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1983 Dallas Cowboys season


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Updated: 2017-08-15T00:58Z
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

The Dallas Cowboys completed the 1983 season with a record of 12 wins and four losses, finishing second in the NFC East. 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.

During the Redskins loss 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."

1983 NFL draft

Round Pick Name Position School
1 23 Jim Jeffcoat Defensive end Arizona State
2 50 Michael Walter Linebacker Oregon
3 77 Bryan Caldwell Defensive end Arizona State
4 108 Chris Faulkner Tight end Florida
5 135 Chuck McSwain Running back Clemson
6 162 Reggie Collier Quarterback Southern Mississippi
7 189 Chris Schultz Offensive tackle Arizona
8 220 Lawrence Ricks Running back Michigan
9 246 Al Gross Defensive back Arizona
10 273 Eric Moran Offensive guard Washington
11 300 Dan Taylor Offensive tackle Idaho State
12 331 Lorenzo Bouier Running back Maine

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

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 1

1234Total
Cowboys (1–0)03141431
Redskins (0–1)10130730

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

Week 2

1234Total
Cowboys (2–0)01771034
Cardinals (0–2)1000717

[1]

Week 3

1234Total
Giants (1–2)3010013
Cowboys (3–0)01401428

[2]

Week 4

1234Total
Saints (2–2)0103720
Cowboys (4–0)760821

at Texas Stadium

Week 5

1234Total
Cowboys (5–0)310141037
Vikings (3–2)7170024

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

Week 6

1234OTTotal
Buccaneers (0–6)10077024
Cowboys (6–0)7737327

at Texas Stadium

Week 7

1234Total
Eagles (4–3)70007
Cowboys (7–0)10137737

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Week 8

1234Total
Raiders (6–2)10213640
Cowboys (7–1)71701438

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Week 9

1234Total
Cowboys (8–1)71071438
Giants (2–6–1)776020

at The Meadowlands

Week 10

1234Total
Cowboys (9–1)01010727
Eagles (4–6)733720

at Veterans Stadium

Week 11

1234Total
Cowboys (9–2)0631423
Chargers (4–7)7107024

at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, California

Week 12

1234Total
Chiefs (5–7)0014721
Cowboys (10–2)101071441

[3]

Week 13

1234Total
Cardinals (5–7–1)703717
Cowboys (11–2)71401435

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Week 14

1234Total
Cowboys (12–2)7771435
Seahawks (7–7)030710

at Seattle Kingdome

Week 15

1234Total
Redskins (13–2)14071031
Cowboys (12–3)730010

at Texas Stadium

Week 16

1234Total
Cowboys (12–4)370717
49ers (10–6)21071442

at Candlestick Park

Wild card playoffs

December 26, 1983

NFC: Los Angeles Rams 24, Dallas Cowboys 17

Game summary
1234Total
Rams (10–7)7071024
Cowboys (12–5)073717

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

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

External links

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