|1998 Dallas Cowboys season|
|Head coach||Chan Gailey|
|Home field||Texas Stadium|
|Division place||1st NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (vs. Cardinals) 7-20|
|Pro Bowlers||RB 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.
|1998 Dallas Cowboys draft|
|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|
|7||223||Tarik Smith||Running back||California|
|7||237||Rod Monroe||Tight end||Cincinnati|
|Made roster * Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
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|
|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|
|(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|