ESPN Super League Update: ’92 and ’71 Cowboys Are Middle of the Pack
Like all of us, neither Roger Staubach nor Troy Aikman is happy about the current Dallas Cowboys. Meanwhile, in week 7 of ESPN’s Super League, these quarterbacks’ respective teams are right in the middle of the pack. The 1992 team has won two straight to improve to 4-3, while the 1971 team broke a three-game losing streak to improve to 3-4.
1992 Cowboys 26, 1986 N.Y. Giants 17
The 1992 Cowboys had better luck against the team from New York than the current real Cowboys, as Dallas managed to overcome a poor offensive performance to win, 26-17.
In an error-filled game in which neither team could generate much offense, the 1992 Dallas Cowboys held off the 1986 New York Giants for a 26-17 victory in Week 7.
The Cowboys won despite committing three turnovers — including two interceptions by Troy Aikman — and finishing with just 188 yards of offense. But the defense held Phil Simms to 78 yards passing, forced two fumbles and sacked Simms four times. Both teams are now 4-3, as the Giants lost for the third time in four weeks after a 3-0 start.
The Giants took a 14-3 lead as Joe Morris (129 yards rushing) scored from 5 yards out and Simms hit Bobby Johnson on a 16-yard corner route. New York’s first fumble set up a Dallas field goal, and Lin Elliott’s third field goal made it 14-9 at halftime.
Kelvin Martin’s long kickoff return set up Dallas’ first touchdown, an Aikman 3-yard scramble. Morris’ fumble later in third quarter led to a Dallas touchdown, with Aikman connecting with Michael Irvin.
1971 Cowboys 17, 1976 Raiders 14
Staubach only threw for 102 yards, but the Dallas defense was too much for the Raiders.
The 1971 Dallas Cowboys sacked Ken Stabler six times and Duane Thomas ran for two touchdowns in a 17-14 victory over the ’76 Raiders.
Bob Lilly, Jethro Pugh and Larry Cole each recorded two sacks for Dallas, which improved to 3-4. The Raiders fell to 2-5.
Dallas built a 10-0 first-quarter lead as Thomas scored on a 5-yard run and Mike Clark added a 30-yard field goal. The Raiders cut the deficit to 10-7 by halftime, but Thomas’ third-quarter sweep from 2 yards out made it 17-7.
Stabler finished 9-for-16 for 132 yards and two touchdowns, but Oakland managed just 209 yards as the Cowboys held Mark van Eeghen to 65 yards rushing on 32 carries.
The ’71 Cowboys have a tough test in week 8, facing the ’89 49ers, who are 4-3. The ’92 Cowboys play the ’85 Bears, who are surprisingly only 3-4.
The top teams in the league so far are the ’84 49ers and the ’04 Patriots. Both teams are 6-1.