A Forgotten Tony Dorsett Highlight

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Tony Dorsett’s catch and run against the Bears in 1984 helped the Cowboys to a 23-14 win.

The 1984 season did not turn out to be one to remember for the Dallas Cowboys. The team finished at 9-7 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1974.

Even for those who watched the team then, it’s easy to forget that the Cowboys began the year with a 4-1 record. With Gary Hogeboom leading the way, Dallas beat the Rams, Eagles, and Packers in the first four weeks of the season and had only lost to the Giants.

In week 5, Dallas traveled to Soldier Field to face the Bears. It was the first trip to Chicago for Dallas since 1973.

This game took place one year before the Bears became dominant. The teams played in 44-degree weather in late September.

The play I happen to remember from that game was a screen pass from Hogeboom to Tony Dorsett. The Cowboys set up the play perfectly, and Dorsett still had the speed that made him a legend.

Here is the play:

The Cowboys won the game 23-14 to improve to 4-1. However, the Hogeboom era did not last long. Dallas lost two straight to the Cardinals and Redskins. Tom Landry soon turned to Danny White again, but though the team finished with winning record, the Cowboys missed the playoffs.

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The Cowboys have a 4-4 record overall at Soldier Field, including a win in the playoffs against the Bears in 1991.

During the 1960s, Dallas traveled to Chicago three times to face the Bears at Wrigley Field, and Dallas won two of those games.

The Cowboys lost their first game at Soldier Field in 1971 in an infamous game where Landry alternated between Roger Staubach and Craig Morton throughout the game.

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The last time Dallas visited Chicago was 2007. The teams were tied at 3 at halftime, but the Cowboys pulled away in the second half to win, 34-10.

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Cowboys’ Defense Not on Track for Notorious Record

The Dallas Cowboys will almost certainly give up more yards in a season than any other team in franchise history. The Cowboys have allowed 5,059 yards in 12 games, which is just 569 yards behind the 16-game record set by the 2010 Cowboys’ defense.

The Cowboys will almost certainly set franchise records for futility on defense, but the Cowboys will probably not break the NFL record for yards allowed.

The Cowboys will almost certainly set franchise records for futility on defense, but the Cowboys will probably not break the NFL record for yards allowed.

How bad is this number? The 1960 Dallas Cowboys went 0-11-1  but only gave up 4,372 yards in 12 games. Yes, it was a very different era, but this defense is just utterly bad.

On the other hand, the Cowboys are not on pace to break the NFL record for most yards allowed in a season. The 2012 New Orleans Saints set the record by allowing 7,042 yards in 16 games, for an average of 440.1 yards per game.

The current Cowboys have allowed an average of 421.6 yards per game and are on pace to finish the season allowing a total of 6,728 yards. It’s certainly possible the Cowboys could allow opponents to gain more than 500 yards again this year, but the team would have to allow 495.75 yards per game to set a new mark.

Not likely, so we have that going for us.

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Tony Romo has thrown every pass attempted by the Cowboys this year. If Romo continues to do so for the final four games, it will mark the second time during the Romo Era that this has happened. The other time was 2009, which was also the last time the Cowboys made the playoffs.

Romo is on pace to throw for 4,176 yards, which would mark the fifth time during Romo’s career he would throw for more than 4,000 yards.

He is also on pace to throw 32 touchdowns and only 9 interceptions. It would be his best TD-to-Interception ratio in his career, topping 31 TDs and 10 Ints. set in 2011.

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Dez Bryant needs 104 yards to reach 1,000 for the second year in a row. No other player is on pace to gain 1,000 rushing or receiving yards. However, DeMarco Murray can reach 1,000 rushing yards by averaging 75.8 yards per game during the last four games. He has averaged 79.3 yards per game during the last three games.

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