Originally posted on Big Giants Boom | Last updated 4/17/12
The NFL and the New York Giants have released the schedule for the upcoming 2012 season. Here's what it looks like for the defending champion Giants (all home games are in BOLD and our thoughts are in italics).
Sept. 5 DALLAS (Wednesday night), 8:30 p.m., NBC
The Giants open up at home against the team they beat twice in the final month of the 2011 season. A great chance to flash some championship bling in front of a hated rival!
Sept. 16 TAMPA BAY, 1 p.m., FOX
The Giants continue their opening home stand versus the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Sept. 20 at Carolina (Thursday night), 8:20 p.m., NFL Network
They take their title defense on the road for the first time as they face Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. After this game, they could easily be 3-0.
Sept. 30 at Philadelphia (Sunday night), 8:20 p.m., NBC
The Giants close out the first month of football in cheese steak country as they visit the Philadelphia Eagles in prime time.
Oct. 7 CLEVELAND, 1 p.m., CBS
The Giants could get their first glimpse at one of the top 2012 draft picks (we'll see in a few weeks who it will be) as they host the Cleveland Browns.
Oct. 14 at San Francisco, 4:15 p.m., FOX
They visit old friends in a familiar setting as the Giants visit the site of their NFC Championship victory, San Francisco. This will be their first chance to see Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs since they both signed with the 49ers.
Oct. 21 WASHINGTON, 1 p.m., FOX
The Giants take on the Washington Redskins as they hope for better results against them than in 2011. This may also be their first look at RGIII (if the Skins indeed draft him).
Oct. 28 at Dallas, 4:15 p.m., FOX
The Giants finish their games with the Cowboys early in the 2012 season. This time, they travel to Dallas for a Sunday matchup on national TV.
Nov. 4 PITTSBURGH, 4:15 p.m., CBS
Eli Manning and the Giants open up the month of November with an intriguing game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers and fellow 2004 draft pick and multiple Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlesberger.
Nov. 11 at Cincinnati, 1 p.m., FOX
The Bengals have a solid defense and some impressive offensive weapons that could present matchup problems for the Giants. A up and coming playoff team like Cincinnati could make for a good game.
Nov. 18 BYE
The Giants play eleven consecutive games before they get a much deserved break in preparation for a tough second half schedule to set up a possible playoff run.
Nov. 25 GREEN BAY (Sunday night), 8:20 p.m., NBC
The Giants close out the month and open their after-bye slate of games by hosting the Green Bay Packers. The last two Super Bowl champions meet in a rematch of the 2011 NFC Divisional game where the Giants shocked the Packers en route to the NFC championship.
Dec. 3 at Washington (Monday night), 8:30 p.m., ESPN
The Giants have five December games. They open the month with their final game against the Redskins. If all goes as planned, they could be preparing to sweep the lowly Washington club in the Giants ONLY Monday night game.
Dec. 9 NEW ORLEANS, 4:15 p.m., FOX
The Giants host the Sean Payton-less New Orleans Saints at home in cold weather. This could be an important game for both teams and most likely a VERY different game than last year's indoor blowout loss.
Dec. 16 at Atlanta, 1 p.m., FOX
In a rematch of last season's opening Wild Card game, the Giants take on the Atlanta Falcons and their fierce running attack. As both teams look toward a playoff run, this could be a big game.
Dec. 23 at Baltimore, 1 p.m., FOX
The Giants have their final road game of the regular season as they face the Ravens in Baltimore. Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Ray Lewis and Co will make for a hard-hitting, but winnable game between these two heavy weight rivals.
Dec. 30 PHILADELPHIA, 1 p.m., FOX
The Giants close out their season where they began it: at home against a division foe. This time, they host the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have a track record of strong finished under Andy Reid and this should make for a very good game with playoff implications for one or both of these bitter rivals.
Overall, Big Giants Boom sees the defending champion New York Giants going 12-4 or 11-5. Either way, that record puts them back into the playoffs as the division winner.
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