And as we've seen in previous years, even if Garrett didn't sign with the Giants, it'd be Giants/Cowboys in Dallas Week 1 regardless. The hard-on the NFL schedule-maker has for that match-up in Week 1 in Dallas is unlike anything I've ever seen before. It was 99.9% certain before Garrett signed here. Now it's 100% certain.
But honestly opening in the division on the road can be a great opportunity. If you win you've banked a big one early and if you lose, so what it's week 1 and you were on the road. Pressure is mostly on Dallas in that scenario.
It's just unfortunate that we've been so unprepared and downright bad lately.
It wouldn't shock me if we end up playing the first game
In the Rams new stadium and opening the place They are one of our opponents next year. The league would like it because you have the two largest TV markets and the Rams would be happy because they would likely be solid favorites.
that I worked with a group of consultants from McKinsey a few years ago and they had worked with the NFL to feed in their data to maximize viewership in the schedule based on a variety of factors (weather, competition from other sports, availability of stadiums, etc). Invariably the numbers play out for the Giants to open in Dallas early in the season. I asked them to tweak the algorithm at least one time so I didn't have to see the Giants start in Jerruh world and give me a break. They laughed but I don't think they realized I was serious ;)
That said, yes, I'd expect that Giants to open with Dallas.
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