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The 1973 Dallas Cowboys season was their 14th in the league. The team matched their previous output of 10–4.[1] They qualified for the playoffs for the eighth straight season. After a 4-3 start the Cowboys won six of their last seven games to win the NFC East with a solid 10-4 record. In the Divisional Playoffs the Cowboys beat the Los Angeles Rams 27-16 in Texas Stadium to earn their fourth straight Championship Game Appearance. However, not even the home crowd at Texas Stadium could help the Cowboys as they fell to the Minnesota Vikings 27-10.

1973 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coachTom Landry
General managerTex Schramm
OwnerClint Murchison, Jr.
Home fieldTexas Stadium
Results
Record10–4
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishLost Conference Championship

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 16, 1973 at Chicago Bears W 20–17
2 September 24, 1973 New Orleans Saints W 40–3
3 September 30, 1973 St. Louis Cardinals W 45–10
4 October 8, 1973 at Washington Redskins L 14–7
5 October 14, 1973 at Los Angeles Rams L 37–31
6 October 21, 1973 New York Giants W 45–28
7 October 28, 1973 at Philadelphia Eagles L 30–16
8 November 4, 1973 Cincinnati Bengals W 38–10
9 November 11, 1973 at New York Giants W 23–10
10 November 18, 1973 Philadelphia Eagles W 31–10
11 November 22, 1973 Miami Dolphins L 14–7
12 December 2, 1973 at Denver Broncos W 22–10
13 December 9, 1973 Washington Redskins W 27–7
14 December 16, 1973 at St. Louis Cardinals W 30–3

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Season summaryEdit

Week 1Edit

1 234Total
• Cowboys 0 1703 20
Bears 3 077 17
  • Date: September 16
  • Location: Soldier Field
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 55°F • Wind 9

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Week 2Edit

1 234Total
Saints 0 300 3
• Cowboys 12 0217 40

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Week 3Edit

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 037 10
• Cowboys 14 10714 45
  • Date: September 30
  • Location: Texas Stadium
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 71°F; wind 5

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Week 4Edit

Week 10Edit

1 234Total
Eagles 3 700 10
Cowboys 0 14710 31

[6]

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 23, 1973 Los Angeles Rams W 27–16
64,291
Conference Championship December 30, 1973 Minnesota Vikings L 27–10
60,272

StandingsEdit

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 .714 6–2 8–3 382 203 W3
Washington Redskins 10 4 0 .714 6–2 8–3 325 198 W1
Philadelphia Eagles 5 8 1 .393 3–4–1 3–7–1 310 393 L1
St. Louis Cardinals 4 9 1 .321 3–5 4–7 286 365 L1
New York Giants 2 11 1 .179 1–6–1 1–9–1 226 362 L4

NFL DraftEdit

1973 Dallas Cowboys draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 20 Billy Joe Dupree *  TE Michigan State
2 46 Golden Richards  WR Hawaii
3 53 Harvey Martin *  DE East Texas State
4 98 Drane Scrivener  DB Tulsa
5 126 Bruce Walton  OT UCLA
6 151 Bob Leyen  OG Yale
7 176 Rodrigo Barnes  LB Rice
8 204 Dan Werner  QB Michigan State
9 229 Mike White  DB Minnesota
10 254 Carl Johnson  LB Tennessee
11 282 Gerald Caswell  OG Colorado State
12 307 Jim Arneson  OG Arizona
13 332 John Smith  WR UCLA
14 360 Bob Thornton  OG North Carolina
15 385 Walt Baisy  LB Grambling
16 410 John Conley  TE Hawaii
17 438 Les Strayhorn  RB East Carolina
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

RosterEdit

Dallas Cowboys 1973 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
45 Active, 1 Inactive

PublicationsEdit

The Football Encyclopedia ISBN 0-312-11435-4
Total Football ISBN 0-06-270170-3
Cowboys Have Always Been My Heroes ISBN 0-446-51950-2

ReferencesEdit

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