The Dallas Cowboys‘ 2013 preseason schedule was announced on Thursday and there are some patterns therein, along with an extra contest that give America’s Team an extra week to prepare for the upcoming season. The Cowboys are making a habit out of playing against the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders in the preseason as both are on Dallas’ exhibition schedule again this year. Dallas will also host the Houston Texans in their annual in-state tuneup match while also traveling west to take on the Arizona Cardinals before hosting the Cincinnati Bengals.
Aug. 4 vs. Miami (Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio)
Aug. 8-11 at Oakland
Aug. 15-19 at Arizona
Aug. 22-25 vs. Cincinnati
Aug. 29-30 vs. Houston
Dallas specifically requested to play in the Hall of Fame game so it would have an extra week to prepare for the season with a new defensive coordinator in Monte Kiffin and a new defensive system with the 4-3 base and Tampa 2 coverage scheme. The Cowboys could really use an extra month to prepare considering how often things change in Valley Ranch and the fact the players were just starting to excel with Rob Ryan‘s complex 3-4 scheme. It was a mistake to let Ryan go in the first place, but that’s another Rant.
The Cowboys’ defense will get to go up against three quarterbacks who are mediocre at best in the first three games before getting a pair of tuneup tests in Andy Dalton and Matt Schaub. So this preseason schedule is actually perfect for a team trying to start over again on defense.