The 2021 regular season has come to an end and the Dallas Cowboys now know who they’ll be facing next year. While they locked up the NFC East division some time ago (securing a first place schedule in 2022 and ensuring the level of competition will be raised) they had to wait until the entire NFL standings were determined before the league would finalize opponents and venues.
Consider those finalized.
The Dallas Cowboys now have their entire gauntlet laid before them. They don’t have exact dates yet since that will take multiple layer of logistics to synchronize, but they do know who they’ll be playing on the road and who they’ll be hosting at home.
The Dallas Cowboys have now learned who they’ll be facing at home and on the road in the 2022 regular season.
Obviously, just like every year, the Dallas Cowboys will be playing their NFC East rivals twice next season. The Philadelphia Eagles, Washington whatevertheirnames, and New York Giants will all be on to-do list. Playing one on the road and one at home will be a familiar, and frankly, a welcomed task for Dallas next season.
As the above tweet states, the Dallas Cowboys haven’t exactly struggled to dispatch their division rivals as of late. They outscored the NFC East this season to the tune of 240-107 in 2021 – that’s a staggering +133 point differential! While nothing is automatic in today’s NFL, these games are pretty darn close and unless they do something about their respective QB situations, that will likely continue.
Dallas Cowboys Schedule: Home
In addition to hosting Washington, New York, and Philly, the Dallas Cowboys will also welcome a handful of other teams to AT&T Stadium next season. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers headlines the list but don’t sleep on the Cincinnati Bengals or Indianapolis Colts. Both teams have had elite stretches of play and both are possibly just one missing piece away from being true contenders.
Ranking the home opponents by order of difficultly I’ll go with this (premature) hierarchy:
- Tampa Bay
- New York
Dallas Cowboys Schedule: Away
The away games is where things get hairy. Because the NFL allows teams to inexplicably build outdoor stadia in terrible weather climates, road games are extremely hard to predict until we know the exact date and forecast. Because the more external variables entering into the equation, the less stable the outcome (best team doesn’t always win).
The road headliners for the Dallas Cowboys are the Green Bay Packers and the Tennessee Titans. Both are No. 1 seeds in their respective conference and both will likely be seen as favorites against Dallas. And knowing the NFL, they’ll schedule Dallas to play Green Bay in December so they can market the weather.
Road games listed by order of difficulty:
- Green Bay (if Aaron Rodgers stays)
- Los Angeles Rams
- New York
Facing four playoff teams on the road next season is no small task, especially if it happens to be someone they faced in the postseason just months before. Intensity will be a peak levels and the Dallas Cowboys will have their work cut out for them.
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The final dates will be key in determining the degree of difficulty in some of these games. As will personnel decisions both in free agency and in the 2022 NFL Draft. But this gives a pretty good idea of what to expect next season and that’s a very good thing