With the New York Giants securing a spot in last place in the NFC East, their opponents are now set for the 2018 season. The Giants will play home games against the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans. The Giants will play road games against the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagle, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts.
To break down how the NFL schedules the 16 games per season, it is a constant each year that the Giants will have six matchups against their NFC Rivals in Dallas, Washington and Philadelphia with those being both home and away games. The next four games are on a three year rotation with another whole NFC division. In 2018, that division is the NFC South where the Giants will match up with New Orleans, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Carolina breaking down to be two home and two away games. The next four games are on a four year rotation with another whole AFC division. In 2018, that division is the AFC South where the Giants will play Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee and Houston breaking down to be two home and two away games. The final two games of the schedule each year are scheduled based on a team’s place in their division from the previous year and matches them up against the two teams from the other NFC division that finish in the same place. With the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers finishing in last in their respective divisions, the Giants will be facing each next year with one being at home and the other away.
In a quick breakdown of the schedule, the Giants have tough matchups as always within the hard fought NFC East. In facing the NFC South, they will be facing three teams that made the playoffs in 2017 in Atlanta, Carolina and New Orleans. In their matchups with the AFC South, they will be facing two playoff teams from 2017 in Tennessee and the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars. In the matchup with the 49ers, they will be facing a team that ended hot in 2017 with new quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. In total, seven of the Giants sixteen games in 2018 will be against playoff teams from the 2017 season.