2022 NFL schedule release: Cowboys opponents, previews, full list of teams on regular-season schedule

The Dallas Cowboys head into another season with high expectations, becoming the first team to repeat as NFC East champions since the Philadelphia Eagles completed the feat from 2001 through 2004. Dallas experienced offseason loss to wide receiver Amari Cooper, pass rusher Randy Gregory. And tackle La’Elle Collins in free agency, making the path to repeat much tougher than expected.

Dallas is still a quarterback at Dak Prescott and wide receiver at CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup. Ezekiel Elliott returns at running back in his quest for a bounce-back season (his yards per game has declined in every season since entering the league), while Tony Pollard is expected to provide even more explosive plays for the No. 1 offense in points scored and total yards from last season.

Dan Quinn will lead the defense in year 2, led by a reigning defensive rookie of the year in Micah Parsons and the league’s interception leader in Trevon Diggs. The Cowboys will need to resolve their playoff woes to be Super Bowl contenders, even though they have a roster talented enough to get there.

The 2002 Cowboys season will be another exciting one as Dallas continues to compete for NFC supremacy. Below, find a complete look at the teams set to square off with the Cowboys this year, as well as a rundown of their 18-week regular-season schedule (once announced):

2022 opponents

Eagles (home, away): Philadelphia is expected to be the biggest challenger for Dallas in the NFC East, as the Cowboys secondary will be tested by AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith. Dallas swept Philadelphia last season as one of the matchups has been in primetime every year since 2003.

Commanders (home, away): Dallas will be seeing Carson Wentz twice a year again as Wentz is back in the NFC East with Washington. Dallas swept Washington in 2021 and has won five of its last seven against the Commanders.

Giants (home, away): The Cowboys will face a familiar foe in Daniel Jones, but he’ll have a new head coach in Brian Daboll. The Dallas swept New York last year and the Cowboys have won nine of their last 10 against the Giants.

Bears (home): Dallas will see Justin Fields for the first time, as the Cowboys have faced the Bears at home since 2016. Like the rest of the NFC East, the Cowboys will be building a rebuilding Bears team.

Lions (home): The Lions have not beaten Dallas since the 2013 season, with the Cowboys winning four straight against them. The traditional hosts of Thanksgiving will square off for the first time since 2019.

Texans (home): The Texas rivalry resumes between the Cowboys and Texans, this time coming to AT&T Stadium – where the Texans fell in their only appearance (2014). Houston has never beaten Dallas on the road.

Colts (home): The Cowboys will be seeing Matt Ryan in a different uniform as this game will be one of the tougher home contests on the schedule. Indianapolis has defeated Dallas on the road since 1984 – the Colts first year in Indianapolis.

Buccaneers (home): Tom Brady is coming to AT&T Stadium for the first time as a member of the Buccaneers, a rematch of last year’s season-opening thriller in Tampa Bay. Brady last played in Dallas in 2015.

Bengals (home): The Cowboys will see Joe Burrow for the first time, as the defending AFC champions will be a hot ticket. Cincinnati has not beaten Dallas in Dallas since 1988.

Packers (away): The Cowboys head to Lambeau Field to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in a battle for NFC supremacy. Dallas has lost three straight to Green Bay, the last win coming in 2016.

Jaguars (away): The Cowboys get their first look at Trevor Lawrence, but face an old foe in Jaguars coach Doug Pederson – coached the Eagles from 2016 to 2020. Dallas makes its first appearance in Jacksonville since 2014.

Titans (away): Cowboys fans will certainly have a party in Nashville as Dallas faces the defending AFC South champions. Dallas hasn’t lost in Nashville since Christmas Day in 2000, but Derrick Henri will be a tough task.

Vikings (away): Another matchup between the Cowboys and Vikings, who meet for the fourth straight year – the third consecutive in Minnesota. The Cowboys have won both of those meetings.

Rams (away): The Cowboys face the defending NFC champions in their third consecutive trip to SoFi Stadium (the Chargers played there last season and the Rams there in 2020). Dallas hasn’t beaten the Rams in Los Angeles since 1990.

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