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Rick Gosselin has some depressing stats in his article this morning. (sub. required)

The NFL has sent 92 teams on three-game road trips since 1990 and only 32 survived to make the playoffs. More recently, 21 teams embarked on three-game road trips in the 2000 decade, and only six have qualified for the playoffs.

The longer a team stays on the road, the more weary the body and legs become. Of the 92 teams that have taken three-game trips in the last 16 years, 63 lost more games than they won. Six teams went 3-0 and 23 teams went 2-1 - but 48 teams went 1-2 and 15 more went 0-3.

And to make it worse Dallas has 6 road games in its first 9 contests. I will say this though, if Dallas can come out of the first half of the schedule with a decent record, the second half of the season sets up nicely.

Gosselin also says the 1992 Cowboys had the same 3-game road trip and wnet 2-1 on the way to a 13-3 season and a Super Bowl win.

But...

So a three-game trip is not impossible to overcome. But that 1992 Dallas team had young superstars Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin, plus the best offensive line in the NFL and the league's No. 1-ranked defense.

This Dallas team doesn't.

The Cowboys declined to match the Bucs offer to OT Torrin Tucker.

The Cowboys declined to match the two-year contract restricted free-agent offensive lineman Torrin Tucker received from Tampa Bay.

Tucker, who received a $100,000 signing bonus, is scheduled to earn base salaries of $1.3 million each of the next two seasons.

Dallas will not receive any compensation for losing Tucker because he was an undrafted free agent when he joined the Cowboys prior to the 2003 season.

The preseason games have also been scheduled.

From KFFL.com:

Cowboys | Team finalizes preseason schedule

Nick Eatman, of DallasCowboys.com, reports the Dallas Cowboys will start the preseason with a 9 p.m. (CDT) start in Seattle against the Seattle Seahawks Aug. 12, followed by the ESPN Monday night game against the New Orleans Saints in Shreveport, La., Aug. 21. The Cowboys will return home for the final two preseason games, facing the San Francisco 49ers at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, and then the Minnesota Vikings in a Thursday, Aug. 31 meeting at 7 p.m.