2022 Season Preview: Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott will lead the Cowboys into battle in 2022, but their success may depend just as much on a group of up-and-coming linemen and receiver CeeDee Lamb. The Dallas D should be solid, with a good pass rush starring Micah Parsons and lots of “big play” talent behind them, including Trevon Diggs, who picked off 11 passes last season. Dallas is picked by most experts to finish atop the NFC East.
2021 Season Roundup: The Cowboys galloped to the top of the NFC East with a 12–5 record and the number-one offense in the NFL. Veterans Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott led the team, while young receiver CeeDee Lamb had a breakout season. The Dallas defense starred Trevon Diggs, who picked off 11 passes. Pass rusher Micah Parson led the club with 13 sacks. Cowboys fans had dreams of reaching the Super Bowl, but the 49ers’ defense shut Dallas down in the playoffs and their season ended with a 23–17 loss.
October 6, 2021: One week after being named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September, Trevon Diggs was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week in the first week of October. Diggs picked off two passes in a win over the Panthers to give him 5 in 5 games.
September 27, 2021: Trevon Diggs intercepted a pass during a win over the Philadelphia Eagles. He became just the third Cowboy to pick off a pass in each of the season’s first three games and was named Defensive Player of the Month later that week.
2021 Season Preview: All the Cowboys need to do to win the NFC East in 2021 is keep their stars on the field. Dallas has great talent on both sides of the football, starting with quarterback Dak Prescott, who broke his ankle last October but is back at full strength. Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper lead a high-powered offense, while the defense relies on the playmaking of Jaylon Smith and Trevon Diggs.
2020 Season Roundup: An October knee injury ended Dak Prescott’s season and put the pressure on the defense to win games for Dallas. The result was a 6–10 season. Ezekiel Elliott was the team’s top rusher and Amari Cooper and rookie CeeDee Lamb were the leading receivers.
September 20, 2020: Dak Prescott led Dallas to a dramatic comeback 40–39 win over the Falcons. During the game he became the first player to throw for more than 400 yards and run for three touchdowns.
2020 Season Preview: The Cowboys will put a lot of points on the board in 2020. Can their defense keep points off the board? That will be the difference between blowout victories and razor-thin losses like the ones they suffered in 2019. Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper will star for the Dallas offense, while the Dallas D is led by a group of excellent linebackers, including Jaylon Smith, Leighton Van Esch, and veteran Sean Lee.
2019 Season Roundup: Dallas fans expected more of the league’s best offensive line than they got in 2019, and that slowed down the team’s running game when the Cowboys needed it most. Dak Prescott took to the air instead and had the best stats of his career. The Dallas D didn’t make its usual big plays in tight games, and the special teams play was terrible at times. What could easily have been a 12-win season ended up 8–8 without a trip to the playoffs.
October 20, 2019: Kicker Brett Maher booted a 63-yard field goal against the Eagles. He became the first player in history with three field goals of 60 yards or more in his career.
2019 Season Preview: The Cowboys traded for receiver Amari Cooper in 2018 and it saved their season. Along with quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, it gave Dallas three all-star offensive weapons. The team will be counting on this trio in 2019, along with a young, fast defense that cold be the key to a second NFC East title in a row.
2018 Season Roundup: Dallas survived its first season since 2009 without receivers Jason Witten and Dez Bryant to win the NFC East with a 10–6 record. Dak Prescott played well, throwing 22 touchdown passes with just 8 interceptions. Ezekiel Elliot led the league with 1,434 rushing yards and also caught 77 passes. Byron Jones, DeMarcus Lawrence, and rookie Leighton Vander Esche led the NFL’s sixth-best defense. The Cowboys beat the Seahawks 24–22 in the opening round of the playoffs but lost to the Super Bowl-bound Rams a week later, 30–22.
December 6, 2018: Amari Cooper was named NFC Player of the Week for the second time since joining Dallas in an October trade with the Raiders. Cooper had 217 receiving yard and scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Eagles.
November 25, 2018: Amari Cooper caught 8 passes for 180 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 31–23 win over the Redskins. It was the most yards by a Cowboy receiver since 2012.
2018 Season Preview: Dallas will definitely be putting points on the board in 2018, thanks to quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and a monstrous offensive line. Any help they get from the receivers will be a bonus. As usual, the defense will be full of surprises, thanks to a versatile group of linebackers led by Sean Lee.
2017 Season Roundup: The Cowboys had a tough schedule in 2017 and their nine wins were just one short of what they needed to make the playoffs. Dak Prescott had a good year after his sensational rookie season—and receivers Dez Bryant and Jason Witten were good as usual— but running back Ezekiel Elliott missed six games for disciplinary reasons. DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving led the team’s pass rush with 21.5 sacks.
November 30, 2017: Dez Bryant scored his 72nd career touchdown in a victory over the Redskins. That broke the team record held by Bob Hayes.
2017 Season Preview: Can the young Cowboys repeat their fantastic 2016 season? Most experts say NO. But with a good, young quarterback playing behind a wall of Pro Bowl linemen, anything is possible. Dallas depends on its linebackers to lead the defense, but they will need a better pass rush to become a trye championship contender.
2016 Season Roundup: An offensive line anchored by Tyron Smith, Zack Martin & Travis Frederick gave first-year stars Zak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott the protection they needed to lead Dallas to a 13–3 record. Elliott led the NFL in rushing with 1,631 yards and Prescott threw for 3,667 yards and 23 TDs and was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Linebacker Sean Lee was the star of the defense, but the Dallas D could not stop the Packers in the playoffs. The Cowboys’ season ended with a 34–31 loss on their own home field.
2016 Season Preview: Dallas has one of the best group of blockers in the NFL and they will need it. The team is starting two rookies in key positions: quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. If the defense can improve over 2015, the Cowboys could challenge for the top spot in the NFC East.
2015 Season Preview: With DeMarco Murray now playing for the Eagles, the offense will lean heavily on Tony Romo and his receivers. The Cowboys have a solid offensive line, but their defense has several weak spots.
October 19, 2014: Running back DeMarco Murray set a new record by gaining 100 yards or more in the season’s first seven games. The old record was held by Hall of Famer Jim Brown.
September 1, 2014: The Dallas offense seems to have all the pieces it needs for Tony Romo to put points on the scoreboard. The question is whether the Dallas defensive keep them off? Payroll problems led to the loss of Jason Hatcher and DaMarcus Ware, and Sean Lee—a star in 2013—will miss 2014 with an injured knee.
October 6, 2013: Tony Romo became the 15th quarterback in league history to throw for more than 500 yards in a game. He completed 25 of 36 passes for 506 yards and 5 touchdowns, but Dallas lost to the Denver Broncos 51–48.
September 4, 2013: Tony Romo leads the Dallas offense into the 2013 season with several question marks to address. Receiver Dez Bryant and running back DeMarco Murray need to stay healthy, and the offensive line has to improve. If the pass defense can also stay healthy, the Cowboys should win 10 games easily.
February 2, 2013: A good season was ruined with a loss to the arch-rival Redskins in the final week. It cost Dallas a division title and trip to the playoffs. The Cowboys’ pass rush was awesome all year. DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer and Jason Hatcher combined for 26.5 sacks.
December 23, 2012: Jason Witten broke the record for pass receptions by a tight end during a game against the New Orleans Saints. Witten’s 103rd catch of the year set a new mark. One week later, he added to his record with seven more to make it 110.
October 28, 2012: Jason Witten caught 18 passes in a game against the New York Giants. That set a new league record for tight ends—and was the third-most catches ever in an NFL game.
Summer, 2012: The Cowboys were good all year in 2011, except at the end of a handful of games. That was enough to knock them out of the playoffs. In 2012, Tony Romo returns to lead the team, and Dallas has a new featured runner in DeMarco Murray. The pair will be the keys to the offense.