The date is finally here. The NFL released their full schedule Wednesday night, marking a huge milestone on the path back to NFL football. The Dallas Cowboys are coming off an overall successful season, albeit one that ended in disappointing fashion. Jason Garrett is heading into the final year of his contract as a lame duck coach, so this is a huge year for him. If he fails to meet expectations, it seems likely he’ll be fired. Now, we have some of the biggest dates on the Cowboys’ schedule set in stone:
In Week 5, the Cowboys will host the Green Bay Packers. These teams have played some instant classic games the past few seasons, like when the Packers beat the Cowboys in the divisional round of the playoffs in an epic shootout Dak Prescott’s rookie year. The Packers have gotten the better of this matchup overall recently, and Dallas will be looking for revenge here.
Speaking of getting revenge, they’ll also be looking for it when they host the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15. The Rams bounced the Cowboys from the playoffs this past year, and they completely shut down Prescott and the Cowboys’ offense. The Rams also bested the Cowboys when they played in Dallas in 2017. Dallas has the chance to make a statement here and could prove they belong among the NFC’s top tier with a win here.
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They’ll also get the chance to do that when they travel to take on the New England Patriots in Week 12. In one of their toughest games of the season, the Cowboys will try and steal a win in Foxborough. These teams only play once every four years, so it’s a pretty special occasion. It’ll be the first time we get to see Prescott go up against Tom Brady, so it should be a good one.
Speaking of tough games, their biggest test of the year might come in Week 4 , when they visit the New Orleans Saints. They embarrassed the Saints last year on Thursday Night Football, holding them scoreless in the first half and to just ten points overall. The Saints will be hungry to avenge that loss, and New Orleans might be the toughest environment to play in across the entire NFL. The Cowboys will need to bring their A-game if they want to beat the Saints in back to back seasons.