Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo scrambles with the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. The Cowboys defeated the Redskins 24-23. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
The Dallas Cowboys are going to have to have plenty of success away from AT&T Stadium in 2014 if they want to put together a good season and return to the postseason after a four-year drought.
The Cowboys have a bear of a home schedule in 2014, and it's not like they've demonstrated a huge homefield advantage at JerryWorld, anyway. The New York Giants and Washington Redskins both come to town next year after disappointing seasons, but both are recently removed from really good years and could bounce back at any time. The Texans also come to town coming off a 2-14 season, but they'll most likely have Johnny Football under center, and they'll still have Arian Foster, as well as that stout defense. They're poised to show 2013 was nothing more than an anomaly.
The rest of their home schedule is filled with playoff teams — the 49ers, Colts, Saints and Cardinals, who went 10-6 but missed the postseason mostly because they were in the best division in the NFL.
The road schedule is a little more friendly, as Dallas will travel to Philadelphia and defending champion Seattle, which obviously is a huge buzzsaw for opponents, but other than that, it's a nice setup on the road with trips to Chicago, St. Louis and Tennessee and a trip to London to play the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars.
As reported by ESPN Dallas, the Cowboys' road schedule in 2013 was tied for the 26th "easiest" in the league, with the Ravens' and Giants' road slates, with a combined winning percentage of .461. This year's should be much more favorable.