Some stats, some history, some predictions, some snark: A quickie look, game-by-game, of the just-released Cowboys 2008 schedule:
Sun., Sept. 7 @ Cleveland (FOX) 3:15 p.m.This marks Dallas’ first trip to Cleveland since the 1991 season opener. But it’ll be just as notable because it will be the We Shoulda Gotten Darren McFadden Bowl.
Mon., Sept. 15 PHILADELPHIA (ESPN) 7:30 p.m. The start of a look-at-us schedule that will eventually feature around six nationally-televised Cowboys games, including three at Texas Stadium. For this game, Herschel Walker, who began his NFL career in Dallas and ended it in Philly, will be asked to fire the starting gun.
Sun., Sept. 21 @ Green Bay (NBC) 7:15 p.m.The Cowboys will play their first regular-season game in Green Bay since 2004, giving an unretired Brett Favre yet another chance to fail against Dallas. Or he stays retired. Either way, watch for the weather to be delightful and watch for Wisconsinite Tony Romo to mark his territory.
Sun., Sept. 28 WASHINGTON (FOX) 3:15 p.m. Still more evidence that Cowboys-Redskins is really only a rivalry if you live in D.C.: The Redskins are 10-26 all-time at Texas Stadium and have won here just twice since 1991.
Sun., Oct. 5 CINCINNATI (CBS) 3:15 p.m. Bengals at Cowboys and I wonder which team Chad Johnson will be playing for by then?
Sun., Oct. 12 @ Arizona (FOX) 3:15 p.m.During the game? The Cardinals remain diamonds surrounded by trash. And after the game? Beer-Bong Bash and Leinart’s place!
Sun., Oct. 19 @ St. Louis (FOX) NoonJerry’s Cowboys tour the Edward Jones Dome just a week after touring Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium – two sample-platters leading to the $20-million-a-year he’s going to get for naming rights for his Jerryassic Park in Arlington.
Sun., Oct. 26 TAMPA BAY (FOX) Noon Tampa Bay is one of four 2007 playoff teams to play at Dallas this season.But there is traditionally not much to fear here: The Buccaneers are 1-9 at Texas Stadium. Gruden will make faces.
Sun., Nov. 2 @ New York Giants (FOX) 3:15 p.m. The Giants are the defending champs, so it’s lost in the dust of their march to the title that the Cowboys swept the Giants in the regular season last year – and that they have won their last two road meetings with the Giants. Of course, there is that. … ahem. … other time they played recently. … This game should be a ratings bonanza for FOX – with NBC to get its payoff later. (see below.)
Sun., Nov. 16 @ Washington (NBC) 7:15 p.m.After New York, the Cowboys get the Nov. 9 weekend off that’s to the bye week. The timing is just right, with this Sunday night game beginning a crunch of three kickoffs in 12 days.
Sun., Nov. 23 SAN FRANCISCO (FOX) Noon This time around, Terrell Owens has our full permission to celebrate on the Texas Stadium midfield star.
Thurs., Nov. 27 SEATTLE (FOX) 3:15 p.m. Squeeze that ball, Tony! A sad year for Seattle fans. No more Sonics. Maybe no more Shaun Alexander. And “Frasier’’ reruns don’t hold up very well.
Sun., Dec. 7 @ Pittsburgh (FOX) 3:15 p.m. Weird note: the Cowboys have played at Pittsburgh just three times since 1979. This’ll be the fourth – and the only one of the four that’s not a season-opener. Steelers fans travel VERY well when their team plays at Texas Stadium; will there be any silver-and-blue noise at Heinz Field?
Sun., Dec. 14 NEW YORK GIANTS (NBC) 7:15 p.m. The third time this season the Cowboys will play on NBC's Sunday Night Football (along with roadies at Green Bay and Washington). And NBC gets to say it, too, has a marquee Cowboys-Giants game. All you whining network ninnies happy now?
Sat., Dec. 20 BALTIMORE (NFLN) 7:15 p.m. It’s Howdy’s & Goodbye’s Night in Irving. The Hello? The Ravens are the only team in the NFL to have never played at Texas Stadium. (Baltimore is 2-0 overall vs. Dallas, making the Ravens the only NFL team the Cowboys have never beaten.) The Goodbye? It’s the regular-season swan song for the ol’ gal, as Texas Stadium is destined from this point on to house tractor pulls and whatnot. Anything else to celebrate on this night? Yeah, it’ll be televised on NFL Network but the dismissed Bryant Gumbel won’t be around to screw it up.
Sun., Dec. 28 @ Philadelphia (FOX) Noon Legendarily, Eagles fans booed Santa Claus. By Dec. 28, Santa will have long ago put Philly in its rear-view mirror, leaving the locals – the fans and their team -- without hope for another 361 days. From the Dallas perspective? Steelers, Giants, Ravens and Eagles represents an obstacle – and an opportunity – to cut it out already with the annual December Dropoff.