After a disappointing 2012 season, the New York Giants will look to bounce back in 2013 against a winnable schedule.
New York failed to reach the playoffs last year after winning Super Bowl XLVI in the 2011 season. Despite moving on from a few veteran players this offseason, such as Ahmad Bradshaw and Osi Umenyiora, the team retained much of its core and will look to compete for a title once again in 2013.
Of course, the NFC East remains one of the most competitive divisions in football. The Washington Redskins will continue to improve with their young roster, while the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles should bounce back after down years.
Winning will not be easy, but the Giants will look to once again finish on top of the football world by surviving this schedule.
|2013 New York Giants Schedule|
|1||Sept. 8 ||@ Dallas Cowboys||8:30 p.m.||NBC|
|2||Sept. 15 ||vs. Denver Broncos||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|3||Sept. 22 ||@ Carolina Panthers||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|4||Sept. 29||@ Kansas City Chiefs||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|5||Oct. 6||vs. Philadelphia Eagles||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|6||Oct. 10||@ Chicago Bears||8:25 p.m.||NFL|
|7||Oct. 21||vs. Minnesota Vikings||8:40 p.m.||ESPN|
|8||Oct. 27||@ Philadelphia Eagles||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|10||No. 10||vs. Oakland Raiders||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|11||Nov. 17||vs. Green Bay Packers||8:30 p.m.||NBC|
|12||Nov. 24||vs. Dallas Cowboys||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|13||Dec. 1||@ Washington Redskins||8:30 p.m.||NBC|
|14||Dec. 8||@ San Diego Chargers||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|15||Dec. 15||vs. Seattle Seahawks||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|16||Dec. 22 ||@ Detroit Lions||4:05 p.m.||FOX|
|17||Dec. 29 ||vs. Washington Redskins||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
Note: For a complete look at New York's 2013 schedule, check out NFL.com.
There are some tough opponents on this list, but the locations will make a huge difference.
The Giants will host the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings, three teams that combined to go 22-2 at home last season. However, they went 10-14 on the road, which certainly gives the Giants a slight boost.
Meanwhile, every road opponent on the schedule was either just as good or better away from home.
Overall, NFL.com lists the schedule as the ninth easiest in the league based on last year's records. This should give the Giants a good chance to return to the postseason.
Most Pivotal Matchup
The Washington Redskins had a surprising season last year, winning the NFC East behind the great play of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. Even when Kirk Cousins played under center, the squad showed that it is the team to beat in the division.
This puts pressure on the Giants to win at least one and possibly both games against the Redskins last season.
After losing three of the last four to Washington over the past two years, they need to come through with some big-time performances next season. It will largely be up to the defense to slow down the dynamic RGIII, but Eli Manning and Co. will also need to be up to the task.