NFL Thanksgiving 2018 Schedule : Three great division rivalry games, Cowboys vs Redskins

Few days of the NFL regular season get as much attention as Thanksgiving, and this year’s trio of games should keep fans excited.

Out of the many notable matchups to come out of Thursday’s schedule release, the three NFL Thanksgiving Day battles in Week 12 are among the most intriguing. Each game is a divisional battle, adding an exciting NFC South rivalry to the usual suspects of the Cowboys and Lions.

Here are the turkey day battles to watch in 2018, via NFL.com.

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NFL Thanksgiving 2018 Schedule

Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions—12:30 p.m. ET on CBS

Washington Redskins vs Dallas Cowboys—4:30 p.m. ET on Fox

Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints—8:20 p.m. ET on NBC

Bears vs Lions (12:30 p.m. ET, CBS)

This has turned into a rematch of an ugly game from Week 10 — the Bears mostly manhandled the Lions before Detroit made a late comeback to pull within 12 points. Matt Nagy has his team in great shape, sitting at 6-3 and in first in the NFC North. With two games remaining against the Vikings, Chicago doesn’t have a whole lot of room for error if it wants to win the division, making this road trip to Detroit a pretty enormous matchup. The Lions, who are struggling badly this year and fell to 3-6 after losing to Chicago, have been impressive on Thanksgiving in recent years, going 4-1 over the last half decade.

Defensively they leave a lot to be desired right now: Detroit ranks 28th in points per game allowed and 27th in yards per play allowed. Both teams have new coaches, with Matt Patricia leaving the Patriots to join the Lions and Matt Nagy leaving the Chiefs to join the Bears. Patricia’s team is probably a long shot to make any sort of playoff run at this point — they even dealt Golden Tate at the traded deadline — but holding serve at home against a dangerous Bears team would be a nice little injection of hope for a beat-up fanbase

The Bears want Mitchell Trubisky to keep developing; he already lit up Patricia’s defense in Nagy’s scheme and the return of Allen Robinson, who has been battling a groin injury, benefited his game greatly.

Chicago needs this game to keep making a run at an NFC wild card as well as the NFC North title.

Cowboys vs Redskins (4:30 p.m. ET, FOX)

Enormous implications in this game for the playoffs, as Dallas decided to pull an Undertaker and rise right back up off the mat and into the NFC East and NFC wild card discussion with a victory in Week 10 over the Eagles in Philadelphia. That game sent both those teams to 4-5, while the Redskins went down to Tampa and surprised some people, picking up a victory despite — giving up 500 yards! — and moving to 6-3. Heading into Week 11 they were two games clear of their division rivals and could potentially deliver a knockout blow to Dallas with a win on Thanksgiving in Jerry World.

This is a pretty ideal way to shake off a turkey/gravy coma.

Oddly enough, though, it’ll be a defensive battle. The Cowboys offense got a nice boost from the addition of Amari Cooper via trade at the deadline, and Ezekiel Elliott was dominant in Week 10 against the Eagles, but it’s still Dallas’ defense that’s been the story so far this year. Rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch has been a revelation filling in for Sean Lee and Jaylen Smith continues to be an impact player on the field after taking a redshirt year to recover from a brutal injury.

Washington unquestionably is better on defense, especially now that they’re short on the offensive line after injuries ravaged them. It’s possible Trent Williams is ready for this game. One thing to watch: Adrian Peterson always runs well against teams he believes slighted him in any sort of way. The Cowboys qualify because he flirted with Jerry Jones publicly when it looked like his run in Minnesota might be up, but Dallas declined to pair him with Zeke.

In their matchup earlier this season, Peterson ran 24 times for 99 yards against Dallas’ stout defense. If he crosses the 100-yard threshold in this contest, the Redskins are probably in pretty good shape.

Saints vs Falcons (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)

Blood feud here with two gentile Southern teams who do not care for one another. Despite the Falcons falling to 4-5 in Week 10 as a result of a loss in Cleveland, this should be a close matchup, because the two teams hate each other that much. The Saints are in the middle of an unbelievable stretch of football being played against an unbelievable stretch of opponents. They won three straight games on the road (Baltimore, Minnesota and Cincinnati) with a dominant win over the Rams stuffed in there as well. And they’re coming off a short week against the Eagles in Week 10. Heck of a schedule and New Orleans couldn’t care less. Drew Brees is one of the top two MVP candidates right now and has thrown 13 touchdowns versus just 30 incompletions (yes, incompletions) over his last five games heading into Week 11.

Before the season it looked like this might be a de facto division title game, but the Panthers present much stiffer competition for the Saints in 2018 than Atlanta. Still, Matt Ryan is playing really well right now, and deserves at least some MVP chatter of his own, should he manage to insert the Falcons back into the playoff race.

We thought the Falcons defense might develop into a young, stout unit this season, but injuries derailed them and the stars remaining (Vic Beasley) haven’t produced at the level people hoped. This could have been an NFC Championship Game preview, but instead it serves as a last stand for Atlanta and for the Saints it’s an opportunity to grab the No. 1 seed in the NFC as well as to bury a hated division rival. This game won’t be without some drama.

4 college receivers to watch for Cowboys 2019 draft needs

The Dallas Cowboys passing offense has struggled in historic fashion through the team’s first three games of 2018, two of which resulting in road losses. Pushed to the brink on defense thanks to their inability to find a rhythm on offense, it’s safe to say this isn’t what the Cowboys brass had in mind when overhauling their skill positions in the offseason.

While the outside world was skeptical of the Cowboys’ ability to function on offense without both Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, The Star (Cowboys headquarters) was a beacon of optimism for this young group.

Regardless of how the rest of this season turns out for Dallas, it feels inevitable the Cowboys are on a collision course with similar offseason concerns. Finding play makers at wide receiver will remain a need for the Cowboys until proven otherwise, and 13 games may not even be enough to do that comfortably.

With that, here is an early look at four of the top receivers in college football to keep an eye on.

Kelvin Harmon – North Carolina State

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 213 pounds

2018 Statistics through September 29: 18 catches, 312 yards

NC State’s Kelvin Harmon has progressed quickly as a big target for the Wolfpack of NC State, going over 1,000 yards as a sophomore last season.

Harmon is an incredibly smooth, deep-route runner with the long speed to beat a defense over the top. Once Harmon has the ball in his hands, often securing it away from his frame at its highest point, he’s capable of finding a special gear that creates explosive plays.

Such plays are glaringly absent from the Cowboys attack this season, and adding a complete player like Harmon could go a long way. This is a receiver that plays with a clear “alpha” mentality, possessing the quick foot speed and release to free himself at the stem and box out any defender.

Deebo Samuel – South Carolina

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 215 pounds 

2018 Statistics: 20 catches, 145 yards, 1 TD

It’s no secret the Cowboys offense lacks creativity, making Samuel’s game of breath of fresh air to watch on tape.

This is a smaller receiver who is an absolute menace for opposing cornerbacks, capable of playing bigger than his size at the catch point. Exploding out of his breaks with great leverage, Samuel is a precise route runner with ideal spacial awareness.

Samuel may not be much of a rebounder with the ball in the air, but when given touches, he’s quick to read his keys and get up the field. The Senior has handled kickoff return duties throughout his career at South Carolina, averaging just over 33 yards a return.

One thing the Cowboys currently have is depth at wide receiver. By the time the 2019 NFL Draft rolls around though, things could look a lot different in Sanjay Lal’s meeting room. The team’s top two players, Cole Beasley and Tavon Austin, are free agents.

For the time being though, adding as many capable bodies to this receiver by committee approach may be the only way for the Cowboys to resurrect Prescott.

Samuel is an exciting player to follow in this regard for Cowboys fans.

AJ Brown – Ole Miss

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 225 pounds 

2018 Statistics: 26 catches, 381 yards, 3 TDs

The NFL has slowly but surely trended away from big-bodied receivers in favor of shiftier athletes that can line up all over the field. The Ole Miss junior happens to be the best of both worlds.

Mostly used as a mismatch inside for the Rebels offense, Brown’s length and toughness make him a nearly impossible cover for any secondary player – particularly smaller slot cornerbacks.

Though it takes some time for Brown to build up speed in and out of his routes, he’s as reliable a target in the country at arriving on time with the ball to move the chains.

Thriving on in-breaking routes that show off Brown’s ability to create leverage and use his lankiness at the stem, Brown finds a way to play bigger than his 6’1″ stature.

Whether or not the Cowboys believe that Brown is the type of receiver that Prescott can work with is far from being determined. Should the Ole Miss product be in this year’s draft, his next team is getting a receiver that plays with an edge on every single snap.

N’Keal Harry – Arizona State

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 216 pounds

2018 Statistics: 26 catches, 335 yards, 4 TDs

Harry is the best pure deep threat out of the four profiled here, making him an enticing target for a Cowboys team that failed to complete a pass longer than 20 yards in their most recent loss to the Seahawks.

Watching Harry glide down the field at his height puts him in rare company as an athlete. Arizona State takes full advantage of this ability from Harry, getting him in space whenever possible.

Harry excels at playing small out of his release, not giving his defender a real target to latch onto before creating separation vertically. Harry also has NFL-ready finishing ability, tracking the ball exceptionally well and adjusting to it on the fly.

Once the ball is in Harry’s hands, he looks every part the towering receiver that his raw numbers would imply. Often having to slow his process down to receive the ball, Harry is not afraid to play physical and lower the shoulder to create extra yards.

With a lot of room to improve as a polished and complete route runner, Harry is a work in progress that the Cowboys could immediately work into their game plan as he develops into a true outside threat.

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Offense # Pos. Age W H College
Josh Aladenoye 62 Offensive Tackle 117 347 6-5 Illinois State
Brandon Barden 80 Tight End 28 253 6’4″ Vanderbilt
Phil Bates 86 Wide Receiver 27 220 6’2″ Ohio
Cole Beasley 11 Wide Receiver 28 180 5’8″ Southern Methodist
Chris Boyd 16 Wide Receiver 25 206 6-4 Vanderbilt
Brandon Bridge Quarterback 25 235 6-5 South Alabama
Dezmon Briscoe Wide Receiver 27 210 6-2 Kansas
Brian Brown 18 Wide Receiver 22 208 6’1″ Richmond
Noah Brown 85 Wide Receiver 20 225 6’2″ Ohio State
Dez Bryant 88 Wide Receiver 28 220 6’2″ Oklahoma State
Dan Buchholz 62 Guard 301 6’4″ Duquesne
Ross Burbank 61 Center 24 310 6’4″ Virginia
Brice Butler 19 Wide Receiver 27 220 6’3″ San Diego State
Ruben Carter 62 Center, 24 312 6’4″ Toledo
Brian Clarke 63 Guard 117 296 6-2 Bloomsburg
Tyler Clutts 44 Running Back, 32 250 6’2″ Fresno State
Jed Collins 45 Fullback 31 255 6-1 Washington State
La’el Collins 71 Offensive Tackle 24 322 6-5 LSU
Jonathan Cooper 64 Guard 27 308 6’2″ North Carolina
Phil Costa 67 Center 30 314 6-3
Andre Cureton 64 Guard 26 310 6-6 Cincinnati
John Davis Fullback 24 240 6-3 Illinois
Synjyn Days Running Back 25 231 6-2 Georgia Tech
Chris DeGeare 0 Guard 30 335 6-4
Reggie Dunn 14 Wide Receiver 28 180 5’9″ Utah
Kadeem Edwards 78 Guard 26 315 6’4″ Tennessee State
Ezekiel Elliott 21 Running Back 22 228 6’0″ Ohio State
George Farmer 19 Wide Receiver 24 220 6-1 USC
Reshod Fortenberry 66 Guard 26 286 6-5 Texas Tech
Travis Frederick 72 Center 26 320 6’4″ Wisconsin
Clyde Gates 81 Wide Receiver 31 197 6’0″ Abilene Christian
Rico Gathers 80 Tight End 23 285 6’6″ Baylor
Laurence Gibson 67 Offensive Tackle 117 305 6-6 Virginia Tech
Antwan Goodley 85 Wide Receiver 25 220 5-11 Baylor
Chaz Green 79 Offensive Tackle 117 310 6-5 Florida
Deontay Greenberry 81 Wide Receiver 117 200 6-3 Houston
Ray Hamilton 86 Tight End 24 252 6-5 Iowa
Caleb Hanie 7 Quarterback 31 222 6-2 Colorado State
James Hanna 84 Tight End 28 260 6’4″ Oklahoma
Nick Harwell 17 Wide Receiver 117 193 6-1 Kansas
Javontee Herndon 15 Wide Receiver 25 197 6’1″ Arkansas
Ronnie Hillman 34 Running Back 25 195 5’10” San Diego State
Blake Jarwin 89 Tight End 23 260 6’5″ Oklahoma State
A.J. Jenkins 16 Wide Receiver 27 195 6’1″ Illinois
Jerrod Johnson 14 Quarterback 29 250 6’5″ Texas A&M
Andy Jones 81 Wide Receiver 23 220 6’1″ Jacksonville
Jon Kitna 3 Quarterback 44 219 6-2
Lance Lenoir 14 Wide Receiver 22 210 6’0″ Western Illinois
Joe Looney 73 Center 26 315 6’3″ Wake Forest
Ben Malena 33 Running Back 25 200 5’8″ Texas A&M
Zack Martin 70 Guard 26 315 6’4″ Notre Dame
Luke McCown 3 Quarterback 36 217 6’4″ Louisiana Tech
Shane McDermott 62 Center 117 300 6-4 Miami-Florida
Quincy McDuffie Wide Receiver 26 178 5’10” UCF
Darren McFadden 20 Running Back 29 222 6’1″ Arkansas
M.J. McFarland 42 Tight End 25 253 6’5″ UTEP
Kellen Moore 17 Quarterback 28 200 6’0″ Boise State
Alfred Morris 46 Running Back 28 222 5’10” Florida Atlantic
Darius Morris 71 Offensive Tackle 29 320 6-4 Temple
Jordan Najvar 87 Tight End 26 265 6-6 Baylor
Jamar Newsome 85 Wide Receiver 29 201 6-1 UCF
Uzoma Nwachukwu 16 Wide Receiver 26 210 5’11” Texas A&M
Uche Nwaneri 74 Guard 33 310 6-3 Purdue
David Porter 19 Wide Receiver 24 197 6’0″ TCU
Dak Prescott 4 Quarterback 24 238 6’2″ Mississippi State
Dan Quave 69 Offensive Linesman 25 324 6-3 LA-Lafayette
Joseph Randle 21 Running Back 25 210 6’0″ Oklahoma State
Tony Romo 9 Quarterback 37 230 6’2″ Eastern Illinois
Cooper Rush 7 Quarterback 23 225 6’3″ Central Michigan
Ryan Seymour 62 Guard 27 305 6’4″ Vanderbilt
Jameill Showers 7 Quarterback 117 230 6-2 UTEP
Dan Skipper 60 Guard 22 315 6’10” Arkansas
Keith Smith 41 Running Back, 25 240 6’0″ San Jose State
Rod Smith 45 Running Back, 25 235 6’3″ Ohio State
Boston Stiverson 63 Guard 24 310 6’3″ Kansas State
Geoff Swaim 87 Tight End 117 250 6-4 Texas
Geoff Swaim 87 Tight End 23 260 6’4″ Texas
Ryan Switzer 10 Wide Receiver 22 185 5’8″ North Carolina
Nate Theaker 65 Guard 23 315 6’5″ Wayne State (MI)
Wayne Tribue 71 Guard 27 329 6-3 Temple
Corey Washington 13 Wide Receiver 25 214 6’4″ Newberry
Lucky Whitehead 13 Wide Receiver 117 163 5-10 Florida Atlantic
Terrance Williams 83 Wide Receiver 27 210 6’2″ Baylor
Jason Witten 82 Tight End 35 263 6’6″ Tennessee
Defense # Pos. Age W H College
Derek Akunne 44 Linebacker 24 230 6’0″ North Texas
Richard Ash 76 Defensive End 25 320 6’3″ Western Michigan
Chidobe Awuzie 33 Cornerback 22 202 6’0″ Colorado
Donnie Baggs 46 Linebacker 24 230 6-1 Texas A&M
Donnie Baggs 46 Linebacker 24 235 6’1″ Texas A&M
Woody Baron 68 Defensive End 24 270 6’1″ Virginia Tech
Ben Bass 79 Defensive End 27 288 6-4 Texas A&M
Ken Bishop 93 Nose Tackle 26 300 6’0″ Northern Illinois
Robert Blanton 36 Safety 27 202 6’1″ Notre Dame
Josh Brent 95 Defensive Tackle 29 320 6-2 Illinois
Anthony Brown 30 Cornerback 23 196 5’11” Purdue
Jonathan Brown 45 Linebacker 25 230 6’1″ Illinois
Dejaun Butler 37 Cornerback 180 5’11” Hawaii
Jordan Carrell 69 Defensive Tackle 23 290 6’2″ Colorado
Nolan Carroll 24 Cornerback 30 202 6’1″ Maryland
Taco Charlton 97 Defensive End 22 270 6’6″ Michigan
Maliek Collins 96 Defensive Tackle 22 308 6’2″ Nebraska
Tyrone Crawford 98 Defensive Tackle 27 290 6’4″ Boise State
Troy Davis 56 Linebacker 26 251 6-2 Central Florida
Tim Dobbins 48 Linebacker 34 234 6-1 Iowa State
Justin Durant 52 Linebacker 31 230 6’1″ Hampton
Darius Eubanks 40 Linebacker 26 222 6’2″ Georgia Southern
Kavon Frazier 35 Safety 23 220 6’0″ Central Michigan
Isaiah Frey 23 Cornerback 27 205 6’0″ Nevada
Kennan Gilchrist 48 Linebacker 22 230 6’1″ Appalachian State
John Green 44 Cornerback 23 190 5’10” Connecticut
Randy Gregory 94 Defensive End 24 240 6-6 Nebraska
Jakar Hamilton 23 Safety 27 197 5-11 South Carolina State
Greg Hardy 76 Defensive End 29 280 6’5″ Mississippi
Jerrell Harris 48 Linebacker 28 242 6’3″ Alabama
Jeff Heath 38 Safety 26 212 6’1″ Saginaw Valley
Brandon Hepburn 48 Linebacker 27 243 6’4″ Florida A&M
Anthony Hitchens 59 Linebacker 25 235 6’0″ Iowa
Corvey Irvin 69 Defensive Tackle 32 295 6-2
David Irving 95 Defensive End 24 290 6’7″ Iowa State
Joey Ivie 74 Defensive Tackle 22 295 6’3″ Florida
Buddy Jackson 35 Cornerback 28 180 6’1″ Pittsburgh
Dakorey Johnson 43 Linebacker 25 215 6’2″ Kansas State
Matt Johnson 37 Safety 28 210 6-1 Eastern Washington
Byron Jones 31 Cornerback 24 196 6-1 Connecticut
Byron Jones 31 Safety 24 205 6’0″ Connecticut
Joseph Jones 43 Linebacker 23 240 6’0″ Northwestern
Lenny Jones 56 Defensive End 26 265 6’3″ Nevada
L.P. Ladouceur 91 Linebacker, 36 256 6’5″ California
Demarcus Lawrence 90 Defensive End 25 265 6’3″ Boise State
Sean Lee 50 Linebacker 31 245 6’2″ Penn State
Darnell Leslie 40 Defensive End 23 235 6’2″ Monmouth
Jourdan Lewis 27 Cornerback 21 195 5’10” Michigan
Korey Lindsey 41 Defensive Back 28 194 5-10 Southern Illinois
John Lotulelei 47 Linebacker 25 235 5’11” UNLV
Benson Mayowa 93 Defensive End 26 265 6’3″ Idaho
Danny McCray 40 Safety 29 215 6’1″ LSU
Leon McFadden 23 Cornerback 26 195 5’10” San Diego State
Jeremy Mincey 92 Defensive End 33 280 6’4″ Florida
Zach Minter 79 Defensive Tackle 26 307 6-1 Montana State
Damontre’ Moore 58 Defensive End 24 260 6’4″ Texas A&M
James Morris 40 Linebacker 25 245 6’2″ Iowa
Lewis Neal 66 Defensive End 22 280 6’0″ LSU
Mark Nzeocha 49 Linebacker 117 232 6-2 Wyoming
Mark Nzeocha 53 Linebacker 27 240 6’3″ Wyoming
Efe Obada 63 Defensive End 25 255 6-6 None
Adewale Ojomo 63 Defensive End 28 270 6-4 Miami (FL)
Amobi Okoye 99 Defensive Tackle 30 292 6-2 Louisville
Stephen Paea 55 Defensive Tackle 29 295 6’1″ Oregon State
Keith Rivers 56 Linebacker 31 235 6’2″ USC
Joel Ross 29 Cornerback 25 185 5-10 Appalachian State
Ryan Russell 99 Defensive End 117 269 6-4 Purdue
Dontavis Sapp 55 Linebacker 25 227 6-2 Tennessee
Orlando Scandrick 32 Cornerback 30 196 5’10” Boise State
Tim Scott 41 Safety 24 195 6-0 North Carolina
Sammy Seamster 29 Cornerback 26 205 6’0″ Middle Tennessee State
Jameill Showers 28 Safety, 25 222 6’1″ UTEP
Brandon Smith 35 Cornerback 30 205 6’1″ Arizona State
Jaylon Smith 54 Linebacker 22 245 6’2″ Notre Dame
Ryan Smith 33 Safety 27 194 6-2 Auburn
Quinton Spears 0 Linebacker 31 234 6-4
C.J. Spillman 37 Safety 31 199 6’0″ Marshall
Robert Steeples 28 Cornerback 27 198 6’1″ Memphis
Dax Swanson 23 Cornerback 26 187 5’11” Sam Houston State
Charles Tapper 99 Defensive End 24 270 6’2″ Oklahoma
Carlif Taylor 64 Defensive Tackle 25 319 6’2″ Southern Connecticut State
Duke Thomas 26 Cornerback 23 192 5’10” Texas
Josh Thomas 26 Cornerback 28 196 5’11” Buffalo
Cedric Thornton 92 Defensive Tackle 29 290 6’4″ Southern Arkansas
Ray Vinopal 36 Safety 25 200 5-10 Pittsburgh
Lucas Wacha 44 Linebacker 24 225 6’1″ Wyoming
Chris Whaley 64 Defensive Tackle 26 285 6’3″ Texas
Marquez White 39 Cornerback 22 190 6’0″ Florida State
Kyle Wilber 51 Linebacker 28 245 6’4″ Wake Forest
Jabara Williams 0 Linebacker 28 238 6-2
Damien Wilson 45 Linebacker 117 245 6-0 Minnesota
Damien Wilson 57 Linebacker 24 245 6’1″ Minnesota
Jason Wilson 33 Cornerback 117 187 5-11 Central Michigan
Martez Wilson 56 Linebacker 28 252 6-4 Illinois
Joe Windsor 46 Linebacker 117 236 6-0 Northern Illinois
Zach Wood 49 Defensive End, 24 255 6’3″ Southern Methodist
Xavier Woods 25 Safety 22 202 5’11” Louisiana Tech
Specialists # Pos. Age W H College
Dan Bailey 5 Kicker 29 195 6’0″ Oklahoma State
Tom Hornsey 1 Punter 28 210 6’3″ Memphis
Sam Irwin-Hill 2 Punter 26 210 6’3″ Arkansas
Chris Jones 6 Punter 28 205 6’0″ Carson-Newman

Dallas Cowboys NFL (Projected Record: 9-7)

Cowboys Game 2017 To be clear: I don’t really think this division is going to lack a single 10-win team. Everybody in the NFC East is talented, and really any of them could jump up and win the division. But everyone’s schedules are particularly difficult this year, not the least of which is Dallas, whose non-division games include Denver, Kansas City, Arizona, Atlanta, Oakland and Seattle. Getting to 10 wins is going to be a feat, even for a team that won 13 games last season.

That’s particularly true because of Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension, which you sense will actually end up being six games and not reduced. If the NFL was going to come down hard, the last thing anybody wants is the suspension being reduced; the whole point of the six-game suspension was to avoid the sort of backlashes those would cause. (And also to punish a guy involved in something the league is desperate to get its name away from.) It may even take a couple of more weeks for Elliott to get back going, and for the Cowboys to regain their mojo, if it happens at all. Not to mention the possibility of a step back for Dak Prescott, who will have to elevate and add to his game with Elliott out.

And yet … this still looks like the most talented team in the division. Maybe the Giants jump out to a three-game lead in the first half of the season and the Cowboys can’t catch them. Or maybe the Cowboys hang on just enough to go on a second-half run. You’ve got a ways to fall from 13 wins and still be good. In a tight, competitive division, maybe the Cowboys fall just enough, but not too much.

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Dallas Cowboys schedule 2017: Games & Dates Preview

The Dallas Cowboys have had their full 2017 schedule released.

The Cowboys will open the season Sept. 10 against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in a game that also will serve as their NFC East opener.

The Cowboys will play the Washington Redskins in their NFC East road opener on Oct. 29.

The Cowboys will have their bye week Oct. 15 between the Green Bay Packers (Oct. 8) and at San Francisco 49ers (Oct. 22) games. They will close out the regular season at the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 31.

Dallas Cowboys schedule 2017

Dallas Cowboys Game times/dates for Weeks 5-17 games are subject to change.

The Super Bowl will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Dallas Cowboys schedule 2017

Sept. 10: New York Giants (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Sept. 17: at Denver Broncos (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)

Sept. 25: at Arizona Cardinals (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Oct. 1: Los Angeles Rams (1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Oct. 8: Green Bay Packers (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)

Oct. 15: BYE

Oct. 22: at San Francisco 49ers (4:05 p.m. ET, FOX)

Oct. 29: at Washington Redskins (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)

Nov. 5: Kansas City Chiefs (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)

Nov. 12: at Atlanta Falcons (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)

Nov. 19: Philadelphia Eagles (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Nov. 23: Los Angeles Chargers (4:30 p.m. ET, CBS)

Nov. 30: Washington Redskins (8:25 p.m. ET, NBC/NFL Network)

Dec. 10: at New York Giants (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)

Dec. 17: at Oakland Raiders (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Dec. 24: Seattle Seahawks (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)

Dec. 31: at Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Preseason

Aug. 3: Arizona Cardinals (Canton, Ohio; 8 p.m. ET, NBC)

Aug. 12: at Los Angeles Rams (9 p.m. ET, NFL Network)

Aug. 19: Indianapolis Colts (7 p.m. ET, NFL Network)

Aug. 26: Oakland Raiders (8 p.m. ET, KTVT)

Aug. 31: at Houston Texans (8 p.m. ET, KTVT)

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