Pat Shurmur
New York Giants

The New York Giants will have the second-easiest schedule in the NFL next season based on 2018 team records. 

There’s exciting news for the New York Giants, but it’ll only be exciting if they eventually take advantage of it.

Based on team records this past season, the Giants will have the second-easiest schedule in the NFL going into 2019. Giants opponents next season had an average winning percentage of .473. This is tied for second-easiest with the Cincinnati Bengals, the New York Jets, the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots.

The only team schedule that’s easier is the NFC East-rival Washington Redskins. Their opponents’ average winning percentage in 2018 was .469. The hardest schedule in the NFL belongs to the Oakland Raiders, with an average opponent winning percentage of .539.

The NFL typically doesn’t release the finalized regular season schedule until April. However, we’ve known who Big Blue will play in 2019 since the conclusion of the regular season in late December.

As always, the Giants will have two games against the Redskins, the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles.

They will also play each team in the NFC North. That means they’ll have to face the Vikings, Lions, Bears, and yes, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Good news, though; that Packer game will be at MetLife Stadium and not at Lambeau Field.

Big Blue will also face every team in the AFC East. The Dolphins shouldn’t be too much of a problem, and neither will the Bills nor Jets (hopefully). However, that, of course, means a rematch of Super Bowls 42 and 46 as they’ll travel to Foxborough, MA to face Tom Brady and the Patriots.

The final two remaining opponents will be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals. This is due to the fact that the Bucs and Cardinals both finished last in their respective divisions, just like the Giants in 2018.

This is good news for an organization that’s racked up a combined eight wins in the last two seasons. However, again, they need to take advantage of this “easy” schedule for it to be a good thing after all.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.