Aug 072012
 

 

Know what I hate? Preseason predictions. I hate it when some radio or TV personality takes an NFL team's upcoming schedule and goes week by week, predicting wins and losses.

One reason I hate it is because of how much the face of the NFL changes from year to year. This free agency era is a free-for-all where last year's champ is this year's chump and vice versa. The strength of schedule thing is too hard to figure out before the season begins. About four weeks in, you start to get a clue about who is for real and who isn't. But not before the first whistle of the first regular season game. No way.

So, what am I going to do about it?

Easy. I am going to give you my prediction for the upcoming season. If you can't beat the pundits, join them…and beat them at their own game.

At first blush, the Cowboys' 2012 schedule looks brutal. It is hard to find a patsy anywhere on it. The only week they are guaranteed not to lose is week 5—their bye week.

Nevertheless, I have my helmet on and am prepared to lay my record as a prognosticator on the line…

 

Week 01

@ New York Giants

Wed, 09/05 at 7:30 PM CDT

Away:

MetLife Stadium

   

The Giants beat the Cowboys at the end of last season, catapulting themselves into the postseason and paving the way for the Cowboys to spend another postseason relaxing and catching up on their honey-do's. For the second time in four years, the Giants posted a pedestrian regular season record and then rode an incredible postseason wave to the Lombardi trophy. But that was then…

Prediction: Romo out-duels Eli Manning in a 27-21 Cowboys' victory.

Cowboys record: 1-0

Week 02

@ Seattle Seahawks

Sun, 09/16 at 3:05 PM CDT

Away:

CenturyLink Field

I do not believe in Pete Carroll. I believe he can win big at the college level as long as someone (not him, obviously) is cheating and helping him accumulate superior talent. At the NFL level, the talent pool is too evenly spread. Besides, who is going to be the Seahawks' QB again?

Prediction: Cowboys overcome CenturyLink Field's 12th man and escape with 17-13 victory.

   

Cowboys record: 2-0.

Week 03

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sun, 09/23 at 12:00 PM CDT

Home:

Cowboys Stadium

The Bucs will be the third best team in their division this year, behind the Saints and Falcons. They will also be the second best team on the field against the Cowboys.

Prediction: Cowboys, 28-10

Cowboys record: 3-0   

Week 04

Chicago Bears

Mon, 10/01 at 7:30 PM CDT

Home:

Cowboys Stadium

Intriguing matchup between Jay Cutler and Tony Romo, two supremely talented QBs that have yet to come up big at the right moment, and have each made bonehead decisions at critical times. But this is early regular season, not  the postseason. This will be a shootout in the heart of Texas.

Prediction: Cowboys win, 35-31

Cowboys record: 4-0

Week 05

Bye

Week 06

@ Baltimore Ravens

Sun, 10/14 at 12:00 PM CDT

Away:

M&T Bank Stadium

The Ravens feature a ravenous D, a capable QB and a stud running back. They will also deal the Cowboys their first loss, despite the Boys coming off a much-needed respite.

Ravens win 27-10.

Cowboys record: 4-1

Week 07

@ Carolina Panthers

Sun, 10/21 at 12:00 PM CDT

Away:

Bank of America Stadium

Cam Newton will make his presence felt by land and by air.

Panthers win, 31-21

Cowboys record: 4-2

Week 08

New York Giants

Sun, 10/28 at 3:25 PM CDT

Home:

Cowboys Stadium

After the week one loss and the slow start out of the gate, the Giants are smarting. Eli owes the Cowboys one and Cowboys Stadium, where he is undefeated, feels like home.

Giants spank Cowboys, 34-17

Cowboys record: 4-3

Week 09

@ Atlanta Falcons

Sun, 11/04 at 7:20 PM CST

Away:

Georgia Dome

The Falcons are good, a contender in their division. But this is November and Romo owns November.

Cowboys wake up from Giants' hangover and the good Romo quiets critics for a few hours in a convincing 27-7 win.

Cowboys record: 5-3

Week 10

@ Philadelphia Eagles

Sun, 11/11 at 3:25 PM CST

Away:

Lincoln Financial Field

With the death of Garrett Reid, son of Andy Reid, one of the NFC's best and most revered coaches, the Eagles will be playing inspired football in 2012, especially against their rivals. They get the Cowboys at home.

Eagles win in an ugly slugfest, 13-10.

Cowboys record: 5-4

Week 11

Cleveland Browns

Sun, 11/18 at 12:00 PM CST

Home:

Cowboys Stadium

The Browns represent, on paper, the weakest opponent of the year. That on-paper thing is overrated and the Cowboys will struggle to put the Browns away.

Cowboys survive, 14-10.

Cowboys record: 6-4

Week 12

Washington Redskins

Thu, 11/22 at 3:15 PM CST

Home:

Cowboys Stadium

RGIII us the real deal. He is also a rookie and this is Cowboys' country.

Cowboys win behind Romo (this is still November), 33-21.

Cowboys record: 7-4

Week 13

Philadelphia Eagles

Sun, 12/02 at 7:20 PM CST

Home:

Cowboys Stadium

Uh-oh. Calendar turns over. December now. Time for team swoon. Nah…

Cowboys even season series with Eagles and win, 27-24.

Cowboys record: 8-4

Week 14

@ Cincinnati Bengals

Sun, 12/09 at 12:00 PM CST

Away:

Paul Brown Stadium

The Bengals will be a mess by December.

Cowboys win big, 35-13.

Cowboys record: 9-4

Week 15

Pittsburgh Steelers

Sun, 12/16 at 3:25 PM CST

Home:

Cowboys Stadium

The Steelers will once again be in the AFC mix for the championship. They will come to the Cowboys' home with resolve. And…

They will lose to the Cowboys, 28-27.

Cowboys record: 10-4

Week 16

New Orleans Saints

Sun, 12/23 at 12:00 PM CST

Home:

Cowboys Stadium

Saints will be without Sean Payton. They will not be without Drew Brees.

Saints spank Cowboys, 38-20.

Cowboys record: 10-5

Week 17

@ Washington Redskins

Sun, 12/30 at 12:00 PM CST

Away:

FedExField

Jason Garrett proves he has grown up as a head coach and leads his team to a season sweep of the Redskins.

Cowboys win, 21-14.

Cowboys record: 11-5


With an 11-5 record, the Cowboys will win their division and earn a wildcard week bye, guaranteeing they make the second round of the playoffs.

What happens from there?

I don't know. I am not into predictions.

 

Gene Strother (372 Posts)

Gene has been an avid Dallas Cowboys fan for nearly five decades, which amounts to just about his entire life. The only time he was not a Cowboys fan was that brief period at the beginning of his life, when he didn't have all his baby teeth and could not yet say "Cowboys." As soon as quit slobbering, he started hollering, "Go Cowboys!"


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