The 2023 NFL season stands as a testament to the Dallas Cowboys’ resilience and determination. As a team with a proud history and a steadfast fanbase, the Cowboys head into the new season following two consecutive 12-win seasons. However, the 2023 schedule poses several challenges that they must overcome. The upcoming games pit them against top-tier teams from the previous season and a familiar face in their division—the Philadelphia Eagles.
Cowboys’ 2023-2024 schedule
|1||Aug. 12||Jacksonville Jaguars (Preseason)||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||5:00pm ET||Local|
|2||Aug. 19||at Seattle Seahawks (Preseason)||Lumen Field, Seattle, WA||Time TBA ET|
|3||Aug. 26||Las Vegas Raiders (Preseason)||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||Time TBA ET|
|1||Sep. 10||at New York Giants||MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ||8:20pm ET||NBC|
|2||Sep. 17||NY Jets||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||4:25pm ET||CBS|
|3||Sep. 24||at Arizona Cardinals||State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ||4:25pm ET||FOX|
|4||Oct. 1||New England Patriots||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||4:25pm ET||FOX|
|5||Oct. 8||at San Francisco 49ers||Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA||8:20pm ET||NBC|
|6||Oct. 16||Los Angeles Chargers||SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA||8:15pm ET||ESPN|
|8||Oct. 29||Los Angeles Rams||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||1:00pm ET||FOX|
|9||Nov. 5||at Philadelphia Eagles||Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA||4:25pm ET||FOX|
|10||Nov. 12||New York Giants||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||4:25pm ET||FOX|
|11||Nov. 19||at Carolina Panthers||Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC||1:00pm ET||FOX|
|12||Nov. 23||Washington Commanders||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||4:30pm ET||CBS|
|13||Nov. 30||Seattle Seahawks||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||8:15pm ET||Prime Video|
|14||Dec. 10||Philadelphia Eagles||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||8:20pm ET||NBC|
|15||Dec. 17||Buffalo Bills||Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, NY||4:25pm ET||FOX|
|16||Dec. 24||Miami Dolphins||Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL||4:25pm ET||FOX|
|17||Dec. 30||Detroit Lions||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||8:15pm ET||ESPN/ABC|
|18||Jan. 7||Washington Commanders (Playoffs)||FedExField, Landover, MD|
Home Games: Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Detroit Lions, and LA Rams.
Road Games: Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, and LA Chargers.
Over the offseason, the Cowboys made some significant moves that will likely have an impact on their 2023 season. One notable shift is coach Mike McCarthy assuming the role of the offensive play-caller. This new direction could influence the Cowboys’ offensive strategy, potentially creating more opportunities for success.
Other crucial developments include their defense’s strategic additions under defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. The Cowboys have re-signed S Donovan Wilson and LB Leighton Vander Esch, traded for CB Stephon Gilmore, and drafted DT Mazi Smith. These changes could see the Cowboys rise to have one of the best defenses in the NFL in 2023.
Analysis of the Season
The 2023 Dallas Cowboys’ season is set to be both challenging and exciting. Their schedule includes games against strong teams like the San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and Los Angeles Chargers—all of which made the playoffs last season. In addition, they’ll face their divisional rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, twice in the season.
Furthermore, the season’s first week kicks off with a game against the New York Giants, a team against which they’ve had a mixed record. Despite a few early losses, the Cowboys have shown resilience and have made it to the playoffs after initial setbacks. The team will be hoping to carry forward this never-give-up spirit into the new season.
Strength of Schedule
In terms of Strength of Schedule (SoS), the Cowboys face a difficult journey in 2023. The list of teams they are slated to play includes four from last season’s playoffs. Additionally, they will have to take on division rivals Philadelphia Eagles twice. Despite this challenging lineup, the Cowboys have a history of bouncing back from early season losses and making successful playoff runs.
There are several key matchups in the 2023 season for the Cowboys:
Cowboys vs. Giants
This classic NFC East rivalry will kick off the Cowboys’ 2023 season. The Cowboys have maintained a certain level of dominance over the Giants in recent years, with the team from Texas taking victories in their last six meetings. However, the Giants can’t be underestimated, particularly given their notable improvements in the offseason, particularly their revamped defense. This opening game is set to be a tough but promising start for the Cowboys’ season.
Cowboys vs. Jets
In Week 2, the Cowboys are slated to go up against the New York Jets, who have made significant strides in their team composition. The Jets’ most notable addition has been Aaron Rodgers, the NFL MVP winner. Facing Rodgers will be a stern test for the Cowboys defense. The dynamic between the Cowboys’ aggressive defense and the Jets’ fortified offense is sure to make for an engaging spectacle. This could easily turn out to be one of the highlight games of the season.
Cowboys vs. 49ers
The Week 5 clash against the 49ers could be one of the most significant games of the season for the Cowboys. The two teams have a storied playoff history, with the 49ers having had the upper hand recently. The game will be an acid test for the Cowboys’ revamped roster and their ability to match up against the best in the NFC. Given the 49ers’ balanced offense and aggressive defense, the Cowboys will need to be at their best to secure a victory.
Cowboys vs. Chargers
In Week 6, the Cowboys will face the Los Angeles Chargers. Both the Cowboys and the Chargers boast dynamic offenses, spearheaded by Dak Prescott and Justin Herbert, respectively. Herbert, who has emerged as one of the most promising quarterbacks in the league, will test the mettle of the Cowboys’ secondary. On the other hand, the Chargers’ defensive unit will have a tough task containing the Cowboys’ multifaceted attack. Expect this game to be a potential shootout with lots of scoring.
Cowboys vs. Eagles
The Cowboys’ Week 9 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles is an essential game in their pursuit of the NFC East title. These divisional rivals often have close, hard-fought games. The Eagles have a potent offense, bolstered by an improving Jalen Hurts and a promising receiving corps. The Cowboys defense, with their addition of Stephon Gilmore, will need to shut them down effectively. Conversely, the Cowboys’ offense will face a robust Eagles defense, making this game a classic NFC East showdown. This is one of the most important games of the season in terms of playoff positioning and divisional pride.
Predicted Season Outcome
While the defense of the Cowboys has the potential to excel, the offense raises several questions: Who will play at left guard? How will they replace Ezekiel Elliott? Will Mike McCarthy’s play-calling affect production positively? The challenges of a difficult schedule and the lack of a kicker in the special teams unit are additional concerns.
Despite these hurdles, the Cowboys are predicted to be among the stronger teams in the NFC, potentially winning 10 games and reaching the playoffs as a wild card. They are predicted to finish second in the NFC East, following the Eagles. However, with the level of talent in their roster and their track record of resilience, it wouldn’t be surprising if they surpassed expectations.
The 2023 Dallas Cowboys season promises to be a thrilling and challenging journey. With an array of strong opponents and a series of tough matchups, the Cowboys will need to bring their A-game to each encounter. The team’s resilience and their key offseason developments make them a force to be reckoned with. Regardless of the final outcome, this season is set to be an exciting chapter in the Cowboys’ ongoing legacy.
2022 Dallas Cowboys Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Place (Stadium + City)||Time||Score|
|Sep. 11||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||8:20pm ET||L 19-3|
|Sep. 18||Cincinnati Bengals||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||4:25pm ET||W 20-17|
|Sep. 26||at New York Giants||MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ||8:15pm ET||W 23-16|
|Oct. 2||Washington Commanders||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||1:00pm ET||W 25-10|
|Oct. 9||at Los Angeles Rams||SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA||4:25pm ET||W 22-10|
|Oct. 16||at Philadelphia Eagles||Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA||8:20pm ET||L 26-17|
|Oct. 23||Detroit Lions||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||1:00pm ET||W 24-6|
|Oct. 30||Chicago Bears||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||1:00pm ET||W 49-29|
|Nov. 13||at Green Bay Packers||Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI||4:25pm ET||L 31-28(OT)|
|Nov. 20||at Minnesota Vikings||U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN||4:25pm ET||W 40-3|
|Nov. 24||New York Giants||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||4:30pm ET||W 28-20|
|Dec. 4||Indianapolis Colts||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||8:20pm ET||W 54-19|
|Dec. 11||Houston Texans||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||1:00pm ET||W 27-23|
|Dec. 18||at Jacksonville Jaguars||TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL||1:00pm ET||L 40-34(OT)|
|Dec. 24||Philadelphia Eagles||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX||4:25pm ET||W 40-34|
|Dec. 29||at Tennessee Titans||Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN||8:15pm ET||W 27-13|
|Jan. 8||at Washington Commanders||FedExField, Landover, MD||4:25pm ET||L 26-6|
|Jan. 16||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL||8:15pm ET||W 31-14|
|Jan. 22||at San Francisco 49ers||Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA||6:30pm ET||L 19-12|
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