The Cowboys' 2017 regular-season schedule sets them up well to repeat as NFC East champions, but it all comes down to finishing strong. The presumptive preseason division favorites have a strong schedule overall, but the final month is especially tough with three road games and three against 2016 NFL playoff teams.
Dallas, as expected, is a prime-time fixture, with six of its 16 games set to be played on Sunday, Monday or Thursday night. For now, the Cowboys only have two of their games kicking off at 1 p.m. ET.
Cowboys schedule 2017
Week 1: vs. Giants (Sunday, Sept. 10, 8:30 p.m ET, NBC)
Week 2: at Broncos (Sunday, Sept. 17, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox)
Week 3: at Cardinals (Monday, Sept. 25, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Dak Prescott was unable to lead the Cowboys past the Giants in his rookie season, so he gets an immediate opportunity to make amends on "SNF." Denver and Arizona are tricky trips west against non-playoff teams itching to rebound.
Week 4: vs. Rams (Sunday, Oct. 1, 1 p.m. ET, Fox)
Week 5: vs. Packers (Sunday, Oct. 8, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox)
Week 6: Bye (Oct. 15)
Week 7: at 49ers (Sunday, Oct. 22, 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox)
Week 8: at Redskins (Sunday, Oct. 29, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox)
Even if Dallas is slow out of the gate, it can catch up fast in the schedule's second month. The Cowboys should be favored in every game here and will be motivated to exact revenge at home after the playoff loss to Green Bay.
Week 9: vs. Chiefs (Sunday, Nov. 5, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)
Week 10: at Falcons (Sunday, Nov. 12, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox)
Week 11: vs. Eagles (Sunday, Nov. 19, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)
Week 12: vs. Chargers (Thursday, Nov. 23, 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS)
Week 13: vs. Redskins (Thursday, Nov. 30, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)
Tony Romo will be part of this latest November to remember; he'll call his first Cowboys game as a CBS analyst as Dallas hosts Kansas City, and he'll also be there for a Thanksgiving homecoming against Los Angeles. The Cowboys can dominate this month, including the Atlanta matchup.
Week 14: at Giants (Sunday, Dec. 10, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox)
Week 15: at Raiders (Sunday, Dec. 17, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)
Week 16: vs. Seahawks (Sunday, Dec. 24, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox)
Week 17: at Eagles (Sunday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m. ET, Fox)
New York and Oakland back to back is a very difficult coast-to-coast swing, likely with major playoff implications. Seattle will be undaunted coming to Dallas, while Philadelphia is never easy in winter, especially vs. what should be an improved division opponent.
Cowboys schedule 2017, record prediction: 11-5
The Cowboys' offense last season only scratched the surface of what it can do with Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott sharing their backfield, and Dallas' defense will be better this season, too. That will help them navigate through a daunting slate. At worst, they'll secure a wild-card berth and return to the playoffs hungry to last longer this year.