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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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  • 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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Dallas Cowboys OL Fails To Crack NFL.com’s Top 10

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Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, offensive line

Often considered a top unit in football, the Dallas Cowboys offensive line seemed to take a step back in 2017. Mostly due to injuries and free agent departures on the left side, the Cowboys were unable to form the same solid unit we have seen in years past.

Despite their struggles, most would still consider them a top 5-10 offensive line in the NFL. At least, that's what I'd expect considering they still feature three All-Pro caliber players upfront.

Matt Harmon of NFL.com put together a list of the top 10 offensive lines in football based on performance in the 2017 season. The list was strictly developed through the use of next gen stats, which defined pressure as "pass-rushing play in which a defender gets within 2 yards of the opposing quarterback at the time of the throw or sack." In addition, "yards gained before close" was taken into account. This metric is meant to measure "the amount of rushing yards a running back gains before opposing defenders come within 1 yard of the player."

After compiling all of these stats, the Cowboys offensive line was left off of the list completely. Maybe even more surprising, however, was that the Philadelphia Eagles' line failed to crack the top ten as well. That's two lines with 3-4 Pro Bowl caliber players each missing the cut.

According to Matt Harmon the Cowboys allowed a pressure on 28.6% of Dak Prescott's dropbacks, 12th highest in the league. Dallas also ranked 20th in the league in YGBC in 2017.

While I do have some issues with the methodology of these statistics, the final result is actually hard to argue with. Down the stretch the Cowboys offense was downright pathetic at times. Regardless of how highly we thought of them prior to the year, the offense didn't perform to their standards, or the standards of a top ten unit.

Heading into 2018, however, I do expect this offensive line to begin to regain form. La'el Collins should continue to improve on the right side, and he is already an adequate starting right tackle regardless. I also expect Dallas to address their left guard spot, potentially within the first two rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.

In the end the success of this line may hinge on the health of Tyron Smith, though. When healthy, Smith is the best left tackle in all of football. But that "when healthy" caveat has certainly hurt the Cowboys offense.

The way the front office handles their offensive line this offseason will play a huge role in the success, or lack thereof, of the Cowboys in 2018.


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Cowboys 2018 Free Agents: CB Bene Benwikere

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Cowboys 2018 Free Agents: CB Bene Benwikere

After playing sparsely for the Dallas Cowboys in 2017, veteran cornerback Bene Benwikere is set to be an unrestricted free agent. Could he stay in Dallas, or will he have to find work elsewhere?

Dallas was concerned about its CB depth with heavy reliance on young players and Jourdan Lewis barely participating in the offseason. Therefore, the Cowboys traded a sixth-round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for Benwikere just before Week One.

After a stellar rookie season with the Carolina Panthers in 2014, Bene had suffered a steep fall before landing in Cincy. Injuries and poor play got him cut midway through 2016 by the Panthers, and then Benwikere bounced from Miami to Green Bay before finally signing with the Bengals in the 2017 offseason.

Though a few years removed from being an All-Rookie Team standout, Bene Benwikere is still just 26 and may still draw interest from scouts who remember his better days. He is likely counting on that, because the Cowboys' secondary is starting to fill up.

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Dallas Cowboys CB Bene Benwikere (#23)

The Cowboys currently have exciting sophomores Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis expected to start in 2018. Anthony Brown is back for his third season and will be active on game days.

Orlando Scandrick's future is cloudy, but Dallas won't get much cap relief from releasing him this season. They may elect to keep the veteran for one more year, which would all but fill out the CB depth chart.

Even if Scandrick leaves, talk that Dallas may move Byron Jones back to corner from safety would only leave Benwikere in the same disadvantaged position for finding work.

The best chance that Bene Benwikere has to stay with the Cowboys is if new Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard remembers him from 2014. Coaches often feel that can get more out of a player than the last guy, and Richard may see potential in Benwikere that his last few teams couldn't unlock.

Four years ago may be too long, though, and especially with a fresh new crop of young players coming into the league. Especially if they keep Scandrick, Dallas may want to use the rest of their roster spots on younger prospects.

As it stands, Bene Benwikere is unlikely to return to the Cowboys. However, given the flashes of potential he once showed in the NFL, you can't be certain that Dallas won't want to give him one more chance.


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Cowboys 2018 Free Agents: OL Joe Looney

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Dallas Cowboys backup offensive lineman Joe Looney was active for all 16 games of 2017 and never had to start. That is exactly what you want from a reserve player, and Looney has been relied on as security for the interior o-line for two years now. However, he enters 2018 as an unrestricted free agent.

A six-year veteran, Looney turns 28 years old in August. He has two years in the Cowboys system and is still in his physical prime. Able to play guard or center, "Jumbo Joe" is a nice value with versatility and familiarity.

Dallas got Looney on the cheap in 2016, signing him to a two-year deal at just $1.68 million. While he hasn't been seen much over the last two seasons, coming out of the Cowboys' offensive line could raise his profile in this free agent market compared to last time.

For example, the last guy to hold Joe's role in Dallas was Mackenzy Bernadeau. Dallas paid him $5.7 million from 2014-2015 to be the versatile backup at guard and center. Looney is at a comparable point now in his career.

Joe Looney

Dallas Cowboys G/C Joe Looney

Dallas may not want to give Joe Looney that kind of raise, but they may have to given other issues on the line. Starting guard Jonathan Cooper is also a free agent and was injured in Week 17. Chaz Green was tried at guard last year and failed.

Even if they didn't need Loooney to play guard, he is also the backup center and the currently the best candidate on the roster for that role.

While nobody wants Looney as the starting left guard in 2018, but Dallas may not want to give Cooper a new deal given his injury history. La'el Collins appears locked in at right tackle, so the Cowboys may feel the need to pay more to keep Looney in case the offseason doesn't provide a better option.

If the Cowboys are inspired to retain Joe Looney, it could mean raising his annual salary from about $800k to close to $3 million. Even with more cap flexibility than they've had in recent years, that's still a big jump that Dallas won't take lightly.

Clearly, Joe Looney's return in 2018 is not an easy decision. He could be a solid veteran depth option for some teams and might even find starting work if someone's desperate enough.

With Dallas facing some uncertainty on the offensive line, that gives Looney the leverage in any upcoming contract negotiations.


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