Dallas Cowboys 2010 Schedule Announced
Week 1: Cowboys at Redskins, 8:20 (Eastern Time) NBC ****Sunday Night
Week 2: Bears at Cowboys, 1:00 FOX
Week 3: Cowboys at Texans, 1:00 FOX
Week 4: BYE
Week 5: Titans at Cowboys, 4:15 CBS
Week 6: Cowboys at Vikings, 4:15 FOX
Week 7: Giants at Cowboys, 8:30 ESPN ****Monday Night
Week 8: Jaguars at Cowboys, 1:00 CBS
Week 9: Cowboys at Packers, 8:20 NBC ****Sunday Night
Week 10: Cowboys at Giants, 4:15 FOX
Week 11: Lions at Cowboys, 1:00 FOX
Week 12: Saints at Cowboys, 4:15 FOX ****Thanksgiving
Week 13: Cowboys at Colts, 4:15 FOX
Week 14: Eagles at Cowboys, 8:20 NBC ****Sunday Night
Week 15: Redskins at Cowboys, 1:00 FOX
Week 16: Cowboys at Cardinals, 7:30 NFLN ****Christmas Night
Week 17: Cowboys at Eagles, 1:00 FOX
Our initial reaction to this schedule is mixed. The Cowboys have to like their first four games, which gives them a legitimate shot at opening the season 4-0.
Kicking off the season in Washington will be difficult, however. They have improved of course, but playing a division rival on the road in a nationally televised game is never easy (particularly in an opening night atmosphere).
The Cowboys then have three of their “easier games” in the following weeks with a bye sandwiched in between them during Week 4. The team must be upset about that–players generally like late bye weeks so they can rest and heal up. A Week 4 bye doesn’t do the Cowboys any favors.
You’d like to see one of your more difficult opponents come after the bye, as you then have two weeks to prepare for them. The Cowboys get the Titans, though–not a cakewalk, but not exactly the Colts.
Week 6 is where the tide turns. The Cowboys will travel to Minnesota in a rematch of the Divisional Playoffs contest. We think Dallas will be as pumped up for that game as any.
The team will follow up their trip to Minnesota by hosting the Giants on Monday Night Football. Will they be able to maintain a playoff-like mindset for two straight weeks?
The Thanksgiving game against the Saints is quite surprising. The NFL generally schedules “dud” games on Thanksgiving because they know fans will watch anyway. It is apparent they are taking a different approach in 2010.
The Cowboys have to like that they get the Colts after the Thanksgiving game (relatively speaking). Traveling to Indy could be the Cowboys’ toughest game, but they get three extra days to recover and prepare for the defending AFC champs.
The last quarter of the ‘Boys season is quite rough. The NFL has obviously emphasized the importance of late-season divisional matchups, as the Cowboys play three of their final four games against the Eagles and Redskins. The Sunday Night matchup against the Eagles is always a classic.
Plan your Christmas holiday schedule now, as Christmas night will feature Dallas at Arizona. This is a good sign for the ‘Boys, as traveling to the desert in late December is a lot better than heading to, say, Green Bay. The Cowboys really don’t have any outrageous cold weather games over which to worry.
The final week of the season will feature (yup, you guessed it) the Cowboys at the Eagles. Let’s hope the Cowboys already have home-field advantage wrapped up by then!
Overall, the schedule is a tough one, but not as big of a factor as you might think. The Eagles, Giants, and Redskins each play 12 similar opponents (plus the Cowboys twice). In the end, the Cowboys just have to win football games.