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2017 Dallas Cowboys Schedule Released

RJ Ochoa

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Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott
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People like to say the NFL is king when it comes to professional sports in the United States, but that’s not true. The NFL is king, queen, duke, duchess, prince, princess; whatever royal title you can come up with belongs to the NFL and no one else. Why do I say that? We’re in the middle of the NBA Playoffs, NHL Playoffs, and MLB Regular Season but somehow the NFL’s schedule release is the dominating headline across sports.

What does the 2017 Dallas Cowboys Schedule look like?

I’m glad you asked!

2017 Dallas Cowboys Schedule Released

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The Giants In Week 1… Again?

I know what you’re thinking…

I’m so excited about the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants playing in Week 1 Why are the Cowboys and Giants kicking things off again?!

This is the third year in a row, and fourth out of the last five, that Dallas and New York will start their respective seasons in the Lone Star State against each other. The only time that the dubayoo landed on the side of the Giants happened to be in quarterback Dak Prescott‘s debut, the 2016 season opener.

Another notable element to the schedule is the annual Thanksgiving Game.

The Cowboys will host the San Diego Los Angeles Chargers. If you think this sounds boring… you’re right, but the NFL is all-in on making things work with its new Los Angeles teams.

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott

2016 rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott will undoubtedly bring in massive ratings for the NFL in 2017.

Something else that makes you scratch your chin — if you root for the blue and silver — is the fact that the Cowboys’ Bye Week is the week following their matchup with the Green Bay Packers.

This was the case in 2016 (when Dak Prescott earned a great amount of attention for beating Green Bay at Lambeau Field), and it gives the Cowboys what will likely be a much-needed week of rest after their 2016 Divisional Round Rematch at AT&T Stadium.

When Will Tony Romo Come Home To Dallas?

Tony Romo

Tony Romo will return to Dallas on November 5th, 2017 when the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Cowboys.

Of course, there is a very new detail concerning a few Dallas Cowboys games in 2017. While Dak Prescott is now the unquestioned starter under center, his predecessor Tony Romo will be in the booth as the number one color analyst for CBS.

Tony Romo’s first time calling a Dallas Cowboys game will be Sunday, November 5th when Dallas hosts the Kansas City Chiefs.

Romo and his partner Jim Nantz will also be on the call for the Thanksgiving Game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Of course, Tony Romo has already met with some criticism due to his taking of the job that belonged to longtime announcer Phil Simms. Romo’s rookie season will be partially spent covering Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott’s sophomore ones, as CBS owns the AFC rights and will get to do the games where their conference travels to Dallas.

No Time For A Post-Thanksgiving Nap

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant

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Things will get quite difficult and dramatic — that’s what the NFL and their ratings grabbing techniques are certainly hoping for at least — after the Thanksgiving turn, though.

Post Turkey Day, seven days after to be precise, the Cowboys will host a Thursday Night Football contest against the division rival Washington Redskins. This will be a color rush game so you can expect those clean-looking fresh white jerseys that Dallas debuted in 2015… and an all-yellow get-up that the Redskins tried to get out of.

Dallas will then get 10 days of rest before traveling to New York for a classic December showdown against the G-Men.

One week after flying home from the East Coast, the Cowboys will have to keep migrating west… all the way. In back to back weeks, the Cowboys travel to New York and then Oakland to play the Raiders in the Bay Area for what could be the last time ever as the Raiders have an inevitable move to Las Vegas in the next few years.

Cowboys/Raiders on Sunday Night Football is Rare

Derek Carr, Dak Prescott

The Battle of 4s: Derek Carr and Dak Prescott will meet for the first time on December 17th, 2017.

NBC procured the rights to the current iteration of Sunday Night Football before the 2006 season began, coincidentally the year Tony Romo ascended to the starting quarterback position in Dallas.

In the 11 seasons since then, the Dallas Cowboys have only ever played an AFC team once on Sunday Night Football – September 11th, 2011 in New York against the Jets on the 10-year anniversary of September 11th, 2001.

Since then the Cowboys have played AFC opponents in primetime on Monday Night Football (Buffalo Bills in 2007) and NFL Network’s Saturday Night Football (Baltimore Ravens in 2008, New York Jets in 2015) contests.

For the Cowboys and Raiders — two of the NFL’s premiere franchises — to meet on Sunday Night Football is huge.

Many wondered in 2016 what type of ratings such a Super Bowl matchup could produce, and now NBC is going to find out… coincidentally Super Bowl LII is also on NBC.

Plenty of Primetime Games Will Feature the Cowboys

AT&T Stadium

AT&T Stadium will host three primetime games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2017.

The NFL has a maximum number of times that each team can be featured on primetime.

The ratings-raising teams (Cowboys, Patriots, Broncos, Packers, etc.) all typically hit the maximum in a given year. In the least surprising thing to ever happen in the history of the world, the Dallas Cowboys have hit the maximum.

Dallas will host New York, travel to Arizona, host Philadelphia, host Washington, and travel to Oakland, as mentioned, when the stage lights are the brightest. Contrary to popular belief, the Thanksgiving Day Game is not “primetime” as the game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. CST.

Eagles to Host Cowboys in Back-to-Back Season Finales

Last year that game featured the last drive Tony Romo ever commanded in the NFL, and the last touchdown that he ever threw. Hopefully the game will carry similar weight for the Cowboys in 2017 as Dallas had already secured the NFC’s number one seed two weeks before earlier in 2016.

What do you think about the 2017 Dallas Cowboys Schedule? Which games are you planning on going to? Let us know!

Tell us what you think about “2017 Dallas Cowboys Schedule Released” in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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3 Comments

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  1. deal with it

    April 21, 2017 at 3:30 am

    only two Noon games & one MNF game…

  2. Russ_Te

    April 21, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Can’t believe the Chargers wanted to move to LA.

    I’m sure San Diego wasn’t coming out well enough, and / or the city would not cave in to team demands to be paid millions in tax dollars, free stadium – whatever those (standard) issues are when a team threatens to move.

    However: LA is the most fickle NFL market in the country. There is a reason both the Rams and Raiders left town 2 decades ago. It won’t even support one team that isn’t a winner, and after ownership banks whatever concessions they received to move there, it’s going to be right back to the same problem of low attendance that was there before.

    The Raiders in mostly-empty LA Coliseum > Chris Berman “the Mausoleum” ;^)

  3. dallas1966

    April 25, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Super Bowl Bound Baby!!

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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

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Matt Eberflus, Sean Lee

Multiple sources are reporting Matt Eberflus — who has been the linebackers coach and passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys — will leave to join the Indianapolis Colts as the new defensive coordinator. Eberflus has been with Dallas since 2011, having joined Rob Ryan’s staff when Ryan become the coordinator for the Cowboys’ defense.

He has been the linebackers coach during his entire Dallas tenure and was also named passing game coordinator in 2016.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

With Josh McDaniels ticketed for the #Colts, former #Cowboys assistant Matt Eberflus is expected to come along as defensive coordinator, I’m told. Lot of parts falling in place now.

If not the Colts, some thought Matt Eberflus might end up replacing Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator in New England. Either way, it does not appear Dallas could have kept him around while Rod Marinelli remains in his current position.

Eberflus’ work in Dallas speaks for itself, and primarily through LB Sean Lee.

He has been Lee’s position coach for all but his rookie season, and in that time Lee has been one of the top defensive players in all of football.

Beyond Lee, Eberflus has also been able to get quality play out of mid-round picks like Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson. We also saw Jaylon Smith make significant progress this season.

Given Matt Eberflus has never worked with Josh McDaniels before, the fact he was on the Colts’ radar says a lot.

Make no mistake; the Cowboys lost a good one here.

Don’t panic, however. Coach Marinelli has cast a very wide net during his time in the NFL and there are a lot of potential guys, some with plenty of experience, that Dallas might look to.

It’s entirely possible that Eberflus’ replacement will be someone who Marinelli spends 2018 grooming to take over as the defensive coordinator.

Still, of all the coaching changes so far for Dallas, this one hurts most.

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Thus far the 2018 offseason has brought a plethora of change to the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Now it is being reported the Cowboys have hired a brand new offensive line coach, former Cincinnati Bengals’ Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander.

Alex Marvez on Twitter

Source tells @sportingnews that Paul Alexander hired as new @dallascowboys offensive line coach

Alexander coached with the Bengals for over 20 years, and replaces the same man in Dallas who replaces him in Cincinnati, Frank Pollack. Alexander has also been the Bengals assistant head coach since 2003.

The Cowboys recently lost an assistant head coach when Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia left for Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders.

Per usual, the hire has been met with mixed reactions from Cowboys Nation.

Joey Ickes on Twitter

Since 2003, CIN has had only one season where they finished top-10 in Yards per attempt on the ground… They’ve been bottom-5 in the league 5 times in that span… That’s the OL Coach DAL just hired.

The hiring of an offensive line coach who’s rushing attack finished bottom five in the league in rushing yards per attempt five times since 2003 doesn’t look too great on paper. He will also teach with different techniques and styles than previous Cowboys OL coaches, which could potentially set back the offensive line early in the season.

Plus, respected Bengals’ writer Joe Goodberry did not exactly love the hire for the Cowboys.

Goodberry on Twitter

Pretty bad https://t.co/fysjZqCQ6l

Regardless, this is still a very talented offensive line and one which should lead an effective ground attack based on their talent alone. 2017 proved further that coaching matters a lot in the NFL however, and the wrong hire could set back even the most talented of units.

We will just have to wait and see how this 2018 season ends up playing out.

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Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates for Cowboys Vacant OL Coaching Job

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Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates For Cowboys Vacant OL Coach Job 1

By keeping all three top coaches (Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, and Rod Marinelli) in place for 2018, there isn’t a Dallas Cowboys coaching hire that feels like they “must” get it right to contend next season. This is how it should be.

Producing nine wins, despite missing key players throughout the season, the Cowboys are changing things up at the position coach level to hopefully introduce new ideas and give the talent on this team a better chance at sustained success.

One coaching vacancy that needs to be filled by the right guy above any else is on the offensive line, where things haven’t been the same since the great Bill Callahan departed.

Frank Pollack took his place, and now finds himself with the Cincinnati Bengals after not being retained by Dallas this offseason.

Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates For Cowboys Vacant OL Coach Job

Tom Cable (Stephen Brashear / Getty Images)

The first name that was thrown around in consideration for the Cowboys job was Tom Cable, which sent a panic throughout Cowboys Nation before Cable decided to sign with John Gruden and the Raiders.

Cable had been coaching the Seahawks’ OL, a position that franchise has not valued in some time, and struggled to develop any talent in protection of their franchise QB Russell Wilson.

Now, two new names have emerged as candidates to coach the likes of two-time 1st Team All-Pro LT Tyron Smith, 1st Team All-Pro C Travis Frederick, and two-time 1st Team All-Pro RG Zack Martin.

Mike Solari and Paul Alexander

Paul Alexander has already met with the Dallas Cowboys, looking for work after 23 seasons with the Bengals. During this time, Alexander served as Marvin Lewis’ assistant head coach, in addition to his duties as their OL coach.

Judging on reactions out of Cincinnati to Alexander’s departure, the Bengals offensive line regressed under him in 2017, warranting change from a franchise that is as reluctant as any to move on from coaches.

Goodberry on Twitter

Paul Alexander better be gone

Most recently, Mike Solari has served as the offensive line coach for the New York Giants — far from a renowned unit around the NFL lately. He does have previous experience with the Cowboys, having served as an assistant OL and special teams coach here from 1987-88.

From 2006-07, Solari did reach the rank of offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs, which shows the level of respect that the 30-year NFL coaching veteran has earned.

He will be the Dallas Cowboys’ next interview for their open OL coach position.

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Dallas Cowboys RT La’el Collins, RG Zack Martin

Depth at tackle, a long-term answer at left guard, and an extension for Zack Martin are among the questions facing the Cowboys offensive line moving forward. Whoever is in charge of keeping this unit up to standard in 2018 though, may hold the keys to getting the entirety of the Cowboys’ program back on track.

Whether it’s Alexander, Solari, or another outside candidate yet to emerge, Inside The Star will keep you updated on the Cowboys’ ongoing coaching search.

Tell us what you think about “Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates for Cowboys Vacant OL Coaching Job” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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