Dallas Cowboys 2020 schedule reveal: A quick breakdown

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The NFL released the Dallas Cowboys regular-season schedule for 2020 on Thursday night. Here’s a quick breakdown of those highly-anticipated games.

In the midst of a barren desert without sports, the NFL continues to be an oasis for their fans. The league has now followed up on their wildly successful virtual draft from last month with the Thursday night release of the 2020 regular-season schedule.

Let’s take a look and see what that means for the Dallas Cowboys. Here’s the Cowboys’ 2020 regular season schedule courtesy of the team’s official website, DallasCowboys.com. (All times CT)

Week 1: Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams – Sept. 13 · 7:20 p.m. (SNF)
Week 2: Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys – Sept. 20 · 12:00 p.m.
Week 3: Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks – Sept. 27 · 3:25 p.m.
Week 4: Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys – Oct. 4 · 12:00 p.m.
Week 5: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys – Oct. 11 · 3:25 p.m.
Week 6: Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys – Oct. 19 · 7:15 p.m. (MNF)
Week 7: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins – Oct. 25 · 12:00 p.m.
Week 8: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles – Nov. 1 · 7:20 p.m. (SNF)
Week 9: Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys – Nov. 8 · 3:25 p.m.
Week 10: Bye Week
Week 11: Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings – Nov. 22 · 3:25 p.m.
Week 12: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys – Nov. 26 · 3:30 p.m. (TD)
Week 13: Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens – Dec. 3 · 7:20 p.m. (TNF)
Week 14: Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati Bengals – Dec. 13 · 12:00 p.m.
Week:15: San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys – Dec. 20 · 7:20 p.m. (SNF)
Week 16: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys – Dec. 27 · 3:25 p.m.
Week 17: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants – Jan. 3 · 12:00 p.m.

A Quick Breakdown

The Cowboys will be a huge part of the debut of SoFi Stadium, the new home for both the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers’ franchises in Inglewood, California. Not only are the Cowboys scheduled to open their regular season against the Rams, but Dallas will also play the Chargers in their preseason opener there as well.

Four of the Cowboys’ first six games of the season will be played in AT&T Stadium, with a three-game home streak between Weeks Four through Six. In Week 12, Dallas will host Washington in what should be a very lively divisional battle on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys will get a much-need 10-day break between Weeks 13 and 14.

Five of the Cowboys above games are against three teams that selected first, second, and fourth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft (Bengals, Redskins, Giants). Cincinnati selected LSU quarterback, Joe Burrow. Washington picked Ohio State defensive end, Chase Young. And New York selected Georgia offensive tackle, Andrew Thomas.

Out of the Cowboys’ 13 total opponents, seven posted a record of .500 or better in 2019. Based on last year, the toughest teams Dallas will face this upcoming season would be the 14-2 Baltimore Ravens in Week 13 and the 13-3 San Francisco 49ers in Week 15. The Niners were Super Bowl LIV participants, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-20.

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In 2019, the above list of Dallas Cowboys’ opponents had a combined record of 101-106-1 (not counting divisional opponents twice). That’s a winning percentage of just 48.80.