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Wandering with the Giants (and Saquon) – 2018

One of the most gifted players to enter the draft in recent years was drafted by the New York Giants.  Saquon Barkley appears to be a legitimate franchise player, even though he’s not a QB.  This is rare territory.  There haven’t been many running backs that have become the “face of the franchise”, a feat usually reserved for the QB position.

I’ve watched Saquon through his years at Penn State, and like everyone else, thought there was something special about him.  The way he acts, both on and off the field, the way his passion can inspire a team, the way he picks up his teammates when they’re down.  I can’t wait to watch him play on Sundays.

For the throngs of Giant fans, both old and new, here’s a look at their regular season schedule and where you might be able to catch this phenom and turn your weekend into something special – like Saquon.

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Photo: Jessica Sallurday Photography
Date   Opponent Time/TV
Sunday
Sep. 9
 jacksonville1 Jacksonville Jaguars

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

1:00pm ET

FOX

Start the season at home and make a trip into Queen as the Mets host the Phillies on Saturday.

Sunday
Sep. 16
 dallas1 at Dallas Cowboys

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

8:20pm ET

NBC

Watch what will likely be the first game of a long-term rivalry between Saquon and Zeke!  Ohio State fans will want to take this one in with the Buckeyes playing TCU at AT&T Stadium on Saturday.  Stick around for Monday night’s matchup of the Rays vs the Rangers if you have time.

Sunday
Sep. 23
 houston1 at Houston Texans

NRG Stadium, Houston, TX

1:00pm ET

FOX

The Giants spend another week in Texas as they visit Bill O’Brien’s Texans.  O’Brien recruited Barkley before he bolted for the NFL.  The Astros are home on Friday against the Angels and Texas Southern takes on the Houston Cougars on Saturday to make this a great, sports-filled weekend.

Sunday
Sep. 30
 new_orleans1 New Orleans Saints

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

4:25pm ET

CBS

On Friday, catch the Marlins vs the Mets, then head to Piscataway for the Indiana vs Rutgers matchup on Saturday.

Sunday
Oct. 7
 carolina1 at Carolina Panthers

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC

1:00pm ET

FOX

Take the hour drive north to Winston-Salem to catch the Clemson Tigers at Wake Forest.  Hey, you never know…  You might catch an epic upset. Or, take the 1-1/2 drive down to Columbia, SC to catch Missouri vs South Carolina on Saturday.

Thursday
Oct. 11
 philadelphia1 Philadelphia Eagles

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

8:20pm ET

FOX/NFLN

Thursday Night games are great if you have business in the area.  Just don’t schedule your  meeting too early on Friday!

Monday
Oct. 22
 atlanta1 at Atlanta Falcons

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

8:15pm ET

ESPN

A Monday Night game is always electric and a visit to the recently opened Mercedes-Benz Stadium is worth the trip.  Around the corner from the stadium sits the College Football Hall of Fame.  Stop in to see where Saquon and other CFB legends are showcased – it’s an awesome museum.

Sunday
Oct. 28
 washington1 Washington Redskins

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

1:00pm ET

FOX

Nothing happening close by just yet.  Check back when the NHL and NBA schedules are released.

Sunday
Nov. 4
BYE
 Click on the link for the date above to see if you can catch anything else in the area.

Monday
Nov. 12
 san_francisco1 at San Francisco 49ers

Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

8:15pm ET

ESPN

Make your way around the Bay Area – literally.  Start on Saturday with Oregon State visiting Stanford on Saturday, then head across the Bay for a California matchup of the Chargers vs the Raiders on Sunday. Then head south to Santa Clara for the Monday Night matchup of the 9ers vs Giants.

Sunday
Nov. 18
 tampa_bay1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

1:00pm ET

FOX

Penn State fans will likely fill MetLife Stadium this weekend.  Just down the road, Barkley’s former team visits Rutgers on Saturday.  I expect thousands of Barkley jerseys in the stands on Sunday.  Not a PSU fan?  Head into the City to get a rare treat as Yankee Stadium is transformed into a football field with Syracuse hosting Notre Dame on Saturday.

Sunday
Nov. 25
 philadelphia1 at Philadelphia Eagles

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

1:00pm ET

FOX

Nothing happening just yet.  Check back for Sixers and Flyers schedules.

Sunday
Dec. 2
 chicago1 Chicago Bears

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

1:00pm ET

FOX

For die-hard NFL fans, catch the Giants vs Bears on Sunday, then head down I-95 for a Monday Night matchup of the Redskins at Philly.

Sunday
Dec. 9
 washington1 at Washington Redskins

FedEx Field, Landover, MD

1:00pm ET

FOX

For fans making the trip down I-95 from Jersey, plan to stop in Philly for the Army/Navy game on Saturday before continuing your trip.

Sunday
Dec. 16
 tennessee1 Tennessee Titans

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

1:00pm ET

CBS

With CFB entering Bowl Season, the options are limited. Check back for Nets and Devils schedules.

Sat-Sun
Dec. 22-23
 indianapolis1 at Indianapolis Colts

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN

Time TBA

TV TBA

You might want to stay home for the holidays with the Pacers your only other option if/when schedules are released.

Sunday
Dec. 30
 dallas1 Dallas Cowboys

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

1:00pm ET

FOX

You might get lucky with the Pinstripe Bowl being in town, but again, check back when the NBA and NHL release their schedules.

I’m sure many eyes will be dialed in for the first game of the preseason when Saquon gets to show off his talents in front of the only team to pass him by in the draft – the Browns.

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Photo: Jessica Sallurday Photography

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