The 2012 schedule was released on Tuesday night, a season where the Dallas Cowboys have only one Monday Night Football game and 3 Sunday Night football games. Not bad for a team who went 8-8 last season. This week’s blog will be a bold prediction, without seeing the pre-season, on what the 2012 Dallas Cowboys record will be come January 2013 with commentary on what I feel are “must win games”.
The Dallas Cowboys will finish 10-6 and finish second in the NFC East behind the Philadelphia Eagles.
Dallas will kick off the season where they began and ended last season, New York. This first game will set the tone to the rest of the season. In 2010 they lost to the Washington Redskins and that doomed the rest of that season. Last season they lost to the Jets and that really set the tone to the 2011 season. This season, Dallas will kick off the season with a win in New York against the Giants. They will remember that season ending loss last year. Yes even though it is Game 1, this is a must win. If Dallas can start the season off on the right foot, they will have a better chance at having a successful season.
Dallas will win the first four games of the season against the Giants,Seattle(even though Seattle is at home who does Matt Flynn really have to throw too?),Tampa at home and Chicago on their only Monday Night Football appearance.
Then Dallas goes to Baltimore where although they owe the Ravens a game from the embarrassment that closed out Texas Stadium, as tough as Baltimore is, I don’t see this as a win. But they will redeem themselves with a win at Carolina.
The next set of games,Dallas will go 2-4, winning in Carolina and Philadelphia and losses to the Giants at home, and in Atlanta.
Then the two game short week comes with Cleveland which Dallas will win and Washington on Thanksgiving Day which will be a win at home.
Then the dreaded month of December comes in and all of these are “must wins” but it is truly the toughest part of the Cowboys schedule again this year and another December slump as they will go 2-5. I see a loss to Philadelphia and a win in Cincinnati, a loss at home to Pittsburgh, a win against the Saints and finally a loss to end the season in Washington.
Even with the Cowboys finishing 8-8 their schedule is a tough one playing the AFC North division and of course any NFC East game is a tough game.
There are my bold predictions. Maybe we can snag another game in there but it’s still better than last season!