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Dallas Cowboys 2015 Schedule Analysis

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Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 13 vs NY Giants, 7:30.
Ever since their championship season in 2011, the Giants have been in freefall. They went 9-7 in 2012, 7-9 in 2013 and 6-10 in 2014. The Cowboys have a four-game winning streak vs the Giants and have won five of the last six, with the one loss being the "Dez finger-tip" game in 2012.

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 20 at Philly, 3:25.
The Eagles finished out last season going 1-3, missing the playoffs and ending up with a 10-6 record. The Cowboys have a three-game winning streak in Philadelphia and have won four of the last five there

Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 27, home Atlanta, noon.
The Falcons are coming off a 6-10 season in 2014 and a 4-12 season in 2014. The fact that they only won six games in the worst division in football shows how bad this team's really been.

Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 4. At New Orleans, 7:30.
Last year, the Saints missed the playoffs for just the second time in the last six seasons.The Cowboys dominated the Saints in Week 4 of the 2014 season, but it was the other way around over the last few years. The Cowboys lead the all-time series, 16-11.

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 11. Home New England, 3:25.
The Patriots are coming off their fourth championship with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in charge. They've won six straight division championships and have won their division in 12 of the last 14 seasons. Tony Romo is 0-2 against them.

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 18. Bye.

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 25. At Giants, 3:25.
As much success as the Giants have had when visiting the Cowboys, the Cowboys had just as much success when playing in front of the Giants home crowd, boasting a 4-1 record in MetLife Stadium. The Cowboys have won their last three games in New York.

Week 8: Sunday, Nov. 1. Seattle at Dallas, 3:25.
The Seahawks were a bad goalline decision away from winning their second consecutive Super Bowl. Last year's matchup between the Cowboys and Seahawks was a classic, the Cowboys shocking the world by beating the Seahawks on their turf. This will be Seattle's Revenge Week.

Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 8. Philly at Dallas, 7:30.
The return of DeMarco Murray to AT&T Stadium. That might help Philly, and the Cowboys do have a two-game losing streak when playing them at AT&T Stadium.

Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 15. At Tampa, noon.
The Buccaneers haven't made the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons, and they've only experienced a winning season once in that span. But, the Buccaneers signed Bruce Carter, Henry Melton, Sterling Moore, Mike Jenkins and Orie Lemon - all former Cowboys. This will be Lovie vs. Marinelli, two best pals. … a sidebar you'll get sick of that week.

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 22. At Miami, noon.
The Dolphins haven't had a winning season since 2008, and have been 7-9 or worse in seven of the last 11 seasons. They should be better in 2015 after landing arguably the biggest FA of the season, DT Ndamukong Suh, who gave the Cowboys o-line trouble in the Cowboys vs Lions Wild-Card playoff game.

Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 26 vs Carolina 3:30
The Panthers won their second straight division title last season, despite winning just seven games - one of the benefits of playing in the worst division in the NFL. This will be Greg Hardy facing his old team … and Tony Romo trying to move to 5-0 against the Panthers.

Week 13: Monday, Dec. 7. At Washington, 7:30.
The Redskins have won six games or fewer in five of the last six seasons. Additionally, the Cowboys have won three of the last four games in Washington, including a 44-17 game in Week 17 last year.

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 13. At Green Bay, 3:25.
Ah, the re-match with the Packers at Lambeau Field, where the Cowboys season came to a heartbreaking end in 2014. The Packers have made the playoffs in six consecutive years and have won 10-plus games in all but one of those seasons.
Dez Bryant will be looking to catch it … again.

Week 15: Saturday, Dec. 19 home Jets, 7:25.
The Cowboys will host the Jets for the first time since 2007, when the Cowboys beat them 34-3 on Thanksgiving. They haven't had a winning season in the last four years and won just four games in 2014.

Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 27 at Buffalo, noon.
The Bills are coming off their first winning season since 2004, after going 9-7 in 2014. They traded for LeSean McCoy and signed Percy Harvin to get their offense some more speedy weapons. They also led the NFL in sacks last season and had the 2nd most in 2013.

Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 3 home Washington, noon.
The last time the Redskins came to Arlington, they won 20-17 in overtime with Colt McCoy as their starting QB and Romo broke his back (again). That was arguably the most disappointing game of the regular season for the Cowboys.

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