The next thing to notice is the Prime time games. I always count Thanksgiving since the game is National. That means we have 5 prime time games this year. We’re on NBC Sunday Night Football three times this year. This includes the season opener against the Giants. I immediately wonder if Boomer Esiason has anything to say about the cameras being on Al Michaels after his drunk driving arrest recently? In fairness to Michaels though, no one died at his hands in an accident. Thankfully I might add. The Cowboys also have a Monday Night Football tilt in Chicago the first game back from the Thanksgiving break. Of course we all know the last few weeks of the season the schedule can be flexed to change the prime time game. if the Cowboys are in a fight for the NFC East that just might happen.
Let’s look at now at each week as the season unfolds. As mentioned, we open at home against the New York Giants. The Cowboys are 57-42-2 against the Giants all time, 31-19-1 at home. Naturally though the important stat to remember here is that the Giants have never lost in Cowboys Stadium. We are 0-4 against them there. They handed us our first loss there in the inaugural game. That nonsense has to end if we intend to go anywhere this year. The Cowboys must define a home field advantage.
Week 2 we travel to face the Kansas City Chiefs. We are 6-3 all time against the Chiefs, 2-2 on the road at their house, and 1-2 in Arrowhead Stadium. Andy Reid is the Chiefs new Head Coach, and his teams have always played the Cowboys tough. I guess what I am saying is just because the Chiefs sucked bad enough to have the overall #1 pick in the 2013 Draft, don’t paint them as a mark. It is a favorable matchup, but it is not a gimme.
Week 3 finds us home again to face the St. Louis Rams. The Rams and Cowboys are dead even at 11-11 in the all time series between the teams. The Cowboys hold a 6-5 advantage playing at home in the series. I hate having a losing record to any team, and I hate being tied with any team. I want this one bad. I want a winning record against the Rams in the worst way.