Last night, the NFL released its 2012 schedule to the sort of fanfare the NFL has grown accustomed. (They took over Australia and used the land to project its logo across a whole continent. Three-quarters of the kangaroo population now has concussions.) We thought, to get a sense of it, we'd take a week-by-week look at the Jets' and Giants' skeds to see who has the more compelling weekly matchup. So, let's go.
Week One. The NFL is debuting its weekly Thursday Night Football this year — on the NFL Network, that station you still don't get — but the big game this week is Wednesday night, the season opener at MetLife Stadium between the Cowboys and the Giants. It's always preferable when the defending champs get to open at home. The Jets host the Bills on Sunday afternoon. Better game: Giants.
Week Two: The Giants look primed for a 2-0 start, hosting the Buccaneers on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Jets return to the site of their last playoff game, traveling to Heinz Field to play the Steelers. Assuming of course Bane hasn't blown up the stadium by then. Better game: Jets.
Week Three: The Giants play their first TNF — not a catchy name — on the road against the Panthers. The Jets travel to play the Dolphins, where we can only assume the city of Miami will retire Tim Tebow's number again. Better game: Jets.
Week Four: The Jets have a compelling — and pivotal, one would think — home game against the 49ers, but they can't compete with the Giants' Sunday Night Football NBC game against the Eagles. Three of the Giants' first four games are on national television. Better game: Giants.
Week Five: The Giants' schedule is easier than we realized, at least in the early going: They host the Browns at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Jets get a Monday Night Football game at home against the Houston Texans. It is possible ESPN might mention Tim Tebow a bit. Better game: Jets.
Week Six: The Jets host the Andrew Luck–led Colts. (Presumably.) The Giants have a fun NFC Championship Game rematch, in the same place, traveling to play the 49ers. Better game: Giants.
Week Seven: The Giants host whatever will be left of the Redskins at that point, and the Jets start the whole Jets–Patriots Passion Play, in Foxboro. If Tebow's starting, Tom Brady might want to embarrass him again. Better game: Jets.
Week Eight: Miami comes into MetLife Stadium to play the Jets, but you can never go wrong with the Giants traveling to Dallas so 70,000 fans can watch the game on a television just above the players' heads. Better game: Giants.
Week Nine: The Jets finally get a week off; Tebow rests. The Giants host an extremely tough out-of-conference game against the Steelers. Better game: Giants.
Week Ten: Oddly, both teams are on the road for nonconference games: The Giants travel to Cincinnati, and the Jets travel to Seattle. Neither of those games is particularly exciting. Better game: Giants.
Week Eleven: The Giants are off. The Jets play in the charmless Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. This is a better game than the Giants' off week — but just barely. Better game: Jets.
Week Twelve: The Giants have a terrific Sunday Night Football game at home against the Packers ... but you really can't beat the Jets hosting the Patriots on Thanksgiving night. Better game: Jets.
Week Thirteen: The Jets play a home game against the Buzzsaw That Is the Arizona Cardinals that we're already trying to get tickets for ... but it might be more fun for the average New Yorker to watch the Giants end the Redskins' season on Monday Night Football. Better game: Giants.
Week Fourteen: Tim Tebow gets his jersey retired by another Florida team when the Jets travel to play Jacksonville. The Giants host the Saints, who we presume will have no players not under suspension by that point. Better game: Giants.
Week Fifteen: The Jets are back in Tebow–ESPN land with a Monday Night Football game against the Titans, but the real tricky one this week might be the Giants traveling to Atlanta. That's a hairy game so late in the year. Better game: Giants.
Week Sixteen: The Giants have a Super Bowl rematch in Baltimore, while the Jets get a Sunday Night Football game — maybe, though this reeks of a potential flex game — at home against the Chargers. Better game: Giants.
Week Seventeen: The final week of the season is never as much fun as you want it to be — well, except for last year — which is why the Jets' trip to Buffalo and the Giants' home game against the Eagles are destined to be disappointments. Better game: Giants.
All right, get these games into your planner, and we'll see you in September.