IRVING, Texas (AP) - When the Dallas Cowboys play their final
regular-season game at Texas Stadium, the opponent won't be a
longtime division rival.
Instead, it'll be the only team that's never played under the
hole in the roof: the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens' visit on Saturday, Dec. 20th, was among the most
noteworthy nuggets gleaned from the team's schedule.
Something else to remember about the Ravens: They are the only
team the Cowboys haven't beaten. Baltimore won meetings in 2000 and
The foes and sites of the schedule released today had been known
since last season ended.
Other items of interest on the schedule:
- Tony Romo heads home to Wisconsin for his first game at
Lambeau Field the night of Sunday, Sept. 21, but the buzz won't be
the same without Brett Favre playing for Green Bay.
- The Cowboys open at Cleveland on Sept. 7, marking their first
visit there since the 1991 opener. Their home opener comes Monday,
Sept. 15, against Philadelphia.
- The regular-season finale will be on the road Dec. 28 against
- Dallas' last four road games might all be quite frigid: At New
York on Nov. 2, at Washington on Nov. 16, then at Pittsburgh on
Dec. 7 and the finale at Philadelphia.
- The Nov. 2 game against the Giants is the first time the
Cowboys will see the Super Bowl champions since losing to them in
the playoffs. New York visits Texas Stadium for a night game on
Sunday, Dec. 14.
- Julius Jones will be back with his new team, Seattle, for the
Thanksgiving afternoon game.
- The networks already have grabbed six games for national
exposure: three by NBC for its Sunday night slot, the Thanksgiving
game on Fox, the Monday night home opener on ESPN and the Saturday
night finale on NFL Network.
- The bye is Nov. 9, after the ninth game.
- The biggest quirk: The Cowboys will have one home game over
six weekends in October and November, then will have two in five
days. They're at Arizona (Oct. 12) and St. Louis (Oct. 19), home
against Tampa Bay (Oct. 26), then back on the road against the
Giants. After the bye, Dallas goes to Washington. The stretch ends
at home against San Francisco (Nov. 23) and Seattle (Nov. 27).
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