Giants to kickoff 2009 season at home today at 4:15

The Giants will open their season against the Washington Redskins today at Giants Stadium, with a kickoff time set for 4:15 pm.

In a season that holds quite a bit of uncertainty already with several new faces on the team, the Giants are confident that they don’t need Plaxico Burress to succeed this season. Burress, who will be off to prison soon, was a key part of the offense led by quarterback Eli Manning. With the legal news swirling Burress, the Giants let the receiver go this past offseason and began to look forward. The team drafted several wide receivers that are now looking to become a big part of replacing Burress, including Ramses Barden and Hakeem Nicks. Neither of the rookies are expected to start, but they should see their fair share of action early on.

We’ll see how that wide receiver situation works out, but otherwise the Giants are looking better than ever. Their defense shouldn’t have much difficulty holding their opponents to minimal yardage throughout the season, and the offensive line looks like it will protect Eli Manning without a problem.

The Redskins, who finished in last place last season with an 8-8 record in a very competitive NFC east, will be traveling to New York to open the season for the second straight year. Coverage of the game will begin on FOX following the 1 PM games.

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