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Predicting the Dallas Cowboys’ final record for the 2024 season

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The Dallas Cowboys and their fans aspire to a memorable 2024-25 season. However, reaching the mountaintop is never quite as easy as a daydream. No game is ever a cupcake at this level of play, and this season, the Cowboys don’t have many games that look like automatic wins.

But we have a lot of time to change our minds until September. So, let’s get a little Nostradamusy.

Here is our prediction of every game in the 2024-25 season.

Feb 4, 2024; Orlando, FL, USA; AFC defensive end Myles Garrett (95) of the Cleveland Browns before

Feb 4, 2024; Orlando, FL, USA; AFC defensive end Myles Garrett (95) of the Cleveland Browns before / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Hate me if you must, but I don’t like this Week 1 matchup with the Cleveland Browns. The city of Cleveland will be rocking for this one, and I believe the Browns’ defense will win the turnover battle, resulting in a Cowboys opening-week loss.

Jan 7, 2024; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates

Jan 7, 2024; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

So, Week 1 didn’t go according to plan, Week 2 will go exactly as planned. The Cowboys will win the turnover battle in this one. Expect a lot of points in this one, and the final score will favor the good guys in their home opener.

Baltimore Ravens fans show out in the main theater on Thursday, April 25, 2024 for the first day of

Baltimore Ravens fans show out in the main theater on Thursday, April 25, 2024 for the first day of / Mandi Wright / USA TODAY NETWORK

Beating the Baltimore Ravens would be a dream scenario for a grueling first month of the regular season. Given the opponents in the first three weeks, most would take a 2-1 start.

It won’t be easy, and once again, it seems like another high-powered offensive showdown in Dallas.

Feb 9, 2024; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Large Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants helmets at the NFL

Feb 9, 2024; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Large Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants helmets at the NFL / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants will seek sweet revenge when they welcome the Cowboys to MetLife Stadium in Week 4. However, revenge will not be served on this day.

Expect this meeting to end like the two meetings between the teams last season—same song, different verse. The Cowboys will roll.

Feb 8, 2023; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers legend Jerome Bettis poses with Dallas Cowboys

Feb 8, 2023; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers legend Jerome Bettis poses with Dallas Cowboys / Rob Schumacher/The Republic / USA TODAY

I tried to find a way for my brain to type out a victory for the Cowboys here, but I can’t find the correct letters on the keyboard. Yes, the team will have a longer rest after a Thursday night game, but this game strikes me as one that will have us all talking about how underrated Mike Tomlin is as a head coach.

Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown scores a touchdown against Cowboys cornerback Stephon Gilmore

Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown scores a touchdown against Cowboys cornerback Stephon Gilmore / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Lions and Cowboys had one of the more entertaining games of the 2023-24 season. I wouldn’t expect anything different this time around. Once again, the home-field advantage will play a massive role, as the Cowboys will gladly welcome the Week 7 bye after a hard-fought victory over the Lions.

Oct 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23)

Oct 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys will be coming off of a bye, but I don’t think that will change the outcome of this one. The 49ers proved to be a much better team last season, and I don’t see how much has changed since the drumming Dallas took last season.

San Francisco is the most complete team in the NFC.

May 10, 2024; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Raheem Morris is interviewed

May 10, 2024; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Raheem Morris is interviewed / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The matchup with the Atlanta Falcons is another one I’m on the fence about. However, I’ll let the optimistic side of me prevail. Winning in Atlanta is always difficult, but the Cowboys offense will win this game.

Let’s call our shot with a game-winning Dak Prescott drive here.

Dec 10, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) hugs Philadelphia

Dec 10, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) hugs Philadelphia / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Week 10 will be the season’s first meeting between the Cowboys and Eagles. Last year, the teams split their two meetings, with the home team winning each matchup. Let’s call that same finish again in 2024.

With a victory here, the Cowboys can separate themselves from the rest of the NFC East.

Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; Houston Texans fans cheer during the 2024 NFL Draft at Campus

Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; Houston Texans fans cheer during the 2024 NFL Draft at Campus / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Stacking wins is difficult in this league. Week 11’s matchup with the Houston Texans will be a stumble back that will wake up this Cowboys team as they look at the season’s final stretch.

This loss could potentially dictate where we see the Cowboys after Week 18.

Jan 7, 2024; Landover, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) attempts a pass

Jan 7, 2024; Landover, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) attempts a pass / Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

This game will start the Cowboys’ hot streak. The Cowboys handled the Commanders fairly easily last season in both meetings. Once again, the Cowboys should handle business with a Commanders team that may still be looking for an identity this late in the season.

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones talks to flag football athletes as the New York Giants and Section 1

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones talks to flag football athletes as the New York Giants and Section 1 / Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News / USA

In my opinion, the New York Giants will regress even more than last season. Week 13 will secure the Cowboys’ second straight season sweep of the Giants.

Dallas can really flex its muscles here with an attempt at claiming the top seed in the NFC Playoff picture.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow returned to the practice field during an off-season

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow returned to the practice field during an off-season / Cara Owsley/The Enquirer / USA TODAY

The Cincinnati Bengals will be a tricky team to judge this season. A healthy Joe Burrow will change the entire NFL landscape, but I’m not buying that will be the case for the Bengals this season. No Burrow means a landslide victory.

With Burrow, the Cowboys will need to grind this one out, which they can do.

Jan 7, 2024; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Bryce Young (9) leaves

Jan 7, 2024; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Bryce Young (9) leaves / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Losing to the Carolina Panthers this late in the season would be demoralizing. However, that isn’t an issue the Cowboys should worry about. Each week brings its own surprises, but if the Cowboys stay on task, it will be an easy victory to get back home to Dallas.

Baker Mayfield and the Buccaneers agreed to a three-year contract this offseason.

Baker Mayfield and the Buccaneers agreed to a three-year contract this offseason. / Tork Mason / USA TODAY NETWORK

Maybe it’s just because it’s May, but I’m really digging the way the Cowboys’ schedule is aligned, especially the second half. A matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will certainly have playoff implications, but in my mind, a win here could secure Dallas the NFC East.

Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; A Philadelphia Eagles logo during the 2024 NFL Draft at Campus

Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; A Philadelphia Eagles logo during the 2024 NFL Draft at Campus / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It can’t be all sunshine and rainbows. After a lengthy winning streak, the Cowboys finally stumble on the road in Philadelphia. Yes, it’s gross even to imagine a loss to that fanbase. But my crystal ball is clearly screaming that the Cowboys will still own the NFC East when this is all over.

Mar 26, 2024; Orlando, FL, USA;   Washington Commanders  head coach Dan Quinn speaks to the media

Mar 26, 2024; Orlando, FL, USA; Washington Commanders head coach Dan Quinn speaks to the media / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Week 18 can be challenging to predict. But my Spidey senses have me thinking that the Cowboys will be rolling into this one at 11-5, I think a win over the Commanders shouldn’t be a huge surprise.

However, would Dallas be in one of those situations where resting starters for the playoffs would be possible? It would also be the only way I see the Cowboys losing this game.

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