What Cowboys-Giants means to NFC West

The Dallas Cowboys visit the New York Giants to open the 2012 NFL regular season Sept. 5, a Wednesday.

This will be the first regular-season game of the upcoming season.

The NFL generally waits until closer to mid-April before announcing its full schedule. The defending Super Bowl champion has kicked off the schedule with a home game since 2002. The league usually announces the matchup from the NFL owners meetings, which are ongoing in West Palm Beach, Fla.

A few things to know in relation to the Cowboys-Giants announcement:

  • The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are the only NFC West teams with games against the Giants or Cowboys this season.

  • The Giants' home opponents beyond the Cowboys -- Philadelphia, Washington, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Green Bay, Cleveland and Pittsburgh -- will not have to face the defending champs in a road opener.

  • The 49ers were not a consideration for the opening game. Their game against the Giants, a rematch of the NFC Championship, is scheduled for San Francisco. That ruled out the 49ers.

  • The Seattle Seahawks are scheduled to play at home against the Cowboys this season. We now know the Cowboys-Seahawks game will not fall in Week 1. The Seahawks have opened their last three seasons against division opponents, including their last two against the 49ers, most recently in San Francisco.

We should have the full NFL schedule in the next couple weeks.