Dallas Cowboys Schedule and Scores 1998 Season
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
|–||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|
|2||Sept 13||at Denver||L||23-42|
|3||Sept 21 (Mon)||at NY Giants||W||31-07|
|5||Oct 4||at Washington||W||31-10|
|7||Oct 18||at Chicago||L||12-13|
|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|
|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|
The 1998 NFL Standings
|National Football Conference|
|American Football Conference|
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