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Cowboys preview: Make-or-break stretch

August, 27, 2014
Aug 27
The end of the season has not been kind to the Dallas Cowboys in recent years. It's not been just a Jason Garrett problem, but the Cowboys lost three of their last four in 2013, their final two in 2012 and four of their last five in 2011 to finish 8-8 all three years. This year's late-season schedule is difficult -- five of the last seven away from home -- but the pivotal stretch will be early in the year to make sure the end of the year is relevant. Six of the Cowboys' first nine games are at AT&T Stadium, which has not provided the greatest of home-field advantages since opening. The Cowboys have a three-game homestand from Oct. 19-Nov. 2 against three NFC teams that they almost have to sweep to stay in contention in the division or help in the wild-card standings.

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PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The results of the arbitration hearing on salary cap penalties imposed on the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins by the NFL are not in.

"I have not spoken or heard anything directly to Mr. Burbank about his timetable and time schedule or any other proceedings," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday morning at the end of the owners meetings. The hearing was conducted by University of Pennsylvania professor Stephen Burbank.

Both teams were penalized for overloading contracts in the 2010 uncapped season despite league warnings not to do so. The Cowboys will lose $10 million in cap penalties spread evenly over the next two seasons and the Redskins lose $36 million.

On Tuesday, the NFL owners ratified the agreement between the league and players' union that takes away salary cap space.

Both franchises believe they didn't do anything wrong because all the contracts were approved by the NFL and the NFLPA.

Goodell was asked during his 20-minute news conference just what uncapped meant.

"In 2010, the rules were articulated, and the rules were quite clear," Goodell said.