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2016 Dallas Cowboys preseason schedule opens at Rams on ESPN

The NFL released the preseason schedule on Thursday. Dates and times haven’t been announced, but here’s a first look at the opponents for the Dallas Cowboys:

Week 1 (Aug. 13) at Los Angeles Rams

Comment: Given Jerry Jones’ influence in getting the Rams back to California it only makes too much sense for the Cowboys to play in the first game at the Coliseum. Practicing up the road in Oxnard, the Cowboys will likely bus down the day of the game, which is a big convenience. ESPN will broadcast the game as well.

Week 2 (Aug. 18-22) vs. Miami Dolphins

Comment: Thanks to a Coldplay concert at AT&T Stadium, the Cowboys have to come home earlier than expected from camp. If the Cowboys follow the same preseason plan, this will be where Tony Romo and the rest of the regulars make their debut, playing around a quarter before giving way to the backups. Since Romo is coming off collarbone surgery, there could be more interest than normal.

Week 3 (Aug. 25-28) at Seattle Seahawks

Comment: If the third game is a dress rehearsal for the season, then the Cowboys couldn’t have a tougher test. And that’s a good thing. The Cowboys last trip to Seattle was a good one, beating the Seahawks in 2014 to catapult their 12-4 season. This will be their first preseason game in Seattle since 1979. It’s a long way to play a game but it could be beneficial for the long term.

Week 4 (Sept. 1-2) vs. Houston Texans

Comment: For the third time in the last four years, the Cowboys will close the exhibition season against their in-state rivals. And it will be backups vs. backups. The Cowboys do not play their regulars in the finale, but if they take a quarterback at No. 4 in the draft it could be the last time you see him play in 2016.