The NFL released each team’s schedule Wednesday night, and the Dallas Cowboys are looking at a another tough schedule. Regardless of the schedule, the Cowboys need to do better than 8-8. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jerry Jones cleans house if this team falls below .500. In my opinion, the key game of the schedule is in week 17 when Dallas plays the Washington Redskins.
Here’s a look at the Cowboys schedule for next season:
As a whole, the NFC East will play the NFC West and the AFC South. This is good and bad news because the NFC West is the NFL’s most competitive division, while the AFC South is perhaps the weakest division. The Cowboys will have to play playoff teams like the Eagles (twice), 49ers, Seahawks, and the Colts. Don’t forget that the Giants and the Redskins have improved drastically.
The best part about Dallas’ schedule in my opinion is when they play the Jaguars in London, and then travel back to Valley Ranch for their bye week. After the bye, the Cowboys will go on the road to play the Giants before returning home to host the Eagles on Thanksgiving. At that time of the year, we will know if the Cowboys are for real or not. Regardless, the Cowboys need to learn how to go on winning streaks. That has been a problem in Jason Garrett‘s tenure in Dallas.
With the NFL Draft coming up, there is reason for optimism for Dallas. They will have the opportunity to draft players who can become contributors right away. Aaron Donald and Anthony Barr are becoming the popular picks for the Cowboys, and both would be instant starters on this defense. Although they will have limited cap space for the next few years, Dallas has the skill players in place to make the playoffs. 2014 will be a make-or-break year for the Cowboys, and their future depends on the present.
What are your opinions of Dallas’ schedule in 2014? What do you think their record will be? Let us know in the comments section!