It is Nov. 3. Your Dallas Cowboys have only two home games remaining on their 2014 schedule.
Even more surprising, that’s a good thing.
The Cowboys may have the biggest stadium in the NFL, but again and again they prove they have far from the league’s biggest home-field advantage.
Sunday’s hapless loss to the Cardinals capped a woeful week in which the Cowboys dropped two games in six days at AT&T Stadium. From 6-1 and mentioned among the best teams, to 6-3 with a saturation of uncertainty without injured quarterback Tony Romo.
It’s really nothing new.
On Sept. 20, 2009 the Cowboys lost their first game in Arlington to the Giants before a record crowd of over 100,000. That season they went 7-2 at home, including a playoff win over the Eagles. But since then it’s been anything but home sweet home.
They are 26-21 all-time in Arlington but just 19-19 since the start of 2010, including 3-3 this season with losses to the 49ers, Redskins and Cardinals. Whether it’s tepid fans or putrid play, the Cowboys just seem to play better football on the road. Evidence? They are 17-18 in away games since ’10, including a perfect 3-0 this season.
In the wake of another loss in Arlington, the Cowboys need to get as far from home as possible.
London – against the lowly Jaguars – ought to do the trick.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.