Cowboys’ schedule a good reason to believe team can make playoffs in 2013

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If you are looking for added optimism on why the Dallas Cowboys can finally break through in 2013, look no further than the team’s schedule. It certainly doesn’t look as daunting as in past years. The Cowboys play four playoff teams from a year ago. They also open at home and close at home. So if they are in a playoffs-or-bust matchup in the season finale, as has been the case the past two years, they will do it in the cozy confines of AT&T Stadium.

Wvs. Giants

(7:30 p.m., Sunday, KXAS/5) The Giants have never lost at Cowboys Stadium. Good thing this matchup will be at AT&T Stadium. Time for the Cowboys to start a new trend.

W@ Chiefs

(Noon, Sept. 15, KDFW/4) The Chiefs will be better under Andy Reid. But it will take more than a year to turn it around in Kansas City. Tony Romo over Alex Smith all day.

Wvs. Rams

(Noon, Sept. 22, KDFW/4) The Cowboys face another rebuilding team. Jeff Fisher has them competitive, but they still lack talent. Former OU star Sam Bradford remains an enigma at quarterback.

W@ Chargers

(3:25 p.m., Sept. 29, KDFW/4) The Cowboys’ first 3-0 start since 2008 becomes their first 4-0 start

since 2007 as Tony Romo and Jason Witten outduel Phillip

Rivers and Antonio Gates.

Wvs. Broncos

(3:25 p.m., Oct. 6, KTVT/11) The Cowboys go to 5-0 for the first time since 2007. Peyton Manning and the Broncos are less than full strength because of the suspension of linebacker Von Miller.

Lvs. Redskins

(7:30 p.m., Oct. 13, KXAS/5) The Cowboys finally get a chance for revenge against the Redskins and Robert Griffin III for humiliating them last season. But RG3 is still wearing his Superman socks.

L@ Eagles

(Noon, Oct. 20, KDFW/4) Chip Kelly is new to the NFL, but he is not new to dominating Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Philadelphia prevails in what should be a high-scoring affair.

L@ Lions

(Noon, Oct. 27, KDFW/4) A five-game winning streak followed by three consecutive losses. It’s called the Romocoaster.

But this loss in Detroit will be on

the defense. Which unproven

safety will cover Calvin Johnson?

Wvs. Vikings

(Noon, Nov. 3, KDFW/4) Former OU running back Adrian Peterson might be the league’s best player. But his quarterback, Christian Ponder of Colleyville Heritage, is a liability.

L@ Saints

(7:30 p.m., Nov. 10, KXAS/5) There was a time last year when Sean Payton was rumored to be coming to Dallas. He’s back working voodoo in New Orleans with vengeful defensive coordinator Rob Ryan by his side.

L@ Giants

(3:25 p.m., Nov. 24, KDFW/4) The Cowboys

got the season-opening victory against the Giants, but there will

be no sweep. Eli Manning and a now-healthy Victor Cruz break

out the salsa in New York.

Wvs. Raiders

(3:30 p.m., Nov. 28, KTVT/11) The Raiders are an expansion team right about now. A nice break on Thanksgiving Day, allowing the fans to go home happy and eat turkey with the family.

W@ Bears

(7:40 p.m., Dec. 9, ESPN) A December game in Chicago is not for the faint of heart. They don’t call it the Windy City for nothing. But these Bears are no longer Monsters of the Midway, either.

Lvs. Packers

(3:25 p.m.* Dec. 15, KDFW/4) Aaron Rodgers and the Packers return to AT&T Stadium for the first time since their Super Bowl victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It will seem like old times as they surge toward the playoffs.

L@ Redskins

(Noon*, Dec. 22, KDFW/4) The Cowboys travel to Washington with playoffs on the line for the second consecutive season. It’s now clear that RG3 owns the Cowboys as he leads the Redskins to his second season sweep.

Wvs. Eagles

(Noon*, Dec. 29, KDFW/4) After ending the season on the road and losing win-or-go-home games the past two years, the Cowboys finish at home, resulting in a different outcome.

Bye week: Nov. 17

*Time and TV subject to change

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