Cowboys vs. Cardinals as Non-Division Rivals
The St. Louis (and later Phoenix/Arizona) Cardinals long served as thorns in the side of the Dallas Cowboys. Even when the Cardinals didn’t quite pull out wins, Dallas often struggled.
For most of these years, the Cowboys and Cardinals were in the same division. Dallas joined the NFL’s Eastern Conference in 1961 and played St. Louis twice per year from 1961 to 1966.
Things changed for a few years in 1967, though, as the Cowboys moved to the Capital Division while the Cardinals were members of the Century Division. Dallas and St. Louis still played one another, though they faced off only once per year.
Both teams were members of the NFC East from 1970 through 2001 and played a total of 63 times. Since 2002, Dallas has been in the NFC East while Arizona has been in the NFC West.
When the teams were division rivals, Dallas had a record of 49-26-1 against Arizona, including a playoff loss after the 1998 season.
As non-division opponents, the teams have played a total of 10 times. Their 11th meeting takes place on Sunday.
Here is a look at the other games played as non-division opponents: