Dallas Cowboys Open 2013 Regular Season at Home, But Will It Matter?
So Dallas opens up at home finally! Great news, right?
Well, hang on a minute.
The last time the Cowboys opened an NFL regular season at home, the United States had a president that used the term ''folks'' too much and late Apple CEO Steve Jobs had recently unveiled the iPhone. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was busted for cheating during his season-opening ''win'' and the third ''Bourne'' film with Matt Damon was new.
Think about that.
The 45-35 victory for Dallas over the eventual world champion New York Giants on Sunday Night Football seems like ages ago, especially when you consider that the game took place with basically two full seasons still remaining for Texas Stadium in Irving.
It was 2007!
Prior to that, it had been another four seasons since Dallas had last opened at home in 2003 against against the Atlanta Falcons in the first regular season contest for former head coach Bill Parcells.
So, until Thursday night's release of the 2013 NFL regular-season schedule, we could say that since 2002, a span of 11 seasons, America's Team had seen plenty of America in having opened at home only twice—twice!
But wait! There's more good news!
Dallas' opponent on September 8: New York Giants.
Yes, opening against an NFC East rival is no surprise, even if the location might be. But do you realize that the Giants are a sparkling 4-0 in football games played in Arlington?
There had to be a catch, right?
Will Dallas open the season with a victory over the New York Giants?
It's true that the Cowboys scored a most unlikely victory against the defending Super Bowl champion Giants last year in New york to open the 2012 regular season. But, of course, they followed that big win with an even bigger loss against the Seahawks in Seattle the following week in immediately setting that .500 tone that head coach Jason Garrett is turning into a specialty.
Predicting outcomes of games that are more than a half a year away is silly and also a waste of time. The draft hasn't even happened yet and there will still be more player movement throughout the summer.
It's kind of like having your fantasy football draft on the weekend that preseason games begin. In my leagues we always wait until the final exhibition contest is through because the veterans will actually play a little—and injuries happen as well.
In other words, we'll have a better idea about how Dallas stacks up with the Giants much further down the road, so no prediction here.
But history is etched in stone, and we already know that America's Team will be in the spotlight once again to kick off the season. It'll be another pressure-cooker under the lights that they don't respond to very well.
Dallas has lost nine of its last 10 games on Sunday Night Football.
And, frankly, playing at home is really no big deal no matter who the Cowboys play. This team has gone 16-16 over the last two seasons. Their all-time winning percentage at the new place is just above .500 at 17-15.
Breaking such a long stretch of irrelevance is never going to be easy. But you have to start somewhere and sometimes the best place to start is in the very situation that has given you the most trouble.
Presently holding the best winning percentage at Cowboys Stadium, the Giants have certainly done exactly that.
But I'll leave you with this number: .688
That's Dallas' winning percentage in opening day games, all-time—and it's the best in the NFL.
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