The Dallas Cowboys are and should be focused on the playoffs, and continuing to play as many games as possible in January and February. However, the list of their home and road opponents for the 2022-23 season was released this week, and it is making us think ahead.
The actual schedule and order of the games won’t be revealed until March, but you can already start to consider which games you may want to travel to or head to AT&T Stadium for.
As always, the Cowboys will face their NFC East rivals (Eagles, Giants, and the soon-to-be-named Washington team) once at home and once on the road. But there is some new variation in the other teams they will be facing next season.
Spoiler alert: next season brings some much tougher opponents than this year.
This season, Dallas had quite an easy schedule. Aside from a disgraceful NFC East that easily allowed the Cowboys to go 6-0, the Cowboys got to face an injured/COVID-riddled Saints team, the Falcons, the Panthers, and the Broncos – all teams that ended up with losing records. That’s 10 out of 17 walk-in-the-park games (even though they embarrassingly lost to the Broncos), and many other winnable matchups, too. Next year won’t be as simple.
So, let’s break it down. There are a lot of unknowns. Scheduling, coaching changes, and roster differences will play a big role. The Cowboys themselves also have a ton of free agents who may not be on the team anymore next season.
Until then, let’s see which games should be a breeze and which will be a tornado.
The official 2022 Cowboys home and road opponents that the team should be worried about
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Home): Tom Brady is going to throw the football until he is 90, and until then he is always a threat. This rematch of a close Week 1 game will be intense.
Cincinnati Bengals (Home): The Bengals have had a stellar comeback season thanks to their young stars Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase. We expect them to only get better next year.
Indianapolis Colts (Home): Carson Wentz hasn’t been the QB that Indy needs him to be, but there are plenty of other weapons on that team. The Colts have a great coach, stellar defense, and standout RB in Jonathan Taylor.
Los Angeles Rams (Away): The Rams are always a tricky NFC opponent. With an experienced QB, excellent head coach, and a terrific defense, they are a strong team.
Green Bay Packers (Away): This is probably the scariest. The Cowboys heading to the Frozen Tundra to face a likely back-to-back MVP and potential Super Bowl champs will be a big challenge. Ideally, this takes place in September … but the NFL would never help us out, right?
Tennessee Titans (Away): The AFC South champs may not be talked about as much as other elite teams, but they deserve recognition for garnering the No. 1 seed. Plus, a healthy Derrick Henry is always a threat.
Minnesota Vikings (Away): This one brings a lot of unknowns. A new coach and potentially a new QB. The Cowboys’ biggest hope is if Kirk Cousins stays and they play in primetime so Primetime Kirk can blow it.
Chicago Bears (Home): With a new head coach and a growing Justin Fields, this could be surprisingly tricky. These two teams last faced off in 2019 and the Cowboys lost.
The official 2022 Cowboys home and road opponents that the team should be happy about
Philadelphia Eagles (Both): They may be the strongest NFC East opponent, but that doesn’t mean they’re strong enough to beat the Cowboys on either turf.
Washington **Insert Name** (Both): Unless a new name magically changes everything for this team, you can expect two easy Ws here.
New York Giants (Both): It’s going to take a lot more than getting rid of Joe Judge to get this team back on track.
Houston Texans (Home): The Governor’s Cup is always a fun one. It will be more fun for Dallas since it’s hard to imagine them losing to a team that went 4-13 in 2021.
Jacksonville Jaguars (Away): The only chance the Jaguars have at winning this game is if Kellen Moore is their head coach. Even then, I doubt the Jags can pull it off.
Detroit Lions (Home): The Lions are perpetually a team that struggles. Amon-Ra St.Brown had a stellar season, but one man isn’t enough.