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Have Patriots Passed Cowboys on All-Time Franchise List?

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The Dallas Cowboys have long-been thought of as one the league's premier franchises. For a long time, they led the NFL in Super Bowl appearances (8), were tied for most Super Bowl victories (5), and owned the streak for most consecutive playoff appearances with 9.

They have always been "America's Team," and still command top dollar at opponent's stadiums. And despite their lack of success, the Cowboys continue to lead the league in jersey sales and TV ratings nearly every season.

But putting all the branding and off-the-field stuff aside, the last 20 years have put a serious damper on what the Cowboys franchise represents.

A franchise which once knew nothing but Tom Landry and excellence has suffered ridicule after Blake Bortles and the Jaguars reach a place Dallas hasn't been in far too long: a conference championship game.

This Sunday, the New England Patriots look to break their tie with the Cowboys for Super Bowl victories at five. By getting their sixth -- third in the last four years -- the Patriots will tie the Steelers for most championships in NFL history. They have already passed the Cowboys in Super Bowl appearances, getting their 10th this season, and now look to leave them in their dust in terms of victories as well.

New England has also sustained their dynasty throughout a day and age where dynasties are not supposed to exist. The NFL has put an emphasis on parity in the NFL, and with their free agency and draft rules it should be more difficult for a team to sustain excellence like the Patriots have.

Of course, this has everything to do with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

For as good as Tony Romo was, he was certainly not Tom Brady. Even Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach cannot match Brady's accomplishments. Plus, the Cowboys have come nowhere near excellence at their head coaching spot since Jimmy Johnson roamed their sidelines in the early 90s.

While New England was relatively irrelevant for a long time, this Brady/Belichick run is now creeping up near two decades long. It's been quite a long time since the Patriots have had a losing record, or have been labeled as irrelevant around the league.

With all of this being said, I ask: If the Patriots win their sixth Super Bowl Sunday, do they become a more successful franchise than the Cowboys?

Historically, the Cowboys are still one of the top five franchises in football. But the recent success of the Patriots and mediocrity of the Cowboys has made this question legitimate.

I will always be partial to the Cowboys (mostly due to my fandom), but I wanted to see what other fans think. Comment below with your opinion, even if you're calling me a young idiot.



Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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17 Comments
  • http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

    The Pats have definitely surpassed the Cowboys on the all-time franchise list.

    That’s what 22+ years of mediocrity will do to a once proud franchise. So we to cheer the fact that Dak is #1 in jersey sales? How the mighty have fallen.

    And fans cheering our league-leading TV ratings just proves how far fan expectations have lowered during Jerry’s leadership as GM.

    • CanYouHearUsNow?

      The Cowboys have won the 9th most games in the last 20 years. They are still number one in all time win pct the Patsies 9th. Now shut up.

      • http://www.dallascowboyschat.com Cowboysdude

        OH yeah that makes that 20 year drought all that much better….. Quit being a typical cowboys fan and hanging onto the past like a life line and understand that this organization isn’t geared towards winning it’s geared towards making $$ and winning is just extra. This organization has clearly spit in the face of the fans but the sheeple continue handing over their money like lemmings off a cliff.

        • CanYouHearUsNow?

          Don’t let the door hit you in the arse on the way out.

      • http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

        What have they done lately? Haven’t sniffed a Super Bowl in 22 years. Now YOU shut up!

        • CanYouHearUsNow?

          D*ckhead it took the Patriots 41 years to get to the Super Bowl. The Boys will be back and if you don’t like it cheer for the Browns.

      • http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

        So happy we’re ninth on the list of all-time wins. Do they give a trophy for that? I didn’t think so . . .

        • CanYouHearUsNow?

          Moron they are NUMBER ONE FOR ALL TIME WIN %%%% Now go FK yourself!

          • http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

            Show me the trophy for being #1 in all-time winning %, speaking of morons! If it makes you happy, knock yourself out. I’d rather be #1 in Super Bowl trophies, if you don’t mind.

          • CanYouHearUsNow?

            Well they do have 5 second to Pittsburg. As the Rolling Stones sang…..”You Can’t Always Get What You Want” Of course lowlifes like you end up robbing banks and stores to get it.

  • Travis Diggs

    I cant believe this is real question. Not only have the Patriots passed us but so have the Steelers and Packers. Cowboys fans and writers love bringing up Rings like any of them are recent. Mediocrity will do that to a franchise. Even teams that use to be laughing stocks like the Rams and Jaguars are playoff teams now. I got a question, What will happen first, A cowboys NFC Championship/Super Bowl or a Browns playoff berth/win??

    • http://www.dallascowboyschat.com Cowboysdude

      Well coming from a NON typical cowboys fan this is what we see. They hand onto the past like their lives depend on it. Instead of thinking ahead they hang onto what’s behind them. I said it the day it happened..hiring the red headed love puppet as a HC was just round 2 of the love of the puppet. That’s what Al Davis Jr does because he’s in love with what comes out of his own mouth and has to be the center of attention at all times. Until he dies this team, this organization is going no where. As far as the red clapper being COY that was a HUGE joke to the fans that really understand the politics of the game. Not to mention “Jerrah” make the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is meaningless.

  • Sean Leonard

    The Cowboys have been surpassed by Patriots because the organization settles for medocrity. No innovative thinking on both sides of the ball. Coaches don’t scheme match ups to take advantage of an opponents weakness. The front office is more concerned about talk shows, then winning Superbowls.

  • TreFKennedy88

    Yup the pats are better than us Sadly thanks Jerry……

  • Ervinlang318

    The Worst Thing that happened to Us was Winning those 3 so early and not spread out over time.
    Someone I know participated in a Cowboys argument and mentioned thats why we’re the most Valuable Team in Sports. I BS you not. I just shook my head

    • http://www.dallascowboyschat.com Cowboysdude

      That is why sheeple continue handing over their money like lemmings going over a cliff. That kind of blind devotion is idiotic. You pay your hard earned money and it’s not cheap and in return you get mediocrity. Which is all you’re going to get because he’s making so much money he doesn’t have to change a thing. Fans do not realize just how much power they actually have. TV ratings and merchandise sales can cripple a team…but the cowboys sheeple that wear rose colored glasses and drink the Jerry Juice don’t realize that they may as well put their money in a pile in the middle of the floor and light it on fire……they’ll at least get some heat which is more then they’re going to get with this organization.

  • littlesigh

    Who cares… you are either a Cowboys fan for life or not. If you drop the Cowboys or drop any team you made “your team” what kind of fan are you? I was 9 in 1966 when I became a Cowboy fan, will never change. Still have my framed letter from Tom Landry. Go Cowboys!

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Cowboys NFC East Title Put on Hold with Redskins Win, Shutout Loss at Colts

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Cowboys NFC East Title Put on Hold with Redskins Win, Shutout Loss at Colts

For the first time since 2003, the Dallas Cowboys were shutout on Sunday at the Indianapolis Colts. Their five game winning streak snapped, the Cowboys also saw their chances at clinching the NFC East dashed before the late kickoffs. Needing both a Redskins and Eagles loss to win the division without the benefit of a win themselves, the Redskins kept their playoff hopes alive with a walk off field goal at the Jaguars.

Washington Quarterback Josh Johnson won his second start since 2013 with 151 yards and one touchdown. The Redskins aren't the only NFC East team playing with a backup QB, as the Eagles must once again rally around Nick Foles against the Rams to extend their shot at the playoffs on Sunday Night Football. 

The Cowboys certainly didn't deserve a celebration of any kind after their performance at the Colts. An emotional letdown after a win streak that featured triumphs over the Eagles twice, Redskins, and Saints, the Cowboys were slowed to a complete stop on offense while struggling fundamentally on defense.

Uncharacteristic missed tackles and lack of pressure on Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck allowed Indianapolis to turn a 10-0 halftime lead into an easy 23-0 win. Defending their home field, the Colts came out like a team still fighting for their playoff lives, while Dallas played like a team knowing two more chances at winning the division are still to come.

Instead of being able to watch and root against the Eagles tonight, the Cowboys can focus on not letting an embarrassing loss define a season that'll still end on a high note should they defeat the Buccaneers or Giants. A week 16 or 17 win automatically seals the division for the Cowboys, even with the Redskins improving to 7-7 moments before the Colts secured their shutout.

It was a masterful performance from Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus, preparing his team against Scott Linehan's offense to disrupt the momentum of one of the league's hottest teams.

Praising the Redskins for defeating a Jaguars team the Cowboys handled 40-7 much earlier in the season is hardly the situation Cowboys Nation wants to be in right now, but the team still has everything in front of them once Sunday's sixth loss is put behind them.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys NFC East Title Put on Hold with Redskins Win, Shutout Loss at Colts" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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IND 23, DAL 0: Cowboys Get Shut Out, Embarrassed by Colts

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The Dallas Cowboys must think they've already won the NFC East, because they looked like a team with nothing to play for today. The result was an embarrassing 23-0 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

The Cowboys were shut out for the first time since the 2003 season, which was Jason Witten's rookie year.

Dallas squandered a major time-of-possession advantage in the first half, finishing three drives with a blocked field goal, punt, and a failed 4th-and-1 play near the Colts' goal line. Indianapolis capitalized on their own drives and took a 10-0 lead into halftime.

The Colts got the ball back to start the third quarter and drove down for another touchdown. Down 17-0, Dallas responded with a weak drive and a punt. The game felt out of reach even then, with the Cowboys just looking flat from that point forward.

Ezekiel Elliott had 87 rushing yards 41 receiving for some empty production. Amari Cooper won't be winning any awards this week, held to just four catches for 32 yards.

Dak Prescott completed 62% of his passes for 206 yards. He was sacked three times and threw a late interception; an overthrown ball got tipped by the receiver and picked off on the team's final offensive series.

While the offense was especially bad today, the defense wasn't much better. Dallas surrendered 139 yards rushing yards and two touchdown to Colts RB Marlon Mack, who hadn't had a 100-yard game since October. Andrew Luck wasn't sacked and went virtually untouched the entire day.

The Cowboys could have taken the NFC East with a win, but they didn't come close. Hopefully this serves as a wake-up call with the postseason only a few weeks away.

Other Notes

  • With the Redskins defeating the Jaguars today, Dallas will have to wait until next week to try to clinch the NFC East. The Cowboys needed losses by both Washington and Philadelphia if they didn't win themselves. The Eagles are visiting the Rams tonight.
  • The Cowboys will get some softer competition to finish the year, hosting the Buccaneers next week and then going to play the Giants in Week 17.
  • With the Bears defeating the Packers today and moving to 10-4, they will likely stay the #3 seed in the playoffs. That means Dallas, assuming they do win the NFC East, will almost certainly be hosting the 5th-seeded Seahawks in the first round.
  • Jaylon Smith led the Cowboys with 11 tackles, but neither he or Leighton Vander Esch were making the big plays that we've grown accustomed to.
  • Xavier Woods had the highlight play on defense, delivering a perfect hit to dislodge the ball from Colts TE Eric Ebron and stop a potential big gain.
  • Blake Jarin and Dalton Schultz combined for seven catches for 68 yards; another week of increased TE production from what we've seen must of the year.
  • Fullback Jamize Olawale doesn't get many opportunities on offense, and he may not get more after dropping an open touchdown on the team's second drive of the day.



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Cowboys Can’t Finish Drives, Trailing Colts 10-0 at Halftime

Jess Haynie

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The Cowboys have had no trouble moving the ball today, but they've failed to finish drives with points. Dallas is thus trailing the Indianapolis Colts 10-0 at halftime.

Dallas has had possession for over 19 minutes compared to just 10 for the Colts. But their three drives have ended with a blocked field goal, a failed 4th-and-1 play near the endzone, and a punt.

Ezekiel Elliott has 64 rushing yards and 23 receiving so far today. Dak Prescott has completed 12-of-19 for 106 yards, but has been sacked twice.

The offensive line continues to suffer from health issues. With Zack Martin already out and Connor Williams starting at right guard, Xavier Su'a-Filo left the game with an eye injury during the second quarter and will not return. Backup Adam Redmond is now playing.

The Cowboys can clinch the NFC East with a win in any of their final three games. They could also clinch today if the Redskins and Eagles lose. Washington is trailing 10-3 in Jacksonville at halftime, and the Eagles are visiting the Rams tonight.

Hopefully, Dallas will start showing up on the scoreboard in the second half.



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