The 2022 NFL regular season is upon us and this will be a big evaluating year for the entire Giants squad. With that comes pressure which makes every game mean something throughout the whole season.
Now that training camp and preseason are behind us, it’s time to look ahead to the NFL regular season which starts in just under a week. For the New York, this year will be about who steps up and solidifies themselves as a mainstay on this roster for years to come.
New GM Joe Schoen and new Head Coach Brian Daboll look to bring new energy to the building. With a new regime comes a new mindset and a refresh of how they feel about the current roster. The G-Men have struggled since 2016 when they last made the playoffs. They’ve been one of the worst teams in the league during that stretch and a change was drastically needed for this season.
The expectations for the team’s playoff chances are low but some players have a lot of pressure on them this season. Both Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley are entering the last year of their rookie deals. Leonard Williams and Kenny Golladay have to prove to new leadership why they are worth the big money deals they signed when Dave Gettleman was still around.
Rookies Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal must contribute right away to positions that have been a weak point in years past. Although they aren’t Super Bowl contenders, Big Blue can be frisky if everything clicks. With that, here are the game-by-game predictions for New York in the 2022 season.
Week 1: at Tennessee Titans
Giants 23 – Titans 31
New York open their season on the road against the Titans who were the number one overall seed in the AFC a year ago. With the trade of wide receiver AJ Brown, even more of the offensive load will have to go on Derrick Henry’s back but he’s used to it at this point. The defense is also talented so the Giants will have to be mindful of players like Jeffery Simmons and Kevin Byard. The Giants find a way to put up some points early in the game and Saquon Barkley has a big game receiving. However, the synergy of the offense led by quarterback Ryan Tannehill doesn’t waver and comes back to win the game.
Week 2: vs Carolina Panthers
Panthers 13 – Giants 27
Returning off a loss to Metlife Stadium, the Big Blue’s home opener sees the Panthers come to town. They are led by a new quarterback, Baker Mayfield, who was traded by the Browns during the offseason. The G-Men beat the Panthers at home last season 25-3 when Sam Darnold was the starting quarterback. Mayfield makes the Panthers better but the defense of the Giants has a similar day to last year slowing down Carolina on their way to a win.
Week 3: vs Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys 35 – Giants 21
The first and only prime-time game scheduled for the Giants sees them play the Cowboys at home on Monday Night Football. The Cowboys have much bigger expectations than the Giants this season and are looking to make their way to the Super Bowl for the first time in almost 30 years. Daniel Jones struggles under the lights, which has been a theme his whole career, while Dak Prescott and Micah Parsons prove to be too much for the Giants.
Week 4: vs Chicago Bears
Bears 23 – Giants 24
The Bears and the Giants have played four out of the past five seasons. The Giants won the first two matchups but the Bears have won three straight. In previous seasons, the Giants have struggled in close games and usually lose on a last-second play. With a new head coach comes a new mentality. They reverse their luck, beating Justin Field and the Bears on a last-second field goal by Graham Gano to get their second win of the year.
Week 5: at Green Bay Packers (London Game)
Giants 17 – Packers 30
The last time the Giants headed across the pond to London to play a football game, they beat the Rams in 2016 which was the year they last went to the playoffs. This year, they play a much more difficult opponent as they have to square off with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Although the Packers did trade Davante Adams, they still have a good offense and their defense is always stingy. Rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux has his best game of the year so far but the Giants struggle to stop Aaron Rodgers.
Week 6: vs Baltimore Ravens
Ravens 28 – Giants 19
Making their way back from London, the G-Men don’t get a break like so many teams in the past who had to make the trip. They return home to play the Ravens who are as dangerous as they come thanks to QB Lamar Jackson. This is also a return game as Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale faces his old team. He might know a thing or two about what the Ravens will have in store on defense but the offensive threats overwhelm the Giants late in the game.
Week 7: at Jacksonville Jaguars
Giants 27 – Jaguars 30
For the first time since week 1, Big Blue play in an opposing team’s actual home stadium. Although Jacksonville isn’t typically what you call a raucous environment, the weather does get pretty warm during the fall months and could affect Big Blue. Nevertheless, Jacksonville is primed for a breakout year behind quarterback Trevor Lawrence and new Head Coach Doug Pederson. They also signed a bunch of free agents to big-money deals. This game is surprisingly high scoring and the last team with the ball, the Jaguars, ends up finding a way to win.
Week 8: at Seattle Seahawks
Giants 28 – Seahawks 23
Staying on the road, the G-Men head northwest to Seattle to play the Seahawks. Opposite of Jacksonville, Seattle is definitely a hostile environment as the 12s will certainly be going crazy. The Seahawks however will look much different this year as Russell Wilson is gone and the defense will not have Bobby Wagner. The Giants roll in and beat the Seahawks thanks to a monster day from Kadarius Toney.
Week 9: Bye
Week 10: vs Houston Texans
Texans 17 – Giants 25
Coming off their bye, Big Blue play the Texans at home which proves to be a winnable game on the schedule. If the New York want to be serious and compete for things, they have to win games like this. QB Davis Mills does show some promise but he is still young and the weapons around him are limited. Leonard Williams and Azeez Ojulari pounce on the young QB leading to a necessary win.
Week 11: vs Detroit Lions
Lions 24 – Giants 20
As stated in the previous game, these types of contests against lower-tier opponents should be winnable games for Big Blue It proves that you’re there to compete for things. This game shows that the Giants aren’t there yet. Lions Head Coach Dan Campbell brings his gritty team to New York and surprises them with their physicality leading to a Giants loss.
Week 12: at Dallas Cowboys
Giants 21 – Cowboys 28
For the first time since 2017, the G-Men play on Thanksgiving and this time it’s against a familiar foe. The Cowboys play on the holiday every year and meet the Giants for the second time this season. In these predictions, the Giants lost 35-21 so New York is hoping for some payback. The game is closer but the Cowboys still prevail.
Week 13: vs Washington Commanders
Commanders 14 – Giants 23
For the first time of the season, the G-Men play their NFC East rival the Commanders. They see an old NFC East face as QB Carson Wentz, after starting his career with the Eagles, takes the field for Washington. The Commanders are an interesting team where if everything goes right, they can make some noise. However, history tells us that won’t happen and the Giants take care of business at home.
Week 14: vs Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles 29 – Giants 23
The Eagles have been a thorn in New York side for many years most notably a couple of years ago when they cost the G-Men a shot at the playoffs by tanking a game in 2020 that instead sent Washington to the postseason. There’s always been bad blood but that moment lit a spark in the rivalry. In this contest, it remains close throughout but a costly Daniel Jones interception turns the tide in favor of the Eagles.
Week 15: at Washington Commanders
Giants 32 – Commanders 25
After a close and heartbreaking loss a week ago, the G-Men need a bounce-back game in the worst way and they find it when they travel to Washington. Saquon Barkley has a tremendous day on the ground and through the air leading the Giants to a season sweep of the Commanders.
Week 16:at Minnesota Vikings
Giants 13 – Vikings 27
The Vikings are a legit wild card in the NFC. They have the potential to go far in the playoffs or be a non-factor together. It all depends on their offense and that is something the Giants will have to worry about in this contest. The weapons of wide receivers Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen are way too heavy on a subpar Giants secondary as the Giants drop a game on the road to Minnesota.
Week 17: vs Indianapolis Colts
Colts 17 – Giants 21
On the first day of 2023, the G-Men return home after a two-game road trip to face the Colts who are a very dangerous team. They have the leading rusher in the NFL a year ago in Jonathan Taylor and brought in QB Matt Ryan from the Falcons who are a legit starting quarterback. They are playoff contenders but the Giants stun them with their best defensive game of the season. They limit Taylor to only 60 yards rushing and pick up an upset win.
Week 18: at Philadelphia Eagles
Giants 20 – Eagles 24
Big Blue finishes their season on the road against the Eagles who will most likely be playing for playoff seeding at this point. They have a great squad and if QB Jalen Hurts puts it together, they can do some damage. The Giants have had an ok year all things considered but they don’t have enough to beat a motivated Eagles team on the road.
Projected 2022 Regular Season Record: 7-10