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Quiz: Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor

With the Cowboys celebrating the induction of Drew Pearson, Larry Allen, and Charles Haley into the Ring of Honor on Sunday, here are 10 questions about members of the Ring of Honor.

Who hold the record for most consecutive games played, with 196?





Which team originally drafted Chuck Howley?





How many 1,000-yard seasons did Drew Pearson have?





What position did Mel Renfro play at Oregon?





This member of the Ring of Honor ranks 7th in team history with 32 interceptions





How many times did Charles Haley make the Pro Bowl as a member of the Cowboys?





Larry Allen made 10 Pro Bowls in 11 seasons. During which season did he fail to make the Pro Bowl?





Larry Allen replaced which player when he started his first NFL game?





Drew Pearson's last 100-yard game came against which team and in which year?





Charles Haley recorded four sacks in a single game only once in his career. Against who did he accomplish this feat, and in which year?







Tuesday Trivia: Running Backs Who Have Played for Both Dallas and Washington

The Cowboys drafted Tashard Choice in the fourth round of the 2008 draft at a time when the Cowboys already had Marion Barber and had just drafted Felix Jones. It looked for a time as if Choice might become a viable starter. He had three straight solid games at the end of his rookie season and finished the year with 472 yards.

However, that turned out to be his best season in Dallas. He had a few opportunities to fill in because of injuries, but overall, he struggled. His fumble in the opening game of the 2010 season was costly, and he fumbled against both the Patriots and the Rams. He suffered a hamstring injury late last week, which prompted the team to let him go on Saturday.

The Redskins were reportedly the only team to put in a waiver claim, and he might play against the Cowboys when the teams face off on November 20.

Assuming he does play, he will become the seventh running back in history to have played for both the Cowboys and the Redskins.

This week’s trivia question: Name the other six running backs.

More on DeMarco Murray’s Stats: Yards from Scrimmage and All-Purpose Yards

Still can’t get over the day that DeMarco Murray had on Sunday. In the history of this franchise, the only performance remotely similar (i.e., player comes out of nowhere to gain more than 200 yards) was Miles Austin’s game against Kansas City in 2009, when Austin had 250 receiving yards.

Murray’s 253 yards from scrimmage were the third most in team history. His totals trail only Herschel Walker’s 292 yards (122 rushing, 170 receiving) against the Eagles in 1986 and Tony Dorsett’s 254 yards (147 rushing, 107 receiving) against the Colts in 1978.

Here is the complete list of the 21 times that a player has had at least 200 yards from scrimmage:

Murray’s performance was impressive even in terms of all-purpose yards, meaning rushing and receiving yards along with return yards. Although Murray’s performance against the Rams only ranks 11th all time in terms of return yards, eight of the players ahead of him had return yards in addition to their rushing and receiving yards. All of Murray’s yardage came on the ground.

Here is a complete list of the players who have had at least 200 all-purpose yards in a single game.

Tuesday Trivia: Rookie Kickers in Dallas

The Cowboys’ best fortune in 2011 has come in the form of rookie kicker Dan Bailey. Here are five trivia questions focusing on rookie kickers in team history.

Please go to Tuesday Trivia: Rookie Kickers in Dallas to view the quiz

Winning the Turnover Battle but Losing the Game

Week after week, the Cowboys are finding new ways to accomplish the improbable.

Blow a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter for the first time in franchise history? Done.

Blow a 24-point lead in the second half? Done.

What the Cowboys did yesterday was not a first in franchise history, but it is rare. The Cowboys forced four turnovers and only committed two. That marks the 98th time in franchise history that the Cowboys have forced at least four turnovers and committed two or less.

The Dallas record in those games: 91-7.

In most of the seven games that Dallas lost, the opposing team outgained the Cowboys. In yesterday’s game, the Cowboys not only won the turnover battle but also outgained the Patriots by seven yards.

Here is a summary of the seven losses:

Nov. 28, 1965: Washington 34, Dallas 31

Turnovers: Washington 6, Dallas 2.

Yards: Washington 415, Dallas 284

October 17, 1976: St. Louis Cardinals 21, Dallas 17

Turnovers: St. Louis 4, Dallas 1

Yards: St. Louis 436, Dallas 380

October 1, 1989: N.Y. Giants 30, Dallas 13

Turnovers: New York 5, Dallas 2

Yards: New York 342, Dallas 288

November 25, 1993: Miami 16, Dallas 14

Turnovers: Miami 4, Dallas 2

Yards: Miami 382, Dallas 293

September 7, 1997: Arizona 25, Dallas 22 (OT)

Turnovers: Arizona 4, Dallas 1

Yards: Dallas 327, Arizona 286

October 25, 2010: New York Giants 41, Dallas 35

Turnovers: New York 5, Dallas 2

Yards: New York 497, Dallas 254

October 16, 2011: New England 20, Dallas 16

Turnovers: New England 4, Dallas 2

Yards: Dallas 377, New England 371

Friday Fun: Word Scramble Featuring Starting New England QBs

Here is a word scramble games featuring the starting New England quarterbacks in each of the games in which the Cowboys have traveled to play the Patriots.

Starting New England QBs vs. the Cowboys Word Scramble Game » word scramble

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The last time the Cowboys won at New England was 1987. That was a significant game because it marked the first time that Herschel Walker had started over a healthy Tony Dorsett. Walker responded with 173 rushing yards on 28 carries, and his 60-yard touchdown in overtime gave Dallas a 23-17 win. Dorsett had just one rush for five yards and left the game with an injury in the third quarter.

Dorsett appeared in four more games as a Cowboy but only managed 144 yards in those games. Walker became the focal point of the offense for the rest of the season.

 

Tuesday Trivia: Shutting Out the Cowboys

The last time the Cowboys visited the New England Patriots was 2003, which was Bill Parcells’ first season as the Dallas coach. Adam Vinatieri kicked two field goals and Antowain Smith rushed for a touchdown in a 12-0 shut out win for New England. That marked the last time the Cowboys suffered a shutout loss.

The loss to the Patriots was actually the second shutout during the 2003 season, with the first taking place against Tampa Bay. Dallas was also shut out twice in 2000 by Tennessee and Baltimore.

Here is today’s question: during which season did the Cowboys suffer three shutout losses, and which teams shut the Cowboys out during that season?

The Only Other Time the Cowboys Blew a 17-Point Halftime Lead

Back to Tuesday’s trivia question:

The Cowboys led the Lions 20-3 at the half. This marked the 63rd time in franchise history that Dallas has led a game by at least 17 at the half. Dallas has won 61 of those games.

One loss was to the Lions last Sunday. Against which team and in which year did the Cowboys suffer the other loss?

The answer requires you to remember another free-agent QB who showed some spark in the preseason and earned a couple of NFL starts.

The other Dallas QB to help blow a 17-point halftime lead was Clint Stoerner.

That would be Clint Stoerner, the Arkansas product.

He started against the Arizona Cardinals on October 28, 2001 and led Dallas to a 17-3 win. One week later, he started against the New York Giants and led the team to a 24-7 halftime advantage.

The wheels then came off. Stoerner threw three interceptions while Dallas led by at least 10 points. He threw four interceptions, and the Giants came all the way back to send the game into overtime. It was so bad that Dave Campo replaced Stoerner with Ryan Leaf.

Morton Anderson kicked the game winner in overtime to drop the Cowboys to 2-5. That record fell all the way to 2-8 before the team won three of its last six.

Stoerner never played another down of football in the NFL.

Anyway, below is the complete list of games where the Cowboys have led by at least 17 at the half.

Margin Thru N Quarters
Rk Tm Year Date ? Opp W# G# Day Result OT Q1 Q2 Q3
1 DAL 1965 1965-09-19 NYG 1 1 Sun W 31-2 10 17 22
2 DAL 1965 1965-09-26 WAS 2 2 Sun W 27-7 7 20 20
3 DAL 1965 1965-11-07 SFO 8 8 Sun W 39-31 -3 17 6
4 DAL 1966 1966-09-18 NYG 1 1 Sun W 52-7 7 24 38
5 DAL 1966 1966-10-09 PHI 4 4 Sun W 56-7 21 28 42
6 DAL 1967 1967-11-05 ATL 8 8 Sun W 37-7 7 21 21
7 DAL 1968 1968-09-15 DET 1 1 Sun W 59-13 1 25 25
8 DAL 1968 1968-11-24 @ CHI 11 11 Sun W 34-3 14 21 21
9 DAL 1969 1969-10-05 @ PHI 3 3 Sun W 38-7 0 21 28
10 DAL 1969 1969-10-19 PHI 5 5 Sun W 49-14 21 35 35
11 DAL 1970 1970-11-22 @ WAS 10 10 Sun W 45-21 -4 17 17
12 DAL 1970 1970-12-20 HOU 14 14 Sun W 52-10 14 21 35
13 DAL 1971 1971-09-26 @ PHI 2 2 Sun W 42-7 0 21 28
14 DAL 1971 1971-10-24 NWE 6 6 Sun W 44-21 3 27 27
15 DAL 1971 1971-12-04 NYJ 12 12 Sat W 52-10 28 35 35
16 DAL 1971 1971-12-12 @ NYG 13 13 Sun W 42-14 14 21 35
17 DAL 1972 1972-11-05 @ SDG 8 8 Sun W 34-28 10 24 24
18 DAL 1972 1972-12-09 WAS 13 13 Sat W 34-24 14 25 21
19 DAL 1973 1973-09-30 STL 3 3 Sun W 45-10 14 24 28
20 DAL 1973 1973-11-04 CIN 8 8 Sun W 38-10 17 24 14
21 DAL 1974 1974-09-15 @ ATL 1 1 Sun W 24-0 7 17 17
22 DAL 1976 1976-09-12 PHI 1 1 Sun W 27-7 6 20 27
23 DAL 1976 1976-09-19 @ NOR 2 2 Sun W 24-6 3 17 24
24 DAL 1976 1976-10-10 @ NYG 5 5 Sun W 24-14 7 17 10
25 DAL 1977 1977-09-25 NYG 2 2 Sun W 41-21 14 24 13
26 DAL 1977 1977-10-30 DET 7 7 Sun W 37-0 3 23 30
27 DAL 1978 1978-09-04 BAL 1 1 Mon W 38-0 0 21 35
28 DAL 1978 1978-11-23 WAS 13 13 Thu W 37-10 13 20 27
29 DAL 1980 1980-10-05 NYG 5 5 Sun W 24-3 3 17 17
30 DAL 1980 1980-10-12 SFO 6 6 Sun W 59-14 14 31 45
31 DAL 1980 1980-11-27 SEA 13 13 Thu W 51-7 9 30 30
32 DAL 1980 1980-12-21 PHI 16 16 Sun W 35-27 7 21 18
33 DAL 1981 1981-12-06 @ BAL 14 14 Sun W 37-13 11 21 14
34 DAL 1982 1982-11-25 CLE 4 4 Thu W 31-14 0 17 31
35 DAL 1982 1982-12-19 NOR 7 7 Sun W 21-7 0 21 21
36 DAL 1983 1983-11-20 KAN 12 12 Sun W 41-21 10 20 13
37 DAL 1986 1986-09-14 @ DET 2 2 Sun W 31-7 0 17 17
38 DAL 1986 1986-10-26 STL 8 8 Sun W 37-6 6 21 31
39 DAL 1987 1987-10-11 PHI 4 4 Sun W 41-22 18 17 25
40 DAL 1990 1990-12-16 PHO 15 14 Sun W 41-10 10 17 24
41 DAL 1992 1992-09-13 @ NYG 2 2 Sun W 34-28 17 27 20
42 DAL 1992 1992-10-11 SEA 6 5 Sun W 27-0 7 20 27
43 DAL 1992 1992-11-08 @ DET 10 9 Sun W 37-3 14 17 31
44 DAL 1993 1993-11-14 PHO 11 9 Sun W 20-15 3 17 7
45 DAL 1993 1993-12-26 WAS 17 15 Sun W 38-3 4 18 32
46 DAL 1994 1994-10-02 @ WAS 5 4 Sun W 34-7 7 31 27
47 DAL 1994 1994-10-09 ARI 6 5 Sun W 38-3 21 28 35
48 DAL 1994 1994-11-20 WAS 12 11 Sun W 31-7 17 17 24
49 DAL 1995 1995-09-04 @ NYG 1 1 Mon W 35-0 7 21 28
50 DAL 1995 1995-12-25 @ ARI 17 16 Mon W 37-13 17 21 14
51 DAL 1996 1996-09-08 NYG 2 2 Sun W 27-0 14 21 24
52 DAL 1997 1997-08-31 @ PIT 1 1 Sun W 37-7 0 17 34
53 DAL 1998 1998-11-02 @ PHI 9 8 Mon W 34-0 10 17 27
54 DAL 1998 1998-11-15 @ ARI 11 10 Sun W 35-28 14 21 14
55 DAL 2000 2000-10-22 ARI 8 7 Sun W 48-7 14 27 41
56 DAL 2001 2001-11-04 @ NYG 8 7 Sun L 24-27 OT 10 17 10
57 DAL 2003 2003-10-19 @ DET 7 6 Sun W 38-7 0 21 28
58 DAL 2005 2005-10-09 PHI 5 5 Sun W 33-10 17 24 20
59 DAL 2007 2007-11-22 NYJ 12 11 Thu W 34-3 7 18 21
60 DAL 2008 2008-11-27 SEA 13 12 Thu W 34-9 11 18 22
61 DAL 2009 2009-11-26 OAK 12 11 Thu W 24-7 3 17 10
62 DAL 2009 2010-01-03 PHI 17 16 Sun W 24-0 7 17 24
63 DAL 2011 2011-10-02 DET 4 4 Sun L 30-34 7 17 13
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/6/2011.

Tuesday Trivia: Blowing Leads, Revisited

Until 2011, the Cowboys had never blown a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. That streak came to an end when Dallas lost to the Jets in week 1.

Until last weekend, the worst lead the Cowboys had ever surrendered was 21 points. That came against the Redskins on November 28, 1965. Dallas was 4-6 and looking to take second place in the Eastern Division. The Cowboys led 21-0 in the first half and 24-6 in the third quarter. However, Washington went on drives of 75, 64 and 80 in the fourth quarter to pull out a 34-30 win, dropping the Cowboys’ record to 4-7.

The good news: Dallas rebounded, winning its final three games to finish at .500.

Anyway, here is today’s question:

The Cowboys led the Lions 20-3 at the half. This marked the 63rd time in franchise history that Dallas has led a game by at least 17 at the half. Dallas has won 61 of those games.

One loss was to the Lions last Sunday. Against which team and in which year did the Cowboys suffer the other loss?

Friday Fun: Remembering 1994 Throwback Uniforms

The NFL celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1994, and as part of the celebration, teams wore throwback uniforms. While these uniforms are generally common today, they weren’t at the time. Teams rarely even had alternative jerseys in those days, so seeing the various teams in replicas of old uniforms was something of a treat.

Dallas unveiled its first throwback uniform on Monday Night Football on September 19, 1994 against the Lions. Below is a clip of that game, which the Cowboys lost in overtime thanks to a Troy Aikman fumble on a snap. The clip is worth watching mostly because of Jerry Jones’ reaction (@ 5:40) to the game-winning field goal.

This was a pretty faithful replica of the jerseys worn from 1960 to 1963. Dallas wore its silver helmets in the game, the players had their numbers across their backs, and the team did not have the same royal blue color as the original. Another side note about the original jerseys is that Dallas did not wear white at home until after the team adopted the silver helmets and silver pants starting in 1964.

Here are the originals—

Original jerseys from 1960.

 

A graphic of the uniform worn from 1960 to 1963.

After the Cowboys’ 20-17 loss to the Lions, the team put the genuine throwbacks away. On Thanksgiving, Dallas unveiled a new double-star uniform that looked nothing like the genuine throwbacks.

The second version of the “throwback” in 1994.

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Yes, the video shows the same Jason Hanson who kicks for the Lions today. He is now in his 20th season, and though he missed half of last year, he’s come back at a perfect eight for eight.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys seem to have found a kicker in Dan Bailey, but who knows how long he will last. For comparison purposes, consider how many kickers the Cowboys have had to use since Hanson first earned the Lions’ job in 1992.

Lin Elliott

Eddie Murray (a former Lion himself)

Chris Boniol

Richie Cunningham

Eddie Murray (same one)

Tim Seder

Jon Hilbert

Tim Seder

Billy Cundiff

Shaun Suisham

Jose Cortez

Shaun Suisham

Billy Cundiff

Mike Vanderjagt

Martin Gramatica

Nick Folk

Shaun Suisham

David Buehler

Dan Bailey