In Dallas, the more things change, the more they remain the same.
Despite all the hype, the Cowboys ended 12-5 and second in the NFC East, behind the eventual NFC champion Eagles. The Cowboys translated their regular-season success into their first playoff victory since 2018.
Despite how outstanding the defence was — and how overhyped the ‘lads are – Jerrah’s lads were eliminated in the divisional round by the 49ers.
The Cowboys will return their top-tier defence, including two-time first-team All-Pro Micah Parsons, this season. In terms of sacks, the Cowboys defence finished third in the NFL (54), behind only the Eagles (70) and Chiefs (55).
While the defence will remain essentially unchanged, the offence will see some changes. With Ezekiel Elliott and Dalton Schultz out, as well as wide receiver Brandin Cooks, the on is on head coach Mike McCarthy to glue the pieces back together — and to lead the Cowboys back to the playoffs, this time with a happy ending.
Here’s how Dallas’ schedule for the 2023 NFL season looks:
2023 Dallas Cowboys schedule
On Thursday, May 11, the Cowboys’ entire itinerary, including dates, hours, and locations, was released. Here’s the whole schedule for the 2023 season, with opponents, dates, timings, and TV channels:
Week Date Kickoff of the Opponent (ET)channel on television
1:20 p.m., Sept. 10 at Giants (SNF).NBC
2 at. Jets, Sept. 17, 4:25 p.m.4:25 p.m. on CBS 3 against the Cardinals on September 24.Fox
4:25 p.m. versus. Patriots on Oct. 1.8:20 p.m., Fox 5 against. 49ers (SNF).NBC
Oct. 6 against. Chargers (MNF) 8:15 p.m.ESPN 7 BYE — — —
8 Oct. 29 vs. Rams 1 p.m.Fox
9 Nov. 5 at 4:25 p.m.Fox
10 November 12 at. Giants 4:25 p.m.Fox
11 Nov. 19 vs Panthers 1 p.m.Fox
Thanksgiving Day, November 12 vs. Commanders, 4:30 p.m.CBS
13 against. Seahawks (TNF) Nov. 30 8:15 p.m.Prime Video
14th December versus. Eagles (SNF) 8:20 p.m.NBC
15 December 17 at 4:25 p.m.Fox
16 December 24 at 4:25 p.m.Fox
17 December 30 versus. Lions 8:15 p.m.ESPN/ABC
18 January, 6/7 at Commanders TBD TBD
Schedule strength for the Cowboys
If the Cowboys want to reach the playoffs again, they’ll have to go through a rigorous process. Their 0.549 schedule strength (based on opponents’ 2022 finishes) ranks third in the NFL. That figure is also shared by the Giants, while the Eagles have the hardest schedule in the NFL this season.
The most difficult exams are: The Cowboys go to face five probable Super Bowl contenders: the Eagles, Bills, Chargers, Dolphins, and 49ers, all in their own stadiums, which is a hard stretch of opponents to face on the road.
Outside of Jerry World, Dallas’ fortunes aren’t all awful. The Cowboys have a pair of road games that they might win. They play the Panthers and No. 1 selection Bryce Young in Carolina, as well as the Cardinals in Arizona, with Kyler Murray’s availability perhaps in doubt.
Bottom line: Dallas’ window isn’t completely closed, but it seems to be tighter than it has been in prior years. They must navigate a tough division and a demanding travel schedule, but they have the potential to accomplish so.
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