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1983 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1983 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 24th season in the National Football League. the cowboys finished second in the NFC East and improving their 6-3 record from 1982. The team broke the record for consecutive playoff appearances with 9 (the 2010 Colts later tied the record).

1983 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coachTom Landry
General managerTex Schramm
OwnerClint Murchison Jr.
Home fieldTexas Stadium
Results
Record12–4
Division place2nd NFC East
Playoff finishLost wild card playoffs (Rams) 24–17

Contents

SummaryEdit

The team started the season with seven straight victories, including a memorable Monday night win over the Washington Redskins in which the team erased a 20-point halftime deficit and prevailed, 31–30. The Cowboys were particularly strong on offense, led by quarterback Danny White and running back Tony Dorsett. The Cowboys scored a team record 479 points and staged a few come-from-behind victories during the season. However, the defense gave up many points, despite strong play from Randy White, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, and Everson Walls. In particular, the young secondary was guilty of giving up many big plays throughout the season.

Late in the season, the Cowboys met the Redskins at Texas Stadium with the NFC East crown up for grabs. Both teams entered the game with 12–2 records, but the defending champion Redskins proved too much for the Cowboys and emerged with a 31–10 victory, giving them the NFC East title. After a 42–17 drubbing at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers the following week, the Cowboys faced the Los Angeles Rams in the wild card game of the NFC playoffs. Despite having the home field advantage, the Cowboys fell, 24–17.

The Redskins trailing with the score 14–10 in the third quarter, the Cowboys failed on a fourth and one at midfield. The play was a key turning point. There appeared to be a miscommunication between quarterback Danny White and Tom Landry as to whether to run the play. The failed play led to a rare emotional outburst from Landry as he yelled "No, Danny, no."

NFL DraftEdit

1983 Dallas Cowboys draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 23 Jim Jeffcoat  DE Arizona State
2 50 Michael Walter  LB Oregon
3 70 Bryan Caldwell  DE Arizona State
4 108 Chris Faulkner  TE Florida
5 135 Chuck McSwain  RB Clemson
6 162 Reggie Collier  QB Southern Miss
7 189 Chris Schultz  OT Arizona
8 220 Lawrence Ricks  RB Michigan
9 246 Al Gross  S Arizona
10 273 Eric Moran  OT Washington
11 300 Dan Taylor  OT Idaho State
12 331 Lorenzo Bouier  RB Maine
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agentsEdit

1983 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Raul Allegre Kicker Texas
Bill Bates Safety Tennessee
Broderick Thompson Tackle Kansas
Mark Tuinei Tackle Hawaii

RosterEdit

Dallas Cowboys 1983 roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
48 active, 5 inactive

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Game site NFL recap Attendance Record
1 September 5, 1983 at Washington Redskins W 31–30 RFK Stadium [1]
55,045
1–0
2 September 11, 1983 at St. Louis Cardinals W 34–17 Busch Memorial Stadium [2]
48,532
2–0
3 September 18, 1983 New York Giants W 28–13 Texas Stadium [3]
62,347
3–0
4 September 25, 1983 New Orleans Saints W 21–20 Texas Stadium [4]
62,136
4–0
5 October 2, 1983 at Minnesota Vikings W 37–24 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [5]
60,774
5–0
6 October 9, 1983 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–24 OT Texas Stadium [6]
63,308
6–0
7 October 16, 1983 Philadelphia Eagles W 37–7 Texas Stadium [7]
63,070
7–0
8 October 23, 1983 Los Angeles Raiders L 38–40 Texas Stadium [8]
64,991
7–1
9 October 30, 1983 at New York Giants W 38–20 Giants Stadium [9]
76,142
8–1
10 November 6, 1983 at Philadelphia Eagles W 27–20 Veterans Stadium [10]
71,236
9–1
11 November 13, 1983 at San Diego Chargers L 23–24 Jack Murphy Stadium [11]
46,192
9–2
12 November 20, 1983 Kansas City Chiefs W 41–21 Texas Stadium [12]
64,103
10–2
13 November 24, 1983 St. Louis Cardinals W 35–17 Texas Stadium [13]
60,974
11–2
14 December 4, 1983 at Seattle Seahawks W 35–10 Kingdome [14]
63,352
12–2
15 December 11, 1983 Washington Redskins L 10–31 Texas Stadium [15]
65,074
12–3
16 December 19, 1983 at San Francisco 49ers L 17–42 Candlestick Park [16]
59,957
12–4

The October 16 and November 6 games against the Philadelphia Eagles were played with locations switched from the original schedule, because of October 16 conflict with game 5 of the baseball World Series.

Season summaryEdit

Week 1Edit

1 2 34Total
Cowboys (1–0) 0 3 141431
Redskins (0–1) 10 13 0730

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

Week 2Edit

1 234Total
Cowboys (2–0) 0 17710 34
Cardinals (0–2) 10 007 17

[1]

Week 3Edit

1 234Total
Giants (1–2) 3 0100 13
Cowboys (3–0) 0 14014 28

[2]

Week 4Edit

1 2 34Total
Saints (2–2) 0 10 3720
Cowboys (4–0) 7 6 0821

at Texas Stadium

Week 5Edit

1 2 34Total
Cowboys (5–0) 3 10 141037
Vikings (3–2) 7 17 0024

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

Week 6Edit

1 2 34OTTotal
Buccaneers (0–6) 10 0 77024
Cowboys (6–0) 7 7 37327

at Texas Stadium

Week 7Edit

1 2 34Total
Eagles (4–3) 7 0 007
Cowboys (7–0) 10 13 7737

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Week 8Edit

1 2 34Total
Raiders (6–2) 10 21 3640
Cowboys (7–1) 7 17 01438

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Week 9Edit

1 2 34Total
Cowboys (8–1) 7 10 71438
Giants (2–6–1) 7 7 6020

at The Meadowlands

Week 10Edit

1 2 34Total
Cowboys (9–1) 0 10 10727
Eagles (4–6) 7 3 3720

at Veterans Stadium

Week 11Edit

1 2 34Total
Cowboys (9–2) 0 6 31423
Chargers (4–7) 7 10 7024

at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, California

Week 12Edit

1 234Total
Chiefs (5–7) 0 0147 21
Cowboys (10–2) 10 10714 41

[3]

Week 13Edit

1 2 34Total
Cardinals (5–7–1) 7 0 3717
Cowboys (11–2) 7 14 01435

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Week 14Edit

1 2 34Total
Cowboys (12–2) 7 7 71435
Seahawks (7–7) 0 3 0710

at Seattle Kingdome

Week 15Edit

1 2 34Total
Redskins (13–2) 14 0 71031
Cowboys (12–3) 7 3 0010

at Texas Stadium

Week 16Edit

1 2 34Total
Cowboys (12–4) 3 7 0717
49ers (10–6) 21 0 71442

at Candlestick Park

Wild card playoffsEdit

December 26, 1983Edit

NFC: Los Angeles Rams 24, Dallas Cowboys 17Edit

Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams (10–7) 7 0 71024
Cowboys (12–5) 0 7 3717

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

StandingsEdit

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Washington Redskins(1) 14 2 0 .875 7–1 10–2 541 332 W9
Dallas Cowboys(4) 12 4 0 .750 7–1 10–2 479 360 L2
St. Louis Cardinals 8 7 1 .531 3–4–1 5–6–1 374 428 W3
Philadelphia Eagles 5 11 0 .313 1–7 4–10 233 322 L2
New York Giants 3 12 1 .219 1–6–1 3–8–1 267 347 L4

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Game site NFL recap Attendance
Wild card December 26, 1983 Los Angeles Rams L 17–24 Texas Stadium [20]
43,521

AwardsEdit

Five players represented the Cowboys in the 1984 Pro Bowl: Doug Cosbie, Tony Dorsett, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Everson Walls, and Randy White. White and Walls were voted to the Associated Press' All-NFL first team, while Dorsett was voted to the AP's All-NFL second team.

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

External linksEdit