1968 Dallas Cowboys season

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1968 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Tom Landry
General manager Tex Schramm
Owner Clint Murchison, Jr.
Home field Cotton Bowl
Results
Record 12–2
Division place 1st NFL Capitol
Playoff finish Lost Conference Championship

The 1968 Dallas Cowboys season was their ninth in the league and won the Capitol division by five games with a 12–2 record. In the first round of the playoffs, Dallas met the Cleveland Browns (10–4) in the Eastern Conference title game, held at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. In this era, the host sites were rotated, home field advantage was not adopted for the playoffs until 1975. Dallas had won the regular season game 28–7 in September, and had routed the Browns 52–14 in the previous year's playoffs, but both were played at the Cotton Bowl.

Cleveland upset the favored Cowboys 31–20,[1][2][3] sending Dallas to the third place Playoff Bowl at the Orange Bowl in Miami,[4] where they rallied to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, 17–13.[5][6]

The team averaged 30.8 points per game during the regular season, and holds the record for most points scored through the first three games of a season.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 15, 1968 Detroit Lions W 59–13
61,382
2 September 22, 1968 Cleveland Browns W 28–7
68,733
3 September 29, 1968 at Philadelphia Eagles W 45–13
60,858
4 October 6, 1968 at St. Louis Cardinals W 27–10
48,296
5 October 13, 1968 Philadelphia Eagles W 34–14
72,083
6 October 20, 1968 at Minnesota Vikings W 20–7
47,644
7 October 28, 1968 Green Bay Packers L 28–17
74,604
8 November 3, 1968 at New Orleans Saints W 17–3
84,728
9 November 10, 1968 New York Giants L 27–21
72,163
10 November 17, 1968 at Washington Redskins W 44–24
50,816
11 November 24, 1968 at Chicago Bears W 34–3
46,667
12 November 28, 1968 Washington Redskins W 29–20
66,076
13 December 8, 1968 Pittsburgh Steelers W 28–7
55,069
14 December 15, 1968 at New York Giants W 28–10
62,617

Game summaries[edit]

Week 3[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Cowboys 7 7 14 17 45
Eagles 3 10 0 0 13

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Week 14[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Cowboys 0 7 14 7 28
Giants 3 0 0 7 10

[9]

Playoffs[edit]

Main article: 1968 NFL playoffs
Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Eastern Conference December 21, 1968 at Cleveland Browns L, 31–20 Municipal Stadium
81,497
Playoff Bowl January 5, 1969 Minnesota Vikings W, 17–13 Orange Bowl
22,961

Standings[edit]

NFL Capitol
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 12 2 0 .857 5–1 9–1 431 186 W5
New York Giants 7 7 0 .500 5–1 7–3 294 325 L4
Washington Redskins 5 9 0 .357 2–4 3–7 249 358 W1
Philadelphia Eagles 2 12 0 .143 0–6 1–9 202 351 L1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Roster[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 1968 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
42 Active, 2 Inactive

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bledsoe, Terry (December 22, 1968). "Browns' interceptions beat Dallas". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1, sports. 
  2. ^ Livingston, Pat (December 22, 1968). "Browns jolt Cowboys, 31-20". Pittsburgh Press. p. 1, section 3. 
  3. ^ Taylor, Jim (December 22, 1968). "Browns smash Dallas, earn shot at NFL title". Toledo Blade. Ohio. p. D1. 
  4. ^ 1968 Dallas Cowboys
  5. ^ "Vikings 13-0 lead withers before Dallas rush, 17-13". Milwaukee Journal. press dispatches. January 6, 1969. p. 11, part 2. 
  6. ^ "Cowboys rally, capture Playoff Bowl". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 6, 1969. p. 26. 
  7. ^ "Mind-blowing stats for Week 4 of the 2013 season". National Football League. 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  8. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-Dec-15.
  9. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com