1983 Dallas Cowboys season: Wikis


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1983 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Tom Landry
Home field Texas Stadium
Record 12-4
Place 2nd NFC East
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Rams) 24-17
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The Dallas Cowboys completed the 1983 season with a record of 12 wins and 4 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 several 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 homefield 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 that 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

1983 Roster

Dallas Cowboys roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams


Week Date Opponent Result Game site NFL Recap
1 September 5, 1983 Washington Redskins W 31-30 RFK Stadium [1]
2 September 11, 1983 St. Louis Cardinals W 34-17 Busch Memorial Stadium [2]
3 September 18, 1983 New York Giants W 28-13 Texas Stadium [3]
4 September 25, 1983 New Orleans Saints W 21-20 Texas Stadium [4]
5 October 2, 1983 Minnesota Vikings W 37-24 Metrodome [5]
6 October 9, 1983 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27-24 OT Texas Stadium [6]
7 October 16, 1983 Philadelphia Eagles W 37-7 Texas Stadium [7]
8 October 23, 1983 Los Angeles Raiders L 38-40 Texas Stadium [8]
9 October 30, 1983 New York Giants W 38-20 Giants Stadium [9]
10 November 6, 1983 Philadelphia Eagles W 27-20 Veterans Stadium [10]
11 November 13, 1983 San Diego Chargers L 23-24 Jack Murphy Stadium [11]
12 November 20, 1983 Kansas City Chiefs W 41-21 Texas Stadium [12]
13 November 24, 1983 St. Louis Cardinals W 35-17 Texas Stadium [13]
14 December 4, 1983 Seattle Seahawks W 35-10 Kingdome [14]
15 December 11, 1983 Washington Redskins L 10-31 Texas Stadium [15]
16 December 19, 1983 San Francisco 49ers L 17-42 Candlestick Park [16]


NFC East
Washington Redskins 14 2 0 .875 541 332 W-9
Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 .750 479 360 L-2
St. Louis Cardinals 8 7 1 .531 374 428 W-3
Philadelphia Eagles 5 11 0 .313 233 322 L-2
New York Giants 3 12 1 .219 267 347 L-4


Week Date Opponent Result Game site NFL Recap
Wild Card December 26, 1983 Los Angeles Rams L 17-24 Texas Stadium [17]


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.


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2. Total Football ISBN 0-06-270170-3
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