FRISCO - The Dallas Cowboys training camp schedule will be a busy one.
The Cowboys will try to repeat as NFC East champs - something that simply does not happen in this division. But considering that the division's status means Dallas' slate is the NFL's "easiest'' (based on some strength-of-schedule measurements), 11-6 seems doable.
But before we get there? Dallas is reportedly going to work out in Denver on Aug. 11 alongside the Broncos before those teams play in preseason. And then the Cowboys play host to a pair of summer sessions in Southern California against the Los Angeles Chargers (Aug. 17 and 18 in Costa Mesa) before their exhibition game.
How can it all come together as a winning season after that?
The Toughest Stretch: The schedule-maker wasted little time here. The part of the schedule to survive? Weeks 1 and 2, both at home, both possible losses against the Buccaneers and Bengals, respectively.
The Luckiest Break: Dak Prescott and the Cowboys often spend winter-weather games away from AT&T Stadium inside the NFC East - meaning in chilly conditions in New York, Washington and Philadelphia.
That fate is largely avoided here; starting on Thanksgiving, Dallas finishes with seven games. Four are at home. One is in Jacksonville. Only the finale is a "weather game,'' at Washington.
The Biggest Game: In terms of "must-watch''? The Rams are loaded, they are the defending Super Bowl champions, and "at L.A.'' still means "Cowboys Country around these (and those) parts.
Runner-up? Dallas at Green Bay. Coach Mike McCarthy vs. Aaron Rodgers, plus the tradition of the rivalry, plus the Packers representing a big Dallas stumbling block. Oh, and "Dez Caught It.'' Pretty good runner-up.
The Easiest Game: The Cowboys in Week 14 will play host to the Houston Texans. Houston could end up having the NFL’s worst record. Of course, the Lions and the Jags could be awful, too.
Losing to any of those three would be, yes, awful.
DALLAS COWBOYS 2022 SEASON SCHEDULE
(All Kickoffs Dallas Time)
DATE PRESEASON (TV) KICKOFF
Sat., Aug. 13 at Denver (KTVT/CBS11) 8:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 20 at LA Chargers (KTVT/CBS11) 9:00 p.m.
Aug. 26-28 SEATTLE (KTVT/CBS11) TBD
DATE REGULAR SEASON (TV) KICKOFF
Sun., Sept. 11 TAMPA BAY (NBC) 7:20 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 18 CINCINNATI (CBS) 3:25 p.m.
Cowboys Concern? Eagles Brag: We’re ‘Unstoppable All-Star Team’
The Philadelphia Eagles made some significant and impressive moves this offseason, but was it enough for them to win the East?
Jabril Cox with Micah Parsons: Creating the Next Great Cowboys LB Duo?
The rookie fourth-round pick at linebacker, Jabril Cox, suffered a season-ending torn ACL versus the Minnesota Viking in week eight.
Cowboys Dak Prescott Rank on NFL QB Tier List: Slipping Lower?
NFL experts are on the fence about Prescott after he was unable to lead the Cowboys past the 49ers in the Wild Card Round last season
Mon., Sept. 26 @ N.Y. Giants (ESPN/ABC) 7:15 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 2 WASHINGTON (FOX) Noon
Sun., Oct. 9 @ LA Rams (FOX) 3:25 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 16 @ Philadelphia (NBC)* 7:20 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 23 DETROIT (CBS) Noon
Sun., Oct. 30 CHICAGO (FOX) Noon
Sun., Nov. 6 Bye
Sun., Nov. 13 @ Green Bay (FOX) 3:25 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 20 @ Minnesota (CBS) 3:25 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 24 N.Y. GIANTS (FOX) 3:30 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 4 INDIANAPOLIS (NBC)* 7:20 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 11 HOUSTON (FOX) Noon
Sun., Dec. 18 @ Jacksonville (FOX) Noon
Sat., Dec. 24 PHILADELPHIA (FOX) 3:25 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 29 @ Tennessee (Prime Video) 7:15 p.m.
Sat/Sun. Jan. 7/8 @ Washington (TBD) TBD ...
Can all of that add up to a predicted record of 11-6? That would make Dallas "worse'' than last year ... but likely better than the Eagles and everybody else in the NFC East.
Want the latest in breaking news and insider information on the Dallas Cowboys? Subscribe to the Daily Cowboys SI Newsletter with Mike Fisher now!
Follow FishSports on Twitter
Follow Cowboys / Fish on Facebook