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Under the lights: Giants 2018 primetime matchups


A look at the New York Giants' primetime matchups on the 2018 schedule: looks at the opposing stadiums that the team will travel to during the 2018 season.

Now that you've seen the schedule, you can plan your fall accordingly.

Keep your calendars open on Sept. 16, Oct. 11, Oct. 22 and Nov. 12, the nights of the Giants' primetime games. There will be earlier start times this season for night games in 2018. "Monday Night Football" will move up from 8:30 p.m. ET to 8:15 p.m. ET, "Thursday Night Football" from 8:25 p.m. to 8:20 p.m., and "Sunday Night Football" from 8:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.

FOX Sports and NFL Network have partnered this year and will simulcast Thursday games. ESPN will continue to broadcast Monday nights and NBC will carry Sunday nights.

Here are the Giants' games under the lights in 2018:

Week 2 @ Cowboys

Date: Sept. 16
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: AT&T Stadium
Series: Giants trail, 64-45-2
For the first time since 2014, the Giants will not open their season at Dallas. Instead, they have to wait all the way until Week 2. The Giants and Cowboys, who had met in the season opener five of the past six years, will jockey for early position in the NFC East race as they try to dethrone the Philadelphia Eagles, the fourth and final member of the division's Super Bowl club.

Week 6 vs. Eagles

Date: Oct. 11 (Thurs.)
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: MetLife Stadium
Series: Giants lead, 83-81-2
This is the fourth straight Thursday night game against an NFC East opponent for the Giants. They are 2-2 in those games with victories over Washington in 2014 and 2015, and losses to Philadelphia and Washington the past two seasons.

Week 7 @ Falcons*   *

Date: Oct. 22 (Mon.)
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Series: Giants trail, 12-11
The Giants make their first trip to Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened last season. These two teams have not met since Week 2 of 2015, a 24-20 Giants loss in the final minutes at home. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is one of two league MVP's the Giants face this season. Cam Newton is the other when the Giants travel to Carolina in Week 5.

Week 10 @ 49ers

Date: Nov. 12 (Mon.)
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: Levi's Stadium
Series: Tied, 16-16
After playing the entire NFC West and AFC West last season, the Giants make one trip to the West Coast in 2018. It will be a return visit to Levi's Stadium, where the 49ers claimed their first win of the season in Week 10 against the Giants last year. That was before San Francisco turned to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who is 7-0 as a starter (2-0 with Patriots, 5-0 with 49ers). looks at the quarterbacks expected to face the Giants in 2018.

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