The Dallas Cowboys are currently on their “summer break”. During this time, we’re all hoping that players will stay out of trouble and continue to practice on their own because this upcoming season will be a doozy. Below are my predictions of the three games that will help to shape the upcoming Dallas Cowboys 2018 season.
Week 1: Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers – Sun, Sep 9
This should be a given. I feel like the home opener can set the tone for the rest of the season. The Cowboys will have to travel to Charlotte to face the Panthers this first game. Last season, the Panthers were ranked seventh in defense and third in run defense. This game will be a test for running back Ezekiel Elliott, not just football-wise, but we’ll also get to see a glimpse of how he’s coming into his own as one of the leaders of the team. Let’s also not forget the not-so-unknown quarterback Cam Newton. Fans will get to see just how good Kris Richard‘s passing defense is and if Dallas will indeed develop their own Legion of Boom. If we can come out on top and win this game, I feel like we’ll start the season off with some momentum.
Week 6: Jacksonville Jaguars at Dallas Cowboys – Sun, Oct 14
The Cowboys will come back home after playing in Houston the previous week and host the defending AFC Champions Jacksonville Jaguars. Ex-Cowboy, Barry Church plays an integral part on their defensive secondary, not to mention Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Buoye who are undoubtedly some of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. And if Prescott think he can just throw it short, he’ll have to contend with Calais Campbell, who matched Demarcus Lawrence’s 14.5 sacks last season. The Cowboys will most likely have to rely on Ezekiel Elliot and the running game.
Week 9: Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans – Mon, Nov 5
Aside from the obvious intrigue of Jason Witten covering his team for the first time, this game is the first of three tough games after returning from a bye week. The Cowboys will host the Titans for Monday night football on November 5th. With the Super Bowl champions and NFC rival Philadelphia Eagles staring them in the face the following week, and the always challenging Atlanta Falcons the week after, getting a win against the Titans will be crucial and absolutely will have an impact on their standings in the playoff hunt.
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