Despite the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, the NFL dropped it’s schedule today. The Cowboys schedule isn’t exactly easy, starting and finishing on the road, a tough second-half schedule that may test new coach Mike McCarthy’s ability to hold his team together.
What’s to like about Cowboys schedule
There’s a nice winnable run of home games to start the month of October, with visits from Cleveland, NY Giants, and Arizona. This stretch will likely tell us exactly how the Cowboys season will pan out for the entire season as a failure to sweep these games will almost certainly spell a difficult season.
The bye week coming as late as week 10 is also a boon as it gives the team a chance to get healthy again for the final stretch of games. In truth, there’s not a love to love about the schedule.
What’s to hate about Cowboys schedule
Starting on a Monday night at the Rams isn’t the best way to start your season, with the Rams just two seasons removed from the Super Bowl. However, with the decline, and now departure, of Todd Gurley it’s a statement game very early in the season to show us how Mike McCarthy has his team set up.
There’s a nasty road trip to division rivals on back to back weeks the end of October with trips to Washington and then Philly. Both are winnable games, with the game in Washington a must-win if Dallas hopes to make the playoffs.Embed from Getty Images
The Cowboys schedule finishes with four of seven games after the bye week on the road isn’t an ideal way to close out the season, especially when you consider the teams. Trips to Minnesota and Baltimore and then a season-ending trip to New York to beat the Giants are bookends to a very winnable game in Cincinnati.
With the final three games being home to the Niners and Eagles followed by that road game in New York, the schedule makers have made the closeout of the season full of big games. I think we’ll look back on this as either the perfect way to enter the playoffs or the nail in the coffin of a decent season.