Team Record Against the Spread: A 15-Year Review

For those who participate in pick’em games, such as ESPN’s Pigskin Pick’em (my personal favorite), or for those who bet on Cowboys games, below is a look at the Cowboys’ record against the spread during the past fifteen years, including regular season and playoff games.

What you will most likely learn from this is that taking the Cowboys is about as much of a toss-up as anything on which you could place a bet. Between 1992 and 2006, the Cowboys’ overall record was 143-114, for a .556 winning percentage. The team’s record against the spread was nearly .500, at 124-124-9. During the past five years, where the Cowboys have been less competitive than they were in the 1990s, the team had an overall record of 39-43 (.476 winning percentage). The team still had nearly a .500 winning percentage against the spread during this time, going 39-39-4.

The information in this table is based on a several sources. The records against the spread sometimes differ from source to source, due to changes in the point spread that take place during the weeks of the games.

Year Games Straight vs. Spread
1992 19 16-3 14-5
1993 19 15-4 11-8
1994 18 13-5 9-9
1995 19 15-4 9-9-1
1996 18 11-7 8-10
1997 16 6-10 3-11-2
1998 17 10-7 8-8-1
1999 17 8-9 8-9
2000 16 5-11 7-8-1
2001 16 5-11 8-8
2002 16 5-11 7-8-1
2003 17 10-7 9-7-1
2004 16 6-10 7-9
2005 16 9-7 7-7-2
2006 17 9-8 9-8
Total 257 143-114 124-124-9


Later this week, I will have a more detailed summary of the Cowboys’ performance against the spread during the 2006 season.

Injuries at WR a Concern, but Potential Stars Are Emerging

One of the big concerns this season is the health of the Cowboys’ receivers, especially those named Owens, Glenn, and Witten. Now that Terry Glenn has had surgery on his knee, and Owens has missed a practice with a hamstring injury, that concern could grow. However, it appears that Patrick Crayton, Sam Hurd, and Miles Austin have stepped it up a notch in practice, which could eliminate some fears
heading into the season.

Those three are not the only ones who have drawn praise. Todd Archer today reported that TE Anthony Fasano, LB Bobby Carpenter, S Keith Davis, and CB Joey Thomas have all impressed coaches during training camp.

A Look Back: Timmy Newsome in 1982 (with Video)

It is not often that you see a Timmy Newsome highlight clip, but a poster named OSUISCOOL put up this one from the 1982 season. It shows a 43-yard touchdown reception from Danny White in the second quarter of a Monday Night Football game on December 13, 1982. Dallas won the game 37-7 to improve its record to 5-1 in the strike-shortened season. Newsome played more than normal in this game because of a shoulder injury that Tony Dorsett suffered in the first half.

A few more interesting tidbits:

This was the fourth of five consecutive wins for Dallas that took place after the strike ended. Dallas beat New Orleans 21-7 in the following week, but then lost back-to-back games to Philadelphia and Minnesota to finish 6-3. More tidbids from the Dallas Morning News article:

• Danny White was near perfect, hitting 21 of 27 for 279 yards and three touchdowns (he has 13 for the season). At one point. White hit 10 passes in a row. Over the last two weeks White is 42 for 56 for 495 yards.

• [Butch] Johnson had two touchdown catches for the first time in his career – his first two of this season – and with it got to debut the new improved version of the California Quake.

• [Rafael] Septien had three field goals, doubling his output of the first five games, and his 53-yarder with 3:34 remaining in the game was the longest of his 6-year career.

• Backup quarterback Gary Hogeboom, in his third year, completed the first pass of his career when he connected with Doug Donley (it was his first catch of the season) with 11:15 left.

• The defense limited Earl Campbell to 17 yards on seven carries … and the Oilers to 44 yards on the ground. Archie Manning hit only 12 of 33 passes.

[tags] Dallas Cowboys, videos, highlights [/tags]

100-Yard Receiving Games in a Career

This is the last of my lists of 100-yard receiving games. This one shows the total number of 100-yard receiving games that each player has had in team history, along with the team’s record in those games. As was the case with 100-yard games in a season, Michael Irvin dominates this category with a total of 47 games in which he passed the century mark.

A total of 41 players have achieved this accomplishment in team history. This includes six tight ends (Lee Folkins, Doug Cosbie, Jay Novacek, Billy Joe Dupree, and Jason Witten, as well as Frank Clarke, who played both tight end and flanker) and fight running backs (Dan Reeves, Herschel Walker, Tony Dorsett, Emmitt Smith, and Ron Springs). No real surprises, though you might note that Clarke and Lance Rentzel are pretty high on the list.

Name No. Team Record %
Irvin, Michael 47 36-11 76.60%
Hill, Tony 26 17-9 65.38%
Hayes, Bob 23 18-5 78.26%
Pearson, Drew 21 13-8 61.90%
Clarke, Frank 12 4-6-2 33.33%
Rentzel, Lance 12 10-2 83.33%
Glenn, Terry 9 5-4 55.56%
Galloway, Joey 6 4-2 66.67%
Harper, Alvin 6 4-2 66.67%
Howton, Billy 5 1-4 20.00%
Ismail, Rocket 5 4-1 80.00%
Cosbie, Doug 4 2-2 50.00%
Novacek, Jay 4 1-3 25.00%
Renfro, Mike 4 2-2 50.00%
Alexander, Ray 3 1-2 33.30%
Johnson, Keyshawn 3 2-1 66.67%
McKnight, James 3 1-2 33.33%
Owens, Terrell 3 2-1 66.67%
Walker, Herschel 3 1-2 33.00%
Bryant, Antonio 2 0-2 0.00%
Donley, Doug 2 2-0 100.00%
Doran, Jim 2 0-2 0.00%
Dupree, Billy Joe 2 2-0 100.00%
Edwards, Kelvin 2 1-1 50.00%
Folkins, Lee 2 1-1 50.00%
Reeves, Dan 2 2-0 100.00%
Sellers, Ron 2 2-0 100.00%
Sherrard, Mike 2 2-0 100.00%
Smith, Emmitt 2 2-0 100.00%
Tucker, Jason 2 1-1 50.00%
Witten, Jason 2 0-2 0.00%
Mills, Ernie 1 1-0 100.00%
Burbage, Cornell 1 0-1 0.00%
Crayton, Patrick 1 1-0 100.00%
Dial, Buddy 1 1-0 100.00%
Dixon, James 1 0-1 0.00%
Dorsett, Tony 1 1-0 100.00%
Johnson, Butch 1 0-1 0.00%
Powe, Karl 1 0-1 0.00%
Springs, Ron 1 1-0 100.00%
Williams, Kevin 1 1-0 100.00%


[tags]Dallas Cowboys, receivers, trivia, statistics[/tags]

Congratulations to The Blue and

Taking a short break this evening to congratulate The Blue and for its one-year anniversary today. I am still very thankful to continue this site’s association with the forum and to be a moderator there. If you have a minute and haven’t done so, check it out.

The Blue and Silver

100-Yard Receiving Games: Number of Times in a Season

Thirty-four players in the history of the [tag]Dallas Cowboys[/tag] have had at least three 100-yard receiving games in one season. Two of these individuals include [tag]Terrell Owens[/tag] (three times in 2006) and [tag]Terry Glenn[/tag] (four times in 2005). While the likes of Ray Alexander may surprise a few, most of these names are well known.
Michael Irvin
In this category, nobody comes close to [tag]Michael Irvin[/tag]. In 1995, “The Playmaker” not only set a team record, but also set an NFL record, with 11 100-yard games in the Cowboys’ last Super Bowl season.


Year Player


1995 Irvin, Michael 11
1991 Irvin, Michael 7
1967 Hayes, Bob 6
1992 Irvin, Michael 6
1970 Hayes, Bob 5
1974 Pearson, Drew 5
1979 Pearson, Drew 5
1984 Hill, Tony 5
1993 Irvin, Michael 5
1994 Irvin, Michael 5
1962 Clarke, Frank 4
1964 Clarke, Frank 4
1965 Hayes, Bob 4
1966 Hayes, Bob 4
1967 Rentzel, Lance 4
1980 Hill, Tony 4
1985 Hill, Tony 4
1997 Irvin, Michael 4
2005 Glenn, Terry 4
1968 Rentzel, Lance 3
1969 Rentzel, Lance 3
1975 Pearson, Drew 3
1979 Hill, Tony 3
1981 Hill, Tony 3
1985 Renfro, Mike 3
1986 Walker, Herschel 3
1988 Alexander, Ray 3
1994 Harper, Alvin 3
1996 Irvin, Michael 3
1998 Irvin, Michael 3
1999 Ismail, Rocket 3
2000 McKnight, James 3
2002 Galloway, Joey 3
2006 Owens, Terrell 3


Trivia: Jersey Numbers

[tags] Dallas Cowboys, Trivia[/tags]

After completely messing up two questions on the last quiz, I’m a little bit nervous about this one. But here it goes. This one focuses on jersey numbers worn by ten former players. This one is a little bit easier than some of the quizzes in the past– perhaps a sign of things to come…?

arghh!!!!…Note: Already messed something up, but at least it wasn’t a question! The background was not supposed to be purple, but somewhere between the program and the upload, the background reverted to the default.

Make your own Quiz!

How Many Dallas Cowboys Blogs Are There?

[tags]Dallas Cowboys blogs[/tags]

If you notice the links in my sidebar, I have made a pretty good effort to include every Dallas Cowboys blog that I have come across (whether said owner has asked or not). After eleven months of blogging, this list has become pretty substantial, though some the blogs have since ceased operation. I thought, however, that it may be worthwhile to provide a list of the active blogs for which I am aware. If anyone has a blog that I have missed, please comment here, and I will gladly add it.

Private Blogs: Top of the Heap

Without question, the top two private blogs are Blogging the Boys and The Boys Blog. The owners of both sites provide posts at least daily (usually more frequent) and are currently providing reports from training camp. Below are some recent headlines from those sites.

Blogging the Boys

The Boys Blog

Professional Blogs: Best of the Best

There are several blogs run by professional journalists, and I don’t think it is quite fair to try to compare these with private blogs being operated largely via labors of love. There are a few of these professional blogs, however, that are worth mentioning in this context:

Dallas Morning News Blog

The Cowboys blog from the Dallas Morning News is being updated numerous times per day with insight from writers on the scene.

Dallas Cowboys Fan Zone Blogs

The official site of the Dallas Cowboys has several blogs that are updated regularly. The comments sections of these blogs take on lives of their own.

Private Blogs: Those Returning

There are several private blogs that have been around since at least last season and that are still being updated. A few of these bloggers apparently took time off during the off-season, but I will include them here in case they return once the season begins.

These are listed in alphabetical order.

AOL Fanhouse – Dallas Cowboys: The AOL blogs cover every NFL team with multiple authors.

Cowboy Blog: Mostly news and commentary.

Cowboys Fan: This is an interesting blog/fan site. It has multiple authors, and most of the articles appear to be original to the site.

Cowboys Locker: Part of a network of NFL blogs; provides news and commentary. The blog is associated with The Dallas

The Cowboys Roundup: Part of the Most Valuable Network, which is a collection of sports blogs.

Dallas Cowboys Blogger: Provides news and commentary.

Dallas Cowboys–America’s Team: Provides news and commentary.

Gryphon on the Dallas Cowboys: Provides news and commentary.

Yakuza Rich Dallas Cowboys Blog: Provides news and commentary.

New Blogs for 2007

Several blogs have popped up during the past several months, mostly around draft time. Several of these are off to very good starts.

Cowboys Blitz: This has not been updated since May, but it had some very good posts a few months ago.

Cowboys Gab: Provides news and commentary.

Cowboys Hub: Provides news and commentary.

Dallas Cowboys 24/7: Focuses mostly on commentary, with some news posts.

Hail to the Deadskins: Best name of any of the new Cowboys sites.

Lone Star Struck: In addition to news and commentary, this site is a great source for graphics that can be used on MySpace, etc.

In addition to the blogs, there are at least 18 different private Cowboys forums. I’ll save those for a later post…

Best Receiving Performances in a Game

Bob HayesOnly seven players in the history of the Dallas Cowboys have gained more than 200 yards in a single game. The last man to do it was Kevin Williams in the regular season finale against Arizona in 1995. Bob Hayes set the team record for most receiving yards in a game with 246 in 1966, in one of the games in which Don Meredith surpassed 400 passing yards.

The list below includes each player who had more than 150 yards receiving in a game. The only current member of the team to make this list is Terry Glenn, who has twice topped that mark.

Date Player Yards Opponent Score
11/13/1966 Hayes, Bob 246 Washington Redskins W 31-30
9/16/1962 Clarke, Frank 241 Washington Redskins T 35-35
11/19/1967 Rentzel, Lance 223 Washington Redskins L 20-27
11/12/1979 Hill, Tony 213 Philadelphia Eagles L 21-31
9/20/1992 Irvin, Michael 210 Phoenix Cardinals W 31-20
11/12/1989 Dixon, James 203 Phoenix Cardinals L 20-24
12/25/1995 Williams, Kevin 203 Arizona Cardinals W 37-13
12/8/1996 Irvin, Michael 198 Arizona Cardinals W 10-6
9/18/1966 Hayes, Bob 195 New York Giants W 52-7
11/10/1963 Clarke, Frank 190 San Francisco 49ers L 24-31
10/6/1975 Pearson, Drew 188 Detroit Lions W 36-10
12/20/1970 Hayes, Bob 187 Houston Oilers W 52-10
10/27/1996 Irvin, Michael 186 Miami Dolphins W 29-10
12/13/1969 Hayes, Bob 181 Baltimore Colts W 27-10
9/15/1985 Hill, Tony 181 Detroit Lions L 21-26
10/10/1965 Hayes, Bob 177 Philadelphia Eagles L 24-35
10/22/1967 Hayes, Bob 170 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24-21
12/14/1986 Walker, Herschel 170 Philadelphia Eagles L 21-23
12/29/2002 Bryant, Antonio 170 Washington Redskins L 14-20
12/22/1991 Irvin, Michael 169 Atlanta Falcons W 31-27
10/20/1963 Clarke, Frank 168 New York Giants L 21-37
11/15/1992 Irvin, Michael 168 L.A. Rams L 23-27
10/17/1993 Irvin, Michael 168 San Francisco 49ers W 26-17
12/22/1985 Renfro, Mike 164 San Francisco 49ers L 16-31
11/12/2000 McKnight, James 164 Cincinnati Bengals W 23-6
9/23/1974 Pearson, Drew 161 Philadelphia Eagles L 10-13
10/27/1985 Hill, Tony 161 Atlanta Falcons W 24-10
12/17/1961 Clarke, Frank 159 Washington Redskins L 24-34
9/15/1985 Cosbie, Doug 159 Detroit Lions L 21-26
10/16/1977 Pearson, Drew 157 Washington Redskins W 34-16
11/28/1991 Irvin, Michael 157 Pittsburgh Steelers W 20-10
9/19/2005 Glenn, Terry 157 Washington Redskins L 13-14
10/12/1986 Walker, Herschel 155 Washington Redskins W 30-6
10/3/1993 Irvin, Michael 155 Green Bay Packers W 36-14
9/24/1960 Doran, Jim 154 Pittsburgh Steelers L 28-35
12/12/1971 Hayes, Bob 154 New York Giants W 42-14
8/31/1997 Irvin, Michael 153 Pittsburgh Steelers W 37-7
10/13/1968 Rentzel, Lance 152 Philadelphia Eagles W 34-14
10/8/1995 Irvin, Michael 150 Green Bay Packers W 34-24
12/10/2006 Glenn, Terry 150 New Orleans Saints L 17-42

Best Rushing Performances in a Game

Julius JonesAlthough Julius Jones has not quite measured up to the performances of Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett thus far, two of his single-game performances rank among the top four in team history. Here is a list of the best single-game rushing performances in team history (regular season only), including those who rushed for more than 170 yards in a game.

Date Player Yards Opponent Score
10/31/1993 Smith, Emmitt 237 Philadelphia Eagles W 23-10
12/4/1977 Dorsett, Tony 206 Philadelphia Eagles W 24-14
12/6/2004 Jones, Julius 198 Seattle Seahawks W 43-39
12/24/2005 Jones, Julius 194 Carolina Panthers W 24-20
12/14/2003 Hambrink, Troy 189 Washington Redskins W 27-0
11/9/1980 Dorsett, Tony 183 New York Giants L 35-38
9/22/1991 Smith, Emmitt 182 Phoenix Cardinals W 17-9
12/6/1981 Dorsett, Tony 175 Baltimore Colts W 37-13
12/21/1992 Smith, Emmitt 174 Atlanta Falcons W 41-17
11/15/1987 Walker, Herschel 173 New England Patriots W 23-17
12/6/1993 Smith, Emmitt 172 Philadelphia Eagles W 23-17
9/4/1994 Smith, Emmitt 171 Pittsburgh Steelers W 26-9