GAME-BY-GAME pre­dic­tions,

The NFL reg­u­lar-sea­son sched­ule was re­leased Thurs­day. That means it’s time for a way-too-early 2017 sea­son pro­jec­tion. I pre­dicted the Cow­boys would win the divi­sion with a 10-6 record last year, so I was at least half cor­rect. Will they win it again? Re

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NY GIANTS 7:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 10 (Ch. 5) Pre­dic­tion:

WIN The out­come of this game re­cently hasn’t had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the rest of the sea­son. The Cow­boys beat the Giants in the opener two years ago but only won three more times that sea­son. Dal­las lost to New York to open the sea­son last year, and then ended up go­ing 13-3.

AT DEN­VER 3:25 p.m. Sun., Sept. 17 (Ch. 4) Pre­dic­tion:

LOSS Just imag­ine the hype go­ing into this one if Tony Romo had been un­der cen­ter for the Broncos. Den­ver will be tough at home re­gard­less of who is play­ing quar­ter­back. The Broncos have won 33 games over the last three sea­sons. The Pa­tri­ots, at 38, are the only team with more.

AT ARIZONA 7:30 p.m. Mon., Sept. 25 (ESPN) Pre­dic­tion:

LOSS Arizona has had one of the league’s top de­fenses over the last two years. They should again be among the best in 2017. It’s far too early in the sea­son to panic, but up to this point, the Cow­boys of­fense isn’t ex­actly hit­ting on all cylin­ders.

LA RAMS Noon, Sun., Oct. 1 (Ch. 4) Pre­dic­tion:

WIN Al­though new coach Sean McVay should be good for young quar­ter­back Jared Goff in the long run, there will prob­a­bly be some grow­ing pains early on. The Rams haven’t had a win­ning sea­son since 2003. Yes, when Mar­shall Faulk was still play­ing.

GREEN BAY 3:25 p.m. Sun., Oct. 8 (Ch. 4) Pre­dic­tion:

WIN Un­less Jerry Jones finds a way to land Myles Gar­rett in next week’s draft, the Cow­boys are again go­ing to strug­gle get­ting pres­sure on Aaron Rodgers. It won’t mat­ter in this one, though. The Rams win gives the Cow­boys of­fense some much­needed con­fi­dence.

WEEK 6: BYE. AT SAN FRAN­CISCO 3:05 p.m. Sun., Oct. 22 (Ch. 4) Pre­dic­tion:

WIN Kyle Shana­han’s first sea­son is go­ing to be a rough one. A year af­ter Chip Kelly led the 49ers to a 2-14 record, I’m pre­dict­ing Shana­han’s group fin­ishes only one win bet­ter. The Nin­ers haven’t ex­actly es­tab­lished a home­field ad­van­tage at Levi’s Sta­dium.

AT WASH­ING­TON 3:25 p.m. Sun., Oct. 29 (Ch. 4) Pre­dic­tion:

WIN Ja­son Gar­rett has posted a 23-17 record against NFC East teams since be­com­ing Dal­las’ coach mid­way through the 2010 sea­son. The Cow­boys have had the most suc­cess at Wash­ing­ton dur­ing that time, win­ning five of their last six.

KANSAS CITY 3:25 p.m. Sun., Nov. 5 (Ch. 11) Pre­dic­tion:

LOSS Andy Reid and Alex Smith were just get­ting their ca­reers in Kansas City started the last time the Cow­boys played the Chiefs. That Week 2 game in 2013 re­sulted in a 17-16 Cow­boys loss. I think this one will be closer to 27-21.

AT AT­LANTA 3:25 p.m. Sun., Nov. 12 (Ch. 4) Pre­dic­tion:

WIN With­out Kyle Shana­han call­ing plays, the de­fend­ing NFC cham­pi­ons won’t be quite as dom­i­nant on of­fense. Ezekiel El­liott has one of his best games, help­ing the Cow­boys win the time of pos­ses­sion bat­tle and al­low­ing the of­fense to run out the clock late.

PHILADEL­PHIA 7:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 19 (Ch. 5) Pre­dic­tion:

LOSS Dal­las has had trou­ble win­ning at home against the Ea­gles since Ja­son Gar­rett has been coach. The Cow­boys have only won two of their last seven against Philadel­phia at AT&T Sta­dium.

LA CHARG­ERS 3:30 p.m. Thu., Nov. 23 (Ch. 11) Pre­dic­tion:

WIN The Charg­ers are 3-13 away from home over the last two sea­sons. The Cow­boys will be play­ing on short rest, but it ends up be­ing a pos­i­tive as they’re mo­ti­vated to re­bound from los­ing in the fi­nal min­utes four days be­fore.

WASH­ING­TON 7:25 p.m. Thu., Nov. 30 (Ch. 5) Pre­dic­tion:

WIN Wash­ing­ton lost wide re­ceivers DeSean Jack­son and Pierre Gar­con in free agency and that will hurt their pass­ing game early in the sea­son. How­ever, by this time, Ter­relle Pryor and Kirk Cousins are on the same page. It’s still not enough to pre­vent the sea­son sweep, though.

AT NY GIANTS 3:25 p.m. Sun., Dec. 10 (Ch. 4) Pre­dic­tion:

LOSS The Cow­boys drop to 2-4 in their last six against the Giants. The free-agency up­grades on de­fense paid off last year for New York. Up­grad­ing the of­fense by adding Pro Bowl wide re­ceiver Bran­don Mar­shall in March ends up making a no­table dif­fer­ence this year.

AT OAKLAND 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 17 (Ch. 5) Pre­dic­tion:

LOSS Hav­ing al­ready played the Raiders in their most mean­ing­ful, next to last pre­sea­son game, th­ese op­po­nents are some­what fa­mil­iar with each other. With Derek Carr back healthy, Oakland shows why it is a le­git­i­mate Su­per Bowl con­tender.

SEATTLE 3:25 p.m. Sun., Dec. 24 (Ch. 4) Pre­dic­tion:

WIN The Cow­boys need to win their last two to make the playoffs. El­liott vs. Seattle safety Kam Chan­cel­lor ends up be­ing even bet­ter than their pre­sea­son bat­tle a year ago. Zeke sets the tone early and it mo­ti­vates the team to play its best game of the sea­son.

AT PHILADEL­PHIA Noon Sun., Dec. 31 (Ch. 4) Pre­dic­tion:

WIN The Cow­boys fall short of win­ning the divi­sion, but this Week 17 vic­tory clinches a wild-card berth. Dal­las reaches the playoffs for the third time in the last four sea­sons with a 10-6 record. The Giants win the NFC East af­ter go­ing 11-5 for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son.

Tony Ave­lar/The Associated Press

The ar­rival of wide re­ceiver Bran­don Mar­shall (left) will be a no­table up­grade for the Giants’ of­fense. The Cow­boys will make their fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son trip to Oakland on Dec. 17, and they can ex­pect the Raiders’ fans to have their game faces on.

Julio Cortez/The Associated Press

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