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2017 Dallas Cowboys season
Head Coach Jason Garrett
General Manager Jerry Jones
Home Field AT&T Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Place 2nd NFC East
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers C Travis Frederick
DE DeMarcus Lawrence
RG Zack Martin
OT Tyron Smith
TE Jason Witten
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2016 2018

The 2017 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 58th season in the National Football League, the ninth playing their home games at AT&T Stadium and the seventh full season under head coach Jason Garrett. It was also the 29th season under owner Jerry Jones. For the first time since 2002, quarterback Tony Romo was not on the opening day roster, as he announced his retirement on April 4, 2017. They were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention after a Week 16 loss at home to the Seattle Seahawks.

OffseasonEdit

SigningsEdit

Position Player Age 2016 Team Contract
WR Terrance Williams 27 Dallas Cowboys 4 years, $17 million
CB Nolan Carroll(†) 30 Philadelphia Eagles 3 years, $10 million
OG Byron Bell 28 Tennessee Titans 1 year, $2 million
DT Stephen Paea(††) 28 Cleveland Browns 1 year, $2 million
DE Damontre Moore(†) 24 Seattle Seahawks 2 years, $1.6 million
RB Darren McFadden(††) 29 Dallas Cowboys 1 year, $980,000
OG Jonathan Cooper 27 Cleveland Browns 1 year, $2 million
LB Justin Durant (†) 31 Dallas Cowboys 1 year, $615,000
QB Kellen Moore 27 Dallas Cowboys 1 year, $775,000
  • (†) - Later Released
  • (††) - Later Retired

DeparturesEdit

Position Player Age 2017 Team
QB Tony Romo 37 Retired
QB Mark Sanchez 30 Chicago Bears
RB Lance Dunbar 27 Los Angeles Rams
WR Lucky Whitehead 25 New York Jets
TE Gavin Escobar 26 Baltimore Ravens
OG Ronald Leary 27 Denver Broncos
OG/OT Emmett Cleary 27 Detroit Lions
OT Doug Free 33 Retired
DE Ryan Davis 28 Buffalo Bills
DT Jack Crawford 28 Atlanta Falcons
DT Terrell McClain 28 Washington Redskins
LB Rolando McClain 27 Unsigned
LB Andrew Gachkar 28 Carolina Panthers
CB Josh Thomas 27 Unsigned
CB Brandon Carr 30 Baltimore Ravens
CB Morris Claiborne 27 New York Jets
SS Barry Church 29 Jacksonville Jaguars
FS J.J. Wilcox 26 Pittsburgh Steelers

DraftEdit

2017 Dallas Cowboys draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 28 Taco Charlton  DE Michigan
2 60 Chidobe Awuzie  CB Colorado
3 92 Jourdan Lewis  CB Michigan
4 133 Ryan Switzer  WR North Carolina
6 191 Xavier Woods  S Louisiana Tech
6 216 Marquez White  CB Florida State
7 228 Joey Ivie  DT Florida
7 239 Noah Brown  WR Ohio State
7 246 Jordan Carrell  DE Colorado
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

  • The Cowboys traded their original fifth-round (No. 171 overall) selection to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a seventh-round (No. 228 overall) selection and quarterback Matt Cassell.
  • The Cowboys traded their 2018 fifth-round selection to the New York Jets in exchange for a 2017 sixth-round (No. 191 overall) selection.
  • The Cowboys traded their original sixth-round (No. 211 overall) selection to the New England Patriots in exchange for sixth (No. 216 overall) and seventh-round (No. 239 overall) selections.[1]

StaffEdit

2017 Dallas Cowboys staff
Front office
  • Owner/President/General Manager – Jerry Jones
  • COO/Executive Vice President/Director of Player Personnel – Stephen Jones
  • Senior Director of Football Operations/Football Administration – Todd Williams
  • Director of Salary Cap & Player Contracts – Adam Prasifka
  • Vice President Player Personnel – Will McClay
  • Senior Executive, College Scouting – Tom Ciskowski
  • Director of College Scouting – Lionel Vital
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Alex Loomis
  • Assistant Director of College Scouting – Chris Hall
  • Director of Football Research – Tom Robinson

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

RostersEdit

Opening preseason rosterEdit

Dallas Cowboys 2017 opening preseason roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

90 Active, 3 Inactive

Week one rosterEdit

Dallas Cowboys 2017 week one roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

53 Active, 6 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Final rosterEdit

2017 Dallas Cowboys roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 9 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
HOF Template:Dow tooltip vs. Arizona Cardinals W 20–18 1–0 Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
(Canton, Ohio)
Recap
1 Template:Dow tooltip at Los Angeles Rams L 10–13 1–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
2 Template:Dow tooltip Indianapolis Colts W 24–19 2–1 AT&T Stadium Recap
3 Template:Dow tooltip Oakland Raiders W 24–20 3–1 AT&T Stadium Recap
4 N/A at Houston Texans Cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey

† The game was originally scheduled for August 31, and to be moved from its original venue, NRG Stadium, to the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium, due to public safety concerns regarding flooding in the Houston area from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey.[2] However, the game was later cancelled in order to allow Texans' players and coaches to return to Houston after the storm.[3] Instead, the Cowboys held a public practice session as well as a telethon to raise money for the relief efforts.

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 10 New York Giants W 19–3 1–0 AT&T Stadium Recap
2 September 17 at Denver Broncos L 17–42 1–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
3 Template:Dow tooltip at Arizona Cardinals W 28–17 2–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
4 October 1 Los Angeles Rams L 30–35 2–2 AT&T Stadium Recap
5 October 8 Green Bay Packers L 31–35 2–3 AT&T Stadium Recap
6 Bye
7 October 22 at San Francisco 49ers W 40–10 3–3 Levi's Stadium Recap
8 October 29 at Washington Redskins W 33–19 4–3 FedExField Recap
9 November 5 Kansas City Chiefs W 28–17 5–3 AT&T Stadium Recap
10 November 12 at Atlanta Falcons L 7–27 5–4 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Recap
11 November 19 Philadelphia Eagles L 9–37 5–5 AT&T Stadium Recap
12 November 23 Los Angeles Chargers L 6–28 5–6 AT&T Stadium Recap
13 Template:Dow tooltip Washington Redskins W 38–14 6–6 AT&T Stadium Recap
14 December 10 at New York Giants W 30–10 7–6 MetLife Stadium Recap
15 December 17 at Oakland Raiders W 20–17 8–6 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
16 December 24 Seattle Seahawks L 12–21 8–7 AT&T Stadium Recap
17 December 31 at Philadelphia Eagles W 6–0 9–7 Lincoln Financial Field Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. New York GiantsEdit

Week One: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 0 3 0

3

Cowboys 3 13 0 3

19

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 21-yard field goal, 6:25. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 9 plays, 51 yards, 2:58.

Second quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 48-yard field goal, 12:45. Cowboys 6–0. Drive: 14 plays, 41 yards, 7:38.
  • DAL – Jason Witten 12-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick), 1:41. Cowboys 13–0. Drive: 6 plays, 65 yards, 2:07.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 42-yard field goal, 0:05. Cowboys 16–0. Drive: 7 plays, 51 yards, 1:14.

Third quarter

  • NYG – Aldrick Rosas 25-yard field goal, 5:16. Cowboys 16–3. Drive: 16 plays, 68 yards, 9:44.

Fourth quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 36-yard field goal, 1:55. Cowboys 19–3. Drive: 11 plays, 34 yards, 5:53.

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Dallas opened its third straight season at home against NFC East division rival New York. Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. sat out the game still nursing a preseason injury. Dallas' solid and workmanlike performance was punctuated early in the fourth quarter when Cole Beasley made a spectacular one-handed circus catch for a key first down. Dallas TE Jason Witten surpassed Michael Irvin as the all-time receiving-yards leader in franchise history and also scored the lone touchdown of the game on a second-quarter 12-yard pass from QB Dak Prescott, who had some passes sail high early but settled down to turn in another solid and turnover-free performance. The Dallas win snapped its three-game losing streak against New York.

Week 2: at Denver BroncosEdit

Week Two: Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 10 0 7

17

Broncos 7 14 14 7

42

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • DAL – Dez Bryant 3-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick), 12:39. Tied 7–7. Drive: 2 plays, 3 yards, 0:46.
  • DEN – C. J. Anderson 16-yard pass from Trevor Siemian (Brandon McManus kick), 5:54. Broncos 14–7. Drive: 14 plays, 81 yards, 6:45.
  • DEN – Emmanuel Sanders 6-yard pass from Trevor Siemian (Brandon McManus kick), 1:38. Broncos 21–7. Drive: 8 plays, 51 yards, 2:42.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 56-yard field goal, 0:02. Broncos 21–10. Drive: 8 plays, 37 yards, 1:36.

Third quarter

  • DEN – Virgil Green 2-yard pass from Trevor Siemian (Brandon McManus kick), 7:56. Broncos 28–10. Drive: 15 plays, 75 yards, 7:04.
  • DEN – C. J. Anderson 23-yard run (Brandon McManus kick), 6:14. Broncos 35–10. Drive: 2 plays, 23 yards, 0:14.

Fourth quarter

  • DAL – Jason Witten 28-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick), 14:24. Broncos 35–17. Drive: 6 plays, 39 yards, 2:35.
  • DEN – Aqib Talib 103-yard interception return (Brandon McManus kick), 0:53. Broncos 42–17.

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In a stunning reversal of the previous week's performance, the Dallas Cowboys struggled in almost every aspect of the game, getting blown out by an inspired Denver Broncos team in Denver. The Broncos defense stuffed the Dallas run game and pressured quarterback Dak Prescott, who threw two interceptions – one returned late in the game for a pick-six. Defensively Dallas had no answers for the Broncos attack, plagued with poor tackling and bad pursuit angles, giving up yards after pass catches and rushing yards in chunks. Dallas fell to 1–1, looking to be in total disarray – nursing several key injuries to its secondary – heading into its Monday night meeting at Phoenix against the Cardinals.

Week 3: at Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Three: Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 7 7 14

28

Cardinals 7 0 7 3

17

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • DAL – Dez Bryant 15-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick), 8:42. Cowboys 14–7. Drive: 4 plays, 46 yards, 1:58.
  • ARI – Larry Fitzgerald 15-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Phil Dawson kick), 3:21. Tied 14–14. Drive: 3 plays, 54 yards, 1:32.

Fourth quarter

  • DAL – Brice Butler 37-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick), 12:03. Cowboys 21–14. Drive: 5 plays, 50 yards, 2:53.
  • ARI – Phil Dawson 37-yard field goal, 6:40. Cowboys 21–17. Drive: 16 plays, 56 yards, 5:17.
  • DAL – Ezekiel Elliott 8-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 5:03. Cowboys 28–17. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:38.

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After a precarious start which saw Arizona take its opening possession straight down the field for a touchdown, and then Dallas following up with a prompt three-and-out, the Dallas Cowboys adjusted their defensive schemes and got their running game going and slowly but surely overcame the Cardinals on Monday Night Football.

Despite Carson Palmer's 325 yards passing, Dallas was able to limit scoring damage with key pressures and sacks, and run stoppages to keep the Cardinals neutralized. Dak Prescott turned in a turnover-free performance for the Cowboys with 183 yards passing and two TD tosses, while running for Dallas' first score – a second quarter 10-yard scamper on a read-option play. Ezekiel Elliott rebounded from last week's dismal performance to accumulate 80 yards on 22 carries and scored one touchdown. Dallas found itself with a 2–1 record heading into a short week to prepare for the visiting Los Angeles Rams October 1.

Week 4: vs. Los Angeles RamsEdit

Week Four: Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 3 13 10 9

35

Cowboys 3 21 0 6

30

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 34-yard field goal, 11:30. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards, 3:30.
  • LAR – Greg Zuerlein 49-yard field goal, 7:07. Tied 3–3. Drive: 9 plays, 53 yards, 4:23.

Second quarter

  • DAL – Ezekiel Elliott 10-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick), 14:05. Cowboys 10–3. Drive: 15 plays, 81 yards, 8:02.
  • LAR – Greg Zuerlein 44-yard field goal, 12:39. Cowboys 10–6. Drive: 5 plays, 9 yards, 1:26.
  • DAL – Ezekiel Elliott 1-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 10:53. Cowboys 17–6. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:46.
  • LAR – Cooper Kupp 7-yard pass from Jared Goff (Greg Zuerlein kick), 6:33. Cowboys 17–13. Drive: 5 plays, 18 yards, 1:56.
  • DAL – Brice Butler 10-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick), 1:51. Cowboys 24–13. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:42.
  • LAR – Greg Zuerlein 44-yard field goal, 0:00. Cowboys 24–16. Drive: 8 plays, 49 yards, 1:51.

Third quarter

  • LAR – Greg Zuerlein 30-yard field goal, 7:26. Cowboys 24–19. Drive: 8 plays 54 yards, 3:15.
  • LAR – Todd Gurley 53-yard pass from Jared Goff (Greg Zuerlein kick), 2:59. Rams 26–24. Drive: 4 plays, 90 yards, 1:59.

Fourth quarter

  • LAR – Greg Zuerlein 28-yard field goal, 11:56. Rams 29–24. Drive: 11 plays, 78 yards, 4:26.
  • LAR – Greg Zuerlein 43-yard field goal, 9:41. Rams 32–24. Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards, 1:19.
  • DAL – James Hanna 28-yard pass from Dak Prescott (pass failed), 7:11. Rams 32–30. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:30.
  • LAR – Greg Zuerlein 33-yard field goal, 1:55. Rams 35–30. Drive: 12 plays, 68 yards, 5:16.

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The "tale of two halves" sports cliché was never more true to life as it was Sunday October 1 in AT&T Stadium, as the Dallas Cowboys lost to the visiting Los Angeles Rams 35–30 after dominating the first half of play.

Dallas was in the driver's seat and looked ready to demolish the young Rams and their rookie head coach after a workmanlike, dominating first half that saw Dallas post three touchdowns after long-distance drives and hold a 24–16 halftime lead.

The second half saw Dallas' offense virtually grind to a halt while Los Angeles slowly chipped away at the lead, finally finding themselves ahead to stay after Todd Gurley's 53-yard catch-and-run put L.A. up 26–24 late in the third quarter. After Dallas posted a 4th-quarter TD on a pass to TE James Hanna, L.A. was able to answer with its 7th field goal of the game. With the score 35–30, a late Dallas rally failed, and the Cowboys found themselves 2–2 with a looming meeting at home vs. the Green Bay Packers October 8.

Week 5: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Five: Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 6 6 3 20

35

Cowboys 7 14 0 10

31

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: October 8
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 93,329
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • DAL – Cole Beasley 5-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey), 13:37. Cowboys 14–6. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:24.
  • DAL – Dez Bryant 10-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick), 6:10. Cowboys 21–6. Drive: 10 plays, 57 yards, 5:56.
  • GB – Aaron Jones (kick failed), 0:54. Cowboys 21–12. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 5:16.

Third quarter

  • GB – Mason Crosby 22-yard field goal, 11:09. Cowboys 21–15. Drive: 9 plays, 71 yards, 3:51.

Fourth quarter

  • GB – Jordy Nelson 10-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 14:54. Packers 22–21. Drive: 14 plays, 88 yards, 7:43.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 43-yard field goal, 11:45. Cowboys 24–22. Drive: 8 plays, 50 yards, 3:09.
  • GB – Damarious Randall 21-yard interception return (pass failed), 9:56. Packers 28–24. Drive: 2 plays, 3 yards, 0:41.
  • DAL – Dak Prescott 11-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 1:13. Cowboys 31–28. Drive: 17 plays, 79 yards, 8:43.
  • GB – Davante Adams 12-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 0:11. Packers 35–31. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 1:02.

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With Dallas posting a 21–12 halftime lead, they looked in prime form for revenge in this rematch of their Divisional round playoff the previous season. Green Bay kept chipping away and Aaron Rodgers led the Packers on a late nine-play 75-yard scoring drive that culminated in a 12-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams with 11 seconds remaining in the game. Damarious Randall earlier added a pick-six to the scoring with a 21-yard return of a Dak Prescott interception to give Green Bay a 28–24 lead at 9:56 of the fourth quarter. Dallas had answered that, regaining the lead on an 11-yard Dak Prescott touchdown run after a grueling 17-play, eight-minute 79-yard scoring drive which left 1:13 on the game clock for Green Bay to work with. Dallas dropped to 2–3 with the loss, heading into its bye week, while Green Bay improved to 4–1 moving forward with a visit against division rival Minnesota Vikings October 15.

Week 7: at San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Seven: Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 14 6 13 7

40

49ers 3 0 0 7

10

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

  • Date: October 22
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CDT/1:05 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 68 °F (20 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 70,133
  • Referee: Ronald Torbert
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Ezekiel Elliott 1-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 12:46. Cowboys 7–0. Drive: 3 plays, 20 yards, 1:18.
  • DAL – Ezekiel Elliott 25-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 7:57. Cowboys 14–0. Drive: 7 plays, 74 yards, 3:28.
  • SF – Robbie Gould 42-yard field goal, 4:33. Cowboys 14–3. Drive: 9 plays, 53 yards, 3:28.

Second quarter

  • DAL – Jason Witten 18-yard pass from Dak Prescott (pass failed), 10:33. Cowboys 20–3. Drive: 12 plays, 86 yards, 5:03.

Third quarter

  • DAL – Ezekiel Elliott 72-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Jeff Heath kick), 11:12. Cowboys 27–3. Drive: 1 play, 72 yards, 0:14.
  • DAL – Dak Prescott 2-yard run (kick failed), 0:46. Cowboys 33–3. Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 7:44.

Fourth quarter

  • DAL – Dez Bryant 2-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Jeff Heath kick), 10:54. Cowboys 40–10. Drive: 8 plays, 29 yards, 4:11.
  • SF – C.J. Beathard 4-yard run (Robbie Gould kick), 6:19. Cowboys 40–10. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 4:35.

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Bouncing back from a two-game losing streak, Dallas dominated a winless San Francisco 49ers team 40–10. Ezekiel Elliott led the attack with 147 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries, with 219 total yards from scrimmage. Quarterback Dak Prescott completed 64 percent of his passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions and wasn't sacked, completing passes to eight different receivers and finishing with a 134.0 passer rating. The Dallas offense racked up 501 total yards with Dez Bryant posting 74 receiving yards on a game-leading 7 catches and scored one touchdown. The defense dominated throughout, with constant pressure on the quarterback including five sacks and aggressive pass coverage and run defense which held the 49ers to only 103 rushing yards. Dallas improved to 3–3 with the victory and a looming division match-up at Washington October 29.

Week 8: at Washington RedskinsEdit

Week Eight: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 7 9 10

33

Redskins 10 3 0 6

19

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: October 29
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EDT/3:25 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 78,428
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • WAS – Nick Rose 38-yard field goal, 13:17. Redskins 3–0. Drive: 4 plays, 9 yards, 1:39.
  • DAL – Ezekiel Elliott 13-yard run (Mike Nugent kick), 10:37. Cowboys 7–3. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 3:56.
  • WAS – Rob Kelley 1-yard run (Nick Rose kick), 6:39. Redskins 10–7. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:56.

Second quarter

  • WAS – Nick Rose 42-yard field goal, 10:09. Redskins 13–7. Drive: 7 plays, 38 yards, 2:53.
  • DAL – Ezekiel Elliott 1-yard run (Mike Nugent kick), 2:24. Cowboys 14–13. Drive: 2 plays, 2 yards, 0:39.

Third quarter

  • DAL – Mike Nugent 36-yard field goal, 8:44. Cowboys 17–13. Drive 9 plays, 27 yards, 3:44.
  • DAL – Mike Nugent 48-yard field goal, 6:29. Cowboys 20–13. Drive 4 plays, -4 yards, 2:08.
  • DAL – Mike Nugent 27-yard field goal, 0:42. Cowboys 23–13. Drive 10 plays, 48 yards, 4:02.

Fourth quarter

  • DAL – Mike Nugent 37-yard field goal, 8:47. Cowboys 26–13. Drive 9 plays, 44 yards, 4:53.
  • WAS – Josh Doctson 1-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (kick failed), 4:39. Cowboys 26–19. Drive: 14 plays, 75 yards, 4:08.
  • DAL – Byron Jones 21-yard interception return (Mike Nugent kick), 0:30. Cowboys 33–19.

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On a windy, chilly, rainy Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field in Landover Maryland, Dallas earned its second consecutive road victory with a somewhat sloppy and penalty-ridden 33–19 result over NFC East rival Washington. Ezekiel Elliott carried the ball a career-high 31 times for 150 rushing yards and two touchdowns, to lead Dallas' 307 yards of total offense.

Dallas' defense limited the Redskins to only 49 yards rushing and 285 yards of total offense while recording 4 sacks for minus 27 yards, recovering two fumbles and grabbing one interception by CB Byron Jones – Dallas' first interception since week two vs. Denver. On special teams, Dallas recovered a fumbled kickoff and Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick returned a blocked FG attempt 86 yards to the Washington 2-yard line, setting up an Ezekiel Elliott rushing touchdown, which put Dallas ahead 14–13 with 2:20 left to play in the first half.

Dallas improved its record to 4–3 and captured sole possession of second place in the NFC East, with a looming visit from the Kansas City Chiefs at AT&T Stadium November 5.

Week 9: vs. Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Nine: Kansas City Chiefs at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 10 7 0

17

Cowboys 7 7 7 7

28

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • KC – Harrison Butker 38-yard field goal, 7:24. Cowboys 7–3. Drive: 9 plays, 44 yards, 5:08.
  • DAL – Dak Prescott 10-yard run (Mike Nugent kick), 0:21. Cowboys 14–3. Drive: 7 plays, 82 yards, 1:31.
  • KC – Tyreek Hill 56-yard pass from Alex Smith (Harrison Butker kick), 0:02. Cowboys 14–10. Drive: 2 plays, 63 yards, 0:13.

Third quarter

  • KC – Travis Kelce 2-yard pass from Alex Smith (Harrison Butker kick), 9:11. Chiefs 17–14. Drive: 9 plays, 62 yards, 5:54.
  • DAL – Ezekiel Elliott 2-yard run (Mike Nugent kick), 3:33. Cowboys 21–17. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 5:37.

Fourth quarter

  • DAL – Cole Beasley 7-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Mike Nugent kick), 9:02. Cowboys 28–17. Drive: 13 plays, 87 yards, 6:46.

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  • KC –
  • DAL –

With Ezekiel Elliott playing on a last-minute stay of his looming suspension and carrying the ball 27 times for 93 yards and one touchdown, and Dak Prescott throwing two touchdown passes to Cole Beasley, running for another score and finding receiver Terrance Williams nine times for a game high 141 yards, the Cowboys notched their third straight victory by a score of 28–17 and improved their record to 5–3 at AT&T Stadium against the AFC West division leading Kansas City Chiefs.

Two long touchdown drives in the second half lifted Dallas to the win after KC had taken command on an unexpected 56-yard Tyreek Hill touchdown catch and run with no time left on the 2nd quarter game clock, then KC following that up with a Travis Kelce 2-yard TD grab from Alex Smith at 9:11 of the third quarter to take its first lead of the game, 17–14. Dallas' two long TD drives were 12 and 13 plays respectively, eating up over 12 minutes of second-half game clock.

Week 10: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Ten: Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 0 0 0

7

Falcons 3 7 7 10

27

at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 12
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 73,761
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Dak Prescott 11-yard run (Mike Nugent kick), 6:19. Cowboys 7–0. Drive: 4 plays, 21 yards, 1:30.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 50-yard field goal, 0:00. Cowboys 7–3. Drive: 11 plays, 45 yards, 6:19.

Second quarter

  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 1-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 1:31. Falcons 10–7. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 3:25.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Justin Hardy 3-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 8:26. Falcons 17–7. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 6:34.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Austin Hooper 1-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 13:48. Falcons 24–7. Drive: 7 plays, 72 yards, 3:41.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 29-yard field goal, 8:28. Falcons 27–7. Drive: 8 plays, 46 yards, 3:55.

Top passers

  • DAL – Dak Prescott – 20/30, 176 yards
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 22/29, 215 yards, 2 TD, INT

Top rushers

  • DAL – Alfred Morris – 11 carries, 53 yards
  • ATL – Tevin Coleman – 20 carries, 83 yards, TD

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  • DAL –
  • ATL –

Already without Ezekiel Elliott, whose suspension had finally taken effect, the Cowboys lost key players Tyron Smith and Sean Lee to injuries. Dak Prescott had a miserable day, being sacked an astounding eight times. Six of those sacks came from an unknown Adrian Clayborn, who set the Falcons record for most sacks in one game. The Cowboys lost the game 27–7, dropping to 5–4.

Week 11: vs. Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week Eleven: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 0 16 14

37

Cowboys 6 3 0 0

9

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: November 19
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 54 °F (12 °C), clear skies — retractable roof open
  • Game attendance: 93,247
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Mike Nugent 48-yard field goal, 13:27. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, 1:38.
  • PHI – Kenjon Barner 4-yard run (Jake Elliott kick), 9:16. Eagles 7–3. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 4:19.
  • DAL – Mike Nugent 27-yard field goal, 3:20. Eagles 7–6. Drive: 11 plays, 65 yards, 5:47.

Second quarter

  • DAL – Mike Nugent 47-yard field goal, 1:00. Cowboys 9–7. Drive: 15 plays, 59 yards, 7:19.

Third quarter

  • PHI – Corey Clement 11-yard run (Corey Clement run), 10:56. Eagles 15–9. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 4:04.
  • PHI – Torrey Smith 11-yard pass from Carson Wentz (Alshon Jeffery pass from Carson Wentz), 5:40. Eagles 23–9. Drive: 5 plays, 90 yards, 2:28.

Fourth quarter

  • PHI – Alshon Jeffrey 17-yard pass from Carson Wentz (pass failed), 12:10. Eagles 29–9. Drive: 11 plays, 85 yards, 5:48.
  • PHI – Nigel Bradham 37-yard fumble return (Trey Burton pass from Carson Wentz), 10:43. Eagles 37–9. Drive: 3 plays, -3 yards, 1:19.

Top passers

  • PHI – Carson Wentz – 14/27, 168 yards, 2 TD
  • DAL – Dak Prescott – 18/31, 145 yards, 3 INT

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • PHI – Alshon Jeffrey – 3 receptions, 50 yards, TD
  • DAL – Dez Bryant – 8 receptions, 63 yards

The Cowboys squandered a 9–7 halftime lead and allowed 30 unanswered points. This loss dropped them to 5–5 on the season and 0–2 without Elliott.

Week 12: vs. Los Angeles ChargersEdit

NFL on Thanksgiving Day

Week Twelve: Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 3 13 12

28

Cowboys 0 0 0 6

6

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: Template:Dow tooltip
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 93,012
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring plays.

Second quarter

  • LAC – Nick Novak 22-yard field goal, 1:56. Chargers 3–0. Drive: 14 plays, 66 yards, 6:59.

Third quarter

  • LAC – Hunter Henry 3-yard pass from Philip Rivers (kick failed), 8:59. Chargers 9–0. Drive: 10 plays, 77 yards, 6:01.
  • LAC – Tyrell Williams 27-yard pass from Philip Rivers (Drew Kaser kick), 1:46. Chargers 16–0. Drive: 8 plays, 92 yards, 3:59.

Fourth quarter

  • DAL – Rod Smith 2-yard run (pass failed), 12:48. Chargers 16–6. Drive: 9 plays, 81 yards, 3:58.
  • LAC – Keenan Allen 42-yard pass from Philip Rivers (kick failed), 9:58. Chargers 22–6. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:50.
  • LAC – Desmond King 90-yard interception return (kick failed), 7:41. Chargers 28–6.

Top passers

  • LAC – Philip Rivers – 27/33, 434 yards, 3 TD
  • DAL – Dak Prescott – 20/27, 179 yards, 2 INT

Top rushers

  • LAC – Melvin Gordon – 21 carries, 65 yards
  • DAL – Rod Smith – 9 carries, 41 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • LAC – Keenan Allen – 11 receptions, 172 yards, TD
  • DAL – Jason Witten – 7 receptions, 44 yards

Top tacklers

  • LAC –
  • DAL –

The Chargers dominated the Cowboys all game and only surrendered 6 points. With the loss, the Cowboys dropped to 5–6 on the season and 0–3 without Elliott. This would be their last loss without Elliott, as the Cowboys turned things around the next week.

Week 13: vs. Washington RedskinsEdit

Week Thirteen: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 7 0 7

14

Cowboys 0 17 0 21

38

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring plays.

Second quarter

  • DAL – Jason Witten 8-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick), 10:43. Cowboys 7–0. Drive: 11 plays, 59 yards, 6:09.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 24-yard field goal, 5:29. Cowboys 10–0. Drive: 7 plays, 13 yards, 4:14.
  • DAL – Ryan Switzer 83-yard punt return (Dan Bailey kick), 3:46. Cowboys 17–0.
  • WAS – Ryan Grant 20-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Nick Rose kick), 0:59. Cowboys 17–7. Drive: 9 plays, 87 yards, 3:25.

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays.

Fourth quarter

  • DAL – Dez Bryant 13-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick), 14:53. Cowboys 24–7. Drive: 11 plays, 84 yards, 5:28.
  • WAS – Josh Doctson 14-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Nick Rose kick), 11:28. Cowboys 24–14. Drive: 9 plays, 87 yards, 3:25.
  • DAL – Alfred Morris 1-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 4:55. Cowboys 31–14. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 6:33.
  • DAL – Rod Smith 1-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 2:37. Cowboys 38–14. Drive: 4 plays, 11 yards, 1:39.

Top passers

  • WAS – Kirk Cousins – 26/37, 251 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • DAL – Dak Prescott – 11/22, 102 yards, 2 TD

Top rushers

  • WAS – Samaje Perine – 12 carries, 38 yards
  • DAL – Alfred Morris – 27 carries, 127 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • WAS – Ryan Grant – 5 receptions, 76 yards, TD
  • DAL – Dez Bryant – 5 receptions, 61 yards, TD

Top tacklers

  • WAS –
  • DAL –

The Cowboys led the entire game. The biggest highlight was an 83-yard punt return by Ryan Switzer. With the win, they snapped a 3-game losing streak and improved to 1-3 without Elliott.

Week 14: at New York GiantsEdit

Week Fourteen: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 7 0 20

30

Giants 0 10 0 0

10

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 21-yard field goal, 7:14. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 16 plays, 73 yards, 7:46.

Second quarter

  • NYG – Aldrick Rosas 39-yard field goal, 12:50. Tied 3–3. Drive: 17 plays, 62 yards, 9:24.
  • NYG – Rhett Ellison 1-yard pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick Rosas kick), 2:07. Giants 10–3. Drive: 8 plays, 68 yards, 4:17.
  • DAL – Dez Bryant 50-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick), 1:38. Tied 10–10. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 0:29.

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays.

Fourth quarter

  • DAL – Jason Witten 20-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick), 7:38. Cowboys 17–10. Drive: 4 plays, 82 yards, 1:51.
  • DAL – Rod Smith 81-yard pass from Dak Prescott (kick failed), 4:08. Cowboys 23–10. Drive: 3 plays, 88 yards, 0:25.
  • DAL – Rod Smith 15-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 2:57. Cowboys 30–10. Drive: 3 plays, 21 yards, 0:19.

Top passers

  • DAL – Dak Prescott – 20/30, 332 yards, 3 TD
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 31/46, 228 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • DAL – Rod Smith – 5 receptions, 113 yards, 1 TD
  • NYG – Evan Engram – 4 receptions, 54 yards

For the first time in franchise history, the Cowboys wore white pants and navy jerseys. The jerseys are usually paired with silver pants. The white pants were the Color Rush pants with a navy/silver/navy stripe down the side, and the navy jersey is the regular alternate navy jersey, usually worn on Thanksgiving.

The Cowboys defeated the Giants 30-10 and improve to 7-6 and 2-3 without Elliott. They also swept the Giants for the first time since 2014.

Week 15: at Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Fifteen: Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 7 7 3

20

Raiders 0 0 10 7

17

at Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: December 17
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CST/5:30 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 57 °F (14 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 55,372
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 45-yard field goal, 4:56. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 9 plays, 41 yards, 4:08.

Second quarter

  • DAL – Rod Smith 1-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 14:04. Cowboys 10–0. Drive: 8 plyas, 65 yards, 4:45.

Third quarter

  • OAK – Michael Crabtree 2-yard pass from Derek Carr (Giorgio Tavecchio kick), 8:03. Cowboys 10–7. Drive: 11 plays, 90 yards. 6:57.
  • OAK – Giorgio Tavecchio 39-yard field goal, 6:14. Tie 10–10. Drive: 4 plays, 1 yard, 1:00.
  • DAL – Dak Prescott 5-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 0:45. Cowboys 17–10. Drive 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:29.

Fourth quarter

  • OAK – Michael Crabtree 2-yard pass from Derek Carr (Giorgio Tavecchio kick), 10:35. Tie 17–17. Drive: 10 plays, 53 yards, 5:10.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 19-yard field goal, 1:44. Cowboys 20–17. Drive: 11 plays 69 yards, 4:46.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Top tacklers

The game was close all the way. The game was clinched when Derek Carr fumbled the ball out of the end zone with less than a minute left in the game, allowing the Cowboys to improve to 8–6 on the season and finish the last game without Elliott at 3–3. Elliott returned the next week.

Week 16: vs. Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Sixteen: Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 7 7 7

21

Cowboys 0 9 3 0

12

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 92,150
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring plays.

Second quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 34-yard field goal, 14:11. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 11 plays, 42 yards, 5:50.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 51-yard field goal, 5:48. Cowboys 6–0. Drive: 8 plays, 30 yards, 5:24.
  • SEA – Jimmy Graham 3-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Blair Walsh kick), 1:38. Seahawks 7–6. Drive: 5 plays, 43 yards, 2:24.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 51-yard field goal, 0:03. Cowboys 9–7. Drive: 8 plays, 49 yards, 1:35.

Third quarter

  • SEA – Justin Coleman 30-yard interception return (Blair Walsh kick), 11:19. Seahawks 14–9.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 39-yard field goal, 8:36. Seahawks 14–12. Drive: 5 plays, 44 yards, 2:43.

Fourth quarter

  • SEA – Doug Baldwin 6-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Blair Walsh kick), 11:59. Seahawks 21–12. Drive: 13 plays, 79 yards, 6:25.

Top passers

  • SEA – Russell Wilson – 14/21, 93 yards, 2 TD
  • DAL – Dak Prescott – 21/34, 182 yards, 2 INT

Top rushers

  • SEA – Russell Wilson – 9 carries, 29 yards
  • DAL – Ezekiel Elliott – 24 carries, 97 yards

Top receivers

  • SEA – Doug Baldwin – 4 receptions, 35 yards, TD
  • DAL – Dez Bryant – 3 receptions, 44 yards

Top tacklers

  • SEA –
  • DAL –

Zeke returns from his six-game suspension. With the loss, the Cowboys were eliminated from playoff contention.

Week 17: at Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week Seventeen: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 0 0 6

6

Eagles 0 0 0 0

0

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

First quarter

  • No Scoring

Second quarter

  • No Scoring

Third quarter

  • No Scoring

Fourth quarter

  • DAL – Brice Butler 20-yard pass from Dak Prescott (kick failed), 12:19. Cowboys 6–0. Drive: 12 plays, 103 yards, 5:48.

Top passers

  • DAL – Dak Prescott: 17/30, 179 yards, TD
  • PHI – Nate Sudfeld: 19/23, 134 yards

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • DAL – Brice Butler: 2 receptions, 50 yards, TD
  • PHI – Mack Hollins: 3 receptions, 25 yards

Top tacklers

With the win, the Cowboys finished a rough season with a 9–7 record. This was the first time they had recorded back-to-back winning seasons since the 2008 and 2009 seasons. They also recorded their first shutout since Week 17 of the 2009 season. This is Dez Bryant's last game with Dallas, as the Cowboys released him on April 13, 2018. This is Jason Witten's last game in the NFL until 2019, as he retired on May 3, 2018 and joined the MNF booth. He later came out of retirement and rejoined the Cowboys. This is Dan Bailey's last game as a Cowboy, as he was released on September 1, 2018 and signed with the Minnesota Vikings on September 17, 2018.

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

Template:2017 NFC East standings

ConferenceEdit

Template:2017 NFC standings

ReferencesEdit

Template:2017 NFL season by team

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