Predicting Each Game of the Dallas Cowboys Schedule

 

Cowboys Game by Game PredictionsIt’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!

Greatest Quarterbacks in Dallas Cowboy History

Greatest Cowboy QBsThe Dallas Cowboys are a storied NFL team with a rich history of Hall of Fame players and great moments. The most important position and player for the Cowboys has always been the quarterback. These are the best QB’s in Dallas history:

1. Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach is my number one Cowboy quarterback of all time. He and Troy Aikman battled it out for number one, but Roger gets the title. He and Aikman are very similar in their statistics, but Roger has the edge in, a few areas. Even though Aikman won three Super Bowls to Staubach’s two, Staubach went to the Super Bowl four times. Staubach also has a higher career passer rating. But my vote goes to Roger in this close race since I believe he is the fan favorite.  Blogging the Boys agrees with me.

2. Troy Aikman

Troy Aikman is the most recent Cowboy quarterback to go to a Super Bowl and win. He has won it three times. I had a difficult time in deciding who would be number one, Aikman or Staubach, but statistically Roger seemed a little better with his slightly higher passer rating, and they both have the same number of playoff win with eleven each. Troy has thrown for more yards and has scored more touchdown that Staubach, but that is only because Aikman played longer. It was a close race, but Troy gets the number two spot.  Cheat Sheet however thinks Aikman should be No. 1.

3. Tony Romo

Romo is an easy pick for third place in the all time Cowboy quarterback roundup. He’s a big reason our season predictions are so high on Dallas.  He has not won a Super Bowl or even gotten to one. He is a great leader for the Cowboys and they don’t have much success without him. But, he always seems to make some mistake in the late part of the season to cost the Cowboys the playoffs, and that is frustrating to me.

4. Don Meredith

Don Meredith was there from the very beginning for the Cowboys. One of my favorite Cowboys players of all time, he was also a great TV commentator. He wasn’t a starter from the onset of his career, but once he got going he got the Cowboys to playoffs each year.

5. Danny White

It is hard replacing someone like Roger Staubach, but that’s what White had to do. He was Roger’s backup and when Staubach left, the role of started when to Danny White. He did throw for a lot of yards, over 20,000 but was never able to get the Cowboys to the Super Bowl. He was reliable for the short time he was the starter.

Don’t worry.  I didn’t forget about the defense.  Here are my top 5 defenders in Cowboy history.

Top Defenders to Play for the Dallas Cowboys

Bob Lilly

The Dallas Cowboys defense was one of the most feared units in the NFL under their original head coach Tom Landry. Some of the most notable names could be found playing for the Cowboys in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Here is my top five list of the best defensive players in Dallas Cowboy history.  I have also put together a list of best quarterbacks to suit up for America’s team too.

1. Bob Lily

When I think of the Cowboy defense from the 60’s and into the 70’s, I think of Bob Lily. Bob Lily was nicknamed “Mr. Cowboy”, and rightly so. He was elected to the Pro Bowl 11 times of which he had a Pro Bowl streak of 10. He has a litany of achievements playing for the Cowboys, including playing in two Super Bowls. His sack of Bob Griese was one the best moments in Dallas history.  A force on defense who was double and triple-teamed.  Blogging the Boys agrees with me.

2. Randy White

Randy White was a “monster” for the Cowboys. He was drafted out of Maryland, and made the Pro Bowl nine times in a row. White was a co-MVP in 1977 with Harvey Martin. He played in 209 games for the Cowboys, and he missed only one of them. He was nicknamed “The Manster”, because he really was. He is my No. 2 Cowboy defensive player.

3. Mel Renfro

Leaving the D-line and heading to the secondary, I find Mel Renfro. Mel Renfro was the cornerstone for the Dallas secondary for years. He played for the Cowboys for 13 years and in his first 10 years he was voted to the Pro Bowl 10 times. An excellent defender for the Cowboys and one of the most respected.

4. Ed “Too Tall” Jones

I head back to the D-line and find Ed “Too Tall” Jones. At 6’8″, Jones was the tallest on the Cowboys squad. He played for 15 years, the longest ever by a Cowboy defender. He did give the sport of boxing a try as he amassed a record of 5-0. His career was so long that he played with Bob Lily and Troy Aikman. One of the most durable Cowboy defenders of all time.

5. Lee Roy Jordan

Last in my top 5 defenders for the Dallas Cowboys is Lee Roy Jordan. Nicknamed “Killer”, Jordan was one of the Cowboy’s most feared defenders. He was a Pro Bowler 5 times, and played from 1963-1976. He is 2nd on the Cowboy’s solo tackle list. At one time, in order to study film of opponents, Jordan demanded he be given a film projector. He got it.

You won’t see any of today’s players on the list, and that’s a big reason my season predictions for the team have us falling short of a Super Bowl title.