The Giants’ 2017 opponents are set. The NFL scheduling formula has the Giants playing both the AFC and NFC West next season.
In addition to their home-and-home series with NFC East rivals Dallas, Philadelphia, and Washington, the Giants will host the Los Angeles Rams, Seattle, Kansas City, the Los Angeles Chargers and Detroit, which finished second in the NFC North.
This season, the Giants’ longest trip was to Dallas. Next year, they will travel to Arizona, San Francisco, Denver and Oakland, as well as Tampa Bay, which clinched second place in the NFC South.
Here is a look at some of this upcoming season's important dates:
February 15 – First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
February 28 –March 6 – NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 7-9 – Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2016 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m. ET.
March 9 – Top-51 begins. All clubs must be under 2017 salary cap prior to 4:00 p.m. ET. All 2016 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m. ET.
March 26-29 – Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
April 3 – Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2016 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 17 – Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 27-29 – 2017 NFL Draft, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 15- Rookie Mini Camp Begins
May 18-21- NFLPA Rookie Premiere
Mid July – Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players beginning seven days prior to the club’s earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players.
August 3 – Hall of Fame Game, Canton Ohio.
August 5 – Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, Canton Ohio.
The NFL's scheduling formula implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis..
Under the formula, every team plays 16 games as follows:
Home and away against its three division opponents (6 games).
The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (4 games).
The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (4 games).
Two intraconference games based on the prior year’s standings (2 games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.