2019 Dallas Cowboys season

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2019 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coachJason Garrett
General managerJerry Jones
OwnerJerry Jones
Home fieldAT&T Stadium
Results
Record8–8
Division place2nd NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro Bowlers
AP All-ProsRG Zack Martin (1st team)
Uniform
Dallas Cowboys Uniforms - 2016 Season.png
Dallas taking the field before a preseason game against Houston

The 2019 season was the Dallas Cowboys' 60th in the National Football League, their 11th playing home games at AT&T Stadium and their ninth and final season under head coach Jason Garrett. It also marked the return of tight end Jason Witten, who retired in 2018 and spent a year as the color analyst for Monday Night Football. Wide receiver Cole Beasley, who was the second-longest tenured player on the roster, left the team in the offseason and signed with the Bills.

Despite being 6–4 by Week 11 and leading the NFC East, they lost 4 of the last 6 games for a final record of 8-8. This was their first non-winning season since the 2015 season. A Week 16 loss to their division rival the Philadelphia Eagles was the turning point, with the Eagles winning in week 17 against the Giants ensuring that the Eagles would be the 2019 NFC East champion; a strong Week 17 win by the Cowboys against their division rivals of the Washington Redskins was insufficient to save their season.

Head coach Jason Garrett's contract was not renewed by Jerry Jones after expiration.[1]

Offseason[edit]

Signings[edit]

Position Player Age 2018 team Contract
WR Randall Cobb 29 Green Bay Packers 1 year, $5 million
TE Jason Witten 37 Did not play 1 year, $4.5 million
DE Kerry Hyder 28 Detroit Lions 1 year, $1 million
DT Christian Covington 26 Houston Texans 1 year, $2.5 million

Re-signings[edit]

Position Player Age Contract
FB Jamize Olawale 30 3 years, $5.4 million
WR Tavon Austin 29 1 year, $1.75 million
OT Cameron Fleming 27 2 years, $7.5 million
DE DeMarcus Lawrence 27 5 years, $105 million
DT Daniel Ross 26 1 year, $645,000
OLB Justin March 26 1 year, $720,000
FS Darian Thompson 26 1 year, $720,000
LS L. P. Ladouceur 38 1 year, $1.03 million

Trade acquisitions[edit]

Position Player Age 2018 team Contract Traded away
DE Robert Quinn 29 Miami Dolphins 1 year, $8 million 2020 6th-round pick (John Penisini)

Departures[edit]

Position Player Age 2019 team
RB Rod Smith 27 Oakland Raiders
WR Cole Beasley 30 Buffalo Bills
WR Allen Hurns 28 Miami Dolphins
WR Terrance Williams 30 Joined XFL
TE Rico Gathers 25 Unsigned
TE Geoff Swaim 26 Jacksonville Jaguars
OT/OG Parker Ehinger 27 Baltimore Ravens
OG Marcus Martin 26 Unsigned
DE Taco Charlton 25 Miami Dolphins
DE Datone Jones 29 Unsigned
DT David Irving 26 Retired
DT Caraun Reid 28 Arizona Cardinals
OLB Damien Wilson 26 Kansas City Chiefs
FS Marqueston Huff 27 Joined XFL
K Brett Maher 30 Unsigned

NFL Draft[edit]

2019 Dallas Cowboys draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 59 Trysten Hill  DT Central Florida
3 90 Connor McGovern  OG Penn St
4 128 Tony Pollard  RB Memphis
5 158 Michael Jackson  CB Miami (FL)
5 165 Joe Jackson  DE Miami (FL)
6 213 Donovan Wilson  S Texas A&M
7 218 Mike Weber  RB Ohio State
7 241 Jalen Jelks  DE Oregon
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

  • The Cowboys traded their 2019 first-round draft pick to the Raiders in exchange for WR Amari Cooper.
  • The Cowboys traded a conditional 2019 sixth-round draft pick in September 2017 to the Bengals in exchange for CB Bene Benwikere.
  • As a result of a negative differential of free agent signings and departures that the Cowboys experienced during the 2018 free agency period, the team received one compensatory selection in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft.

Staff[edit]

2019 Dallas Cowboys staff
Front office
  • Owner/president/general manager – Jerry Jones
  • COO/executive vice president/director of player personnel – Stephen Jones
  • Senior director of football operations/football administration – Todd Williams
  • Director of salary cap & player contracts – Adam Prasifka
  • Vice president player personnel – Will McClay
  • Director of college scouting – Lionel Vital
  • Director of pro scouting – Alex Loomis
  • Assistant director of college scouting – Chris Hall
  • Director of football research – Tom Robinson

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2019 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, 18 inactive, 9   practice squad

Preseason[edit]

Dallas on offense against Houston

On March 21, the exhibition matchup between the Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams was officially announced for Saturday, August 17, at Aloha Stadium just outside of Honolulu, Hawaii, with the Rams serving as the home team.[2]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 10 at San Francisco 49ers L 9–17 0–1 Levi's Stadium Recap
2 August 17 at Los Angeles Rams W 14–10 1–1 Aloha Stadium (Honolulu) Recap
3 August 24 Houston Texans W 34–0 2–1 AT&T Stadium Recap
4 August 29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 15–17 2–2 AT&T Stadium Recap

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue NFL.com
recap
1 September 8 New York Giants W 35–17 1–0 AT&T Stadium Recap
2 September 15 at Washington Redskins W 31–21 2–0 FedExField Recap
3 September 22 Miami Dolphins W 31–6 3–0 AT&T Stadium Recap
4 September 29 at New Orleans Saints L 10–12 3–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
5 October 6 Green Bay Packers L 24–34 3–2 AT&T Stadium Recap
6 October 13 at New York Jets L 22–24 3–3 MetLife Stadium Recap
7 October 20 Philadelphia Eagles W 37–10 4–3 AT&T Stadium Recap
8 Bye
9 November 4 at New York Giants W 37–18 5–3 MetLife Stadium Recap
10 November 10 Minnesota Vikings L 24–28 5–4 AT&T Stadium Recap
11 November 17 at Detroit Lions W 35–27 6–4 Ford Field Recap
12 November 24 at New England Patriots L 9–13 6–5 Gillette Stadium Recap
13 November 28 Buffalo Bills L 15–26 6–6 AT&T Stadium Recap
14 December 5 at Chicago Bears L 24–31 6–7 Soldier Field Recap
15 December 15 Los Angeles Rams W 44–21 7–7 AT&T Stadium Recap
16 December 22 at Philadelphia Eagles L 9–17 7–8 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
17 December 29 Washington Redskins W 47–16 8–8 AT&T Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week One: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 7 0 3717
Cowboys 7 14 14035

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

In the season opener, the Cowboys scored in 5 consecutive drives, the longest streak in Cowboys history, despite Saquon Barkley scoring a rushing touchdown first in this game. After that, it was all Dallas the rest of the way. The win allowed the Cowboys to start 1-0.

Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones would end up playing the rest of the game for Eli Manning when Manning was taken out due to a coaching decision made by head coach Pat Shurmur. This would be Manning’s last game he played against the Cowboys, as he did not play in their second game in Metlife Stadium due to Jones being the starter since week 3 of the season.

Week 2: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Two: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 14 71031
Redskins 0 7 7721

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Game information

The game started with Montae Nicholson obtaining an interception, which would allow the Redskins to score. The Cowboys responded with a touchdown pass to Devin Smith to tie the game at 7-7. They would later score again with a touchdown pass to veteran tight end Jason Witten before halftime. The Redskins would respond back after another touchdown scored by the Cowboys. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 180 combined yards. This win would improve the Cowboys to 2-0.

Week 3: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Three: Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 3 3 006
Cowboys 10 0 14731

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: September 22
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: None (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 90,127
  • Referee: Adrian Hill
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Both Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard obtained 100+ rushing yards in one game. This would not repeat until Week 15. This win improved the Cowboys to 3-0.

Week 4: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Four: Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 3 0 7010
Saints 0 9 0312

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

The Cowboys obtained their first interception of the season. Despite a strong defense and allowing no touchdowns, they would drop to 3-1 with the loss. This game mimicked last year’s game between these two teams in Dallas where it was mainly a defensive battle.

Week 5: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Five: Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 14 3 14334
Cowboys 0 0 101424

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

In a highly anticipated matchup against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in a testament of the Cowboys-Packers rivalry, the Cowboys struggled mightily. Despite then recovering from a 31-3 deficit midway through the 3rd quarter, the Packers proved too strong for the Cowboys. As a result and for the first time since the Divisional Round from 2016, they would allow 30+ points. This brutal loss dropped the Cowboys to 3-2.

Week 6: at New York Jets[edit]

Week Six: Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 6 31322
Jets 7 14 0324

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

The Cowboys traveled to Metlife Stadium to take on Sam Darnold, who had just recovered from mono and the Jets in one of their two trips to East Rutherford, New Jersey. They looked to defeat the Jets for the first time since 2007.

The Jets would score a touchdown from 92 yards in one of the worst defensive plays by the Cowboys. The Cowboys attempted to rally, but while attempting a two-point conversion that would tie the game and send it to overtime, the pass was incomplete. The loss dropped them to 3-3, and their streak of losing three games against the Jets continued.

Week 7: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Seven: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 7 0 3010
Cowboys 14 13 01037

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: October 20
  • Game time: 7:20 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: None (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 91,213
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

The Cowboys played top-tier football and got back to their winning ways. One of the first plays was a forced fumble on Carson Wentz, which Dallas recovered. Tavon Austin would give the Cowboys the first scoring drive not long afterwards. Brett Maher kicked a 63-yard field goal to break his old record of 62, which was also during a game at home against the Eagles. The Cowboys would put their 3-game losing streak to an end as the Cowboys would improve to 4-3.

Week 9: at New York Giants[edit]

Week Nine: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 3 10 32137
Giants 3 9 3318

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

Despite a first pass attempt being an interception and the Giants having a lead by 9 points, Ezekiel Elliott made his first appearance at MetLife Stadium since his rookie season and would run for 139 yards on 23 carries. The game is notable for a black cat appearing during the game. This would delay the game for several minutes. The Cowboys would not allow any more touchdowns once they claimed the lead at halftime. The Jourdan Lewis fumble recovery sealed the game as it was returned for a touchdown while the Cowboys led 30-18 to put them up 37-18 and improve to 5-3 with the win.

Week 10: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Ten: Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 14 3 11028
Cowboys 0 14 7324

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: November 10
  • Game time: 7:20 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Clear, 67 °F (19 °C) (retractable roof open)
  • Game attendance: 91,188
  • Referee: Shawn Hochuli
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya and Terry McAulay
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

The Cowboys were down by two touchdowns and attempted to rally, but it wasn't enough as the Cowboys dropped to 5-4.

Week 11: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Eleven: Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 3 21 3835
Lions 7 7 7627

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: November 17
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 61,801
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
  • Recap Game Book
Game information

On the first handoff to Ezekiel Elliott, the fumble was recovered by the Lions, that way the Lions could score and take a 7-0 lead. The Cowboys would respond with a field goal by Brett Maher. Later on, the Cowboys would claim the lead and would not allow the Lions to lead again after Cowboys scored another touchdown. The game is most notable for a catch by Michael Gallup, who would scoop the ball up after nearly dropping the pass. This win would improve them to 6-4.

Elliot’s touchdown celebration of the “Dak Dance” became a meme and a trend for the rest of the 2019 NFL season.

Week 12: at New England Patriots[edit]

Week Twelve: Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 6 039
Patriots 7 3 0313

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: November 24
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST/4:25 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Rain and wind, 38 °F (3 °C)
  • Game attendance: 65,878
  • Referee: Scott Novak
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Having attempted to upset reigning Super Bowl champions, one of their punts from Chris Jones was blocked so the Patriots could score in the next offensive drive. The Cowboys would only muster three field goals as they would fall to 6-5.

Week 13: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

Thanksgiving Day Games

Week Thirteen: Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 0 13 10326
Cowboys 7 0 0815

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

Despite the Cowboys starting the game really well, they struggled mightily since the end of the second quarter. Former teammate Cole Beasley caught for 110 yards, including a touchdown. The Cowboys would not score again after their first scoring drive until the fourth quarter. Not only would this loss drop them to 6-6, but the loss would also hurt their chance of being playoff contenders.

Week 14: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Fourteen: Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 7 0 01724
Bears 0 17 7731

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: December 5
  • Game time: 7:20 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Mostly cloudy, 44 °F (7 °C)
  • Game attendance: 61,276
  • Referee: Brad Rogers
  • TV announcers (Fox/NFLN/Amazon Prime): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

This loss ensures that the Cowboys would lose 3 or more for a second time in a season for the first time since 2015. Additionally, they could no longer match their record of 10-6 from the previous season. This loss dropped them to 6-7.

Week 15: vs. Los Angeles Rams[edit]

Week Fifteen: Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 0 7 01421
Cowboys 7 21 31344

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: December 15
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 90,436
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

The Cowboys again achieved two rushers running for 100+ yards, which the rushers were coincidentally, also Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. Sean Lee obtained his first interception since 2017 where they beat the Giants. The Rams wouldn't take the lead during the game. This win would again prevent a 4-game losing streak as well. With arguably the best win of their season, the Cowboys improved to 7-7.

Week 16: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Sixteen: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 6 039
Eagles 10 0 7017

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: December 22
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST/4:25 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Clear, 47 °F (8 °C)
  • Game attendance: 69,796
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

In this de-facto NFC East showdown, the Cowboys travelled to Philadelphia to take on Carson Wentz and the Eagles, who, at the time, were 5-7 after their Week 13 loss to the Miami Dolphins. They were now rallying from two divisional wins against the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins in weeks 14 and 15 respectively.

The game began with the Eagles converting two third-downs and eventually converting a 36 yard field goal from Jake Elliott. The Cowboys would not respond as the Eagles went down the field 63 yards on 7 plays. Dallas Goedert caught a 6 yard pass from Carson Wentz to put the Eagles up 10-0. The Cowboys attempted to put together a game tying drive when Eagles were leading 17-9, but on 4th down from the Eagles 23, A pass to Michael Gallup was incomplete, allowing the Eagles to run out the game clock. This loss dropped the Cowboys to 7-8.

Week 17: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Seventeen: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Redskins 0 10 6016
Cowboys 6 14 171047

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: December 29
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 90,646
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Although the Cowboys would be eliminated from playoff contention with a win by the Eagles, Kai Forbath remains perfect in field goals as he again converted each attempt. Jaylon Smith also obtained his first interception in his career off quarterback Case Keenum, who is starting as emergency for Dwayne Haskins. This would be the final game with head coach Jason Garrett as his contract expired and not renewed. This win would prevent the Cowboys from suffering their first losing season since 2015 to finish 8-8.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Philadelphia Eagles 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 385 354 W4
Dallas Cowboys 8 8 0 .500 5–1 7–5 434 321 W1
New York Giants 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 341 451 L1
Washington Redskins 3 13 0 .188 0–6 2–10 266 435 L4

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] San Francisco 49ers West 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .504 .466 W2
2[a][b] Green Bay Packers North 13 3 0 .813 6–0 10–2 .453 .428 W5
3[a][b] New Orleans Saints South 13 3 0 .813 5–1 9–3 .486 .459 W3
4 Philadelphia Eagles East 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 .455 .417 W4
Wild Cards
5 Seattle Seahawks West 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 .531 .463 L2
6 Minnesota Vikings North 10 6 0 .625 2–4 7–5 .477 .356 L2
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Los Angeles Rams West 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .535 .438 W1
8[c] Chicago Bears North 8 8 0 .500 4–2 7–5 .508 .383 W1
9[c] Dallas Cowboys East 8 8 0 .500 5–1 7–5 .479 .316 W1
10[d] Atlanta Falcons South 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 .545 .518 W4
11[d] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .500 .384 L2
12 Arizona Cardinals West 5 10 1 .344 1–5 3–8–1 .529 .375 L1
13 Carolina Panthers South 5 11 0 .313 1–5 2–10 .549 .469 L8
14 New York Giants East 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 .473 .281 L1
15 Detroit Lions North 3 12 1 .219 0–6 2–9–1 .506 .375 L9
16 Washington Redskins East 3 13 0 .188 0–6 2–10 .502 .281 L4
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b c San Francisco finished ahead of Green Bay and New Orleans based on head-to-head sweep.
  2. ^ a b Green Bay finished ahead of New Orleans based on conference record.
  3. ^ a b Chicago finished ahead of Dallas based on head-to-head victory.
  4. ^ a b Atlanta finished ahead of Tampa Bay based on division record.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Helman, David (January 5, 2020). "Cowboys Part Ways With Jason Garrett". DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "It's official: Rams, Cowboys to play NFL preseason game at Aloha Stadium". HawaiiNewsNow.com. March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.

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