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Cowboys looking to ground Jets, losing streak in second week

As we continue to look at the against their 14 opponents in the we bring on the J-E-T-S.

Dallas closes out their back-to-back New York series in Week 2 when they host the Jets in their season home opener on September 17th.

It will be the 13th meeting between the two teams since 1971, all in the .

Dallas holds an overall record of 7-5 against the Jets and a 322-194 scoring advantage. The Cowboys won the first four meetings (1971, 1975, 1978, 1987) and seven of the first nine.

But the Jets have won the last three games between the two team by a combined total of eight points.

Dallas is only 2-2 against the Jets at home, and they lost to the Jets — 19-16 — in the only game they've played at .

While the Cowboys are 5-3 on the road against the Jets, they haven't beaten them at MetLife Stadium in two tries.

The First Meeting

The first time the Cowboys and Jets met on the football field came at on December 4, 1971.

The stadium was still so brand new that the interior walls were painted gray, not the blue with the white stars that we all grew up knowing.

Cowboys looking to ground Jets, losing streak in second week 1

Joe Namath had only recently returned from a serious knee the week before in a 24-21 loss to the 49ers at Shea Stadium in New York.

He wouldn't make it past the first quarter against the Cowboys.

Ike Thomas returned the opening kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown, threw a pair of 27-yard touchdown passes to and made it 28-0 on a three yard run before the quarter was close to being over.

Namath, who had gone 1-for-5 for 20 yards with an interception, was pulled from the game by Jets' Weeb Ewbank rather than risk re-injuring his knee.

Staubach finished 10-of-15 for 168 yards and three touchdowns.

The Aaron Rodgers Experience

Adding some spice to the Cowboys' home opener this year is the Jets' new starting , .

The Cowboys' nemesis comes into the game with a 6-3 regular-season record against the Cowboys during his 16-year tenure in Green Bay.

Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Dallas defeated Rodgers the first two times he faced them in 2007 and 2008.

Since then, aside from a 30-16 victory in 2016, led by a three-touchdown effort from , Rodgers has owned the Cowboys.

In his nine regular season games against Dallas, Rodgers is 200-295 passing for 2,164 yards, 14 touchdowns and just one interception.

The Post-Season Record

As the Jets were an original AFL Franchise in 1960, and the Cowboys were an expansion team in 1960, the two teams have never met in the .

The only way they will ever play in the post season is to advance to the in the same year.

The closest they came to meeting prior to the 1970 merger was the 1968 season when Dallas was the second-seeded team in the NFL.

The Cowboys failed to get past Cleveland in the opening round while the Jets went on to upset the Colts in Super Bowl III.

Cowboys looking to ground Jets, losing streak in second week 2

In the post-merger era the two teams have just missed meeting in the Super Bowl one time.

In 1982 both teams made it to their respective conference championship games. The Jets were shutout by Miami 14-0 and Dallas fell to the Redskins 31-17.

Rodgers is 2-0 against Dallas in the playoffs, both heartbreaking losses for the Cowboys.

In the two games, Rodgers was 52-of-78 passing for 671 yards with five touchdowns and one interception.

The 2015 loss — and yes, Dez caught the ball — at by a score of 26-21 saw the Cowboys let a 21-13 third quarter lead slip away.

In 2017, the Cowboys watched as Rodgers led the Packers on a drive with just 35 seconds left to set up a game-winning field goal for a 34-31 win.

Richard Paolinelli
Richard Paolinelli
Richard has covered sports at all levels - from local, prep, college, and professional - since 1984. He has been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys since 1969. Since retiring as a full-time sports writer in 2013, he has written and published several novels, two dozen short stories and two sports non-fiction books.

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