in Philly on national television Sunday night. That leads us to go with a close Eagles victory.

Week 5: vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
The perfect remedy for a two-game losing streak is the Cleveland Browns, especially with the Giants hosting the game. The Browns may be starting a rookie quarterback, so the Giants defense could get to take their displeasure out on him in this game. Giants win easily to get to 3-2.

Week 6: at San Francisco 49ers, 4:15 p.m.
The Giants obviously proved they could win in San Francisco in the biggest of moments, winning the NFC Championship game there last season. The 49ers will be looking for revenge, however, and the Giants could get caught up playing a pumped-up team which, coupled with a cross-country flight, could spell disaster and a loss for Big Blue.

Week 7: vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.
The Giants struggled last season against Washington, losing both games. That should end right here as the Giants get the home win. Watching Robert Griffin III play should be fun though.

Week 8: at Dallas Cowboys, 4:15 p.m.
We talked already that sweeping tough, divisional opponents is nearly impossible to accomplish. We'll take that into account here, and pin a loss on the Giants. At the halfway point, Big Blue is 4-4.

Week 9: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:15 p.m.
Luckily for the Giants, they get to play the Steelers at home, which should be enough to carry them past a talented defense and Ben Roethlisberger on offense.

Week 10: at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
With only a road game standing between the Giants and the bye week, fans have to hope the team isn't looking forward to the break. That, however, shouldn't be a problem as the Giants will be riding high after a win over Pittsburgh and should hit the break with another win and a 6-4 record.

Week 11: Bye
The bye comes a little late in the season, but sets up a break before a hellish finish to the regular season.

Week 12: vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. (Sunday night)
The Giants man-handled the Packers in the playoffs last season, basically blowing them out of their own building as huge underdogs. The Giants, despite losing at home to Green Bay in the regular season last year, should be able to follow the playoff script and win the game, especially with two weeks to prepare.

Week 13: at Washington Redskins, 8:30 p.m. (Monday night)
By the time Week 13 comes around, RG3 should be entrenched as an NFL quarterback, at least that's what Washington is hoping for. But even with the talk above about sweeping quality divisional opponents, the Giants know they need to win this game with a tough four-game finish to the season. So, the Giants get the win and improve to 8-4.

Week 14: vs. New Orleans Saints, 4:15 p.m.
Nobody knows what the Saints will be this upcoming season, considering their head coach has been suspended for the entire year and players might follow as well. The one thing that is for sure is the game will be played at MetLife Stadium, and the Giants should get the win for a 9-4 record.

Week 15: at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
The Giants beat up the Falcons in the wild card round of the playoffs last year, making a pretty good offense look terrible. The difference here is the Falcons will be playing at home at a time where they will be fighting for their postseason lives. That should be enough to get a win over New York.

Week 16: at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
This two-game stretch for the Giants is almost unfair, as trips to Atlanta and Baltimore pose huge threats to a possible playoff berth. There's little doubt the Giants will be underdogs in both games, and for good reason. Tough stretch ends with two losses and a 9-6 record.

Week 17: vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
Luckily the Giants return home for the final game of the season, with a postseason berth likely on the line. It was the same last season, as the Giants had to beat the Cowboys to make the playoffs. The Giants did and there is no reason to believe they won't do it again here. Giants win and finish at 10-6.

Giants fans may or may not like the fact we came up with 10 wins for next season, but with a very tough schedule, it would be a huge accomplishment for Big Blue to reach double-digits. There is still plenty of time before the season kicks off, so everything could change with a signing here or an injury there. But it's still fun to take an early look at what the future beholds.

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