While we continue to wait, and wait, and wait for the draft to arrive, the NFL gave us some scraps to chew on by releasing the 2014 schedule. We covered the schedule release here, but now let's take a look at the good and the bad of the Cowboys schedule.
-- The bye isn't until Week 11. Having a bye later in the season is a good thing. Your team is likely banged up, multiple guys could use a week off and it's a good time to re-charge the batteries for a stretch run.
-- The Cowboys can get off to a good start with so many home games. Okay, I know Dallas hasn't been particularly strong at home since AT&T Stadium opened, but it's still better than road games. Six home games in the first nine weeks allows Dallas to build momentum if they can take advantage. In sports, just winning a few games can make a team better by building confidence. It also relieves the pressure of having to win every week to climb out of a hole. I like this part of the schedule.
-- How did the NFL come up with a night game, on the road against the Giants on a Sunday, followed by a Thursday Thanksgiving game, followed by another Thursday night game the following week at the Bears? Simply brutal scheduling.
-- Don't forget your booties because it's cold out there today. The Cowboys stretch-run could be played in some inclement weather - NY, Chicago, Philly and Washington, D.C.
-- The Cowboys will participate in the maximum number of prime-time games (5) and could possibly have a sixth if they get flexed.
-- London. Playing in London will be an interesting experience. Surely we can beat the Jags over there.
I'm usually an optimist, and I'll stay one, but the best I can do here is 9-7. Make sure to vote in the poll below for your prediction then give us your reasons in the comments.
Week 1: San Francisco 49ers (Sept. 7th, 4:25 EST, FOX)
Week 2: @ Tennessee Titans (Sept 14th, 1 PM EST, FOX)
Week 3: @ St. Louis Rams (Sept. 21st, 1 PM EST, FOX)
Week 4: New Orleans Saints (Sept. 28th, 8:30 PM EST, NBC)
Week 5: Houston Texans (Oct. 5th, 1 PM EST, CBS)
Week 6: @ Seattle Seahawks (Oct. 12th, 4:25 PM EST, FOX)
Week 7: New York Giants (Oct. 19th, 4:25 PM EST, FOX)
Week 8: Washington Redskins (Oct. 27th, 8:30 PM EST, ESPN)
Week 9: Arizona Cardinals (Nov. 2nd, 1 PM EST, FOX)
Week 10: @ Jacksonville Jaguars (London) (Nov. 9th, 1 PM EST, FOX)
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: @ New York Giants (Nov. 23rd, 8:30 PM EST, NBC)
Week 13: Philadelphia Eagles (Nov 27th, 4:30 PM EST, FOX)
Week 14: @ Chicago Bears (Dec. 4th, 8:25 PM EST, NFL Network)
Week 15: @ Philadelphia Eagles (Dec 14th, 8:30 PM EST, NBC)
Week 16: Indianapolis Colts (Dec. 21st, 4:30 PM EST, CBS)
Week 17: @Washington Redskins (Dec. 28th, 1 PM EST, FOX)