With the NFL’s 2022 schedule now released, Last Word on Pro Football is analyzing the schedules of all 32 NFL teams. Each schedule for all 32 teams will be split into the most difficult games (1-8) and the easiest games (9-17). Here are the New York Giants easiest games on their 2022 schedule…
Easiest Games on 2022 New York Giants Schedule
#9: Week 10 vs Houston Texans
The Houston Texans had a couple of rough seasons with ongoing questions of who is the starting quarterback and a revolving door at the head coaching position. But it is a new era in Texans football with Lovie Smith at the helm. The Giants will be coming off their bye week to host the Texans at MetLife Stadium in Week 10. They must take full advantage of their opponent’s struggles as the G-Men have an opportunity to make a league-wide statement at the start of the second half of the 2022 season. The Giants have made the playoffs just once since 2016. The fanbase wants to move forward in the team’s rebuild this season. Taking care of business against one of the worst teams in the NFL is the first turn towards respectability.
#10: Week 11 vs Detroit Lions
A Week 11 matchup between the Detroit Lions and the Giants could be a preview into the look of the NFL’s future. Both franchises drafted key foundation pieces for their rebuild in last April’s draft. The G-Men selected Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal in the first round. The Lions are equally excited about their choices, Aidan Hutchinson and Jameson Williams, making an impact this season. However, the odds are low that Williams will be healthy enough to begin the 2022 campaign in the Lions starting lineup. Hopefully, he will see some playing time in this game. On the field, the Giants have struggled against the Lions of late. To break a two-game losing streak, the G-Men will have to force Jared Goff to turn the ball over with constant pressure in the pocket. Defeating the Texans and Lions would be a promising start to the second half of the season.
#11: Week 7 @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Road games are rarely easy, but the Giants might have hit a home run with a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7. The Jaguars were busy in free agency this offseason. But it is hard to imagine the roster gaining the chemistry required to turn their fortunes around. Hopefully, the Giants will gain confidence to become a dangerous road opponent next season. This game would be the perfect time for Daboll to show his head coaching style as he should be acclimated in his new position.
#12: Week 13 vs Washington Commanders
Surprise, surprise, the Washington Commanders will have a new starting quarterback for the 2022 season. Carson Wentz is new to the DC community, but not to the NFC East. Wentz has talent, but the jury is still out on if he can make the necessary throws that lift Washington out of its current malaise. The Giants and Commanders will see each other twice over three weeks as the series begins in a Week 13 matchup at MetLife Stadium. So, what might have come easy offensively in the first game, might not be there in the second meeting. It will be a game of constant adjustments for both coaching staff.
#13: Week 16 vs Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings are beginning a new era under head coach Kevin O’Connell. Like their quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Vikings have been underachieving for years. So, this proud franchise has much to prove in 2022. The Giants have a terrible record against the Vikings of late. They have lost the last three contests between the two teams since 2015. The G-Men offense averaged just over 12 points in the three games. But this year’s matchup could be different. It could be the closest both rosters are in talent since the 2000s. The Giants must take advantage of their home field in this meeting.
#14: Week 17 vs Indianapolis Colts
All eyes will be on this late-season affair between the Indianapolis Colts and the Giants at MetLife Stadium. New Colts quarterback Matt Ryan has a good offensive supporting cast that surrounds him this season. NFL observers expect them to be a tough out for an AFC playoff berth. However, the Colts have been a good team over the last couple of seasons but struggled on the road. The Giants could spoil their party by being a formidable roadblock on their path to the playoffs.
#15: Week 15 @ Washington Commanders
Often, it does not matter where the Giants or Commanders are in the NFC East standings. The odds are good that you will see a spirited affair in this Week 15 road contest. The Commanders have added several new pieces to the roster with the hope of winning the NFC East. The addition of Wentz to the offensive mix gives the Commanders a definite upgrade at the quarterback position. The pressure will be on the Giants secondary to limit the number of big throws in the game. Keeping the Commanders offense in check could favor the G-Men in a tough divisional matchup.
#16: Week 14 vs Philadelphia Eagles
From a matchup perspective, it is hard to say a game against an NFL East rival like the Philadelphia Eagles would be easy. But the Giants are hosting this Week 14 contest and it could go a long way for them in this year’s matchup. The Eagles have been as dominant an opponent as the G-Men have played. They won eight consecutive games in the yearly series before the Giants ended the streak in 2020. A home game of this nature will not be easy, but a victory over the Eagles could be an early milestone for the new front office. Keep in mind that they’re as experienced and talented as any team in the NFL.
#17: Week 12 @ Dallas Cowboys (Thanksgiving)
The dynamics in the NFC East are a lot like brothers competing in backyard games. The play can be spirited and heated at times, but the outcome could go either way. The Giants will be spending their Thanksgiving on the road in Dallas. Historically, the G-Men have fared well on Turkey Day with a 7-5-3 record. The last time they played on Thanksgiving was against Washington in 2017. Historically, the Giants have played well inside Jerry Jones’ mausoleum with a 5-8 record. In those road wins, the defense bend but did not break. The majority of the contests came down to the game’s last possession. Losing to the Giants would be a blow to the Dallas Cowboys playoff hopes.
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