I think there has been some confusion on how the schedule works by Cowboy fans and non-Cowboy fans around here.
I've heard the constant argument that, "Well they only went 11-5 because of their 3rd ranked schedule.", but I'm starting to think that there aren't many people who know how the schedule works.
-Play each division foe twice.
-A whole NFC divison(This year it was the NFC South.)
-A whole AFC division(AFC West this year.)
-Two teams that finished in the same conference at the same place in their division. (This year it was Green Bay and Seattle.)
The reality is that the NFL changes so much from year to year, that you can only count of a handful of teams being crappy each year or good. The Indy's, SD's, and Pats are constantly good, but for everyone of those you get a 8-8 New Orleans who turns around and wins 13 games or a #2 seed Carolina that turns around and doesn't even make the playoffs.
If Dallas had won the divison last year, their opponents would have been Arizona and Minnesota. They lose both games and they still get in at 10-6, and that's assuming they lose to Arizona.
In the end, where you finish in your division only effects your schedule for two games, the rest is standard.