2014 New York Giants Opponents and Schedule Highlights
by Aaron Smith - 4/3/2014
It's been feast or famine for the New York Giants over the past few years. The Giants have won the Super Bowl in two of the last seven years, but they have only been to the playoffs in three of the last seven years. It's strange for a team that has won the Super Bowl twice in that short of a span to have missed the playoffs altogether the majority of the time.
Last year was an ugly one for the Giants. Eli Manning threw a career-high 27 interceptions compared to just 18 touchdowns. The offense overall was totally abysmal. Manning made a bunch of poor decisions with the football, and the team had no running game to help him out. The Giants need to find a way to get some balance in their offensive attack.
Let's take a look at the Giants opponents during the 2014 season. The NFL will release schedule dates and games times later in April, but we do know who the Giants will have to play. We'll start with the team's eight road games and finish with their eight home games.
2014 New York Giants Opponents: Road Schedule
At Dallas: Manning threw for 450 yards, but the Giants turned it over six times and lost 36-31 at Dallas in the season opener last year. It was a sign of things to come for the Giants, who had problems with turnovers all season long. Before last year's loss, the Giants had beaten the Cowboys four consecutive times in Dallas.
At Philadelphia: The Giants won one of the ugliest games of the year last season in Philadelphia. New York's defense excelled in that game by holding LeSean McCoy to just 48 yards on the ground. The Eagles are just 3-13-1 against the spread in their last 17 home games.
At Washington: The Giants beat Washington both times last year. Washington clearly had a down year in 2013, but I think the Redskins will be tougher to beat in 2014. There is still plenty of talent on the team. The wrong time to play the Redskins is after they lose to the Cowboys. Washington is 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games following a loss to Dallas.
At St. Louis: The Rams are one of those teams that you just can't take for granted. Jeff Fisher is turning this team around, and it starts with sound defense. The Rams were 5-3 ATS at home last year, and Fisher's teams are 40-27 ATS as an underdog since 2006. The Giants have won their last five games against the Rams.
At Seattle: Winning at CenturyLink Field in Seattle is next to impossible for anyone. The Seahawks are an amazing 25-10 ATS in their last 35 home games as a favorite. They'll definitely be a sizable favorite here. Can the Giants find a way to move the ball against this Seahawks defense?
At Detroit: Detroit was a big disappointment in 2013, but all the pieces are in place for this team to be very good in 2014. They have a new head coach, and if the players buy into the system the Lions are likely to be one of the most improved teams in the NFL.
At Jacksonville: If you are looking for an easy road game on the Giants schedule, this is the one. Jacksonville's team doesn't appear ready to bounce back anytime soon. The Jaguars are just 3-11-1 ATS at home in the last two seasons.
At Tennessee: The Giants have met the Titans only four times since 2000, and they haven't won any of those games. Tennessee is a middle-of-the-road team, but they are tough at home. The Titans are 21-10 ATS in their last 31 nonconference home games.
2014 New York Giants Opponents: Home Schedule
Dallas: The Giants have been great against the Cowboys in Dallas, but they have lost three of their last four home matchups with the Cowboys. Dallas beat them 24-21 in New York last season. These two teams are generally pretty evenly-matched, and I suspect that will be the case again this year.
Philadelphia: The Eagles racked up 439 total yards of offense in their 36-21 win over the Giants in New York last year. Philadelphia was an underdog in that game, and the Eagles are 18-9 in their last 27 games as a road underdog.
Washington: Washington was just 2-6 ATS in their eight road games last season. Both Washington and New York have been good against their own division. Since 2005, Washington is 30-22-3 ATS and New York is 30-24-3 ATS against an NFC East foe.
Arizona: Arizona was a surprise last year, and the Cardinals took advantage of their non-divisional foes. The Cardinals were 8-2 ATS in their 10 games against teams outside of the NFC West. New York will have to protect Manning to win this game against an elite front seven.
San Francisco: San Francisco has totally dominated in non-division games in the past three years. Jim Harbaugh's team is 27-8-2 ATS in the past three seasons in games against teams outside the NFC West. During that same time, the 49ers have been best in the NFL at covering the number on the road. They are 18-8-1 in their last 27 road games.
Atlanta: The Atlanta Falcons underachieved last year, but they are a very talented team that should be in playoff contention again this season. Atlanta is 18-4 ATS in their last 22 games following a loss by six points or more. The Giants beat Atlanta 24-2 in the playoffs in 2012 en route to their most recent Super Bowl.
Houston: Houston now has Bill O'Brien leading the way, and most experts agree that the Texans will be one of the most improved teams in the NFL in 2014. Houston has lots of talent stocked up on both sides of the ball. This should be a closely-contested game.
Indianapolis: The Giants and Colts have met only twice in the past 10 years, and the Colts won both of those games. Peyton Manning led the way for Indianapolis in those two games. He's no longer there, but Andrew Luck has proven he is a star under center as well.
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