As we sit a couple of days out until the Dallas Cowboys take on the Detroit Lions in Week 7, a question popped into my head as I drowned myself in caffeine with the hope of getting some energy — and that question was: Could the Cowboys ball out until they don't?
Out of their next eight opponents, half are under .500. Their toughest games will be against two NFC North teams, who are in the middle of a pretender-contender phase, but they aren't teams where you have no shot winning. They also face an NFC East rival, who has surprised everyone with their start, but QB Dak Prescott is 9-2 against them in his career. And, lastly, they dip their toes in the AFC South with the division leader, but their dysfunctional start to the season is obvious (despite what their record says).
Their schedule bodes well for them to ball out before their rematch with the Eagles on Christmas Eve, who could likely be at the top of the NFC in December, and it could be another loss for them.
Following that festive game, they see another AFC South team and finish off with an NFC East rival who's at the bottom. But, to get more insight, let's check out their remaining schedule.
Week 7: The Detroit Lions
First, you get QB Dak Prescott back for this game, and you're playing a team whose defense reeks. Ok, maybe not “reeks,” since any player who makes the NFL is talented (no matter how much fans criticize them), but stats-wise, the Lions' total defense ranks dead last.
Signs are pointing to the possibility of this game being a shoot-out, but talent-wise the Cowboys outmatch the Lions. So, let's mark this as a win for them.
Week 8: The Chicago Bears
To save everyone time, we all know about the Bears. They're flat-out terrible, and I think the last time I remember them being somewhat decent was during the Brian Urlacher days. I know they went 12-4 in 2018 with Mitch Trubisky at the helm, but how has that worked out for them since? Anyway.
Ranked 29th in ESPN's Week 7 power rankings, the Cowboys get another “cupcake opponent” in a game they have no excuse for losing. I understand the fans who bring up the games they shouldn't have lost last year, so why should this be any different? But with this team, you get the sense of a different team. If the Boys want to make any run toward the Super Bowl, they need to prove these walk-in-the-park matchups are nothing but resting your starters after a few quarters.
This game doesn't scare me, as the Bears are a hot mess top-to-bottom, and the Cowboys head into the week 9 bye on a two-game winning streak.
Week 10: Mr. Discount Double Check and the Green Bay Packers
History-wise, the last time Dallas beat Green Bay was in 2016. But in this Week 10 clash, both teams are completely different than the last time they met in 2019. Before this season, everyone envisioned the Packers to be among the elites, but so far, they look like a shell of their former selves. From having no true pass-catcher to the defense looking out of sorts to Aaron Rodgers seemingly not being on the same page with his head coach — things are looking shaky at Lambeau Field.
As of Week Seven, they sit at 3-3 with a recent loss coming from the New York Jets. I repeat, the New York Jets, who have been a laughingstock. But, to their credit, they have surprised a lot of the sports world with their 4-2 start, so I guess they get a pass. Sort of.
Although this team fields talent on both sides, they haven't done anything to strike fear into the NFC, and they're quickly heading toward mediocrity. Add in that the Packers have no true alpha wideout for the Cowboys to worry about and this game should look different than other years.
Week 11: The team that shouldn't have had Randy Moss, the Minnesota Vikings
This game is arguably their toughest test, as the Minnesota Vikings could be the one team that trips them up before they play the Eagles. But if you're telling me that they could only drop one possible game leading up to Philadelphia, I will take that.
Looking at the Vikings, you see a team that doesn't make mistakes, has an efficient running game, and has one of the best young wideouts in the league (arguably the best overall) on their roster. However, this is another team that fields a poor defensive unit, as they rank near the bottom in total defense. Some could imagine that they may have played offensive juggernauts, but out of their six opponents, only two could be considered real threats.
The Eagles and Lions (offensively speaking). As long as the Cowboys stick with the mix of run-pass, they should win this high-scoring game.
Week 11: Danny Dimes and the New York Giants
As mentioned above, Dak Prescott has had the Giants' number for almost his whole career. In their week three matchup, the Cowboys were able to win with a different quarterback, so this game should be a no-brainer win for Dallas. It should be more competitive since rivalry games can swing either way, but the only NFC East team to worry about is the Eagles.
Week 12: An AFC South Fraud, the Indianapolis Colts
Shifting to the Colts, they are just a weird team. Everyone was hyping the big trade that got quarterback Matt Ryan to Indianapolis, but it's been a failed experiment so far this season. Also, after having one of the best offensive lines and run games in the league last year they have looked like a shell of themselves this season.
I'm not buying the Colts hype, but Running Back Jonathan Taylor will ball out. The way I see this team is they have Taylor (who's a Maserati) parked in a trailer park, which represents the organization.
Week 13: The team projected to land the 1st overall pick — the Houston Texans
With the Texans, I will keep it short and sweet. There is no excuse they could create if they somehow drop this game. It's the Texans, who many think will land the first pick in next year's draft. Let's hope they don't overlook their in-state brother, but this has to be a blowout.
Week 14: The Jaguars
Ah, you have the good ole' Jaguars that sit 2-4. So far this season, they have turned things around on both sides of the ball, but they're a confusing team. I mean, they are young, so it makes sense. But they went from beating the Los Angeles Chargers and competing closely with the Philadelphia Eagles to laying eggs against the Texans and Colts. Although their record is under .500, their losses have been by one score.
This game could be a “trap game” when the two face off, but the Cowboys have much more talent and veterans across the board. Expect a win.
Week 15: The Philadelphia Eagles
To keep it short, this will be the game of the season. Going off the idea that the Cowboys can win until Christmas Eve, this could be a game where we see the Boys sit at 13-2. And on Philly's side, as they also have an easy schedule, there is a chance they are either 15-0 or only have one loss on their resume.
It will be a bloodbath for sure. But with a win here, we could be talking about the Cowboys at 14-2 heading into Tennessee.
Week 16 and Week 17: Tennessee Titans and Washington Commanders
These two last games could go two ways.
- They play their hearts out because they are either trying to move up in playoff positioning or lock up the division, which would mean they have the starters in.
- Their playoff path is already set, and we get some play from the first team, but it's mostly about staying healthy.
While fans would likely want the team to stay in rhythm and keep winning, we have seen the Cowboys rest their players before. Plus, these two games are cakewalks. The Titans look different and only have Derrick Henry as their star (who could be beaten up by the time they play), and the Commanders are just flat-out terrible.
So with all of their schedule digested, the odds they ball out are high. However, it's the NFL, and you never know what to expect. Injuries, bad games, trades, et cetera happen weekly, so it's best to take it game-by-game.
But for now, I'm looking ahead and BUYING on their odds for them to ball out and finish with around 13-15 dubs on the season.