Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys 2019 schedule released, will open against Giants for the sixth time since 2012

The Dallas Cowboys have their official marching orders for the make-or-break season that is 2019 as they not only hope to reach the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time in a more than a decade but also reach the NFC title game and possibly the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.

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:

Sun., Sept. 8 N.Y. GIANTS (FOX) 3:25 p.m.

The Giants may be the worst team in the NFC East. This should be the first of a two-game sweep. W

Sun., Sept. 15 @ Washington (FOX) Noon
Spooky things always happen to the Cowboys in Washington. This year is no different. L

Sun., Sept. 22 MIAMI (FOX) Noon
The Dolphins are in rebuilding mode with a new coach. This should be an easy early win. W

Sun., Sept. 29 @ New Orleans (NBC) 7:20 p.m.
The Saints avenge last season’s loss in Dallas with some prime-time voodoo in New Orleans. L

Sun., Oct. 6 GREEN BAY (FOX) 3:25 p.m.
Dak Prescott and the Cowboys finally exorcize some of those Aaron Rodgers demons W

Sun., Oct. 13 @ N.Y. Jets (CBS) 3:25 p.m.

The Jets got RB Le’Veon Bell but they still have a long way to go to be competitive. W

Sun., Oct. 20 PHILADELPHIA (NBC) 7:20 p.m.
Dak Prescott gets the best of Carson Wentz again in the continuation of a career battle. W

Sun., Oct. 27 BYE

Mon., Nov. 4 @ N.Y. GIANTS (ESPN) 7:15 p.m.
Is the last time the Cowboys face Eli Manning as Giants quarterback. Sweep him out W

Sun., Nov. 10 MINNESOTA (NBC) 7:20 p.m.
Kirk Cousins has traditionally found a way to lose to the Cowboys. Why change? W

Sun., Nov. 17 @ Detroit (FOX) Noon
The Lions remain a work in progress under Matt Patricia and Matt Stafford is still a conundrum. W

Sun., Nov. 24 @ New England (Fox) 3:25 p.m.

Winning at New England would be a nice feather in the cap for Prescott. But Tom Brady. L

Thurs., Nov. 28 BUFFALO (CBS) 3:30 p.m.
Cole Beasley makes his return to AT&T Stadium for Turkey day. Life is different on the other side. W

Thurs., Dec. 5 @ Chicago (FOX/NFLN/Amazon) 7:20 p.m.

The weather and the Bears defense will prove too much in cold. So is Khalil Mack. L

Sun., Dec. 15 LA RAMS (FOX) 3:25 p.m.
Cowboys avenge playoff loss to the Rams as Zeke Elliott gets the best of Todd Gurley. W

Sun., Dec. 22 @ Philadelphia (FOX) 3:25 p.m.
The Eagles are the biggest test to the Cowboys control of the division. Winning in Philly is hard. L

Sun., Dec. 29 WASHINGTON (FOX) Noon
Dak Prescott has never lost to the Redskins at AT&T Stadium. This one begins the playoff run. W

Home Games in BOLD

Game times and television broadcasts are subject to change


Sept. 8NY Giants3:25 p.m.FOX
Sept. 15at WashingtonNoonFOX
Sept. 22MiamiNoon


Sept. 29at New Orleans7:20 p.m.NBC
Oct. 6Green Bay3:25 p.m.


Oct. 13at NY Jets3:25 p.m.CBS
Oct. 20Philadelphia7:20 p.m.NBC

Nov. 4at NY Giants7:15 p.m.ESPN
Nov. 10Minnesota7:20 p.m.NBC
Nov. 17 at DetroitNoonFOX
Nov. 24at New England3:25 p.m.FOX
Nov. 28Buffalo3:30 p.m.CBS
Dec. 5at Chicago7:20 p.m.FOX/NFLN
Dec. 15LA Rams3:25 p.m.FOX
Dec. 22at Philadelphia3:25 p.m.FOX
Dec. 29WashingtonNoonFOX
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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has covered the Dallas Cowboys as a beat writer/columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches and countless controversies from the demise of the dynasty teams of the 1990s through the rollercoaster years of the Tony Romo era until Jason Garrett’s process Cowboys.