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Cowboys toughest stretch is late

The people who put the NFL schedule together must love watching how the Cowboys season unfolds at the end of every season.

The schedule makers have placed the Cowboys on the road in three of their last four 2014 games in December and that's the toughest part of their schedule.

There are visits to Chicago (Dec. 4) and Philadelphia (Dec. 14) a home game against Indianapolis (Dec. 21) and a road contest at Washington on Dec. 28 to finish the regular season.

Ending seasons haven't gone well for the Cowboys in the past. They've been knocked from a possible postseason berth in the regular season finale in each of the last three seasons. The Cowboys finished 2013 (1-3) and 2011 (1-4) badly.

It's very difficult to see this team succeeding through this tough stretch. Last season, in a Dec. 9 game at Chicago, the Cowboys were beaten badly, 45-28, in the coldest regular-season game in franchise history. The game-time temperature was 8 degrees with the wind chill at minus-9.

Games on the road against division rivals Washington and Philadelphia will be difficult as well.

And to say the Cowboys will beat the Colts at AT&T Stadium is no easy task. The Cowboys are just 3-7 in December at their facility, so the Cowboys have plenty of proving to do this season to a fan base starved for postseason football.