With the Dallas Cowboys adjusting to new personnel around the team, they can not afford to start the season slow, facing a difficult first three games.
The NFL officially released the schedules for the 2020 NFL season on Thursday night. The Dallas Cowboys have a total of five primetime games, the first one coming in Week One against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football. The Cowboys versus the Rams will be the first-ever NFL regular season football game in the newly built SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
The Rams did not make the playoffs last year, and got rid of both starting wide receiver Brandin Cooks, and starting running back Todd Gurley. Despite this, this is a matchup the Cowboys will not be able to take lightly, as the Rams still have a talented defense with stars tackle Aaron Donald and safety Jalen Ramsey.
The first game of the season with a brand new head coach in Mike McCarthy, and a defensive unit with a lot of fresh faces, the Cowboys can not afford to get off to a sluggish start. After facing the Rams, Dallas will host the Atlanta Falcons at home in Week Two of the season. While the Falcons finished with a 7-9 record in the 2019 season, they are a talented team nonetheless, with the ability to torch a defense with their stout offense featuring wide receivers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, plus new running back, Todd Gurley.
In Week Three, the Cowboys make the trip up north to play the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks went 11-5 last season, beating the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round of the playoffs. Quarterback Russell Wilson can give any defense a headache with his ability to create positive plays out of difficult situations. Combine this with the deafening 12th Man, also known as the Seahawks’ fan base, the Cowboys have a difficult challenge to face in week three of the season.
With a lot of fresh faces around the team, the Dallas Cowboys can not take long to adjust to their new leadership and personnel. They must get out to a strong start, and not put themselves in a hole to dig out of after the first three weeks of the season.