Cowboys announce 2010 schedule

The NFL announced the 2010 schedule Tuesday, and at least five national primetime television appearances highlight the Dallas Cowboys upcoming season, including two national primetime telecasts from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

The Cowboys schedule currently features six games that are going to be broadcast nationally. In addition, Dallas will play seven games against six different teams that qualified for the 2009 playoffs.

"We knew before today that this was a very challenging schedule with seven games against playoff teams and two of those with the Super Bowl participants," said Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones. "Seeing it on paper doesn't make it any easier, but our team will be ready. We're looking forward to it," Jones added.

In addition to the two primetime games at Cowboys Stadium and the club's annual Thanksgiving Day national appearance against New Orleans on Fox this year, the Cowboys will make three additional national appearances with two on NBC's Sunday Night Football and one on the NFL Network. The Cowboys will be making their 72nd appearance on Monday Night Football during the 2010 season (second most in NFL history behind Miami's 75). No NFL team has won more MNF games than the 42 that have been won by the Cowboys.

The 2010 regular season opens for Dallas on September 12 when the Cowboys visit Washington on NBC for a Sunday night matchup. This season marks the third consecutive and seventh time that Dallas has opened on the road since 2000. It is also the third time in that span that the Cowboys will open the season on Sunday night.

The Cowboys open their home schedule in a Week 2 bout against Chicago at noon on September 19. The next week, Dallas hits the road for a short trip to take on intrastate rival Houston on September 26 at noon. The Cowboys will close out the first quarter of the season with their bye week on October 3. With the bye week falling in Week 4, this season marks the fourth time since 2000 and the ninth time since 1990 that Dallas' bye was in Week 4-or-earlier.

Following the bye week, Dallas will play host to Tennessee on October 10 followed by a trip up to Minnesota to take on the Vikings on October 17. The Cowboys will have back-to-back home games – the first of three sets of back-to-back home games – as the N.Y. Giants will be welcomed to Cowboys Stadium for a Monday night game on October 25 followed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Halloween.

To open the month of November, the Cowboys will travel two straight weeks, first heading to Green Bay on Sunday, November 7 for a Sunday night kickoff, then to the N.Y. Giants on Sunday, November 14 for their first-ever game at the Giants new stadium. The Cowboys return home for their second set of back-to-back home games, first taking on the Detroit Lions on November 21 followed by the club's annual Thanksgiving Day game on November 25 as the Saints will come marching in for their first-ever Thanksgiving Day game in North Texas.

The month of December pits Dallas against three playoff teams from the 2009 season along with three divisional games as the Cowboys will play at Indianapolis on December 5 before hosting the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, December 12 for a primetime NBC kickoff. Dallas closes out its 2010 home schedule with the only game of the month against a non-playoff team from last year as the Redskins come to town on December 19. The Cowboys will head to Arizona for a Christmas night Saturday contest on the NFL Network before closing out the season on January 2 at Philadelphia – the third straight season finale against the Eagles.

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