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The Giants’ eight-game home schedule in 2021 includes five games before any of the three teams inside their division visit MetLife Stadium, league sources told The Post. And there are no Monday or Thursday primetime home games included this year.
The Eagles are up first in Week 12 (Nov. 28), followed by the Cowboys in Week 15 (Dec. 19) and the Washington Football Team in the newly added Week 18 finale (Jan. 9). So, what comes first?
After opening the season against the Broncos at home on Sept. 12 (4:25 p.m. on FOX), the Giants will host the Falcons in Week 3 (Sept. 26), the Rams in Week 6 (Oct. 17), the Panthers in Week 7 (Oct. 24), and the Raiders in Week 9 (Nov. 7).
Only one of those first five home opponents (Rams) made the playoffs last season, giving the Giants a chance to start much faster than in years past. Since last making the playoffs in 2016, the Giants have finished the first half of the season with records of 1-7 three times and 2-6 the other.
The Giants will play under the lights against both Super Bowl teams from last season, according to NorthJersey.com, which reported road games against the Buccaneers and Chiefs are scheduled for primetime. The report also mentioned a Week 16 game at the Eagles.
The Giants have a quick Week 1 turnaround to a “Thursday Night Football” at Washington Week 2, according to multiple reports. That leaves only six unknowns on the schedule: visits to the Bears, Cowboys, Chargers, Dolphins and Saints, plus the bye week.
This is the first year of the expanded 17-game schedule.
NFL television partners announced the Week 1 games as part of regularly scheduled morning programming, and FOX confirmed the Giants-Broncos Week 1 opener that includes the return of former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur as Broncos offensive coordinator.
It could include Aaron Rodgers’ debut with the Broncos, if the Packers change direction and decide to trade their disgruntled future Hall of Fame quarterback.
The Broncos and Raiders are said to be among the leading candidates to land Rodgers in such a scenario, so perpahs he is coming to MetLife Stadium one way or another if he doesn’t resolve his differences in Green Bay.
This marks just the third time since 2012 that the Giants won’t face the Cowboys in one of the first two weeks of the season.
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