The Road Ahead: Difficult Path For New York Giants

As you wait anxiously for Wednesday night's kickoff between the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants and the ever-hopeful Dallas Cowboys, a reminder that the road ahead for the Giants is an extremely difficult one. In fact, based on 2011 opponents' winning percentage, the Giants face the league's most difficult schedule.

Teams, of course, change from season to season. A quick glance at this, however, shows you that the schedule-makers certainly did not do the champs any favors. Maybe you consider the Week 5 game against the woeful Cleveland Browns a breather. Other than that, I dare you to find a game on this schedule that should be a lock for the Giants.

Team Opp. Winning Pct. Wins Losses Ties Opp. .500 or Better 2011 Playoff teams
New York Giants .547 140 116 0 11 7
Denver Broncos .543 139 117 0 11 7
Cleveland Browns .527 135 121 0 12 8
Baltimore Ravens .523 134 122 0 12 8
St. Louis Rams .523 134 122 0 9 5
San Diego Chargers .520 133 123 0 11 7
Philadelphia Eagles .516 132 124 0 11 8
Arizona Cardinals .512 131 125 0 9 6
Minnesota Vikings .512 131 125 0 10 6
Carolina Panthers .508 130 126 0 11 6
Dallas Cowboys .504 129 127 0 10 7
New Orleans Saints .504 129 127 0 10 6
Seattle Seahawks .504 129 127 0 10 5
Cincinnati Bengals .500 128 128 0 10 6
Indianapolis Colts .500 128 128 0 9 5
Jacksonville Jaguars .500 128 128 0 11 6
Pittsburgh Steelers .500 128 128 0 12 6
Miami Dolphins .496 127 129 0 10 5
Oakland Raiders .496 127 129 0 9 7
Chicago Bears .492 126 130 0 9 6
Detroit Lions .492 126 130 0 10 5
Kansas City Chiefs .492 126 130 0 11 7
New York Jets .492 126 130 0 8 5
Atlanta Falcons .488 125 131 0 10 5
San Francisco 49ers .488 125 131 0 9 5
Washington Redskins .488 125 131 0 11 7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers .484 124 132 0 10 6
Tennessee Titans .480 123 133 0 9 6
Buffalo Bills .473 121 135 0 8 4
Houston Texans .473 121 135 0 9 5
Green Bay Packers .469 120 136 0 10 6
New England Patriots .453 116 140 0 8 4
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