Jan 15, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws as running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) blocks during the game against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional playoff game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys came into the season with hopes of winning the Super Bowl, but the NFL scheduling team didn’t do them any favors to start the season. The Cowboys opened their season with a win over the Giants, and travelled to Denver to take on the Broncos last week.

 

Even though they had an extra day to prepare for the Broncos, the Cowboys were humiliated by Denver in a 42-17 loss. After their loss to the Broncos, the Cowboys will take on the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night, which means their next opponents will have 10 days to prepare for the Cowboys, which will surely impact their Thursday Night Football game odds.

 

The Los Angeles Rams, who are the Cowboys next opponents, defeated the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night, and after the game, running back Todd Gurley told Cowboys Hall of Famer Michael Irvin that the Rams were already focusing on their week 4 opponents, the Dallas Cowboys.

 

The Cowboys and their fans have a legitimate reason to gripe because their opponents have some extra time to game plan against them as well as rest their injured players, while the Cowboys only have six days to prepare for the matchup.

 

However, having extra days to get ready for an opponent doesn’t guarantee a win. We mentioned the Cowboys season opener against the Giants, the game took place on a Sunday night and their next opponent didn’t play until the next day, which game them a little extra prep time. Unfortunately, Denver looked like the team that had extra time to prepare as they demolished the Cowboys.

 

There’s also the fact that there is a Thursday night game every week, which means each week two teams will get ten extra days to prepare for their opponents. This time around the Cowboys be on the short end of the stick in regards to days to prepare for their opponents, but they too will play on Thursday night this season, and will have the advantage the Rams will be going into this game with. The question is will they win the game?

 

Right now, it looks like the schedule isn’t favoring the Cowboys, but the truth of the situation is this happens to teams very year and the Cowboys just have to adapt and make the best of a bad situation.

 

The Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were affected by Hurricane Irma, and couldn’t play during the opening weekend. Since all teams have to play 16 games, the teams essentially gave up their bye weeks, which means they will play 16 consecutive games without a break.

 

If the Cowboys and their fans are feeling their team got a raw deal from the scheduling because they have to play teams that had extra days of rest, how would they feel if they had to play 16 consecutive games?

 

The NFL scheduling team needs to figure out a better way to make the schedule so teams that play on Thursday don’t have that much of an advantage over teams that didn’t play. Until then, fans of all the teams in the league have to realize there isn’t much they can do but to relax and enjoy watching their team compete, even if the other team had more time to rest.