Something is going to look a bit different when the Dallas Cowboys take the field against the Denver Broncos this Sunday afternoon. For the first time in nearly a decade, the Cowboys will be rocking a throwback helmet.
When Dallas runs out of the tunnel they will be doing so with the iconic red, white, and blue helmets that the team wore in 1976. This weekends’ matchup is the NFL’s Salute to Service game, and the team’s throwback helmets are intended to honor the United States military and Medal of Honor recipients.
The Cowboys donned these helmets throughout the entirety of the 1976 season to commemorate the bicentennial. They went 11-3 that season before eventually falling to the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round. They’d have better luck the following year though, winning the Super Bowl over former Dallas quarterback Craig Morton and the Broncos.
However, these helmets haven’t seen the field since that 1976 season. The last time the Cowboys even wore anything other than their current primary helmets was in 2012, which is the last time they played in their white helmet and throwback jerseys.
This helmet won’t violate the league’s current helmet rule either, since they will just be adding the red stripe onto their existing helmets. The NFL’s current one helmet rule will be lifting for the 2022 season and hopefully, the Cowboys’ can then add even more throwbacks into the uniform rotation. This is a cool move for a great cause and hopefully, it can bring the Cowboys some luck as they look to advance to 7-1 on the season.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys will look to win their seventh straight game
On the field, the Cowboys will look to defeat a Broncos team that sits at a bit of a crossroads. On the one hand, they just eked out a victory against the Washington Football Team and sit at 4-4, the same record as their rival Kansas City Chiefs. On the other, they are easily the weakest team in their own division and just traded former All-Pro edge rusher Von Miller.
Dallas might have quarterback Dak Prescott under center again on Sunday afternoon, as he was a limited participant during practice on Wednesday. However, they could be without tackle Tyron Smith who did not practice. If the Cowboys can pull out the win, they will be 7-1 for the first time since 2016.