1982 Dallas Cowboys season
Head Coach Tom Landry
Home Field Texas Stadium
Record 6–3
Place 2nd in NFC
Playoff Finish Won First Round (Buccaneers) 30–17
Won Second Round (Packers) 37–26
Lost Conference Championship (at Redskins) 31–17
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1981 1983

The Dallas Cowboys finished the strike-shortened 1982 NFL season with a record of 6 wins and 3 losses, placing them second in the NFC. After losing the season opening game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (the first time the Cowboys lost a season opener in 17 years), the Cowboys won the next six, five after the strike. However, two losses at the end of the regular season cost them homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. After beginning their playoff run at home with victories over the Buccaneers and the Packers, the Cowboys traveled to Washington, where they met defeat at the hands of their arch-rival, the Redskins. It was the third straight season that the Cowboys lost in the NFC championship game. The Redskins would advance to win the Super Bowl.

The Cowboys featured big-play capability on both sides of the ball in 1982. The offense relied on running back Tony Dorsett, who led the NFC in rushing (and during the season set an NFL record with a 99 yard run from scrimmage against Minnesota), and quarterback Danny White, who finished second in the NFL in passer rating. Despite the retirement of long time starters Charlie Waters and D.D. Lewis before the season, the Cowboys still tied for the NFC lead in sacks, and cornerback Everson Walls led the league with seven interceptions.

The Cowboys were the only team to defeat the Washington Redskins in the 1982 season, winning a regular season matchup in Game 5.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

1982 NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Round Pick Name Position School
1 25 Rod Hill Cornerback Kentucky State
2 53 Jeff Rohrer Linebacker Yale
3 81 Jim Eliopulos Linebacker Wyoming
4 101 Brian Carpenter Defensive Back Michigan
4 109 Monty Hunter Defensive Back Salem (WV)
5 137 Phil Pozderac Offensive Tackle Notre Dame
6 143 Ken Hammond Offensive Guard Vanderbilt
6 165 Charles Daum Defensive Tackle Cal Poly-SLO
7 193 Bill Purifoy Defensive End Tulsa
8 216 George Peoples Running Back Auburn
8 221 Dwight Sullivan Running Back North Carolina State
9 249 Joe Gary Defensive Tackle UCLA
10 277 Todd Eckerson Offensive Tackle North Carolina State
11 295 George Thompson Tight End Albany State (GA)
11 304 Mike Whiting Running Back Florida State
12 332 Rich Burtness Offensive Guard Montana

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site NFL Recap Attendance
1 September 13 Pittsburgh L 28–36 Texas Stadium [1]
2 September 19 at St. Louis W 24–7 Busch Memorial Stadium [2]
3 November 21 Tampa Bay W 14–9 Texas Stadium [3]
4 November 25 Cleveland W 31–14 Texas Stadium [4]
5 December 5 at Washington W 24–10 RFK Stadium [5]
6 December 13 at Houston W 37–7 Astrodome [6]
7 December 19 New Orleans W 21–7 Texas Stadium [7]
8 December 26 Philadelphia L 20–24 Texas Stadium [8]
9 January 3 at Minnesota L 27–31 Metrodome [9]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Template:1982 NFC standings

Roster[edit | edit source]

Dallas Cowboys 1982 roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Currently vacant

Rookies in italics

48 Active, 0 Inactive

Postseason[edit | edit source]

Playoff schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site NFL Recap Attendance
First Round January 9 Tampa Bay W 30–17 Texas Stadium [10]
Second Round January 16 Green Bay W 37–26 Texas Stadium [11]
NFC Championship January 23 at Washington L 17–31 RFK Stadium [12]

Awards[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

1. The Football Encyclopedia ISBN 0-312-11435-4
2. Total Football ISBN 0-06-270170-3
3. [13]
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5. [15]

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