The 2021 NFL season is less than four months away, and can't start soon enough for both the New York Giants and the New York Jets.
The Giants lost their first five games and seven of eight in the first half of last year, but turned it around enough to have a shot at the (very weak) NFC East title in the final weekend — only to miss out on the playoffs when the rival Philadelphia Eagles pulled many of their starters in their Week 17 matchup against Washington, leading to a win for WFT that raised some eyebrows.
The Giants won't have the chance to get revenge against the Eagles for that (or for their draft-day trade with fellow rival Dallas Cowboys that allowed them to swoop in and get heralded WR Devonta Smith) until Week 12.
Big Blue will have three prime-time games slated for 2021: Week 2 at Washington on Thursday Night Football; Week 8 at Kansas City on Monday Night Football; and Week 11 at Tampa Bay on Monday Night Football as well. Three of the Giants' final four games will be against each of their division rivals.
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As for the Jets, the 2020 season was one of the worst in franchise history — yet the team won just enough games to miss out on the top overall pick in this year's draft. So instead of Trevor Lawrence (who went to Jacksonville, instead), Gang Green selected BYU QB Zach Wilson to lead the team after trading previous quarterback of the future Sam Darnold — who the team will get to see right away, as they travel to Carolina for Week 1.
The team's two nationally televised games come Week 5, when the Jets take on the Atlanta Falcons in London at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 10, and at Indianapolis Week 9 for Thursday Night Football on Nov. 4. They'll also meet old foe Tom Brady once again, this time when then defending Super bow champion Buccaneers come to Metlife Stadium for Week 17 on Jan. 2.
Here's a look at each time's complete 2021 season schedule:
Preseason: Week 1 vs. Jets; Week 2 at Cleveland; Week 3 vs. New England
Week 1: Denver Broncos @ Giants — Sun. Sep 12; 4:25 p.m. FOX
Week 2: Giants @ Washington Football Team — Thurs. Sep 16; 8:20 p.m. NFL Network
Week 3: Atlanta Falcons @ Giants — Sun, Sep 26; 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 4: Giants @ New Orleans Saints — Sun. Oct 3; 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 5: Giants @ Dallas Cowboys — Sun. Oct 10; 4:25 p.m. FOX
Week 6: Los Angeles Rams @ Giants — Sun. Oct 17; 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 7: Carolina Panther @ Giants — Sun. Oct 24; 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 8: Giants @ Kansas City Chiefs — Mon. Nov 1; 8:15 p.m. ESPN
Week 9: Las Vegas Raiders @ Giants — Sun. Nov 7; 1:00 p.m. CBS
Week 10: BYE WEEK
Week 11: Giants @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Mon. Nov 22; 8:15 p.m. ESPN
Week 12: Philadelphia Eagles @ Giants — Sun. Nov 28; 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 13: Giants @ Miami Dolphins — Sun. Dec 5; 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 14: Giants @ Los Angeles Chargers — Sun. Dec 12; 4:05 p.m. FOX
Week 15: Dallas Cowboys @ Giants — Sun. Dec 19; 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 16: Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles — Sun, Dec 26; 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 17: Giants @ Chicago Bears — Sun. Jan 2; 1:00 p.m. CBS
Week 18: Washington Football Team @ Giants — Sun. Jan 9; 1:00 p.m. FOX
Preseason: Week 1 at Giants; Week 2 at Packers; Week 3 vs. Eagles
Week 1: Jets @ Carolina Panthers — Sun. Sep 12; 1:00 p.m. CBS
Week 2: New England Patriots @ Jets — Sun. Sep 19; 1:00 p.m. CBS
Week 3: Jets @ Denver Broncos — Sun. Sep 26; 4:05 p.m. CBS
Week 4: Tennessee Titans @ Jets — Sun. Oct 3; 1:00 p.m. CBS
Week 5: Jets @ Atlanta Falcons (in London) — Sun. Oct 10; 9:30 a.m. NFL Network
Week 6: BYE WEEK
Week 7: Jets @ New England Patriots — Sun. Oct 24; 1:00 p.m. CBS
Week 8: Cincinnati Bengals @ Jets — Sun, Oct 31; 1:00 p.m. CBS
Week 9: Jets @ Indianapolis Colts — Thu, Nov 4; 8:20 p.m. FOX/NFL Network
Week 10: Buffalo Bills @ Jets — Sun, Nov 14; 1:00 p.m. CBS
Week 11: Miami Dolphins @ Jets — Sun, Nov 21; 1:00 p.m. CBS
Week 12: Jets @ Houston Texans — Sun, Nov 28; 1:00 p.m. CBS
Week 13: Philadelphia Eagles @ Jets — Sun, Dec 5; 1:00 p.m. CBS
Week 14: New Orleans Saints @ Jets — Sun, Dec 12; 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 15: Jets @ Miami Dolphins — Sun, Dec 19; Time TBD
Week 16: Jacksonville Jaguars @ Jets — Sun, Dec 26; 1:00 p.m. CBS
Week 17: Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Jets — Sun, Jan 2; 1:00 p.m. FOX
Week 18: Jets @ Buffalo Bills — Sun, Jan 9; 1:00 p.m. CBS