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Writer’s Blocks: Breaking Down The NFL’s Overblown, Exciting Holiday

April 20th, 2017 at 7:50 PM
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FRISCO, Texas – I would love to roll my eyes at the sheer stupidity of the NFL’s schedule release. It’s typical of this league to monetize and magnify a mundane event into must-see TV, and it’s just another in a long line of exaggerated “events” that make up the long offseason.

But the honest truth is that I woke up Thursday feeling like a kid on Christmas morning – knowing that by nightfall, I’d be privy to all the juicy matchups and primetime showdowns of the 2017 season.

So I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t like the game the NFL plays for its offseason events, but I’m too hopelessly addicted to football to try to ignore it. Hook me up to an IV – give me all the football you can.

With that in mind, I’ve had a chance to look over the Cowboys’ schedule, and I’ve got a few thoughts about how this slate is going to shake out in the months to come.

1. Is the NFL going for a college football vibe with its insistence that the Cowboys continue to host the Giants in Week 1? That’s the only conclusion I can come to after learning that Dallas will host New York to open the season for the third-straight season – and the fourth time in the last five years.

You see this frequently at the college level, as many NCAA teams face certain rivals on certain weekends. Texas and Oklahoma always play on the first Saturday in October, while Michigan and Ohio State always close out the regular season against each other. The storied Alabama-Tennessee rivalry even has a nickname for its annual date – The Third Saturday in October.

In college football, its tradition. In the NFL, it simply strikes me as boring. There were a dozen fascinating ways the Cowboys could have opened their season, whether it was a playoff rematch against Green Bay or a Week 1 trip to go open the Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium.

NFC East matchups are always entertaining, no matter when they’re played. It’s not a matter of whether I think Cowboys-Giants will be an interesting game – of course it will be. Last year’s opener came down to the wire, and the 2015 game was an instant classic.

In the ever-changing world of the NFL, though, it would be nice to shake things up a bit. Cowboys-Giants will be great whenever it’s played. It doesn’t need a permanent slot in Week 1.

2. CBS might be thrilled to have Tony Romo in its broadcast booth, but how bummed is FOX that he’s not a member of the Denver Broncos?

The Cowboys head to Denver for the first time since 2009 on Sept. 17. It’s a juicy enough game in its own right – two of the most visible franchises in the league, both of which are expected to contend for playoff spots. The Broncos are hoping to regain their Super Bowl-winning form from 2015, while the Cowboys obviously hope to reach their first Super Bowl since 1995.

But I can’t even wrap my head around the hype for this game if Romo was suiting up for the Broncos. He’d be the second Cowboys great to sign up in Denver in the past few years, and he’d have immediately made the Broncos an AFC …

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Derek Carr, Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Kirk Cousins, National Football League, Russell Wilson, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tony Romo

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