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

Summary

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 Draft

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 He signed with the USFL
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 agents

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

Roster

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

Schedule

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 summary

Week 2

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

[1]

Week 3

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

[2]

Week 12

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

[3]

Week 16

Wild card playoffs

December 26, 1983

NFC: Los Angeles Rams 24, Dallas Cowboys 17

Standings

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

Playoffs

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

Awards

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.

Publications

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

References

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com

External links

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Scoring summary
1STLRoy Green 39-yard pass from Jim Hart (Neil O'Donoghue kick)Cardinals 7–0
1STLNeil O'Donoghue 23-yard field goalCardinals 10–0
2DALRon Springs 1-yard run (Rafael Septién kick)Cardinals 10–7
2DALDrew Pearson 10-yard pass from Danny White (Rafael Septien kick)Cowboys 14–10
2DALRafael Septien 45-yard field goalCowboys 17–10
3DALRon Springs 19-yard run (Rafael Septien kick)Cowboys 24–10
4DALDennis Thurman recovered fumble in end zone (Rafael Septien kick)Cowboys 31–10
4STLStump Mitchell 5-yard run (Neil O'Donoghue kick)Cowboys 31–17
4DALRafael Septien 24-yard field goalCowboys 34–17
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1NYGAli Haji-Sheikh 31-yard field goalGiants 3–0
2DALDoug Cosbie 4-yard pass from Danny White (Rafael Septién kick)Cowboys 7–3
2DALDoug Cosbie 2-yard pass from Danny White (Rafael Septien kick)Cowboys 14–3
3NYGButch Woolfolk 1-yard run (Ali Haji-Sheikh kick)Cowboys 14–10
3NYGAli Haji-Sheikh 27-yard field goalCowboys 14–13
4DALDextor Clinkscale 68-yard interception return (Rafael Septien kick)Cowboys 21–13
4DALMichael Downs 10-yard fumble return (Rafael Septien kick)Cowboys 28–13
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1DALRon Springs 1-yard run (Rafael Septién kick)DAL 7–0
1DALRafael Septien 25-yard field goalDAL 10–0
2DALTony Dorsett 28-yard run (Rafael Septien kick)DAL 17–0
2DALRafael Septien 40-yard field goalDAL 20–0
3DALTony Dorsett 32-yard run (Rafael Septien kick)DAL 27–0
3KCCarlos Carson 13-yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)DAL 27–7
3KCCarlos Carson 48-yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)DAL 27–14
4DALTimmy Newsome 7-yard run (Rafael Septien kick)DAL 34–14
4DALGary Allen 68-yard punt return (Rafael Septien kick)DAL 41–14
4KCStephone Paige 7-yard pass from Todd Blackledge (Nick Lowery kick)DAL 41–21
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  • Scoring
    • LA – D. Hill 18 pass from Ferragamo (Lansford kick) RAMS 7–0
    • DAL – T. Hill 14 pass from White (Septien kick) 7–7
    • DAL – field goal Septien 41 DAL 10–7
    • LA – Dennard 16 pass from Ferragamo (Lansford kick) RAMS 14–10
    • LA – Farmer 8 pass from Ferragamo (Lansford kick) RAMS 21–10
    • LA – field goal Lansford 20 RAMS 24–10
    • DAL – Cosbie 2 pass from White (Septien kick) RAMS 24–17
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