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The Cowboys finished 6-10 last season, which was a big disappointment in the first season under new coach Mike McCarthy. The offense fell apart before midseason thanks to the season-ending ankle injury to quarterback Dak Prescott, and the defense never recovered.

Dallas has confidence that a healthy, well-compensated Prescott will lead a turnaround back to playoff contention. There are high expectations that the team will finish in first place after navigating through the 2021 NFL schedule.

Dallas Cowboys schedule 2021

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The Cowboys will play in the NFL's season-opening game on Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers. Their home opener will be Sept. 27, a Monday night game against the Eagles.

Here is the Dallas Cowboys' complete schedule for 2021.

Week Date Opponent Kickoff time TV
1 Sept. 9 at Buccaneers (Thursday) 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
2 Sept. 19 at Chargers 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
3 Sept. 27 vs. Eagles (Monday) 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
4 Oct. 3 vs. Panthers 1 p.m. ET Fox
5 Oct. 10 vs. Giants 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
6 Oct. 17 at Patriots 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
7 Oct. 24 Bye
8 Oct. 31 at Vikings 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
9 Nov. 7 vs. Broncos 1 p.m. ET Fox
10 Nov. 14 vs. Falcons 1 p.m. ET Fox
11 Nov. 21 at Chiefs 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
12 Nov. 25 vs. Raiders (Thanksgiving) 4:30 p.m. ET CBS
13 Dec. 2 at Saints (Thursday) 8:20 p.m. ET Fox/NFLN
14 Dec. 12 at Washington 1 p.m. ET Fox
15 Dec. 19 at Giants 1 p.m. ET Fox
16 Dec. 26 vs. Washington 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
17 Jan. 2 vs. Cardinals 1 p.m. ET Fox
18 Jan. 9 at Eagles 1 p.m. ET Fox

The Cowboys didn't fare well in division play last season but will look to take better advantage of the Giants, Eagles and Washington over six games. The NFC East also draws all of the NFC South and the entire AFC West.

Dallas, as a third-place team, also gets Arizona and Minnesota from the NFC. The 17th opponent is notable: New England from the AFC East.

Cowboys key games

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Week 14 at Washington: Dallas has to make a statement against the defending division champions if the Cowboys want to win the NFC East. The Cowboys were swept by Washington in embarrassing fashion last season, but Prescott didn't play in either of those games. Let's see how Dallas fares with Prescott under center in the first meeting.

Week 6 at Patriots: Thanks to the NFL's 17th game, the Cowboys drew the Patriots by virtue of finishing in third place in the NFC East (Patriots were third in the AFC East). New England will have something to prove in this one, too, as the Patriots will need to beat the NFC East favorites to have a leg up in a loaded AFC East. The Patriots defense will be an excellent test for Dallas, as Prescott and the talented passing game didn't score a touchdown in their last trip to Foxborough two years ago.

Week13 at Saints: The Superdome hasn't been kind to the Cowboys, who haven't won there since 2009. Good news for Dallas is Drew Brees retired, so this could be a winnable game (especially since the Cowboys won't be on a short week with Thursday Night Football). This matchup is a toss-up since the Saints are still talented, but how will the quarterback play shake out? The Cowboys will find out soon.

Dallas Cowboys 2021 Opponents

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2021 Regular Season
Home Away
Atlanta Falcons Kansas City Chiefs
Carolina Panthers Los Angeles Chargers
Denver Broncos New Orleans Saints
Oakland Raiders Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NFC West Same Place Finisher NFC North Same Place Finisher
Washington Redskins (Div.) Washington Redskins (Div.)
New York Giants (Div.) New York Giants (Div.)
Philadelphia Eagles (Div.) Philadelphia Eagles (Div.)

Dallas Cowboys 2021 Predictions

The Cowboys’ 2021 schedule is intriguing because they are one team whose strength of schedule does not change at all whether it is based on 2020 win totals or Vegas 2021 projected win totals. Either way, their schedule ranks as the second easiest in the league heading into next season.

Toughest opponents

The Cowboys have just two NFL teams on their 2021 schedule that are projected to win 10 or more games. However, both of those games are extremely tough in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs.

Having to go on the road and play the two teams that competed in the previous Super Bowl is never ideal. Especially when both of those teams have offenses that can dominate struggling defenses. The Cowboys will need their defense to play at their very best if they are to have a chance of containing either Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes.

Easiest opponents

With the NFL schedule master smiling on the Cowboys in 2021, Dallas needs to take full advantage. Not a single team on their home schedule is projected to win more than eight games this season. The road schedule somewhat makes up for the easy home schedule, but playing against their own division certainly helps lower the level of difficulty for Dallas.

What the Cowboys do not have on their schedule is any games against teams projected to win six games or fewer. The lowest projected win total on their schedule belongs to the Eagles at 6.5. The Cowboys and Eagles have split their head-to-head matchups the last two seasons. However, with Jalen Hurts under center, the Cowboys should feel confident of a potential season sweep.

The next lowest projected win total on the Cowboys’ schedule is the New York Giants. The Giants themselves need to improve in 2021 or serious questions will be answered.

New York’s Week 17 victory over Dallas last season was their first against the Cowboys since 2016. If Dak Prescott is fully healthy for the Cowboys, they should have a good opportunity to take one or both games against the Giants this season.

2021 season prediction

The way the Cowboys’ schedule in the 2021 NFL season breaks down it leaves them very little room for error at home. With a weak schedule on paper at home and a tough one on the road, if the Cowboys cannot win five or six of their home fixtures, they could struggle to make an impact in the NFC.

Their road schedule sees them play a number of teams expected to be in contention for the playoffs. With Prescott back under center, the Cowboys should have a chance to make it to 10 wins. The issue is on the defensive side of the ball. Can they keep teams under 30 points on a consistent basis?

Projected 2021 record: 9-8

How to watch Dallas Cowboys 2021

Stream Dallas NFL Games With fuboTV

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fuboTV is our top choice for watching NFL football games. This live TV streaming service has improved the quality of its service and channel offerings considerably over the last few years. fuboTV does not require a contract nor does it have any installation costs. It is also available on every major streaming device including smart TVs, phones, and tablets. This live streaming service gives subscribers access to most of the TV networks that carry NFL games such as CBS, FOX, ESPN, and NBC.

The Cowboys have all 16 games on these channels. A major win for cord-cutters is that fuboTV now offers ESPN and ABC as part of their channel line-up. The service also the only streaming option to offer the NFL Network (R) and NFL RedZone (R). Also included are other popular channels such as FOX Sports Networks, RSNs, college football networks, FX, USA, NBA TV, and more.

fuboTV offers several different packages Family ($64.99/month), Ultra ($79.99/month), and fubo Latino ($24.99/month). The fubo Family package contains 94 channels; 3 screens at once, and 500 hours of cloud DVR; Ultra has 163 channels, 3 screens at once, 500 hours of cloud DVR, fubo Extra, SHOWTIME channels, and Sports Plus.

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Watch Live Cowboys Game With Hulu + Live TV

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Hulu With Live TV is the second-best option available. Many may be familiar with Hulu as being an on-demand TV service to watch previously aired TV shows but Hulu now offers Hulu + Live TV. This is one of the best options to watch your favorite NFL team because they offer live TV broadcasts aired on NBC, CBS, FOX, and ESPN (in most markets). The only negative is that if you’re an NFL junkie that is looking for NFL Network and NFL RedZone you will not find it offered by Hulu + Live TV so the only games you won’t be able to watch are those that are exclusively aired out-of-market on NFL Network on Thursday Night Football.

All 16 games are available on this service. Hulu only offers one live streaming TV package which costs $64.99/month. One major positive to this service is that is only one of two streaming services that offer FOX Sports Regional Networks.

Watch Live Cowboys Game With Sling TV

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Sling TV by itself is far from the best option due to the absence of CBS but if paired with an OTA antenna or CBS All Access you can watch every single game. Sling TV does not require a contract nor does it have any installation costs. This live TV streaming service offers FOX, ABC (R), NBC, and ESPN (R).

The Cowboys have 14 regular-season games on these channels. Notably missing is CBS; however, you can use Sling TV in conjunction with an OTA antenna. (New users can get a free OTA antenna through our link if they prepay 2 months)

Watch Live Dallas Cowboys Games With CBS All Access

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Another option for Dallas Cowboys games is CBS All Access. There are 2 games on this service. With this service, you can watch every Dallas Cowboys game that airs on CBS. You can watch these games live as they air. Subscribers can enjoy local NFL on CBS games live all season—including the CBS Sports pre-game studio show and The NFL Today.

Don’t let your location stop you from enjoying CBS tv shows and sports. CBS All Access subscribers should note that this service pairs well with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Learn how to use a VPN to bypass blackout restrictions and geo-blocking. We recommend ExpressVPN because of speed and server availability.

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