John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The past few seasons, the Giants have been handed some of the league’s toughest schedules. Last year the Giants drew a first-place schedule and were handed the NFL’s toughest dance card. Opponents had an average winning percentage of .547.
This season, they have a second-place schedule and is the league’s eighth weakest, with an average opponent winning percentage of just .480. The schedule is a strange one for sure, competition-wise. They have the eighth most-difficult home schedule (.555) and the second-easiest away slate (.406).
They also have their bye smack dab in the middle of the season – Week 9.
Outside of the home-and-home series with their NFC East rivals (Cowboys, Eagles and Redskins), the Giants will host the Raiders and four playoff teams Denver, Minnesota, Green Bay and Seatlle.
On the road, they travel to Kansas City, Carolina, Chicago, San Diego and Detroit. None of those teams made the postseason in 2013. In fact, the Bears were the only team with a winning record. The Redskins are the only 2012 playoff team they will play on the road.
The Giants will play four teams with new head coaches: Philadelphia (Chip Kelly), Chicago (Marc Trestman), Kansas City (Andy Reid) and San Diego (Mike McCoy).
When the Giants host the Vikings, it will only be the team’s second Monday night home game in the Coughlin era (not counting the 2005 game against New Orleans in Giants Stadium in which the Saints were the home team). They had been the visitors in their previous nine Monday night games (including that Saints game), before defeating St. Louis, 28-16, in MetLife Stadium on Sept. 19, 2011.