The NFL schedule has been released and the Dallas Cowboys finally know the path in which they have to navigate to make it back to the playoffs. Finishing in first place in the NFC East last year gives the Cowboys a first-place schedule for the 2022 season.
There are plenty of great games on Dallas’ schedule, but I picked out the top five that include other top teams in the league and especially other great quarterbacks. No team has repeated as NFC East champions since the Eagles did so in 2003 and 2004. Hopefully, the Cowboys will be able to buck that trend and remain atop the division against teams that added some pretty impressive prospects in the draft.
The Cowboys went 12-5 last year but couldn’t get the job done in the playoffs. If Dallas can win these big-time matchups in 2022, they will certainly earn respect from analysts who don’t believe the Cowboys can compete against higher-quality teams.
5 exciting and important matchups for the Cowboys on the 2022 schedule
5. Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans, Week 17, TNF 8:15 PM ET
We start with the Cowboys traveling to Tennessee in Week 17 for a rare showdown with the Titans. This is the Cowboys’ only non-thanksgiving Thursday night game for the 2022 season. The temperature in Tennessee in late December will probably not be ideal, which is another obstacle for the Cowboys.
The Mike Vrabel-led squad finished as the No. 1 seed in the AFC last season before getting knocked out by the Bengals in the divisional round. The Titans seem to have a competitive team every year. They have had an above .500 record every year since 2016. The Cowboys last faced Tennessee on Monday Night Football in 2018, a game in which Dallas lost 28-14.
This upcoming season gives us a great matchup between the Cowboys’ defense and Derrick Henry, the Titans’ star running back. Henry will be the toughest running back the Cowboys face all year. He is the most physically imposing running back in the NFL and will give America’s Team all they can handle.
Dallas was 2-3 last season against AFC opponents, having to face the tough AFC West in four of those five games. Now, they get a shot at the AFC South, which is by far the worst division in the AFC. They must take advantage of those games.