GIANTS ANNOUNCE 2017 SEASON – OPEN IN DALLAS
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Two prime time games to begin the season (including a third consecutive opener in Dallas), a Thanksgiving Night game in Washington, and three division home games in the last four weeks highlight the Giants’ 2017 schedule, which was released today.
The schedule currently includes four prime time games – two on Sunday night, one on Monday, and the Thanksgiving game. The Giants will play at night three times in their first six games, twice on the road. Additional night games could be added later in the season under the NFL’s flex scheduling guidelines.
The Giants, who were an 11-5 playoff team in 2016, will play three of their first four and four of their first six games on the road, and three of their last four at home.
Ben McAdoo’s second season as head coach will begin in the same place as the first – in AT&T Stadium, where the Giants will play their first game for the third year in a row on Sunday, Sept. 10. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. It is the fifth time in six years the Giants will begin their season against the Cowboys, and their fifth consecutive road opener.
“We open up in Dallas on a Sunday night, which will be a big game in the division,” McAdoo said. “It will make training camp exciting and interesting for the players. They know we’ll have to be at our best on Sept. 10.”
In Week 2 (Sept. 18), the Giants will play their first home game – and make their only Monday night appearance of the season – against the opponents in their final MetLife Stadium appearance last year, the Detroit Lions. That is also an 8:30 p.m. kickoff.
“We don’t play any prime time games – we just play Dallas and Detroit to start the season,” McAdoo said. “That’s what it’s about. We have to prepare for our opponents.”
The Giants will then play two road games, including their second within the NFC East. They will face the Philadelphia Eagles in Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. and the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 4:05 p.m.
“I know we have three of our first four on the road, but you can only handle them one at a time,” McAdoo said. “Right now, all we have to do is focus on Dallas. We’re getting ready yesterday.”
A week later, the Giants will meet their first AFC opponent when the Los Angeles Chargers visit MetLife at 1 o’clock. On Sunday, Oct. 15, the Giants will be back on the road for another night game, facing the Broncos in Denver at 8:30 p.m.
The Giants will then be home for three weeks, including two games. In Week 7 (Oct. 22), they will host the defending NFC West champion Seattle Seahawks at 4:25 p.m. The Giants will then have their second consecutive Week 8 bye before returning to action on Sunday, Nov. 5 at home against the Los Angeles Rams for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
“The middle of the season is a good time for the bye,” McAdoo said. “But it depends on how things shake out with the health of your football team. But being in the middle of the season is generally a good proposition.”
On Sunday, Nov. 12, the Giants will play the first of two games in the Bay Area when they make their first visit to Levi’s Stadium to play the San Francisco 49ers. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m.
The Giants will return home on Sunday, Nov. 19 to host the defending AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs at 1 p.m. Four nights later, they will be in Washington to face the Redskins on Thanksgiving. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 3, the Giants will play in Oakland for the first time in 12 years when they visit the Raiders in Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum at 4:25 p.m.
“I think it times up interestingly in the schedule, at Washington on a Thursday night, Thanksgiving, then we get to travel to Oakland the next week,” McAdoo said. “We’ll be coming off a physical game at home vs. Kansas City. You have Washington, a familiar opponent, on Thanksgiving night, and two uncommon opponents that sandwich it. It will be interesting to see how it shakes out.”
The Giants will have four long trips – Denver, San Francisco, Oakland, and Arizona – in their final 11 games.
“We’ll be okay. We’ll make the best of that situation,” McAdoo said. “We have the trips spread out. No concerns there.”
The Giants didn’t want to bunch those journeys too closely together.
“You like to have a little breathing room there,” McAdoo said, “to make sure the players have a chance to spend some time at home as well as on the road. It’s good to space those things out a little bit.”
The final quarter of the season is a four-game stretch in which the Giants will host each of their three NFC East opponents. It will begin on Sunday, Dec. 10, when the Cowboys invade MetLife Stadium in Week 14 for the second season in a row. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. One week later, the Eagles will be the visitors for a 1 p.m. start.
The Giants will play their final road game of the season on Sunday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, against the Cardinals in Arizona. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m.
On Sunday, Dec. 31, the Giants will conclude their regular season with a home game against Washington that is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
“The end of the season, the way the league has it shaking out, is going to be exciting for us,” McAdoo said. “We have four NFC teams in the last four weeks, (including) three division games at home. It’s great to be at home in December. You have to be playing good football there in December.”
Some highlights from the Giants’ 2017 schedule:
*The Giants this season play the NFC West and AFC West. The former had one playoff team and the latter had two in 2016. The four teams in the NFC West were a combined 23-39-2 (.375). The teams in the AFC West were a combined 38-26 (.594).
*The Giants will play six games against 2016 playoff teams: Dallas, Seattle, Detroit and Kansas City at home, and Dallas and Oakland on the road.
*In 2016, the Giants’ longest trip was to Dallas. This year, in addition to their division road games, they will travel to Arizona, San Francisco, Denver and Oakland, as well as Tampa Bay.
*The Giants will play four teams with new head coaches: the Rams (Sean McVay), 49ers (Kyle Shanahan), Chargers (Anthony Lynn) and Broncos (Vance Joseph).
*The Giants will play their first Thanksgiving Day game since 2009, when they lost in Denver, 26-6. They first played on Thanksgiving in 1926, and are 7-4-3 on the holiday. They played 11 times on Thanksgiving from 1926-38, and have been Turkey Day participants just three times since – winning in Detroit in 1982, and losing in Dallas in 1992 and Denver eight years ago.
*This is the first season since 1994 that Los Angeles has been home to two NFL teams, and the Giants will host both (Rams and Chargers). In the 13 seasons (1982-94) both the Rams and Raiders played their home games in the Los Angeles area, the Giants hosted both teams in the same season just once, and then only because one was a postseason game. In 1989, they defeated the Raiders, 34-17, in the regular-season finale, and two weeks later lost to the Rams, 19-13 in overtime in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game. The Giants also faced both Los Angeles teams in 1983 (the Rams here, the Raiders in California) and 1992 (the games were played in the L.A. area).
*The Chiefs and the Chargers will become the final two teams to face the Giants in MetLife Stadium. Kansas City last played the Giants here in Giants Stadium in 2005, and the Chargers played them there most recently in 2009. MetLife Stadium opened in 2010.
*The Giants will begin their season in Dallas for the third consecutive season. It is the first time they have opened on the road against the same team three years in a row since 1949-51, when their opponents were the Pittsburgh Steelers. The previous three years (1946-48), they opened on the road against the Boston Yankees.
*This is the first time the Giants will play five straight road openers since they started seven consecutive seasons as visitors from 1962-68.
*The Giants will begin their season against an NFC East opponent for the sixth time in seven seasons.
*For the second season in a row, the Giants will visit Dallas in Week 1 and host the Cowboys in Week 14.
*The Giants will play their first game in MetLife Stadium against the previous season’s final home opponent (Detroit) for the first time since their final game in 2011 and first in 2012 were both against the Cowboys.
*The Giants will end their season against Washington for the second year in a row. On Jan. 1, they defeated the Redskins in FedEx Field, 19-10.
*The Giants are 24-37-1 on Monday nights, including 9-9 at home. They hosted Cincinnati last Nov. 14 on a Monday night. They last had Monday night home games in consecutive seasons in 1998-99, when the opponent each time was the Cowboys.
*The Giants are 21-28-1 on Sunday nights, including 11-12 at home and 10-16-1 on the road.
*The Giants are 15-8-3 on Thursday, including 3-2 since the NFL began mandating in 2012 that every team play a Thursday game every season. They are 7-4-3 on Thanksgiving.
*The Giants have finalized their preseason schedule. It will begin on Friday, Aug. 11 at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers at 7 p.m. They then get a 10-day break before visiting the Cleveland Browns on Monday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. The Giants will host the Jets in the teams’ annual preseason game on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. The preseason will conclude on Thursday, Aug. 31 against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in Foxboro at 7:30 p.m.
“(The 10 days between games) will give us a chance to build up practice-wise a little bit more, earlier in the preseason,” McAdoo said. “We’ll be able to get to our max practice six days earlier in the preseason because of the way the schedule shakes out, and that will help us.”
*“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 10-15 and 17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-9, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-15, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 31. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into prime time.
A closer look at the Giants’ 2017 schedule:
Sunday, Sept. 10, 8:30 p.m., NBC
Sunday, Dec. 10, 4:25 p.m.*
Dallas’ 2016 record: 13-3, NFC East first place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 62-45-2; Postseason: Giants lead, 1-0
Last season, the Giants swept the Cowboys for the first time since 2011. They have won three consecutive games vs. Dallas after losing five in a row to the Cowboys. On opening day in Dallas, Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes, including the game-winning three-yarder to Victor Cruz with 6:13 remaining that gave the Giants a 20-19 victory. In a Sunday night game on Dec. 11, the Giants scored all of their points in the second quarter – on Robbie Gould’s 39-yard field goal and Manning’s 61-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham, Jr. – in a 10-7 victory. At the time, the Cowboys were 0-2 vs. the Giants and 11-0 vs. the rest of their opponents. The Giants have swept the season series 13 times, while Dallas has 20 series sweeps, most recently in 2013-14. The Giants are 20-34-1 in Dallas (5-3 in AT&T Stadium), while the Cowboys are 4-3 vs. the Giants in MetLife Stadium.
Monday Sept. 18, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Detroit’s 2016 record: 9-7, NFC North second place
Series Record: Regular season: Series tied, 21-21-1; Postseason: Giants trail, 1-0
The Lions will visit MetLife Stadium for the second consecutive season. Last Dec. 18, Eli Manning threw a pair of touchdown passes in the Giants’ 17-6 victory that evened the all-time regular-season series at 21 victories apiece. Three weeks later, the Giants and Lions were the NFC’s wild card playoff teams. The Giants have won four of their last five games vs. Detroit dating back to 2007, including a 28-20 victory in MetLife Stadium on Oct. 17, 2010. The teams first met in 1930, when the Lions were the Portsmouth Spartans.
Lincoln Financial Field
Sunday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m., FOX
Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m.*, FOX
Philadelphia’s 2016 record: 7-9, NFC East fourth place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 83-79-2; Postseason: Tied, 2-2
The longtime rivals split their season series in 2016 for the first time since 2013. It was their first split in which each team won at home since 2012. On Nov. 6 in MetLife Stadium, Eli Manning threw a season-high four touchdown passes, including two to Odell Beckham, Jr., in the Giants’ 28-23 triumph. The Giants fell in the rematch – played in Philadelphia on Thursday night, Dec. 22 – 24-19, despite compiling season-high totals of 470 yards and 24 first downs. Manning threw a Giants-record 63 passes, completing 38. The Giants lost a night game in Lincoln Financial Field for the third consecutive season. In their last four games there, including a victory in 2013, they have scored a total of two touchdowns. In the last 31 years, the Eagles have 13 series sweeps, while the Giants have 11. The Giants won each game in 1985, 86, 87, 93, 94, 97-2000, 2005 and 2007. Philadelphia swept the series in 1988, 89, 91, 92, 95, 96, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2015. The teams split their season series in 1990, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. The Giants are 6-8 in the regular season and 0-1 in postseason play in Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles are 5-2 vs. the Giants in MetLife Stadium.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Raymond James Stadium
Sunday, Oct. 1, 4:05 p.m., FOX
Tampa Bay’s 2016 record: 9-7, NFC South second place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 13-6; Postseason: Giants lead, 1-0
The Giants have a five-game winning streak in the series, including a 24-14 victory in a 2007 NFC Wild Card Game. They also won regular-season games vs. the Buccaneers in 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2015. The Giants will visit Raymond James Stadium for the second time in three seasons. On Nov. 8, 2015, Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes, and the Giants rallied from a pair of early deficits to defeat the Bucs, 32-18. The Giants won at Tampa Bay on Sept. 27, 2009, 24-0, a victory that remains their most recent shutout. The Giants are 6-5 in regular-season games at Tampa Bay.
Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday, Oct. 8, 1 p.m., CBS
Los Angeles’ 2016 record: 5-11, AFC West fourth place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 6-5
The Giants will host the Chargers for the first time since 2009, and the first time in MetLife Stadium, hoping to reverse their recent fortunes in the series. They have lost the last three and four of the last five games of the series dating back to 1995. The teams last met on Dec. 8, 2013 in San Diego, where the Chargers cruised to a 37-14 victory. Their most recent meeting in New Jersey occurred on Nov. 8, 2009 in Giants Stadium, where Philip Rivers’ 18-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson with just 21 seconds remaining completed an 80-yard drive and gave the Chargers a 21-20 victory. The infrequently-contested rivalry gained some intrigue when the Chargers drafted Eli Manning with the first overall selection in 2004 and soon dealt him to the Giants for a package that included Rivers.
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Sunday, Oct. 15, 8:30 p.m., NBC
Denver’s 2016 record: 9-7, AFC West third place
Series Record: Regular season: Broncos lead series, 6-5; Postseason: Giants lead, 1-0
The Broncos have won two in a row and three of the last four games in the series. The teams most recently played on Sept. 15, 2013, when Denver earned a 41-23 victory in MetLife Stadium in the final game in which Eli and Peyton Manning faced each other as the starting quarterbacks. The Broncos won the last meeting in Denver, 26-6, on Thanksgiving night in 2009. In the teams’ only postseason meeting, the Giants defeated the Broncos, 39-20, in Super Bowl XXI.
Sunday, Oct. 22, 4:25 p.m., CBS
Seattle’s 2016 record: 10-5-1, NFC West first place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 9-8
The Seahawks have a three-game winning streak in the series, with victories in 2011, 2013, and 2014. The first two of those games were played in MetLife Stadium. They met most recently on Nov. 9, 2014 in Seattle, where the Giants held a 17-14 halftime lead on the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks. But Marshawn Lynch ran for two of his four touchdowns as Seattle outscored the Giants in the third and fourth quarters, 24-0, for a 38-17 triumph. The Seahawks won here on Oct. 9, 2011 (36-25), and Dec. 15, 2013 (23-0).
Los Angeles Rams
Sunday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m., FOX
Los Angeles’ 2016 record: 4-12, NFC West third place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 25-16; Postseason: Tied, 1-1
The Giants and Rams will meet for the second consecutive season. Last Oct. 23, the Giants defeated the Rams, 17-10, in the first NFL game played in London’s Twickenham Stadium. Rashad Jennings scored the game-winning points on a one-yard touchdown run with 9:23 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Giants have won their last seven games against the Rams – in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2016 – their longest active winning streak against one opponent. The current streak immediately followed five consecutive Rams victories in the series. The teams met once previously in MetLife Stadium, a 28-16 Giants victory on Monday night, Sept. 19, 2011, when current Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was the Rams’ head coach.
San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, Nov. 12, 4:25 p.m.*, FOX
San Francisco’s 2016 record: 2-14, NFC West fourth place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 16-15; Postseason: Tied, 4-4
The Giants will make their first visit to Levi’s Stadium, which opened in 2014, and play the 49ers on the road for the first time since they faced them three times in Candlestick Park in 2011-12 (including the NFC Championship Game). The teams most recently met on Oct. 11, 2015, when Eli Manning’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Larry Donnell with 21 seconds remaining gave the Giants a 30-27 victory in a Sunday night game. The Giants have won six of the last eight meetings since 2005, including a 20-17 overtime victory in the 2011 NFC Championship Game. Prior to that, the 49ers had won the previous five meetings, including postseason triumphs in 1993 and 2002. How close is this series? The teams have met 39 times combined in the regular season and postseason. The Giants have 20 victories, and the 49ers have 19. In those 39 games, they are separated by only 11 points (Giants 795, 49ers 784).
Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m.*, CBS
Kansas City’s 2016 record: 12-4, AFC West first place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 10-3
The Giants will host the Chiefs for the first time since a 27-17 victory on Dec. 17, 2005 in Giants Stadium. The teams then split two games in Arrowhead Stadium, with the Giants winning 27-16 on Oct. 4, 2009, and the Chiefs pulling away for a 31-7 triumph on Sept. 29, 2013. That last Kansas City victory ended the Giants’ four-game winning streak in the series. The Chiefs also defeated the Giants in 1978 and 1995, the latter in overtime.
Thursday, Nov. 23, 8:30 p.m., NBC
Sunday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m.*, FOX
Washington’s 2016 record: 8-7-1, NFC East third place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 98-66-4; Postseason: Tied, 1-1
In 2016, the Giants and Washington split their season series for the second year in a row. But for the first time since 2007, each team won as visitors. On Sept. 25, the Redskins handed the Giants their first defeat of the season, 29-27, in MetLife Stadium. Eli Manning threw for 350 yards and Odell Beckham, Jr. caught seven passes for 121 yards. But Dustin Hopkins’ fifth field goal of the game, a 37-yarder with 1:51 remaining, accounted for the deciding points. The Giants took the rematch and eliminated Washington from playoff consideration on Jan. 1 in FedEx Field, 19-10. Robbie Gould’s 40-yard field goal put the Giants ahead for good with 2:12 remaining. The Giants have faced the Redskins 168 times in the regular season since their first game in 1932, making this their most frequently-contested rivalry. The Giants are 5-2 vs. Washington in MetLife and 11-8-1 in FedEx Field. They have swept the season series 32 times, most recently in 2014.
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Sunday, Dec. 3, 4:25 p.m.*, FOX
Oakland’s 2016 record: 12-4, AFC West second place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 7-5
The Giants will visit Oakland for the first time since Dec. 31, 2005, when they clinched the NFC East title with a 30-21 victory in a game highlighted by Tiki Barber’s team-record 95-yard run. That was the first of the Giants’ current three-game winning streak vs. the Raiders. The Giants defeated Oakland 44-7 in Giants Stadium on Oct. 11, 2009, and 24-20 on Nov. 10, 2013 in MetLife Stadium. The Raiders’ last series victory was a 28-10 triumph on Nov. 25, 2001 in Giants Stadium. This has been a series of streaks – Oakland won the first three games, the Giants the next two, the Raiders won four in a row, and the Giants have won the last three.
University of Phoenix Stadium
Sunday, Dec. 24, 4:25 p.m., FOX
Arizona’s 2016 record: 7-8-1, NFC West second place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 80-43-2
The visiting team has won the last four games in this series, the Giants in 2008 and 2011, the Cardinals in 2009 and 2014. The Giants will make their first visit in six years to University of Phoenix Stadium, the site of their Super Bowl XLII victory against New England. They last faced Arizona on Sept. 14, 2014, when the Cardinals scored 15 unanswered fourth-quarter points to defeat the Giants, 25-14, in MetLife Stadium. The key play was Ted Ginn, Jr.’s 71-yard punt return touchdown. The teams last squared off in Arizona on Oct. 2, 2011, when the Giants earned a 31-27 victory. From 1970-2002, the Giants and Cardinals were both members of the NFC East.
*Time subject to change due to flex scheduling.