The reinforces what New York fans already know heading into the season: New coach Pat Shurmur and his staff have a lot of work to do if the team plans to contend for a division title.
Yes, New York's division rivals in Philadelphia, Dallas and Washington also have teams from the NFC South and AFC South on their schedules. But the Eagles, Cowboys and Redskins are not facing the transition the Giants are managing as they aim for a return to the playoffs.
Below is a breakdown of the Giants' 2018 schedule.
Giants regular-season scheduleDate Opponent Kickoff time TV network Sept. 9 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. (FOX) Sept. 16 at Dallas Cowboys 8:20 p.m. (NBC) Sept. 23 at Houston Texans 1 p.m. (FOX) Sept. 30 vs. New Orleans Saints 4:25 p.m. (CBS) Oct. 7 at Carolina Panthers 1 p.m. (FOX) Oct. 11 vs. Philadelphia Eagles 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN) Oct. 22 at Atlanta Falcons 8:15 p.m. (ESPN) Oct. 28 vs. Washington Redskins 1 p.m. (FOX) Nov. 4 BYE Nov. 12 at San Francisco 49ers 8:15 p.m. (ESPN) Nov. 18 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m. (FOX) Nov. 25 at Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m. (FOX) Dec. 2 vs. Chicago Bears 1 p.m. (FOX) Dec. 9 at Washington Redskins 1 p.m. (FOX) Dec. 16 vs. Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. (CBS) Dec. 22 or 23 at Indianapolis Colts TBD (TBD) Dec. 30 vs. Dallas Cowboys 1 p.m. (FOX)
Giants preseason scheduleWeek 1 Cleveland 7 p.m. Week 2 at Detroit 7 p.m. Week 3 at New York Jets 7:30 p.m. Week 4 New England 7 p.m.
Toughest tests: Not including the Giants' NFC East rivals, seven of the 10 non-divisional opponents on their schedule are strong playoff contenders. And the Colts, Bears and Buccaneers are not exactly push-overs. Road games at domes in Atlanta and Houston will be particularly tough.
Biggest breaks: Speaking of games in domes, New York is fortunate it does not have to travel to New Orleans. It also gets to host two tough playoff teams from the AFC South in Jacksonville and Tennessee. Chicago as New York's intraconference matchup presents a winnable game.
Bottom line: The Giants' 2018 schedule is tough. But before New York can think about navigating through that slate and competing for a spot in the NFC playoffs, it needs to focus internally. As they transition under their new head coach, the Giants' new-look defense will be tested often by teams like the Cowboys, Eagles, Saints, Falcons, Texans and 49ers. The presumably still Eli Manning-led offense faces tough tasks against teams like the Bears, Jaguars and Panthers. Unless this team nails the draft and get an immediate spark from its new regime, wins in 2018 are difficult to spot. Record prediction: 6-10