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The Giants want to play the Eagles, who typically own them, in Week 1

Not sure why New York is so eager to start 0-1.

NFL: OCT 22 Giants at Eagles Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The New York Giants are apparently hoping to see the Philadelphia Eagles as their Week 1 opponent when the 2021 NFL schedule is officially unveiled this Wednesday.

Some things to unpack here from a silly tweet.

  • Two reasons why the Giants want the Eagles. 1) The Eagles didn’t go all out to beat Washington in Week 17, which would’ve allowed North Jersey to clinch the NFC East. 2) The Eagles traded ahead of the Giants in the 2021 NFL Draft to poach DeVonta Smith.
  • Those are two pretty dumb reasons! On the surface, I get the frustration. But it’s not even like things worked out terribly for the Giants. By not winning the division, the Giants avoided losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round and getting the No. 11 pick instead of the No. 20 pick. They didn’t get DeVonta, which sucks for them, but they did get a nice haul from the Chicago Bears to trade down (No. 20, No. 164, 2022 first-round pick, 2022 fourth-round pick). The Giants can potentially use that haul to pivot to a new starting quarterback if/when Daniel Jones fails to establish himself.
  • The Giants are so brave for calling to face a team that went 4-11-1 last year.
  • The Eagles own the Giants! They’re 21-5 against them in their last 26 meetings. Expand the sample size to 42 games and the Eagles are 30-12. Maybe don’t call out the team that has kicked your ass a lot more often than not for some time now?

Dear schedule makers, please do give us Eagles vs. Giants in Week 1. How funny would it be if New York got exactly what they wanted and still lost?

Especially as DeVonta catches four touchdowns in his NFL debut.