Nine games into the subject season, I felt that Tom Landry was on the edge of desperation. The Dallas Cowboys were 5-4 and at times they looked like a mediocre ball club. The winning defenses dished out some severe slugs to both Craig Morton and Roger Staubach in the games below.
Week 5 at Minnesota; Lost 54 to 13.
How misleading some facts can be. The Cowboys outgained the Vikings in yardage 268 to 258; but the Purple People Eaters recorded four sacks for 33 yards in losses and intercepted four passes for 129 yards in returns.
Week 6 St Louis at home; Lost 38 to 0
The Cardinals got four sacks for 37 yards in losses; intercepted four passes; and recovered two fumbles. St Louis had a great ground and return game.
–Johnny Roland had three touchdown runs-a 74 yard punt return and two other short runs;
–John Gilliam ran 48 yards for a touchdown; and finally
–Roy Shivers ran 29 yards for a touchdown
However in 1970, the Dallas began an often repeated trend of an average start and a great ending. The Cowboys won five in a row to finish 10-4 atop of the NFC East. They defeated the Detroit Lions 5 to 0 and the San Francisco 49ers 17 to 10. The Baltimore Colts defeated the Cowboys in the Super Bowl 16 to 13. The Cowboys went to the Super Bowl despite a lower regular season the previous two years.