With the calendar flipped to July, Giants.com asks 22 important questions leading up to the start of the 2022 training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
For 22 days, a member of the Giants.com crew will answer one question about the roster, coaching staff, schedule, and much more.
No. 12: What should fans know about the Giants' schedule this year?
John Schmeelk: There's a good chance it will be much less challenging than last year's schedule. In 2021, the Giants had to face quarterbacks outside of the division like Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, Derek Carr, Matt Ryan and Justin Herbert. Ryan is back on the 2022 schedule now that he has joined the Colts, but the only other upper-tier quarterbacks outside of the division are Aaron Rodgers, Lamar Jackson, Ryan Tannehill and Kirk Cousins.
The Bears, Jaguars and Texans all feature second-year quarterbacks, and those three teams all visit MetLife Stadium and make up one third of the Giants' first nine games. The Giants visit the Seahawks, who do not have an established starter with a track record of high-level success, within those first nine weeks. The Lions are the Giants' 10th opponent, and they won only three games last season. From Week 2-6, the Giants never have to set foot in another team's home stadium, with their only "road" game taking place in London.
The Giants play the three teams that had the top three picks in the draft last year. Of the teams that were slotted in the top 12 picks in the draft last year, the Giants will play eight of them.
Many of those teams have improved since last season and several could take big jumps. Last year's performances do not dictate how good those teams will be this season, but that is the best data we have for now. If the Giants are able to play solid, mistake-free and disciplined football, there should be opportunities to win games given the 2022 schedule.
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