When Stephen Jones gets the schedule, he first looks for a three-game road trip

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As it turns out, America’s Team prefer not to excessively travel the country for which they are named.

When fans and media get their eyes on the schedule, they immediately look for certain specific things. During a Friday visit to the #PFTPM podcast, Cowboys COO, executive V.P., and director of player personnel Stephen Jones addressed the question of what he looks for when he gets the schedule.

“I think the biggest thing I look for is just are we on the road more than two times [in a row]?” Jones said. “That’s always tough if you’ve got to go on a three-game road trip.”

Jones added that he then looks for the games played before and after the team’s consecutive Thursday games in late November/early December, and the games before and after the bye week.

“Then of course you’re looking at your night games,” Jones said. “Are those on the road or are they at home? Those are some of the things. Obviously you look at your division. That’s huge in terms of when you play them, what time of year, those type of things.”

This year, Jones saw that there are no three-game road trips. Instead, the Cowboys twice play a pair of consecutive games away from home: Week Seven and Eight at Washington and Philadelphia, and Week 13 and 14 at Baltimore and Cincinnati.

The Cowboys also have a late-afternoon game at Minnesota before the Thanksgiving Day game against Washington, and after traveling to Baltimore the following Thursday, the Cowboys go to Cincinnati. While not a three-game road trip, it’s a total of three road games wrapped around the Thanksgiving Day game.

The Cowboys also have their bye before the game at Minnesota, and they host the Steelers before the Week 10 break.

Given the pair of road games that come just before the Cowboys host the Steelers, Dallas has just two home games from October 20 through December 20.

The night games are at the Rams, at home against the Cardinals, at the Eagles, at the Ravens, and at home against the 49ers, giving them three of five prime-time games on the road, with of course the Thanksgiving Day game (which feels like a prime-time game) at home.

11 responses to “When Stephen Jones gets the schedule, he first looks for a three-game road trip

  1. The second thing he looks for is when games are being played in areas prone to high humidity – he knows Jerry’s glasses will need constant cleaning. Needs to mentally prepare for such a task.

  2. hahahahaha. Riiiight, Florio. As if Dallas and the Jones’ really need to “check the schedule when it comes out.”

    We all know that Dallas sets the schedule and gives themselves 6 prime time games every season, which is 1 more than the max allowed by the league. Oh how surprised they must be when they finally get to see the schedule! What a shock that a team that hasn’t been relevant since the early 1990s gets 6 prime time games, again, for the 20th year in a row.

    It’s fixed, fans know it’s fixed, we just accept it. Don’t try to be kayfabe like wresteling in the 70s and 80s and pretend any of this is legit!

  3. Before the full schedule is released you already know all the home and away opponents so…

    ..The first thing I look for on the Packers schedule is when and what time the 2 games against the Bears are.

    I then look closer at the schedule as far as the dates and times for the games I will be attending. I then look for when and what time the other division games are.

    Lastly, I look for things like the short week and having to travel to Cali on that short week for a Thursday game. I also look for when the bye week is.

    The Packers have a tough schedule, but I like it that way. Some tough road games starting with the Saints in week 3, and followed by Tampa, Houston, and San Fran in weeks 6,7, and 9.

    Let’s do this!



  4. Of course there will be some dumb jokes but the premise is interesting. We all do the same thing in regard to our favorite teams. I usually look to the home opener first (Seattle was on quite a streak of opening seasons on the road), I look at when the divisional games are, then what games the divisional opponents play before and after playing the Seahawks. I look at bye weeks for other comparable teams. Then I look at all the “get-back” games, the games after the toughest matchups on the schedule. It kinda depends year-to-year too, on which teams are strong, what the strengths of my favorite team are, who comes and goes on the roster.
    As far as 3 road games in a row, that does not bother me. Gotta play the road games sometime, and for a west coast team, it often means staying on the road between games. I think it is an opportunity to come together as a team, as much as anything else. And usually those trips are earlier in the season, so they mean a preponderance of home dates down the stretch, as the playoff come into focus.

  5. Looking to see if it’s possible Dak and the boys can do better than 8-8 or do we not extend him and go with dalton.

  6. I dont get why they schedule cupcake games for dallas almost every thanksgiving. I get it, nobody knows how good teams will be, but nobody is thinking the skins will be a good team. I love when it backfires though, just like last year vs buffalo lol.

  7. bird2urmother says:
    I dont get why they schedule cupcake games for dallas almost every thanksgiving.

    A better question might be, if Dallas’ Thanksgiving opponents are such “cupcakes” then why are the Cowboys below .500 (4-5) in Turkey Day games since 2010?


  8. Never have been, never will be America’s team. They made it up, don’t give in to the brain washing so easily. Same as telling people how well liked you are, you don’t really get to decide! Merchandise sales aren’t the best indicator either. Not every team over saturates the market place with their brand like the Cowboys do (Acme brick, the ” Official ” brick of the Dallas Cowboys for example). Ridiculous yet people actually make purchases using that pathetic line of reasoning. I’ve lived in three regions of this country – the Midwest, Southwest and West Coast. Southwest is the only place that they enjoy broad support and even that depends on how well they are doing. Stop it already.

  9. I immediately look at patriots schedule to note the leagues continuous favoritism to their schedule. The toughest team on their schedule, the Chiefs play on a Monday in Baltimore before playing the patriots. The niners, second toughest team, play a Sunday night game before traveling to New England. Then the two west coast games the patriots play, are back to back which they will stay on the West coast. Every single year it’s the same favoritism which the media turns a blind eye to. Oh yeah, don’t forget playing zero teams coming off bye weeks.

  10. I forgot to mention, the patriots bye week comes before they play the niners.

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