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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 am currently a college student. Lets get going.

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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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Monday Morning Hangover: Cowboys Dominate Jaguars Top-Ranked Defense

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After watching the Houston Texans defeat the Dallas Cowboys in the Week 5, I decided to lower my expectations heading into this week's matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars. After all, the Cowboys offense has been one of the worst in the league this season and they were going up against the top-ranked Jaguars defense. Boy was I surprised at what took place Sunday afternoon.

I don't know how you started off your football Sunday, but I decided to watch the Texans take on the Buffalo Bills. I didn't have much of a choice since I live in the Houston area and it was the only game on TV, but I still wanted to see how they played after beating my Cowboys in overtime a week prior. I was disgusted at what I saw and unfortunately took it out on my cold beverage.

The Texans looked nothing like the team we saw against the Cowboys. They were pretty much dominated by the Buffalo Bills, which I'm ashamed to say put me in a rather foul mood ahead of kickoff time in Dallas. I was expecting another sloppy performance, but what we all witnessed was anything but that.

The Dallas Cowboys offense pretty much moved the ball at will against the Jacksonville Jaguars top-ranked defense. I don't think anyone could have predicted that, especially considering the Jaguars were the best overall defense in the league and where the top-ranked in the passing game as well. I thought if the Cowboys were going to have any kind of chance it was against their 14th ranked run defense.

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Well, the Cowboys ended up dominating on the offensive side of the ball and completely exploited the Jaguars defense both on the ground and through the air. Quarterback Dak Prescott, Running Back Ezekiel Elliott, and Wide Receiver Cole Beasley all raised the level of their game and were big contributors to the 40 points the offense put on the board.

Prescott may have thrown for little less than 200 yards, but he was able to connect with Beasley nine times for 101 yards and two touchdowns. With all of the struggles in the passing game for the Cowboys, these two need to continue to connect like this.

Where Prescott was the most impactful against the Jaguars was with his feet. He was really close to being the Cowboys leading rusher with 82 yards and a TD on just 11 carries, but Zeke ended up surpassing him in the end with 106 yards and a TD on 24 carries. Regardless, the Jaguars defense didn't have an answer for Prescott's feet Sunday afternoon.

I have hope once again that this offense is clicking, but I've gone down this road once before. The Dallas Cowboys are still right in the mix of things in the NFC East division and will have a chance to distance themselves next week when they take on the Washington Redskins.

Now, here's the difficult part of all of this. The Cowboys now need to carry over this impressive offensive performance against the Jaguars into next week against the rival Redskins. We've all seen them riding on a high before this season, only to crash back down to earth the following week. They can't afford to do that with a division foe up next on the schedule.

What did you think about the Dallas Cowboys offense against the Jaguars?



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DAL 40, JAX 7: Cowboys Answer The Bell In Dominant Win

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DAL 40, JAX 7: Cowboys Answer The Bell In Dominant Win

It seems like a pattern is developing here during the 2018 Dallas Cowboys season.

For a team and an offense which has looked absolutely horrid on the road, the Cowboys appear to be one of the better teams in the conference when playing at home.

That trend continued today as the Cowboys dominated the now 3-3 Jacksonville Jaguars from start to finish, en route to a 40-7 home victory over last year's AFC semi-finalist.

Quarterback Dak Prescott had possibly his best game of the season, making up for his poor performance in Houston a week ago. While Prescott only threw for 183 yards on 17 completions, it was his 82 rushing yards on 11 carries which put this offense over the top. Plus, the Cowboys were in "kill the clock" mode for basically the entire second half.

The real story here was the offensive line, however. The o-line which has been heavily criticized by the fan base during the season, and has shouldered a heavy amount of the blame for the poor offensive production, finally stepped up and played to their standards this afternoon. Prescott had great pass protection all day, which was evident in his passing numbers and Cole Beasley's receiving performance.

Dallas is now 3-3 on the season, tied with the defending champ Eagles and a half game behind Washington for first place in the NFC East. Next week the Cowboys have a huge game in Washington with first place on the line.

Other Notes

  • Cole Beasley proved once again why he's worthy of the pay day he'll get (probably somewhere else) this offseason. Beasley caught 9 balls for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns, dominating man coverage all game long.
  • These linebackers are legit. Both Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith were all over the field today, anchoring a group which was impressive yet again.
  • Brett Maher simply can't miss, going 4 for 4 on field goal attempts including a 55 yarder in the second half.
  • Ezekiel Elliott went over 100 yards rushing again this week, and it was somehow still a quiet day for him in the grand scheme of things.
  • Byron Jones was the best cornerback on either team today, deflecting 3 passes and staying sticky to the Jacksonville wide outs all day. He's been incredible this season and Sunday's game was no different.
  • Oh, and Randy Gregory sack alert! Party!



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David Irving Ready to “Be Put Through Ringer” in First Action with Cowboys

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David Irving Ready to "Be Put Through Ringer" in First Action with Cowboys
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The Dallas Cowboys patience in Defensive Tackle David Irving is set to pay off on Sunday, as Irving will play in his first game of 2018 after being suspended for the first four weeks. Irving was eligible to play last week in the Cowboys overtime loss at the Texans, but did not make the trip to Houston as he dealt with off-field concerns.

The Cowboys defense has performed admirably without Irving, but in a needed game against the Jaguars, it could be up to this defense to win the game for Dallas - something a disruptive player like Irving has the ability to do on any given snap.

While the plan is for the Cowboys to ease Irving into this game, his impact from the DT position might be enough to leave him on the field as much as needed in a tight game.

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Irving said the coaches want to play him 10-15 snaps Sunday. "That's what they say now but if it's a close game, I know good and well Marinelli is going to be sending me out there & putting me through the ringer. I'm ready for it.

Like a good left-handed pitcher in baseball or three-point specialist in basketball, the Cowboys have afforded Irving a long leash despite his unreliability thanks to a 6'7" and 290 pound frame that makes him a menace for opposing guards.

The 3T-DT position is a pivotal one in Marinelli's scheme, and one the Cowboys have afforded Irving every opportunity to fill, yielding results whenever the former Chiefs practice squad steal suits up.

Filling in for Irving through the Cowboys first five games of the season has been reliable veteran Tyrone Crawford. Expected to play at defensive end this season, Crawford has recorded 14 tackles and one sack from the 3T position.

With Irving back in the "Hot Boyz" rotation, it will be interesting to see if Crawford once again goes out to right defensive end, where Randy Gregory has struggled to make the most out of his own return from suspension.

Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli is not expecting similar struggles from Irving, prepared to put him "through the ringer".

Where Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard calls the Cowboys defense, Marinelli is still one of the most respected coaches at The Star, demanding a lot of his defensive line in particular. It's the pairing of Marinelli's motivation and Irving's intangibles that have the Cowboys defense on the brink of taking another step toward's one of the league's best.

With their own offense set to line up against perhaps the best overall defense in Jacksonville on Sunday, Irving's return is just in time. The NFC East is far from out of reach for the Cowboys, who will be at full strength on defense once Sean Lee returns as early as next week.

The Cowboys have never lost a game in which Lee, Irving, and Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence play at least 20% of the team's snaps on defense. Perhaps this stat will have to be adjusted to include rookie Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch in short time, but for now the Cowboys are hours away from fighting for a 3-3 start to 2018, doing so with one of their most important defenders back in the lineup.

Tell us what you think about "David Irving Ready to “Be Put Through Ringer” in First Action with Cowboys" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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