Eli Manning said on Thursday he hoped the much-anticipated Manning Bowl III against the Broncos and big brother Peyton would come early this season so he and Peyton could get it out of the way. Eli got his wish, as the Giants and Broncos will meet in Week 2 at MetLife Stadium.
The Giants open their season on the road Sept. 8 in a prime-time game against the NFC rival Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Last season, the Giants also opened up against the Cowboys and lost 24-17 at MetLife Stadium.
The schedule, announced Thursday night, features five primetime games, and, interestingly, two December games against the Redskins, last year’s division champion. Tom Coughlin always wants the bye week near the middle of the season and he’s got it, coming after eight games. Coming out of the bye, the Giants have an unusual situation, with three consecutive home games (vs. the Raiders, Packers and Cowboys), which might actually allow Coughlin’s team to avoid the customary post-bye swoon.
The Giants play three of their first four games on the road, where the Giants struggled in 2012, going 3-5.
“When I looked at the schedule the first word that came to mind is ‘challenge,’” Coughlin said. “The schedule presents us with many challenges, because of the outstanding teams we play and the way it is set up. Anytime you’re in the NFC East and you’re playing the AFC West and the NFC North, you’re going to be faced with a challenging and competitive schedule.