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Official Giants Schedule:

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Mike Garafolo has  the Giants schedule:

1; Sun., Sept. 13; vs. WASHINGTON; 4:15 PM; FOX

2; Sun., Sept. 20; at Dallas; 8:20 PM; NBC

3; Sun., Sept. 27; at Tampa; 1:00 PM; FOX

4; Sun., Oct. 4; at Kansas City; 1:00 PM; FOX

5; Sun., Oct. 11; vs. OAKLAND; 1:00 PM; CBS

6; Sun., Oct. 18; at New Orleans; 1:00 PM; FOX

7; Sun., Oct. 25; vs. ARIZONA; 8:20 PM; NBC

8; Sun., Nov. 1; at Philadelphia; 4:15 PM; FOX

9; Sun., Nov. 8; vs. SAN DIEGO; 4:15 PM; CBS

10; Sun., Nov. 15 BYE

11; Sun., Nov. 22; vs. ATLANTA; 1:00 PM*; FOX*

12; Thurs., Nov. 26; at Denver; 8:20 PM; NFL Network

13; Sun., Dec. 6; vs. DALLAS; 4:15 PM*; FOX*

14; Sun.; Dec. 13; vs. PHILADELPHIA; 8:20 PM*; NBC*

15; Mon., Dec. 21; at Washington; 8:30 PM; ESPN

16; Sun., Dec. 27; vs. CAROLINA; 1:00 PM*; FOX*

17; Sun., Jan. 3; at Minnesota; 1:00 PM*; FOX*

*Times and networks subject to change because of flex scheduling

While there are plenty of similarities to last year’s schedule, there is one thing different about this year’s slate that will surely please coach Tom Coughlin: the bye week is Week 10. During the Coughlin era, the Giants have had two Week 4 byes and one in Weeks 5, 6 and 9, respectively. The Week 9 bye came in 2007 – the only season under Coughlin in which the Giants seemed to get stronger down the stretch. And that run, of course, ended with a Super Bowl XLII upset over the Patriots.

“We play nine games before the bye – I think that is better for us,” Coughlin said in the Giants’ press release announcing the schedule. “The bye gives the players, I think, an opportunity to play a long stretch against high-quality opponents and then have a little break.”

The 2009 schedule features five prime-time games, though the last of those is the Week 14 matchup with the Eagles that could be flexed to an earlier start. And from Weeks 2-4, the Giants will be on the road, which will make them one of only two teams with a three consecutive away games, according to a report on ProFootballTalk.com.

The Giants got a bad break when they learned a few weeks ago they’d be traveling across the country on a short week to face the Broncos on Thanksgiving. They also got somewhat of a bad break today because their 10-day rest after that game was negated when the Cowboys were scheduled as their next opponent. Dallas, of course, always plays on Thanksgiving, so they’ll be well-rested as well. The Giants will be hosting their division rivals for that game.

“We already know that the majority of the work (for the Broncos game) is going to have to be done in the offseason,” Coughlin said. “But Denver has a new head coach, a new staff, and will undoubtedly have a new offense, defense and special teams. But we will be ready.”

Other notes, courtesy of the Giants’ press release:

*The Nov. 15 bye is the Giants’ latest since 2001, when they were off on Dec. 2.

*This is the first time the Giants will open the season against the same opponent (Washington) since 1991-92, when they hosted the San Francisco 49ers in consecutive seasons. They won the first, 16-14, but lost in ’92, 31-14.

*The Giants are opening the season against an NFC East opponent for the third consecutive season (including Dallas in 2007), the first time that’s happened since 1988-90 (Washington twice and Philadelphia).

*The Giants last ended back-to-back seasons at the same road venue in 1949 and 1950, when they played at Philadelphia.

*This is the fourth time in five years the Giants will finish the regular season on the road.

And get set for these grudge matches:

*Saints TE Jeremy Shockey against his former team in Week 6.

*Bucs RB Derrick Ward in his first game against the Giants in Week 3.

*Giants DL Chris Canty going against the Cowboys in Weeks 2 and 13.

*Former Giants DE Renaldo Wynn, now in his second stint with the Redskins, gets a shot at revenge right off the bat in Week 1 and again in Week 15.

*Newly signed Giants LB Michael Boley against the Falcons in Week 11.


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