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Cowboys draw Giants for Sunday Night season opener for the fifth time - InsideTheStar, Richard Paolinelli

Brightest lights start shining on week one.

For the fourth straight year the Cowboys will not open their season with a nice Sunday afternoon game like three-quarters of the league get to do. For the third time in those four seasons, they will be playing on Sunday night.

The Cowboys will travel to Met Life Stadium in New Jersey to take on their NFC East rivals, the New York Giants. It will be the fifth time the two teams have met in the Sunday night contest on opening week since the NFL began playing games on Sunday night. If there is one consolation, the Cowboys have won all four of the previous meetings.

Which is why it’s a good thing they drew the Giants, instead of their Week 2 opponents, the New York Jets. Because the Cowboys are 0-4 in opening weekend Sunday night games when the opponent isn’t the Giants.

Cowboys Sign Rookie CB Eric Scott Jr. to $4 Million Contract Ahead of Minicamp - CowboysCountry, Isaiah Deanda Delgado

Deep dive on a late-draft pick with an inspiring story.

The Dallas Cowboys traded up to pick Southern Mississippi cornerback Eric Scott Jr. in the sixth round of this year’s NFL Draft, but why?

Scott was never a surefire NFL player like ballhawk Cowboy Trevon Diggs, who played at college football juggernaut Alabama. Instead, he followed a unique path that included stints at Illinois State, Butler Community College [where DeMarcus Lawrence and Michael Gallup played], and Southern Miss, a non-power five school.

In fact, Scott wasn’t even invited to the Senior Bowl or the NFL Scouting Combine. At his pro day, he pulled a quad muscle causing him to run a 40-yard dash in 4.72 seconds, but it was this stroke of bad luck that inspired him to take an even more unconventional route to impress scouts ... YouTube.

Cowboys 2023 schedule, win total: Predictions for each game and overall record, opponent breakdown, more - CBS Sports, Garrett Podell

The first predictions are in.

The Cowboys’ 2023 opponents have a combined record of 156-128-4, a win percentage of .549. That gives Dallas a strength of schedule that is tied for the fourth-most difficult in the upcoming season along with the New York Giants, as our John Breech broke down here.

The NFC East sent three teams to the playoffs last season with the Commanders barely missing the postseason by a game plus tiebreakers, finishing as the NFC’s ninth seed. Offensively, they should be improved with former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy calling plays as their new OC and associate head coach. Dallas’ non-divisional schedule is formidable, facing the NFC West and AFC East divisions. That means matchups with 2022 playoff teams like the 49ers, the Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and Los Angeles Chargers.

That’s on top of facing an additional crop of teams noticeably more potent in 2023 than they were in 2022: the New York Jets — now the home of Dallas Cowboys’ bogeyman Aaron Rodgers —, the New England Patriots — who now have a coach with NFL OC experience calling plays in Bill O’Brien — and the Carolina Panthers — equipped with a much stronger coaching staff and roster as Frank Reich and Bryce Young lead the charge.

NFL Thanksgiving schedule has Packers-Lions, Commanders-Cowboys, 49ers-Seahawks - Pro Football Talk

Playing host.

Detroit and Dallas are again hosting games on Thanksgiving, with Seattle added in as this year’s third home team.

In the second Thanksgiving game is one of the most popular Thanksgiving matchups, the Commanders at the Cowboys at 4:30 p.m. ET.

And in prime time on Thanksgiving, it’s the 49ers heading to Seattle to take on the Seahawks at 7:20 p.m. ET.

Ezekiel Elliott needs to accept different role for him to sign with team, ex-Cowboys running backs coach says - Fox News, Ryan Gaydos

Zeke might need to alter his expectations to find a new team.

Ezekiel Elliott, a three-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro selection with the Dallas Cowboys, remains a free agent as teams prepared for mini-camp, and fans have wondered why he is without a team only a few months before the season stars.

Skip Peete, the current running backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who was on the Cowboys’ staff from 2020 to 2022, suggested Wednesday the star running back needs to be willing to accept a lesser role and smaller paycheck. Peete said he and Elliott spoke the other night.

“I think that’s part of the reason he’s sitting out there,” he said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “If you’re going to play, I mean, you’re going to be the second and third guy. That’s kind of what the price is. So. that’s something that a person has to be able to see that that is what it is going to be.”

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