#2. A First Place Schedule
In the NFL, being a loser has it’s perks. Losing teams get higher draft selections. And they’ll face similar losers on the upcoming schedule.
Being a winner in the NFL gets you a stocking full of coal in the form of low-end draft pick and a much tougher schedule. It’s the price of success.
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So far this year, Dallas has paid that price in full. Especially when it comes to their schedule.
Currently sitting at 4-3, the Cowboys four victories have come against teams who have a record of 3-4 or worse. Their three losses were to the 5-2 Los Angeles Rams, the 4-3 Green Bay Packers and the 3-4 Denver Broncos. So, for the most part, the Cowboys beat the bad teams and lose to the best ones.
That doesn’t bode well for Dallas’ immediate future, as the Cowboys are slated to face a number of winning teams in the next nine weeks. That includes the 7-1 Philadelphia Eagles twice, the 6-2 Kansas City Chiefs, the 5-2 Seattle Seahawks and the 4-3 Atlanta Falcons.
Dallas will also have to face underachieving teams like the 3-5 Oakland Raiders at home and the 3-5 Los Angeles Chargers. Neither game will be a cakewalk for Dallas.
The fact is first place schedules don’t always mean you’ll face first place talent, as teams can perform so differently from season to season. But after so much success last year, going 13-3 including an 11-game winning streak, it was unlikely Dallas was ever going to be able to reproduce those results. And the tougher schedule this season virtually assured that.