The NFL regular season schedule was released Thursday night. That means it's time for a way-too-early 2017 season projection. I predicted the Cowboys would win the division with a 10-6 record last year, so I was at least half correct.
Will they win it again? Recent history says it's unlikely. No team over the last 12 seasons has repeated as NFC East champs.
Let's find out if the Cowboys will end that streak.
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 10 vs. New York Giants.
Prediction: WIN (1-0)
The outcome of this game recently hasn't had a significant impact on the rest of the season. The Cowboys beat the Giants in the season opener two years ago, but only won three more times that season. Dallas lost to New York to open the season last year, and then ended up going 13-3.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 17 at Denver Broncos.
Prediction: LOSS (1-1)
Just imagine the hype going into this one if Tony Romo was under center for the Broncos. Denver will be tough at home regardless of who is playing quarterback. The Broncos have won 33 games over the last three seasons. The Patriots, at 38, are the only team with more.