As we near closer to the start of the 2019 NFL season, it is clear the Dallas Cowboys need a hot start to have a successful year.
As the 2019 NFL Regular Season draws nearer, there is always tons of buzz about what teams will get off to the best starts. The truth is there is no knowing for certain what is in store for any team in the 2019 season, but the Dallas Cowboys schedule does have something worth noting.
Dallas starts their season facing just one 2018 playoff team in their first six games. The Cowboys also will face three teams in that period, The New York Giants, Washington Redskins, and Miami Dolphins who could all possibly have new quarterbacks from last season. Miami will have recently acquired Josh Rosen as their starter, Washington will likely have either Case Keenum or Dwyane Haskins, and the Giants will have either the rookie Daniel Jones or veteran Eli Manning.
Point of all this being, Dallas has some extremely winnable games at the start of the year. The opener against the New York Giants at home seems like a game that Dallas almost has to win. The Cowboys have been on a roll against the Giants in the past two seasons, winning all four of the team’s matchups.
Washington is a team who is believed by many to have had a very impressive 2019 draft, but with their options at the quarterback position and key losses in free agency, they seem to be a team that will be limited. Haskins has all the tools to be a great quarterback in the future, but if he is the starter in Week Two against Dallas, their defense should be licking their chops.
The one playoff team the Cowboys face in their first six games, the New Orleans Saints, may be Dallas’s toughest game on their schedule. Dallas has struggled in New Orleans losing three out of their last four trips there including a 49-17 beatdown on Sunday Night Football in 2013.
After the Cowboys battle with New Orleans, they return home to take on a team looking to bounce back in Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Again, that figures to be a tough game as it always is facing the great Rodgers, which makes it even more crucial the Cowboys get off to a hot start against the weaker opponents.
As we look later in the season, the Cowboys face one of the toughest December schedules in recent team history. Three of Dallas’s four December contests are against 2018 playoff teams, the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, and Los Angeles Rams. This will be a tough stretch for the Cowboys, and they really could use some extra cushion in terms of the standings when entering December.
The Dallas Cowboys have not started a season 3-0 since 2008, but 2019 is a great shot to reach this mark once again. Dallas will have a clear quarterback, and overall team advantage, in all of their first three games. If the Cowboys want to have another successful season in 2019, a hot start is crucial so they can have some leeway as their schedule gets tougher towards the end of the season.