The season opener is a familiar one. The Cowboys host the New York Giants on Sept. 8. It’s the sixth time in last eight years that they have opened against the Giants. The Cowboys have a 4-1 record the previous five meetings and have swept the Giants the past two seasons. The rematch against at Giants is a Monday night affair on Nov. 4.
The Cowboys open the season with consecutive division games as they travel to the Washington Redskins in Week 2. They face the Philadelphia Eagles for the first time at AT&T Stadium Oct. 20 and then face them on road in Week 16 on Dec. 22 before ending the season at home against the Redskins Dec. 29 in another NFC East back to back.
Other highlights of the schedule include a Week 4 matchup at the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night Sept. 29 followed by a visit from Cowboys killer Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to AT&T Stadium the following week on Oct. 6, a road game to face the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots right before hosting the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving Day, a Dec. 5 game at the Chicago Bears and a battle against the Los Angels Rams at AT&T Stadium on Dec. 15.
The schedule has its share of tough opponents with six games against 2019 playoff teams, including Rams and Patriots, last year’s Super Bowl combatants. And again, the Patriots, Saints, and Bears headline a brutal road schedule that includes the nasty affairs in the NFC East against the Eagles, Giants and Redskins.
The good news is the Cowboys get the face the normally docile AFC East. Outside of the Patriots, the Cowboys should feast on the Jets, Dolphins and Bills.
The Cowboys remain a national attraction with three prime-time games on Sunday Night Football, two on Monday night, one on Thursday night in addition to the annual Thanksgiving Day affair.
The Cowboys have a chance to get off to a good start with five of first six games against teams with a losing record in 2018. But the ending is rigorous with four road games in the final six games including cold weather battles in New England, Chicago and Philadelphia.
The Cowboys finished 10-6 and won a playoff game last season and head into 2019 with coach Jason Garrett in the last year of his contract and coaching for his job.
He will need a deeper run in 2019 to extend a coaching tenure that is second only to Hall of Fame coach Tom Landry in Cowboys history.
The Cowboys are poised to do so with a possible 11-5 regular season on the horizon.
Here is a schedule analysis of an 11-5 finish:
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Sun., Sept. 29 @ New Orleans (NBC) 7:20 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 6 GREEN BAY (FOX) 3:25 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 13 @ N.Y. Jets (CBS) 3:25 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 27 BYE
Sun., Nov. 17 @ Detroit (FOX) Noon
Sun., Nov. 24 @ New England (Fox) 3:25 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 5 @ Chicago (FOX/NFLN/Amazon) 7:20 p.m.
Home Games in BOLD
Game times and television broadcasts are subject to change
DALLAS COWBOYS SCHEDULE
|Sept. 8||NY Giants||3:25 p.m.||FOX|
|Sept. 15||at Washington||Noon||FOX|
|Sept. 29||at New Orleans||7:20 p.m.||NBC|
|Oct. 6||Green Bay||3:25 p.m.|
|Oct. 13||at NY Jets||3:25 p.m.||CBS|
|Oct. 20||Philadelphia||7:20 p.m.||NBC|
|Nov. 4||at NY Giants||7:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|Nov. 10||Minnesota||7:20 p.m.||NBC|
|Nov. 17||at Detroit||Noon||FOX|
|Nov. 24||at New England||3:25 p.m.||FOX|
|Nov. 28||Buffalo||3:30 p.m.||CBS|
|Dec. 5||at Chicago||7:20 p.m.||FOX/NFLN|
|Dec. 15||LA Rams||3:25 p.m.||FOX|
|Dec. 22||at Philadelphia||3:25 p.m.||FOX|