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The 1998 Dallas Cowboys season was the Cowboys' 39th season in the NFL. Team owner Jerry Jones would hire former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Chan Gailey to be the fourth head coach of the Dallas Cowboys franchise.

1998 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coachChan Gailey
Home fieldTexas Stadium
Results
Record10–6
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishLost NFC Wild Card Playoff (Cardinals) 7–20

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

1998 Dallas Cowboys draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 8 Greg Ellis *  Defensive end North Carolina
2 38 Flozell Adams *  Tackle Michigan State
4 100 Michael Myers  Defensive tackle Alabama
5 130 Darren Hambrick  Linebacker South Carolina
5 138 Oliver Ross  Tackle Iowa State from Seattle
6 188 Izell Reese  Safety UAB
7 223 Tarik Smith  Running back California
7 227 Antonio Fleming  Guard Georgia
7 237 Rod Monroe  Tight end Cincinnati
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Regular seasonEdit

Gailey would revitalize the Cowboys offense, particularly the running game, which had seen a recent decline despite the presence of running back Emmitt Smith. The trio of Smith, Troy Aikman, and Michael Irvin helped the Cowboys be the first ever NFC East team to sweep their division en route to capturing the NFC East title, the team's sixth of the 90's. The Cowboys would later encounter the Arizona Cardinals for the third time that season in the NFC Wild Card Game, but would lose in a stunning upset in the first round at Texas Stadium. Cornerback Deion Sanders suffered an injury to his toe in a regular season victory over Arizona and made a surprise return against them in the playoff loss.

Aikman was injured in a week two loss at Denver and missed the next five games. Future Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett started all games during Aikman's absence and went 3–2 as the starting quarterback.

Notable additions to the team that year include defensive end Greg Ellis and offensive tackle Flozell Adams. Ellis was drafted with the 9th pick in the first round, and many were stunned that the Cowboys didn't draft Randy Moss (most likely for off the field issues).

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time(CT) TV Announcers Attendance Record
1 September 6, 1998 Arizona Cardinals W 38–10 FOX 3:05pm Tim Ryan, Bill Maas & Ronnie Lott
63,602
1–0
2 September 13, 1998 at Denver Broncos L 42–23 FOX 3:15pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
75,013
1–1
3 September 21, 1998 at New York Giants W 31–7 ABC 7:20pm Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf & Boomer Esiason
78,039
2–1
4 September 27, 1998 Oakland Raiders L 13–12 CBS 12:00pm Greg Gumbel & Phil Simms
63,544
2–2
5 October 4, 1998 at Washington Redskins W 31–10 FOX 12:00pm Dick Stockton & Matt Millen
72,284
3–2
6 October 11, 1998 Carolina Panthers W 27–20 FOX 12:00pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
64,181
4–2
7 October 18, 1998 at Chicago Bears L 13–12 FOX 3:15pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
59,201
4–3
8 Bye
9 November 2, 1998 at Philadelphia Eagles W 34–0 ABC 7:20pm Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf & Boomer Esiason
67,002
5–3
10 November 8, 1998 New York Giants W 16–6 FOX 12:00pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
64,316
6–3
11 November 15, 1998 at Arizona Cardinals W 35–28 FOX 3:15pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
71,670
7–3
12 November 22, 1998 Seattle Seahawks W 30–22 CBS 12:00pm Verne Lundquist & Randy Cross
64,142
8–3
13 November 26, 1998 Minnesota Vikings L 46–36 FOX 3:15pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
64,366
8–4
14 December 6, 1998 at New Orleans Saints L 22–3 FOX 12:00pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
65,065
8–5
15 December 13, 1998 at Kansas City Chiefs L 20–17 FOX 3:15pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
77,697
8–6
16 December 20, 1998 Philadelphia Eagles W 13–9 FOX 3:15pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
62,722
9–6
17 December 27, 1998 Washington Redskins W 23–7 ESPN 7:15pm Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann & Paul Maguire
63,565
10–6

StandingsEdit

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(3) Dallas Cowboys 10 6 0 .625 381 275 W2
(6) Arizona Cardinals 9 7 0 .563 325 378 W3
New York Giants 8 8 0 .500 287 309 W4
Washington Redskins 6 10 0 .375 319 421 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 3 13 0 .188 161 344 L3

RosterEdit

Dallas Cowboys 1998 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
52 Active, 5 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

External linksEdit