The Dallas Cowboys may have the third easiest strength of schedule in the NFL, but the back-end is going to be a tough task for the Boys.
Combine that with five prime-time games, plus Thanksgiving and a Week 10 bye and it’s safe to say the layout of the schedule isn’t terrible. In fact, CBS Sports ranked the Cowboys with the third easiest strength of schedule, with a .459 opponents’ combined 2019 win percentage, for the upcoming season.
But can the Boys take advantage of the favorable schedule? Dallas needs to come out firing early on in the season. Again, given the nature of having four home games in their first six weeks. We’ve already made early predictions on the season itself. So, let’s dive into what we think is the most difficult part of the schedule.
The first month of the season may be the most difficult stretch of games for the Cowboys, and it can potentially make or break their season. The teams Dallas would see would feature a trip to @Los Angeles to face the Rams, followed by Atlanta, @Seattle, and Cleveland.
However, I do think Dallas takes care of business in three out of the four of those games. Leaving their most difficult stretch of games towards the back-end of their schedule.
You could arguably say right after the bye week 10 the schedule becomes a gauntlet as they face off @Minnesota, Washington, @Baltimore, @Cincinnati, San Francisco, Philadelphia, @NYG. But, let’s focus on a given month stretch that I think will pose the biggest issue for Dallas.
December. Crunch time for playoff football teams. This is when you find out what your NFL team is made off and you start to find out which teams are pretenders and which are contenders. From December 3, 2020 to January 3, 2021, the Cowboys will face off against two division rivals.
Within that given month time from above, Dallas will battle against (in order) @Baltimore, @Cincinnati, San Francisco, Philadelphia, @NYG. Not exactly what you want to see on the back-end of your schedule if you’re the Cowboys.
Granted you get a possible break with Cincinnati, but they have to play two divisional games and two legit Super Bowl contenders within the last month of the season, not your ideal situation.
The Dallas Cowboys are going to have to fire on all cylinders early on to grab a lead in the NFC East or else that last month of the schedule is going to be an everyday grind and could be a tough hill to climb to make the playoffs.