Dallas Cowboys 2018 Schedule Is Tougher Than It Looks
Despite five NFL schedules leaked hours early, the league officially released their 2018 schedule at 6 p.m. last night. Although the Dallas Cowboys are tied for the 15th toughest schedule in the league, I see a 10-win season which would put them as a possible Wild Card team.
Four of Dallas' first seven games are on the road, including the Carolina Panthers to open the season, Seattle in week three, and the Houston Texans in week five. Even if Dallas splits their first four road games, they will have some tough home battles including the Giants in week two and Jacksonville in week six. I see the Cowboys with a 4-3 record heading into their bye week.
Things get tough for America's Team when they return in week nine. They host Tennessee and then travel to Philadelphia and Atlanta. The good news is that Dallas gets to host Washington (Thanksgiving), New Orleans, and Philly over the next three weeks. If they take care of business at home, they can end the season on a high note since they play Indianapolis and Tampa Bay before finishing 2018 at Met Life Stadium against the Giants.
The Cowboys released Dez Bryant last week and they need to address their wide receiver needs as well as defensive holes in next week's NFL Draft. The team also needs to find themselves a replacement for future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten. Even if they can luck into a top playmakers like Alabama's Calvin Ridley (WR) or Rashaan Evens (LB), Dallas needs a big third season from quarterback Dak Prescott and consistent play from their franchise running back Ezekiel Elliott. I can still see a 10-6 season getting the Cowboys into the Wild Card round of the playoffs. If Dez signs with the Giants, it would make for a fascinating week 17 game that could ultimately determine if Dallas will be postseason bound.