Cowboys 2010 Schedule Analysis: The Five Most Important Games
5. Week 12 Saints
To be the best you have to beat the best. The Cowboys did just that last year, rolling over the then-undefeated Saints in a Saturday night game in New Orleans. Unfortunately you don’t win rings for beating the champs during the regular season.
This year, the Saints will be seeking revenge over Dallas. They were one of the few teams who openly spoke about their desire to go undefeated. The Cowboys ruined that for them.
For the Cowboys, the game marks the start of what must be the NFL’s harshest six-game stretch to end the year (NO, @IND, PHI, WSH, @ARZ, @PHI). It will be imperative for Dallas to start off that sequence of matchups with a win.
4. Week 6 @Vikings
This game is very similar to the Saints contest, except the roles are reversed. The Cowboys are the team who got demolished in the playoffs last year and you can bet they will be pumped up for this one. We can’t wait to see Keith Brooking’s pre-game face in particular.
Also like the New Orleans game, this matchup kicks off a brutal stretch of games (@MIN, NYG, JAX, @GB, @NYG). The Cowboys might be happy to come out of that firestorm at 3-2.
3. Week 7 Giants
We had thought the NFL would let the Cowboys have the opportunity to ruin the Giants’ home opener, but that is not the case. Instead, Dallas will have to settle for a Monday-nighter in their own building.
They key for the ‘Boys will be if they can maintain the adrenaline from the previous week in Minnesota. We don’t think they will have any problems doing so.
2. Week 17 @Eagles
This is the third straight year the Cowboys and Eagles will meet up in week 17, so the NFL is apparently going to make this a tradition. The bad news is Philly is a pretty strong team. The good news is that it allows the Cowboys to be one game back of Philly entering the final week and still overtake them in the standings.
With the Eagles figuring to want to make amends for last year’s late-season collapses against the Cowboys, it would be nice for Dallas to already have a playoff spot secured heading into this one.
1. Week 1 @Redskins
A week 1 game against Washington as the most important game of the season? You bet. After week 5, the Cowboys play only four teams who did not make the playoffs last season, with two of those being divisional opponents. Let that sink in.
Dallas has a legitimate shot at kicking off the 2010 season at 4-0, but it all starts in Washington. The revamped ‘Skins will come out firing in a nationally-televised opening night game in their own building.
It is crucial for the Cowboys to get this win.