New York Giants 2017 schedule: Dates, times announced for full season

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If there a grand conspiracy behind another Giants at Cowboys date to start the year, it's this: The NFL wants people to watch the games on TV, and Cowboys-Giants inside the league's crown jewel facility is a great opening-week matchup. That means lot of trips out West and more than a few hard games.

Elliott and the Cowboys have the Giants again to start their season.

Week 2: Monday, Sept. 18, Detroit, 8:30 p.m.

In addition, the Giants have two warm-climate games (Oakland, Arizona) in December, when cold weather can be hard on a tired roster.

The Cardinals will be facing the Giants for the first time since 2014, when they played each other at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, and will be hosting them for the first time since 2011.

The Cowboys also beat the Giants 36-31 on Sunday night in 2013.

Rookie Denver coach Vance Joseph then will coach Denver in its first meeting with the Giants since Eli and Peyton Manning squared off as starting quarterbacks for the final time, a 41-23 Broncos win at MetLife Stadium on September 15, 2013.

That could be a huge factor for the Giants as the season wears on. No match. The Giants limit the Rams to single digits.

A tweet from broadcaster Roberto Abramowitz indicates the game between the Patriots and Raiders in Mexico City will be played on November 19. This time, the Cowboys get revenge as they remember losing twice to the Giants last season.

Big Blue's home field was called Giants Stadium the last time Kansas City visited for a 27-17 Giants win on December 17, 2005. The final seven games are against teams that all have legitimate playoff aspirations, including the Raiders and Chiefs. Odell Beckham Jr. tears apart Josh Norman and the Redskins' secondary. This is the Giants' chance to flip the script and use a win over Philly as a stepping stone to a Super Bowl run. The Cowboys are held to single digits in this rematch. Safety Darian Thompson nabs the key interception for the touchdown.

This is Christmas Eve and a long way from home against a quality team.

Either way, the Cardinals have four different teams coming to Glendale this upcoming season as opposed to 2016. The Giants struggle against their strong defense. The Giants win their way into the playoffs.

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