The official 2023 schedule has been released. So, how "tough" is it?
Based on combined winning percentages from the 2022 season, the Giants are tied with the Patriots and Cowboys for the third-toughest schedule. They trail only the Dolphins (0.554) and Eagles, who have the "toughest" lineup with a combined opponent winning percentage of 0.566. The Falcons have the "easiest" at 0.417.
2023 NFL strength of schedule listed from hardest to easiest based on opponents' 2022 winning percentages:
- 1. Philadelphia Eagles (0.566)
- 2. Miami Dolphins (0.554)
- T-3. New York Giants (0.549)
- T-3. New England Patriots (0.549)
- T-3. Dallas Cowboys (0.549)
- 6. New York Jets (0.545)
- 7. Buffalo Bills (0.542)
- 8. Washington Commanders (0.535)
- 9. Los Angeles Rams (0.533)
- 10. Las Vegas Raiders (0.524)
- 11. Arizona Cardinals (0.519)
- T-12. Denver Broncos (0.517)
- T-12. Seattle Seahawks (0.517)
- T-12. Los Angeles Chargers (0.517)
- 15. San Francisco 49ers (0.514)
- 16. Kansas City Chiefs (0.512)
- 17. Cincinnati Bengals (0.510)
- T-18. Chicago Bears (0.497)
- T-18. Minnesota Vikings (0.497)
- 20. Detroit Lions (0.495)
- 21. Baltimore Ravens (0.484)
- 22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0.483)
- 23. Jacksonville Jaguars (0.477)
- 24. Green Bay Packers (0.476)
- 25. Pittsburgh Steelers (0.470)
- 26. Cleveland Browns (0.460)
- 27. Carolina Panthers (0.453)
- 28. Tennessee Titans (0.448)
- 29. Indianapolis Colts (0.434)
- 30. Houston Texans (0.431)
- 31. New Orleans Saints (0.427)
- 32. Atlanta Falcons (0.417)
With that in mind, it's never wise to jump to conclusions based off previous seasons, especially in the NFL.
Since 1990 (33 straight seasons), at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before. The Giants were one of six teams to do just that a year ago. The others were the Vikings, Chargers, Ravens, Jaguars, and Dolphins.
Here's a breakdown of the NFL schedule formula and how opponents are decided:
- Six games against divisional opponents — two games per team, one at home and one on the road.
- Four games against teams from a division within its conference — two games at home and two on the road.
- Four games against teams from a division in the other conference— two games at home and two on the road.
- Two games against teams from the two remaining divisions in its own conference — one game at home and one on the road. Matchups are based on division ranking from the previous season.
- The 17th game is an additional game against a non-conference opponent from a division that the team is not scheduled to play. Matchups are based on division ranking from the previous season.
View photos of the New York Giants' official 2023 schedule.