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2022 Dallas Cowboys Schedule: Full Listing of Dates, Times and TV Info

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVMay 13, 2022

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The Dallas Cowboys will look different in 2022, and arguably not for the better.

The Cowboys made several moves designed to help their cap situation this offseason, highlighted by the trade of Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns and release of La'el Collins. 

While Dallas was able to use some of that money to re-sign Michael Gallup and franchise-tag Dalton Schultz, the offense is shaping up to be a lesser version of what was on the field a year ago.

Gallup is still recovering from an ACL tear, leaving CeeDee Lamb on an island as the top wideout. Dallas did not address the receiver position until Round 3, taking South Alabama's Jalen Tolbert. Schultz is a non-Pro Bowl option at an increasingly loaded position.

The Cowboys were also the last NFL team to sign an external free agent this offseason and only made tertiary moves once they dipped their toe in the water. Names like James Washington and Dante Fowler are unlikely to turn Dallas into a Super Bowl contender.

With that said, the Cowboys were the best team in one of the NFL's weakest divisions last season and appear to be again in 2022. 


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Analysis

If we're judging schedules solely by opponents' 2021 record, the Cowboys have a cakewalk next season. They are tied with the Washington Commanders for the easiest schedule in the NFL. In fact, all four of the league's easiest schedules come from the NFC East.

The division's common games include matchups against the NFC North and AFC South, arguably the two worst divisions in the league. With the NFC East not being far behind, the Cowboys will probably be the favorite in 11 or 12 of those 14 common games.

Things get a little dicier in the non-common games, with the Cowboys taking on three Super Bowl contenders in the Tampa Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals. Dallas hosts Cincinnati and Tampa Bay and travels to Los Angeles, which has a strong contingent of Cowboys fans who may make it close to a 50-50 split against the Super Bowl champs.

All of which is to say: The Cowboys have an incredibly easy schedule.

It would likely take another injury to Dak Prescott for them to miss the playoffs. Even a relative underperformance should have Dallas skating to 10 wins, which should be enough to win a weak NFC East.


Pivotal Matchups

If we work under the assumption that Dallas is a playoff team, the matchups against the Rams and Buccaneers could be huge for seeding.

Tampa is in an equally weak NFC South and will waltz to a division title barring an injury to Tom Brady. The Rams are the Super Bowl champion and a litmus test of where the Cowboys stand among the NFC's best. 

If Dallas is able to defeat both NFC foes, there's a legitimate chance it will wind up with the No. 1 seed in the conference, even while fielding a weaker roster than last season.

Big ups to the scheduling gods. 

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