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Cover 3: Reaction to 2022 NFL schedule release


The crew reacts to the release of the 2022 NFL schedule:

Lance Medow: If you were to ask me what jumps out the most regarding the 2022 schedule, it would be that the Giants aren't taking their bye week following their game in London against the Packers in Week 5. While that's not required and teams have turned down having their byes immediately following international games, more often than not, that's been the norm. Instead, it will come in Week 9, right at the midway point of the season. When the London game was announced, the first thing that came to mind was how the Giants would likely BE playing 12 straight games to close out the season without interruption, putting a relatively young team in a challenging spot. By delaying the bye a bit, they'll break up the season more evenly and have the chance to regroup for the second half.

Other notable features of the schedule include three straight home games very early in the season from Weeks 2-4 and four consecutive divisional games from Weeks 12-15. As we've seen in past seasons, the Giants will play only one NFC East opponent in the first 10 games, but five of their final seven contests ARE within the division, including a trip to Dallas on Thanksgiving. It's just the second time these rivals are colliding on Turkey Day with 1992 being the first ever matchup. New York last played on this holiday in 2017 when it visited Washington.

The Giants have two sets of back-to-back road games as they're heading to Jacksonville and Seattle in Weeks 7 and 8, respectively, before trips to Washington and Minnesota in Weeks 15 and 16. It's also important to highlight that three of their final four games are on the road after a high volume of contests at MetLife Stadium in September and October.

As of right now, they only have one primetime game on "Monday Night Football" in Week 3 against Dallas, and of the other 14 games that have assigned times, they are scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. or earlier in 11 of them. From a broadcaster's perspective, I have no complaints.

View photos of the New York Giants' 2022 regular season schedule.

Dan Salomone: All the hoopla around the schedule release is fun four months out, but when that excitement passes, what you're left with is 17 very real games for a team looking to get back on track. President John Mara talked about hitting the "reset button" and earning back the trust of fans in his season-ending press conference, a process that started with hiring general manager Joe Schoen and coach Brian Daboll. And who's better to lead a fresh start than two key cogs that helped build Buffalo into a powerhouse after the franchise hadn't made the postseason since the Music City Miracle?

After an offseason full of high draft picks and tough cap decisions, the rubber meets the road starting Week 1 in Tennessee. So, while people talk about "easy" or "hard" parts of the schedule, remember that no one in the NFL has held a full-team practice yet. So, it's never wise to jump to conclusions based off previous seasons, especially in the NFL. Since 1990 (32 straight seasons), at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before. At least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 18 of the last 19 seasons (Bengals and Cowboys in 2021).

Matt Citak: The first thing that stands out about the Giants' 2022 schedule is the slew of home games to start the season. After opening on the road against the Titans in Week 1, the Giants return home for three consecutive home games against the Panthers, Cowboys (Monday night) and Bears. They then travel across the Pond for a matchup against the Packers in London, before coming back to MetLife Stadium for a Week 6 game against the Ravens. Four of the team's first six games are at home, with one of the two away games occurring on neutral ground. For a new-look team, that is not a bad way to kick off the season.

The Giants' biggest road stretch comes right after that home game against Baltimore. In Week 7, Big Blue will travel south to face Doug Pederson's Jaguars. The Giants will then hit the road for their longest domestic flight of the season as they fly to Seattle to take on the Seahawks in Week 8. While the cross-country flights are always a bit difficult, the team will at least get the following week off as the bye lands in Week 9.

The final aspect of Big Blue's 2022 schedule that jumps out at me is the stretch of games between Weeks 12 and 15. The Giants will match up against NFC East opponents in four consecutive weeks, starting with a Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas. They then take on the Commanders in two of their next three games, with a home contest against the Eagles sandwiched in between. These four divisional games will go a long way in determining who contends for the NFC East crown this season.


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