In part one of the Giants360 season preview, we took a look at the team roster, unit by unit and assessed the strength of each. In part two, we will go game by game and project the outcome of each.
September 8th, Monday Night Opener, at Detroit Lions (Loss)
The Lions defensive line is too much for the Giant patchwork offensive line.
September 14 vs Arizona Cardinals (Win)
The Cardinals have suffered losses along their front seven, Darnell Dockett to injury, and Darryl Washington to a suspension. They can’t take advantage of the Giants glaring weakness, and the Giants prevail to even their record at 1-1.
September 21 vs Houston Texans (Win)
Houston has a new head coach, and a new quarterback. They also have a ferocious pass rush featuring J.D. Watt and rookie Jadaveon Clowney. The Giants run the ball to neutralize it and their defense shuts out the Texans.
September 25 Thursday Night at Washington Redskins (Win)
On a short week, the Giants take advantage of catching the Redskins early in the season and their defense and running game propel then to a third straight win.
October 5 vs Atlanta Falcons (Loss)
The Falcons are also rebuilding, and have a much better offensive line in 2014 than they did in 2013. They also have an improved defense. This is the kind of team the Giants historically overlook and it bites them for an unexpected loss.
October 12 Sunday Night at Philadelphia Eagles (Loss)
The Giants offense is not nearly together enough at this point in the season to match scoring with Chip Kelly’s high flying attack. This one could be ugly as the defense gets tired late in the game and the Giants record falls to 3-3.
October 19 at Dallas Cowboys (Win)
What is the cure for an ailing offense? The Cowboys defense. In 2013, the Dallas defense was historically bad, and they’ve gotten worse. The salary cap and injuries have decimated them. If you want to know how bad things have gotten, look no further than the un-retired Rolando McClain starting at middle linebacker.
November 3 Monday Night vs Indianapolis Colts (Loss)
Another team with a good offense that will tire out the Giants defense and outscore them.
November 9 at Seattle Seahawks (Loss)
The game is in Seattle on a short week. Do you need any more than that?
November 16 vs San Fransisco Forty-Niners (Win)
Between suspensions and injuries, the Forty-Niner defense is decimated. Their offense is not good enough to carry the team.
November 23 Sunday Night vs Dallas Cowboys (Win)
The Giants offense will start to come together in their second game against Dallas.
November 30 at Jacksonville Jaguars (Win)
Coughlin return to his roots to play a surprisingly competitive Jaguars team quarterbacked by rookie Blake Bortles. The Giant defense and running game is too much for them.
December 7 at Tennessee Titans (Win)
Back to back road games in December against mediocre teams don’t derail the Giants, who dominate against lesser quarterbacks…
December 14 vs Washington Redskins (Loss)
…Until they return home for their annual December let down game and lose to the Redskins.
December 21 at St. Louis Rams (Win)
The Rams have a horrific season after losing Sam Bradford for the second year in a row, the Giants ground game pounds them for an easy road win.
December 28 vs Philadelphia Eagles (Win)
The Giants offense is clicking in the NFC East Championship game. December weather combined with a superior defense bring the Giants a surprise division title.
There you have it, Giants360 predicts the Giants will ride their running game and defense to a 10-6 record. They make the playoffs and who know what happens.
On the flip side, the team will go 6-10 if: The offensive line loses any more players to injury, Jason Pierre-Paul doesn’t round back into his 2011 form, or the offense fails to protect the football better than they did in 2013. Small things make a big difference in the NFL, and it’s a fine line that separates the 6 win and the 10 win teams.
Giants360 asked on Twitter about the team’s outlook and what players you think would have big seasons. @zoomusikgrl think the team will start slow, pick up steam, make the playoffs, but lose in the playoffs in a heart breaker. She adds that the Giants will “Slaughter the Cowboys.” @smd16nwo calls for Steve Weatherford to have a big season, “Unfortunately,” indicating he does not think too highly of the Giants new offense. @JROC_NYG agrees with Giants360 about the Giants running game, and thinks rookie Andre Williams is the power back to have a big year.
In Part 3 of the Giants360 season preview, we get a celebrity take on the Giants season. Check back for the final chapter of our comprehensive preview of the upcoming season.