1998 Dallas Cowboys Season
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1998 Dallas Cowboys Season
1998 Dallas Cowboys season
Cowboys wordmark.svg
OwnerJerry Jones
Head coachChan Gailey
Home fieldTexas Stadium
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (vs. Cardinals) 7-20
Pro BowlersRB Emmitt Smith
OL Larry Allen
OL Nate Newton
DB Deion Sanders

The 1998 Dallas Cowboys season was the Cowboys' 39th season in the NFL. The Cowboys were looking to improve on their 6-10 mark from the year before and return to the playoffs.

After the previous season, head coach Barry Switzer resigned after four seasons in which he led the Cowboys to the playoffs three times and won Super Bowl XXX. Chan Gailey, who had been offensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was hired as his replacement.

The Cowboys did manage to record a 10-6 record and once again win the NFC East as they had done in the five seasons prior to 1997. However, the Cowboys did not advance beyond the Wild Card round as they were upset by the Arizona Cardinals, who had not recorded a playoff victory since the franchise was based in Chicago.


NFL Draft

1998 Dallas Cowboys draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 8 Greg Ellis *  Defensive end North Carolina
2 38 Flozell Adams *  Tackle Michigan State
4 100 Michael Myers  Defensive tackle Alabama
5 130 Darren Hambrick  Linebacker South Carolina
5 138 Oliver Ross  Tackle Iowa State from Seattle
6 188 Izell Reese  Safety UAB
7 223 Tarik Smith  Running back California
7 227 Antonio Fleming  Guard Georgia
7 237 Rod Monroe  Tight end Cincinnati
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Regular season

Gailey would revitalize the Cowboys offense, particularly the running game, which had seen a recent decline despite the presence of running back Emmitt Smith. The trio of Smith, Troy Aikman, and Michael Irvin helped the Cowboys be the first ever NFC East team to sweep their division en route to capturing the NFC East title, the team's sixth of the 90's. The Cowboys would later encounter the Arizona Cardinals for the third time that season in the NFC Wild Card Game, but would lose in a stunning upset in the first round at Texas Stadium. Cornerback Deion Sanders suffered an injury to his toe in a regular season victory over Arizona and made a surprise return against them in the playoff loss.

Aikman was injured in a week two loss at Denver and missed the next five games. Future Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett started all games during Aikman's absence and went 3-2 as the starting quarterback.

Notable additions to the team that year include defensive end Greg Ellis and offensive tackle Flozell Adams. Ellis was drafted with the 8th pick in the first round, and many were stunned that the Cowboys didn't draft Randy Moss (most likely for off the field issues).


Week Date Opponent Result TV Time(CT) TV Announcers Attendance Record
1 September 6, 1998 Arizona Cardinals W 38-10 Fox 3:05pm Tim Ryan, Bill Maas, Ronnie Lott, and Mike Doocey 63,602 1-0
2 September 13, 1998 at Denver Broncos L 42-23 Fox 3:15pm Pat Summerall, John Madden, and Pam Oliver 75,013 1-1
3 September 21, 1998 at New York Giants W 31-7 ABC 7:20pm Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf, Boomer Esiason, and Lesley Visser 78,039 2-1
4 September 27, 1998 Oakland Raiders L 13-12 CBS 12:00pm Greg Gumbel, Phil Simms, and Armen Keteyian 63,544 2-2
5 October 4, 1998 at Washington Redskins W 31-10 Fox 12:00pm Dick Stockton and Matt Millen 72,284 3-2
6 October 11, 1998 Carolina Panthers W 27-20 Fox 12:00pm Pat Summerall, John Madden, and Mike Doocey 64,181 4-2
7 October 18, 1998 at Chicago Bears L 13-12 Fox 3:15pm Pat Summerall and John Madden 59,201 4-3
8 Bye
9 November 2, 1998 at Philadelphia Eagles W 34-0 ABC 7:20pm Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf, Boomer Esiason, and Lesley Visser 67,002 5-3
10 November 8, 1998 New York Giants W 16-6 Fox 12:00pm Pat Summerall and John Madden 64,316 6-3
11 November 15, 1998 at Arizona Cardinals W 35-28 Fox 3:15pm Pat Summerall, John Madden, and Kevin McCabe 71,670 7-3
12 November 22, 1998 Seattle Seahawks W 30-22 CBS 12:00pm Verne Lundquist, Randy Cross, and Michele Tafoya 64,142 8-3
13 November 26, 1998 Minnesota Vikings L 46-36 Fox 3:15pm Pat Summerall and John Madden 64,366 8-4
14 December 6, 1998 at New Orleans Saints L 22-3 Fox 12:00pm Pat Summerall and John Madden 65,065 8-5
15 December 13, 1998 at Kansas City Chiefs L 20-17 Fox 3:15pm Pat Summerall and John Madden 77,697 8-6
16 December 20, 1998 Philadelphia Eagles W 13-9 Fox 3:15pm Pat Summerall and John Madden 62,722 9-6
17 December 27, 1998 Washington Redskins W 23-7 ESPN 7:15pm Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann, Paul Maguire, and Solomon Wilcots 63,565 10-6


NFC East
(3) Dallas Cowboys 10 6 0 .625 381 275 W2
(6) Arizona Cardinals 9 7 0 .563 325 378 W3
New York Giants 8 8 0 .500 287 309 W4
Washington Redskins 6 10 0 .375 319 421 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 3 13 0 .188 161 344 L3



  • The Football Encyclopedia ISBN 0-312-11435-4
  • Total Football ISBN 0-06-270170-3
  • Cowboys Have Always Been My Heroes ISBN 0-446-51950-2


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