Dallas Cowboys’ 2014-15 Opponents Should Make for Another Rough Season
Examining Dallas Cowboys’ 2014-15 Opponents
The dust hasn’t settled from the 2013-14 NFL season, but the look ahead to the 2014-15 season is faster than every this year because of the snoozefest that was Super Bowl XLVIII. Even though the full schedules for next season haven’t been released yet, each team’s home and away opponents have been announced, which is the meat of the schedule anyway. After a third straight 8-8 season, the Dallas Cowboys weren’t done any favors by the league.
Finishing .500 is about the worst thing that can happen to a team in the NFL, yet the Cowboys have mastered mediocrity over the better part of the past two decades, which means a truckload of middle-round draft picks and minimal playoff appearances. For the Cowboys, it also means playing against arguably the toughest division in football this year: the NFC West. Yes, that means they’ll have to play against the last two NFC champions plus the Arizona Cardinals, which always results in a bizarre finish…and a loss for the ‘Boys.
In addition, Dallas will have to square off against the New Orleans Saints again and make yet another trip to Solider Field. Both seem like they’re becoming annual affairs for whatever reason.
So now that the Cowboys’ 2014-15 opponents are set, let’s examine how America’s Team sizes up with each of them in another attempt to break .500. Fourth time’s the charm?
Cowboys vs. Texans
Don’t be fooled; this will not be an easy win for Dallas. Regardless of how little Cowboys fans think of the Texans, Houston’s new team looks at this as a fierce rivalry, which means the games will always be close. If the Texans have a new quarterback, they’ll likely give the Cowboys all they want and then some. If not, it’s safe to say Dallas probably wins this one.
Cowboys at Titans
This will be a weird, inter-conference game that could go either way, especially if the Titans have a new quarterback. If Jake Locker is still with the team, healthy and starting, it’s hard to see Dallas winning this game on the road, but all three of those things happening on the same Sunday isn’t likely.
Cowboys vs. Colts
Andrew Luck is not the guy the Cowboys want to see invading Cowboys Stadium. The Colts will be a Super Bowl contender this year and that means bad news for Dallas.
Cowboys at Bears
The time of year this game is played will make a huge difference toward its outcome. The Cowboys got drubbed at Soldier Field last year in early December in frigid conditions. If the game is played earlier in the year, Dallas will have a much better chance of making it a close contest.
Cowboys vs. Saints
Over the past decade, the Cowboys are 1-6 against the Saints and that record likely won’t change in Dallas’ favor this year with Drew Brees and all his weapons back for New Orleans.
Cowboys at Jaguars
Thankfully, the Cowboys get the lowly Jaguars this season in the midst of al the tough games on their schedule. Jacksonville should have a new quarterback, but that’s not guaranteed. One thing is almost certain: The Jaguars won’t have Maurice Jones-Drew, who will likely depart via free agency, so that should ensure at least victory for Dallas in 2014.
Cowboys vs. 49ers
This classic showdown should be entertaining and Dallas will likely make it close. Things will certainly get interesting when Tony Romo tries to win the game in the final minutes. Make sure you have your inhaler, medication and coping food/beverage ready so you’ll be prepared for whatever happens.
Cowboys at Rams
In this game, anything could happen. Dallas has blown out the Rams in recent years, but St. Louis could have a new quarterback (and/or a new weapon via a high draft pick) in 2014. Don’t think any bets made on this game are safe.
Cowboys vs. Cardinals
Ever since Dallas and Arizona were put in different NFC divisions, the Cardinals have had the Cowboys’ number. That’s more true when these two teams meet in the desert, but Arizona was one win away from making the playoffs last year in a much tougher division than the NFC East. This looks like another extremely frustrating loss for the Cowboys waiting to happen.
Cowboys at Seahawks
Since drafting Russell Wilson in 2012, the Seahawks have lost only one game at home. That won’t change when the Cowboys visit CenturyLink Field in the Great Northwest.
Cowboys vs. Giants (home and away)
As always, the Cowboys will play the Giants at home and on the road and will likely split the series, even though Dallas swept New York in 2013. You can bet Eli Manning and company won’t be as bad as they were last year…and they won’t turn the ball over six times in one game against the Cowboys.
Cowboys vs. Eagles (home and away)
Dallas beat a banged up Philly team on the road last year and then came up short in the season finale at home. With Nick Foles now a completely different quarterback, don’t expect the Cowboys to win either contest against the Eagles in 2014. Then if they do, it’ll be a pleasant surprise.
Cowboys vs. Redskins (home and away)
The Redskins finally ridded themselves of Mike Shanahan, so they have a chance to be better than they were in 2013, but they will always be limited if RGIII is under center. Still, they usually find a way to win at Cowboys Stadium, so we’ll just expect the usual split of the season series.