Cowboys' 2011 Schedule: 5 National TV Appearances; 10 Wins?

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It's like knowing what you're getting for Christmas. Being able to shake the gift-wrapped present for confirmation. But then having to wait for what feels like forever to actually open it.

It's the NFL schedule, this year the ultimate tease.

With the lockout mired in mediation and the NFL Draft still a week away, the release yesterday of a schedule of games that may or may not be played could just be a tantalizing whiff of football. But for now, it'll do.

Assuming the lockout is settled ...

Your Cowboys open again on NBC's Sunday Night Football on the road. Last year's ugly 13-7 loss to the Redskins set the tone for a horrible season and this year's opener should be tougher -- at the New York Jets on Sept. 11. Yep, it's defensive coordinator Rob Ryan against his brother Rex, and it'll be played on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City.

Including that highlight the Cowboys will make five prime-time TV appearances, open at home Sept. 26 against the Redskins, host the Dolphins on Thanksgiving, the Eagles on Christmas Eve and end the season where it started -- in The Meadowlands Jan. 1, this time against the Giants.

According to 2010 records, it's the first game of the league's 15th most difficult schedule.

Of course attempting to predict December results in April is about as dicey as mapping out exactly what Charlie Sheen will say at his stop in Dallas next week. The lockout? (For now, it's a 16-game schedule and not 18) The draft? Free agency? Trades? Training camp? Injuries?

There are so many variables at this point only a fool would take a stab at forecasting the Cowboys' 2011 fortunes.

Here goes ...

I'll only go this far: The Cowboys will lose at the Jets, Patriots and Giants and at home they'll beat the Lions, Rams and Dolphins. That's 3-3. In the other 10, who knows?


Thurs., Aug. 11 DENVER (KTVT/CBS 11) 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 20 SAN DIEGO (KTVT/CBS 11) 7:00 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 27 @ Minnesota (KTVT/CBS 11) 7:00 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 1 @ Miami (KTVT/CBS 11) 6:30 p.m.



Sun., Sept. 11 @ New York Jets (NBC) 7:20 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 18 @ San Francisco (FOX) 3:05 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 26 WASHINGTON (ESPN) 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 2 DETROIT (FOX) Noon

Sun., Oct. 9 BYE

Sun., Oct. 16 @ New England (FOX) 3:15 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 23 ST. LOUIS (FOX) 3:15 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 30 @ Philadelphia (NBC) 7:20 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 6 SEATTLE (FOX) Noon

Sun., Nov. 13 BUFFALO (CBS) Noon

Sun., Nov. 20 @ Washington (FOX) Noon

Thurs., Nov. 24 MIAMI (CBS) 3:15 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 4 @ Arizona (FOX) 3:15 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 11 NEW YORK GIANTS (NBC) 7:20 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 17 @ Tampa Bay (NFLN) 7:20 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 24 PHILADELPHIA (FOX) 3:15 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 1 @ New York Giants (FOX) Noon

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NFL. meh.

Someone call me when we know there's going to be a season next year...


I see one loss for sure-The Patriots! I say, uuhhhhm 9-7....but since they are not going to play.

ps-why does Greggo keep texting me "420", over and over again.


Richie Whitt's Sportatorium: 3 Posts Per Day (Except Thursday and Fridays): 2 Headlines with Question Marks?

Nice tags. Goods points about Dez, Romo, and Garrett.


is the comments section looking screwy to anyone else?


There are so many variables at this point only a fool would take a stab at forecasting the Cowboys' 2011 fortunes.

Here goes ...

I'll only go this far:

Oct 9 might not be the only bye week.

In the other 15 or 17, I'm gay.

Don't be a stranger.


I say 11-5, with losses on the road twice at NY (Jets and Giants), at New England, Philly and Tampa Bay. The Rams, Lions and Dolphins are also possible landmines.


Ill go with I dont give a eff, but since I took the time to post Ill go with zero wins. Until they settle, predicting a season that may not happen is pointless.


Very douchey of you to say "You've got the Cowboys schedule here first before anyone else in Dallas".You were first because you were lucky enough to be on the air when it came out. I felt a collective eye-roll when that word vomit came out of your mouth.

Another thing, I know we're tag-nazis, but I didn't see Dez, Romo, or Garrett mentioned in the article. Why did you tag them again? I mean come on, let's tag Austin, Witten, and Ware while we're at it. They do more of the heavy lifting then the guys you tag.


First bitc....meh.

How about some Sportatorium Baseball talk?