If you're looking for reason to be hopeful about the Giants this season, look no further than their schedule. Their opponents had a record of 123-132-1 in 2019 (a .482 winning percentage). Only four of them made the playoffs.
They will be playing one of the easiest schedules in the league … at least once they get through a brutal first five games.
Of course, things can change. Surprise teams can emerge. Injuries can occur that can change the outlook of a matchup. And timing, as they say, is everything. But now that we know the (planned) order of games, here's a look at all the matchups and how the Giants should do:
Week 1: Monday, Sept. 14 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 7:15 p.m.
Joe Judge's debut, coming off a "virtual" offseason and who knows how much of a training camp or how many preseason games, won't be easy. He faces a team with one of the NFL's best defenses, and a team that went 8-8 last season even though its starting quarterback played only two games. Now Ben Roethlisberger is back and healthy, and the Giants probably won't be quite ready for prime time.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 20 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
Will it be Nick Foles or Mitch Trubisky at quarterback for the Bears? It probably doesn't matter. The Giants went into Soldier Field last November and hung tough against the Bears. They're a better team now and they get a break with the early trip to Chicago before the weather turns.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 17 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1 p.m.
Fresh off a trip to Super Bowl LIV it's a good bet the 49ers will experience something of a Super Bowl hangover at some point. But probably not this early. They are still pretty loaded, and unless they are hit by a ton of early injuries, they are far better than the Giants. And Nick Bosa will love playing against a rookie tackle (Andrew Thomas) in just his third week in the league.
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 4 at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.
They had their Super Bowl hangover a year ago and they still had one of the best offenses in the NFL. That's a problem for a Giants' defense that figures to be a work-in-progress all season. Even with Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks gone, the Rams have weapons everywhere. It'll be too much for a young defense that hasn't had enough time to jell.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 11 at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.
The Jason Garrett Bowl. He probably knows the Cowboys' weaknesses, and they surely know his. But the bottom line is the Cowboys overwhelmed the Giants in both games last season and there's no reason to think they'll be any worse.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 18 vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.
The Giants can start to turn the tide with the first "easy" game on their schedule. Daniel Jones is still better than Dwayne Haskins and the Giants have more weapons. They need to be careful that rookie Chase Young doesn't wreck this game for them, but if they can keep him off Jones they should win.
Week 7: Thursday, Oct. 22 at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m.
The Giants took the Eagles to overtime in Philadelphia last season, and probably should have won that game long before that. Sure, the Eagles won the division, but they were 9-7 and needed to win their last four to get there. They can be beaten. And on a short week, the Giants should have enough talent to do it.
Week 8: Monday, Nov. 2 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:15 p.m.
The Bucs are now loaded with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski and a stable of impressive receivers. It's hard to imagine the Giants' young defense even slowing them down. They'd need some magic - like maybe making this game "Eli Manning Night" and inducting him into the Ring of Honor at halftime? Could Manning upstage Brady one more time?
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 8 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.
If Chase Young is as good as expected, he'll be rounding into form right about now. But the good news is that the offensive line should be finding its form, too. And just like the first meeting, if the Giants can hold Young off, there shouldn't be much about the Redskins that worry them.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 15 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
As long as Carson Wentz is healthy at this point, the Eagles are still a talented team and probably the favorite to win the NFC East. So it's a little much to expect the Giants to sweep them. They've also won 11 of their last 13 games against the Giants at the Meadowlands.
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 29 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
The Bengals will be better with Joe Burrow eventually, but remember: All rookie quarterbacks struggle. Burrow, as great as he was last season with LSU, will be no exception. Maybe in the long run he'll turn out to be better than Jones. But not this year.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 6 at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.
A long flight to Seattle followed by a game in one of the loudest and toughest places to play, against a team that absolutely will be a playoff contender again? Yeah, this is a pretty terrible way to start December. If the Giants want to make a strong stretch run, they'll have to wait another week.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 13 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m.
The Cardinals' win over the Giants last season was a little fluky. Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray wasn't great, but running back Chase Edmonds destroyed the Giants. The defense will be better prepared this time. They'll be tested by an improved Murray and the addition of DeAndre Hopkins. But they'll be better this time around.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 20 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
First of all, this is obviously a game that's a prime candidate to be flexed into prime time if both or either of these teams are any good. And presumably, Odell Beckham has this already circled on his calendar. Set the over/under at 10 catches, 175 yards and three touchdowns.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 27 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
If the Giants are somehow clinging to playoff hopes at this point, this is where it ends. If not … well, then this game could get ugly. Assuming Lamar Jackson is healthy, he is primed for a huge season, surely motivated by losing to the Titans in the divisional playoffs last year. Unless they've got nothing at stake, figure the Ravens in a rout.
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 3 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m.
The final game of the season usually depends on what's still at stake, and it's probably likely nothing will be at stake for the Giants. But this is where a young team could put a stamp on its growth, give everyone hope that next year really could be better. Somehow, some way, figure the Giants to end their season with a bang.