The NFL regular season is still six months away, but it’s never too early to look ahead at who the Dallas Cowboys will face in 2023. The Cowboys have known their opponents since the end of last year and await the schedule release in mid-May to find out who they play which week.
Finishing second in the NFC East last year, the Cowboys will play a second-place schedule next season. That means they will play teams like the Lions, Panthers, and Chargers, while the Commanders — who finished last in the NFC East and could do so again by not pursuing Lamar Jackson — will face the Bears, Falcons, and Broncos.
After a 2022 season that saw the Cowboys play one of the easiest schedules in the NFL, they’ll head into next year with one of the toughest. Dallas is tied for the third hardest schedule in 2023 with its opponents going 156-128-4 (54.9% win percentage) last season.
The Cowboys’ upcoming schedule is no cakewalk and playing in the tough NFC East makes it harder for them too. Luckily, acquiring veterans like Brandin Cooks and Stephon Gilmore should help make Dallas a better all-around club.
With a difficult 17 games against seven playoff teams, the Cowboys will have their hands full in 2023.
3 toughest opponents the Cowboys will face in 2023
Honorable Mentions: Chargers, Jets & Dolphins
3. Buffalo Bills
The Stefon Diggs vs Trevon Diggs matchup that all fans want to see. Aside from the Pro Bowl, this is the first time the pair of brothers will face off in an NFL game.
That might be the biggest storyline heading into the game, but another big storyline will be how the Cowboys’ defense fares against one of the game’s best quarterbacks in Josh Allen.
Allen has only faced the Cowboys once in his five-year career and that came on Thanksgiving in 2019. The Pro Bowl quarterback threw for 231 yards and one passing touchdown while also running for 43 yards and a touchdown. The Bills beat Dallas in that game 26-15.
The Bills’ quarterback has grown since then into a legit All-Pro player. Dan Quinn and the Cowboys’ defense will do their best to limit Allen and that Buffalo offense.
These teams are much different than the last time they squared off four years ago. Both Diggs brothers, Micah Parsons, CeeDee Lamb, and Gabe Davis weren’t on the field for that one in 2019.
The Bills will be a tough draw for Dallas with their high-flying offense and strong secondary. This game should also be a favorite to land on primetime this season. Buffalo comes in at five on ESPN’s latest power rankings before the NFL Draft.