By Michael Stewart @TheTruthNYG
It’s that time Giant fans where I make my prediction of what the New York Giants final record will be in 2022. The Giants have the easiest schedule in 2022 based on 2021 teams overall record of 110-130. Aside from the 6 games against the NFC east, the Giants will play 4 games each against the NFC North and AFC South, and one game each against the NFC South, NFC West (1 game) and the AFC North. It seems reasonable to believe that the Giants could surprise a few teams along the way with a solid start or falter right out of the gate. Here’s a look at my 2022 game by game prediction of the New York Giants final record in 2022.
Game 1-Tennessee Titans: Opening day, new regime, new offensive & defensive systems. Giants play hard on both sides of the ball, but fall short. Record 0-1
Game 2-Carolina Panthers: Season home opener, Stadium sold out and Giants don’t disappoint. Get their first win of the season on a late 4th quarter comeback. Record 1-1
Game 3-Dallas Cowboys: First division showdown at MetLife Stadium in a prime time matchup (Monday night) as this game goes down to the wire with the Giants falling short in the end. Record 1-2
Game 4-Chicago Bears: Third straight home game for the Giants as the Giants offense makes some big plays against a Bear’s team that doesn’t have the overall talent on both sides of the ball. Giants win and get back to .500 for the season. Record 2-2
Game 5-Green Bay Packers; This one will be played in England and the Giants will have their hands full with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers overall. I expect inspired football, but in the end the Giants falter. Record 2-3
Game 6-Baltimore Ravens: This game could go either way as I expect the Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson looking to have a bounce back season after a disappointed 2021. Once again, the Giants put forth a solid effort, but in the end fall short. Record 2-4
Game 7-Jacksonville Jaguars: This will be a tough road game for the Giants as the Jaguars are a better team under HC Doug Pederson. Both teams will have their moments and I believe the Giants will make the big plays in this game and find a way to win. Record 3-4
Game 8-Seattle Seahawks; This will be a hard one to project as the Giants won their last meeting in Seattle with backup quarterback Colt McCoy. This game could go either way, as I expect the Giants to struggle as this game could go back and forth and be close until the closing minutes of the 4th quarter. In the end the Giants prevail with a solid road win. Record 4-4
Game 9-Houston Texans: The Giants get a much needed rest from their bye week and come into this game healthier than in years past. Daniel Jones has his best game thus far of the season as the Giants control the tempo and the game. Record 5-4
Game 10-Detroit Lions: The Giants defense will be the number one star in this game as I project the most sacks (5) for the Giants in this game. This game will still be close and the Giants will need a late field goal by kicker Graham Gano to seal the win. Record 6-4
Game 11-Dallas Cowboys: Thanksgiving Football as the Giants are riding a four-game winning streak as they face a Cowboys team looking to extend their division lead. Dak Prescott outplays Daniel Jones and the Dallas defense makes a few key stops in the 4th quarter to seal the victory for the Cowboys and snapping the Giants winning streak. Record 6-5
Game 12-Washington Commanders: Giants return to MetLife Stadium for some home cooking along with an extended week to prepare against Washington. In this close game, the extra rest and preparation pays off as the Giants edge the Commanders. Record 7-5
Game 13-Philadelphia Eagles: Giants face an Eagle’s in a must win game for both teams. Giants play well on both sides of the ball and steal one against the Eagles. Record 8-5
Game 14-Washington Commanders: Fourth straight divisional game and the Giants fortunes run out as Washington prevails in this nail-beater. Record 8-6
Game 15-Minnesota Vikings: It’s never easy to win in Minnesota and the Giants find out the hard way as the Giants have a difficult time containing Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson who both make big plays to seal a victory. Record 8-7
Game 16-Indianapolis Colts: This game projects to be a low scoring affair as the Colts feed the Giants a steady dose of running back Jonathan Taylor. Both teams struggle making big plays and this game boils down to the final minutes with the Giants falling short. Record 8-8
Game 17-Philadelphia Eagles: The Giants enter their final game of the season with a .500 record, and a shot at the playoffs. I expect a typical Giants-Eagles game with lots of physical play and miscues from both teams. In the end, the Eagles win in the final minutes of the 4th quarter. Record 8-9.
Having the Giants losing their last four games of the season would be a disappointment, but it’s very possible. Finishing 8-9 could be considered a bad year for the Giants since they missed out on the playoffs. However, when you consider they only won four in 2021 and doubled their win total, should be a positive. In my scenario the Giants finished with a 6-3 record at home and a 2-6 record on the road.