Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 4/4/12
For a team that hasn't made the playoffs the last two years, the Dallas Cowboys are slated to get a lot of TV exposure early in the 2012 NFL season. The Cowboys will be featured in the first Monday night game of the preseason, the NFL announced Wednesday, with an Aug. 13 game at the Oakland Raiders. The game is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff Dallas time and will be televised on ESPN. Earlier, the league announced the Cowboys and the Super Bowl champion New York Giants would play Sept. 5 in the first game of the regular season, the NFL Kickoff Classic. That game will be a special Wednesday kickoff at 7:30 p.m. in New Jersey and will be broadcast on NBC. Cowboys-Raiders will be the third game of the 2012 preseason. The Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints will play in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the traditional start to the preseason, on Aug. 5. The Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers will follow with a Thursday night game on Aug. 9. The rest of the Cowboys' preseason opponents were also announced, although specific dates and times have yet to be released. The Cowboys will play at San Diego in Week 2, Aug. 16-20. The first home game will be against the St. Louis Rams in Week 3, Aug. 23-26. The Cowboys will wrap up the preseason at home against the Miami Dolphins in Week 4, Aug. 29-30. If the Cowboys play the Dolphins on Aug. 30, that would give them just five days between their final preseason game and their regular season opener. The rest of the Cowboys' regular season schedule has yet to be announced. Follow Keith Whitmire on Twitter: @Keith_Whitmire
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