Please allow me to introduce myself – I am not a man of wealth or taste. I am, however, the new guy on pace for the Giants and it’s a strange place after spending 40 years in the Philadelphia market covering the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and 76ers.
My family members in North Jersey and Long Island think I just won the lottery, but they don’t have to sit in traffic on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike on the way to work. .
My family and friends in the Philadelphia area think I’ve lost my mind. Some of them even call me a traitor. They don’t understand that covering sports is in your blood and that you love games and stories, whatever teams you cover. A lot of times when you’re not covering a game, you end up supporting a team you used to hate because of the people you know who work for them.
In 2015, for example, I wanted the Mets to win the World Series because I thought it would have been an amazing gift for Shannon Dalton Forde, the team’s longtime media relations representative who was battling cancer. at the time. She lost her battle in spring training the following year after the Mets lost the World Series to Kansas City.
Funnily enough, the first pro event I covered involved a team from New Jersey versus a team from Philadelphia. It was Herschel Walker’s second professional game and his NJ Generals – Donald Trump’s USFL team – were crushed by the Philadelphia Stars at Veterans Stadium.
Forty years later, the Generals, Stars and USFL are back, but without Trump, and Walker is running for Senate in Georgia. The world is a strange place.
And if you’re wondering about my favorite teams in 2022, here they are with a reason for each: Notre Dame football and basketball and Michigan State football and basketball because my daughter and my son went to school there, which means my money went there too. I’m also a big fan of William Paterson and St. Joseph University baseball because my nephews play there.
Anyway, with the Giants set to start the season on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, I thought I might weigh in on how I see coach Brian Daboll’s first season going in New Jersey. Spoiler alert: I hope my first season will be better than his.
• Week 1 (September 11): at Titans
Loss, 31-14 (0-1)
The departure of star receiver AJ Brown to the Eagles and the season-ending injury of top passing thrower Harold Landry will likely prevent quarterback Ryan Tannehill from leading the Titans to a second consecutive No. 1 seed in the AFC South, but that won’t stop them from beating the rebuilding giants.
• Week 2 (September 18): against the Panthers
Win, 24-17 (1-1)
Carolina quarterback Baker Mayfield was 3-5 with a 58% completion percentage when he faced the Baltimore defenses of Wink Martindale. The Giants aren’t the Ravens, but they could bring back rushers Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari for this game.
• Week 3 (September 26, Monday): against the Cowboys
Loss, 34-27 (1-2)
The Cowboys have way too much firepower, but it’s a rivalry game and the Giants are at home, so they’ll stay close before losing to Dallas for the 10th time in 11 games.
• Week 4 (Oct. 2): against the bears
Win, 38-28 (2-2)
The Bears are one of the few teams expected to finish with a worse record than the Giants, so consider this a must-play game for Daniel Jones and Brian Daboll.
• Week 5 (Oct. 9): at Packers (in London)
Loss, 38-10 (2-3)
Here are some fond memories: The Giants won the first ever regular season game in London, 13-10, against Miami en route to their third Super Bowl title in 2007. They also beat the Rams in London in 2016, which which is the last season they made the playoffs. This game against the Packers is not going to be a good memory.
• Week 6 (Oct. 16): vs. Ravens
Loss, 20-13 (2-4)
It’s really not fair that the Giants don’t get a bye after playing in London, but Martindale will be happy with his defense even in a loss to his former team.
• Week 7 (23 October): at Jaguars
Loss, 28-17 (2-5)
Freshman coach Doug Pederson was 8-2 against the Giants when coaching the Eagles. Make it 9-2 for the coach as quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the revamped Jags offense score four touchdowns.
• Week 8 (Oct. 30): at Seahawks
Win, 21-16 (3-5)
Seattle was one of the toughest places to win in the NFL when Russell Wilson was playing quarterback and the defense had that super cool Legion of Doom nickname. Those days are over and even the Giants can beat the Seahawks at home with Geno Smith at quarterback.
• Week 9 (November 6): goodbye
• Week 10 (November 13): against the Texans
Win, 23-5 (4-5)
The Texans took Davis Mills in the third round of the 2021 draft and he went 2-9 with 16 TD passes and 10 interceptions last season. I don’t think Mills is Houston’s answer to Deshaun Watson’s disgraced departure at quarterback.
• Week 11 (November 20): against the Lions
Loss, 24-20 (4-6)
Count me among those who believe that Jared Goff still has a chance to be a good quarterback in this league and I also believe that the Lions’ reconstruction project is slightly ahead of that undertaken by the Giants.
• Week 12 (November 24, Thanksgiving): at the Cowboys
Loss, 37-20 (4-7)
The Cowboys are 31-22-1 on Thanksgiving Day. The Giants are 7-6-3 on Thanksgiving Day. The last time the Giants won on Thanksgiving Day was in 1982 in Detroit. The last time they played Dallas on Thanksgiving Day was in 1992 and they lost 30-3. Don’t let the game ruin your family dinner.
Week 13 (December 4): Against Commanders
Loss, 22-15 (4-8)
As someone who watched Carson Wentz at his best in 2017, I can’t wait to see what he looks like with Washington. It’s a pivotal year in his career and I wouldn’t rule it out.
• Week 14 (11 Dec.): against the Eagles
Win, 26-24 (5-8)
Every season has at least one surprise, and the Eagles will have back-to-back tough games against Tennessee and Green Bay at home. The Giants have beaten the Eagles the past two seasons at Met Life Stadium.
• Week 15 (December 17 or 18): at Commanders
Loss, 24-17 (5-9)
Washington’s Ron Rivera is one of the most underrated coaches in the league and he’s especially good at devising defensive plans. Ask Bills head coach Sean McDermott.
• Week 16 (December 24, Saturday): at Vikings
Loss, 33-24 (5-10)
It will be a merry Christmas Eve at home for Kirk Cousins and the Vikings. Cousins isn’t a superstar, but he’s more than capable of singling out the Giants’ secondary, which seems like a weakness for Big Blue.
• Week 17 (January 1): against the Colts
Loss, 21-20 (5-11)
It’s going to be weird seeing Matt Ryan in a Colts uniform. He’s on the flip side of a terrific career, but he still has enough to make a close one at the Met Life Stadium.
• Week 18 (January 7 or 8): at the Eagles
Loss, 34-14 (5-12)
The Eagles will play for playoff positioning and are still upset with their Week 14 loss to the G-Men. Revenge will be sweet for Philadelphia and the first year of a tough rebuild will finally be over for the Giants.
• FINAL RECORD: 5-12
The record will not be pretty, but some of the younger players will give reason for hope. It seems likely that Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen will want to move on from quarterback Daniel Jones because the quarterback is always the most blamed when things go wrong and they’ll want to bring in their own guy in hopes that they can write another one. Josh Allen.
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Bob Brookover can be reached at [email protected].