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What's in a schedule?

The NFL is still hammering out the details for the 2010 season and word is that it will be released either later this week or early next week.

Of course, the Giants have known WHO they will be playing for a few months. Most of the opponents were locked in in December and by the time they flew home from Minnesota for the final time in early January all 16 foes were known.

In case you need a refresher course, the 2010 Giants will play home-and-away games against the Cowboys, Redskins and Eagles in the division along with home games against the Bears, Lions, Panthers, Jaguars and Titans and road games against the Packers, Vikings, Seahawks, Texans and Colts.

In recent years, the release of the schedule has included a lot of buzz and excitement. Most of it is psychologically driven by the desire to know something that we can't yet know. But some of it is actual strategy in terms of bye weeks, tough stretches and prime time games that need special planning.

Obviously this season is a bit different with the first regular-season game at the New Meadowlands Stadium. People want to know who the Giants will be playing on Sept. 12. But other than the curiosity, how do you look at the schedule release?

Do you try to judge how the season will unfold? Since we already know all of the opponents, does it really matter what order the Giants play them in? There are certain games where timing does matter a bit; going to Lambeau in September is different from going there in December. But overall, is it really something to be concerned about?

From my perspective, no. But it's been a long time since I've looked at things from a fan's point of view. The only really interesting thing I look for is when the bye week is. Other than that, they play an NFL team every weekend and that's all I need to know.

Any thoughts?

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