ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The NFL released the full 2020 schedule for all 32 teams on Thursday night.
The Giants have a unique schedule, starting with their very first game. Rather than beginning the season against Dallas, which they’ve done each of the last five years, they get to start the new campaign at home, under the Monday night lights, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Here is the team’s full schedule, complete with time and air location as well as the opponents record from 2019:
- Week 1: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) Monday Night Football 8 p.m. – ESPN
- Week 2: @ Chicago Bears (8-8) 1 p.m. – CBS
- Week 3: vs. San Francisco 49ers (13-3) 1 p.m. – Fox
- Week 4: @ Los Angeles Rams (9-7) 4:05 p.m. – Fox
- Week 5: @ Dallas Cowboys (8-8) 4:25 p.m. – CBS
- Week 6: vs. Washington Redskins (3-13) 1 p.m. – Fox
- Week 7: @ Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) Thursday Night Football 8:20 p.m. – Fox/NFL Network/Amazon
- Week 8: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) Monday Night Football 8:15 p.m. – ESPN
- Week 9: @ Washington Redskins (3-13) 1 p.m. – Fox
- Week 10: vs. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) 1 p.m. – Fox
- Week 11: BYE
- Week 12: @ Cincinnati Bengals (2-14) 1 p.m. – Fox
- Week 13: @ Seattle Seahawks (11-5) 4:05 p.m. – Fox
- Week 14: vs. Arizona Cardinals (5-10) 1 p.m. – Fox
- Week 15: vs. Cleveland Browns (6-10) 1 p.m. CBS
- Week 16: @ Baltimore Ravens (14-2) 1 p.m. – Fox
- Week 17: vs. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) 1 p.m. – Fox
Last year, the Giants were tied for the second-easiest schedule in the league. This year, things are obviously different.
This is the first time since 2014 they will begin their season on Monday night. That game represents and very early must-win for a team that has started 0-2 in six of the last seven seasons.
The team will travel to the west coast twice, opening the month of October against the Rams, and the month of December against the Seahawks — playoff team a year ago.
The team’s schedule within their division is interesting, in that they only face one NFC East team after their week 11 bye, essentially taking control of the division out of their hands depending on their record at that point.
Second-year man Daniel Jones will have his fair share of exciting Quarterback match ups. He’ll face future Hall of Famer Tom Brady with his new team in Tampa Bay, first overall draft pick Joe Burrow and the Bengals, and reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson on his home turf in Baltimore.
Also highlighted on the schedule for Giants and Browns fans alike — Week 15 — Odell Beckham Junior’s first game against the Giants since being traded back in 2018.
The team’s re-imagined and hopefully improved offensive line will get the ultimate test in 2020. Here’s is the short list of pass rushers they will face:
- Demarcus Lawrence (DAL)
- Myles Garrett (CLE)
- Nick Bosa (SF)
- Aaron Donald (LAR)
- Khalil Mack (CHI)
The team will also face a plethora of top-10 draft picks including Washington’s Chase Young, Cinci’s Joe Burrow, and do-it-all linebacker Isaiah Simmons who was drafted by the Cardinals eighth overall.