The NFL released the complete schedules for all teams this week, including your Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys lead all NFL teams with 6 nationally televised games. It seems network heads are going more for reputation than results, kind of like NBC airing 15 seasons of ER instead of taking a chance on a promising new pilot. Of course, with the debacle of last year’s preseason darling Cleveland Browns playing on TV a mind numbing 4 times last season, maybe getting back to basics is a good thing. If reality TV has taught us anything, it’s that people love to watch a good train wreck, and even if the Cowboys don’t win they are usually a good story.
That being said, the league has set the Cowboys up for the worst case scenario possible. It is highly probable the Cowboys could enter December leading a tight division race. Then comes the biggest challenge of the season; a string of 3 out of 4 road games against the Giants, Chargers, Saints, and Redskins. If the team collapses yet again in December, they will play Philadelphia in the final game of the season, with a possible playoff trip on the line. Anyone else getting déjà vu?
If this happens, Coach Wade will certainly be fired. But how will the already fragile team psyche be able to recover? GM Jerry would have three choices: blow the whole thing up, accept never making the playoffs again with this core group, or bring in Dr. Phil.
You saw what happened in Boston and continues to grow in Chicago. The last thing the Cowboys need is a Curse of December.