I never care or play into the whole "how tough my teams schedule is this year" bit. If I'm comparing how many wins my team is going to have compared to any non divisional team then sure I guess I'll play along, but for me and football - my main interest is really about winning the division to make the playoffs first (ultimately to compete in the SuperBlow). Do I believe that if there's a large number of quality teams to play against, that a particular order in when you play them truly matters. Meaning is it really better to play them spread out across the season or all in a row, or before/after the bye I really don't know. I'm sure there's a lot of opinions on whats the best scenario but in the end the team has to gut it out, fight and win as many games as they can.
Now as far as who we play in our 16 games (or after Miami - like all the critics are quick to point out) I'm still not freaking out. We play the same 8 games like the rest of our division and that's what matters to me right now, winning the division not winning more games than anyone else in the league. I could care less if we have a harder or easier schedule then some AFC team.
When you talk about the 8 common games, the Seahawks really hurts us, but I'm betting the Bills will help us out and stick it to the Cowboys.
Okay so that covers 8 games, the divisional games cover another 6 games.
(Remember that multiplication cheat chart in elementary school at the back of your notebook, this is pretty similar).
So as far as divisional games are concerned its still very early and we have not played a home game. The redskins game was lost at FedEx field, I know its the skins but big deal, all you have to do for Divisional games is protect the house! Eagles and Redskins have already coughed one up as far as I'm concerned.
Okay so what are we left with, oh the other 2 games.
Alright so here's where my argument for our schedule not being brutal may come in to question.
Yes I know we face the defending champions and currently undefeated Packers as well as the Saints. I know that's nothing to scoff at but check this little tidbit.
Thanks to our division rivals the pressure to win both those games does not exist.
Our rivals have already lost 1 of the 2 unique games.
One might say ok I see how you broke all this down and see your perspective but in all your sections you seem to suggest the Giants just need to break even or split the wins here - you can't make the play offs like that. We are in 1st place right now, so from here on IF we match the best rival's wins - we take the division.
One of you may point out that I shouldn't be content with just winning the division as the first goal but instead getting the #1 or #2 seed. Well if you're that optimistic and gun-ho about that - then you shouldn't be the one worrying about this schedule being brutal!