IRVING, Texas -- Provided there is football in September, the Cowboys will open the 2011 season away from home for the eighth time in the last 10 years, and for the first time in franchise history it will be against the New York Jets.
The Cowboys and Jets will meet Sept. 11 on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The other storyline for the week will be the Ryan brothers. The Jets, who have made the AFC Championship Game the last two seasons, are coached by Rex Ryan, while Rob Ryan is in his first year as Cowboys defensive coordinator.
The Cowboys are 3-4 in road openers since 2002, losing last year at Washington, 13-7, when a potential game-winning touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Roy Williams was wiped out because of an Alex Barron penalty on the game’s final play. This will be the second time the Cowboys have opened a season in the Meadowlands. They beat the Giants, 35-0, to kick off the 1995 season at Giants Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Giants last year in their first trip to New Meadowlands Stadium.