The Dallas Cowboys 2008 schedule was released today, and as expected, the first game is against the 10-6 Cleveland Browns. This is a great game to start the season, and the Cowboys get the advantage of playing the Browns early in the season, avoiding the below freezing weather that comes later in the year.
The Cowboys should win that game, but it will likely be a shoot out if the Cowboys cannot improve the secondary.
The full schedule is posted below, but I will discuss a few of the games now:
- Sept. 21 at Green Bay, a rematch from the game last year in which Dallas won 37-27, after nearly blowing a 17-point lead. Dallas dominated the Brett Favre-led Packers until the second half, when they fell apart a bit. Favre was injured in this game and back-up Aaron Rodgers came in and played a pretty decent game. But I am not sold that he will save the franchise.
- Oct. 5 hosting the Cincinnati Bengals. We should demolish these guys, but I think the game will be interesting because Chad Johnson may not be able to play for the Cowboys, but he will see what it is like to play against them.
- Dec. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers. Is this game still a rivalry? I think it is. Those battles in the 70′s haven’t been matched by any other teams in my opinion, other than maybe the Colts and Patriots division title matches. I like this matchup, although the Steelers really lack a go-to receiver.
- Oct. 12 at Arizona Cardinals. For the past four years in a row I have said “watch out for those Cardinals. I think this is their year.” And each year they have disappointed. It will be fun to watch the Cardinals high-profile receivers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald face the Dallas defense. But the Cowboys should come away with a win here after Tony Romo exploits the Cardinals defense.
- Thanksgiving the Cowboys host the Seattle Seahawks. This is an intriguing game because Julius Jones is now the feature back for the Hawks. Will he get booed? Cowboys safety Ken Hamlin also faces his old team. I think this will be a good matchup for the historic Thanksgiving night game. I will be excited to watch it.
Other than that, and besides the division rival games against the Crapskins and the Jerkles, the Cowboys have an easier schedule this year than I think they had last year.
We know the Crapskins is two wins. We know we will crush the 49ers. Playing the Bengals is kind of funny and an easy win. We play the St. Louis Rams again and they are horrible. (I am at five wins already). The Baltimore Ravens still don’t have a quarterback and no team without a good QB will beat the Cowboys in 2008. The Tampa Bay Bucs made the playoffs last year and no one can explain that one. I don’t see this team being anywhere as good as they were last season, but then again I said they would stink then, too.
What I want to know is how did a 13-3 team get a schedule like this? Does the NFL really want to see the Cowboys go undefeated?
Sun 9/7 @ Cleveland 3:15 PM
Mon 9/15 PHILADELPHIA 7:30 PM
Sun 9/21 @ Green Bay 7:15 PM
Sun 9/28 WASHINGTON 3:15 PM
Sun 10/05 CINCINNATI 3:15 PM
Sun 10/12 @ Arizona 3:15 PM
Sun 10/19 @ St. Louis NOON
Sun 10/26 TAMPA BAY NOON
Sun 11/02 @ NY Giants 3:15 PM
Sun 11/09 BYE
Sun 11/16 @ Washington 7:15 PM
Sun 11/23 SF 49ERS NOON
Thur 11/27 SEATTLE 3:15 PM
Sun 12/07 @ Pittsburgh 3:15 PM
Sun 12/14 NY GIANTS 7:15 PM
Sat 12/20 BALTIMORE 7:15 PM
Sun 12/28 @ Philadelphia NOON