A handful of matchups stood out when the Dallas Cowboys' 2023 schedule was released. Opening the new campaign on the road in primetime against the Giants is one thing, but the Week 5 rematch against the 49ers on Sunday Night Football oozes excitement.
As does the Cowboys' Week 14 SNF bout against the Eagles at home considering it could have massive implications on the NFC East race.
In terms of non-primetime games, though, we can't help but look at Week 2 (at home) against the new-look Jets as a candidate for game-of-the-year. It's arguably the most anticipated fixture on Dallas' schedule given they'll lock horns with longtime nemesis Aaron Rodgers, who was traded from Green Bay to Gang Green this offseason.
Given Rodgers' track record of success against America's Team fans can likely already envision analysts picking the Jets to win the game.
Don't lump polarizing Cowboys fan Skip Bayless into that category, though.
While Bayless often speaks of Dallas in a derogatory tone, he believes the team will extract revenge against Rodgers and company.
Skip Bayless thinks the Cowboys will beat Aaron Rodgers and the Jets in Week 2
Bayless went off on a tangent about how the "overrated" Rodgers always morphs into "Count Dracula" against the Cowboys. Bayless referenced Dallas' overtime loss to the Packers in November, after blowing a 28-14 fourth quarter lead.
“Remember last year in Green Bay? [The Cowboys] led by 14 in the fourth quarter. Aaron turned back into Aaron ‘Bleepin’ Rodgers.’ He goes 6-for-8 in the fourth quarter alone, throwing for 66 yards and two touchdowns while my man Dak disappeared right on cue – 3-for-8 in the fourth quarter for all of 18 yards. Green Bay won the fourth quarter 14-0 and the game went to overtime … Aaron turned right around and hit Lazard for 36 yards and they walked it off with a field goal by Mason ‘Crossbar’.”
Of course Bayless had to squeeze in a shot at Dak Prescott. That's nothing out of left field from the Fox analyst, though he firmly believes 2023 will be a different story for Mike McCarthy's squad against Rodgers.
“I do have that game circled this year because I’m already on record. [The Cowboys] will finally beat Aaron ‘Bleepin’ Rodgers in Dallas on Sunday.”
The rare kiss of death in the first week of July.
Bayless' confidence is admirable, but Rodgers has a 8-2 overall record against the Cowboys in his career, including 2-0 in the playoffs. He's undefeated at AT&T Stadium in three tries and hasn't lost to Dallas since 2016. Even that was a futile W given the Cowboys lost to the Packers in the playoffs later that season.
It's hard to know that history and have virtually zero doubt that Dallas will come away with a win, making Bayless' prediction a worthy file in the hot take cabinet.
Par for the course.