One of the most successful franchises in NFL history, the Dallas Cowboys are no strangers to starting the season off hot. That hasn't necessarily been the case lately, going 1-4 in Week 1 over the last five seasons, but starting things off against the New York Giants on Sunday Night is the perfect chance to turn that around.
With fans craving a blowout win to embarrass the Giants on their home turf, now's a perfect time to look back at some of the other humiliating beatdowns we've laid on teams in Week 1 in the past.
Here are the Cowboys' five biggest Week 1 blowout wins in franchise history.
Cowboys Biggest Week 1 Blowout Wins
T4. 1985: Cowboys 44, Washington 14 (+30)
The first game of the season was easily the best for the 1985 Cowboys, who ended up finishing 10-6 and ended up being one-and-done in the playoffs. That disappointing end to the season doesn't make a an absolute thrashing of a division rival any less satisfying though.
This game was full of well-rounded contributions from Cowboys players.
Rafael Septien hit three field goals, including one that opened the scoring and gave the Cowboys a 3-0 lead that they carried not the second quarter. Then we started pouring it on.
The first touchdown of the game was a 1-yard plunge from Timmy Newsome, who ended up with 33 rushing plus 51 receiving yards.
John Riggins briefly kept things close with a 1-yard TD of his own but then Danny White and Mike Renfro turned on the jets and we didn’t look back. The Cowboys scored 20 consecutive points in the second and third quarters.
After that things got really ridiculous. Joe Theismann was forcing the ball to try and stage a comeback, and he threw two pick-sixes in the fourth – one to Victor Scott and one to Dennis Thurman.