2017 Giants Schedule: Pat Leonard’s week-by-week breakdown of the season

Here's a week-by-week look at Big Blue's schedule this season from Giants writer and columnist Pat Leonard. WEEK 1 - Sept. 10 @ COWBOYS: The Giants open in Jerry World for a third straight season, seeking to dethrone the reigning NFC East champs, while Dallas is out for revenge after the Giants’ 2016 head-to-head series sweep. WEEK 2 - Sept. 18 vs. LIONS: While honoring their 2007 Super Bowl XLII team during the home opener, the Giants will aim to keep the Lions and the NFL’s new highest-paid player, Detroit QB Matt Stafford ($27 million) out of the end zone. WEEK 3 - Sept. 24 @ EAGLES: An early visit to hostile Lincoln Financial Field presents a second critical early division matchup, against a Carson Wentz-led Philadelphia team that already split with the Giants in 2016. WEEK 4 - Oct. 1 @ BUCS: The price for last year’s 11-5 record and second-place NFC East finish in is a road clash with dangerous Tampa Bay, the NFC South’s 2016 second-place team led by Jameis Winston, one of the league’s rising stars. WEEK 5 - Oct. 8 vs. CHARGERS: The Giants face four of the NFL’s six rookie head coaches this season, all in a five-game span between Weeks 5 and 10. The first is Anthony Lynn, who leads L.A.’s newest NFL franchise. WEEK 6 - Oct. 15 @ BRONCOS: This is where the Giants’ challenging schedule turns brutal: a third prime-time game in six weeks against one of the NFL’s best defenses. Denver will send Von Miller at Ereck Flowers all night. WEEK 7 - Oct. 22 vs. SEAHAWKS: Russell Wilson’s improvising for four quarters will test the discipline of this proud Giants’ defense. Pete Carroll vs. Ben McAdoo also will be an interesting matchup to watch. WEEK 8 - BYE WEEK 9 - Nov. 5 vs. RAMS: Rookie L.A. coach Sean McVay, 31, is so young, he almost makes Ben McAdoo, 40, ancient. McVay knows Giants well from running Washington’s offense previously. 2016 No. 1 Continue Reading

40 things we learned in Week 8 of the 2017 NFL season

The 40 things we learned from Week 8 of the NFL season:1. We're going to have a lot to say about sacks. We already knew they became an official NFL statistic in 1982, but keep that in mind — if you were not aware — as you continue reading.2. It's time to start thinking about Minnesota Vikings DE Everson Griffen as a defensive player of the year front runner. He has at least one sack in all eight games (only the third player to start a season with such a streak) and a total of 10.3. Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa became the first player to reach 19 sacks in his first 20 NFL games. He and teammate Melvin Ingram each have 8½, giving them an outside shot of becoming the first teammates to each reach 20 in one season.4. Carolina Panthers DE Julius Peppers recorded his 151st career sack Sunday. Only Hall of Famers Bruce Smith (200), Reggie White (198) and Kevin Greene (160) have more.5. Since 2011, Denver Broncos OLB Von Miller has 80½ sacks, most in the NFL in that span. He'll face the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night and has eight sacks in his last six games against them. Good luck, Alex Smith.6. New York Jets fans won't confuse their team with the old New York Sack Exchange. The Jets began Sunday with an AFC-low 10 sacks. At least DE Muhammad Wilkerson managed to bag Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, collecting the first sack among the Jets' vaunted group of defensive linemen.7. The Washington Redskins were without three starting offensive linemen Sunday. No surprise then that the Dallas Cowboys racked up four sacks, including DeMarcus Lawrence adding to his NFL-high figure of 10½.8. New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed his 6,000th career pass Sunday, making him the third player to join an elite club previously occupied by only Brett Favre (6,300) and Peyton Manning (6,125). Brees reached the benchmark in 240 games, 19 fewer than Manning needed and 46 ahead of Favre's pace.9. Much to the displeasure Continue Reading

2017 NFL Mock Draft

Staff reporter Josh Friedman takes a shot at predicting the first round of Thursday's NFL Draft. Here's his mock draft:1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M. Yes, the Browns’ biggest need is quarterback, but Garrett is hands down the top prospect in the draft. Explosive athlete – 270-pounder had a 4.64 40-yard dash and 40.5-inch vertical – will both disrupt the passing attack and hold the point against the run. A cornerstone prospect.2. San Francisco 49ers – Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina. Stanford’s DE Solomon Thomas, who went to GM John Lynch’s alma mater, is the chic pick, but the 49ers have gone defensive line with each of their past two first-rounders and still need a QB. Trubisky’s got great mobility and good accuracy, but isn’t a prototypical pro-style passer coming from a read-pass option offense. He’s not a starter Week 1, possibly not in Season 1, but has potential if he can hone his mechanics.3. Chicago Bears – Jamal Adams, S, LSU. The Bears have secondary problems, but they’re in a good position to solve those issues. This pick should come down to Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore (corner), Malik Hooker (safety) or Adams, and Adams gets the call here. His instincts and leadership are elite, he’s dynamic in the box and still has the coverage abilities to play the deep half. A future star.4. Jacksonville Jaguars – Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford. New Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin knows how valuable a dominant defensive line can be – he won two titles with the New York Giants because of it. Though Jacksonville is strong up front, Thomas brings unique versatility. He’s great against the run and can pass rush both inside and out.5. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams) – Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State. Lattimore’s a shutdown corner. While he can play zone, he’s best 1-on-1 and Continue Reading

2017 NFL record projections: Patriots headed for perfect 16-0 season?

With NFL training camps opening, all 32 teams have largely taken form for 2017. So before injuries, benchings, firings and (more) suspensions start shaping the season, here's USA TODAY Sports' annual prediction of how the season will unfold with record projections for each team based on picking all 256 games, plus a bonus playoff forecast.NFC EASTDallas Cowboys (11-5): The league should be ready for Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott — assuming he isn't suspended — this time around; that celebrated O-line is breaking in two new starters; and the defense could be a hot mess. Still, there's no denying this club's offensive firepower. The Cowboys play four of their five November games at home, a good point to make a move in the standings.New York Giants (10-6): They open with four of six on the road. Survive that stretch and maybe establish some semblance of a ground game to complement their aerial weapons, and the Giants could contend for the division.Philadelphia Eagles (9-7): The offensive line is intact, and Carson Wentz has some fancy new weapons. But the defensive front seven better dominate, or else that shaky secondary could be fatally exposed. Back-to-back West Coast games in December hurt.Washington Redskins (5-11):The questions about Kirk Cousins' future will be on constant loop. And he may not enjoy the present all that much after losing two 1,000-yard receivers.  MORE COVERAGE:NFC NORTHGreen Bay Packers (12-4): They open against Seattle and at Atlanta and only play at Lambeau twice after Thanksgiving. Still, they should once again be the class of this division.Minnesota Vikings (9-7): They don't look significantly different from last year's edition. The defense should again be special and Sam Bradford steady. Despite some free agent additions, the O-line could still be a weakness, though newcomers Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook should ensure Vikes don't again own league's worst rushing attack. Playing five of their first seven at Continue Reading

17 things to watch in 2017 NFL season

It's been six months since the New England Patriots' unforgettable Super Bowl LI comeback. If you've been in football hibernation since then, here's your primer for the upcoming NFL campaign — 17 subplots to monitor for the '17 season: 1. What can the Patriots do for an encore? Little more to prove for the franchise that takes "no days off." New England has reached a record nine Super Bowls, seven during the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era. One more Lombardi Trophy would give the Pats six, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers for most , while making Brady — he already has a record four Super Bowl MVPs — the first player with six rings.And the Patriots seem uniquely armed, even by their singular standards, to potentially mount a new title march with rare flair. Brady has finally escaped the pall of Deflategate and will enter the season with several new weapons (WR Brandin Cooks, TE Dwayne Allen, RBs Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead among them) and presumably will have TE Rob Gronkowski back at full strength. CB Stephon Gilmore and DE Kony Ealy are among the defensive newcomers, while MLB Dont'a Hightower returned after free agent flirtations elsewhere.Bottom line, despite parting with proven players like TE Martellus Bennett and RB LeGarrette Blount, this roster looks fully loaded and may be good enough — perhaps — to pull off a perfect season 10 years after coming up just short in the wake of the league’s lone 16-0 regular season. 2. Can anyone in the AFC realistically challenge New England? The Patriots might be vulnerable ... if Brady gets suspended ... or tears another knee ligament ... or if Belichick decides to coach the Naval Academy lacrosse team. But barring that?Aside from 2008, when Brady's ACL snapped on opening day, the Patriots haven't failed to win the AFC East since 2002. The Miami Dolphins made great strides under coach Adam Gase last year, but the Fins still aren't ready to swim with the Pats even through WR Continue Reading

10 standout items from the 2017 NFL schedule

The NFL schedule is out, and it contained more than a few wrinkles worth noting.We took a deeper dive at some of the oddities and key games. Here's what grabbed our attention. Attention Ravens: You sure?The Ravens wanted to buck the NFL tradition of getting a bye after an overseas trip. Done. Positive: The Ravens will not have to spend their bye early in the season (coaches and players don’t like that). They will indeed play the week after facing the Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on Sept. 24. Negative: They come home to host the rival Steelers the following week. That’s a tough assignment after the London trip. Sunday night game, Week 1: A re-runOK, we’re a bit sick of Giants at Cowboys in this spot. But we learn to live with the league’s lack of imagination. So that with in mind, we look for the storyline: Besides this being the third year in a row that the Giants open at Dallas, it is a team Dak Prescott has yet to beat. Dallas was 13-3 last season, 0-2 against the Giants. The Browns: We get no respectLook at the Cleveland schedule. All 1 p.m. ET kickoffs (except the game in London), which means no national television audience. Not even a Thursday night game. And get this: the game in London is being shown on NFL Network, so it’s a stretch to call that a “national TV” game. Prime-time in L.A.: Not yetNo prime time games home games for Chargers in their itty-bitty stadium in Carson and same for the Rams, who are still sharing the Coliseum with USC. On the other hand, the Rams and Chargers do have games on the same day three times. Good luck with that traffic. Patriots high and getting higher: (By that, we mean the altitude)The Patriots come off their bye to play at Denver in Week 10, then play the Raiders at Mexico City – which has an altitude even higher than Denver’s -- in Week 11. Expect they’ll spend the week working in some high-altitude location. By the way, Denver Continue Reading

How NFL scouts rank the quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL draft

Information used from scouts from around the NFL to assess and rank the 2017 quarterback class. All asked to remain anonymous for competitive reasons. 1. Mitchell Trubisky, North CarolinaOne-year starter who completed 68% of his passes for 3,748 yards and 30 TDs with six interceptions for an 8-5 Tar Heels team in 2016. Sat most of previous two years behind non-prospect Marquise Williams, but there were some politics involved in that. Most consistent and accurate passer in this class. Size (6-foot-2, 222 pounds) is good enough. Solidly built. Big arm. Good release. Showed athletic ability with good showing at the combine in 40-yard dash (4.67 seconds), 20-yard shuttle (4.25). Not a typical alpha male leader who will take over a room. Quieter, somewhat bland personality (think Eli Manning), but teammates love him. Good note-taker who has shown recall in meetings. Up to speed mentally, even though UNC offense wasn’t particularly complex. Like most, has operated primarily from shotgun. “You see him going through progressions,” an NFC personnel director said. “The thing that throws you off a bit is he’s really a one-year starter. A little bit about the leadership – is he a guy that can step in a huddle and take over and be the man, have the respect of a 28-year-old veteran? Just based on tape, he’s the most consistent.”Projection: Top-15 pick 2.  Patrick Mahomes, Texas TechGot his shot as a true freshman in 2014 following an injury to fellow draft prospect Davis Webb and never gave back the starting job. Finished career with 11,252 yards and 93 touchdowns with 29 interceptions on 63.5% passing in coach Kliff Kingsbury’s wide-open attack. Led Division I FBS passers with 5,052 yards in 2016. Ran for another 22 TDs. Was 13-16 as starter. QBs from that offense have struggled in the NFL, but he’s not a typical system QB. Well-built at 6-2, 225. Elite arm. Ran a 4.8-season 40 and led all QBs in 20-yard shuttle Continue Reading

Tennessee Titans 2017 NFL schedule: Dates, times, TV, radio info

Want to know when the Titans play this year? You've come to the right place.Below is a full rundown of the 2017 football schedule, including kickoff times, TV and radio info, where available. Things to know about the 2017 team ► Best and worst games in 2017 ►  Projecting the 53-man cut ► How the bitter divorce between with Aramark unfolded  Week 1 | vs. Oakland RaidersDate: Sunday, Sept. 10Location: Nissan StadiumTime: NoonTV: CBSRadio: FM 104.5 (Nashville); FM 98.7 (Knoxville); FM 102.3 (Chattanooga); FM 102.3 Jackson; FM 104.1 (Clarksville); FM 92.9 (Memphis); Full list of Titans Radio stations. Week 2 | @ Jacksonville JaguarsDate: Sunday, Sept. 17Location: EverBank FieldTime: NoonTV: CBSRadio: FM 104.5 (Nashville); FM 98.7 (Knoxville); FM 102.3 (Chattanooga); FM 102.3 Jackson; FM 104.1 (Clarksville); FM 92.9 (Memphis); Full list of Titans Radio stations. Week 3 | vs. Seattle SeahawksDate: Sunday, Sept. 24Location: Nissan StadiumTime: 3:05 p.m.TV: FOXRadio: FM 104.5 (Nashville); FM 98.7 (Knoxville); FM 102.3 (Chattanooga); FM 102.3 Jackson; FM 104.1 (Clarksville); FM 92.9 (Memphis); Full list of Titans Radio stations. Week 4 | @ Houston TexansDate: Sunday, Oct. 1Location: NRG StadiumTime: NoonTV: CBSRadio: FM 104.5 (Nashville); FM 98.7 (Knoxville); FM 102.3 (Chattanooga); FM 102.3 Jackson; FM 104.1 (Clarksville); FM 92.9 (Memphis); Full list of Titans Radio stations. Week 5 | @ Miami DolphinsDate: Sunday, Oct. 8Location: Hard Rock StadiumTime: NoonTV: CBSRadio: FM 104.5 (Nashville); FM 98.7 (Knoxville); FM 102.3 (Chattanooga); FM 102.3 Jackson; FM 104.1 (Clarksville); FM 92.9 (Memphis); Full list of Titans Radio stations. Week 6 | vs. Indianapolis ColtsDate: Monday, Oct. 16Location: Nissan StadiumTime: 7:30 p.m.TV: Continue Reading

NFL schedule 2017: Week by week TV listings

The NFL released its 2017 schedule on Thursday evening. The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs will kick off the season on Thursday Sept. 7. The Giants and Cowboys will meet in the first Sunday night game of the season on Sunday, Sept. 10Below is the full week-by-week NFL schedule for the 2017 season with television listings. RELATED: Six stories we'll see on Hard Knocks RELATED: NFL Draft prospect's word may not be enough for NFL teams(x-Subject to change) WEEK 1 Thursday, Sept. 7Kansas City Chiefs at New England, 8:30 p.m. (NBC) Sunday, Sept. 10New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)Atlanta at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)Tampa Bay at Miami, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oakland at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)Indianapolis at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Seattle at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Carolina at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)New York Giants at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (NBC) Monday, Sept. 11New Orleans at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 10:20 p.m. (ESPN) WEEK 2 Thursday, Sept. 14Houston at Cincinnati, 8:25 p.m. (NFLN) Sunday, Sept. 17Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)Buffalo at Carolina, 1 p.m. (CBS)Arizona at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (FOX)Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)Philadelphia at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (FOX)New England at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (CBS)Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (FOX)Chicago at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)Miami at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)New York Jets at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Dallas at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Washington at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Green Bay at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m. (NBC) Monday, Sept. 18Detroit at New York Giants, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) WEEK 3 Thursday, Sept. 21Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m. (NFLN) Sunday, Sept. 24Baltimore vs. Continue Reading

2017 NFL schedules for every team

Here are the 2016 NFL schedules for all 32 teams.All times listed are local by the market of the team in question.* - Sunday night games in Weeks 5-15 subject to change; Week 17 game TBD Baltimore RavensSep. 10    at Cincinnati Bengals    1:00 PMSep. 17    Cleveland Browns    1:00 PMSep. 24    at Jacksonville Jaguars (London)    9:30 AMOct. 1    Pittsburgh Steelers    1:00 PMOct. 8    at Oakland Raiders    4:05 PMOct. 15    Chicago Bears    1:00 PMOct. 22    at Minnesota Vikings    1:00 PMOct. 26    Miami Dolphins (Thu)    8:25 PMNov. 5    at Tennessee Titans    1:00 PMNov. 12    BYENov. 19    at Green Bay Packers    1:00 PMNov. 27    Houston Texans (Mon)    8:30 PMDec. 3    Detroit Lions    1:00 PMDec. 10    at Pittsburgh Steelers *    8:30 PMDec. 17    at Cleveland Browns    1:00 PMDec. 23    Indianapolis Colts (Sat)    4:30 PMDec. 31    Cincinnati Bengals    1:00 PM Buffalo BillsSep. 10    New York Jets    1:00 PMSep. 17    at Carolina Panthers    1:00 PMSep. 24    Denver Broncos    1:00 PMOct. 1    at Atlanta Falcons    1:00 PMOct. 8    at Cincinnati Bengals    1:00 PMOct. 15    BYEOct. 22    Tampa Bay Buccaneers    1:00 PMOct. 29    Oakland Raiders    1:00 PMNov. 2    at New York Jets (Thu)    8:25 PMNov. Continue Reading