The NFL schedule for all teams will be revealed in May following the draft, but opponents for each team have been accounted for since the end of this past season. For the Dallas Cowboys, their schedule consists of seven playoff teams from the previous season. Two are in their division in the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. However, some of the opponents consist of teams who actually have gotten worse.
Since free agency came into existence in 1993 as well as the salary cap, most NFL teams have struggled to build dynasties. While the New England Patriots have been able to reload and win multiple times, most champions since the new millennium have failed to achieve the same level of success consistently.
Super Bowl champions are often dismantled the following offseason due to various reasons. Players retire, the team is over the salary cap, or a new head coach is needed.
The Cowboys had a schedule filled with division winners last season due to making the playoffs in 2021. Tampa Bay, the LA Rams, and Green Bay all made deep playoff runs that year, but were all significantly worse when they faced Dallas in 2022.
The Cowboys might have only beaten the Rams out of those three teams, but it was clear from the start and through the season that those teams were not the same. The Buccaneers sneaked into the playoffs with a losing record only to lose to the Cowboys in the Wild Card round while the Rams and Packers missed the postseason entirely.
Every fan likes to determine the easy wins on their team’s schedule and right now, based on how this offseason has progressed, Dallas might have a few already. While these three teams could surprise everyone and make runs, no one should be surprised if they are worse in 2023. Let’s dive in!