1976 Dallas Cowboys season

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1976 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coachTom Landry
General managerTex Schramm
OwnerClint Murchison, Jr.
Home fieldTexas Stadium
Results
Record11–3
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishLost Divisional Playoffs (Rams) 14–12

The 1976 Dallas Cowboys season was their 17th in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 10–4, winning eleven games.[1] They qualified for the playoffs, but were stunned by the Los Angeles Rams in the Divisional round.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1976 Philadelphia Eagles W 27–7
54,052
2 September 19, 1976 at New Orleans Saints W 24–6
61,413
3 September 26, 1976 Baltimore Colts W 30–27
64,237
4 October 3, 1976 at Seattle Seahawks W 28–13
62,027
5 October 10, 1976 at New York Giants W 24–14
76,042
6 October 17, 1976 at St. Louis Cardinals L 21–17
50,317
7 October 24, 1976 Chicago Bears W 31–21
61,346
8 October 31, 1976 at Washington Redskins W 20–7
55,004
9 November 7, 1976 New York Giants W 9–3
58,870
10 November 15, 1976 Buffalo Bills W 17–10
51,799
11 November 21, 1976 at Atlanta Falcons L 17–10
54,992
12 November 25, 1976 St. Louis Cardinals W 19–14
62,498
13 December 5, 1976 at Philadelphia Eagles W 26–7
55,072
14 December 12, 1976 Washington Redskins L 27–14
59,916

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 19, 1976 Los Angeles Rams L 14–12
62,436

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys(2) 11 3 0 .786 6–2 9–3 296 194 L1
Washington Redskins(4) 10 4 0 .714 6–2 9–3 291 217 W4
St. Louis Cardinals 10 4 0 .714 5–3 9–3 309 267 W2
Philadelphia Eagles 4 10 0 .286 2–6 4–8 165 286 W1
New York Giants 3 11 0 .214 1–7 3–9 170 250 L1

NFL Draft[edit]

1976 Dallas Cowboys draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 27 Aaron Kyle  CB Wyoming
2 40 Jim Jensen  RB Iowa
2 55 Jim Eidson  OG Mississippi State
3 73 Duke Fergerson  WR San Diego State
3 75 John Smith  RB Boise State
3 87 Butch Johnson  WR California-Riverside
4 119 Tom Rafferty  OG Penn State
5 151 Wally Pesuit  OT Kentucky
6 181 Greg McGuire  OT Indiana
7 186 Greg Schaum  DT Michigan State
7 208 David Williams  RB Colorado
8 236 Henry Laws  DB South Carolina
9 264 Beasley Reece  DB North Texas State
10 290 Leroy Cook  DE Alabama
11 308 Cornelius Greene  QB Ohio State
12 346 Charles McShane  LB California Lutheran
13 374 Mark Driscoll  QB Colorado State
14 402 Larry Mushinskie  TE Nebraska
15 430 Dale Curry  LB UCLA
16 458 Rick Costanzo  OT Nebraska
17 486 Stan Woodfill  K Oregon
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Roster[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 1976 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
43 Active, 4 Inactive

Season recap[edit]

The Cowboys entered the year with high expectations, dominating the regular season by finishing with an 11-3 record, while capturing the NFC East title. But they came up short in the first round of the divisional playoffs, after being heavily favored at home against the Los Angeles Rams, but still losing 14-12.

Publications[edit]

The Football Encyclopedia ISBN 0-312-11435-4
Total Football ISBN 0-06-270170-3
Cowboys Have Always Been My Heroes ISBN 0-446-51950-2

References[edit]