2008 New York Giants season
Head Coach Tom Coughlin
Home Field Giants Stadium
Record 12-3
Place 1st NFC East
Playoff Finish TBD
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2007 2009

The 2008 New York Giants season is the 84th season for New York and the 89th of the National Football League (NFL). The Giants attempt to improve upon their 10-6 record from 2007, defend their Super Bowl title, and build upon their NFL-best active road win record of 11 consecutive away game victories.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

Player and personnel moves[edit | edit source]

Releases and injuries[edit | edit source]

On February 29, the first day of free-agency, Giants free agent linebacker Kawika Mitchell left the team to join the Buffalo Bills, safety Gibril Wilson went to the Oakland Raiders, and linebacker Reggie Torbor joined the Miami Dolphins.[1]

On March 14, free agent defensive tackle William Joseph departed to join Wilson with the Raiders.[2]

On April 10, defensive tackle Manuel Wright was released.[3]

On June 9, fifteen year veteran, seven-time pro-bowler, Michael Strahan retired and joined the FOX NFL broadcasting team.[4][5]

Signings[edit | edit source]

On February 7, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo withdrew his name from consideration for the Washington Redskins head coach vacancy and signed a reported 3-year, $6 million contract to remain with the Giants.[6].

On February 12, punter Jeff Feagles, was signed to a two-year contract to remain with the Giants.[7]. The previous day, kicker Lawrence Tynes was re-signed to a new five year contract.[8]

On March 3, the team signed Pro Bowl safety Sammy Knight to a three-year contract.[9]

On March 12, former Carolina Panthers quarterback David Carr signed on with the team.[10]

On March 13, linebacker Danny Clark, who played under Tom Coughlin with the Jacksonville Jaguars[11], was signed to a two year contract.

On March 14, halfback Derrick Ward re-signed with the Giants to a one-year contract.[12]

On March 25, offensive guard Rich Seubert re-signed to a three-year extension on his contract. [13]

On May 8, offensive tackle David Diehl re-signed to a two-year extension on his contract. [14]

On May 12, safety James Butler re-signed to a one-year contract.[15]

On June 2, New Orleans Saints defensive end Renaldo Wynn signed to one-year contract.[16]

On June 2, offensive guard Chris Snee was signed to a six-year contract extension.[17]

2008 Draft[edit | edit source]

The 2008 NFL Draft was held April 26 to April 27.

Round Pick Name Position College Contract status
1 (31) Kenny Phillips Safety University of Miami Signed (7/22)
2 (63) Terrell Thomas Cornerback University of Southern California Signed (7/15)
3 (95) Mario Manningham Wide Receiver University of Michigan Signed (7/19)
4 (123) Bryan Kehl Linebacker Brigham Young University Signed (6/24)
5 (165) Jonathan Goff Linebacker Vanderbilt University Signed (6/24)
6 (198) Andre' Woodson Quarterback University of Kentucky Signed (6/24)
6 (199) Robert Henderson Defensive End University of Southern Mississippi Signed (6/24)

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Pre-Season Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record NFL Recap
1 August 7 @ Detroit Lions L 13-10 Ford Field 0-1
2 August 18 Cleveland Browns W 37-34 Giants Stadium 1-1
3 August 23 @ New York Jets L 10-7 Giants Stadium 1-2
4 August 28 New England Patriots W 19-14 Giants Stadium 2-2

Regular season[edit | edit source]

The Giants will begin their title defense in the traditional NFL Kickoff game like previous champions when they play the Washington Redskins at Giants Stadium. During the game, the Giants are expected to unveil the championship banner and receive their championship rings. Traditionally, this game is usually played on the first Thursday following Labor Day in the United States. This day falls on September 4 in 2008.

On March 26, the NFL, NBC, and the Republican National Committee agreed in principle to move the kickoff time of the opener to 7:00 pm EDT instead of 8:30 pm EDT to accommodate the 2008 Republican National Convention.[21]

Week Date Time Opponent Result Game site Record NFL Recap
1 September 4 2008 7:00 P.M. Washington Redskins W 16-7 Giants Stadium 1-0 Recap
2 September 14 2008 1:00 P.M. @ St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome
3 September 21 2008 1:00 P.M. Cincinnati Bengals Giants Stadium
4 Bye week
5 September 14 2008 1:00 P.M. Seattle Seahawks Giants Stadium
6 October 13 2008 8:30 P.M. @ Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Stadium
7 October 19 2008 1:00 P.M. San Francisco 49ers Giants Stadium
8 October 26 2008 4:15 P.M. @ Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field
9 November 2 2008 4:15 P.M. Dallas Cowboys Giants Stadium
10 November 9 2008 8:15 P.M. @ Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field
11 November 16 2008 1:00 P.M. Baltimore Ravens Giants Stadium
12 November 23 2008 4:15 P.M. @ Arizona Cardinals University of Phoenix Stadium
13 November 30 2008 1:00 P.M. @ Washington Redskins FedExField
14 December 7 2008 1:00 P.M. Philadelphia Eagles Giants Stadium
15 December 14 2008 8:15 P.M. @ Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium
16 December 21 2008 1:00 P.M. Carolina Panthers Giants Stadium
17 December 28 2008 1:00 P.M. @ Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

Game Recaps[edit | edit source]

Week 1: vs. Washington Redskins[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 7 0 0 {{{RTotal}}}
Giants 10 6 0 0 {{{HTotal}}}

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

With their Super Bowl championship title to defend, the Giants began their season in the annual kickoff game against their NFC East rivals, the Washington Redskins. In the first quarter, New York got a fast start as Super Bowl XLII MVP QB Eli Manning capped off the game's opening drive with a 1-yard TD run. Later in the quarter, kicker John Carney managed to get a 24-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the G-Men increased their lead with Carney nailing a 25-yard and a 47-yard field goal. Near the end of the half, the Redskins managed to get on the board as QB Jason Campbell completed a 12-yard TD pass to WR Santana Moss. New York's defense stiffened in the second half and allowed them to hold on for the victory.

With the win, not only did the Giants begin their season at 1-0, they also became the 9th-straight defending Super Bowl champion to win their season opener.

Division standings[edit | edit source]

NFC East
New York Giants 1 0 0 1.000 16 7 W-1
Philadelphia Eagles 1 0 0 1.000 38 3 W-1
Dallas Cowboys 1 0 0 1.000 28 10 W-1
Washington Redskins 0 1 0 .000 7 16 L-1

References[edit | edit source]

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