Tuesday, September 2, 2014
NFL Nation reporters: Giants will go 6-10
By Dan Graziano
OK, one more prediction post for the day and then that's it, I promise. This idea I stole from our Cleveland Browns writer, Pat McManamon. We all had to do game-by-game predictions for the teams we cover, and Pat had the idea to go and look at what each of the other NFL Nation team reporters picked for his or her game against the Browns, then add up that predicted record. Pat had the Browns going 6-10, but if you base it on the game-by-game predictions of the reporters covering Cleveland's opponents, they're saying the Browns go 1-15.
Since I think it's interesting to see how the New York Giants are viewed by those of us who aren't so focused on them every day, I thought this would be a good idea. So like I said, I stole it. Pat won't mind. We go way back.
Based on the game-by-game predictions of the team reporters covering the Giants' opponents, the Giants will have a 6-10 record this year. My game-by-game prediction got them to 8-8. Let's take a look at where my picks differ from those of the other team reporters. For context, I put next to each reporter's name his or her predicted final record for his or her team. You can also click on the team reporter's name for his or her game-by-game predictions, in case you'd like to read more about the picks.
Week 1 -- at Detroit (Mon.) My pick: Giants
Mike Rothstein (8-8): Lions
Week 2 -- vs. Cardinals My pick: Cardinals
Josh Weinfuss (9-7): Giants
Week 12 -- vs. Cowboys My pick: Giants
Todd Archer (8-8): Giants
Week 13 -- at Jacksonville My pick: Giants
Mike DiRocco (6-10): Giants
Week 14 -- at Tennessee My pick: Giants
Paul Kuharsky (7-9): Giants
Week 15 -- vs. Redskins My pick: Giants
John Keim (7-9): Giants
Week 16 -- at St. Louis My pick: Rams
Nick Wagoner (6-10): Rams
Week 17 -- vs. Eagles My pick: Giants
Phil Sheridan (11-5): Eagles
Rothstein and I differ on the opener, but I acknowledge that the only reason I'm picking the Giants in the opener is that I don't think anyone else will, and I hate picking the same thing everyone else picks.
Sheridan has the Eagles going 5-1 in the division, including two victories each against Washington and the Giants. I can't predict the NFC East, so what I did was I gave the Giants wins in their home division games and losses in the road ones. Seemed fair.
Everybody seems to agree that that Week 6-11 stretch is the killer for the Giants. McClure adds to it with his prediction of a Falcons road win, and that makes Week 4-11 a seven-game losing streak that would put the Giants at 2-8 after 10 weeks if my colleagues are all correct.
Anyway, take this for what it's worth. I hope you enjoyed it.