Dallas Cowboys Schedule - NFL 2012
- 5th of September 2012: Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants
- 16th of September 2012: Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks
- 23rd of September 2012: Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 1st of October 2012: Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears
- Bye Week
- 14th of October 2012: Dallas Cowboys vs. Baltimore Ravens
- 21st of October 2012: Dallas Cowboys vs. Carolina Panthers
- 28th of October 2012: Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants
- 4th of November 2012: Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons
- 11th of November 2012: Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
- 18th of November 2012: Dallas Cowboys vs. Cleveland Browns
- 22nd of November 2012: Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins
- 2nd of December 2012: Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
- 9th of December 2012: Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals
- 16th of December 2012: Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
- 23rd of December 2012: Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints
- 30th of December 2012: Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins
Overview of the Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1960. Since that time the Cowboys have become 'America's team' and their popularity is unrivalled across the league. The franchise has won five Super Bowls and a record eight NFC Championships. The Cowboys most successful period was in the 1990's, in which they qualified for the playoffs eight times and won three Super Bowls. The franchise has not qualified for the Super Bowl since 1995 and the Cowboys massive fan base is desperate for the side to return to its former glory.
Statistics Overview of the Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are the highest valued sports franchise in the history of the United States. They play their home matches at Cowboys Stadium, completed construction in 2009. The Cowboys have won the Super Bowl on five occasions and have won ten NFC Conference Championships. They have won the NFC East on twenty-one occasions and qualified for the playoffs an amazing thirty times. Their overall record is 448-332-6 while they have gone 33-25 in the playoffs. The Dallas Cowboys rivalry with the Washington Redskins is considered one of the greatest in all of sports. The sides have met over 100 times including two NFC Championship games.Conference: NFC
Stadium: Cowboys Stadium (2009- present)
Super Bowl Championships: 5 (1971, 1977, 1992, 1993, 1995)
Conference Championships: 10 (1966, 1967 1970, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1992, 1993, 1995)
Division Championships: 21 (1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2007, 2009)
Playoff Appearances:: 30 (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009)
Overall Record: 448-332-6
Playoff Record: 33-25
Biggest Rivals: Washington Redskins
Head Coach: Jason Garrett
Legenday Players: Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Bob Lilly
Dallas Cowboys: Star Players for 2012
Quarterback: Tony Romo
Tony Romo went undrafted in the 2003 draft but was signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent before the season began. Romo did not play in 2003, 2004 or 2005 but finally got his opportunity midway through the 2006 season. Romo took his opportunity and has become the Cowboys first franchise quarterback since Troy Aikman. Romo is a three time Pro-Bowler and awarded the Ed Block Courage Award in 2011. Romo has led the Cowboys to four winning seasons and three playoff appearances but has failed to return them to the playoffs. Romo has come under attack for his lack of poise in pressure situations. However, he has the second best career passer rating in the history of the NFL and is fourth for average yards per throw attempt.
Offensive Star: DeMarco Murray
DeMarco Murray was the 71st pick of the 2011 NFL draft after a successful College Football career at the University of Oklahoma. Murray started the 2011 season as the 3rd string Cowboys running back but finished the season as the starter. Murray got his opportunity in week 7 against the St Louis Rams and responded with the greatest rushing performance in Cowboys history. He ran for 253 yards, a Cowboys franchise record, which included a 91-yard touchdown. Murray held the starters jobs for the remainder of the season and finished the season with more rushing yards than any other rookie. Murray will share the running back role with Felix Jones in 2012.
Defensive Star: DeMarcus Ware
DeMarcus Ware was selected by the Cowboys with the 11th pick of the 2005 NFL draft. Ware is considered the best outside linebacker in the NFL and the most explosive defender in the entire league. Apart from his rookie season Ware has been selected for the NFC Pro Bowl team every season that he has played. He was the 2008 NFC Defensive Player of the Year and was the NFL sacks leader in 2008 and 2010. Ware has ranked in the top three in total sacks league-wide in 4 out of the last 5 seasons. He has been the one shining light on a Cowboys defense that has struggled in recent seasons.
Head Coach: Jason Garrett
Jason Garrett is a former Cowboys back-up quarterback who has been a part of the Cowboys coaching unit since 2007. He was promoted to head coach in 2010 midway through the season, making him one of the youngest head coaches in the league. Garrett's first full season as head coach was a mixed bag. The Cowboys had the NFC East wrapped up but blew a two-touchdown fourth quarter lead against the New York Giants in week 8 that ended up costing them a playoff spot. Garrett was criticized for his icing his own kicker against the Arizona Cardinals and questionable play-calling in the loss to the New England Patriots.