Cowboys Jump Out to a 6-2 Start in ’78
This post is part of the 50 Seasons in 50 Weeks Series.
The Cowboys certainly looked like defending Super Bowl champions when they destroyed the Colts on Monday Night Football to open the 1978 season. After week five, however, Dallas stood at 3-2, two full games behind the Redskins. The Cowboys rebounded with three straight wins to improve to 6-2 midway through the season.
Week 1: Dallas 38, Baltimore 0
Dallas record: 1-0
The Cowboys recorded 583 yards in total offense and completely destroyed
the Colts, 38-0. Roger Staubach threw four touchdown passes in the win,
including a 91-yard catch-and-run by Tony Dorsett.
Week 2: Dallas 34, New York Giants 24
Dallas record: 2-0
The Cowboys raced out to a 21-7 halftime lead and then held on to beat
the Giants, 34-24. Tony Dorsett had 111 yards on 24 carries, while Robert
Newhouse added 75 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns.
Week 3: L.A. Rams 27, Dallas 14
Dallas record: 2-1
In a preview of the 1978 NFC Championship Game, the Cowboys gave up two
fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 43-yard interception return for a
touchdown by Rod Perry. Dallas committed five turnovers in the loss.
Week 4: Dallas 21, St. Louis 12
Dallas record: 3-1
St. Louis took a 12-7 lead in the third quarter, but the Cowboys
rebounded with two Robert Newhouse touchdowns (one rush, one pass) following
long drives in the fourth quarter.
Week 5: Washington 9, Dallas 5
Dallas record 3-2
Playing in front of President Jimmy Carter on Monday Night Football, the
Cowboys fell two full games behind the Redskins by losing at Washington,
9-5. The Cowboys had opportunities, but the Washington defense came up with
big plays to pull out the win.
Week 6: Dallas 24, N.Y. Giants 3
Dallas record: 4-2
Roger Staubach tossed three touchdowns, including two to Tony Hill,
giving the Cowboys a 24-3 win over the Giants. Thanks to eight sacks, the
Cowboys held the Giants to 40 net passing yards.
Week 7: Dallas 24, St. Louis 21
Dallas record: 5-2
The winless Cardinals took the Cowboys to overtime. The Cowboys stayed in
the game thanks to two Staubach-to-Hill touchdown passes. Three minutes into
overtime, Rafael Septien kicked a 47-yard field goal that gave Dallas the
Week 8: Dallas 14, Philadelphia 7
Dallas record: 6-2
The Cowboys put on a strong defensive performance in shutting down the
Eagles. Washington lost its second straight game, allowing the Cowboys to
regain a tie of the NFC East lead.
The Cowboys finish strong to take the NFC East yet again.