The NFL released each team’s schedule yesterday. The Cowboys’ quite possibly have the league’s toughest trek towards Super Bowl 45. Every year the Cowboys’ mantra is “Super Bowl or Bust”. It might sound clichéd, but along with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, and our Cowboys are organizations that believe if they do not win the Super Bowl every year then their season is a failure.
The Cowboys might feel Jerry Jones really breathing down their collective necks this season as he expects them to be the first team ever to host a Super Bowl in their home stadium. (Granted the Super Bowl has only been played in New Orleans, Miami, Los Angeles regularly, and more recently in Tampa Bay, Detroit, and Arizona.) But as ironic as this may sound, even if/when the Cowboys make it to Super Bowl 45 they could be the “Visiting team” in their own home!
I predict as the team is put together before the draft the Cowboys will win their division and be NFC Champions with an 11-5 record. The offseason is a long one and the NFL draft is this week so every team will be a little different than last year. Here is my prediction of how the season will shape up:
7/12/10- @ Washington- Donovan McNabb et al will be geeked up to the Nth degree to play Dallas on opening weekend-but so will the Cowboys. Cowboys win.
7/19/10- Chicago – Cowboys open first home game with a win as the Bears are still rebuilding. 2-0.
7/26/10- @ Houston- the Texans hate to be known as the Cowboys’ lil’ brother. This could be a nail biter but Cowboys start the season on a 3 game winning streak.
10/3/10- Bye Week- much to early in the season for time off but will give the Boys time to prepare for a talented Tennessee Titans team the following week.
10/10/10- Tennessee- Vince Young valiantly leads the Titans to the cusp of victory but ultimately cannot seal the deal and Dallas improves to 4-0.
10/17/10 @ Minnesota – As much as I am hoping for Dallas to stomp the Vikings at their place I don’t see it happening if Brett Favre returns for another season. I hope I am wrong. If Favre does retire though, count this as a Cowboys’ win and their record improves to 12-4.
10/25/10-New York Giants come to town and get sent home crying with a divisional loss on Monday Night Football. Cowboys 6-1
10/31/10- Jacksonville beat the Cowboys down in Florida 2 years ago but Cowboys will scare the bejeezus out of the Jaguars on Halloween this time. 7-1
11/7/10- Cowboys lose their 2nd game to the Packers @ Lambeau field. I will throw up again. 7-2
11/14/10- @NY- Giants pull out a squeaker and the Cowboys lose their 2nd consecutive game – record falls to 7-3.
11/25/10 New Orleans- Saints come marching in to Cowboys Stadium on Thanksgiving Day as defending Champs but Cowboys give them déjà vu and up their record to 8-3.
12/5/10- @ Indianapolis- low scoring game Peyton Manning pulls out a last second win from the clutches of defeat. Cowboys drop to 8-4.
12/12/10 Philadelphia comes to town and they are just what the doctor ordered. Cowboys have their number especially with out Donovan McNabb at QB. 9-4
12/19/10- Washington hobbles in again and lays down for a good ole fashioned whooping. Cowboys guaranteed a playoff spot and NFC East Champs with win. 10-4
12/25/10- @Arizona- Cowboys fans get what they want for Christmas- a victory over the Cardinals improving to 11-4.
1/2/[email protected] Philadelphia- Eagles don’t qualify for the playoffs but beat the Cowboys. 11-5.