Tony Romo will have to wait until Nov. 5 to work his first Cowboys game. As CBS' lead analyst he will be alongside play-by-play voice Jim Nantz when the Kansas City Chiefs visit AT&T Stadium in a nationally televised 3:25 p.m. game.
Romo and Nantz will be back at AT&T Stadium on Thanksgiving Day when CBS broadcasts the Los Angeles Chargers-Cowboys at 3:30 p.m. The Cowboys Thanksgiving game traditionally draws the most viewers of the NFL season.
Those are CBS' only two scheduled Cowboys games during 2017.
CBS has six games on the opening Sunday of the season, Sept. 10, but none are in the national 3:25 p.m. window. Romo and Nantz undoubtedly will work one of them. With the Cowboys playing on NBC Sunday Night Football, CBS would be clear to send any of the five noon games to Dallas-Fort Worth. The game Romo works likely would have the most interest locally.
Fox has the national game the second week of the season. Nantz and Romo get their first 3:25 p.m. kickoff in Week 3. That is a definite for Channel 11. They'll work either the Cincinnati Bengals at Green Bay Packers or Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers.
CBS also doesn't take over production of the Thursday Night NFL Network games of the week until the fourth week of the season. NBC, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth in the booth, will produce the second and third Thursdays of the season on NFL Network exclusive games.