Yesterday the NFL launched the 2022 common season schedule. Naturally, we’re right here to interrupt down how issues shook out for the Dallas Cowboys, and try 4 optimistic takeaways from their slate of video games.
In case you missed it, right here’s the Cowboys’ full common season schedule.
1) Two house video games to start out the season
It’s laborious to consider, however the Cowboys haven’t opened the season up with two house video games since 2001. That lengthy streak will come to an finish this 12 months as Dallas will get to open up at house towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after which host the defending AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals.
Whereas the Buccaneers and Bengals are each difficult opponents, it actually makes issues a lot simpler dealing with each of them at house as an alternative of on the highway. If you happen to take a look at final season’s schedule, Dallas needed to journey to Tampa and to Los Angeles to tackle the Buccaneers and Chargers within the first two weeks. In comparison with that, this season’s first two video games must be much less fraught.
Dallas can also be at house in Week 4 towards the Commanders, so they begin the season with three of their first 4 video games at house. This can give the Cowboys an opportunity to defend their house subject and get off to an excellent begin.
2) Well timed bye week earlier than journey to Inexperienced Bay
Yearly when the schedule is launched one of many extra attention-grabbing issues to take a look at is each crew’s bye week. It appeared like for years the Cowboys could be given the brief finish of the persist with a badly positioned bye week, however over the previous couple of seasons that has appeared to alter.
This 12 months, Dallas will get their bye week in an ideal spot, coming in Week 9 earlier than they journey to Inexperienced Bay to tackle the Packers. The Cowboys even have two extraordinarily winnable video games earlier than the bye week as they host two NFC North groups within the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears.
If Dallas performs as much as their potential, they need to have the ability to stack up two wins towards the Lions and Bears and go into the bye week with some momentum earlier than enjoying one of many more durable video games on their schedule towards Inexperienced Bay.
3) Three straight house video games beginning with Thanksgiving
Identical to they did in 2017 and 2018, the Cowboys might be house for 3 straight video games in late November/early December, beginning with the Thanksgiving Day matchup towards the Giants. One distinction this 12 months from years previous is the Cowboys won’t have their regular Thursday to Thursday matchup after Thanksgiving.
After their Turkey Day recreation, Dallas will get 9 days of relaxation earlier than taking up the Indianapolis Colts at house on December 4th, adopted by taking up the Houston Texans the next Sunday.
These three house video games are all matchups the Cowboys will doubtless be favored in and may win. If they can make the most of this as they did in 2018 and reel off three straight victories, it might set them up properly to complete the season sizzling.
4 ) Very winnable last seven video games
There are the three house video games beginning with Thanksgiving above, however listed here are Dallas’ seven last video games of the common season.
Realistically, if the Cowboys are a real playoff contender, they need to have the ability to win 5 or extra of those video games. Clearly a ton can change from now till these video games happen, but when a line needed to be made right now for all these matchups Dallas doubtless could be favored in at the very least six of the seven.
If Dallas can care for enterprise and win three of their last 4 house video games and take two of three on the highway, they need to have the ability to offset a probably rocky begin to the season.