A lot of football fans play fantasy football which lines up with something that I have said (and others likely have echoed) for a long time... the ideal day of football is when the Dallas Cowboys are on Sunday Night Football (you know, when they’re not flexed out) because it provides an opportunity to watch the redzone channel all day.
This past Sunday was not a day of that variety. The Cowboys are now a 1 PM ET team which means they played with a lot of irrelevant squads. Still. though. it felt like this was the first time in a long while that Cowboys fans didn’t get to spend eight or so hours with Andrew Siciliano which brings up the point of how long it has been since the Cowboys have actually even played on a Sunday.
It has been about half of the season since the Cowboys played on back to back Sundays
We are at the point in the season where the Cowboys schedule is a bit wonky in general, but when you factor in the rescheduled game against the Baltimore Ravens due to COVID-19 issues it becomes all the more distorted. Consider the last five weeks as far as the Dallas Cowboys are concerned:
- Week 10: BYE
- Week 11: at Minnesota (Sunday)
- Week 12: Washington (Thursday)
- Week 13: at Baltimore (Tuesday)
- Week 14: at Cincinnati (Sunday)
It’s no wonder that we had grown so accustomed to the redzone channel. For 60% of the last three weeks we have been able to watch it free of the pain and consequences that often accompany a Dallas Cowboys game.
You have to look a bit further back than that to find the last time that the Cowboys played on consecutive Sundays like they are about to. It was in Weeks 8 and 9 when Dallas visited Philadelphia (which was interestingly a SNF game) and hosted Pittsburgh. Needless to say, a lot has happened since their games fell on consecutive Sundays.
To be clear, this isn’t to say or intimate that this is some sort of unfair competitive advantage that the league is pushing onto the Cowboys. A lot of it has to do with the team’s bye week, their annual Thanksgiving Day game, and then the rescheduled game against the Ravens just added to the overall weirdness (although that game was originally supposed to take place on a Thursday as well). The point is, it is simply sort of weird and interesting.
If you are wondering, there are a few other teams that are in similar situations as the Cowboys due to bye weeks and rescheduled games (weeks of each team’s last consecutive Sunday games):
- Buffalo Bills (9 & 10)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (10 & 11)
- Baltimore Ravens (10 & 11)
- Washington Football Team (10 &11)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9 & 10)
- San Francisco 49ers (7 & 8)
The 49ers actually have the longest streak of going without back-to-back Sunday games. Every team on this list has either had their bye week or a Thursday game in the middle of the last month to month and a half which has made things a bit off.
In an ideal world the NFL is riding the momentum of television ratings on Sundays from their normal teams and then the Cowboys are carrying them on other days of the week. This isn’t necessarily not the case, but obviously Dallas is not having the best season.
Get ready for consecutive Sunday action. It’s been a minute.