The 2016 NFL schedules have been released, and the Dallas Cowboys have to like how their schedule lines up.

They open the season against the NY Giants at home on Sunday, September 11, at 3:25 p.m. in a huge game between the two front runners for the NFC East. In week two, they travel to Washington to face the Redskins.

The non-division opponents will be the entire NFC North and the entire AFC North, as well as the San Fransisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Games to Watch:

Week six the Cowboys will travel to Green Bay to face the Green Bay Packers. This game will be full of 'Dez caught it' banter and will hopefully be the rematch everyone hoped for last year.

Getty Images via Mike McGinnis
Getty Images via Mike McGinnis

Week 13 will be another NFC North foe when the Cowboys go to Minnesota. I do expect a lot to be on the line this week in the standings but this game is notable because it's a Thursday night game that will be streamed on Twitter. Yes, that Twitter. The NFL has found yet another way to push its foot into a new frontier.

No word on who those announcers will be. Maybe Deadspin has a crew; they are pretty big on Twitter.

Week 17 is historically dicey for the Cowboys. It seems like every year it all comes down to a win or loss in week 17, but this season, if things work out like I think they will, the division will be decided in New York on Sunday night with the New York Football Giants.

Noteworthy Notes:

The bye week is in week seven after Eddie Lacy and the Packers. The Cowboys will play on Sunday night three times, Monday night once and twice on Thursday. The combined 2015 record of the Cowboys 2016 opponents was 119-137.

Check out the full schedule below:

Dallas Cowboys Schedule
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