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New York Giants 2016 Schedule Announced

Posted Apr 14, 2016

The Giants' 2016 Regular Season schedule has been announced. View a complete analysis and game-by-game breakdown:



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – A three-game homestand that includes a Monday night game, back-to-back road night games, and a meeting against the Los Angeles Rams in London highlight the Giants’ 2016 regular-season schedule, released today.

The schedule includes five prime time games: two Monday nights (at Minnesota, home vs. Cincinnati), two Sunday nights (at Green Bay, home against Dallas) and a late-season Thursday night game in Philadelphia.

The Giants, who finished 6-10 in 2015, will play three of their first five and four of their last six games on the road.

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“It’s an exciting time in the offseason with the schedule being released,” said first-year head coach Ben McAdoo. “We’re certainly going to take them one at a time. But playing the AFC North and the NFC North, two divisions that are very competitive, not to mention the NFC East, will be a huge challenge for us.”

McAdoo’s debut season will begin on Sunday, Sept. 11, against the NFC East rival Cowboys in Dallas at 4:25. It is the fourth time in five seasons the Giants will open against the Cowboys.

“It’s a great opportunity opening the season at Dallas,” McAdoo said. “All of us in the building are looking forward to it.”

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Following their game in Dallas, the Giants will play two games in MetLife Stadium. They will host the New Orleans Saints in their home opener on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. A week later, they meet another NFC East foe when the Washington Redskins visit New Jersey on Sunday, Sept. 25 in another 1 p.m. start.


The Giants will then hit the road for a pair of prime time games against the teams that finished last season 1-2 in the NFC North. On Monday night, Oct. 3, they will visit the Minnesota Vikings in brand new U.S. Bank Stadium. Six days later, they will visit not-brand new Lambeau Field for a Sunday night game against the Green Bay Packers. It will be McAdoo’s first game in Green Bay since his eight-year stint as a Packers assistant coach ended when he became the Giants’ offensive coordinator following the 2013 season. 

On Oct. 16, the Giants will play their first interconference game when they host the Baltimore Ravens at 1 p.m.

The following week, the Giants will play their second-ever game in London when they face the Rams. It will be the first NFL game played in Twickenham Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. A week after visiting Great Britain, the Giants will have their annual bye on the final weekend of October.

When they return to the field, the Giants will play three consecutive home games: Sunday, Nov. 6 vs. Philadelphia (1 p.m.), Monday, Nov. 14 vs. Cincinnati (8:30 p.m.) and Sunday, Nov. 20 vs. Chicago (1 p.m.).

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“The bye comes at a perfect time, around the mid-point of the season, and after a trip to London, – which is a tremendous opportunity, and exciting for us,” McAdoo said. “It’s good for the league, and it’s good for the Giants and the Rams to play overseas. The bye coming right after it, followed by three home games vs. three good opponents in a row will be exciting for us, especially with the Monday night game against Cincinnati.”



Following their homestand, the Giants will play successive road games against AFC North opponents. On Nov. 27, they will visit the Cleveland Browns in a game that will start at 1 p.m. A week later, they will face the Steelers in Pittsburgh in a game scheduled to begin at 4:25.

On Sunday, Dec. 11, the Giants will play the first of their two scheduled December night games when they host the Cowboys at 8:30. The Giants will conclude their home schedule on Sunday, Dec. 18 against the Detroit Lions in a 1 p.m. game.

The Giants’ final two games are on the road against division opponents. On Thursday night, Dec. 22, they will face the Eagles in Philadelphia at 8:25. The Giants will conclude their season on Jan. 1 in Washington, a game scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Some highlights from the Giants’ 2016 schedule:

• The Giants will play six games against 2015 playoff teams: Washington (2), Minnesota, Green Bay, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

• The Giants will play two teams with new head coaches: Philadelphia (Doug Pederson) and Cleveland (Hue Jackson).

• The Giants this season play the NFC North and AFC North, divisions that had two teams apiece in the 2015 postseason. The four NFC North opponents were a combined 34-30 (.531). The teams in the AFC North were a combined 30-34 (.469).



• The Giants will play their second consecutive season opener in Dallas, their fourth in a row on the road, and their fourth in five seasons against the Cowboys. Last year, they lost their opener in AT&T Stadium, 27-26. In 2014, they opened in Detroit. The previous season, their first game was in Dallas, and in 2012, they opened against the Cowboys in MetLife Stadium. The three most recent openers vs. Dallas were played in prime time; the 2016 opener is scheduled for a 4:25 kickoff.

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• This is the first time the Giants will play four consecutive road openers since they started seven consecutive seasons as visitors from 1962-68.

• This is the fifth time in six seasons the Giants will open their season vs. an NFC East opponent. The Giants have lost their last five season openers.

• The Giants’ first three games are very similar to their 2015 start. Last year, they opened in Dallas before coming home to face an NFC South opponent (Atlanta) and Washington. This year, their first game is in Dallas, and they will return home to face an NFC South opponent (New Orleans) and Washington.

• The Giants will finish the season with back-to-back road games – and in Washington - for the first time since 2010, when their final two games were in Green Bay and FedEx Field.

• The Giants will play three consecutive home games for the first time since 2011, when they lost to Seattle before defeating Buffalo and Miami. But they had a bye between the games vs. the Bills and Dolphins. This year, the Giants will have their first three-week homestand since 2006, when the third game was against Chicago, as it is this season. That year, they defeated Tampa Bay and Houston before losing to the Bears.

• The Giants will play in London for the second time. On Oct. 28, 2007, they defeated the Dolphins in Wembley Stadium, 13-10.



• The Giants are 23-36-1 on Monday nights, including 8-9 at home and 15-27-1 on the road. The game against Cincinnati will be their first home Monday night game since Nov. 3, 2014 vs. Indianapolis.

• The Giants are 20-27-1 on Sunday nights, including 10-12 at home and 10-15-1 on the road.

• The Giants are 15-7-3 on Thursday, including 3-1 since the NFL began mandating in 2012 that every team play a Thursday game every season.



The Giants’ All-AFC East preseason schedule begins Friday, Aug. 12 at home against Miami at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 20, they will be in Buffalo to face the Bills. The kickoff time has not yet been determined. The Giants will be the visiting team when they play the Jets in MetLife Stadium on Saturday Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m. The preseason schedule will conclude on Thursday, Sept. 1 at home against New England at 7 p.m.

Week 1
Dallas Cowboys
AT&T Stadium
Sunday, Sept. 11, 4:25 p.m.

Last year, for the first time since 2008, the Giants and Cowboys split their season series with each team winning at home (they split in 2010 and 2012 with the visiting team winning each game). On opening night in Dallas, Tony Romo threw a touchdown pass to Jason Witten with seven seconds remaining to give the Cowboys a 27-26 victory. The teams met in MetLife Stadium on Oct. 25, when Dwayne Harris’ 100-yard kickoff return touchdown midway through the fourth quarter gave the Giants a 27-20 victory. The Giants have swept the season series 12 times, most recently in 2011, while Dallas has 20 series sweeps, including 2013-14. The Giants are 19-34-1 in Dallas (4-3 in AT&T Stadium), while the Cowboys are 4-2 vs. the Giants in MetLife Stadium.


Week 2
New Orleans Saints
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m.
New Orleans’ 2015 record: 7-9, NFC South third place
Series Record: Regular season--Giants lead, 15-13

The Giants and Saints will resume what has become the NFL’s highest-scoring series. The winning team in the last four Giants-Saints games scored 48, 49, 52 and 52 points. It is the first time in NFL history two teams played four consecutive games in which the winner scored at least 48 points. Last Nov. 1, Kai Forbath’s 50-yard field goal as time expired gave the Saints a 52-49 victory; the 101 points were the third highest-scoring game in NFL history. In the teams’ last meeting in MetLife Stadium, the Giants stormed to a 52-27 victory on Dec. 9, 2012.


Week 3
Washington Redskins
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, Sept. 25, 1 p.m.

n 2015, the Giants and Washington split their season series for the first time since 2012. The Giants won on Thursday night, Sept. 24 in MetLife Stadium, 32-21. The Redskins took the rematch on Nov. 29 in FedEx Field, 20-14; the defeat broke the Giants’ five-game winning streak in the series. In the first game, Eli Manning threw for 279 yards, including touchdown passes to Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle. Two months later, the Giants trailed in the fourth quarter, 20-0, before Manning scoring throws to the same duo closed the gap. The Giants have faced the Redskins 166 times in the regular season since their first game in 1932, making this their most frequently-contested rivalry. The Giants are 5-1 vs. Washington in MetLife and 10-8-1 in FedEx Field. They have swept the season series 32 times, most recently in 2014.


Week 4
Minnesota Vikings
U.S. Bank Stadium
Monday, Oct. 3, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Minnesota’s 2015 record: 11-5, NFC North first place
Series Record: Regular season--Giants trail, 14-10; Postseason--Giants lead, 2-1

The Giants will play for the first time in the Vikings’ new domed home, U.S. Bank Stadium. They visited Minneapolis last Dec. 27 for the final regular-season game of the Vikings’ two-year stay in TCF Banks Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. It was not a pleasant evening for the Giants, who lost on a 13-degree night, 49-17. It was their first outdoor game in Minnesota since 1976. This season, the Vikings will again play their home games indoors on the site of the Metrodome, which stood from 1982-2013. This is the Giants’ first visit to Minnesota in back-to-back seasons since 2008-09. They were scheduled to play there again in 2010, but the Metrodome roof collapsed and a Sunday game in Minneapolis was rescheduled for Monday night in Detroit. The Giants won that game, 21-3.


Week 5
Green Bay Packers
Lambeau Field
Sunday, Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m.
Green Bay’s 2015 record: 10-6, NFC North second place, NFC Wild Card
Series Record: Regular season--Giants trail, 27-23-2; Postseason--Giants trail, 4-3

The Giants have won their last three games vs. Green Bay, including once in the postseason. The teams last met on Nov. 17, 2013, when the Giants defeated the Packers in MetLife Stadium, 27-13. The Giants will make their first visit to Green Bay since Jan. 15, 2012, when they upset the 15-1 Packers in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game, 37-20. That was the Giants’ second postseason victory in a row in Green Bay, including their epic 23-20 overtime triumph in frigid Lambeau in the 2007 NFC Championship Game. The Giants last played a regular-season game in Lambeau Field on Dec. 26, 2010, when they lost, 45-17. In the 52 regular-season games played between the teams, the Giants have outscored the Packers, 924-923.


Week 6
Baltimore Ravens
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m.
Baltimore’s 2015 record: 5-11, AFC North third place
Series Record: Regular season--Giants trail, 3-1; Postseason--Giants trail, 1-0

The Giants will look to defeat the Ravens for just the second time when they meet in MetLife Stadium. In their most recent meeting, on Dec. 23, 2013, the Giants lost in Baltimore, 33-14. The Ravens gained 533 yards (309 passing, 224 on the ground) and owned the ball for more than 39 minutes. The Giants won the teams’ last meeting in New Jersey, 30-10, on Nov. 16, 2008 in Giants Stadium. In their first two games against Baltimore, the Giants lost, at home, 24-23, on Sept. 14, 1997 and at M&T Bank Stadium, 31-14, on Dec. 12, 2004. Baltimore also defeated the Giants, 34-7, in Super Bowl XXXV on Jan. 28, 2001 in Tampa. The teams met in the preseason every year from 1996-2007 and again in 2010. The Ravens lead that series, 7-5.


Week 7
Los Angeles Rams
Twickenham Stadium, London
Sunday, Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m.
St. Louis’ 2015 record: 7-9, NFC West Third Place
Series Record: Regular season--Giants trail, 25-15; Postseason--Tied, 1-1

The Giants and Rams will meet in the first-ever NFL game in Twickenham Stadium. It’s the Giants’ first visit to England since they defeated the Miami Dolphins, 13-10, on Oct. 28, 2007 in the first NFL regular-season game played outside North America. Had the game not been scheduled for London, the Giants would have played for first time since 1994 in Los Angeles, where the Rams returned to this season after 21 years in St. Louis. The Giants won their last six games against the Rams, in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014, a streak that immediately followed five consecutive Rams victories in the series. The teams last met on Dec. 21, 2014, when Eli Manning’s three touchdown passes led the Giants to a 37-27 victory.


Week 8: Bye


Week 9
Philadelphia Eagles
MetLife Stadium

Philadelphia swept the season series between the longtime rivals in 2015 for the second consecutive season. The first was a 27-7 Eagles victory on Monday night Oct. 19 in Lincoln Financial Field, a game in which the Giants jumped out to a 7-0 lead. For the second season in a row, the Giants hosted the Eagles in the season finale in MetLife Stadium. The Giants held a six-point lead in the third quarter before Philadelphia rallied for a 35-30 victory in Tom Coughlin’s final game as the Giants’ head coach. Eli Manning threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns. The division rivals split their series in 2011, 12 and 13, their longest such streak since they split in four consecutive seasons from 1952-55. In the last 30 years, the Eagles have 13 series sweeps, while the Giants have 11. The Giants won each game in 1985, 86, 87, 93, 94, 97-2000, 2005 and 2007. Philadelphia swept the series in 1988, 89, 91, 92, 95, 96, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2015. The teams split their season series in 1990, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The Giants are 6-7 in the regular season and 0-1 in postseason play in Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles are 5-1 vs. the Giants in MetLife Stadium.


Week 10
Cincinnati Bengals
MetLife Stadium
Monday, Nov. 14, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Cincinnati’s 2015 record: 12-4, AFC North Champions
Series Record: Regular season--Giants trail, 6-3

The home team has won all nine games in this series, including three Giants victories in New Jersey. The most recent of those was a 26-23 overtime triumph on Sept. 21, 2008 in Giants Stadium. The teams last met on Nov. 11, 2012, when the Bengals triumphed in Paul Brown Stadium, 31-13. That dropped the Giants record in Cincinnati to 0-6. The Giants’ other victories in the series were both in Giants Stadium, 27-20 on Dec. 11, 1994, and 29-27 on Oct. 26, 1997.


Week 11
Chicago Bears
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m.
Chicago’s 2015 record: 6-10, NFC North fourth place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 28-19-2; Postseason: Giants trail, 5-3

These teams first played each other in 1925, making this the Giants’ oldest active series (the Giants’ first-ever road victory was in Chicago on Dec. 13, 1925). The Giants lost the most recent meeting, 27-21, on Thursday night, Oct. 10, 2013, in Soldier Field. They last met their ancient rivals in MetLife Stadium on Oct. 3, 2010, when a dominant defense led the Giants to a 17-3 triumph.


Week 12
Cleveland Browns
FirstEnergy Stadium
Sunday, Nov. 27, 1 p.m.
Cleveland’s 2015 record: 3-13, NFC North fourth place
Series Record: Regular season--Giants trail, 26-20-2; Postseason--Tied, 1-1

The Giants have won five of their last six games against the Browns dating back to 1991, and are 10-14 in regular-season games in Cleveland. The teams last met on Oct. 7, 2012, when the Giants overcame an early 14-0 deficit and rallied to win, 41-27. Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes, all to Victor Cruz. The Giants’ most recent game in Cleveland was on Oct. 13, 2008, when the Browns pinned the first loss of the season on the defending champion Giants in a Monday night game, 35-14. From 1950-69, the Giants and Browns had one of the NFL’s greatest rivalries, playing each other twice each season (except for 1968). Since the Browns moved to the AFC in the 1970 merger, they have played each other only nine times (the Giants own a 5-4 advantage).


Week 13
Pittsburgh Steelers
Heinz Field
Sunday, Dec. 4, 4:24 p.m.
Pittsburgh’s 2015 record: 10-6, NFC North second place, AFC Wild Card
Series Record: Regular season--Giants lead, 44-29-3

The teams will meet for the first time since Nov. 4, 2012, when the Steelers scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for a come-from-behind 24-20 triumph. The Giants last played in Pittsburgh on Oct. 26, 2008, when they defeated the Steelers, 21-14. The Giants have not lost in Pittsburgh since 1971. Of course, they’ve played there just twice since then, winning on a Monday night in 1991, and their victory in 2008. The teams met every season from 1933 through 1969, except when the series was interrupted by World War II in 1943 and 44. Since the Steelers moved to the AFC in the 1970 merger they have played only nine times, six in New Jersey and three in Pittsburgh. The Steelers lead in those games, 5-4.

Week 14
MetLife Stadium
Dallas’ 2015 record: 4-12, NFC East fourth place
Series Record: Regular season--Giants trail, 62-43-2; Postseason--Giants lead, 1-0

Last year, for the first time since 2008, the Giants and Cowboys split their season series with each team winning at home (they split in 2010 and 2012 with the visiting team winning each game). On opening night in Dallas, Tony Romo threw a touchdown pass to Jason Witten with seven seconds remaining to give the Cowboys a 27-26 victory. The teams met in MetLife Stadium on Oct. 25, when Dwayne Harris’ 100-yard kickoff return touchdown midway through the fourth quarter gave the Giants a 27-20 victory. The Giants have swept the season series 12 times, most recently in 2011, while Dallas has 20 series sweeps, including 2013-14.

Week 15
Detroit Lions
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, Dec. 18, 1 p.m.
Detroit’s 2015 record: 7-9, NFC North third place
Series Record: Regular season--Giants trail, 21-20-1; Postseason--Giants trail, 1-0

The Giants have won three of their last four games vs. Detroit dating back to 2007. The teams most recently met on the opening Monday night of the 2014 season, when the Lions topped the Giants, 35-14. Less than nine months earlier (Dec. 22, 2013), the Giants earned their most recent victory in the series when Josh Brown’s 45-yard field goal in overtime gave the Giants a 23-20 victory. The teams last faced each other in MetLife Stadium on Oct. 17, 2010, when the Giants defeated Detroit, 28-20.

Week 16
Lincoln Financial Field
Sunday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 22, 8:25 p.m., NFL Network and NBC
Philadelphia’s 2014 record: 7-9, NFC East second place
Series Record: Regular season--Giants lead, 82-78-2; Postseason--Tied, 2-2

Philadelphia swept the season series between the longtime rivals in 2015 for the second consecutive season. The first was a 27-7 Eagles victory on Monday night Oct. 19 in Lincoln Financial Field, a game in which the Giants jumped out to a 7-0 lead. For the second season in a row, the Giants hosted the Eagles in the season finale in MetLife Stadium. The Giants held a six-point lead in the third quarter before Philadelphia rallied for a 35-30 victory in Tom Coughlin’s final game as the Giants’ head coach. Eli Manning threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns. The division rivals split their series in 2011, 12 and 13, their longest such streak since they split in four consecutive seasons from 1952-55. In the last 30 years, the Eagles have 13 series sweeps, while the Giants have 11. The Giants won each game in 1985, 86, 87, 93, 94, 97-2000, 2005 and 2007. Philadelphia swept the series in 1988, 89, 91, 92, 95, 96, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2015. The teams split their season series in 1990, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The Giants are 6-7 in the regular season and 0-1 in postseason play in Lincoln Financial Field.

Week 17
FedEx Field
Sunday, Jan. 1, 1 p.m.
Washington’s 2015 record: 9-7, NFC East first place
Series Record: Regular season--Giants lead, 97-65-4; Postseason--Tied, 1-1

In 2015, the Giants and Washington split their season series for the first time since 2012. The Giants won on Thursday night, Sept. 24 in MetLife Stadium, 32-21. The Redskins took the rematch on Nov. 29 in FedEx Field, 20-14; the defeat broke the Giants’ five-game winning streak in the series. In the first game, Eli Manning threw for 279 yards, including touchdown passes to Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle. Two months later, the Giants trailed in the fourth quarter, 20-0, before Manning scoring throws to the same duo closed the gap. The Giants have faced the Redskins 166 times in the regular season since their first game in 1932, making this their most frequently-contested rivalry. The Giants are 10-8-1 in FedEx Field. They have swept the season series 32 times, most recently in 2014.