Clearly the Cowboys achilles heel last year was the secondary, and therefore we were undoubtedly helped by the fact that our schedule did not pitch us against too many top tier quarterbacks.
Looking forward to this season, EVERYBODY is worried about the offensive line, and specifically their ability to keep Tomy Romo upright and healthy. So the question should be - what sort of defenses are we going to be facing this season?
The bad: We face serious match up problems against our divisional foes the Giants and Eagles. I suspect that after week 1, the paranoia surrounding our offensive line will reach fever pitch!! However, we lost all four games to our rivals last year, so any change this time around is a bonus. We should also be seriously worried about playing the Ravens, and in terms of pass rush, you could probably add the Bengals as well.
Not as bad as you might think: The likes of Pittsburgh, Chicago and Seattle certainly possess strong defenses, but they do not create vast amounts of pressure. If Romo can continue to avoid the interceptions, then there is no reason we can't succeed against these teams.
The good: The Redskins, Tampa, Carolina, Atlanta, Cleveland and NO should not give our offensive line too many sleepless nights.
Overall: I really like the Cowboys schedule this year - particularly the second half leading into the playoffs. Whilst I think they may well be 4-4 at half way, I think by the end of the season they will be 10-6. However, I also think the Giants/Eagles will be around this mark too, so it is going to be tight. If I had to predict, I think the fact the Giants face GB and the 49ers will count against them. Eagles 11-5, Dallas 10-6, Giants 9-7.