The New York Giants begin their climb out of the NFC East's cellar with a drastically-changed coaching staff and some exciting building blocks for the future.
The Giants became a total circus in Joe Judge's last season with Big Blue, finishing 4-13 with a fractured locker room and virtually no self-belief.
Quarterback Daniel Jones, who has struggled with interceptions and fumbles throughout his young career, was responsible for as many turnovers (10) as touchdowns in 2021.
Saquan Barkley made an underwhelming return from the ACL he tore in Week 2 of the 2020 season and needs a big year to ensure the Giants don't release him at the end of his rookie contract.
And the less said about star wide receiver Kenny Golladay, whose on-field effort came into question after he signed a huge contract, the better.
New HC Brian Daboll was drafted in from the Buffalo Bills and the Giants hope he can bring some of the winning culture he helped establish in upstate New York with him.
|What||NFL Season 2022/23|
|Where||All across the USA with three games scheduled for London, one for Munich and one in Mexico City|
|When||8th September 2022 - 12th February 2023|
|How to watch||The vast majority of games are live and on-demand with NFL Game Pass, while selected games are available via Sky Sports and bet365's Sports Live Streaming|
|Odds||BUF Bills 6/1, TB Buccaneers 7/1, KC Chiefs 10/1, LA Rams 10/1, GB Packers 12/1|
There's nowhere to hide when you play under the glaring spotlight of the New York media and the only palliative aspect during five straight losing seasons is that the Jets have been just as bad.
Just beating last season's four-win total would not be seen as a big enough step forward for Daboll and his coaching staff.
The Giants have to challenge for a winning record or approach at least eight wins, for which they are 6/5 to surpass, in order to keep the critics off their backs.
But, with belief in Jones waning, every win they achieve could potentially take them further away from drafting one of the two top college quarterback prospects expected to declare for the draft.
Based on last season's win-loss records, the Giants would need to lose ten of their 17 games to sneak into a top-10 draft position and even then their quarterback of the future may be gone by the time they pick, unless they can trade up somehow.
Perhaps the best-case scenario is that Jones shows enough improvement to put the QB conundrum aside for another year or two - which would make his development just as important as the overall team's success in 2022.
The Tennessee Titans host the Giants on opening weekend with the overall series between the two teams tied at six wins apiece.
Big Blue found points hard to come by last season as their offense ranked 31st in points per game and the Giants did not surpass 30 points in a single game.
The Titans finished the 2021 regular season with the best record in the AFC and their ability to defend the run, which saw them rank 2nd in rush yards allowed per game, was a clear strength.
That would suggest this matchup might not be a high-scoring affair and the average total from the last five meetings between the teams comes in at 41.0 points, below the Under/Over Total of 43.5 for the contest.
New York, who are 43/20 on the Money Line, are 0-5 in their last five opening games, while the 5/13 Titans have won on each of their last three visits to face the Giants in the Big Apple.
Outside of games against the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens, the Giants don't have any especially tough non-divisional battles.
The NFC East rivalries are always keenly fought, even when none of the four teams look like contending, but New York won only one of their six intra-division battles last year.
And it required some fourth-quarter defensive heroics to keep the Philadelphia Eagles at bay in a 13-7 victory at MetLife Stadium.
This year's games against the Washington Commanders should be interesting as the Giants were controversially wronged in a 29-30 Week 2 loss at FedExField last season.
Dexter Lawrence was called for offside penalty during a missed field goal on the final play of the game, which gave Washington another chance when subsequent analysis suggested he timed his jump perfectly.
The Giants host the Commanders in Week 13 this year with the return clash scheduled for just two weeks later.
Daboll joined Bill Belichick's coaching staff in New England at the turn of the century as a defensive coaching assistant before switching roles to coach the Patriots' wide receivers from 2002 to 2006.
He became the Jets' quarterbacks coach in 2007 then took his first coordinator position with the Cleveland Browns in 2009.
After two difficult years in Ohio, he hopped over to Miami to oversee some minor improvement of the Dolphins' offense.
He was part of Romeo Crennel's staff that was fired by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 and re-joined the Patriots as offensive assistant, adding two more Super Bowl titles to the three he won on their staff earlier in his career.
Hopping from role to role again, he was the OC when Alabama won college football's national title in 2017 and was lured back to the NFL by Buffalo a year later.
In his second year with the Bills, he turned their rushing attack into a top-10 unit and oversaw the rapid development of QB Josh Alen - something the Giants hope he can reproduce with Jones.
TE Jordan Akins (Houston Texans
RB Matt Breida (Buffalo Bills)
G Jamil Douglas (Washington Football Team)
NT Justin Ellis (Baltimore Ravens)
C Jon Feliciano (Buffalo Bills)
WR Robert Foster (Dallas Cowboys)
G Max Garcia (Arizona Cardinals)
G Mark Glowinski (Indianapolis Colts)
OT Matt Gono (Atlanta Falcons)
WR Richie James (San Francisco 49ers)
QB Tyrod Taylor (Houston Texans)
TE Ricky Seals-Jones (Washington Football Team)
DE Jihad Ward (Jacksonville Jaguars)
QB Jake Fromm
OT Kyle Murphy
S J. R. Reed (Denver Broncos)
FB Cullen Gillaspia
DB Joshua Kalu (Tennessee Titans)
S Steven Parker (Washington Commanders)
LB Lorenzo Carter (Atlanta Falcons)
CB Keion Crossen (Miami Dolphins)
S Nate Ebner
TE Evan Engram (Jacksonville Jaguars)
QB Mike Glennon
G Will Hernandez (Arizona Cardinals)
NT Austin Johnson (Los Angeles Chargers)
LB Benardrick McKinney
FB Elijhaa Penny
S Jabrill Peppers (New England Patriots)
WR Dante Pettis (Chicago Bears)
C Billy Price
LB Reggie Ragland
WR John Ross
NT Danny Shelton (Kansas City Chiefs)
|Defensive MVP||Leonard Williams|
DE Kayvon Thibodeaux (1st Round)
DE Azeez Ojulari
If Barkley can rediscover his ability to make that first cut and accelerate through the gap then the Giants' offense might just get rolling again in 2022.
He recorded 2,028 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns on 352 touches in a remarkable rookie season that made those that ridiculed the Giants for using the second overall draft pick on a running back think again.
In a weak field for offensive stars on the roster, the 25-year-old Bronx-born rusher will literally carry the hopes of the franchise this year.
Williams, who tallied 6.5 sacks while holding up well against the run last year, is an assured veteran presence in the middle of the defensive line while Ojulari, who recorded eight sacks during his rookie campaign, flashed potential on the outside in 2021.