NFL schedule leaks: Giants schedule known

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The New York Giants’ 2017 schedule has been revealed, and it’s a tough one.

The NFL is expected to announce the 2017 NFL schedule tonight at 8:00 P.M., EST. However, not everyone wants to wait that long, especially not New York Giants’ fans, and they won’t have to.

Mike Francesa of WFAN disclosed the New York Giants’ 2017 schedule on Thursday, as follows:

Week 1: at Dallas (Sunday night)
Week 2: vs. Detroit (Monday night)
Week 3: at Philadelphia
Week 4: at Tampa Bay
Week 5: vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Week 6: at Denver (Sunday night)
Week 7: vs. Seattle
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 10: at San Francisco
Week 11: vs. Kansas City
Week 12: at Washington (Thanksgiving)
Week 13: at Oakland
Week 14: vs. Dallas
Week 15: vs. Philadelphia
Week 16: at Arizona
Week 17: vs. Washington

The Giants’ schedule is tied with the New York Jets as the eighth-most difficult schedule in the NFL based on their opponents’ win/loss record from 2016. However, the schedule may prove to be even more daunting than initially expected.

Opening up with a primetime game on the road against Dallas on Sunday night is difficult enough, as the Cowboys will be seeking revenge against the team that swept them in 2016.  The G-Men will then have to face an always-dangerous Matthew Stafford as they take on the Detroit Lions in their home opener on Monday Night Football before heading out on the road to face the much-improved Eagles and Buccaneers.

Facing Los Angeles and Denver, who are better than their 2016 records would indicate, won’t be easy. Neither will traveling to the west coast three times over a six-week span from Week 10 to Week 16. The Giants will face two divisional matchups in between, before finishing the season at home against Washington.

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Given the difficulty of their NFC East opponents and a difficult road schedule, the New York Giants have their work cut out for them in 2017.  However, Eli Manning is currently ranked fourth among active quarterbacks in road victories, and with a roster stocked with veterans, the Giants are as equipped as anyone to handle a treacherous slate.