When the Giants and Jets meet during the 2011 regular season New Meadowlands Stadium will be decked out in Jets colors. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

NFL Schedule 2011: Jets-Giants Will Be Held On Christmas Eve

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Giants' 2011 NFL Schedule: Finish Will Be 'Extremely Challenging'

My first reaction to the New York Giants’ 2011 schedule? This had better be another year when the Tom Coughlin-coached Giants get off to a fast start because the second half of the schedule is absolutely brutal.

Under Coughlin the Giants have a history of starting strong and fading toward the end of the season. Last season the Giants started 6-2, then went 4-4 the second half of the season to finish 10-6 and miss the playoffs. In 2009, they were 5-0 but went 3-8 to finish 8-8, also out of the playoffs. In 2008, the Giants started 11-1 and finished the regular season 12-4.

The Giants’ 2011 schedule features what right now appears to be a brutal final nine weeks. It breaks down like this:

Sunday, Sept. 11 — at Washington Redskins, 4:15 p.m. (FOX)
Monday, Sept. 19 — vs. St. Louis Rams (MNF), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, Sept. 25 — at Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)
Sunday, Oct. 2 — at Arizona Cardinals (FOX)
Sunday, Oct. 9 — vs. Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
Sunday, Oct. 16 — vs. Buffalo Bills (CBS)
Sunday, Oct. 23 — BYE
Sunday, Oct. 30 — vs. Miami Dolphins (CBS)
Sunday, Nov. 6 — at New England Patriots, 4:15 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Nov. 13 — at San Francisco 49ers, 4:15 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Nov. 20 — vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Nov. 28 — at New Orleans Saints, 8:30 p.m. ESPN)
Sunday, Dec. 4 — vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:15 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Dec. 11 — at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Dec. 18 — vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Saturday, Dec. 24 — at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Jan. 1 — vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Giants coach Tom Coughlin looked at the schedule and called the end of it “extremely challenging.”

No kidding. Beginning with a Nov. 6 visit to New England the Giants play four division games and four other games against teams that made the playoffs a season ago. Giants’ fans would realistically have to be happy with 5-4 over that stretch. Meaning a 5-2 start would be necessary to get to 10 wins, which wasn’t enough to make the playoffs in 2010.

The schedule also includes two Monday Night Football appearances (vs. St. Louis and New Orleans) and a Sunday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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New York Jets 2011 Schedule: America Loves Rex

The 2011 New York Jets regular season schedule:

  • Week 1 - vs. Dallas, 8:20 p.m. (Sunday night)
  • Week 2 - vs. Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
  • Week 3 - at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
  • Week 4 - at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m. (Sunday night)
  • Week 5 - at New England, 4:15 p.m.
  • Week 6 - vs. Miami, 8:30 PM, (Monday night)
  • Week 7 - vs. San Diego, 1 p.m.
  • Week 8 - Bye
  • Week 9 - at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
  • Week 10 - vs. New England, 8:20 p.m. (Sunday night)
  • Week 11 - at Denver, 8:20 p.m., (Thursday night)
  • Week 12 - vs. Buffalo, 1 p.m.
  • Week 13 - at Washington, 1 p.m.
  • Week 14 - vs. Kansas City, 1 p.m.
  • Week 15 - at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m.
  • Week 16 - vs. Giants, 1 p.m.
  • Week 17 - at Miami, 1 p.m.
Initial Thoughts

- The Jets remain a prime-time favorite, with five games at night this season, including three of them at home. Late in the season they will have back to back night games against the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos, which will be tough because Denver will be on a short week with the game being on Thursday.

- The first three games are against teams who didn't make the playoffs last year. However, they do have three straight road games in weeks 3-5, including tough match-ups against Baltimore and New England.

- Four of the Jets six last games are against teams who missed the playoffs last year

- The much anticipated showdown with the Giants will take place on Christmas Eve. 
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New York Giants 2011 Schedule: Start With Redskins, Close With Cowboys

Here is the just-released New York Giants' schedule for 2011. I will have some reaction to follow.

Sunday, Sept. 11 -- at Washington Redskins, 4:15 p.m. (FOX)
Monday, Sept. 19 -- vs. St. Louis Rams (MNF), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, Sept. 25 -- at Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)
Sunday, Oct. 2 -- at Arizona Cardinals (FOX)
Sunday, Oct. 9 -- vs. Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
Sunday, Oct. 16 -- vs. Buffalo Bills (CBS)
Sunday, Oct. 23 -- BYE
Sunday, Oct. 30 -- vs. Miami Dolphins (CBS)
Sunday, Nov. 6 -- at New England Patriots, 4:15 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Nov. 13 -- at San Francisco 49ers, 4:15 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Nov. 20 -- vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Nov. 28 -- at New Orleans Saints, 8:30 p.m. ESPN)
Sunday, Dec. 4 -- vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:15 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Dec. 11 -- at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Dec. 18 -- vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Saturday, Dec. 24 -- at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Jan. 1 -- vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Schedule source -- ESPN

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NFL Schedule 2011: Giants To Open Season In Washington Vs. Redskins

The New York Giants and New York Jets will not meet in Week 1 of the 2011 NFL season, the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. Instead, the Giants will open the season in Washington against the Redskins, allowing the league to honor victims of the attack in both Washington and New York.

The Jets will open on Sunday night at home against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Jets-Giants game, which will count as a Jets home game, will reportedly be held on Christmas Eve.

The league is scheduled to officially release the entire schedule beginning at 7 p.m. The schedule unveiling will be televised on ESPN2.

In addition to their six NFC East division games, the Giants will host the St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. They will face the Jets, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots in road games.

In addition to their six AFC East division games, the Jets will the Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys. They will play the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins on the road.

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