Dallas Cowboys' schedule released today

April, 23, 2014
Apr 23
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At 7 p.m. CT, the NFL will released the 2014 schedule.

As for the Cowboys, we have a primer.

Who they play: The home games are: Arizona, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, New York Giants, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington. The road games are: Chicago, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Seattle, Tennessee and Washington. The Jacksonville game is Nov. 9 in London.

Reunion games: Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher left the Cowboys to sign a four-year $27.5 million deal with the Washington Redskins in free agency. The Cowboys didn't make a play to re-sign Hatcher due to salary-cap space and age. Hatcher is 31. The two NFC East games will be hyped with Hatcher looking to make big plays against the Cowboys' offense. New offensive playcaller Scott Linehan will face the St. Louis Rams this season. Linehan coached the Rams from 2006 to 2008. In a reunion that might be bigger than the Hatcher game, New Orleans defensive coordinator Rob Ryan visits AT&T Stadium for the first time since he was fired after the 2012 season. Ryan coached against the Cowboys last season when the teams met at the Superdome. The Saints won that game, 49-17.

Strength of schedule: The Cowboys' 2014 opponents have a winning percentage of .488 based on the 2013 won-loss records.

The opener: OK, the Cowboys are playing in London and of course they'll play on Thanksgiving, but are the NFL schedule-makers willing to send them to Seattle for the Thursday night opener that starts the season. The defending Super Bowl champ starts the season on a Thursday night and maybe a Tony Romo versus Russell Wilson contest will get the season off right. The last time the Cowboys faced a defending champ to start the season was 2012 when they visited the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. The Cowboys won the game 24-17.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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