Cowboys 2024 NFL schedule: Full regular-season slate features opener vs. 2023

The Dallas Cowboys’ 2024 offseason has been nothing short of a rollercoaster, and now we have arrived at the portion in which they learn their official schedule for the upcoming season.

It began unceremoniously as they became the first team since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger to win at least 12 games in three consecutive seasons and not reach as far as the conference championship round following a 48-32 faceplant at home against the seventh seed Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card round. In the immediate aftermath of the defeat, owner and general manager Jerry Jones claimed Dallas would be “all in” to get his team closer to championship contention.

However, Jones’ actions spoke louder than his words with the Cowboys losing eight players in free agency, tied for their third most in a single offseason in team history. Then, his words adjusted to the team’s reality as he deemed the Cowboys’ 2024 offseason motto to “get it done with less.” The reason Dallas had to operate this way is because they failed to extend quarterback Dak Prescott, the 2023 NFL passing touchdowns leader (36) who has a $55.1 million cap hit in 2024, and wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, the 2023 NFL receptions leader (135) who has a $17.991 million cap hit in 2024, prior to the start of free agency even though both are entering the upcoming season in the last year of their current contracts.

Doing so would have allowed the Cowboys to be players in free agency as Dallas could’ve spread the duo’s cap hits out across future seasons, thus lowering the financial weight they are absorbing this year. The team has ended ups signing just three external free agents so far: 32-year-old former Pro Bowl linebacker Eric Kendricks journeyman running back Royce Freeman and bringing former three-time Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott home — after the conclusion of the 2024 NFL Draft — after the worst year of his career in 2023 with the New England Patriots.

Dallas was able to replace their two departed starters along their offensive line — eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith (now with the New York Jets) and Pro Bowl center Tyler Biadasz (now with the Washington Commanders) — in the first three rounds of the draft with Oklahoma offensive tackle Tyler Guyton (29th overall pick) and Kansas State interior offensive lineman Cooper Beebe (73rd overall pick). They also added Louisiana offensive lineman Nathan Thomas (233rd overall, seventh round), and they took a flier on Southeast Missouri State wide receiver Ryan Flournoy in the sixth round (216th overall) after he put together a strong NFL Scouting Combine performance: registering a 4.44 40-yard dash with a vertical jump of 39.5 inches and an 11-foot broad jump while standing at 6’1, 202 pounds.

The Cowboys addressed their defense with four of their eight picks as well. Dallas vice president of player personnel Will McClay compared second-round pick defensive end Marshawn Kneeland out of Western Michigan (56th overall pick) to four-time Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. They addressed their inside linebacker position by taking Notre Dame’s Marist Liufau 87th overall (third round) while adding depth in the secondary in the fifth round with Wake Forest cornerback Caelen Carson (174th overall pick) and along the defensive line with their final pick of Auburn defensive tackle Justin Rogers 244th overall in the seventh round.

Can Dallas hit on 12 or more wins for the fourth season in a row? Well, their 2024 win total of 10.5 is their highest since 2008, and the Cowboys have hit the over on their projected win total in three consecutive seasons — their longest such streak since the 1990s Super Bowl glory years (1990-1995). Here is their official, 18-week schedule. The Cowboys will be on national television seven times in 2024, six in prime time — the maximum amount of prime-time games for each NFL team — with the seventh being their Thanksgiving game against the New York Giants.

Cowboys 2024 Schedule

1

Sept. 8

at Browns

4:25 p.m.

FOX

2

Sept. 15

vs. Saints

1 p.m.

FOX

3

Sept. 22

vs. Ravens

4:25 p.m.

FOX

4

Sept. 26

at Giants**

8:15 p.m.

Prime Video

5

Oct. 6

at Steelers

8:20 p.m.

NBC

6

Oct. 13

vs. Lions

4:25 p.m.

FOX

7

Oct. 20

Bye

N/A

N/A

8

Oct. 27

at 49ers

8:20 p.m.

NBC

9

Nov. 3

at Falcons

1 p.m.

FOX

10

Nov. 10

vs. Eagles

4:25 p.m.

CBS

11

Nov. 18

vs. Texans*

8:15 p.m.

ESPN

12

Nov. 24

at Commanders

1 p.m.

FOX

13

Nov. 28

vs. Giants***

4:30 p.m.

FOX

14

Dec. 9

vs. Bengals*

8:15 p.m.

ESPN

15

Dec. 15

at Panthers

1 p.m.

FOX

16

Dec. 22

vs. Buccaneers

8:20 p.m.

NBC

17

Dec. 29

at Eagles

4:25 p.m.

FOX

18

Jan. 4/5

vs. Commanders

TBD

TBD

* Monday night
** Thursday night
*** Thanksgiving

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