1981 Dallas Cowboys Statistics

National Football League (NFL)
Team Record: 12-4
Finishing 1st in the NFL's East Division of the National Football Conference
Postseason: 1-1 Lost Conference Championship
Coach: Tom Landry (12-4)
Location: Dallas, Texas
1981 Dallas Cowboys Roster
1981 Dallas Cowboys Results

The Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League ended the 1981 season with a record of 12 wins and 4 losses, finishing first in the NFL's East Division of the National Football Conference. The team compiled a postseason mark of 1-1.

Dallas piled up points with 367 points, while the defense conceded 277. Tony Dorsett powered the ground game, running for a 1,646 yards for the Cowboys.

Danny White threw for 3,098 yards. Tony Hill hauled in 46 passes for 953 yards. Drew Pearson was targeted regularly, too.

The opportunistic defense pounced on 53 turnovers. Everson Walls intercepted 11 errant tosses from the opposition.

Tom Landry coached the team. The 1981 Dallas Cowboys lost in the Conference Championship.

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Player Att Comp Comp % Yds Yds/Att TDs TD % Ints Int % Long Sacked Yds Lost Rating
Danny White39122357.030987.9225.6133.3733023487.5
Glenn Carano451635.62355.212.212.25511151.6
Drew Pearson22100.08140.5150.000.05900158.3
Ron Springs100.000.000.01100.00000.0
Totals43924154.934147.8245.5153.473 31245


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Tony Dorsett34216464.875 4
Ron Springs1726253.616 10
James Jones341835.459 1
Danny White381042.717 0
Timmy Newsome13382.90
Doug Cosbie4338.215 0
Robert Newhouse14332.40
Drew Pearson33110.325 0
Billy DuPree11212.012 0
Glenn Carano891.111 0
Tony Hill1-3-3.0-3 0
Totals63027114.375 15


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Tony Hill4695320.763 4
Ron Springs463597.832 2
Drew Pearson3861416.242 3
Tony Dorsett3232510.273 2
Butch Johnson2555222.155 5
Billy DuPree1921411.333 2
Doug Cosbie1722513.228 5
Jay Saldi88210.218 1
James Jones6376.216 0
Doug Donley33210.717 0
Robert Newhouse12121.021 0
Totals241341414.273 24


Player X/CA X/CM X/CP % FGA FGM FG % Pts.
Rafael Septien4040100.0352777.1121


Player No. Yds Avg. Long
Danny White79322240.860
Rafael Septien26231.033

Punt Returns:

Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
James Jones331885.717 0
Ron Fellows11444.010 0
Doug Donley133.00
Totals452355.217 0

Kick Returns:

Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
James Jones2751719.133 0
Timmy Newsome1222819.027 0
Ron Fellows817021.231 0
Robert Newhouse33411.315 0
Steve Wilson23216.017 0
Doug Cosbie100.00
Totals5398118.533 0


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Everson Walls1113312.133 0
Dennis Thurman918720.896 0
Michael Downs78111.625 0
Charlie Waters3217.021 0
Bob Breunig284.00
Steve Wilson200.00
Guy Brown12828.028 0
Benny Barnes12424.024 0
D.D. Lewis100.00
Totals3748213.096 0

Defense and Fumbles:

Total Scoring:

Touchdowns Other Total
Player Rush Rec Punt Kick MFG Int Fum Other FG X/C Single 2Pt Saf Points
Rafael Septien27400121
Ron Springs10200072
Tony Dorsett4200036
Doug Cosbie05000030
Butch Johnson500030
Tony Hill0400024
Drew Pearson0300018
Billy DuPree0200012
Jay Saldi10006
Benny Barnes010006
James Jones10000006
Harvey Martin00012
John Dutton00012


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