Giants begin season in Tennessee, will have two nationally-televised games in 2022

The New York Giants have a new coach in Brian Daboll and are hoping to be better in 2022, and that journey will begin in Tennessee as they battle the Titans in their season opener.

New York will have two nationally-televised games against NFC East rival Dallas – one on a Monday night in MetLife Stadium, the other on Thanksgiving in Texas – an early three-game homestand and an October that includes trips to England, Florida and the West Coast highlight the Giants’ 2022 schedule, released today.

Other notable nuggets from Daboll’s first season as head coach are five division games in the final seven weeks, including four in a row from Nov. 24 to Dec. 17 or 18, and playing three of their final four games as visitors, the last their first season finale on the road since 2016.

In the second season of the NFL’s expansion to a 17-game schedule, the Giants will play nine home games for the first time since their inaugural season in 1925. They have played nine games in their home stadium six times when they were the visitors against the Jets and a game in 2005 that was moved from New Orleans to Giants Stadium because of Hurricane Katrina.

In 2022, the NFC East will play the NFC North and the AFC South. Because they finished fourth in the NFC East, the Giants will host the fourth-place team from the NFC South (the Carolina Panthers) and NFC North (the Baltimore Ravens) and visit the fourth-place team from the NFC West (the Seattle Seahawks).

The Giants begin their season against an AFC opponent for the third consecutive season and the fourth time in five years and will open on the road for the first time since 2019, when their first game was in Dallas.

The Giants can then settle in for a three-week stay at home. They will play their MetLife Stadium opener in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. That will be followed by the Monday night game against the Cowboys on Sept. 26 at 8:15 p.m. and a third straight game in MetLife Stadium vs. the Chicago Bears on Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. The Giants will play three consecutive home games for the first time since Nov. 6-20, 2016, when they defeated Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Chicago. As it is this year, the middle game then was on a Monday night and the final game of the homestand was against the Bears.

The rest of October will challenge the Giants with an arduous travelogue that will include three trips totaling 13,374 air miles.

The Giants will first fly to London to play their third game in the capital of the United Kingdom when they face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Oct. 9 in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Packers will become the 32nd and last NFL team to play in London. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. eastern time. On Oct. 28, 2007, the Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins, 13-10, before 81,176 fans in Wembley Stadium in the first regular season NFL game played outside of North America. Nine years later – on Oct. 23, 2016 – the Giants edged the Los Angeles Rams, 17-10, in Twickenham Stadium.

The Giants elected not to take their bye the week following an international game and will return home to host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.

They then head back out on the road for two more games, facing the Jaguars in Jacksonville on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. and the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 4:25 p.m.

After playing two games three weeks apart in cities separated by almost 5,000 miles – with another trip in-between – the Giants will have their bye in Week 9, which includes Sunday, Nov. 6.

The Giants return to the field with two games in MetLife Stadium, facing the Houston Texans on Sunday, Nov. 13, and the Detroit Lions on Nov. 20. Both games will be at 1 p.m.

Four days later, the Giants face the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving at 4:30 p.m., beginning a stretch of four straight games against their NFC East rivals.

They host the Washington Commanders on Sunday, Dec. 4, and the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 11, with both games scheduled for 1 p.m.

The Giants’ final four games will include three road games, two against division foes in which dates and kickoff times will be announced later in the season.

On Saturday or Sunday, Dec. 17 or 18, they will visit the Commanders in FedExField. The Giants’ final game in calendar year 2022 will be played on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. against the Vikings in Minnesota.

The Giants begin the new year by hosting the Indianapolis Colts in their final home game of the season on Sunday, Jan. 1, at 1 p.m.

The 17th and final game of the season will be played on Saturday or Sunday, Jan. 7 or 8, vs. the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Some highlights from the Giants’ 2022 schedule:

*The Giants will play a franchise-record 17 regular-season games for just the third time in their 97-year history. They were 13-4 in 1930 and 4-13 in 2021.

*The Giants play six games against 2021 playoff teams: Dallas and Philadelphia twice each and once each against Green Bay and Tennessee.

*The Giants play four teams with new head coaches: Chicago (Matt Eberflus), Minnesota (Kevin O’Connell), Houston (Lovie Smith) and Jacksonville (Doug Pederson).

*The Giants play consecutive home games three times (Sept. 18-Oct. 2, Nov. 13-20 and Dec. 4-11) and consecutive road games twice (Oct 23-30 and Dec. 17 or 18 and Dec. 24).

*Eight of the Giants’ nine home games are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The exception is the Sept. 26 Monday night game against Dallas.

*The Giants will open the season on the road against an AFC opponent for the first time since 2001, when they lost in Denver, 31-20. Last year, they lost to the Broncos, 27-13. They also fell to Pittsburgh, 26-16, in 2020 and Jacksonville, 20-15, in 2018. All three of those games were in MetLife Stadium.

*The Giants will begin a season vs. the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise for the first time since a 34-14 victory against the Oilers in Yankee Stadium on Sept. 16, 1973.

*The Week 3 Monday night contest vs. Dallas is the Giants’ only currently scheduled night game. For the fourth consecutive season, the NFL’s original schedule does not include a Sunday night game for the Giants. But their home game vs. Cleveland on Dec. 20, 2020 was flexed to Sunday night.

*The Giants face the Bears for the fifth consecutive season, the first time that’s happened since 1939-43.

*The Giants host the Ravens on Oct. 16, their first home game vs. Baltimore since 2016 – which was also played on Oct. 16. The Giants won that contest, 27-23.

*The Giants are 7-5-3 on Thanksgiving but have played on the holiday just four times since 1938. They last played on Turkey Day on Nov. 23, 2017, a 20-10 defeat in Washington. They also lost in Denver in 2009 and Dallas in 1992. The Giants’ most recent Thanksgiving Day victory was at Detroit on Nov. 25, 1982, a 13-6 triumph highlighted by Lawrence Taylor’s fourth-quarter, 97-yard interception return touchdown.

The Giants first played on Thanksgiving in 1926, their second year of existence, when they defeated the Brooklyn Lions, 17-0. After a two-year hiatus, they played a Thanksgiving Day game every season from 1929-38. They did not play again on Thanksgiving until 1982.

*The Giants have lost their last six games played on Thursday, when they are 15-13-3 overall. Their last Thursday victory was on Sept. 24, 2015 (32-21 vs. Washington). The Giants most recently won a Thursday road game on Sept. 25, 2014, a 45-14 triumph in Washington.

*The Giants ended their season at home in each of the previous five and 10 of the last 11 seasons. They were 1-4 in their most recent stretch, beating Dallas in 2020. The Giants last played their season finale as visitors on Jan. 1, 2017, a 19-10 triumph in Washington. They last ended their season vs. the Eagles in 2019 (a 34-17 loss) and last concluded a campaign in Philadelphia in 1998 (a 20-10 victory).

*This season, “flexible scheduling” for Sunday night may be used twice between Weeks 5-10, and during Weeks 11-15 and Week 17. In weeks of the season eligible for “flexible scheduling,” the games listed for the Sunday night window are tentative and subject to change. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to a Sunday afternoon.

*The Giants’ preseason opponents were also revealed today. Since the increase in regular season games to 17, each team plays three preseason games. The Giants’ preseason foes (dates and times will be announced in the future):

Week 1 at New England

Week 2 vs. Cincinnati

Week 3 at the Jets

Giants name Brian Daboll head coach

The New York Giants have hired Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, the team announced Friday.

The 46-year-old Daboll succeeds Joe Judge, who was fired by the New York after two seasons with the team.

Giants GM Joe Schoen was the assistant GM for the Bills during Daboll’s four seasons as offensive coordinator in Buffalo.

“We interviewed several people who are incredible coaches, and all of whom are going to enjoy much more success in this league in their current positions and as a head coach,” Schoen said via a press release. “With that said, we – me and ownership – all felt Brian is the right person to serve as our head coach.”

Daboll first interviewed with the Giants via video conference on January 21. On Tuesday – two days after Buffalo lost to Kansas City in the Divisional Playoff round– Daboll met with the Giants at the team’s practice facility.

“My immediate goal is to assemble a coaching staff – a strong staff that emphasizes teaching and collaboration and making sure our players are put in the position to be their best and, ultimately, to win games,” Daboll said. That’s why all of us do this. To teach, to be successful, to develop talent, and to win. I have a pretty good idea where our fan base’s feelings are right now, and I get it.”

The Giants hope Daboll can do with Daniel Jones what he did with Josh Allen in Buffalo. This season, Allen had a franchise-record 409 completions, to go along with 4,407 passing yards and 36 touchdowns.

“Brian was the first candidate we met with when we began our search,” said team president John Mara, “and as we continued our conversations, it was clear that his approach to coaching and team building was what we are looking for moving forward with our team.”

In 2020, Daboll was voted the Associated Press’s NFL Assistant Coach of the Year after the Bills finished 13-3.

Daboll has 20 years of NFL coaching experience. He spent 11 seasons with the New England Patriots (2000-06, 2013-16) in a variety of roles and helped the franchise win five Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, and LI). 

The Giants interviewed six candidates for the head coach position. In addition to Daboll, they spoke to former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores; defensive coordinators Leslie Frazier of Buffalo, Lou Anarumo of Cincinnati, Dan Quinn of Dallas, and the Giants DC Patrick Graham.

Bills OC Daboll gets second interview with Giants

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll  became the first Giants head coach candidate to have a second interview for the position, team team announced Tuesday.

According to the team, the 46-year-old Daboll spent the day at the team’s Quest Diagnostics Training Center and met with team president John Mara, chairman Steve Tisch, senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara and Joe Schoen, who was hired last week as the Giants’ new general manager. He also met with other members of the front office and toured the facility.

Daboll’s first interview was Friday evening via video conference with John Mara, Tisch and Schoen.

The Giants hosted Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn for an interview yesterday. The team has also conducted interviews via teleconference with Buffalo defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier on Saturday and on Sunday with Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo, who was the Giants’ defensive backs coach in 2018.

Schoen and Daboll have worked together with the Bills for the last four seasons.

In 2021, Daboll’s offense excelled as Buffalo won its second straight AFC East title with an 11-6 record. The Bills finished third in the NFL with 28.4 points a game and fifth with 381.9 yards a game. Quarterback Josh Allen finished sixth in the league with a franchise-record 409 completions, seventh with 36 touchdown passes and eighth with 4,407 yards. Allen’s favorite target, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, caught 103 passes for 1,225 yards and 10 touchdowns.

This postseason, the Bills routed New England, 47-17, in a wild card playoff game and lost to the defending AFC champion Chiefs, 42-36 in overtime, on Sunday night in Kansas City in a divisional round game.

In 2020, Daboll was voted the AP’s NFL Assistant Coach of the Year after the Bills finished 13-3 and unseated longtime powerhouse New England atop the division. Allen finished second in the NFL most valuable player voting after setting Buffalo single season franchise records with 4,544 yards, 37 touchdown passes, a 69.2 completion percentage and a 107.2 passer rating.

Daboll has 20 years of NFL coaching experience. He spent 11 seasons with the New England Patriots (2000-06, 2013-16) in a variety of roles and helped the franchise win five Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX and LI). Daboll has been an offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns (2009-10), Miami Dolphins (2011) and Chiefs (2012). He was also the Jets’ quarterbacks coach in 2007-08.

Obviously, Schoen and Daboll know each other very well, so if Schoen believes in Daboll, he’ll probably be the guy for the Giants. 

 

 

Bills’ McDermott on Josh Allen: ‘Got a lot of confidence in that young man’

Coming into their game against the Miami Dolphins, many were questioning second-year quarterback Josh Allen. However, on Sunday, Allen answered some of those questions. Allen completed 21 of 33 passes for 256 yards and tied a career-high with three touchdowns passes, and he ran for 56 yards and another score, as the Bills defeated the Dolphins 37-20.

“I think he showed his personality, honestly,” Bills head coach Sean McDermott said on Monday. “He’s a highly competitive young man. Got a lot of confidence in that young man. He competes at a high level, whether he’s having a one of his best days or he’s not.

“And, yesterday I thought was one of his better days and he’s only going to get better. Much like Tremaine [Edmunds], just in the middle part of his second year with a lot of reps under his belt but also, still young and still learning the game. I just thought overall, great team effort and all the guys I thought really just they showed their true personality yesterday.”

The 37 points the Bills scored against the Dolphins was a season-high for the team, and while Allen has had some issues in 2019, especially with the deep ball, Bills OC Brian Daboll sees a player that competes week in and week out.

“I think Josh is a good football player,” Daboll said. “He’s a good leader. He’s a good leader for our offense. He’s a good leader for our team, puts in a ton of work, has respect of his teammates, and goes out there every week and competes his tail off.”

This was a game the Bills were supposed to win, and they have done that all season long. At 7-3, Buffalo is off to its best start after ten games since 1999, so whether it’s against a good team or bad team, a win is a win, which is good news for the Buffalo Bills. Next up? The 3-7 Denver Broncos, who the Bills should beat. 

Bills’ OC: ‘I have a lot of confidence in Josh(Allen)’

QB Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills’ offense started slowly against the Jets on Sunday, and at one point, the Bills were down 16-0 in the third quarter. One of the Jets’ touchdowns was a pick-6 by C.J. Mosley in the first quarter.  However, things got better in the fourth quarter for the Bills’ offense, as Allen was able to lead the Bills on two touchdown scoring drives to help Buffalo defeat the Jets 17-16 at MetLife Stadium.

Allen finished the game 24/37 for 254 yards, 1 TD, 2 ints, despite Allen’s struggles, Bills’ OC Brian Daboll continued to have confidence in his quarterback.

“I’ve said this before; I have a lot of confidence in Josh,” Daboll said on Monday. “Again, he hasn’t even started a full season. But he’s a grinder. He’s a competitor. He’s smart. He’s tough. And I got a lot of faith in him. So, we started out the game in no huddle to spread [the Jets] out. Sometimes you start games, you pass to set up the run or you run to set up the pass. Each week is a little bit unique. This is what we felt was best going into this game. Unfortunately we had some turnovers, but again, you don’t pull the plug on that. You take a look at why, and we have enough confidence in him and the rest of the guys to keep going in that no huddle and throwing the ball around a little bit.”

The Bills’ offense turned the ball over four times on Sunday, which, according to Daboll, was one of the reasons they were not able to have success early in the contest.

“Well, we were moving the ball. We had four turnovers,” Daboll said. “It’s well documented, right? Two tipped balls, a fumbled snap, and then we lose one in the pocket on the opening drive. So you have turnovers, that stops drives. Now, if you weren’t moving the ball, then you’re going to have to figure out how to do something else. But we felt like we were moving the ball, and we had turnovers.

“Did we change a whole bunch at halftime? No. I mean we had four drives in the second half minus the four-minute. We had one safety back there backed up. And then we had a drive for three points and two drives at the end. So we had four drives. And give credit to the players. That’s who I give credit to. They went out and executed and made some good plays when they had to make them. You talk about Josh or Smoke (John Brown) or really, I’d say the whole group; that we’re far from where we need to be. But they played the best when it counted the most, and that’s resiliency. That’s mental toughness. You have to string them together and have a good week of preparation this week. Really, what you did last week means nothing in this business. But I’m proud of the way they competed and fought.”

While Allen did his job in the fourth quarter, the credit definitely goes to the Bills’ defense, who kept the team in the game despite the four turnovers. Buffalo escaped with a victory on Sunday, but they have to play better moving forward if they want to have success this season.