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1987 Dallas Cowboys

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7-8-0, Finished 2nd in NFC East Division  · 1987 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.0, Offense: -0.2, Defense: -1.8, SoS: -1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 340 points (22.7/g), 11th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 348 points (23.2/g), 18th.
 Differential of -8 points (-0.5/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 7.3-7.7.

Coach: Tom Landry (7-8-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Ernie Stautner

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

Team Info

Principal Owner Harvey Bright
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 340 5056 1017 5.0 40 20 24 293 288 500 3191 19 20 5.8 176 465 1865 17 4.0 93
Team Defense 348 5061 1012 5.0 43 20 34 294 269 502 3444 21 23 6.2 175 459 1617 19 3.5 85
Lg Rank Offense 11 11 22 23 14 12 11 17 17 14 17 16 5 14
Lg Rank Defense 18 20 6 6 16 22 27 12 6 21 13 6 27 3

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 13 boxscore L 0-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 13 24 19 322 197 125 1 20 360 252 108
2 Sun September 20 boxscore W 1-1 @ New York Giants 16 14 21 356 242 114 4 14 265 205 60 5
3 Sun October 4 boxscore W 2-1 @ New York Jets 38 24 14 246 132 114 4 22 241 159 82 5
4 Sun October 11 boxscore W 3-1 Philadelphia Eagles 41 22 19 400 240 160 2 24 434 362 72 3
5 Mon October 19 boxscore L 3-2 Washington Redskins 7 13 18 316 223 93 3 19 339 153 186 3
6 Sun October 25 boxscore L 3-3 @ Philadelphia Eagles 20 37 18 294 197 97 3 18 237 96 141 1
7 Mon November 2 boxscore W 4-3 New York Giants 33 24 15 240 214 26 2 16 297 242 55 5
8 Sun November 8 boxscore L 4-4 @ Detroit Lions 17 27 20 290 167 123 5 20 293 217 76 4
9 Sun November 15 boxscore W OT 5-4 @ New England Patriots 23 17 24 438 257 181 3 15 265 177 88 2
10 Sun November 22 boxscore L 5-5 Miami Dolphins 14 20 16 319 134 185 3 21 440 258 182 1
11 Thu November 26 boxscore L OT 5-6 Minnesota Vikings 38 44 23 403 291 112 5 27 476 288 188 2
12 Sun December 6 boxscore L 5-7 Atlanta Falcons 10 21 24 354 263 91 3 18 364 253 111 4
13 Sun December 13 boxscore L 5-8 @ Washington Redskins 20 24 25 428 341 87 2 15 317 249 68 2
14 Mon December 21 boxscore W 6-8 @ Los Angeles Rams 29 21 20 365 171 194 19 311 237 74 4
15 Sun December 27 boxscore W 7-8 St. Louis Cardinals 21 16 17 285 122 163 26 422 296 126 2

Passing

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 35 QB 11 9 3-6-0 215 362 59.4 2617 12 3.3 17 4.7 43 7.2 5.8 12.2 237.9 73.2 44 353 5.58 4.28 10.8 3 3
16 Steve Pelluer 25 qb 12 4 2-2-0 55 101 54.5 642 3 3.0 2 2.0 44 6.4 6.1 11.7 53.5 75.6 5 35 5.73 5.44 4.7
19 Kevin Sweeney 24 qb 3 2 2-0-0 14 28 50.0 291 4 14.3 1 3.6 77 10.4 11.6 20.8 97.0 111.8 3 15 8.90 10.03 9.7
18 Loren Snyder 24 2 0 4 9 44.4 44 0 0.0 0 0.0 22 4.9 4.9 11.0 22.0 59.5 0 0 4.89 4.89 0.0
Team Total 25.6 15 7-8-0 288 500 57.6 3594 19 3.8 20 4.0 77 7.2 6.1 12.5 239.6 76.0 52 403 5.78 4.84 9.4 3 3
Opp Total 15 269 502 53.6 3781 21 4.2 23 4.6 7.5 6.31 14.1 252.1 73.0 51 337 6.2 5.1 9.2

Rushing & Receiving

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
34 Herschel Walker* 25 RB 12 11 209 891 7 60 4.3 74.3 17.4 60 715 11.9 1 44 5.0 59.6 1606 8 4
33 Tony Dorsett 33 rb 12 6 130 456 1 24 3.5 38.0 10.8 19 177 9.3 1 33 1.6 14.8 633 2 3
28 Alvin Blount 22 rb 2 2 46 125 3 15 2.7 62.5 23.0 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.5 2.5 130 3 1
30 Timmy Newsome 29 FB 11 8 25 121 2 24 4.8 11.0 2.3 34 274 8.1 2 30 3.1 24.9 395 4 1
16 Steve Pelluer 25 qb 12 4 25 142 1 21 5.7 11.8 2.1 142 1 0
11 Danny White 35 QB 11 9 10 14 1 8 1.4 1.3 0.9 14 1 9
21 David Adams 23 3 0 7 49 1 27 7.0 16.3 2.3 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.3 2.7 57 1 2
19 Kevin Sweeney 24 qb 3 2 5 8 0 5 1.6 2.7 1.7 8 0 0
81 Kelvin Edwards 23 WR 13 9 2 61 1 62 30.5 4.7 0.2 34 521 15.3 3 38 2.6 40.1 582 4 1
39 E.J. Jones 25 3 0 2 7 0 5 3.5 2.3 0.7 3 16 5.3 0 10 1.0 5.3 23 0 0
18 Loren Snyder 24 2 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0 0 1
84 Doug Cosbie 31 TE 12 12 1 -5 0 -5 -5.0 -0.4 0.1 36 421 11.7 3 30 3.0 35.1 416 3 0
37 Gerald White 23 rb 3 3 1 -4 0 -4 -4.0 -1.3 0.3 5 46 9.2 0 14 1.7 15.3 42 0 0
82 Mike Renfro 32 WR 14 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 46 662 14.4 4 43 3.3 47.3 662 4 1
87 Gordon Banks 29 wr 5 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 231 15.4 1 34 3.0 46.2 231 1 1
80 Rod Barksdale 25 wr 12 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 165 13.8 1 22 1.0 13.8 165 1 0
15 Cornell Burbage 22 wr 3 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 168 24.0 2 77 2.3 56.0 168 2 0
89 Thornton Chandler 24 te 12 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 25 5.0 1 9 0.4 2.1 25 1 0
83 Kelvin Martin 22 PR 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 103 20.6 0 33 0.7 14.7 103 0 1
80 Sebron Spivey 23 wr 2 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 34 17.0 0 25 1.0 17.0 34 0 0
46 Todd Fowler 25 te 12 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.5 6 0 0
29 Robert Lavette 24 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.3 1.5 6 0 0
47 Chuck Scott 24 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 11 11.0 0 11 0.5 5.5 11 0 0
Team Total 25.6 15 465 1865 17 62 4.0 124.3 31.0 288 3594 12.5 19 77 19.2 239.6 5459 36 30
Opp Total 15 459 1617 19 3.5 107.8 30.6 269 3444 12.8 21 17.9 229.6 5061 40 29

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
83 Kelvin Martin 22 PR 7 0 22 216 0 38 9.8 12 237 0 38 19.8 556
42 Darryl Clack 24 KR 12 0 29 635 0 48 21.9 635
81 Kelvin Edwards 23 WR 13 9 8 75 0 13 9.4 7 155 0 32 22.1 812
21 David Adams 23 3 0 6 113 0 27 18.8 170
87 Gordon Banks 29 wr 5 4 5 33 0 12 6.6 264
15 Cornell Burbage 22 wr 3 2 5 29 0 13 5.8 197
29 Robert Lavette 24 4 0 4 72 0 22 18.0 78
30 Timmy Newsome 29 FB 11 8 2 22 0 12 11.0 417
80 Sebron Spivey 23 wr 2 1 2 49 0 29 24.5 83
84 Rich Borresen 23 te 3 3 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
89 Thornton Chandler 24 te 12 1 1 7 0 7 7.0 32
20 Bruce Livingston 24 3 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.6 15 41 353 0 38 8.6 64 1295 0 48 20.2 7107
Opp Total 15 45 376 1 8.4 65 1281 0 19.7

Kicking & Punting

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
4 Mike Saxon 25 P 12 0 68 2685 63 0 39.5
9 Roger Ruzek 27 K 12 0 8 8 7 6 10 8 25 22 88.0% 26 26 100.0%
8 Buzz Sawyer 25 p 3 0 16 639 54 0 39.9
6 Luis Zendejas 26 k 2 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 4 3 75.0% 10 10 100.0%
1 Kerry Brady 24 k 1 0 1 1 100.0%
Team Total 25.6 15 8 8 8 7 12 9 1 1 29 25 86.2% 37 37 100.0% 84 3324 63 0 39.6
Opp Total 15 29 19 65.5% 41 39 95.1% 75 3045 40.6

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
40 Bill Bates 26 SS 12 11 3.0 3 28 0 28 0 81 0
77 Jim Jeffcoat 26 RDE 12 12 5.0 1 26 1 26 0 1 0 2 8 0 44 0
55 Steve DeOssie 25 lb 11 2 26 0
11 Danny White 35 QB 11 9 0 9 3 -7 0
72 Too Tall Jones 36 LDE 15 14 10.0 0 0 1 0 0
54 Randy White 34 RDT 15 14 6.0 1 0 0 0 0
27 Tommy Haynes 24 db 3 3 3.0 3 7 0 7 0
50 Jeff Rohrer 29 RLB 12 12 4.0 0 0 2 0 0
26 Michael Downs 28 FS 12 12 4 56 0 27 0 0 0 1 0 0
34 Herschel Walker* 25 RB 12 11 0 4 1 0 0
24 Everson Walls 28 LCB 12 12 5 38 0 30 0
99 Kevin Brooks 24 LDT 13 12 3.0 0 0 1 0 0
58 Mike Hegman 34 LLB 10 10 3.0 0 0 1 0 0
56 Eugene Lockhart 26 MLB 9 9 2.0 1 13 0 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
94 Randy Watts 24 5 0 3.0 0 0 1 0 0
21 David Adams 23 3 0 0 2 1 0 0
33 Tony Dorsett 33 rb 12 6 0 3 0 0 0
71 Mike Dwyer 24 dt 3 3 1.0 0 0 2 0 0
38 Ron Francis 23 RCB 11 11 2 18 1 18 0 0 0 1 2 0
87 Gordon Banks 29 wr 5 4 0 1 1 0 0
52 Chris Duliban 24 lb 3 3 2.0
51 Dale Jones 24 lb 3 3 0 0 2 26 0
59 Jesse Penn 25 lb 11 1 1 21 0 21 0 0 0 1 0 0
92 Ray Perkins 23 de 2 1 2.0
22 Victor Scott 25 6 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0
70 Bob White 24 c 4 3 0 2 0 0 0
28 Alvin Blount 22 rb 2 2 0 1 0 0 0
57 Ron Burton 23 lb 12 2 0 0 1 0 0
42 Darryl Clack 24 KR 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
81 Kelvin Edwards 23 WR 13 9 0 1 0 0 0
66 Kevin Gogan 23 RT 11 10 0 0 1 0 0
29 Alex Green 22 db 3 3 1 0 0 0 0
45 Manny Hendrix 23 db 12 1 0 0 1 0 0
91 Walt Johnson 22 1 0 1.0
64 George Lilja 29 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
20 Bruce Livingston 24 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
83 Kelvin Martin 22 PR 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
30 Timmy Newsome 29 FB 11 8 0 1 0 0 0
73 Danny Noonan 22 11 0 1.0
64 Tom Rafferty 33 C 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
82 Mike Renfro 32 WR 14 11 0 1 0 0 0
18 Loren Snyder 24 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
19 Kevin Sweeney 24 qb 3 2 0 0 1 0 0
71 Mark Tuinei 27 LT 8 8 0 0 1 0 0
95 Mark Walen 24 9 0 1.0
23 Robert Williams 25 db 11 3 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.6 15 50.0 23 208 2 30 0 1 30 30 32 0 151 0
Opp Total 15 52 29 9

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
9 Roger Ruzek 27 K 12 0 26 22 92
34 Herschel Walker* 25 RB 12 11 7 1 8 48
81 Kelvin Edwards 23 WR 13 9 1 3 4 24
30 Timmy Newsome 29 FB 11 8 2 2 4 24
82 Mike Renfro 32 WR 14 11 4 4 24
6 Luis Zendejas 26 k 2 0 10 3 19
28 Alvin Blount 22 rb 2 2 3 3 18
84 Doug Cosbie 31 TE 12 12 3 3 18
15 Cornell Burbage 22 wr 3 2 2 2 12
33 Tony Dorsett 33 rb 12 6 1 1 2 12
21 David Adams 23 3 0 1 1 6
87 Gordon Banks 29 wr 5 4 1 1 6
80 Rod Barksdale 25 wr 12 1 1 1 6
89 Thornton Chandler 24 te 12 1 1 1 6
38 Ron Francis 23 RCB 11 11 1 1 6
77 Jim Jeffcoat 26 RDE 12 12 1 1 6
16 Steve Pelluer 25 qb 12 4 1 1 6
11 Danny White 35 QB 11 9 1 1 6
1 Kerry Brady 24 k 1 0 1 1
Team Total 25.6 15 17 19 2 38 37 25 340
Opp Total 15 19 21 1 1 39 19 348