Bill Nichols

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Points of interest in Dallas Cowboys 2011 sked

_ They open by traveling to New York for a nationally televised (NBC) game against the Jets. The game will be played on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 tragedy of 2001. 

_ Dallas' six nationally televised games will be broadcast on four different networks – with five of those being aired in prime time. NBC’s Sunday Night Football will feature Dallas three times in games at the New York Jets (9/11), at Philadelphia (10/30) and against the New York Giants (12/11) at Cowboys Stadium. ESPN’s Monday Night Football will broadcast the regular-season home opener at Cowboys Stadium on September 26. The annual Thanksgiving Day game on CBS will bring Miami to Cowboys Stadium, while the team will close its national television slate with an NFL Network game at Tampa Bay on December 17.

_ They open on the road for the fourth consecutive year, and the seventh time in the past eight seasons. 

_ They open with back-to-back road games for the first time since 1997, the 11th time the team has done so in club history. The opener against the Jets marks just the second time that Dallas has opened a season against an AFC East team.  The 1971 game at Buffalo was the only other season opener against an AFC East team.

_ The Sept. 26 game marks the latest date for a home opener in a 16-game season in club history.

_ The 2011 season marks the fourth consecutive year that the Cowboys’ schedule features six national television games. In the 96 regular-season games that have been scheduled for Dallas since the start of the 2006 season, the Cowboys have been slated for national appearances 36 times, an average of six per season.

_ The schedule includes five games against teams that qualified for the 2010 post season: road games at the Jets, Patriots and Eagles, and home games against Seattle and Philadelphia.

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