Dallas Cowboys Schedule and Scores 1998 Season

Record: 10-6
NFC Eastern Division Champion

Dallas Cowboys Story:

Chan Gailey was appointed new head coach of the Dallas Cowboys football Club. The draft presented the first test as Chan Gailey’s reign as Head Coach.  Dallas continued its attempt to get younger and passed over players with history of troubles.  For Example the Cowboys decided not to get  WR Randy Moss, an obvious need for the Cowboys, but his history of troubles proved to be much of a risk for the Cowboys (not a good start).   This pass cost the Cowboys on Thanksgiving when the Vikings and Moss came to town and pass-through the Cowboys.   Overall, 7 of the 9 draft choices made the team led by first round pick DE Greg Ellis from North Carolina.
Overall, Chan Gailey’s entry as Cowboy’s Head Coach was considered a success.   The Cowboys won the NFC East for a record 15th time and for the 6th time in the last 7 years. Additionally, the Cowboys became the first team in the NFC East to win all games within the division.   But all was for not because  the Cowboys lost to a division rival, the Arizona Cardinals, in the NFC Wild-Card Game.
The offense continued to struggle in key situations especially late in the season when games were on the line.   Like the previous year, the Cowboys season reached the turning point in the game against the best of the NFC that year the Minnesota Vikings.   The Thanksgiving Shoot-out was the last sparks for the Cowboys offense who limped into playoffs losing 3 of the last 5.   The defense was again solid until Deion Sanders‘ toe injury essentially ended his season.   Prime Time’s absence placed a burden on players in unfamiliar places and roles and presented a target for opponent’s offenses.

Dallas Cowboys Highlights:

  • Jerry Jones allows Barry Switzer to resign as head coach.
  • Chan Gailey named new head coach.
  • Emmitt Smith becomes Dallas Cowboys All-Time Leading Rusher.
  • Emmitt Smith becomes NFL All-Time Rushing Touchdown Leader
  • Michael Irvin ends streak of 117 games with a reception.
  • Dallas won all divison games – First time in history of NFC East.
  • Dallas loses to the lowly Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Wild Card game
Preseason
Week Date Opponent W/L Score
July 31 (Fri) Seattle L 19-20
Aug 8 (Sat) Oakland L 03-16
Aug 17 (Mon) New England L 03-21
Aug 22 (Sat) at St. Louis L 14-22
Aug 27 (Thurs) at Jacksonville L 20-42
Regular Season
Week Date Opponent W/L Score
1 Sept. 6 Arizona W 38-10
2 Sept 13 at Denver L 23-42
3 Sept 21 (Mon) at NY Giants W 31-07
4 Sept 27 Oakland L 12-13
5 Oct 4 at Washington W 31-10
6 Oct 11 Carolina W 27-20
7 Oct 18 at Chicago L 12-13
8 Oct 25 -bye-
9 Nov 2 (Mon) at Philadelphia W 34-00
10 Nov 8 NY Giants W 16-06
11 Nov 15 at Arizona W 35-28
12 Nov 22 Seattle W 30-22
13 Nov 26 (Thurs) Minnesota L 36-46
14 Dec 6 at New Orleans L 03-22
15 Dec 13 at Kansas City L 17-20
16 Dec 20 Philadelphia W 13-09
17 Dec 27 Washington W 23-07
Playoffs
Week Date Opponent W/L Score
W-C Jan 2 Arizona L 20-7

The 1998 NFL Standings

 

National Football Conference
East Division
Team Win Loss Tie Pct.
Dallas 10 6 0 .625
Arizona* 9 7 0 .563
N.Y. Giants 8 8 0 .500
Washington 6 10 0 .375
Philadelphia 3 13 0 .188
Central Division
Team Win Loss Tie Pct.
Minnesota 15 1 0 .938
Green Bay* 10 6 0 .688
Tampa Bay 8 8 0 .500
Detroit 5 11 0 .313
Chicago 4 12 0 .250
Western Division
Team Win Loss Tie Pct.
Atlanta 14 2 0 .875
San Francisco* 12 4 0 .750
New Orleans 6 10 0 .375
St. Louis 4 12 0 .250
Carolina 4 12 0 .250
American Football Conference
East Division
Team Win Loss Tie Pct.
N.Y. Jets 12 4 0 .750
Miami* 10 6 0 .625
Buffalo* 10 6 0 .625
New England* 9 7 0 .563
Indianapolis 3 13 0 .188
Central Division
Team Win Loss Tie Pct.
Jacksonville 11 5 0 .688
Tennessee 8 8 0 .500
Pittsburgh 7 9 0 .438
Baltimore 6 10 0 .375
Cincinnati 3 13 0 .188
West Division
Team Win Loss Tie Pct.
Denver 14 2 0 .875
Oakland 8 8 0 .500
Seattle 8 8 0 .500
Kansas City 7 9 0 .438
San Diego 5 11 0 .313

NFC Wild-Card:   Arizona 20 DALLAS 7
NFC Wild-Card:   SAN FRANCISCO 30, Green Bay 27
AFC Wild-Card:   MIAMI 24, Buffalo 17
AFC Wild-Card:   JACKSONVILLE 25, New England 10

NFC Divisional:   ATLANTA 20, San Francisco 18
NFC Divisional:   MINNESOTA 41, Arizona 21
AFC Divisional:   DENVER 38, Miami 3
AFC Divisional:   N.Y. JETS 34, Jacksonville 24

NFC Championship:   Atlanta 30, MINNESOTA 27
AFC Championship:   DENVER 23, N.Y. Jets 10

Super Bowl XXXII:  Denver 34, Atlanta 19

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