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Dallas Cowboys 2015 Schedule Outlook: Cowboys on Prime Time Path to Emulate 2014 Success

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Cowboys Blog - Dallas Cowboys 2015 Schedule OutlookIt's about that time of the year when fans will pull up their team's schedule once again and proceed to make outlandish predictions for 2015.

You can be the judge on just how outlandish the following predictions are. To the left is the Dallas Cowboys 2015 schedule, ranked 24th in the league in difficulty (click for full size).

The Cowboys will appear in primetime four times this season, more than any other team.

Week 1: Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants

2014 Season: 6-10

Vs. Cowboys: Lost both

The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys have a recent history of facing off in week 1 games. The Giants came to Dallas to open the 2013 season, and it was the Cowboys getting their first home win against the NFC East rival at AT&T Stadium.

The year before, the Cowboys opened in New York and defeated the Giants 24-17.

This year the teams will once again meet in Jerryworld to open the season on September 13th. The Cowboys swept the season series against the Giants last season, with Tony Romo throwing for a combined 7 touchdowns.

With expectations high for the Cowboys, I expect a big time opening performance at home. Look for Romo and Bryant to make a statement, and Dallas to start the season 1-0.

Week 2: Dallas Cowboys @ Philadephia Eagles

2014 Season: 10-6

Vs. Cowboys: Split

Chip Kelly and the Eagles turned over the roster entering 2015, creating one of the biggest question mark teams entering the season. Amidst uncertainty, this match-up will be headlined by one thing- Demarco Murray facing his former team for the first time.

The Eagles will be a run-heavy team this year, that also upgraded a secondary that was abused in week 15 last season by the likes of Dez Bryant and Co.

However, the Cowboys run defense should be much improved (See point #4 in 5 Reasons Why Cowboys Repeat As NFC East Champions In 2015), and this game could be a big spot early in the season.

The difference between starting the season, and divisional play, 2-0 and 1-1 is huge. This will surely be a must watch game around the league.

Week 3: Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons 

2014 Season: 6-10

Vs. Cowboys: Did not play

After playing in Philly, the Cowboys will fly home to face the Atlanta Falcons in week 3.

Atlanta is coming off of a disappointing season but hired former Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as head coach during the off-season.

The Falcons could present a tough challenge, especially in the form of a let-down game after facing the NFC East in the first two weeks.

The secondary will certainly be tested by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. The offensive line will face first round pick Vic Beasley and former Cowboy Justin Durant.

Should the Cowboys win, they could be set up in a prime spot entering a tough run between weeks 4 and 9.

Week 4: Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints 

2014 Season: 7-9

Vs. Cowboys: 38-17 loss

The Cowboys will face the NFC South for the second straight week when they travel to the Superdome in week 4 to play the Saints on Sunday Night Football.

It is clear that the Saints are not what they once were, but the Superdome will continue to be one of the league's toughest places to play.

Cowboys Blog - Dallas Cowboys 2015 Schedule Outlook: Cowboys on Prime Time Path to Emulate 2014 Success 2Drew Brees and the Saints offense will be a tall order for the Dallas defense. The Cowboys must have success running the football and keeping them off the field, which Demarco Murray was able to do in last season's meeting.

If there is a game the Cowboys drop before week 5, it could very well be this one.

Week 5: Dallas Cowboys vs. New England Patriots 

2014 Season: 12-4

Vs. Cowboys: Did not play

The Dallas defense welcomes Greg Hardy in what should be a match-up of the league's best.

New England will be the first 2014 playoff team that the Cowboys face in 2015.

Expect the Cowboys defense to be rejuvenated with Hardy making his debut on the defensive line. They will also be facing a fired up Tom Brady should his four-game suspension be reduced by even a single game.

This has all the makings of a potential shoot-out in Dallas. Buckle up.

Week 6: Bye

Cowboys Blog - Dallas Cowboys 2015 Schedule Outlook 1Week 7: Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants 

The Cowboys are historically great coming off of a bye week, and they will travel to MetLife stadium to close out the season series with the Giants in week 7 after the bye.

Sweeping the season series for the second straight year would be huge, and it seems the schedule is favorable for the Cowboys to do just that.

Week 8: Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks 

2014 Season: 12-4

Vs. Cowboys: 30-23 loss

The Cowboys put themselves on the map last season with a 30-23 win in Seattle. This year they will see the Seahawks at home.

This game also means that Dallas will see both 2014 Super Bowl teams in AT&T stadium.

The storyline going in may very well be Seattle's 'Legion of Boom" defense against the Dallas WRs.

Cowboys Blog - Dallas Cowboys 2015 Schedule Outlook: Cowboys on Prime Time Path to Emulate 2014 Success 1Hopefully coming off of a big win in New York, I expect the Cowboys post-bye-week momentum to continue in a big way against Seattle.

Week 9: Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadephia Eagles 

While the Cowboys hope to be hitting a second half stride, the Eagles will have the luxury of coming off a bye week to travel to Dallas in week 9.

A rested Demarco Murray will make his return to Dallas in a game that should have huge divisional implications. The game will be on NBC's Sunday Night Football.

Dez Bryant stepped up against the Eagles last season, and they will need him to do the same in this primetime showdown.

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Dec 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) makes a catch for a touchdown as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher (24) defends in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Week 10: Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

2014 Season: 2-14

Vs. Cowboys: Did not play

The Cowboys will travel to Florida for a game in the sun a week after facing divisional rival Philadelphia. Some are painting the game as a dreaded "trap game" for this reason.

If the Cowboys want to prove themselves as legitimate Super Bowl contenders, they will dominate this game against a team that finished with the worst record in the league in 2014.

The defense will see rookie QB Jameis Winston, the first rookie QB Dallas will face this season.

Week 11: Dallas Cowboys @ Miami Dolphins 

2014 Season: 8-8

Vs. Cowboys: Did not play

The Cowboys will continue their Florida trip when they play the Dolphins in week 11.

Miami added WR Devonte Parker in the draft in hopes of building a great offense around franchise QB Ryan Tannehill.

This game will test the secondary, which should be up for the challenge. Look for the Cowboys to come out of Florida 2-0, at worst 1-1.

Week 12: Dallas Cowboys vs. Carolina Panthers 

2014 Season: 7-8-1

Vs. Cowboys: Did not play

The Cowboys will continue to be tested at home, against a Carolina team that presents a dual threat QB in Cam Newton.

This game will also close out the team's play against the NFC South.

The Dallas defense has struggled against such QBs in the past, which makes this match-up intriguing.

I expect the Cowboys to be at around 7 or 8 wins at this point, so this game could prove to be a turning point as the team re-enters divisional play.

Week 13: Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins 

2014 Season: 4-12

Vs. Cowboys: Split

The Cowboys are 4-2 at home against the Redskins in the new stadium, with most of the meetings coming late in the year.

This will be the first divisional game for Dallas since week 9, so it will be important to stay on track in the NFC East as the season grinds to a close.

This will also be their first appearance of the season on ESPNs Monday Night Football.

This also may be a time in the season where running backs Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden begin to show fatigue based on their workload, so that will be something fans will want to keep a close eye on.

Week 14: Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay Packers 

2014 Season: 12-4

Vs. Cowboys: Dez caught it (26-21 win)

The last time the Cowboys played in Green Bay...well we all don't need me to finish this sentence. Something about Dez Bryant and a catch. At the goal line. In a divisonal playoff game...

Anyway, the Cowboys will return to the frozen tundra as Romo and Dez look for revenge against Aaron Rodgers and the Pack.

This will be the last 2014 playoff team the Cowboys see.

Week 15: Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Jets

2014 Season: 4-12

Vs. Cowboys: Did not play

The Cowboys will make their only Thursday Night Football appearance of the season on NFL Network against the Jets on December 19th.

The Jets new coaching staff and ownership has NY fans' optimism at an all-time high. In a wide open AFC East, it's hard to judge where this Jets team will be this late in the season.

One thing is for sure, they will bring an excellent defense that once again features Darrell Revis.

While Revis vs Bryant will be the headline match-up, I look for guys like Terrance Williams and Jason Witten to step up and complete the offense as the Cowboys make a playoff push.

Week 16: Dallas Cowboys @ Buffalo Bills

2014 Season: 9-7

Vs. Cowboys: Did not play

Buffalo, like Green Bay, will be a very tough spot to play in late in the season. The Bills defense plays well at home and is great at forcing turnovers.

The Cowboys will need to prove they can win on the road in hostile environments if they want to make noise in the NFC playoffs. A win here would do just that.

Week 17: Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins 

The Cowboys will close out the regular season for the second straight year against NFC East foe Washington.

Let's hope the division is once again clinched and the Cowboys can use this game for rest to enter the playoffs.

If not, Dallas should be up to the challenge and close out the season on a high note.

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My 2015 Cowboys Record Prediction: 11-5

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Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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  • Adam

    Great article man. I just wanted to say that Tom Brady has a 4 game suspension, and since their bye week is prior to the Dallas game, this means that his fourth game to be suspended is against Dallas

    • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

      Thanks, Adam. The week 5 section was updated to reflect Brady’s suspension accurately.

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Dallas Cowboys May Sit Atop NFC East for a While

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If there's one thing we've learned in the past, it's that NFL seasons are unpredictable. Unknown factors, injuries and unexpected "breakout" players can shift the way we saw the league just a month ago, when we were still watching preseason games on TV. After two weeks of regular season action, Cowboys Nation might be surprised to see their Dallas Cowboys sitting on top of the NFC East, but that's precisely the case. Not only that, but they could remain division leaders for a while...

Now, let's not get carried away here. While the team might be on top right now, they're not even 2-0 and it's only week 3. The Cowboys' offense played well on week 2, but terribly on week 1. It's way too early to judge how this season will go based on what we've seen.

However, there is no denying that they seem to be in a very good position to remain the NFC East front runners in the coming weeks. The Cowboys had more reasons to celebrate last Sunday besides their victory over the New York Giants. Both the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins suffered losses in their respective games, giving Dallas the opportunity to control their destiny.

As previously mentioned, though, it's only week 3. But the team's next three opponents aren't as scary as they seemed prior to the season's start. Through two weeks of the NFL season, the Cowboys' next three opponents are winless, sharing a combined record of 0-6.

Dallas Cowboys May Sit Atop NFC East for a While

 

Starting by the Seattle Seahawks, who have been a dominant team in the NFL landscape for a few years now but that simply don't seem like a very threatening opponent right now. The main reason why is their weak offensive line, which I expect the Dallas Cowboys to exploit just like they did with the Panthers and Giants. Russel Wilson is a tougher guy to contain, being one of the best playmakers in the NFL right now, but I trust the defense to handle him. They've done such a good pressuring quarterbacks, I'll trust they will continue to do so.

Next in the calendar will be the Detroit Lions. Through two weeks, they've struggled more than we expected under the reigns of their new head coach, Matt Patricia. On week 1, Matt Stafford threw four interceptions in a game that was in control of the New York Jets all night long. But it's not the Lions' offense that I think the Cowboys will take advantage of, but their poor run defense. They gave up 169 yards on rushing against the Jets on week 1 and 190 last Sunday, when they faced the San Francisco 49ers.

Ezekiel Elliott will have that defense dreaming nightmares before their matchup in week 4.

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Finally, on week 5, the Cowboys will face their in-state rival, the Houston Texans. Surprisingly, the Deshaun Watson-led team is 0-2 after facing the New England Patriots and the Tennessee Titans. This might be the team that hands the Cowboys their second loss of the season. They have a balanced offense that will pose no challenge for the Cowboys' defense, but this could be a dangerous game for the offense.

The Cowboys will rely on Ezekiel Elliott for this one as well. On the defensive side of the ball, Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie will have to replicate their success versus Odell Beckham, only this time they will be facing Deandre Hopkins, one of the best wide receivers in the league.

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Even though the Cowboys were terrible in Carolina when they opened their season, the defense has been looking so good that I don't doubt their ability to carry the team to victories for the time being. If the offense continues to improve, then this team might be able to take full advantage of the unexpected head start it got in the NFC East.

I can't say it enough; it's only week 3... but look out. It could take some time before the Cowboys give up that #1 spot in the division.

Tell me what you think about "Dallas Cowboys May Sit Atop NFC East for a While" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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#SEAvsDAL: Betting Preview, Trends, And Prediction

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The Dallas Cowboys found a way to get their first win last Sunday, defeating the New York Giants from start to finish, 20-13.

Now at 1-1 and locked in a three way tie for 1st place in the NFC East, Dallas is looking to string together a few victories and create some early separation. Seattle is now sitting at 0-2, and while that's typically a hole teams cannot climb out of in the NFL, the Seahawks will be desperately fighting to avoid an 0-3 start.

The Seahawks opened up as 3 point home favorites against the Cowboys, with the over/under set at 44.5 points.

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After an abysmal season opener against Carolina, the Cowboys came out firing against the Giants on Sunday night. Dallas led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter, and ended up holding on as the Giants made a late garbage-time run.

Dak Prescott looked as comfortable in the pocket as he as in weeks, finding Tavon Austin for a 64 yard touchdown pass on the opening drive. Ezekiel Elliott scored another rushing touchdown, and the Cowboys defense was straight up dominant.

Now, the Cowboys defensive line has another chance to increase their sack total against the Seahawks' weak offensive line. And you know DeMarcus Lawrence is salivating.

Dallas improved to 1-1 straight up and against the spread, covering the 3 point spread set by Vegas a week ago. Both Cowboys games have gone under thus far as well.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks fell to 0-2 on Monday night with a tough road loss to the Chicago Bears. Khalil Mack dominated the Seahawks offensive line, dictating protections and keeping Russell Wilson uncomfortable all night long.

The Seahawks haven't been able to get much of a run game going this season, despite their insistence upon doing so. Russell Wilson is their offense, and if the Cowboys can pressure him and force him into hero-ball throws, they should have success on Sunday. After all, this was the Bears recipe for success on Monday night.

Seattle is 0-2 straight up and 0-1-1 against the spread this season.

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  • The score total has gone under 5 straight Cowboys' games.
  • Dallas is 2-4 against the spread their last six times playing at Seattle.
  • Seattle is 1-5 against the spread their last six games at home.
  • The under has hit 4 of the last 5 Cowboys/Seahawks games.

Prediction

While I've thought hard about picking the under for the third straight week (I'm 2-0 doing so), I'll pick the actual game for you guys this time. I think the Cowboys will get this road win and improve to 2-1 behind dominant defensive line play and a strong running game.

This match up favors Dallas in multiple ways and I expect them to take advantage of Seattle's weak spots.

I like the Cowboys +3 a lot this Sunday.



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Kris Richard, the Cowboys X-Factor Against the Seahawks

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In the NFL, wins are hard to come by. That is why teams do their due diligence each and every week to try to come up with some advantage, however slight. This week, the Dallas Cowboys may have the biggest advantage they could possibly hope for over their opponent, the Seattle Seahawks, and he goes by the name of Kris Richard.

The hiring of Kris Richard may have been Dallas' biggest offseason move. We have already seen in the first couple of games of the 2018 season the impact he's had on the Cowboys defense. The entire defensive unit has been playing possessed and has pretty much dominated their opponents. I believe Richard deserves the majority of the credit.

But this week is different. The Dallas Cowboys travel to Seattle for a Sunday afternoon game against the Seahawks, who are a tough opponent when playing at home. History hasn't always been kind to the Cowboys when playing on the road in Seattle.

In fact, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Tony Romo doesn't still have nightmares about playing in Seattle. A mishandled snap on a routine 19 yard field goal attempt ended up costing the Cowboys a playoff victory in 2007. Then he sustained the back injury that would ultimately end his career in a meaningless preseason game against the Seahawks in 2016.

To say history hasn't been kind to the Cowboys in Seattle would probably be an understatement. But still, that's where they're heading for this Week 3 matchup.

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Dallas Cowboys Assistant Coach Kris Richard

Luckily, I believe the Dallas Cowboys have an ace in the hole in 2018. I think their new Passing Game Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach, Kris Richard, is going to be the X-Factor. Who could give you more inside information than someone who spent the last eight years with Seattle as both a coach and a player than Richard?

Kris Richard should know just about all of the ins and outs about the Seattle Seahawks, especially on the defensive side of the ball since he served as their Defensive Coordinator the previous two seasons before joining the Cowboys. But, his knowledge of their offense could prove to be invaluable as well.

Richard has seen the Seahawks offense and Russell Wilson on a daily basis in practice firsthand. He should have a very good understanding of not only their tendencies, but what types of plays they run out of different formations. It should be just like having a spy within their own huddle.

Now, having inside information is one thing, but executing the game plan is something different entirely. Kris Richard can possibly predict with high probability exactly what the Seahawks plan on doing, but it falls on the Cowboys players as to execute the game plan.

In the end, this game will ultimately come down to which team executes better on the field Sunday afternoon. The Dallas Cowboys may have an X-Factor in Kris Richard, but he's not the one suiting up against the Seahawks. It all falls on the player's shoulders, as it always has.

Do you think Kris Richard can be the Cowboys X-Factor against the Seahawks?



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