|2019 Dallas Cowboys season|
|Head coach||Jason Garrett|
|General manager||Jerry Jones|
|Home field||AT&T Stadium|
|Division place||2nd NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|AP All-Pros||RG Zack Martin (1st team)|
The 2019 season was the Dallas Cowboys' 60th in the National Football League (NFL), their 11th playing home games at AT&T Stadium and their ninth and final season under head coach Jason Garrett. It also marked the return of tight end Jason Witten, who retired in 2018 and spent a year as the color analyst for Monday Night Football. Wide receiver Cole Beasley, who was the second-longest tenured player on the roster, left the team in the offseason and signed with the Bills.
Despite being 6-4 by Week 11 and leading the NFC East, they lost 4 of the last 6 games for a final record of 8-8. The Cowboys failed to improve on their 10-6 record from the previous season after a 26-15 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving and failed to match their 10-6 record with a 31-24 loss to the Chicago Bears a week later. This was also their first non-winning season since the 2015 season. A Week 16 loss to their division rival the Philadelphia Eagles was the turning point as they squandered a chance to clinch consecutive NFC East titles since 1992-96, and the first team in the NFC East to clinch the division in consecutive years since the Eagles did from 2001-04. No longer in control of their destiny, and the Eagles winning in Week 17 against the Giants ensuring that the Eagles would be the 2019 NFC East champions. A strong Week 17 win against Washington was insufficient to save their playoff hopes.
|WR||Randall Cobb||29||Green Bay Packers||1 year, $5 million|
|TE||Jason Witten||37||Did not play||1 year, $4.5 million|
|DE||Kerry Hyder||28||Detroit Lions||1 year, $1 million|
|DT||Christian Covington||26||Houston Texans||1 year, $2.5 million|
|FB||Jamize Olawale||30||3 years, $5.4 million|
|WR||Tavon Austin||29||1 year, $1.75 million|
|OT||Cameron Fleming||27||2 years, $7.5 million|
|DE||DeMarcus Lawrence||27||5 years, $105 million|
|DT||Daniel Ross||26||1 year, $645,000|
|OLB||Justin March||26||1 year, $720,000|
|FS||Darian Thompson||26||1 year, $720,000|
|LS||L. P. Ladouceur||38||1 year, $1.03 million|
|Position||Player||Age||2018 team||Contract||Traded away|
|DE||Robert Quinn||29||Miami Dolphins||1 year, $8 million||2020 6th-round pick (John Penisini)|
|RB||Rod Smith||27||Oakland Raiders|
|WR||Cole Beasley||30||Buffalo Bills|
|WR||Allen Hurns||28||Miami Dolphins|
|WR||Terrance Williams||30||Joined XFL|
|TE||Geoff Swaim||26||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|OT/OG||Parker Ehinger||27||Baltimore Ravens|
|DE||Taco Charlton||25||Miami Dolphins|
|DT||Caraun Reid||28||Arizona Cardinals|
|OLB||Damien Wilson||26||Kansas City Chiefs|
|FS||Marqueston Huff||27||Joined XFL|
|2019 Dallas Cowboys draft|
|2||59||Trysten Hill||DT||Central Florida|
|3||90||Connor McGovern||OG||Penn St|
|5||158||Michael Jackson||CB||Miami (FL)|
|5||165||Joe Jackson||DE||Miami (FL)|
|6||213||Donovan Wilson||S||Texas A&M|
|7||218||Mike Weber||RB||Ohio State|
|Made roster + Pro Football Hall of Fame * Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
On March 21, the exhibition matchup between the Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams was officially announced for Saturday, August 17, at Aloha Stadium just outside of Honolulu, Hawaii, with the Rams serving as the home team.
|1||at San Francisco 49ers||L 9-17||0-1||Levi's Stadium||Recap|
|2||at Los Angeles Rams||W 14-10||1-1||Aloha Stadium (Honolulu)||Recap|
|3||Houston Texans||W 34-0||2-1||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|4||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 15-17||2-2||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|1||September 8||New York Giants||W 35-17||1-0||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|2||September 15||at Washington Redskins||W 31-21||2-0||FedExField||Recap|
|3||September 22||Miami Dolphins||W 31-6||3-0||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|4||September 29||at New Orleans Saints||L 10-12||3-1||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|5||October 6||Green Bay Packers||L 24-34||3-2||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|6||October 13||at New York Jets||L 22-24||3-3||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
|7||October 20||Philadelphia Eagles||W 37-10||4-3||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|9||at New York Giants||W 37-18||5-3||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
|10||November 10||Minnesota Vikings||L 24-28||5-4||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|11||November 17||at Detroit Lions||W 35-27||6-4||Ford Field||Recap|
|12||November 24||at New England Patriots||L 9-13||6-5||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|13||November 28||Buffalo Bills||L 15-26||6-6||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|14||at Chicago Bears||L 24-31||6-7||Soldier Field||Recap|
|15||December 15||Los Angeles Rams||W 44-21||7-7||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|16||December 22||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 9-17||7-8||Lincoln Financial Field||Recap|
|17||December 29||Washington Redskins||W 47-16||8-8||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
In the season opener, the Cowboys scored in 5 consecutive drives, the longest streak in Cowboys history, despite Evan Engram scoring a touchdown first in this game. After that, it was all Dallas the rest of the way. The win allowed the Cowboys to start 1-0.
Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones would end up playing the remainder of the game for Eli Manning when Manning was removed from the game due to a coaching decision made by head coach Pat Shurmur. This would be Manning's last game he played against the Cowboys, as he did not play in their second game in MetLife Stadium due to Jones being the starter since week 3 of the season.
The game started with Montae Nicholson obtaining an interception, which would allow the Redskins to score the next drive. The Cowboys responded with a touchdown pass to Devin Smith to tie the game at 7-7. They would claim the lead, via a touchdown pass to veteran tight end Jason Witten before halftime. The Redskins would respond back after another touchdown scored by the Cowboys. Ezekiel Elliott would run for a first down to clinch the game, allowing the Cowboys to run out the clock. The game ended with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott rushing for 180 combined yards. This win would improve the Cowboys to 2-0.
As historic Vegas favorites (22 points), both Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard obtained 100+ rushing yards in one game. The game started with a missed field goal from the Dolphins. The Cowboys also denied the Dolphins a touchdown when DeMarcus Lawrence recovered a fumble at the Dallas 7-yard line. This win improved the Cowboys to 3-0.
The game would be neck-to-neck all the way. Chidobe Awuzie and the Cowboys recorded their first interception of the season. Despite a strong defense and allowing no touchdowns, they would drop to 3-1 with the loss. This game practically mimicked the previous year's game between these two teams in Dallas where it was mainly a defensive battle.
In a highly anticipated matchup against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in a testament of the Cowboys-Packers rivalry, the Cowboys struggled mightily. Looking to defeat the Packers whom they have not beaten at home since 2007, the first drive resulted in an interception, which the Packers returned the interception for 37 yards without scoring. The Cowboys recovered from a 28 point deficit, but the Packers would prove excessive to overcome, and for the first time since the Divisional Round from 2018, they would allow 30+ points. This loss dropped the Cowboys to 3-2.
The Cowboys traveled to Metlife Stadium to take on Sam Darnold, who had just recovered from mono and the Jets in one of their two trips to East Rutherford, New Jersey. They looked to defeat the Jets, whom they have not beaten since 2007.
The Jets would score a 92-yard touchdown in one of the worst defensive plays by the Cowboys. The Cowboys attempted to rally, but while attempting a two-point conversion that would tie the game and send it to overtime, the pass was incomplete. The loss dropped them to 3-3, and their streak of losing three games against the Jets continued.
The Cowboys dominated the entire game and returned to their winning ways. One of the first plays was a forced fumble on Carson Wentz, which Dallas recovered. Tavon Austin would give the Cowboys the first scoring drive shortly afterwards. Brett Maher kicked a 63-yard field goal to break his old record of 62, which was also during a game at home against the Eagles. The Cowboys would put their 3-game losing streak to an end as the Cowboys would improve to 4-3.
Despite a first pass attempt being an interception and the Giants having a lead by 9 points, the Cowboys dominated the rest of the game. Ezekiel Elliott made his first appearance at MetLife Stadium since his rookie season and would run for 139 yards on 23 carries. The game is famous for a black cat appearing during the game. This would delay the game for several minutes. The Cowboys would not allow any more touchdowns once they claimed the lead at halftime. The Jourdan Lewis fumble recovery sealed the game as it was returned for a touchdown while the Cowboys led 30-18 to put them up 37-18 and improve to 5-3 with the win.
The contest was competitive the entire night. The Cowboys would start by falling behind after two touchdowns were scored by the Vikings. Later, the Cowboys fought back and grabbed the lead late. This wouldn't last long as the Vikings ran away with another touchdown scoring drive. The Cowboys responded with a field goal to make it 28-24. Luck ran out after Dak Prescott's Hail Mary pass was intercepted in the fading seconds, sealing the Cowboys' loss. This loss dropped the Cowboys to 5-4.
On the first handoff to Ezekiel Elliott, the fumble was recovered by the Lions, that way the Lions could score and take a 7-0 lead. The Cowboys would respond with a field goal by Brett Maher. Later on, the Cowboys would claim the lead and would not allow the Lions to lead again after Cowboys scored another touchdown. The game's biggest highlight was a catch by Michael Gallup, who would scoop the ball up after nearly dropping a pass. This win would improve them to 6-4.
Elliott's touchdown celebration of the "Dak Dance" became a meme and a trend for the rest of the 2019 NFL season.
Having attempted to upset reigning Super Bowl champions, one of their punts from Chris Jones was blocked so the Patriots could score in the next offensive drive. Late in the game, a catch was overturned on a controversial call by the officials. The Cowboys would only muster three field goals as they would fall to 6-5.
Coming off a close loss at New England, the Cowboys returned home to take on the Bills. The Cowboys would obtain the lead 7-0 when Dak Prescott threw a touchdown pass to Jason Witten. Afterwards, the Cowboys would struggle in nearly every other aspect as they would not respond again until the 4th quarter. Their second touchdown was not enough as the Bills would defeat the Cowboys, 26-15. This loss would not only drop the Cowboys to 6-6, but also raised concerns of whether or not if the team were still contenders. This loss also ensures they would no longer exceed the win mark from the previous season.
The game would begin with the Cowboys leading 7-0, but they would struggle the remainder of the game. Bears' Mitchell Trubisky lead the Bears to a heavy 31-14 lead. The Cowboys would later fight back, but only to score 10 points. This loss dropped them to 6-7. Also with the loss, they would no longer be able to tie their 10-6 record from the previous season.
Before the game started, there was an error on a coin toss, which the officials misunderstood, which Dak Prescott actually said "kick" when he intended to say "defer". The Cowboys afterwards dominated and led the entire game. It was the first time since the Week 13 in 2018 that the Cowboys would defeat a team sitting with a minimum of .500 percentage of wins. The win by the Cowboys also improved them to 7-7.
In this de-facto NFC East showdown, the Cowboys traveled to Philadelphia to take on Carson Wentz and the Eagles, who, at the time, were also 7-7 after back to back victories following their Week 13 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
The game began with the Eagles converting two third-downs and converting a 36-yard field goal. The Cowboys would fail to get anything going. The Eagles' offense marched down the field 63 yards over 7 plays. Dallas Goedert caught a 6-yard pass from Carson Wentz to increase the Eagles' lead. The Cowboys drove to the Eagles' 23-yard line when they were trailing 17-9, in which the Cowboys attempted to tie the game, but on 4th down, A pass to Michael Gallup was incomplete, giving the ball back to the Eagles to run out the game clock. This loss dropped the Cowboys to 7-8.
Kai Forbath remains perfect in field goals as he converted each attempt for three consecutive games. Jaylon Smith also obtained his first interception in his career off quarterback Case Keenum, who started as emergency for Dwayne Haskins who injured his ankle the previous week. This would be the final game with head coach Jason Garrett as his contract expired and not renewed. This win would prevent the Cowboys from suffering their first losing season since 2015 to finish 8-8. However, the Cowboys would be eliminated from playoff contention thanks to the Eagles' 34-17 victory over the Giants.
|New York Giants||4||12||0||.250||2-4||3-9||341||451||L1|
|1[a]||San Francisco 49ers||West||13||3||0||.813||5-1||10-2||.504||.466||W2|
|2[a][b]||Green Bay Packers||North||13||3||0||.813||6-0||10-2||.453||.428||W5|
|3[a][b]||New Orleans Saints||South||13||3||0||.813||5-1||9-3||.486||.459||W3|
|Did not qualify for the postseason|
|7||Los Angeles Rams||West||9||7||0||.563||3-3||7-5||.535||.438||W1|
|11[d]||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||South||7||9||0||.438||2-4||5-7||.500||.384||L2|
|14||New York Giants||East||4||12||0||.250||2-4||3-9||.473||.281||L1|