The Giants go 5-3 through the first half of the season and are riding a three-game win streak as they approach the second half. This is a team full of confidence and momentum, and while things won’t get easier, New York has two games remaining of a three-game home stand. The Giants have a chance to pad their schedule.
Week 10: Monday, Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m.
W vs Cincinnati Bengals (2015: 12-4)
The Bengals are still a very good, playoff contending team. And they’re coming off of a bye week. The Giants have plenty of momentum and confidence, however, and they’re tired of losing prime time games. This is when the NFL is put on notice of how dangerous New York can be. Andy Dalton never finds a rhythm, while the Giants use a balanced attack to control time of possession and win a tough game at home.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m.
W vs Chicago Bears (2015: 6-10)
The Giants play bad enough to lose this game, in one of those letdown performances New York fans have become accustomed to. Fortunately, Chicago is low on confidence from playing a tough schedule, and plays worst. The Giants escape this game with a lucky win and improve to 7-3.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m.
W @ Cleveland Browns (2015: 3-13)
Robert Griffin III has always given the Giants a hard time, and if he plays in this game, he’ll do it again. Either way, the Giants prove to be more talented than Cleveland and win their first road game on U.S. soil. The win streak is up to six games.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4:25 p.m.
L @ Pittsburgh Steelers (2015: 10-6)
This game has the potential to be New York’s most lopsided loss of the season. Pittsburgh is well-rested after playing a Thursday night game the previous week, and New York is perhaps a little overconfident. The offense never gets into a rhythm and Antonio Brown is a constant threat as New York falters for the first time since Week 5.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8:30 p.m.
L vs Dallas Cowboys
The Giants face another opponent playing on extended rest after a Thursday night game. Dallas has re-established a running attack by now and beats the Giants differently than it did in Week 1. Most people wondered which team was better, but after losing another prime time game, the Giants fail to fight off questions of Dallas’ superiority.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m.
W vs Detroit Lions
Detroit’s defense is stingy and its offense is not as inept as people assumed it might be without Calvin Johnson, but by now the Lions playoff chances are slim to none. The Giants are still positioning themselves and come out strong to snap a two-game losing skid.
Week 16: Thursday, Dec. 22 at 8:25 p.m.
L @ Philadelphia Eagles
It’s a short week for New York, which finally takes it turn in a Thursday night game. The week is just as short for Philly, but with the season all but over, the Eagles would love nothing more than to disrupt New York’s playoff chances. The Giants know they have another game to seal things up next week and underestimate the Eagles fire in a close loss.
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at 1 p.m.
W @ Washington
Happy New Year! The Giants open 2017 on a high note after defeating Washington for the second time this season and clinching a playoff spot, likely by locking up the division. The extra days of preparation, and especially rest, from last week’s Thursday game benefitted New York. Because of prime time losses, however, the Giants playoff chances are underestimated. But with one of the more experienced playoff quarterbacks, the Giants are a team no one wants to play.
Giants second half record: 5-3
2016-17 record: 10-6, 3-3 NFC East