Another season, another semi-rough, yet manageable schedule for the Dallas Cowboys. Sure, they have some tough teams to face this season, but they also have some games that should be easy wins, although nothing is ever easy for America’s Team.
The Cowboys’ 2014 NFL schedule has some smooth stretches and it has some rough spots. Outside of the six games against NFC East opponents — which could all go either way, regardless of location — Dallas has games against all the teams in the NFC West and AFC South with two other tough NFC opponents.
The Cowboys’ schedule for 2014:
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 7 vs. San Francisco 49ers — 4:25 p.m. ET
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 14 at Tennessee Titans — 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 21 at St. Louis Rams — 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 28 vs. New Orleans Saints — 8:30 p.m. ET
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 5 vs. Houston Texans — 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 12 at Seattle Seahawks — 4:25 p.m. ET
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 19 vs. New York Giants — 4:25 p.m. ET
Week 8: Monday, Oct. 27 vs. Washington Redskins — 8:30 p.m. ET
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 2 vs. Arizona Cardinals — 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 9 at Jacksonville Jaguars — 1:00 p.m. ET
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 23 at New York Giants — 8:30 p.m. ET
Week 13: Thursday, Nov. 27 vs. Philadelphia Eagles — 4:30 p.m. ET (Thanksgiving)
Week 14: Thursday, Dec. 4 at Chicago Bears — 8:25 p.m. ET
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 14 at Philadelphia Eagles — 8:30 p.m. ET
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 21 vs. Indianapolis Colts — 4:25 p.m. ET
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 28 at Washington Redskins — 1:00 p.m. ET
In recent years, the Cowboys have struggled against the league’s elite quarterbacks and this year they’ll have to face at least four that are in the top-tier group (Colin Kaepernick, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck) and then two more that are definitely better than average (Eli Manning and Nick Foles, twice each). So that means half of Dallas’ games will be big tests for a defense that has been historically bad in the past two seasons, but has high expectations in Rod Marinelli’s first year as defensive coordinator.
The back-to-back Thursday night games seem odd, but that will be a more common occurrence with the increase in contests played on that day of the week. Both the Cowboys and Bears play on Thanksgiving, so they’ll each have the same amount of rest before that Week 14 bout at Soldier Field, about which many complained when that info was leaked earlier on Wednesday afternoon.
Finally, the Cowboys finish things up with a string of winnable games following their bye week with the final on the road against a division rival. So basically, this year’s schedule means Dallas will be in the same boat as the last three years. Anybody up for coining the phrase “fourth time’s the charm”?
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