Dallas Cowboys 101... 1973

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  1. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Row 1
    • 12 Roger Staubach, QB
    • 14 Craig Morton, QB
    • 15 Toni Fritsch, K
    • 18 Jack Concannon, QB
    • 20 Mel Renfro, DB, Pro Bowl *, All Pro
    • 22 Bob Hayes, E
    • 23 Mike Montgomery, RB/WR
    • 27 Bill Thomas, RB
    • 31 Benny Barnes, DB
    • 32 Walt Garrison, RB
    • 34 Cornell Green, DB
    • 35 Calvin Hill, RB, Pro Bowl, All Pro
    Row 2
    • 40 Les Strayhorn, RB
    • 41 Charlie Waters, S
    • 43 Cliff Harris, S
    • 44 Robert Newhouse, FB
    • 45 Larry Robinson, RB
    • 46 Mark Washington, CB
    • 50 D. D. Lewis, LB
    • 51 Dave Manders, C
    • 52 Dave Edwards, LB
    • 53 John Babinecz, LB
    • 54 Chuck Howley, LB
    • 55 Lee Roy Jordan, LB, Pro Bowl, All Pro
    Row 3
    • 56 Rodrigo Barnes, LB
    • 61 Blaine Nye, G
    • 62 John Fitzgerald, C
    • 63 Larry Cole, DL
    • 64 Jim Arneson, C/G
    • 67 Pat Toomay, DE
    • 70 Rayfield Wright, E, Pro Bowl *, All Pro
    • 71 Rodney Wallace, G/T
    • 73 Ralph Neely, G/T
    • 74 Bob Lilly, DT, Pro Bowl
    • 75 Jethro Pugh, DE
    • 76 John Niland, G, Pro Bowl *
    Row 4
    • 77 Bill Gregory, DL
    • 78 Bruce Walton, G
    • 79 Harvey Martin, DE
    • 81 Marv Bateman, P
    • 82 Otto Stowe, WR
    • 83 Golden Richards, WR
    • 84 Jean Fugett, TE
    • 85 Tody Smith, DL
    • 86 John Smith, WR
    • 87 Billy Truax, TE
    • 88 Drew Pearson, WR
    • 89 Billy Joe DuPree, TE
    Row 5
    • Tom Landry, Head Coach
    • Gene Stallings, Coach
    • Jim Myers, Coach
    • Alvin Roy, Coach
    • Ernie Stautner, Coach
    • Ermal Allen, Coach
    • Jerry Tubbs, Coach
    • Mike Ditka, Coach
    • Ed Hughes, Coach
    • Don Cochren, Trainer
    • Ken Locker, Assistant Trainer
    • Buck Buchanan, Equipment Manager
    * = Starter

    Drew Pearson
    3 time Pro Bowl...1974, 76-77
    3 time All Pro...1974, 76-77

    :star: 1973 Cowboys Draft :star:
    1…Billy Joe Dupree, TE, Michigan State
    3 time Pro Bowl...1976-78
    2…Golden Richards, WR, Hawaii
    3…Harvey Martin, DE, East Texas State
    4 time Pro Bowl...1976-79
    1 time All Pro...1977
    4…Drane Scrivener, DB, Tulsa
    5…Bruce Walton, T, UCLA
    6…Bob Leyen, G, Yale
    7…Rodrigo Barnes, LB, Rice
    8…Dan Werner, QB, Michigan State
    9…Mike White, DB, Minnesota
    10…Carl Johnson, LB, Tennessee
    11…Gerald Caswell, G, Colorado State
    12…Jim Arneson, G, Arizona
    13…John Smith, WR, UCLA
    14…Bob Thornton, G, North Carolina
    15…Walt Daisy, LB, Grambling
    16…John Conley, TE, Hawaii
    17…Leslie Strayhorn, RB, East Carolina

    :star: 1973 Cowboys Schedule :star:
    Year 8 of 20 year winning streak

    NFC East Division Champs (3rd)

    9/16/73...Won @ Chicago Bears, 20-17
    9/24/73...Won vs. New Orleans Saints, 40-3
    "100th Win in Team History"

    9/30/73...Won vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 45-10
    10/8/73...Lost @ Washington Redskins, 7-14
    10/14/73...Lost @ Los Angeles Rams, 31-37
    10/21/73...Won vs. New York Giants, 45-28
    10/28/73...Lost @ Philadelphia Eagles, 16-30
    11/4/73...Won vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 38-10
    11/11/73...Won @ New York Giants, 23-10
    11/18/73...Won vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 31-10
    11/22/73...Lost vs. Miami Dolphins, 7-14
    12/2/73...Won @ Denver Broncos, 22-10
    12/9/73...Won vs. Washington Redskins, 27-7
    12/16/73...Won @ St. Louis Cardinals, 30-3

    6-1 @ Dallas
    4-3 on the road

    Points scored...382, 27.3 ppg
    Points allowed...203, 14.5 ppg

    12/23/73...Won vs. Los Angeles Rams, 27-16

    12/30/73...Lost vs. Minnesota Vikings, 10-27

    Cowboys all time record...108-80-6
    Cowboys Post Season record...8-7

    THUMPER Papa

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    1973 was another disappointing season for me as I thought for sure, with Staubach healthy again, we would win it all, but we fell in the NFC Championship Game for the 2nd year in a row, this time to the Vikings.

    Throughout the 70s the Cowboys, Redskins, Vikings, and Rams were the class of the NFC and represented the NFC in every SB during the decade. All 4 teams were very balanced with excellent defenses and offenses that were good at both passing and running the ball.

    1973 was a good example of that as all 4 teams made the playoffs and had some good games between them. We beat the Rams and Minnesota beat the Redskins in the 1st round. The game against the Vikings in the Championship Game was a very tough one for us with Bob Lilly missing the only game (I believe) of his NFL career with a bad back, Calvin Hill out injured, and Staubach suffering through one of his worst days as a pro. Still, we had our chances.

    Down 10-7 in the 3rd quarter Tarkenton hit John Gilliam with a long bomb. Then we drove inside the Vikings' 10 yard line only to settle for a FG. To me that was the killer of the game for us as a TD would have kept us within 3 points but now we were down by 7. In the 4th Staubach threw one of his 4 INTs on the day which was returned by Bobby Bryant 63 yards for a TD to put Minnesota up 24-10. They scored another late FG to make it 27-10 but we still had a chance to score again but Walt Garrison fumbled the ball away on the Vikings' 2 yard line to seal the loss.

    We didn't score an offensive TD in the game which wasn't all that surprising against the Vikings defense who had given up only 13 TDs all season, but still I expected our offense to play much better. With no running game, and Roger playing poorly, we didn't have much of a chance. We had too many key players out and didn't have an answer to the Vikings' defense or their running game all day.

    The Vikings would go on to lose to the Dolphins in the SB 24-7. It was probably a good thing we didn't win as we would likely have lost to Miami given our lack of health at the time. The Dolphins were at the height of their power that year and I believe they were a better team than in 1972 when they went undefeated as they played a tougher schedule and still won the SB. Their defense was better and their offense controlled the clock so well that the other teams just wore down.
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