Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) on the bench after throwing an interception in the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. The Redskins beat the Cowboys 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Schedule Breakdown: Cowboys Could Go 8-8 Again This Season (Part Three)


After two back to back 8-8 seasons without a playoff appearance, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones vowed to invoke changes that would make everyone at Valley Ranch “uncomfortable”. Those changes came in the form off a majority of the Cowboys’ coaching staff being let go, including defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

Jones elected to keep head coach Jason Garrett and now says his job is not on the line this season. If you believe that, I’ve got some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you. After what some consider to be a less than stellar draft, let’s revisit the Cowboys’ upcoming schedule and try to predict where Dallas could rank in the standings at the end of the year.

So at the end of the second part of my analysis, the Cowboys were 5-3. Let’s go ahead and wrap this up and see where they could be by the end of the season.

WEEK 9 – Minnesota Vikings @ Dallas Cowboys

Prediction: WIN (6-3) – ” The Vikings have concerns at quarterback. That combined with an aging defense spells trouble for Minnesota next year. They had a stellar draft, but is it enough to turn them around in one year? I don’t think so. Dallas has the upper-hand here.”

WEEK 10 – Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints

Prediction: LOSS (6-4) – “The Saints of last year are not the same team with Sean Payton at the helm. Expect them to have a resurgence this season. And in the game, expect former Dallas defensive coordinator Ryan to be looking for some revenge in New Orleans. Dallas loses this one.”

WEEK 11 – BYE WEEK

WEEK 12 – Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants

Prediction: LOSS (6-5) – “NFC East Split in full effect here.”

WEEK 13 – Oakland Raiders @ Dallas Cowboys

Prediction: WIN (7-5)  -  “It’s the Oakland Raiders. I’m shocked when they win a game.”

WEEK 14 – Dallas Cowboys @ Chicago Bears

Prediction: LOSS (7-6) – “Difficult choice here. It’s really about how the teams are playing at the time. But I’ll go with the home team in possible snowy conditions.”

WEEK 15 – Green Bay Packers @ Dallas Cowboys

Prediction: LOSS (7-7) – “Aaron Rodgers. Nuff said”

WEEK 16 – Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins

Prediction: LOSS (7-8) – “NFC East Split in full effect here. I’d also expect RG3 to be at full force here in Washington.”

WEEK 17 – Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys

Prediction: WIN (8-8) – “NFC East Split in full effect here. Will it be enough to make the playoffs? Probably not.”

So, according to this prediction, the Cowboys could easily go 8-8. I’ve heard other predictions as low as 6-10 and as high as 13-3. I think the answer will lie in the offensive line. If they can improve themselves this off-season and give Tony Romo a running game, the sky’s the limit!

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  • ctcowboy1968

    This is pretty depressing. No improvement? Seriously, this prediction is random. “Aaron Rogers enough said.” Aaron Rogers alone does not beat the Cowboys. In fact, have the Packers beaten the Cowboys in Dallas in the last 20 years? I don’t think so.
    Regarding the NFC East, I don’t believe the games will be splits. Injuries at game time are the key. Cowboys have a new D system which should be better. A healthy Lee and Carter with Ware and Spencer doing what they do best (rushing) should result in an improved D. NYG are hurting. They have not improved from last year. In fact, their top and only two WRs are holding out. Their D secondary still sucks. We missed sweeping them by Dez’s pinkie last year.
    Beating the Giants… sack Eli early and often. Then he quits and makes stupid mistakes. When Eli can’t function, the Giants are lost. The Eagles, Vick is a turnover waiting to happen.
    All the NFC East games will be tough, but I could see us sweeping both the Giants and Eagles. Hopefully via tape review, we have come up with a method to stop the Skins.