I have heard some whining about the Cowboys' schedule for next season. Let's set the record straight: There is no conspiracy. The schedules are done years in advance. The Cowboys' 2010 schedule was printed in the NFL's 2009 Record and Fact Book.
The Cowboys have the same schedule as the other teams in their division aside from games against the Saints and the Cardinals. All four teams in the division play the four teams in the AFC South and the four teams in the NFC North. Because they won the NFC East, the Cowboys drew the first-place team in the NFC West and the first-place team in the NFC South. That's the Cardinals and the Saints. The Eagles drew the second-place teams in those divisions. The Giants drew the third-place teams in those divisions. The Redskins drew the fourth-place teams in those divisions.
Yes, the Cowboys' schedule looks difficult. They have Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston, Indianapolis and Arizona on the road. But who knows? Will Kurt Warner retire? Will Brett Favre? Things happen. Injuries happen.
They get Chicago, Detroit and Jacksonville at home. Those appear to be three wins you can write down right now. But again, who knows?
-- Charean Williams