2011 Dallas Cowboys season

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2011 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Jason Garrett
Owner Jerry Jones
Home field Cowboys Stadium
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 3rd NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Jay Ratliff DT, DeMarcus Ware LB
Uniform
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Timeline
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The 2011 Dallas Cowboys season was the team's 52nd season in the National Football League, the third playing their home games at Cowboys Stadium and the first full season under head coach Jason Garrett. The team improved on their 6–10 record from 2010 but failed to make the playoffs after their loss to the New York Giants for the NFC East division title of the final game of their season, who later went on to win the Super Bowl.

Offseason[edit]

2011 draft board[edit]

Main article: 2011 NFL Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 9 Tyron Smith OT USC
2 40 Bruce Carter ILB North Carolina
3 71 Demarco Murray RB Oklahoma
4 110 David Arkin G Missouri State
5 143 Josh Thomas CB Buffalo
6 176 Dwayne Harris WR East Carolina
7 220 [a] Shaun Chapas FB Georgia
7 252 [b] Bill Nagy C Wisconsin
^[a] The Cowboys forfeited its original seventh-round selection after selecting DT Josh Brent in the 2010 Supplemental Draft. The Cowboys later acquired a new seventh-round selection in a September 2010 trade that sent WR Patrick Crayton to the San Diego Chargers.
^[b] Compensatory selection.

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The Cowboys' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 11 7:30 p.m. CDT Denver Broncos W 24–23 1–0 Cowboys Stadium KTVT Recap
2 August 21 7:00 p.m. CDT San Diego Chargers L 7–20 1–1 Cowboys Stadium NBC Recap
3 August 27 7:00 p.m. CDT at Minnesota Vikings W 23–17 2–1 Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome KTVT Recap
4 September 1 6:30 p.m. CDT at Miami Dolphins L 3–17 2–2 Sun Life Stadium KTVT Recap

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 11 7:20 p.m. CDT at New York Jets L 24–27 0–1 MetLife Stadium NBC Recap
2 September 18 3:05 p.m. CDT at San Francisco 49ers W 27–24 (OT) 1–1 Candlestick Park Fox Recap
3 September 26 7:30 p.m. CDT Washington Redskins W 18–16 2–1 Cowboys Stadium ESPN Recap
4 October 2 12:00 p.m. CDT Detroit Lions L 30–34 2–2 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap
5 Bye
6 October 16 3:15 p.m. CDT at New England Patriots L 16–20 2–3 Gillette Stadium Fox Recap
7 October 23 3:15 p.m. CDT St. Louis Rams W 34–7 3–3 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap
8 October 30 7:20 p.m. CDT at Philadelphia Eagles L 7–34 3–4 Lincoln Financial Field NBC Recap
9 November 6 12:00 p.m. CST Seattle Seahawks W 23–13 4–4 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap
10 November 13 12:00 p.m. CST Buffalo Bills W 44–7 5–4 Cowboys Stadium CBS Recap
11 November 20 12:00 p.m. CST at Washington Redskins W 27–24 (OT) 6–4 FedEx Field Fox Recap
12 November 24 3:15 p.m. CST Miami Dolphins W 20–19 7–4 Cowboys Stadium CBS Recap
13 December 4 3:15 p.m. CST at Arizona Cardinals L 13–19 (OT) 7–5 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
14 December 11 7:20 p.m. CST New York Giants L 34–37 7–6 Cowboys Stadium NBC Recap
15 December 17 7:20 p.m. CST at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–15 8–6 Raymond James Stadium NFLN Recap
16 December 24 3:15 p.m. CST Philadelphia Eagles L 7–20 8–7 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap
17 January 1 7:20 p.m. CST[1] at New York Giants L 14–31 8–8 MetLife Stadium NBC Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at New York Jets[edit]

Week One: Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 3 7 7 24
Jets 0 7 3 17 27

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the loss the Cowboys started the season at 0–1

Week 2: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Two: Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Cowboys 0 7 7 10 3 27
49ers 0 14 7 3 0 24

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 3: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Three: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 6 3 7 0 16
Cowboys 3 6 3 6 18

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
First quarter
  • WAS – Graham Gano 46-yard field goal, Redskins 3–0, Drive: 10 plays, 42 yards, 4:54.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 41-yard field goal, Tied 3–3, Drive: 9 plays, 57 yards, 4:32.
  • WAS – Graham Gano 46-yard field goal, Redskins 6–3, Drive: 3 plays, 1 yard, 1:36.
Second quarter
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 41-yard field goal, Tied 6–6, Drive: 4 plays, 9 yards, 1:52.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 32-yard field goal, Cowboys 9–6, Drive: 8 plays, 54 yards, 3:57.
  • WAS – Graham Gano 50-yard field goal, Tied 9–9, Drive: 10 plays, 48 yard, 2:25.
Third quarter
  • WAS – Tim Hightower 1-yard pass from Rex Grossman (Graham Gano kick), Redskins 16–9, Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 5:31.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 41-yard field goal, Redskins 16–12, Drive: 7 plays, 57 yards, 3:41.
Fourth quarter
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 23-yard field goal, Redskins 16–15, Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 4:28.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 40-yard field goal, Cowboys 18–16, Drive: 9 plays, 64 yards, 1:57.
Top passers
  • WAS – Rex Grossman – 22/37, 250 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • DAL – Tony Romo – 22/36, 255 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

with the win the Cowboys improved to 2–1

Week 4: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Four: Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 3 14 17 34
Cowboys 7 13 10 0 30

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
First quarter
  • DAL – Dez Bryant 25-yard pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey kick), Cowboys 7–0, Drive: 6 plays, 55 yards, 3:55.
Second quarter
  • DAL – Dez Bryant 6-yard pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey kick), Cowboys 14–0, Drive: 4 plays, 71 yards, 2:25.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 41-yard field goal, Cowboys 17–0, Drive: 7 plays, 26 yards, 2:48.
  • DET – Jason Hanson 33-yard field goal, Cowboys 17–3, Drive: 9 plays, 47 yards, 2:20.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 35-yard field goal, Cowboys 20–3, Drive: 8 plays, 63 yards, 1:28.
Third quarter
  • DAL – Jason Witten 1-yard pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey kick), Cowboys 27–3, Drive: 6 plays, 46 yards, 2:37.
  • DET – Bobby Carpenter 35-yard interception return (Jason Hanson kick), Cowboys 27–10, Drive: 1 plays, 35 yards, 0:00.
  • DET – Chris Houston 56-yard interception return (Jason Hanson kick), Cowboys 27–17, Drive: 7 plays, 31 yards, 4:38.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 23-yard field goal, Cowboys 30–17, Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:57.
Fourth quarter
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 23-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Cowboys 30–24, Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:00.
  • DET – Jason Hanson 51-yard field goal, Cowboys 30–27, Drive: 8 plays, 14 yards, 3:09.
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 2-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 34–30, Drive: 7 plays, 40 yards, 2:34.
Top passers
  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 21/43, 240 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
  • DAL – Tony Romo – 34/47, 331 yards, 3 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
Top rushers
  • DET – Jahvid Best – 11 carries, 47 yards
  • DAL – Felix Jones – 16 carries, 57 yards
Top receivers
  • DET – Calvin Johnson – 8 receptions, 96 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • DAL – Laurent Robinson – 7 receptions, 116 yards
Top tacklers
  • DET – Stephen Tulloch – 10 tackles, 2 assists, 1 interception
  • DAL – Barry Church – 4 tackles, 1 assist

With the loss the Cowboys fell to 2–2

Week 6: at New England Patriots[edit]

Week Six: Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 7 3 3 16
Patriots 3 10 0 7 20

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: October 16
  • Game time: 4:15 p.m. EDT/3:15 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 63°F (Partly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DAL –
  • NE –
Top rushers
  • DAL –
  • NE –
Top receivers
  • DAL –
  • NE –
Top tacklers
  • DAL –
  • NE –

The Cowboys' blue uniforms returned after a 1-year hiatus, and they blew a 3 point fourth quarter lead, and lost to the Patriots.

Week 7: vs. St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Seven: St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 7 0 0 7
Cowboys 7 10 3 14 34

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: October 23
  • Game time: 3:15 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 80,086
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton and John Lynch
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 8: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Eight: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 0 0 7 7
Eagles 14 10 3 7 34

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: October 30
  • Game time: 8:20 p.m. EDT/7:20 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 42°F (Clear)
  • Game attendance: 69,144
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 9: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Nine: Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 3 0 7 13
Cowboys 3 3 7 10 23

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SEA –
  • DAL –
Top rushers
  • SEA –
  • DAL –
Top receivers
  • SEA –
  • DAL –
Top tacklers
  • SEA –
  • DAL –

Week 10: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Ten: Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 7 0 0 7
Cowboys 14 14 6 10 44

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: November 13
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 85,157
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms

Week 11: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Eleven: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Cowboys 7 3 0 14 3 27
Redskins 0 14 3 7 0 24

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DAL –
  • WAS –
Top rushers
  • DAL –
  • WAS –
Top receivers
  • DAL –
  • WAS –
Top tacklers
  • DAL –
  • WAS –

Week 12: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Thanksgiving Day game

Week Twelve: Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 3 3 10 3 19
Cowboys 0 10 0 10 20

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: November 24
  • Game time: 3:15 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 87,418
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • DAL –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • DAL –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • DAL –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • DAL –

Coming off their thrilling overtime road win over the Redskins, the Cowboys went home, donned their throwback uniforms, and played a Week 12 interconference duel with the Miami Dolphins in the annual Thanksgiving game. Dallas trailed early in the first quarter with Dolphins kicker Shayne Graham getting a 26-yard field goal, yet the Cowboys would answer in the second quarter with a 26-yard field goal from kicker Dan Bailey, followed by quarterback Tony Romo finding wide receiver Laurent Robinson on a 5-yard touchdown pass. Miami would close out the half with Graham making a 28-yard field goal.

The Dolphins retook the lead in the third quarter with Graham booting a 27-yard field goal, followed by quarterback Matt Moore completing a 35-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Afterwards, Dallas regained the lead in the fourth quarter with Romo connecting with Robinson again on an 18-yard touchdown pass. Miami struck back with Graham making a 23-yard field goal, but Bailey rescued the Cowboys by nailing the winning 28-yard field goal.

With the win, Dallas improved to 7–4.

Bailey (2/2 on field goal, including game-winning 28-yarder) and linebacker DeMarcus Ware (1 assist & a fumble recovery) were named NFL on CBS' All-Iron Award winners.

Week 13: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Thirteen: Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Cowboys 0 10 3 0 0 13
Cardinals 3 0 3 7 6 19

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DAL –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • DAL –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • DAL –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • DAL –
  • ARI –

Week 14: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week Fourteen: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 5 10 7 15 37
Cowboys 7 10 3 14 34

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • NYG – Brandon Jacobs 1-yard run, Lawrence Tynes XP Good, 12:45 (NYG 12–7)
  • DAL – Laurent Robinson 9 yd pass from Tony Romo, Dan Bailey XP Good, 6:26 (DAL 12–14)
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYG
  • NYG –
  • DAL –
Top receivers
  • NYG –
  • DAL –
Top tacklers
  • NYG –
  • DAL –

Week 15: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Fifteen: Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 14 14 3 0 31
Buccaneers 0 0 15 0 15

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DAL – Romo, 23/30, 249 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
  • TB – Freeman, 17/27, 148 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions
Top rushers
  • DAL – Jones, 22 rushes, 108 yards
  • TB – Freeman, 4 rushes, 37 yards
Top receivers
  • DAL –Austin, 5 receptions, 53 yards, 1 touchdown
  • TB -Lumpkin, 5 receptions, 50 yards
Top defenders
  • DAL – Scandrick – 5 tackles, 1 assist (1 sack)
  • TB – Foster – 5 tackles, 3 assists

Week 16: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Sixteen: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 7 3 3 20
Cowboys 0 0 0 7 7

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 3:15 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 84,834
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 17: at New York Giants[edit]

Week Seventeen: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 0 7 7 14
Giants 7 14 0 10 31

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw 5-yard run (Lawrence Tynes kick), NYG 14–0
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw 10-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick), NYG 21–0
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • DAL – Laurent Robinson 6-yard pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey kick), NYG 21–14
  • NYG – Lawrence Tynes 28-yard field goal, NYG 24–14
  • NYG – Hakeem Nicks 4-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick), NYG 31–14
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the loss the Cowboys finished at 8–8 and got eliminated from the playoffs

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) New York Giants 9 7 0 .562 3–3 5–7 394 400 W2
Philadelphia Eagles 8 8 0 .500 5–1 6–6 396 328 W4
Dallas Cowboys 8 8 0 .500 2–4 6–6 372 347 L2
Washington Redskins 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 288 367 L2

Staff[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 2011 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Rosters[edit]

Opening preseason roster[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 2011 opening preseason roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

90 Active, 1 Inactive

Week one roster[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 2011 week one roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

53 Active, 3 Inactive, 8 PS

Final roster[edit]

2011 Dallas Cowboys final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 10 Inactive, 6 Practice squad

Notes and references[edit]