1992 Review: Cowboys Post 13-Win Regular Season

Emmitt Smith was a steady force in 1992, gaining 1,713 yards and winning another NFL rushing title.

Some may have doubted whether the youthful Dallas Cowboys of 1992 were ready to seriously challenge for a Super Bowl title, but those doubts were slowly erased throughout the season. The Cowboys jumped out to an 8-1 record en route to a 13-3 mark, giving the game the most wins in a season in franchise history.

Here is a review of the regular season.

Week 1: Dallas 23, Washington 10

Ike Holt blocked a punt for a safety and Emmitt Smith scored a touchdown in the first quarter, giving the Cowboys a 9-0 lead. Dallas held on to post a 23-10 win over the defending Super Bowl champions.

Week 2: Dallas 34, NY Giants 28

Dallas jumped out to a 34-0 lead early in the third quarter, then watched Phil Simms lead four consecutive touchdown drives. Dallas finally held the Giants on a drive late in the fourth quarter to give the Cowboys the 34-28 win.

Week 3: Dallas 31, Phoenix 20

Michael Irvin surpassed the 200-yard mark for the only time in his career, catching eight passes for 210 yards. His 87-yard catch-and-run for a TD gave Dallas an early lead, and he caught two more to help Dallas to cruise to a win.

Week 4: Bye

Week 5: Philadelphia 31, Dallas 7

The Cowboys struggled throughout the game at Philadelphia on Monday Night Football. The Cowboys outgained the Eagles but turned the ball over four times in the loss.

Week 6: Dallas 27, Seattle 0

For the first time since 1978 (vs. Baltimore in week 1), the Cowboys posted a regular-season shutout. Dallas only gave up 62 yards of total offense in the blowout win.

Week 7: Dallas 17, Kansas City 10

Dallas jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the second quarter but struggled to hang on to the lead. The Cowboys did not seal the win until Ray Horton picked off a Dave Krieg pass in Dallas territory late in the game.

Week 8: Dallas 28, at LA Raiders 13

The Cowboys limited the Raiders to 165 yards, but the game was only 14-13 in the third quarter. Touchdown runs by Smith and Troy Aikman put the game away, however. Smith finished with 152 rushing yards on 29 carries.

Week 9: Dallas 20, Philadelphia 10

Smith continued to be the workhorse for the Cowboys, carrying the ball 30 times for 163 yards in the Cowboys’ 20-10 win over the struggling Eagles. After giving up just 190 total yards, the defense moved into the top spot in defensive rankings.

Week 10: Dallas 37, Detroit 3

The Cowboys avenged their loss in the 1991 divisional playoffs by destroying the Lions. Smith rushed for three touchdowns in the win.

Week 11: LA Rams 27, Dallas 23

Dallas had trouble stopping running back Cleveland Gary, who rushed for 110 yards. Dallas took a 23-21 lead late in the game thanks to a Kelvin Martin punt return for a touchdown, but two Ram field goals were enough to give L.A. the win.

Week 12: Dallas 16, at Phoenix 10

The Dallas defense was once again dominant, holding the Cardinals to 149 total yards. Aikman threw two touchdowns to lead the Cowboys to their ninth win of the season.

Week 13: Dallas 30, NY Giants 3

Emmitt Smith broke open a 9-3 game in the third quarter with a touchdown reception and a 68-yard touchdown run, giving Dallas a 27-point win.

Week 14: Dallas 31, Denver 27

For one of the few times in 1992, the Cowboys had to come from behind. With Denver leading 27-24 in the fourth quarter, Aikman led the Cowboys on a final drive by completing seven of eight passes for 78 yards. Smith’s three-yard touchdown run with 2:47 left was his 16th of the season, tying the club record set by Dan Reeves in 1966.

Week 15: Washington 20, Dallas 17

Dallas had a 17-7 lead at halftime but watched it slip way in the second half. Leading 17-13 with 3:22 remaining, Aikman fumbled the ball in the end zone, and when Smith tried to pick up the ball and run with it, he fumbled as well. Washington’s Danny Copeland recovered the ball for a touchdown.

Week 16: Dallas 41, Atlanta 17

Smith put on a highlight show, carrying the ball 24 times for 174 yards with two spectacular touchdown runs.

Week 17: Dallas 27, Chicago 14

Smith gained 131 yards on 20 carries to give him 1,713 for the season, which was good enough for him to earn his second NFL rushing title. The win was the 13th of the season for Dallas, marking a club record.

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