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2021 Dallas Cowboys opponents basically set: Road trips include New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Kansas City among others

Here is who the Cowboys will be playing next season.

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The 2020 season finally came to a close for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon when they lost to the New York Giants. It was a valiant effort to make things interesting near the end, but ultimately it just wasn’t enough for America’s Team.

Many had devoted their efforts strictly towards 2021 some time ago, some even as long ago as Dak Prescott’s injury during the first game against the Giants. It makes sense to believe that this team’s chances of contending for a title are much larger next season when they will have the likes of Dak, Tyron Smith, and La’el Collins back.

Next season will be very interesting for the Cowboys and with the regular season now in the books, we officially know who and where they will be playing (with the exception of one game). Dallas finished third in the NFC East which gave us the final keys to the puzzle.

2021 Dallas Cowboys Home Opponents

2021 Dallas Cowboys Away Opponents

As you can see, the road trips for the 2021 Cowboys are rather intimidating as they will have to travel to places like New Orleans, Tampa Bay, and the home of the current reigning Super Bowl Champions, Kansas City. Hopefully fans are able to attend games next season as these are some iconic NFL venues.

The 17th game will come against the greatest coach of all time if it happens

It has been reported a lot lately that the NFL is likely going to institute a 17th game beginning with the 2021 season. Many have wondered how this game will be determined since the league first suggested doing it a while back.

The MMQB’s Albert Breer reported this past week that it would be a one-game crossover for each team’s opposing conference. It will rotate the way that everything else does which will take a few years to become more natural in feel.

The reported formula involves the NFC East squaring off against the AFC East where each same-place finisher players the other. Since the Cowboys finished third in the NFC East this season that means they will play the third-place finisher from the AFC East if this does end up happening as is expected... the New England Patriots.

It is unknown whether that game will be at home or on the road for the Cowboys. Breer reported that it would alternate every year (all AFC teams are home one season, NFC the next, so on) and it will likely be fully announced when the league formalizes the 17th game, but get ready for the Pats.