The 2022 Dallas Cowboys schedule is set following the NFL Draft. Dallas has a much more difficult schedule compared to last season, playing against both Superbowl teams. The Dallas Cowboys schedule also features conference games against the NFC North and the AFC South teams. The Cowboys will have their work cut out for them, especially early in the season, if they wish to win the NFC East again.
Most Difficult Games of the 2022 Dallas Cowboys Schedule
Week 5: Dallas Cowboys @ Los Angeles Rams
Dallas travels to play the Los Angeles Rams in week 5, taking on the Superbowl-Defending Los Angeles Rams. The Rams retained most of their players and look to show off their high-octane offense and defense against Dallas.
The Cowboys have had a rough off-season losing multiple players in free agency. This game will be a statement game early on in the season between NFC contenders. If Dallas wants to compete for a Superbowl during Dak Prescott’s tenure, they will have to compete and win against the NFL elite. This is an important measuring stick for both Dallas and the defending champions.
Week 2: Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Cowboys will face the Superbowl runner-up Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals played the underdog all the way to the Superbowl and were in a position to win the game. Dallas will have a difficult time covering all the Bengals playmakers including Tee Higgins, Jamar Chase, and Joe Mixon. Joe Burrow looks to maintain his elite-level play from the end of last season. If Dallas wants to be competitive they will have to pressure the quarterback and shut down this elite group of skill players.
This is yet another early-season test for the Cowboys. This will be emotional for Dallas considering La’el Collins left Dallas in free agency to join the Bengals. The Cowboys defenders will be extra motivated to get to the quarterback and would love to go through Collins in the process.
La'el Collins is headed to the Cincinnati Bengals. pic.twitter.com/xddirYvikN
— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) March 20, 2022
Week 1: Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dallas will have a chance at revenge from last year’s opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prescott led a masterful drive downfield to take the lead, only to leave too much time on the clock for Brady and the Buccaneers. Cowboys fans will remember Brady leading a game-winning drive with less than 1:30 left.
This game will be emotional for Dallas as many pointed out the potential pass interference call. It appeared the referees missed a crucial call just before the Buccaneers converted on a field goal attempt to win the game as time expired. Chris Godwin appears to push off against his defender, securing a chip-shot to win the game. Tampa Bay has been an instant contender since signing Tom Brady. With the once-retired quarterback returning for another season, Dallas will have their hands full with Tampa Bay if they want to exact revenge and take a game from their NFC South rival.
Week 10: Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay Packers
In week 10 Dallas visits the Green Bay Packers. The Packers had the Cowboys number in recent seasons, including the playoffs in 2016 during Prescott’s rookie season. Aaron Rodgers has won back-to-back NFL MVP awards and will have to play better this year. The Packers are relying heavily on Rodgers after the departure of Davante Adams and Marquez Valdez-Scantling.
Dallas will have to prepare defensively for this NFC rivalry matchup near to the halfway point of the season. The Packers will be looking to build momentum down the stretch, as will the Cowboys. Both teams could use this potential win as a springboard launching them into the playoffs.
Week 13: Dallas Cowboys vs. Indianapolis Colts
The Cowboys host the Indianapolis Colts in week 13. The new-look Colts will bring extra firepower to town with newly acquired Matt Ryan. Michael Pittman Jr. is primed for a breakout season, which should make for a great matchup between Pittman Jr. and Trevon Diggs.
The passing attack is the least of the Cowboys worries as Jonathon Taylor and the punishing rush attack are coming to Big D. The struggling defensive line will have their hands full to prevent getting pushed around while Micah Parsons will have his eyes on Taylor most of the matchup.
Week 6 & 16: Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
.@Eagles 2022 signings:
WR A.J. Brown: 4-years, $100M
Edge Haason Reddick: 3-years, $45M
CB James Bradberry: 1-year, $10M
LB Kyzir White: 1-year, $5M
Zach Pascal: 1-year, $1.5M
DT Jordan Davis
C Cam Jurgens
LB Nakobe Dean
All aged 28 and under. pic.twitter.com/wvDpNqkaf6
— NFL (@NFL) May 18, 2022
Dallas visits the Philadelphia Eagles in week 6. The first part of the schedule is much more difficult than the rest of the season. Philadelphia is a much-improved team after a great draft and series of off-season acquisitions. Both Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean have the potential to be impact players immediately and the trade for A.J. Brown immediately improves their passing attack. Jalen Hurts is likely to have a breakout season acquiring Brown and becoming more familiar with DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert. In Week 16 Dallas will host the Philadelphia Eagles. This will be another tough matchup late in the year that could have serious playoff implications.
Week 17: Dallas Cowboys vs. Tennessee Titans
Last on this list is the Tennessee Titans in week 17. Dallas will host the Titans and Derrick Henry in a smash-mouth style football game. Henry is a bruising back who gets stronger with each carry as he approaches the fourth quarter. Ryan Tannehill has a lot to prove as the Titans have presumably drafted his replacement in Malik Willis. The Titans are not as daunting as last season with the departure of A.J. Brown to the Eagles, but will still pose a formidable foe regardless.
The first part of the Dallas Cowboys season is by far more difficult than the second half. Dallas has both Superbowl representatives, Tampa Bay, and the new-look Eagles with A.J. Brown all in the first six games. It is important for the Cowboys to start off strong as the NFC East has new faces and will be much more competitive this coming season.