Late-season success gave the Dallas Cowboys a fighting chance in the playoffs but they were sent packing in the second round against the Los Angeles Rams. The Amari Cooper-Dak Prescott connection got a lot of attention and success in the big moments late last season. If the passing game continues to improve, paired with star running back Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys could be dangerous again this fall.
Defensively, there are big questions in Dallas; however, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch shined bright in the heart of the Cowboy’s defense last season. Many questioned his first-round selection initially, but after making the Pro Bowl in his first season, the doubters have been put to rest.
An expected contender in the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles, if the Cowboys can surpass the success of Carson Wentz and company, the NFC East could be looking at a deep run in the postseason.
Dallas Cowboys Schedule 2019
|Week 1||Sept. 8||vs Giants||4:25 p.m.|
|Week 2||Sept. 15||vs Redskins||1:00 p.m.|
|Week 3||Sept. 22||vs Dolphins||1:00 p.m.|
|Week 4||Sept. 29||vs Saints||8:20 p.m.|
|Week 5||Oct. 6||vs Packers||4:25 p.m.|
|Week 6||Oct. 13||vs Jets||4:25 p.m.|
|Week 7||Oct. 20||vs Eagles||8:20 p.m.|
|Week 8||Oct. 27||—||—|
|Week 9||Nov. 4 (Mon.)||vs Giants||8:15 p.m.|
|Week 10||Nov. 10||vs Vikings||8:20 p.m.|
|Week 11||Nov. 17||vs Lions||1:00 p.m.|
|Week 12||Nov. 24||vs Patriots||4:25 p.m.|
|Week 13||Nov. 28 (Thurs.)||vs Bills||4:30 p.m.|
|Week 14||Dec. 5 (Thurs.)||vs Bears||8:20 p.m.|
|Week 15||Dec. 15||vs Rams||4:25 p.m.|
|Week 16||Dec. 22||vs Eagles||4:25 p.m.|
|Week 17||Dec. 29||vs Redskins||1:00 p.m.|
Week 1: vs New York Giants
The Dallas Cowboys 2019 campaign starts off the way it usually does, as the division rival New York Giants come to AT&T Stadium Week 1 to face the Cowboys. The Giants are in a rebuild mode in 2019 as they let go of star wideout Odell Beckham. Also, quarterback Eli Manning will be under center. Cowboys fans, rejoice!
Week 2: vs Washington Redskins
Dallas hits the road for the first in 2019 as the head up to FedEx Field to face the Washington Redskins. The Cowboys have dominated in the NFC in years prior but lost a heartbreaker in Washington thanks to some questionable officiating and a doink from kicker Brett Maher. Expect Dallas to handle the Redskins in Week 2, gaining control early in NFC East.
Week 3: vs Miami Dolphins
Similar to the Giants, the Miami Dolphins seem to be rebuilding as they parted ways with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins will have veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick calling the plays in Week 3 and unless “FitzMagic” strikes again, mark up another one in the win column.
Week 4: vs New Orleans Saints
One of the high points of 2018 is when the Dallas defense shut down the high flying Saints offense in Week 13 on Thursday Night Football. The Dallas defense was clicking on all cylinders and held the Saints to an astounding 10 points. In 2019, this game will be played in possibly the loudest stadium in the NFL. The Cowboys always play the Saints tough, especially in New Orleans, but I do not see this one going Dallas’ way.
Week 5: vs Green Bay Packers
One of the more intimidating sights a Cowboys fan can see is quarterback Aaron Rodgers in AT&T stadium. The past five matchups dating back to 2014 have all been great games, and I expect this one to be too. But, the Packers offensive line is shaky, to say the least, expect the Hot Boyz to be hot and Dallas to get back to their winning ways.
Week 6: vs New York Jets
The New York Jets have been one of the worst teams in the NFL in the past decade. With young quarterback Sam Darnold and newly acquired All-Pro running Back Le’Veon Bell, this could be a changed Jets team in 2019. I expect the Jets to be better than they have been in the past, but the Cowboys are just the better team as of now.
Week 7: vs Philadelphia Eagles
The hated Philadelphia Eagles are coming off a roller coaster of a year in 2018. With quarterback Carson Wentz injured, then sneaking into the playoffs behind the magic of quarterback Nick Foles, no one knew what to expect from Philadelphia in 2018. In 2019, I believe they will go back to their winning ways. A battle between the top of the NFC East will take place in Week 7, but the Cowboys will drop one here to Wentz and Co.
Week 8: Bye Week
Week 9: vs New York Giants
After the bye week, the Cowboys should be fully prepared to take on the Giants. Expect a rookie quarterback to be in action for the Giants at this time of the year. The Cowboys get another W under their belt, sweeping the Giants in 2019.
Week 10: vs Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings are coming off a disappointing season in 2018, failing to make the playoffs with quarterback Kirk Cousins in his first year in Minnesota. Expect Minnesota to win the NFC North, but drop this game in Dallas. The Cowboys dominating Kirk Cousins continues into 2019.
Week 11: vs Detroit Lions
Is it just me, or does it feel like the Cowboys play the Detroit Lions every year?! The Cowboys defeated the Lions 26-24 in Week 4 of the 2018 season. Playing in Detroit has always given Dallas teams some problems, but this Detroit team is not what it once was. The winning streak continues.
Week 12: vs New England Patriots
The Cowboys head to Foxborough to face the defending Super Bowl Champions. The Patriots led by legend Tom Brady always seem to turn things up a notch in the back half of the season, and playing in New England has trouble written all over it.
Week 13: vs Buffalo Bills
The famous Thanksgiving day game welcomes the Buffalo Bills and former Cowboys wideout, Cole Beasley. The Cowboys have played well on Thanksgiving in recent years, winning two of the last three, and the winning ways continue versus a not so great Buffalo team.
Week 14: vs Chicago Bears
Chicago surprised the NFL last year winning the NFC North last year, but I do not think they are going away. A talented quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky with legit weapons around him, paired with one of the best defenses in the NFL. It will be a cold December night in Chicago, and that plays right into the Bears hands.
Week 15: vs Los Angeles Rams
A rematch of the NFC divisional round, the LA Rams will now come to Dallas as Dallas takes on the former NFC Champs. This will be a matchup everyone will be watching, as it will be a game of two of the NFL’s best. The Rams have had the Cowboys number the past two times they have matched up, and sadly, the streak continues.
Week 16: vs Philadelphia Eagles
In what I think will be the biggest game of the year, the Cowboys will head to Philly in where the winner takes the crown in the NFC East. The Dallas defense will have to play elite in order to pull the win off, and I think they will. Big plays by Dak and Zeke down the stretch will help pull out the victory for the Cowboys and secure the NFC East title for the second consecutive year.
Week 17: vs Washington Redskins
A tune-up for the playoffs in Week 17, similar to the one last year in New York. Some starters will sit, but the Cowboys front office are big believers in keeping guys fresh. A win in Week 17 to end the season on a positive note versus a Washington team who is ready for the offseason.