1982 Dallas Cowboys season
The 1982 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 23rd season in the National Football League. The Cowboys finished with a record of 6 wins and 3 losses, placing them second in the NFC. After losing the season opener to the Pittsburgh Steelers (the first time the Cowboys lost a season opener in 17 years), the Cowboys won the next six, including five after the strike had ended. However, two losses at the end of the regular season cost them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. After beginning their playoff run with victories over the Buccaneers and the Packers, the Cowboys traveled to Washington, where they met defeat at the hands of their arch-rival, the Redskins. It was the third straight season that the Cowboys lost in the NFC championship game. The Redskins would advance to win the Super Bowl.
|1982 Dallas Cowboys season|
|Head coach||Tom Landry|
|General manager||Tex Schramm|
|Owner||Clint Murchison, Jr.|
|Home field||Texas Stadium|
|Division place||2nd in NFC|
|Playoff finish||Won First Round (Buccaneers) 30–17|
Won Second Round (Packers) 37–26
Lost Conference Championship (at Redskins) 31–17
The Cowboys featured big-play capability on both sides of the ball in 1982. The offense relied on running back Tony Dorsett, who led the NFC in rushing (and during the season set an NFL record with a 99-yard run from scrimmage against Minnesota), and quarterback Danny White, who finished second in the NFL in passer rating. Despite the retirement of longtime starters Charlie Waters and D.D. Lewis before the season, the Cowboys still tied for the NFC lead in sacks, and cornerback Everson Walls led the league with seven interceptions.
The Cowboys were the only team to defeat the Washington Redskins in the 1982 season, winning a regular season matchup in Game 5. The Cowboys were also the only team in the NFL who never trailed at halftime in '82.
Tex Schramm and Gil Brandt, proposed to the NFL competition committee a centralization of the evaluation process for the NFL draft prospects. Before this, teams had to schedule individual visits with players to run them through drills and tests. This proposition created the NFL Scouting Combine, which was first held in Tampa, Florida, in 1982.
Coincidentally, the 1982 NFL Draft was one of the worst in Dallas Cowboys history. It is mostly remembered because it was the year the Cowboys drafted cornerback Rod Hill in the first round. Hill would go on to become the symbol of the team's failed draft strategy of the eighties, when the Cowboys took too many gambles. From that draft only Jeff Rohrer and Phil Pozderac made contributions.
|1982 Dallas Cowboys draft|
|1||25||Rod Hill||CB||Kentucky State|
|5||137||Phil Pozderac||OT||Notre Dame|
|6||165||Charles Daum||DT||Cal Poly|
|8||221||Dwight Sullivan||RB||North Carolina State|
|10||277||Todd Eckerson||OT||North Carolina State|
|11||295||George Thompson||WR||Albany State|
|11||304||Michael Whiting||RB||Florida State|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
|Week||Date||Opponent||Result||Game site||NFL Recap||Attendance||Record|
|1||September 13, 1982||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 28–36||Texas Stadium||||0–1|
|2||September 19, 1982||at St. Louis Cardinals||W 24–7||Busch Memorial Stadium||||1–1|
|3||November 21, 1982||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 14–9||Texas Stadium||||2–1|
|4||November 25, 1982||Cleveland Browns||W 31–14||Texas Stadium||||3–1|
|5||December 5, 1982||at Washington Redskins||W 24–10||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||||4–1|
|6||December 13, 1982||at Houston Oilers||W 37–7||Astrodome||||5–1|
|7||December 19, 1982||New Orleans Saints||W 21–7||Texas Stadium||||6–1|
|8||December 26, 1982||Philadelphia Eagles||L 20–24||Texas Stadium||||6–2|
|9||January 3, 1983||at Minnesota Vikings||L 27–31||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||||6–3|
|St. Louis Cardinals(6)||5||4||0||.556||3–1||5–4||135||170||L1|
|New York Giants||4||5||0||.444||2–3||3–5||164||160||W1|
|National Football Conference|
|Green Bay Packers(3)||5||3||1||.611||226||169||L1|
|St. Louis Cardinals(6)||5||4||0||.556||135||170||L1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers(7)||5||4||0||.556||158||178||W3|
|New Orleans Saints||4||5||0||.444||129||160||W1|
|New York Giants||4||5||0||.444||164||160||W1|
|San Francisco 49ers||3||6||0||.333||209||206||L1|
|Los Angeles Rams||2||7||0||.222||200||250||W1|
|Dallas Cowboys 1982 roster|
Rookies in italics
|Week||Date||Opponent||Result||Game site||NFL Recap||Attendance|
|First Round||January 9, 1983||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 30–17||Texas Stadium|||
|Second Round||January 16, 1983||Green Bay Packers||W 37–26||Texas Stadium|||
|NFC Championship||January 22, 1983||at Washington Redskins||L 17–31||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium|||
- The Cowboys sent eight players to the Pro Bowl following the 1982 season: Bob Breunig, Pat Donovan, Tony Dorsett, Ed Jones, Harvey Martin, Herbert Scott, Everson Walls, and Randy White.
- Danny White and Tony Dorsett were named to the All-NFL second team by the Associated Press at quarterback and running back, respectively. On the defensive side of the ball, end Ed Jones and tackle Randy White were named to the first team, while end Harvey Martin and cornerback Everson Walls were named to the second team.
- Everson Walls, NFL Leader, Interceptions, (7)