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Dallas Cowboys 2020 Schedule Released

The NFL continues to keep us interested in what’s going on with professional football. Just two weeks after the NFL Draft, we got the 2020 schedule released this evening to continue to tide us over.

Roger Goodell has even outlined instructions for teams to open their facilities as early as next week, which is good news for the possibility of an NFL Season in 2020.

For now, let’s take a look at the Dallas Cowboys 2020 schedule and all the fun that could be had this season.

Preseason

Hall of Fame Game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers in Canton Ohio

Week 1 at Los Angeles Chargers (TBD)

Week 2 vs. the Baltimore Ravens (TBD)

Week 3 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs (TBD)

Week 4 at the Houston Texans (TBD)

Dallas Cowboys Have the 1-2 Punch to Knockout the Philadelphia Eagles
ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 15: Dallas Cowboys Running Back Tony Pollard (20) carries the ball during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams on December 15, 2019, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire)

Regular Season

Week 1 at the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football

The Dallas Cowboys get an early opportunity against one of the better teams in the NFC to make a statement. The last time the Cowboys faced the Rams, they lost 30-22 in a game that looked entirely out of hand in the first half before Dak Prescott and the offense battled back to make it close.

Last season, the Dallas Cowboys decimated the Rams at home 44-21 to keep their playoff hopes alive. In that game, Dak Prescott had a 123.8 passer rating, and Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard both ran for 100 yards.

Week 2 vs. the Atlanta Falcons

With Dak Prescott at quarterback, the Dallas Cowboys are 1-1 against the Atlanta Falcons. In 2017, the Cowboys offensive line allowed Prescott to get beat up to the tune of eight sacks in a lopsided loss.

In 2018, the Cowboys got revenge in a 22-19 victory in the second half of the season that helped propel them to go 7-1 over their last eight games, win the NFC East, and make the playoffs.

Dak Prescott Clutch in Crunch Time During Win over SeahawksWeek 3 at the Seattle Seahawks

The last time these two met, Dak Prescott was throwing dimes and flipping over defenders en route to his first victory in the playoffs during the 2018 Wild Card round.

In that 24-22 win over the Seattle Seahawks, Prescott threw for a touchdown and ran for one a score, Ezekiel Elliott ran for 137 yards on 26 carries and added four receptions for 32 yards. His 44 yard run at the end of the first half helped led to a Michael Gallup touchdown reception that gave the Dallas Cowboys their first lead of the game heading into halftime.

Week 4 vs. the Cleveland Browns

The last time these two teams played was Dak Prescott’s rookie year when he went 21 of 27 for 247 yards and three touchdowns. His 141.8 passer rating that day is the third-highest of his career to date.

The Dallas Cowboys will get their first opportunity to see Cleveland Browns Quarterback Baker Mayfield, but they’ll face off against a familiar foe in Wide Receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.

Week 5 vs. the New York Giants

Week 5 will mark the return of former head coach Jason Garrett to AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys have won six straight against the Giants over the last three seasons.

Week 6 vs. the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football

This should be an entertaining matchup between two of the better offenses in the NFL led by Dak Prescott and Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals.

Cardinals Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury and Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore are two of the brightest offensive minds in the NFL.

It should make for a really fun Monday Night Football game.

Week 7 at the Washington Redskins

This will be the Dallas Cowboys’ first opportunity to get an in-person look at the 2020 second overall pick Chase Young. Their defensive line was already one of the best in the NFL, and then they added arguably the best player in the draft in Young.

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Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper

Week 8 at the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football

The Dallas Cowboys return to the site of where their 2019 playoff hopes were dashed in a disappointing week 16 loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia.

The offense struggled that day as Dak Prescott played with a hurt throwing shoulder, and the defense struggled to slow down Carson Wentz and a bunch of no-name receivers.

As all divisional games are, this will be a pivotal midseason matchup that will set the stage for an exciting second half of the season between the two favorites for the NFC East.

Week 9 vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers

The 2016 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers was a bit of a coming-out party for Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Though the Cowboys had won seven in a row leading up to their big matchup in Pittsburgh, there were still questions.

Well, Prescott and Elliott answered those questions that Sunday afternoon, going toe-to-toe with Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown and coming out on top with a 35-30 victory.

Prescott threw for 319 yards, and two touchdowns and Elliott ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner.

Most of the faces have changed, but the Steelers will still be a test for the 2020 Dallas Cowboys.

Week 10 Bye

This is the latest the Dallas Cowboys have had a bye week since 2014 when they got their rest week in week 11 of the season. They were 7-3 heading into the bye that year and then came out and went 5-1 to finish the season.

Week 11 at the Minnesota Vikings

The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott have had mixed results against the Minnesota Vikings. They’ve given Prescott trouble even though he’s recorded a passer rating above 100 in both meetings. The Cowboys are 1-1 against the Vikings with Prescott at quarterback, including last year’s disappointing loss where Dalvin Cook had a field day running and catching the ball.

Week 12 vs. the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day

After just a few days to prepare, the Dallas Cowboys get the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day. Since 2016, the Cowboys are 7-1 against Washington and 2-0 against the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day.

Week 13 at the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football

Like the week six matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, this should be an enjoyable game to watch as the Dallas Cowboys will get their first dose of Lamar Jackson at the NFL level. While fun, it’s going to be a tough game for the Cowboys.

Week 14 at the Cincinnati Bengals

The Dallas Cowboys will get their first look at the number one overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Joe Burrow.

Dallas Cowboys 2018 Preseason Schedule Released
Oct 2, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) in action during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Week 15 vs. the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football

The Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers will renew the rivalry that was one of the best in the 1990s in this pivotal late-season NFC matchup. The 49ers were the NFC’s representative in the Super Bowl and had Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on the ropes before Mahomes. The running game orchestrated an impressive comeback.

Week 16 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles

Late season matchups with the Philadelphia Eagles always seem to carry a ton of importance, and this one will too. Last season the Eagles clinched the NFC East in week 16. In 2018, the Cowboys all but clinched the NFC East by sweeping the Eagles in the second half of the season.

The two teams have alternated the division title each of the last four seasons since Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz came into the NFL. Whoever wins this game will likely be the NFC East champion for 2020.

Week 17 at the New York Giants

The Dallas Cowboys will face the New York Giants in the final week of the season. Could it be a chance for Jason Garrett to play the spoiler?

Notes

Per Gil Brandt, based on 2019 records, the Dallas Cowboys have the easiest strength of schedule for 2020. Because it’s based on 2019 records, a lot of things will look different. The Bengals have Joe Burrow now. The Giants have a new coaching staff. Ben Roethlisberger is healthy. Just because the schedule looks “easy” now means nothing once they start playing games.

In 2016, the Dallas Cowboys went 4-0 against the AFC North and 4-3 against the NFC West, the two divisions the Cowboys will face in 2020.

 

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Which game are you most excited to see? How do you think the Dallas Cowboys will fare against this schedule?

What do you think?

John Williams

Written by John Williams

Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could.

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  1. Oh John…there are so many grammar and other odd mistakes in here, it’s shameful:

    This should Ben an entertaining matchup between two of the better offenses in the NFL led by Dak Prescott and Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals.
    DON’T THINK BEN IS INVOLVED IN THIS ONE.
    Late season matchups with the Philadelphia Eagles always seem to carry a ton of importance, and this one will two.
    (SHOULD BE TOO)
    The last token the Cowboys faced the Rams.
    TOKEN?

    Too many others to mention….sheesh.

  2. Great breakdown of each game. I am looking forward to the next to last game vs Eagles, revenge game and playoff implications!

  3. Week 1 at Rams statement game Win
    Week 2 vs Atl Win
    Week 3 at Sea Loss
    Week 4 vs Cle Win
    Week 5 vs Giants 40+ points Win
    Week 6 vs Zona win
    Week 7 at Skins win
    Week 8 at Iggles Loss close game
    Week 9 vs Pit Win close game
    Week 11 at Min blizzard game Loss
    Week 12 vs Skins 40 burger Win
    Week 13 at Bal Loss
    Week 14 at CIN 40 burger win
    Week 15 vs SF Loss close game
    Week 16 vs Iggles Win revenge game make playoffs
    Week 17 at Giants Ice game close Win clinch division
    11-5

  4. I got us going 11-5 too, but there’s a game or 2 that I have us losing that you have us winning!! I have us losing to the steelers, and have us sweeping the division!! Other than that I think we have the same wins and losses to the same teams!!

  5. Oh My! This looks like a difficult schedule. Most of the division games come late in the season. December will be important. And we don’t always perform well in that month. Good article! Go Cowboys!

  6. Here are some key factors to a 9 – 7 season. Dak and his holdout. If it continues into the regular season does Dalton have enough gas in the tank to scramble with an aging offensive line that was obliterated against better defenses in 2019. On the defensive side of the ball you have the uncertainty of Gregory and Aiden Smith’s re enstatement also the health of LVE . Lot of the losses came from the defenses inability to stop the run and get to the QB in 2019.

  7. 8-8 or 9-7 at best. But with the Diva Dak (and the possible distractions), leaning toward another 8-8. Even with the addition of Lamb. Just don’t see this guy improving. I think his rookie season, his best QBR, was somewhat of a fluke. As a longtime Cowboy fan, I hope I’m wrong.

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