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Dak Prescott celebrates his touchdown run with Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium on Oct. 8, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys had the kind of loss in Week 5 that likely makes them want to get back on the field as soon as possible. That won’t be the case, however, considering the team has a bye in Week 6.

When do the Cowboys play again? Their next game is scheduled for Week 7 on Oct. 22 against the San Francisco 49ers. Dallas will head to the West Coast exactly two weeks after they were defeated by the Green Bay Packers.

Dallas had Green Bay all but beat in their last game before the bye week. Dak Prescott ran for a touchdown with 1:13 left in regulation to give the Cowboys a 31-28 lead. But Aaron Rodgers only needed 62 seconds to get his team back in the end zone, giving the Cowboys a crushing 35-31 loss.

It marked the second time in two weeks that Dallas had blown a sizeable lead at home. The Cowboys led the Packers 21-6 late in the first half before Green Bay’s offense became borderline unstoppable. Dallas’ defense failed them in Week 4 against the visiting Los Angeles Rams, blowing an 11-point lead.

The Cowboys can’t afford any more close losses if they want to repeat as NFC East champions. They trail the first-place Philadelphia Eagles by two games, and the division leaders have looked like one of the best teams in the conference. No team has won the NFC East in consecutive years since the Eagles did it in 2004.

With a contest against the winless 49ers, Dallas should be able to make their way back to .500 before they face a difficult part of their schedule. After a road game against the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys will take on the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons and Eagles in Weeks 9-11. Kansas City, Atlanta and Philadelphia enter Week 6 with a combined 12-2 record.

As Dallas waits until Week 7 for their next game, much of the discussion regarding the team in Week 6 has nothing to do with their play on the field.

The team is waiting to hear whether or not Ezekiel Elliott will be allowed to play for the rest of the 2017 season while he appeals his six-game suspension. Elliott is the NFL’s fourth-leading rusher, and a panel of judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could make their decision this week.

Dallas also finds itself at the center of the NFL’s national anthem controversy. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has announced that players who kneel or sit during the anthem will be benched.

"If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play," Jones said after Sunday’s loss to the Packers. "Understand? We will not ... if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period."

"We as a team are very much on the page together. We made our expression. I'm very supportive of the team, but under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys -- I don't care what happens -- under no circumstances will we as an organization, coaches, players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag. Period."

Dallas doesn’t play a home game until Nov. 5. It will mark two months since their last home victory.