The New York Giants have undergone a lot of changes over the last several offseasons since general manager Dave Gettleman replaced Jerry Reese in 2018. These changes include two news head coaches, turning over one of the older rosters in the NFL and converting it to one of the youngest, replacing the team's starting quarterback since 2004 and trading away the team's highest-profile player. Speaking of said highest-profile player, Odell Beckham Jr. will be matching up against the Giants franchise that dealt him away for the first time since the trade -- and at MetLife Stadium to boot. How will he be received by the crowd in attendance? Will there be a crowd in attendance? Those questions remain to be answered.

What we can answer for you is exactly how the Giants schedule will play out -- week by week. Below, we'll break down the 2020 schedule by week and pinpoint all of the prime-time games to keep an eye on. We'll also dive into the Giants' strength of schedule, what we project as their toughest stretch of games, and more. Without further ado, let's dive right into it.

2020 schedule

  • Week 1, Sept. 14: vs. Steelers (Monday Night Football), 8:15 p.m., ESPN 
  • Week 2, Sept. 20: at Bears, 1 p.m., CBS
  • Week 3, Sept. 20: vs. 49ers, 1 p.m., Fox
  • Week 4, Oct. 4: at Rams, 4:05 p.m., Fox
  • Week 5, Oct. 11: at Cowboys, 4:25 p.m., CBS
  • Week 6, Oct. 18: vs. Redskins, 1 p.m., Fox
  • Week 7, Oct. 22: at Eagles (Thursday Night Football), 8:20 p.m., Fox/NFL Network/Amazon
  • Week 8, Nov. 2: vs. Buccaneers (Monday Night Football), 8:15 p.m., ESPN
  • Week 9, Nov. 8: at Redskins, 1p.m., Fox
  • Week 10, Nov. 15: vs. Eagles, 1 p.m., Fox
  • Week 11, BYE 
  • Week 12, Nov. 29: at Bengals, 1 p.m., Fox
  • Week 13, Dec. 6: at Seahawks, 4:05 p.m., Fox
  • Week 14, Dec. 13: vs. Cardinals, 1 p.m., Fox
  • Week 15, Dec. 20: vs. Browns, 1 p.m., CBS
  • Week 16, Dec. 27: at Ravens, 1 p.m., Fox
  • Week 17, Jan. 3: vs. Cowboys, 1 p.m., Fox

Home opener

I'm sure fans were thinking the Giants would open with the Dallas Cowboys again, but surprise, they have a new matchup for 2020! This one is a bit of a surprise, too. The Giants will open the regular season at home in Week 1 against the Steelers on Monday Night Football.

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Toughest stretch

It's not an easy schedule for the Giants no matter how you slice it, but their toughest stretch of games certainly comes right away with the first five games. If opening against a rejuvenated Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers wasn't bad enough, they follow it by traveling to Chicago to face an always-feisty-at-home Bears team. Then, they host the NFC champion 49ers before traveling to face the 2018 NFC champions (the Rams). By the time Week 5 rolls around, it's another road matchup against a bitter rival -- the Cowboys.

In addition to facing Beckham for the first time since the trade, the Giants have a wild 2020 schedule. Sportsline broke it down with game-by-game betting trends and more.

Prime-time games

As noted above in the schedule breakdown, the Giants will be playing three prime-time games in 2020. They will have one on the road and two at home. In 2019, the Giants played in three prime-time games. The Giants played the Patriots on the road on Thursday Night Football, they hosted the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, and they traveled to Philadelphia to play the Eagles on Monday Night Football. In 2020, the Giants have an interesting prime-time slate that includes three games. They will host Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, host Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers, and they also get the Eagles on a short week (Thursday Night Football) in Philadelphia.

Strength of schedule

Earlier this offseason, John Breech broke down the 2020 strength of schedule for all 32 NFL teams based on combined opponent winning percentage in 2019. After finishing third place in the NFC East, the Giants will face the seventh-easiest strength of schedule in 2020. For a complete look at every team's strength of schedule, check out Breech's breakdown here.

However, when basing strength of schedule on the over/under win totals for each team's opponents during the 2020 season at William Hill, the Giants go from facing the seventh-easiest schedule in the league to facing the second-toughest. For a complete look at every team's strength of schedule using this methodology, check out Jared Dubin's full breakdown here.