The Cowboys won't have back-to-back road games this year as they open at home against the New York Giants. It will be the first time the Cowboys have opened at home since 2007 when they beat the Giants 45-35. Dallas, though, has never beaten the Giants in Arlington.
In the past 11 seasons, the Cowboys opened the season at home only twice.
The Cowboys had opened the past two seasons with back-to-back road games. They went 1-1 to start the 2011 season, losing at the Jets and beating the 49ers in overtime. They went 1-1 to start last season, too, beating the Giants at MetLife before losing at Seattle.
Dallas also will close at home against the Eagles on Dec. 29. They had closed the past three seasons with road games at division rivals, beating the Eagles in a meaningless game in 2010 before losses to the Giants in New York in 2011 and to the Redskins in Washington in 2012. The past two seasons were win-or-go-home games.
The Cowboys have only four night games. In addition to the Giants' game, they host Washington on Oct. 13. They have road night games at New Orleans on Nov. 10 and at Chicago on Dec. 9. The Bears' game is their only Monday night game and pits Cowboys defensive line coach against the Bears, where Rod Marinelli had been the defensive coordinator.
The Saints game will feature former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who was hired by Sean Payton in New Orleans after Dallas fired Ryan.
The Cowboys' Thanksgiving opponent will be the Raiders and not the Broncos as many had anticipated.
The Cowboys' opponents were a combined 121-134-1 last season. They have five games against 2012 playoff teams -- the Packers, Broncos, Vikings and the Redskins twice -- but only the game at FedEx Field against the Redskins is on the road.
Date REGULAR SEASON (TV) KICKOFF
Sun., Sept. 8 N.Y. Giants (NBC) 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 15 @ Kansas City (FOX) Noon
Sun., Sept. 22 ST. LOUIS (FOX) Noon
Sun., Sept. 29 @ San Diego (FOX) 3:25 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 6 DENVER (CBS) 3:25 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 13 WASHINGTON (NBC) 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 20 @ Philadelphia (FOX) Noon
Sun., Oct. 27 @ Detroit (FOX) Noon
Sun., Nov. 3 MINNESOTA (FOX) Noon
Sun., Nov. 10 @ New Orleans (NBC) 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 17 BYE
Sun., Nov. 24 @ N.Y. Giants (FOX) 3:25 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 28 OAKLAND (CBS) 3:30 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 9 @ Chicago (ESPN) 7:40 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 15 GREEN BAY (FOX) 3:25 p.m.*
Sun., Dec. 22 @ Washington (FOX) Noon*
Sun., Dec. 29 PHILADELPHIA (FOX) Noon*
Home Games in BOLD
* Game times and television broadcasts are subject to change
-- Charean Williams