Starting on Nov. 22, when the Cowboys travel to New York to face the Giants in MetLife Stadium on Sunday Night Football, Dallas will begin a stretch of playing three games in 11 days. The Cowboys will come back from New York to face the Eagles on Thanksgiving, and then play in Chicago exactly a week later on Thursday Night Football.
Cowboys owner, president, and general manager Jerry Jones sees everything relatively.
"I look at it as though we’ve got a good break here," Jones told 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] on Friday.
"We ought to be ready for the Giants. We come back and we do have a short week. We’re good at it. We know how to do it, and then we’ve got a full week before the next Thursday. And then we’ll get ten days off."
The last time the Cowboys played three games in 11 days was in 2007 when they hosted Washington before a Thanksgiving showdown with the New York Jets. The next week, on Thursday Night Football, the Packers came to Texas Stadium for a battle that would ultimately decide home field advantage in the NFC playoffs. The difference between 2007 and now is Dallas’ Thanksgiving games are butted by road games, not home games.
However, Jones believes the ten days off after the Bears game on Dec. 4 will be a good break as the team prepares for a three-game run for the playoffs.
"With those short weeks right behind it comes that bonus called 10 days off," Jones said.
"And if you look at it that way, it’s not as bad as it sounds."
Dallas went 3-0 in 2007 in their last 11-game stretch. Even a 1-2 mark over the next three weeks would match Dallas’ win total of each of the past three seasons under head coach Jason Garrett as the team has three more to clinch a playoff berth.