The Cowboys will start their 2005 regular season by playing three of the first four games on the road.
Sounds tough doesn't it?
It may be.
But in reality, three of those four games are against teams that won six games or less last year, and five of the first eight games are against teams that had losing records.
After a difficult season opener on the road against the defending AFC West Champion San Diego Chargers, the Cowboys will host the Washington Redskins (6-10) on Monday Night Football, before traveling to San Francisco (2-14) and then back to Oakland (5-11) for consecutive west coast trips.
The Cowboys are reportedly considering staying on the west coast in between the games against the 49ers and the Raiders.
"Playing four games on the West Coast will present some challenges, but we knew a long time ago that those games were on the schedule. I actually like the fact that we get that part of our road schedule over with in the first half of the season," said owner Jerry Jones.
After the opening stretch on the road, Dallas then heads back into the NFC East with home games against Philadelphia (10/9) and the New York Giants (10/16).
The Cowboys will also make four appearances on national television this year, including the second game of the year against Washington on Monday Night Football, the ninth game of the year against Philadelphia, also on Monday Football, and the last game of the year against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday night on ESPN.
Dallas will also play its annual Thanksgiving game in a nationally televised broadcast against the Denver Broncos on Nov. 24.
Sandwiched in between those games are winnable home contests against the Detroit Lions (6-10), the Arizona Cardinals (6-10), and the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Cowboys also travel to Carolina (7-9) and Seattle (9-7) this season.
All in all, its not all bad.
Two of the toughest games of the year will likely be against NFC East rival and last year's NFC representative in the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fortunately, before the Nov. 14 Monday Night Football tilt against the Eagles, the Cowboys will have 15 days to prepare due to their bye week on Nov. 6.
But other than that, the Cowboys have to think the 2005 schedule presents plenty of opportunity. For instance, Dallas will not play games back-to-back against teams that had winning records in 2004.
The Cowboys also play 10 games against teams that had losing records a year ago, and that doesn't include the St. Louis Rams who finished at 8-8.
2005 Schedule: Not All Bad
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