It’s been a good offseason for the Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo is healthy again. He’s one of the best quarterbacks in team history. Ditto for Dez Bryant. Running back Ezekiel Elliott was a draft day gem. Moreover, the schedule-making gods did the ‘boys a favor by dishing out a 2016 schedule that has been rated among the easiest in the National Football League. That is why Vegas has the Cowboys at 20/1 to win the Super Bowl, the favorites to win the NFC East, and expected for 9.5 wins according to Boyds Bets.
Here’s a look at the Cowboys’ regular schedule and how it will play out:
Sunday, Sept 11, 4:25 p.m. – vs. New York Giants
This is nothing new for the Cowboys or the Giants, who’ve played each other in the season opener five times since 2007. Dallas wins.
Sunday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m. – at Washington
The Redskins are flying high after a rejuvenating 2015 season. The Cowboys have won three straight in D.C., but the streak ends here. Washington wins.
Sunday, Sept. 25, 8:30 p.m. – vs. Chicago
Da Bears sank to the bottom of the NFC North standings last season and still are a work in progress. I can’t see them winning this Sunday night game on the road. Dallas wins.
Sunday, Oct. 2, 4:25 p.m. – at San Francisco
The 49ers were a train wreck last year. They hope a new coach (Chip Kelly) and a regressing quarterback (Colin Kaepernick) can get things back on track in ’16. It won’t happen in Dallas, however. Dallas wins.
Sunday, Oct. 9, 4:25 p.m. – vs. Cincinnati
Ah, the Bengals – good enough to get in the playoffs, not good enough to make any noise once they’re in. But they’re no pushovers. Cincinnati wins.
Sunday, Oct. 16, 4:25 p.m. – at Green Bay
It’s never, ever, easy winning at Lambeau Field and the Packers still have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. But I have a funny feeling about this one. Dallas wins.
Sunday, Oct. 23 – Bye week.
Sunday, Oct. 30, 8:30 p.m. – vs. Philadelphia
Flying high after their big win in Green Bay – and a week of rest – the Cowboys get it done in Philly. Dallas wins.
Sunday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m. – at Cleveland
The Browns are a hot mess but they’ve kicked Johnny Manziel to the curb and have a new coaching staff. They’re getting there, but this isn’t an upset in the making. Dallas wins.
Sunday, Nov. 13, 4:25 p.m. – at Pittsburgh
This game has all the makings of an offensive shootout, but the Steelers’ defense rises to the occasion at home. Pittsburgh wins.
Sunday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m. – vs. Baltimore
The once-mighty Ravens fell hard during a five-win 2015 season. Will they bounce back in 2016, or are they a rebuilding project? Dallas wins.
Thursday, Nov. 24, 4:30 p.m. – vs. Washington
Thanksgiving Day. Dallas vs. Washington. It doesn’t get much better than this. Dallas wins.
Thursday, Dec. 1, 8:25 p.m. – at Minnesota
The Vikings won 11 games last season. They’ll be good again. Vikings win.
Sunday, Dec. 11, 8:30 p.m. – at New York Giants
The Cowboys return from a long break to complete their season sweep of the Giants. Dallas wins.
Sunday, Dec. 18, 1 p.m. – vs. Tampa Bay
Dallas lost to the Bucs last season without Tony Romo or Dez Bryant. But that was last year. Dallas wins.
Monday, Dec. 26, 8:30 p.m. – vs. Detroit
The perpetually-struggling Lions will have fired their coach by this point. Dallas wins.
Sunday, Jan. 1, 1 p.m. – at Philadelphia
The playoff-bound Cowboys can be excused if they’re a bit lethargic for this one. It doesn’t matter, however. Dallas wins.
There you have it. I’m a little biased but I see the Cowboys racking up 12 wins this year and making the playoffs. Can they make it to the Super Bowl? I sure hope so! It would be one of my favorite moments in Cowboys history!