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Cowboys’ Late November Stretch Could Decide Fate Of 2020 Season

By now, Dallas Cowboys fans are used to seeing that tough Thanksgiving stretch.

Three games in twelve days has become standard over recent years, with the NFL always tacking on an extra Thursday night game for America’s Team following their holiday special.

So it was no surprise to see it again when the NFL released their 2020 schedule on Thursday night. Sunday afternoon, Thanksgiving day, and Thursday night football all in a row.

This year, however, that stretch looks even more daunting.

Dallas will open that stretch with a late afternoon game at Minnesota, one of many deep and talented NFC teams. The Cowboys played the Vikings at home in 2019, losing to them in one of the more entertaining games of the season, 28-24.

Minnesota traded away wide receiver Stefon Diggs, but they added a lot of bodies through the draft, including LSU wide out Justin Jefferson. They figure to be a tough team once again in 2020, and playing them on the road will be no easy task for the Cowboys.

Then, of course, comes Thanksgiving. The NFL scheduled a divisional matchup with the Washington Redskins for this year’s Turkey day, and while the Redskins are clearly in rebuilding mode, inter-NFC East games are always hard fought.

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Oct 26, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young (2) before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Washington added Ohio State’s Chase Young to their already talented defensive line, and depending on the progress of Dwayne Haskins they could be in the running to compete for a division title in a couple years.

Still, this needs to be a win if the Cowboys expect to earn a home playoff game.

The final game of this stretch? None other than a trip to Baltimore to face the Ravens. Last year’s number one seed in the AFC, led by the dynamic Lamar Jackson on offense and an always stingy defensive unit.

On the road, again. On Thursday night.

That means the Cowboys will play three games in three different states over the course of 12 days. And not a single one of those opponents are a layup.

This right here could be the stretch that makes or breaks the 2020 Dallas Cowboys.

What do you think?

Kevin Brady

Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.


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  1. The telling difference for the upcoming season is a new coaching staff, led by McCarthy. I expect the SB winning HC to begin laying the foundation for a winning culture in Dallas. Different philosophies on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball will make the Cowboys a better team, along with a rock-solid draft and a strong FA class. I have Dallas winning between 10 – 12 games.

  2. I agree split the difference with 11 wins! They will go 1-2 during those 3 games. Losing to Vikes and Ravens away.

    • I think we’ll go 2-1 in that stretch…. The vikings isn’t the team they were last year!! They lost almost all of their defense!! So we have a really good chance to beat them, and that will be the first game of the stretch!! Then we’ll beat the redskins, and then we’ll go to the ravens and more than likely lose that one!!

  3. So could the beginning stretch in September, or the middle stretch in October, or the final stretch in December…

  4. I think the boys will be 2&1 and possibly 3&0 during that stretch. It all depends on how the secondary is assembled and what type of line backing play we get from Lee and co. Overall it was a very pleasant off season. Truly the best in years. Going forward lets hope we can Keep Will McClay.

    • I like the optimism, Ricardo. I think the Cowboys can definitely hit 2-1 in that stretch, but that final Thursday night at Baltimore will be a tough test. Especially considering the travel.

  5. Hopefully Jerry well NOT listen to Stephen regarding keeping Dak. He’s an average Qb only 6.5 yds per pass. That 4900 yds passing is very misleading. its the run after the catch thats making dak look good. Take away the surrounding talent Dak is maybe a emergency backup. He’s NOT A PLAYMAKER! TRADE HIM
    DAK CAN’T CARRY TONY ROMOS JOCK Trade him for draft picks Trevor Lawrence next years draft or A Rodgers. Dak looks good playing teams with losing records Only won 1 game against a team with winning record. Don’t believe me. Trade dak while he worth something. and NO LONG TERM DEALS NO NO NO

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