Dallas Faces Tough Schedule in 2017

One of the rewards of having a good season in the NFL is a tougher schedule the following campaign.  The Dallas Cowboys will have their work cut out for them in 2017.

The Cowboys will be featured prominently on national television in 2017, as only 2 of their games are set for 1pm start times.

NFC East rival Eli Manning and the New York Giants come to Big D on the first night of the season, September 17th.  This is the third straight year the Giants have come to Dallas for opening day.  The Giants handed Dallas two of their three regular season losses in 2016.

The Cowboys will head out west in weeks two and three as the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals await.  Dallas will play out west a total of four times this season.

On October 8th Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers return to the scene of their triumph in the playoffs last season.  Dak Prescott and company will be chomping at the bit to exact some sort of regular season revenge.

The defending AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs come to AT&T Stadium on November 5th in a clash of teams wanting to show 2016 was no fluke.  The Chiefs return to their AFL roots, as the team was originally the Dallas Texans until 1963.

The following week the Cowboys travel to the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons.  MVP candidate Matt Ryan and Julio Jones will be rounding into prime shape by week 10 as Dallas plays their first game in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The newly-minted L.A. Chargers will be in Dallas for the Cowboys’ traditional Thanksgiving Day game on November 23rd, as former N.C. State standout Philip Rivers gets the prime stage on turkey day.

The regular season ends with a tough flourish towards January with three road games for the Cowboys in the last month of the season.  Dallas heads to New York to face the Giants again, then follows that up with a trip to the “Black Hole” to play the up-and-coming Oakland Raiders.

Christmas Eve sees Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks come to Dallas for the last home game of the season, and in week 17 Dallas plays in the less-than-friendly confines of Lincoln Financial Field against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The 2017 schedule looks to be a daunting trip through the league for the Cowboys, one that will either galvanize the team for the playoffs, or send them back to the drawing board.

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I am a married father of 3 kids with a beautiful wife. When I'm not ripping and running to my daughters' cheerleading and baseball games, I'm teaching my 18-month old son how to throw a left handed slider. I'm an avid fan of the L.A. Dodgers, the Dallas Cowboys (don't hate), and UNC basketball.