Although the dates are not solidified, the Dallas Cowboys know who they play next year. That schedule includes only four teams with losing records in 2007-08.
At home, the Cowboys play:
- New York Giants: I don’t expect the Giants to make it to the Super Bowl again. But I also don’t think they will roll over. Everyone thought when Tiki retired they’d stink. Oops. The Cowboys will probably split with the Giants if all players and the coach stays.
- Philadelphia Eagles: With McNabb traded, these guys will be rebuilding. With McNabb on the team, these guys will be rebuilding. Not one all star receiver on this team means another 8-8 year for the Iggles and likely two losses to the Cowboys.
- Washington Redskins: I expect the Redskins will struggle considering they don’t even know who the coach is. Dallas should take both games in 2008 with revenge on their minds.
- San Francisco 49ers: These ain’t the 49ers we all grew to hate. Easy to love these guys the way they played this year. The Cowboys should hammer these guys. What does Drew think about this game at ninernoise?
- Seattle Seahawks: No question about it, Dallas wins and wins big against the Seahawks. Romo is going to kill em.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Not a bad matchup here considering Romo threw for five touchdowns against them in 2006. Will he throw six in 08? I wonder what the PewterPlank thinks about this matchup.
- Baltimore Ravens: Has the fear of this team’s defense come to an end? Probably not. I bet the EbonyBird will know if the Ravens will challenge the Cowboys next year.
- Cincinnati Bengal: This was one of the more disappointing teams of the season. Must improve to save the coaches. On their fourth or fifth defensive coordinator or something like that. This won’t be a cakewalk. The StipeHype is confident, I am sure, that the Bengals will improve, right?
Away, the Cowboys take on:
- New York Giants
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Washington Redskins
- Arizona Cardinals: I don’t want to play these guys. I think RaizingZona ought to demand the playoffs this year. The nucleus is there if everyone stays.
- St. Louis Rams: Bring it. The Rams need a lot of help to be good again. Even the RamblinFan will tell you that the coach most likely had to go this year. But the Rams kept him.
- Green Bay Packers: Rematch!!
- Cleveland Browns: If the Browns improve that defense there is no telling how good they may be. Is Anderson for real? Anderson vs Romo sounds like it will be hyped up quite a bit depending on when these two teams play and what their respective records are. The DawgPoundDaily has a lot to look forward to, but I wonder if this is one game he’d like to see removed from the schedule.
- Pittsburgh Steelers : Rivarly of old. Steelers haven’t beaten Dallas in awhile. But we haven’t played them with Roth at QB. This should be fun. Will NicePickCowher like to make a prediction here? CORRECTION: Kudos to colorblind for catching my error. The Cowboys played the Steelers and Roethlisberger in 2004 and lost 24-20 after a Testaverde fumble. Ouch. There is a reason I forgot that game.
Two games right off the bat I am excited to see are an away game against the Cleveland Browns and a home game against the Seattle Seahawks. I think the Browns game will just be a fun game to anticipate. The Seahawks game is pure revenge. Overall, and looking over this schedule hard for a few hours, I think the Dallas Cowboys face great challenges in 2008. A rematch against the Packers in Green Bay and a tough away game at Pittsburgh are highlights on the schedule as well. The teams that had losing records will surely be expected to improve, especially the Bengals and Ravens.
It also appears the NFC East might be the toughest division in football for the coming year. Only the Giants can do worse in 2008.