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Schedule Release | 2024

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Cowboys to play Week 1 opener in Cleveland


FRISCO, Texas – Two years after closing out his legendary career as a player, the Cowboys will get Tom Brady's first game as a broadcaster. The NFL announced the Cowboys will play at Cleveland on Sept. 8 for the Week 1 matchup against the Browns at 3:25 (CDT) .

The league is announcing a few notable games on Monday to preview the full regular-season schedule release on Wednesday.

Brady, the only quarterback to win seven Super Bowls in NFL history, officially retired from the NFL after the 2022 season. In his second year with the Bucs, Brady was eliminated by the Cowboys in the NFC Wild Card round, 31-14 in Tampa. It was Cowboys' first road playoff win in 30 years.

After taking the 2023 season off from football, Brady agreed to join Fox as an analyst, signing a lucrative deal with Fox on the No. 1 team, alongside play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt.

This will be the Cowboys' first season opener not played at night since 2019 against the Giants. It's also the first opener against an AFC opponent since 2011 at the Jets. Three years earlier, the Cowboys began the 2008 season in Cleveland.

The Cowboys have only played the Browns on the road two times since the team returned as an expansion squad in 1999. Dallas won at Cleveland 28-10 in 2008 and then 35-10 in 2016. That win eight years ago was Dak Prescott's seventh straight win to help the Cowboys improve to 7-1 on a season they eventually finished 13-3.

Playing at Cleveland in September also rules out a potential cold-weather later in the season. The Cowboys also have road games scheduled for Pittsburgh and of course, the NFC East division games against Washington, Philadelphia and the NY Giants.