Watch Now: NFL Win Totals: New York Giants O/U 6.5 (0:03)

The New York Giants have fallen into a recent lull, uncommon for the franchise, that has been lowlighted by three straight offseasons with a top-6 draft pick overall. However, hope springs eternal as the summer months are almost upon us and the potential of a breakout season from second-year quarterback Daniel Jones, a healthier Saquon Barkley, an improved offensive line (finally, maybe?) and a retooled defense all combine to prove hope for Giants fans. 

The Giants have already begun the process of embarking on their virtual organized team activities to kick things off with their 2020 roster, and as of now, the NFL still plans to start their regular season in September and to have training camp precede it. Time will tell if this plan will come to fruition -- it seems near-impossible to predict now. On the night of the NFL's schedule release, we broke down the Giants' strength of the schedule, their toughest stretch, and more. Now, we decided to take the next step in breaking down the team's 2020 schedule.

Without further ado, here's a way-too-early week-by-week prediction for all 16 of the Giants' regular season games on the schedule, complete with over/under win totals for every opponent courtesy of William Hill Sports Book, as well as the Week 1 and 2 lines. The Giants' O/U is 6.5:

Week 1 vs. Steelers (MNF)

Line: Steelers -3.5
Opponent win total:
O/U 9

Prediction: Ben Roethlisberger will be throwing his first NFL pass in almost a year and the truncated offseason won't exactly help his cause. The Steelers have also shadily lost key members of their once-elite offensive line over the past two off-seasons and the last time this offense played elite football was with former receiver Antonio Brown on the field. These are all the things working in the Giants' favor. On the flip side, the Steelers defense took that step toward becoming one of the NFL's elite units in 2019 and should be even better in 2020. In a brand new offensive system under Jason Garrett that will draw little to no similarities to what Daniel Jones operated under Pat Shurmur, this is not the ideal first matchup for the second-year quarterback. New York's defense will surprise under first-year coordinator Patrick Graham to help keep this game close for three quarters before Pittsburgh pulls away. Steelers 23-10

Projected record: 0-1

Week 2 at Bears

Line: Bears -5.5
Opponent win total: 
O/U 8

Prediction: It's never easy to play in Chicago, but it's certainly more advantageous to play there in September before the weather turns. The Giants played the Bears in Chicago last season and nearly snuck one out, but the defense failed to keep Mitchell Trubisky off the field and the offense struggled with limited possessions. The Giants defeated the Bears in 2018. In 2020, the Giants steal one on the road when Saquon Barkley breaks off two big plays -- one in the run game, one in the pass game -- behind pulling guard Will Hernandez and via the arrow route, respectively -- two concepts we didn't see enough of under Pat Shurmur. Giants 17-13

Projected record: 1-1

Week 3 vs. 49ers

Opponent win total: O/U 10.5

Prediction: After showing serious and surprising signs of improvement over the first two games, Graham's Giants defense regresses against the NFC Champions. The 49ers control the entire game (dominating time of possession) via Kyle Shanahan's zone-running scheme and a heavy dosage of play-action passes putting the stress on the Giants' young linebacker corps. On the flip side, Jones and the offense can't capitalize on their limited possessions. 49ers 27-10

Projected record: 1-2

Week 4 at Rams

Opponent win total: O/U 8.5

Prediction: Although Jared Goff's struggles and Todd Gurley's injuries have largely been blamed for the Rams Super Bowl hangover, if you look under the hood, it's easy to see the regression of an aging offensive line that has now lost two starters from that 2018 roster is the key factor. So what did the Rams do this offseason? Bereft of a first-round pick, they used their two Day 2 selections on skill position players. Graham's Dolphins defense was one of the blitz-heaviest in the NFL in 2019 and they turn up the pressure here. A poor decision by Goff allows the Giants to take this game into overtime where they grab the victory. Giants 23-20, in OT

Projected record: 2-2

Week 5 at Cowboys

Opponent win total: O/U 9.5

Prediction: Last year's loss in Dallas was a close affair until a blown coverage from safety Antoine Bethea led to a long Tavon Austin touchdown. The Giants also kept the game close, even holding the lead, in their second meeting vs. Dallas in 2019. Unfortunately, that's all they can do here against a Cowboys offense that enters 2020 with one of the best offensive lines, one of the best receiving corps, one of the best running backs, and a quarterback who took a leap forward in 2019. The final score doesn't indicate how close the game was through three quarters. Cowboys 31-20

Projected record: 2-3

Week 6 vs. Redskins 

Opponent win total: O/U 5.5

Prediction: The Giants swept the Redskins in 2019 and Dwayne Haskins played the majority of snaps in both games. Washington seems open to hosting a competition between Haskins and Kyle Allen, but regardless who starts in this game, the Giants' revamped defense has the edge against an offensive line that will likely be much worse than they were in 2019 after losing line guru Bill Callahan and doing nothing in free agency or the draft to improve any of arguably the most important positions after the quarterback. This game will resemble Jones' first home start in 2019 (and that was minus Barkley), but it will finish a little closer. Giants 20-13

Projected record: 3-3

Week 7 at Eagles (TNF)

Opponent win total: O/U 9.5

Prediction: Filling in for the injured Jones, Eli Manning nearly led the Giants to victory in Philadelphia last season but lost in overtime. That was the closest the Giants came to defeating the Eagles in Philadelphia since 2013. The Eagles have improved in key areas (wide receiver, cornerback) and this is a roster a few steps ahead of the Giants. Having said that, New York has been relatively successful limiting Carson Wentz over the course of his career and they'll make this a game. Eagles 31-24

Projected record: 3-4

Week 8 vs Buccaneers (MNF)

Opponent win total: O/U 9.5

Prediction: The Giants have won seven of their last eight against the Bucs, including two games in each of the last two seasons, but this is a new-look Tampa offense featuring Tom Brady. However, in Jones' first career start, a win over the Bucs, Jameis Winston threw for 380 yards with three touchdowns. How much better can Brady do than that? Like the past two matchups between these teams (136 points combined), this evolves into a shootout early. Giants 34-31

Projected record: 4-4

Week 9 at Redskins

Opponent win total: O/U 5.5

Prediction: The Giants keep the momentum rolling from their upset victory over Brady's Bucs by leaning on Barkley. In three career games against the Redskins, Barkley has totaled 587 yards (no, that's not a typo) with three touchdowns. Until Washington finds an answer for Barkley or improves their offensive line enough to be a more consistent offense, New York will continue to do what they did in 2019 -- a clean sweep. The Giants have won 13 of their last 20 games against the Redskins. Giants 38-21

Projected record: 5-4

Week 10 vs. Eagles

Opponent win total: O/U 9.5

Prediction: The momentum comes to a halt against the Eagles at Metlife Stadium in a close battle that concludes with a Carson Wentz-led touchdown drive. Eagles 28-20

Projected record: 5-5

Week 12 at Bengals

Opponent win total: O/U 5.5

Prediction: Facing the only other team on their entire schedule with a worse projected win-loss total, the Giants are able to pressure rookie quarterback Joe Burrow into a few costly mistakes as Cincinnati still has a ways to go in improving their offensive line after passing on the position until Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft. On the flip side, Jones finds success against a Bengals defense that successfully takes Barkley out of the game but can't limit the second-year quarterback. Giants 38-17

Projected record: 6-5

Week 13 at Seahawks

Opponent win total: O/U 9.5

Prediction: It's never easy to defeat the Russell Wilson-led Seahawks and this is even more so true when playing them at CenturyLink Field. This game remains close throughout due to Seattle's run-heavy offensive mindset, but a flurry of second-half scoring comes in from both sides as Jones begins to find the soft spots in the Seahawks' zone-heavy defense and as Wilson opens things up. Seahawks 28-24

Projected record: 6-6

Week 14 vs. Cardinals

Opponent win total: O/U 7.0

Prediction: NFL fans might remember the Giants-Cardinals game from last season because of the impact it had on the fantasy football community. Just hours after announcing David Johnson would start at running back, the Cardinals proceeded to exclusively play backup running back Chase Edmonds who racked up 150 total yards and four touchdowns on 29 total touches. Edmonds would finish the season with just 72 total touches. Edmonds and the Cardinals completely controlled the line of scrimmage and the game clock against a Giants linebacker corps ravaged by injuries and at its worst. That won't repeat itself in 2020, and although Arizona's passing game has improved, Jones and the offense will take advantage of more offensive possessions. This game ends with a game-winning Giants touchdown drive. Giants 31-28

Projected record: 7-6

Week 15 vs. Browns

Opponent win total: O/U 8.5

Prediction: The Giants struggled to keep Kevin Stefanski's Vikings offense off the field in 2020 (a common trend: the defense was on the field a lot in every game) in large part due to Dalvin Cook. Stefanski will find similar success behind a revamped Browns offensive line with both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. James Bradberry was an excellent addition to play man coverage for the Giants on the boundary, but his skill set matches up best against bigger receivers. A motivated Odell Beckham Jr. is not a great matchup for him. Browns 31-21

Projected record: 7-7

Week 16 at Ravens

Opponent win total: O/U 11.5

Prediction: The Giants can hold out hope that Baltimore will have clinched playoff seeding and will not be playing for anything in Week 16, but it's not the likeliest of scenarios. More likely, the Ravens will still be competing with the Chiefs for the No. 1 seed and that means the Giants have to find a way to consistently move the ball against one of the NFL's elite defenses while also slowing down one of the NFL's most efficient offenses. It's not happening. Ravens 31-10

Projected record: 7-8

Week 17 vs. Cowboys

Opponent win total: O/U 9.5

Prediction: The Giants will have an opportunity to play spoiler to the Cowboys here, but they fall short at MetLife Stadium in a contested matchup. In the end, the Cowboys have more to play for and it shows during the game's final quarter. Cowboys 24-20.

Projected final record: 7-9