Could the Cowboys be headed back to New York for the season opener again?
The NFL usually rewards the Super Bowl champion with the home opener on the first Thursday night of the season. That’s a big prime-time game. It’s going to get lots of viewers. But who better than the Cowboys to drive up the ratings potential even more?
Don’t be surprised. Television loves the Cowboys in prime time, and wouldn’t it make for great television to see the defending Super Bowl champs celebrate in front of one of its biggest rivals?
But still, it’s probably a longshot.
The game is going to get ratings even without the Cowboys. There are other terrific candidates for the Giants to play – the Packers, the Steelers, the Saints, to name three.
Plus, the league surely wouldn’t make the Cowboys open in New York in back-to-back years, would it? And the Cowboys have opened on the road four seasons in a row.
It’s probably a better bet that the Cowboys open 2012 at home. But it is the Cowboys, and it is the NFL. So who knows.
-- Carlos Mendez