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2011 Dallas Cowboys season
Head Coach Jason Garrett
Home Field Cowboys Stadium
Results
Record 8–8
Place 3rd NFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers DT Jay Ratliff
LB DeMarcus Ware
Timeline
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2010 2012

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.

OFFSEASON NEEDS

Although there has been struggles, particularly in the offensive front, the main concern coming into the 2012 season is the defense. More so in the secordary. During many close games in the forth quarter, the defense was not able to close out games, giving up way too many points threw the passing game. This Team needs a young shut down Corner, and a Ball Hawk, "Ed Reed" Type of safety Playmaker that can make a game changing difference. On the Defensive front, they need someone opposite from Demarcus Ware. But it all depends whether they re-sign Anthony Spencer or not. The only real offensive priority is really just the re-signing of WR Robinson,and some offensive line depth.

OffseasonEdit

2011 draft boardEdit

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. they practiced in the summer

PreseasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

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

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
recap
Score Record
1 August 11 Denver W 24–23 1–0 Cowboys Stadium Recap
2 August 21 San Diego L 7–20 1–1 Cowboys Stadium Recap
3 August 27 at Minnesota W 23–17 2–1 Metrodome Recap
4 September 1 at Miami L 3–17 2–2 Sun Life Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
recap
Score Record
1 September 11 at New York Jets L 24–27 0–1 MetLife Stadium Recap
2 September 18 at San Francisco W 27–24 (OT) 1–1 Candlestick Park Recap
3 September 26 Washington W 18–16 2–1 Cowboys Stadium Recap
4 October 2 Detroit L 30–34 2–2 Cowboys Stadium Recap
5 Bye week
6 October 16 at New England L 16–20 2–3 Gillette Stadium Recap
7 October 23 St. Louis W 34–7 3–3 Cowboys Stadium Recap
8 October 30 at Philadelphia L 7–34 3–4 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
9 November 6 Seattle W 23–13 4–4 Cowboys Stadium Recap
10 November 13 Buffalo W 44–7 5–4 Cowboys Stadium Recap
11 November 20 at Washington W 27–24 (OT) 6–4 FedEx Field Recap
12 November 24 Miami W 20–19 7–4 Cowboys Stadium Recap
13 December 4 at Arizona L 13–19 (OT) 7–5 U of Phoenix Stadium Recap
14 December 11 New York Giants L 34–37 7–6 Cowboys Stadium Recap
15 December 17 at Tampa Bay W 31–15 8–6 Raymond James Stadium Recap
16 December 24 Philadelphia L 7–20 8–7 Cowboys Stadium Recap
17 January 1 at New York Giants L 14–31 8–8 MetLife Stadium Recap

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at New York JetsEdit

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

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Week 2: at San Francisco 49ersEdit

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

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

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Week 3: vs. Washington RedskinsEdit

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
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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.

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Top passers
  • WAS – Rex Grossman – 22/37, 250 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • DAL – Tony Romo – 22/36, 255 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception
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Week 4: vs. Detroit LionsEdit

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

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  • 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.

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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
  • DAL - Barry Church - 4 tackles, 1 assist

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Week 6: at New England PatriotsEdit

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
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Week 7: vs. St. Louis RamsEdit

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
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Week 8: at Philadelphia EaglesEdit

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
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Week 9: vs. Seattle SeahawksEdit

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

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 81,510
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jaime Maggio
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Week 10: vs. Buffalo BillsEdit

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 RedskinsEdit

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

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

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Week 12: vs. Miami DolphinsEdit

Thanksgiving Classic

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
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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 answser 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 Grahan 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, yet the Cowboys got the last laugh with Bailey nailing the game-ending 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 CardinalsEdit

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

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 3:15 p.m. CST/2:15 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 62,180
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, John Lynch and Jennifer Hale
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Week 14: vs. New York GiantsEdit

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

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 7:20 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 95,952
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, & Michele Tafoya
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Week 15: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

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

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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 – Lumpkin 5 receptions, 50 yards
  • TB – Austin, 5 receptions, 53 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers
  • DAL – Scandrick - 5 tackles, 1 assist (1 sack)
  • TB – Foster - 5 tackles, 3 assists

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Week 16: vs. Philadelphia EaglesEdit

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
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Week 17: at New York GiantsEdit

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

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  • 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

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StandingsEdit

Template:2011 NFC East standings

StaffEdit

Dallas Cowboys 2011 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning


Coaching Staff and Management
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RostersEdit

Opening preseason rosterEdit

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 1 rosterEdit

Dallas Cowboys 2011 week 1 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 rosterEdit

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 referencesEdit

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