The Giants 2012 schedule is out and it looks pretty nasty.  Let’s walk through it week-by-week

No surprises in Week1, we already knew the Giants would face the Cowboys on a Wednesday night!

The Giants will stay home in Week 2 and play Tampa.  This should be a winnable game and will be interesting because they will face former Rutgers Coach, Greg Schiano.

Thanks to the NFL Network, Thursday football has been expanded this year and that means Week 3 the Giants face Carolina on a Thursday night. It should be fun to see them face Cam Newton, but having only one of their first three games on a Sunday?  Booooo!

On the plus side, the Thursday game will allow the Giants extra time to prep for a tough game down in Philly in Week 4. It’s the Sunday Night Football game, so the Giants will be on National TV for the third time in four weeks.

In Week 5, the Giants return home for a game with the Browns.  What can you really say about that?

Week 6 brings a big game, the NFC Championship rematch in San Francisco.  As an added bonus, the Giants will face Brandon Jacobs and Mario Mannigham for the first time.  This one should be a doozy.

The Giants will try in Week 7 to do something they couldn’t do in 2011- beat Washington.  I will try and stop shaking my head now.

Last year the Giants played two of their final four games against Dallas.  In 2012, they will finish with Dallas after a trip there in Week 8.

Week 9 brings the long anticipated “Rooney Bowl” to Giants Met Life Stadium when the Steelers come and visit. 

The Giants head back onto the road in Week 10 and face the Bengals. 

Week 11 brings a bye week, make your family plans now.

The end of Thanksgiving Weekend will be a good one as the Giants face Green Bay on Sunday Night Football.  Unfortunately, this opens up a really tough stretch to close the season.

Sure, go ahead and laugh, but after 2011, a late season game in Washington isn’t anything to sneeze at and that is the Week 13 matchup.

Week 14 brings the Saints in to face the Giants.  Does anyone have any idea what the Saints will be like in 2012?  I don’t think so.

The Giants close the season playing four-straight 2011 playoff teams and their Week 15 opponent is the one that got their run started- Atlanta.  This time though, they will have to win on the road.

Just to make things more interesting, they then head to Baltimore for a Super Bowl XXXV rematch with the Ravens.

And then they close things with a home game against the Eagles.  I’m sure that won’t be an emotionally charged affair!

Based on this and this alone, I will go out on a limb and predict an 11-5 finish for the Giants.  

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