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The horrid 2017 season has finally come to an end, the New Year is here, and Giants fans can rejoice. New York has secured the number two pick in the 2018 draft and their opponents are finalized, while Orleans Darkwa gets paid.

As Ricky Bobby once said, “Thank you dear sweet baby Jesus.” The Giants nightmare of a season is finally over! The 2017 season was historically bad for the G-Men as they set a franchise record with 13 losses. However, there is some good news: The Giants will have the second overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, which is loaded with talent.

No. 2 Overall Pick

Since the Giants finished with the second-worst record in the NFL this year, they will be drafting second overall in this year’s draft. The Giants are a much better team than their record portrayed in 2017. Injuries and horrible coaching decisions derailed the season.

The first question that will need to be answered by the Giants’ front office is are they confident in Eli Manning moving forward? No matter the answer to that question – in my opinion – the Giants would be wise to select a QB with their first pick. There is a ton of talent at the quarterback position this year. Even if New York feels confident in Eli for 2018, they can begin to groom a QB for the future. The names on the Giants QB watch list are most likely UCLA’s Josh Rosen, USC’s Sam Darnold, and Wyoming’s Josh Allen.

2018 Opponents

New York had their schedule finalized after Week 17. Per usual, the Giants will face their division rivals twice, once on the road and once at home. The Giants will play the NFC and AFC South in 2018. Those eight games will be split evenly with four at home and four on the road. The last two games for the Giants come against the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears. They face off against those two teams because they finished in the same position as the Giants – last place – in their respective divisions. Out of the Giants 13 opponents next year, six of them are playoff teams.

Orleans Darkwa Hits Incentive

Oh, Orleans, you fooled us all. Watching the game I was thinking, “Wow! Where has this been all year, Darkwa?” Little did I know. As you can see in the tweet from Field Yates above, Orleans Darkwa needed 153 rushing yards to earn a $200,000 bonus on the year. Well, Darkwa received the incentive as he rushed for one more yard than he needed. He also broke a single-game career high by 37 yards. Darkwa is up for FedEx Air and Ground Player of the Week. Giants fans, make sure you go and vote for Darkwa!

Other Giants News, Stories

  • ESNY’s Robbie Stratakos looks at five bright spots for the Giants heading into 2018.
  • Gary Myers of the New York Daily News says that Eli Manning and the Giants need each other in 2018.
  • ESNY’s Geoff Maggliochetti was at Dave Gettleman’s introductory press conference and notes how it signaled a giant change for Big Blue.
I'm a washed up D-3 college baseball player who is pursuing their MBA in Accounting. I'm an avid fan of New York sports, especially the Giants, Mets, and Knicks. Most of the time it is full of misery. I have recently found a passion for writing about sports. I have contributed for LWOS, while I attempted (failed) to make my own blog as well. I'm excited to be aboard the ESNY team talking all about New York Sports! Check me out on twitter, @Nick_LoPrinzi, to see all my sport takes and debate with me a bit.