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1981 Dallas Cowboys

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12-4-0, Finished 1st in NFC East Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.1, Offense: 2.9, Defense: 3.2, SoS: 0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 367 points (22.9/g), 6th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 277 points (17.3/g), 7th.
 Differential of 90 points (5.6/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 10.6-5.4.

Coach: Tom Landry (12-4-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Ernie Stautner

Stadium: Texas Stadium
 Training Camp: California Lutheran College (Thousand Oaks, California)

Team Info

Principal Owner Clint Murchison Jr.
President/General Manager Tex Schramm
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 367 5880 1100 5.3 35 20 26 321 241 439 3169 24 15 6.7 158 630 2711 15 4.3 137
Team Defense 277 5419 1021 5.3 53 16 18 286 236 511 3370 17 37 6.1 162 468 2049 16 4.4 106
Lg Rank Offense 6 5 6 17 8 26 15 10 5 6 1 2 14 4
Lg Rank Defense 7 20 2 19 6 18 21 8 1 14 6 16 14 23

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 6 boxscore W 1-0 @ Washington Redskins 26 10 20 346 140 206 1 20 324 280 44 6
2 Sun September 13 boxscore W 2-0 St. Louis Cardinals 30 17 24 391 210 181 2 18 404 262 142 2
3 Mon September 21 boxscore W 3-0 @ New England Patriots 35 21 22 455 218 237 1 16 333 225 108 7
4 Sun September 27 boxscore W 4-0 New York Giants 18 10 16 317 193 124 16 343 258 85 3
5 Sun October 4 boxscore L 4-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 17 20 17 306 166 140 2 18 299 184 115 3
6 Sun October 11 boxscore L 4-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 14 45 10 192 109 83 4 23 440 290 150 1
7 Sun October 18 boxscore W 5-2 Los Angeles Rams 29 17 24 496 275 221 3 22 374 203 171 3
8 Sun October 25 boxscore W 6-2 Miami Dolphins 28 27 23 466 327 139 2 25 529 381 148 5
9 Sun November 1 boxscore W 7-2 @ Philadelphia Eagles 17 14 19 317 176 141 3 17 291 197 94 1
10 Mon November 9 boxscore W 8-2 Buffalo Bills 27 14 21 398 202 196 3 18 365 310 55 5
11 Sun November 15 boxscore L 8-3 @ Detroit Lions 24 27 19 323 225 98 2 23 429 231 198 3
12 Sun November 22 boxscore W 9-3 Washington Redskins 24 10 27 470 212 258 2 17 256 131 125 1
13 Thu November 26 boxscore W 10-3 Chicago Bears 10 9 11 273 178 95 3 15 272 43 229 3
14 Sun December 6 boxscore W 11-3 @ Baltimore Colts 37 13 29 464 110 354 2 9 238 82 156 3
15 Sun December 13 boxscore W 12-3 Philadelphia Eagles 21 10 23 412 264 148 2 14 225 135 90 5
16 Sat December 19 boxscore L OT 12-4 @ New York Giants 10 13 16 254 164 90 3 15 297 158 139 2
Playoffs
Division Sat January 2 boxscore W 13-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38 0 26 345 133 212 12 222 148 74 4
ConfChamp Sun January 10 boxscore L 13-5 @ San Francisco 49ers 27 28 16 250 135 115 3 26 393 266 127 6

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
11 Danny White 29 P/QB 16 15 11-4-0 223 391 57.0 3098 22 5.6 13 3.3 73 7.9 7.6 13.9 193.6 87.5 30 234 6.80 6.46 7.1 2 2
18 Glenn Carano 26 qb 5 1 1-0-0 16 45 35.6 235 1 2.2 1 2.2 55 5.2 4.7 14.7 47.0 51.6 1 11 4.87 4.33 2.2 1 1
88 Drew Pearson 30 WR 16 15 2 2 100.0 81 1 50.0 0 0.0 59 40.5 50.5 40.5 5.1 158.3 0 0 40.50 50.50 0.0
20 Ron Springs 25 FB 16 13 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
Team Total 26.2 16 12-4-0 241 439 54.9 3414 24 5.5 15 3.4 73 7.8 7.3 14.2 213.4 84.2 31 245 6.74 6.33 6.6 3 3
Opp Total 16 236 511 46.2 3717 17 3.3 37 7.2 7.3 4.68 15.8 232.3 51.8 42 347 6.1 3.7 7.6

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
33 Tony Dorsett*+ 27 RB 16 16 342 1646 4 75 4.8 102.9 21.4 32 325 10.2 2 73 2.0 20.3 1971 6 10
20 Ron Springs 25 FB 16 13 172 625 10 16 3.6 39.1 10.8 46 359 7.8 2 32 2.9 22.4 984 12 3
11 Danny White 29 P/QB 16 15 38 104 0 17 2.7 6.5 2.4 104 0 14
23 James Jones 23 KR/PR 16 0 34 183 1 59 5.4 11.4 2.1 6 37 6.2 0 16 0.4 2.3 220 1 4
44 Robert Newhouse 31 16 0 14 33 0 6 2.4 2.1 0.9 1 21 21.0 0 21 0.1 1.3 54 0 0
30 Timmy Newsome 23 15 0 13 38 0 7 2.9 2.5 0.9 38 0 1
18 Glenn Carano 26 qb 5 1 8 9 0 11 1.1 1.8 1.6 9 0 3
84 Doug Cosbie 25 16 0 4 33 0 15 8.3 2.1 0.3 17 225 13.2 5 28 1.1 14.1 258 5 1
88 Drew Pearson 30 WR 16 15 3 31 0 25 10.3 1.9 0.2 38 614 16.2 3 42 2.4 38.4 645 3 4
80 Tony Hill 25 WR 16 9 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.2 0.1 46 953 20.7 4 63 2.9 59.6 950 4 1
89 Billy Joe DuPree 31 TE 16 15 1 12 0 12 12.0 0.8 0.1 19 214 11.3 2 33 1.2 13.4 226 2 0
86 Butch Johnson 27 wr 16 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 552 22.1 5 55 1.6 34.5 552 5 0
87 Jay Saldi 27 te 16 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 82 10.3 1 18 0.5 5.1 82 1 0
83 Doug Donley 22 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 32 10.7 0 17 0.3 2.9 32 0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 630 2711 15 75 4.3 169.4 39.4 241 3414 14.2 24 73 15.1 213.4 6125 39 45
Opp Total 16 468 2049 16 4.4 128.1 29.3 236 3370 14.3 17 14.8 210.6 5419 33 43

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
23 James Jones 23 KR/PR 16 0 33 188 0 17 5.7 27 517 0 33 19.1 925
27 Ron Fellows 23 16 0 11 44 0 10 4.0 8 170 0 31 21.3 214
30 Timmy Newsome 23 15 0 12 228 0 27 19.0 266
44 Robert Newhouse 31 16 0 3 34 0 15 11.3 88
45 Steve Wilson 24 db 16 4 2 32 0 17 16.0 32
84 Doug Cosbie 25 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 258
83 Doug Donley 22 11 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 35
Team Total 26.2 16 45 235 0 17 5.2 53 981 0 33 18.5 7341
Opp Total 16 38 231 0 6.1 71 1508 0 21.2

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
11 Danny White 29 P/QB 16 15 79 3222 60 0 40.8
1 Rafael Septien*+ 28 K 16 0 1 1 11 11 9 8 12 7 2 35 27 77.1% 40 40 100.0% 2 62 33 0 31.0
Team Total 26.2 16 1 1 11 11 9 8 12 7 2 35 27 77.1% 40 40 100.0% 81 3284 60 0 40.5
Opp Total 16 29 14 48.3% 34 31 91.2% 80 3296 41.2

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
11 Danny White 29 P/QB 16 15 0 14 8 -34 0
33 Tony Dorsett*+ 27 RB 16 16 0 10 2 0 0
24 Everson Walls* 22 LCB 16 12 11 133 0 33 0 0 0 1 0 0
32 Dennis Thurman 25 RCB 16 16 9 187 0 96 0 0 0 1 0 0
26 Michael Downs 22 FS 15 15 7 81 0 25 0 0 0 1 0 0
20 Ron Springs 25 FB 16 13 0 3 4 11 0
23 James Jones 23 KR/PR 16 0 0 4 2 0 0
31 Benny Barnes 30 db 16 1 1 24 0 24 0 0 1 2 72 1
88 Drew Pearson 30 WR 16 15 0 4 0 0 0
41 Charlie Waters 33 SS 16 16 3 21 0 21 0 0 0 1 0 0
18 Glenn Carano 26 qb 5 1 0 3 0 -6 0
72 Too Tall Jones* 30 LDE 16 16 0 0 3 0 0
64 Tom Rafferty 27 C 16 15 0 2 1 -30 0
45 Steve Wilson 24 db 16 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 Bob Breunig 28 MLB 16 16 2 8 0 8 0
51 Anthony Dickerson 24 16 0 0 0 2 0 0
57 Angelo King 23 15 0 0 0 2 0 0
50 D.D. Lewis 36 RLB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -2 0
65 Kurt Petersen 24 RG 16 14 0 0 2 3 0
87 Jay Saldi 27 te 16 5 0 0 2 0 0
59 Guy Brown 26 llb 16 6 1 28 0 28 0
84 Doug Cosbie 25 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
67 Pat Donovan* 28 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
80 Tony Hill 25 WR 16 9 0 1 0 0 0
79 Harvey Martin 31 RDE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0 1
30 Timmy Newsome 23 15 0 0 1 0 0 0
63 Glen Titensor 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 37 482 0 96 0 0 45 38 14 1 2
Opp Total 16 31 43 27

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1 Rafael Septien*+ 28 K 16 0 40 27 121
20 Ron Springs 25 FB 16 13 10 2 12 72
33 Tony Dorsett*+ 27 RB 16 16 4 2 6 36
84 Doug Cosbie 25 16 0 5 5 30
86 Butch Johnson 27 wr 16 7 5 5 30
80 Tony Hill 25 WR 16 9 4 4 24
88 Drew Pearson 30 WR 16 15 3 3 18
89 Billy Joe DuPree 31 TE 16 15 2 2 12
31 Benny Barnes 30 db 16 1 1 1 6
23 James Jones 23 KR/PR 16 0 1 1 6
87 Jay Saldi 27 te 16 5 1 1 6
78 John Dutton 30 LDT 16 16 1 2
79 Harvey Martin 31 RDE 16 16 1 2
Team Total 26.2 16 15 24 1 40 40 27 2 365
Opp Total 16 16 17 1 31 14 277