Giants season prediction: 10-6

The New York Giants are normally hot starters, but I think this September poses problems for them -- especially thanks to the offensive line injury issues that have arisen in the past couple of weeks. Four of their first six games are on the road, with trips to Dallas, Chicago and Kansas City looking potentially troublesome, and their home opener is against Peyton Manning and the Broncos. So I think the Giants struggle early.

But it's all set up for the Giants after that Chicago trip: 57 days without having to get on an airplane, a 34-day stretch without having to sleep in a hotel, and a whole month (November) without a road game. The schedule takes it very easy on the Giants' bodies at the most important time of the year, and I think they find themselves in position to finish strong.

The Giants better their regular-season win total of the past two years by one, finishing 10-6 and reaching the playoffs for the second time in five years. They go in as a wild card, having lost the division to the Cowboys, but they beat the Cowboys in Dallas in the first round before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Falcons in the second.

Predicted finish in NFC East: second