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The Dallas Cowboys are coming off their third straight non-winning season. They have failed to make the playoffs in each of the past three years. They had their chances in 2012, but stumbled down the stretch. After winning five of six from weeks 10 through 15 to get back into the playoff race, the Cowboys would lose their final two games of the season. That included an 18-28 loss at Washington with the NFC East title on the line.

While many fans are upset with Tony Romo, the organization has decided to lock up the veteran quarterback long-term. He shows signs of being one of the best quarterback in the league at times, but he also makes many costly mistakes late in games. This is still one of the most talented teams in football, and if Jason Garrett can find a way to make it all work, the Cowboys have a chance to be one of the best teams in the league in 2013.

Dallas has been dealt the eighth-easiest schedule heading into the 2013 campaign. Its opponents combined for a 121-134 record and a 48.0 winning percentage a year ago. It will take on the NFC North and AFC West divisions, while also getting to face New Orleans and St. Louis. Both the Saints and Rams finished third in their respective divisions in 2012, just as the Cowboys did.

Cantor gaming has listed the Cowboys as a favorite in seven games, an underdog in eight, and a pick ’em in one.  I believe that for once, Dallas is finally undervalued heading into a season.  I look for the Cowboys to exceed expectations and win nine or ten games.  They’ll be battling the Washington Redskins and New York Giants for first place in the NFC East.

Dallas Cowboys 2013 Schedule

Week 1 – Sunday, September 8 vs New York Giants (8:30 ET)
Projected Line: -2.5

Week 2 – Sunday, September 15 @ Kansas City Chiefs (1:00 ET)
Projected Line: -1.5

Week 3 – Sunday, September 22 vs St Louis Rams (1:00 ET)
Projected Line: -4.5

Week 4 – Sunday, September 29 @ San Diego Chargers (4:25 ET)
Projected Line: +1

Week 5 – Sunday, October 6 vs Denver Broncos (4:25 ET)
Projected Line: +2.5

Week 6 – Sunday, October 13 vs Washington Redskins (8:30 ET)
Projected Line: -1.5

Week 7 – Sunday, October 20 @ Philadelphia Eagles (1:00 ET)
Projected Line: PK

Week 8 – Sunday, October 27 @ Detroit Lions (1:00 ET)
Projected Line: +1

Week 9 – Sunday, November 3 vs Minnesota Vikings (1:00 ET)
Projected Line: -1.5

Week 10 – Sunday, November 10 @ New Orleans Saints (8:30 ET)
Projected Line: +4

Week 11 – BYE WEEK

Week 12 – Sunday, November 24 @ New York Giants (4:25 ET)
Projected Line: +2.5

Week 13 – Thursday, November 28 vs Oakland Raiders (4:30 ET)
Projected Line: -7

Week 14 – Monday, December 9 @ Chicago Bears (8:30 ET)
Projected Line: +3

Week 15 – Sunday, December 15 vs Green Bay Packers (4:25 ET)
Projected Line: +1

Week 16 – Sunday, December 22 @ Washington Redskins (1:00 ET)
Projected Line: +2.5

Week 17 – Sunday, December 29 vs Philadelphia Eagles (1:00 ET)
Projected Line: -3.5

More NFL Team Schedules

AFC West AFC North AFC South AFC East
Kansas City Chiefs Pittsburgh Steelers Indianapolis Colts New England Patriots
San Diego Chargers Baltimore Ravens Jacksonville Jaguars New York Jets
Oakland Raiders Cleveland Browns Houston Texans Miami Dolphins
Denver Broncos Cincinnati Bengals Tennessee Titans Buffalo Bills
NFC West NFC North NFC South NFC East
Seattle Seahawks Chicago Bears Atlanta Falcons Philadelphia Eagles
St. Louis Rams Green Bay Packers New Orleans Saints New York Giants
San Francisco 49ers Detroit Lions Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dallas Cowboys
Arizona Cardinals Minnesota Vikings Carolina Panthers Washington Redskins