By: Mark Lane

Cowboys at Eagles

SERIES FACTS (11)

How important is a season finale win after a first round bye is secured?

Lost finale, lost opening playoff game: 7/11
Won finale, won opening playoff game: 15/23


This is the fourth time in club history the Cowboys are 8-7. Every such previous record finished with an 8-8 record.


This is the second time in club history the Eagles are 13-2. That other team from 2004 similarly achieved home-field advantage and advanced as far as Super Bowl XXXIX.


Since 1990, when playoff formats were last reformatted, teams there have been 29 teams to start 13-2. Here are the final fates for those teams:

Divisional playoff loss – 9/29
Conference championship loss – 6/29
Super Bowl loss – 7/29
Super Bowl win – 7/29


This is the fifth time the Eagles have won the division while the Cowboys have finished in second place.


The Cowboys are currently 5-2 on the road. A win would give them a 6-2 finish, a tie for the fourth-best away record in franchise history.


A win would give the Eagles an 8-0 home record, tied for their best home record in club history (1992).


The Dallas Cowboys are 28-27 against the Philadelphia Eagles on the road. Here is the breakdown by venue:

Franklin Field: 4-6
Veterans Stadium: 16-15
Lincoln Financial Field: 8-6


The Cowboys are 3-4 in season finales against the Eagles.

Dallas is 5-2 against Philadelphia in January with a 1-2 record in Philadelphia.

The Cowboys are 11-22 all-time on the road in season finales.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (16)

Prescott is tied with Ezekiel Elliott, Carlos Hyde, and Cam Newton for the eighth-most red zone rushing touchdowns with six.

Prescott is tied for the 10th-most third down conversions by rush with 11.

Prescott is tied with Cam Newton for the sixth-most interceptions in the NFL with 13.

Prescott is tied with Kirk Cousins and Brett Hundley for the second-most red zone interceptions in the NFL with three.

Prescott is tied for the 10th-most interceptions on third down with four.

Prescott has thrown the most pick-sixes in the NFL with four.

Prescott is tied with DeShone Kizer for the seventh-fewest yards per completion in the NFL at 10.8.

Among quarterbacks with a minimum of 100 attempts, Prescott has the seventh-highest completion percentage on third down at 61.8.

Prescott has thrown the 11th-most passes inside the 10-yard line with 28.

On first down, Prescott has a 95.1 passer rating, 7.1 yards per pass attempt, and Dez Bryant his most targeted receiver with 42 passes. In 2016 through the first 15 games, Prescott had a 104.8 rating, 7.4 yards per attempt, and Jason Witten his most targeted receiver with 32 passes.

On second down, Prescott has an 89.8 passer rating, 6.8 yards per pass attempt, and Bryant his most targeted receiver with 42 passes. In 2016 through the first 15 games, Prescott had a 114.3 rating, 8.7 yards per attempt, and Bryant his most targeted receiver with 41 passes.

On third down, Prescott has an 81.3 passer rating, 6.6 yards per pass attempt, and Bryant his most targeted receiver with 36 passes. In 2016 through the first 15 games, Prescott had a 96.1 rating, 7.9 yards per attempt, and Cole Beasley his most targeted receiver with 28 passes.

Prescott has an 89.8 passer rating when huddled. In 2016, Prescott had a 103.5 rating.

Prescott has a 61.9 passer rating when going no-huddle. In 2016, Prescott had a 123.7 rating.

Prescott has an 83.7 passer rating when in the shotgun. In 2016, Prescott had a 100.4 rating.

Prescott has a 95.7 passer rating when under center. In 2016, Prescott had a 122.2 rating.


NICK FOLES FACTS (10)

Foles’ first ever NFL action came against the Cowboys on Nov. 11, 2012 when defensive tackle Jay Ratliff knocked out starter Michael Vick. Foles finished 22/32 for 219 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in a 38-23 loss.
The last time Foles faced the Cowboys was also in Week 17 back in 2013. He completed 17/26 for 263 yards, two touchdowns, and posted a 124.4 rating in a 24-22 win that gave the Eagles the NFC East and dropped Dallas to its third consecutive 8-8 finish.

Foles is 1-3 against the Cowboys with an 87.2 passer rating.

Foles is 3-4 against the NFC East as an Eagles starter with a 3-1 record at home.

Foles has an 88.1 passer rating with the Eagles in 2017. In his final year of 2014, it was 81.4.

Foles is 8-5 in December with a 4-3 record at home.

Since taking over for Carson Wentz in Week 14, Foles has targeted tight end Zach Ertz the most with 23 passes.

Since taking over for Wentz, on first down, Foles has a 58.8 passer rating, 5.4 yards per pass attempt, and Nelson Agholor his most targeted receiver with 13 passes.

Since taking over for Wentz, on second down, Foles has a 134.1 passer rating, 6.7 yards per pass attempt, and Ertz the most targeted receiver with seven passes.

Since taking over for Wentz, on third down, Foles has a 64.4 passer rating, 3.3 yards per pass attempt, and Alshon Jeffery his most targeted receiver with eight passes.


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

Elliott needs 120 yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the year.

Elliott is tied with Jordan Howard for the eighth-most total touchdowns in the NFL with nine.

Elliott’s seven rushing touchdowns are tied for the seventh-most in the NFL.

Elliott leads the NFL with 97.8 rushing yards per game.

Elliott leads the NFL with 23.9 rushing attempts per game.

Elliott has the seventh-most red zone rushing attempts with 36.

Elliott has the sixth-most red zone rushing yards with 107.

Elliott has had 18 touches inside the 10-yard line. Prescott has the most with 39.

Elliott is tied for the eighth-most rushing touchdowns inside the 10-yard line with five.

Elliott has taken 42.1 percent of the Cowboys’ rushing attempts inside the 5-yard line.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Garrett owns every one of the Cowboys’ 8-7 records in team history. Every single one matured into an 8-8 finish (2011-13).


Garrett has a 27-18 record against the NFC East with a 16-6 record on the road.


Garrett has staved off a series sweep by NFC East opponents 5/9 times.


Garrett owns a 7-8 record against the Eagles. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches where applicable:

Tom Landry: 36-20
Barry Switzer: 6-3
Wade Phillips: 5-2
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Jason Garrett: 7-8
Jimmy Johnson: 5-6
Bill Parcells: 3-5
Dave Campo: 0-6



Garrett’s 17-15 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:

Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 17-15
Jimmy Johnson: 13-7
Bill Parcells: 8-9
Barry Switzer: 7-8
Wade Phillips: 5-7
Dave Campo: 4-9
Chan Gailey: 3-5


Garrett is 11-7 on the road in December. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Landry: 28-22-1
Garrett: 11-7
Johnson: 6-5
Parcells: 5-5
Phillips: 4-4
Switzer: 4-4
Campo: 1-6
Gailey: 0-4


Garrett is currently 27-27 without Tony Romo under center, and is 2-5 against Philadelphia without him. Here is how that compares to other divisional foes:
Washington: 6-1
NY Giants: 2-3
Philadelphia: 2-5


Garrett is 15-10 on the road without Romo under center.

Garrett is 2-5 in season finales. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 15-14
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Chan Gailey: 2-0
Jason Garrett: 2-5
Wade Phillips: 1-2
Barry Switzer: 1-3
Dave Campo: 0-3
Bill Parcells: 0-4


Garrett is 19/36 on challenges in his career with a 1/5 mark in 2017.


DOUG PEDERSON FACTS (10)

Pederson has completed a series sweep 2/2 times with a 1/1 rate at home.

Pederson is 7-4 against the NFC East with a 4-1 record at home.

Pederson is 7-7 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 5-1 record at home.

Pederson is 2-1 against the Cowboys. Here is how he compares to other Eagles head coaches:

Andy Reid: 17-12
Buddy Ryan: 8-2
Nick Skorich: 4-2
Doug Pederson: 2-1
Buck Shaw: 1-0
Joe Kuharich: 5-5
Chip Kelly: 3-3
Marion Campbell: 1-5
Mike McCormack: 2-4
Rich Kotite: 2-7
Ray Rhodes: 3-6
Dick Vermeil: 4-10
Ed Khayat: 0-3
Jerry Williams: 0-5


A win would join Pederson with Skorich, Kuharich, Ryan, and Reid as the only Eagles head coaches to have swept the Cowboys.

A win would also give Pederson a 6-0 mark against the NFC East. The only other coach to sweep the entire division was Reid in 2004.

The Eagles are tied with the Broncos for the seventh-most penalties in the NFL with 109.

Philadelphia has scored 457 points through 15 games. The single-season record is 474 set by the 2014 Eagles.

Pederson and Reid are the only Eagles head coaches to lead the squad to a 13-2 record, and Pederson is the only coach in team history to do it in his second year.


Pederson is 8/16 on challenges for his career with a 2/6 record in 2017.


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

This is the 10th time since the opening of Lincoln Financial Field in 2003 that FOX will broadcast a game in the series from there. The Eagles have the advantage at 5-4.

The Cowboys are 15-11 when Kenny Albert calls their games.

The Eagles are 25-19-1 when Albert calls their games.

This is the third time Albert will call a game in the series. The Cowboys hold a 2-0 advantage.

The Cowboys are 0-1 when Ronde Barber calls their games.

Philadelphia is 2-1 when Barber calls their games.

Dallas is 126-119 all-time on FOX.

Philadelphia is 145-119-2 all-time on FOX.

This is the 16/24 time that FOX will broadcast the Cowboys season finale since 1994.

This is the sixth time that FOX will broadcast an inconsequential Dallas season finale. The other four previous occasions were 1997, 2001, 2002, 2010, and 2015. Dallas went 1-4.


JOHN PARRY FACTS (10)

The Cowboys are 6-6 when Parry referees their games:

2007 – GB, 37-27 – W
2008 – @Rams, 14-34 – L
2008 – SEA, 34-9 – W
2009 – @WAS, 17-0 – W
2010 – @NYG, 35-41 – L
2011 – DET, 30-34 – L
2012 – @ATL, 13-19 – L
2013 – @PHI, 17-3 – W
2014 – @JAX, 31-17 – W
2015 – @NYG, 20-27 – L
2015 – WAS, 23-34 – L
2016 – Ravens, 27-17 – W



Dallas has had fewer penalties than their opponents 5/11 times. Here are the results:


2007 – GB: 9/142; DAL: 10/65
2008 – Rams: 5/32; DAL: 8/56
2008 – SEA: 5/46; DAL: 5/38
2009 – WAS: 4/33; DAL: 4/21
2010 – NYG: 6/46; DAL: 5/42
2011 – DET: 10/75; DAL: 7/33
2012 – ATL: 2/15; DAL: 7/50
2013 – PHI: 5/33; DAL: 12/75
2014 – JAX: 2/19; DAL: 9/65
2015 – NYG: 3/13; DAL: 7/46
2015 – WAS: 3/20; DAL: 4/44
2016 – Ravens: 12/136; DAL: 5/45



Parry is tied for the fourth-highest home team winning percentage among active referees in 2017:


Pete Morelli: .769
Brad Allen: .714
Gene Steratore: .714
John Parry: .643
Walt Coleman: .643
Ron Torbert: .643
Jerome Boger: .571
John Hussey: .571
Jeff Triplette: .571
Terry McAulay: .533
Carl Cheffers: .533
Ed Hochuli: .500
Tony Corrente: .467
Walt Anderson: .467
Bill Vinovich: .429
Clete Blakeman: .429
Craig Wrolstad: .357




Parry is in the middle of the pack in terms of home teams having fewer penalties:


Pete Morelli: .808
Brad Allen: .714
Gene Steratore: .714
Bill Vinovich: .679
Walt Anderson: .667
Craig Wrolstad: .643
Clete Blakeman: .643
Jerome Boger: .607
John Hussey: .571
John Parry: .571
Ron Torbert: .500
Carl Cheffers: .467
Tony Corrente: .467
Jeff Triplette: .429
Terry McAulay: .400
Walt Coleman: .357
Ed Hochuli: .357



The Eagles are 5-4 with Parry. Here are the results:

2007 – @WAS, 33-25 – W
2009 – KC, 34-14 – W
2009 – @NYG, 45-38 – W
2010 – GB, 20-27 – L
2010 – @NYG, 38-31 – W
2013 – DAL, 3-17 – L
2014 – @HTX, 31-21 – W
2015 – @DET, 14-45 – L
2016 – @WAS, 20-27 – L



The Eagles have had fewer penalties with Parry 6/9 times:

2007 – WAS: 11/74; PHI: 5/38
2009 – KC: 10/90; PHI: 3/20
2009 – NYG: 7/54; PHI: 6/45
2010 – GB: 2/15; PHI: 10/80
2010 – NYG: 4/35; PHI: 5/30
2013 – DAL: 12/75; PHI: 5/33
2014 – HTX: 9/54; PHI: 7/55
2015 – DET: 4/29; PHI: 2/30
2016 – WAS: 9/75; PHI: 13/114



Parry’s games see 4.9 sacks on average, tied for sixth-most in the NFL:

Cheffers: 5.3
McAulay: 5.3
Vinovich: 5.1
Wrolstad: 5.1
Triplette: 5.0
Parry: 4.9
Boger: 4.9
Corrente: 4.9
Coleman: 4.8
Hochuli: 4.6
Morelli : 4.6
Torbert : 4.6
Anderson: 4.3
Steratore: 4.2
Blakeman: 4.0
Hussey : 3.9
Allen: 3.4


Parry calls 2.3 offensive holding calls per game, the sixth-fewest in the NFL:

Torbert: 3.0
Coleman: 2.9
McAulay: 2.9
Cheffers: 2.7
Anderson: 2.7
Corrente: 2.5
Wrolstad: 2.5
Hochuli: 2.4
Hussey : 2.4
Allen: 2.4
Morelli: 2.4
Parry: 2.3
Steratore: 2.2
Boger: 2.2
Triplette: 1.9
Vinovich: 1.6
Blakeman: 1.6


Under John Parry, the Cowboys are 0/4 on challenges while their opponents are 6/7. Replay Assistant is 2/4 with none of the calls benefiting the Cowboys.


With Parry, the Eagles are 3/4 on challenges while their opponents are 0/4. Replay Assistant is 1/7 with three of those calls having benefited Philadelphia.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (10)

The Eagles defense allows the sixth-fewest points per game at 19.3.

The Eagles defense has the third-most interceptions in the NFL with 19.

The Eagles defense allows the fourth-fewest yards per pass attempt at 6.5.

The Eagles defense has the seventh-lowest opposing passer rating in the NFL at 79.2.

The Eagles defense leads the NFL with the lowest rushing yards per game at 75.9.

The Eagles defense is tied with the Vikings for the fifth-lowest yards per carry at 3.7.

The Eagles defense has faced the absolute fewest rushing attempts in the NFL at 305.

DeMarcus Lawrence is tied with Calais Campbell for the second-most sacks in the NFL with 14.5. The last Cowboy to lead the NFL in sacks was DeMarcus Ware with 15.5 in 2010.

Lawrence is tied for the fourth-most forced fumbles in the NFL with four.

Taco Charlton’s three sacks are already tied for the seventh-best for a rookie in Cowboys history.

The Cowboys are 0-3 on Dec. 31. Here are the results:

1967 – @GB, 17-21 – L
1972 – @WAS, 3-26 – L
2006 – DET, 31-39 – L

The Eagles are 2-0 on Dec. 31. Here are the results:

2000 – TB, 21-3 – W
2006 – ATL, 24-17 – W

Dallas has one birthday to celebrate on Dec. 31 with former receiver Golden Richards. The Salt Lake City, Utah native was born in 1950 and played for Dallas from 1973-78.

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SERIES FACTS (13)

This is the 10th time the Cowboys have started 5-4. 4/9 of the teams made the playoffs with only two having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last realigned, 75/153 of teams that started 5-4 made the playoffs.

This is the fourth time in franchise history the Eagles have started 8-1. Every season led not only to a playoff appearance but a berth in the NFL’s championship game at the time: 1949, 1960, 1980, 2004.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last realigned, there have been 33/34 teams to have started 8-1 and make the playoffs. 32/33 of those teams were division winners.

This is the 14th-straight season a game from the Dallas-Philadelphia series will be in prime time, making it the longest prime time streak in current NFL rivalries.

This is the 24th prime time game the Cowboys will play against the Eagles. It is tied for second-most against a divisional opponent in Dallas history but the most against any divisional opponent in Philadelphia history.

The Cowboys have only ever opened up their series against the Eagles with a win 31/57 times. 14/31 of those initial wins came in Dallas.

The Cowboys are 24-36 against the Eagles at home, including playoffs. Here is a breakdown by venue:

Cotton Bowl: 4-7
Texas Stadium: 14-26
AT&T Stadium: 6-3

Dallas is 16-12 against the Eagles in November with an 8-8 record at home.

The Cowboys are 33-16 in pre-Thanksgiving games and currently on a 12-game winning streak.

This is the 25th time the Cowboys will be at home the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Dallas has an 18-5 record in such games.

Philadelphia is coming off of a bye. The Cowboys are 20-8 against teams coming off of bye weeks with a 2-3 record against Philadelphia and a 12-2 record at home.

The Eagles are 21-7 coming off of bye weeks with a 7-3 record on the road.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

The Eagles sacked Prescott two times for a total of 14 yards last season.

The second and fourth lowest passer ratings of Prescott’s rookie seasons came against the Eagles (63.0 on Jan. 1; 79.8 on Oct. 30).

Prescott has 32 carries for 237 yards and five touchdowns. Last year, he had 31 carries for 125 yards and four touchdowns.

Prescott has the fifth-most rushing yards for a quarterback. Among the quarterbacks in the top-5, Prescott has the second-best yards per carry at 7.41.

Despite being sacked eight times last week, Prescott has the 24th-fewest sacks among quarterbacks with a minimum of 50 pass attempts.

On first down, Prescott has a 102.6 passer rating, 7.0 yards per attempt, and Dez Bryant is his most-targeted receiver with 32 passes. In 2016 through the first nine games, Prescott had a 102.7 passer rating, 7.6 yards per attempt, and Jason Witten was his most-targeted receiver with 20 targets.

On second down, Prescott has a 101.3 passer rating, 7.4 yards per attempt, and Bryant his most-targeted receiver with 29 passes. Through the first nine games of 2016, Prescott had a 113.0 passer rating, 9.0 yards per attempt, and Witten his most-targeted receiver with 27 passes.

On third down, Prescott has an 88.8 passer rating, 6.1 yards per attempt, and Bryant his most-targeted receiver with 19 passes. In 2016 through the first nine games, Prescott had a 100.6 passer rating, 8.3 yards per attempt, and Cole Beasley his most-targeted receiver with 21 passes.

Prescott is tied with Jared Goff and Deshaun Watson for the fourth-most red zone passing touchdowns with 12. Bryant and Beasley are tied for the most touchdowns with four.

Prescott is tied with Le’Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman for the fourth-most red zone rushing touchdowns with five, the most among quarterbacks.



CARSON WENTZ FACTS (12)

Wentz is 9-8 when he gets sacked twice or more compared to 6-2 when he sacked once or fewer.

Of the eight games Wentz has had with a sack or fewer, 3/8 have occurred in 2017 with all of them being victories.

Wentz is 10-2 when his passer rating is above 90.0 compared to 5-8 when it is not.

7/12 of Wentz’s 90-plus passer rating games have come in 2017 with every single one a victory.

Wentz has a 104.1 passer rating through nine games versus 87.6 through nine games his rookie season. Here is a comparison along that includes team rushing yards per attempt, points allowed, takeaways, and yards surrendered:

2016 –22/35, 236 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 4.26 (14th); 160 (T-3); 16 (T-5); 2,906 (6th)
2017 –20/32, 251 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT; 4.35 (10th); 179 (10); 16 (6th); 2,843 (10th)

Wentz is 125.1 on third down in 2017, the best in the NFL among quarterbacks with at least 40 pass attempts. Last year, it was 80.4 through the first nine games.

Wentz has the most red zone touchdowns in the NFL with 15 and is tied for second-most in the NFL with passing touchdowns inside the 10 with nine.

Wentz has yet to throw a red zone interception in 2017. He threw one in 2016.

Wentz is eighth in the NFL with 7.8 yards per pass attempt.

Wentz is third in the NFL with 12.9 yards per completion.

Wentz is 12th in the NFL with 251.3 yards per game. In 2016, he was 20th in the NFL with 235.7 per game.

Wentz has been sacked 23 times in 2017, tied for eighth-most in the NFL. In 2016 through nine games, he was sacked 19 times, tied for 16th in the NFL.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (11)

This is the third 5-4 start of Garrett’s career. He has never made the playoffs as a result.


Garrett owns a 19-17 record in prime time with an 11-7 record at home.


Garrett is 19-11 in November with a 10-7 record at home.


Garrett owns a 7-7 record against the Eagles. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches where applicable:

Tom Landry: 36-20
Barry Switzer: 6-3
Wade Phillips: 5-2
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Jason Garrett: 7-7
Jimmy Johnson: 5-6
Bill Parcells: 3-5
Dave Campo: 0-6


Garrett is 14-7 in the first games of a series against NFC East foes with a 7-6 record at home.

Garrett has a 25-17 record against the NFC East with a 10-11 record at home.


Garrett is 2-5 against the Eagles at home, by far his worst record against a divisional opponent in AT&T Stadium:

Washington: 4-2
New York: 4-3
Philadelphia: 2-5


Garrett is currently 24-24 without Tony Romo under center with a 2-4 mark against Philadelphia:
Washington: 5-1
NY Giants: 2-3
Philadelphia: 2-4


Garrett is 6-0 in pre-Thanksgiving games with a 3-0 record against NFC East teams.

Garrett is 24-15 against quarterbacks who have never been to the playoffs with a 10-7 record at home.

Garrett is 19/33 for his career with a 1/2 record in 2017.


DOUG PEDERSON FACTS (12)

Pederson has won the opening contest of a division series 2/5 times since becoming Eagles head coach.

Pederson is 5-4 against the NFC East with a 1-3 record on the road.

Pederson is 4-6 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 1-5 record on the road.

Pederson is 4-2 in prime time games with a 2-1 record on the road.

The Eagles are tied with Pittsburgh and Arizona for 13th-most penalties in the NFL with 63.

The Eagles have scored 283 points through nine games, the third-most in team history.

Pederson is 1-1 against the Cowboys. Here is how he compares to other Eagles head coaches:

Andy Reid: 17-12
Buddy Ryan: 8-2
Nick Skorich: 4-2
Buck Shaw: 1-0
Joe Kuharich: 5-5
Chip Kelly: 3-3
Doug Pederson: 1-1
Marion Campbell: 1-5
Mike McCormack: 2-4
Rich Kotite: 2-7
Ray Rhodes: 3-6
Dick Vermeil: 4-10
Ed Khayat: 0-3
Jerry Williams: 0-5


Pederson is 1/4 Eagles head coaches to lead the team to an 8-1 start and the first to do so in his second season.


Pederson joins Jerry Williams, Ed Khayat, and Marion Campbell as the only Eagles head coaches to have once played for the Eagles.


Pederson’s first ever career win was against the Dallas Cowboys, a 13-10 win on Oct. 10, 1999 at Veterans Stadium, which was Andy Reid’s first career win and also Michael Irvin’s last game.


The Cowboys are 1/3 teams Pederson defeated while a quarterback. The other two were the Bears and the Patriots.

Pederson is 7/12 on challenges for his career with a 1/2 record in 2017.


BROADCAST FACTS (13)

This is the ninth-straight year the Cowboys and Eagles have played each other on Sunday Night Football, the longest streak between two opponents in the package.

This is the 39th NFC East game on Sunday Night Football since 2006.

Dallas is 23-18 on NBC Sunday Night Football, including playoff games and NFL Specials.

The Eagles are 13-16 on NBC Sunday Night Football, including playoff games and NFL Specials.

This will be Al Michaels’ 20th game in the series, second-most to Pat Summerall’s 24.

The Cowboys are 50-34 when Michaels calls their games.

The Eagles are 32-33 when Michaels does play-by-play.

This will be the 11th game in the series Cris Collinsworth will call. The most in the series is John Madden with 20.

The Cowboys are 23-19 when Collinsworth calls their games.

The Eagles are 23-19 when Collinsworth calls their games.

The Eagles have played on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday on NBC.

On KXAS, the NBC affiliate for Dallas-Fort Worth, the Cowboys are an all-time 49-33, including simulcast cable games from 1987-90.

The first regular season match-up between the Eagles and Cowboys on Sept. 30, 1960 – a Friday night – was not televised.


BILL VINOVICH FACTS (12)

Sunday’s referee is Bill Vinovich. The Cowboys have a 7-3 record when he officiates their games. Here is record:

2004 – @CIN, 3-26 – L
2004 – WAS, 13-10 – W
2005 – PHI, 33-10 – W
2006 – Colts, 21-14 – W
2012 – @CIN, 20-19 – W
2013 – @DET, 30-31 – L
2014 – @NYG, 31-28 – W
2015 – NYG, 27-26 – W
2015 – @TB, 6-10 – L
2016 – @WAS, 27-23 – W



The Cowboys have had fewer penalties than their opposition 6/10 times with Vinovich:

2004 – CIN: 4/20; DAL: 7/46
2004 – WAS: 8/69; DAL: 1/13
2005 – PHI: 8/54; DAL: 5/48
2006 – Colts: 5/35; DAL: 7/53
2012 – CIN: 8/70; DAL: 6/49
2013 – DET: 8/61; DAL: 2/31
2014 – NYG: 5/30; DAL: 7/63
2015 – NYG: 5/44; DAL: 3/35
2015 – TB: 7/62; DAL: 6/68
2016 – WAS: 8/51; DAL: 6/39


Vinovich has the third-lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL:

Gene Steratore: .889
Pete Morelli: .857
Brad Allen: .750
John Hussey: .750
John Parry: .625
Carl Cheffers: .556
Ron Torbert: .556
Ed Hochuli: .500
Walt Coleman: .444
Tony Corrente: .444
Terry McAulay: .444
Walt Anderson: .444
Jerome Boger: .444
Jeff Triplette: .444
Bill Vinovich: .400
Clete Blakeman: .333
Craig Wrolstad: .286


Vinovich has the fourth-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties in his games:

Pete Morelli: .929
Gene Steratore: .779
Brad Allen: .750
Bill Vinovich: .700
Walt Anderson: .667
John Hussey: .625
Craig Wrolstad: .571
Clete Blakeman: .556
Ron Torbert: .556
Jerome Boger: .500
John Parry: .500
Carl Cheffers: .444
Walt Coleman: .444
Jeff Triplette: .444
Tony Corrente: .444
Ed Hochuli: .250
Terry McAulay: .222


The Eagles are 1-6 with Vinovich. Here are the results:

2005 – @DAL, 10-33 – L
2006 – @NO, 27-24 – L
2012 – DET, 23-26 – L-OT
2013 – NO, 24-26 – L
2014 – Rams, 34-28 – W
2014 – SEA, 14-24 – L
2016 – @NYG, 23-28 – L


The Eagles have had fewer penalties 5/7 times with Vinovich:

2005 – DAL: 5/48; PHI: 8/54
2006 – NO: 7/64; PHI: 8/67
2012 – DET: 16/132; PHI: 9/60
2012 – NO: 7/85; PHI: 4/38
2014 – Rams: 10/82; PHI: 4/39
2014 – SEA: 8/67; PHI: 4/69
2016 – NYG: 5/30; PHI: 4/43


Vinovich’s games feature the second-most sacks per game on average:

Parry: 5.6
Vinovich: 5.3
Triplette: 5.3
Cheffers: 5.3
Corrente: 5.3
Coleman: 5.2
Anderson: 5.1
McAulay: 4.8
Wrolstad: 4.8
Steratore: 4.8
Allen: 4.6
Hochuli: 4.6
Boger: 4.4
Morelli : 4.4
Torbert : 4.2
Blakeman: 4.1
Hussey: 3.5



Vinovich’s games feature the second-fewest offensive holding calls per game:

Torbert : 3.2
Coleman: 3.1
Wrolstad: 3.1
Corrente: 3.1
Hussey : 2.9
McAulay: 2.9
Morelli : 2.9
Hochuli: 2.8
Cheffers: 2.6
Steratore: 2.6
Allen: 2.6
Anderson: 2.5
Parry: 2.4
Boger: 2.2
Triplette: 1.9
Vinovich: 1.8
Blakeman: 1.6

Under Vinovich, the Cowboys have won 2/6 of their coaches challenges compared to their opponents winning 2/5 coaches challenges. Additionally, Replay Assistant is 2/7 on challenges with only two of those rulings benefiting the Cowboys.

The Eagles are 0/2 when challenging Vinovich with the opposition going 1/4. Replay Assistant is 3/5 with two of those decisions favoring Philadelphia.

Vinovich has not only refereed a Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLIX), but also a NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament game in 2007 between Illinois and Virginia Tech.

Just before the ’07 season, a heart condition forced Vinovich to retire from being an on-field official and go upstairs and serve as Ed Hochuli’s replay official from 2007-11.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (17)

LeGarrette Blount leads the Eagles with 109 carries for 504 yards. Last season, through nine games, Ryan Mathews led the team with 95 carries and 396 yards.

Blount is tied with Washington’s Chris Thompson for the 10th-best yards per carry in the NFL at 4.6.

Jay Ajayi has the eighth-best rushing yards per game at 67.8.

The Eagles have seven total rushing touchdowns. Through nine games in 2016, Mathews had seven alone.

Zach Ertz had the third-most catches among tight ends with 43.

Ertz has the third-most receiving yards in the NFL among tight ends with 528.

Not is Ertz tied for the third-most receiving touchdowns with six, but he is first among tight ends in the NFL.

Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery are tied for the eighth-most touchdowns in the NFL with five apiece.

Dez Bryant is tied for the sixth-most targets in the NFL with 83. However, he is tied for 21st in the NFL in catches with 42.

Bryant and Cole Beasley are tied for the eighth-most red zone touchdown receptions with four.

Jason Witten has the fifth-most receptions among tight ends with 42.

Witten has the eighth-most touchdowns among tight ends with three.

Witten has caught 80 first downs against the Eagles, the most against any opponent in his career.

Since 1982, the only Cowboy with more sacks through nine games than DeMarcus Lawrence’s 11.5 was DeMarcus Ware’s 13.0 in 2011.

Dallas is 4-3-1 on Nov. 19. Here are the results:

1961 – WAS, 28-28 – T
1967 – WAS, 20-27 – L
1972 – @PHI, 28-7 – W
1978 – NO, 27-7 – W
1989 – MIA, 14-17 – L
1995 – @Raiders, 34-21 – W
2000 – @Ravens, 0-27 – L
2006 – Colts, 21-14 – W

The Eagles are 5-5-1 on Nov. 19. Here are the results:

1933 – PIT, 25-6 – W
1939 – @CHI, 14-27 – L
1944 – NYG, 21-21 – T
1950 – Cardinals, 10-14 – L
1961 – @CLE, 24-45 – L
1967 – NO, 48-21 – W
1972 – DAL, 7-28 – L
1978 – @NYG, 19-17 – W
1989 – MIN, 10-9 – W
1995 – NYG, 28-19 – W
2000 – Cardinals, 34-9 – W
2006 – OTI, 13-31 – L

Dallas has no birthdays to celebrate or deaths to remember on Nov. 19.

Cowboys at Falcons

SERIES FACTS (11)

The Cowboys are 5-3 for the 11th time in franchise history. 7/10 of the previous teams made the playoffs with five of those teams having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last realigned, 98/150 teams that started 5-3 made the playoffs with 48 of those teams having won the division.

This is the eighth time the Falcons have started 4-4. 2/7 of their previous teams made the playoffs with none of them having made the playoffs.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last realigned, 53/162 teams that started 4-4 made the playoffs with 18 having won the division.

Atlanta is on a two-game winning streak against the Cowboys, their fourth in the series. Comparatively, Dallas has strung together five multi-game winning streaks against Atlanta.

The Cowboys are 7-6 in Atlanta. Here is a breakdown by venue:
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium: 4-3
Georgia Dome: 3-3

The Cowboys are 10-19 when playing their first game in each of the current NFL venues.

The Cowboys are 9-4 against the Falcons when they have the better record with a 5-3 record on the road.

Dallas is 1-4 against the Falcons in November with a 0-4 record on the road.

The Cowboys are 28-29 in late afternoon games in the Eastern Time Zone.

Atlanta is 9-7 in late afternoon home games against teams from the Central Time Zone.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (12)

Prescott is facing the Falcons for the first time. Here is how other Cowboys quarterbacks have fared in their first starts against Atlanta:

Don Meredith: 1-0
Craig Morton: 1-0
Roger Staubach: 1-0
Danny White: 1-0
Steve Pelluer: 1-0
Steve Beuerlein: 1-0
Tony Romo: 1-0
Troy Aikman: 0-1
Babe Laufenberg: 0-1
Bernie Kosar: 0-1
Ryan Leaf: 0-1
Quincy Carter: 0-1
Brandon Weeden: 0-1


Prescott’s record is 18-6 with a 9-3 record on the road. However, he has a 101.1 passer rating on the road versus 103.4 at home.

Prescott is 5-0 in November with a 121.4 passer rating.

Prescott has a career 102.4 passer rating. Here is a breakdown by snap type and huddle type with 2017 totals in parenthesis:
Huddle: 101.9 (98.9)
No huddle: 108.0 (86.7)
Shotgun: 98.7 (95.6)
Under center: 114.8 (103.7)


On first down Prescott has a 107.1 passer rating with 7.6 yards per attempt. His most targeted receiver is Dez Bryant with 29. Through the first eight games of 2016, Prescott had a 106.9 passer rating and 8.0 yards per target on first down with Jason Witten his most targeted receiver.

On second down Prescott has a 103.0 passer rating with 7.4 yards per attempt and Bryant his most targeted receiver with 25 passes. Through the first eight games of 2016, Prescott has a 106.9 passer rating and 8.0 yards per attempt with Cole Beasley his most targeted receiver with 21.

On third down Prescott has an 87.8 passer rating on third down with a 5.9 yards per attempt and Bryant his most targeted receiver with 18. Through the first eight games of 2016, Prescott was 96.2 with 7.9 yards per attempt and Beasley his most targeted receiver with 19 passes.

Prescott has a 63.9 percent completion percentage on third down, the 10th-best in the league with a minimum of 20 attempts.

With a minimum of 20 pass attempts, Prescott has the 15th-best passer rating on third down at 87.8.

Prescott’s 11 rushing attempts on third down are the fifth-most for a quarterback in 2017.

Prescott is tied with Jacoby Brissett, Marshawn Lynch, and Derrick Henry for the most rushing touchdowns on third down with two.

With a minimum of 100 pass attempts, Prescott is tied for the fifth-fewest sacks in the league with 10.


MATT RYAN FACTS (12)

This is the third time in Ryan’s career he has started at .500 or lesser at the midway point of the season.

Ryan is seventh in the league with 269.6 passing yards per game.

Ryan is tied for the eighth-most interception in the league with seven.

Ryan is seventh in the NFL in yards per completion with 12.2 yards.

Ryan is ninth in the NFL in pass completions with 65.6 percent.

Among quarterbacks taken since 1999, Ryan is one of the 8/22 quarterbacks taken within the first three picks of the draft to play in a conference title game.

Ryan is 51-24 at home compared to 40-37 on the road.

Ryan is 56-11 when he has a passer rating of 100.0 or greater.

Ryan is 32-46 when he throws an interception compared to 58-20 when he does not.

Ryan is 71-52 when he gets sacked at least once.

The most times Ryan has been sacked by a Tampa-2 defense was six times on Nov. 29, 2009 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The most interceptions Ryan has thrown against a Tampa-2 defense was two on Dec. 5, 2010 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.



JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Garrett is 0-2 against the Falcons. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 9-3
Barry Switzer: 2-0
Chan Gailey: 1-0
Wade Phillips: 1-0
Bill Parcells: 1-1
Jimmy Johnson: 2-3
Dave Campo: 0-1
Jason Garrett: 0-2


The Falcons are 1/4 teams in the NFL that have defeated Garrett on multiple occasions without a loss to date.

This is the first 5-3 start of Garrett’s career.

Garrett is 23-21 in late afternoon games with a 13-7 record on the road.

Garrett is 22-14 in the Eastern Time Zone with an 8-2 record in November.

Garrett is 19-10 in November with a 9-3 record on the road.

The Cowboys’ 28.25 points per game is the fourth-best in the NFL. It is the second-best in the Garrett era with 2013’s 28.75 holding the top spot.

The Cowboys are tied for the seventh-fewest penalties in the NFL with 51. The total is tied with 2013 and 2016 for the second-fewest in the Garrett era through the first eight games.

Garrett is 19/33 on challenges in his career with a 1/2 mark in 2017.

Garrett is 24-23 without Tony Romo with a 13-9 record on the road.


DAN QUINN FACTS (10)

Quinn is 1-0 against the Cowboys. Here is how he compares to other Falcons head coaches in their first games against Dallas:

Pat Peppler: 1-0
Dan Quinn: 1-0
Marion Campbell: 1-0
Jerry Glanville: 1-0
Leeman Bennett: 0-1
Dan Henning: 0-1
June Jones: 0-1
Dan Reeves: 0-1
Jim Mora: 0-1
Mike Smith: 0-1
Norb Hecker: 0-1
Norm Van Brocklin: 0-1


Quinn is 4-1 against the NFC East with a 2-0 record at home.

Quinn is 2-6 in November with a 1-3 record at home.

Quinn is 8-3 in late afternoon games with a 5-1 record at home.

The Falcons have committed 52 penalties, tied for the 12th-fewest in the NFL. The penalties are the fewest for a Quinn-coached team through the first eight games.

The Falcons have six takeaways, tied with the Bengals for the second-fewest in the NFL. The six takeaways are the fewest for a Quinn-coached team through the first eight games.

Quinn is 1/16 head coaches to guide a team to a Super Bowl in his second year with the team.

Quinn is 9/13 on challenges in his career with a 1/1 mark in 2017.

Quinn is the sixth head coach in Falcons history to lead the team a 4-4 mark. Only Leeman Bennett (1978) and Jerry Glanville (1991) were the only ones to guide the team to the playoffs.

Quinn was the defensive line coach for the 2005-06 Miami Dolphins. That connects him with head coach Jason Garrett (quarterbacks coach), passing-game coordinator Scott Linehan (offensive coordinator), receivers coach Derek Dooley (tight ends), and Director of Pro Scouting Judd Garrett (offensive quality control).


BROADCAST FACTS (9)

This is the seventh game in the series to be broadcast on FOX. Here is a breakdown of games on other networks:

CBS: 15
FOX: 6
ABC: 2
NBC: 1
NFL Network: 1

The Cowboys are 125-117 all-time on FOX.

The Falcons are 154-146 on FOX, including postseason and Super Bowls XXXIII and LI.

Dick Stockton and Al Michaels are tied for doing play-by-play for the most games in this series with three apiece. Aikman will take first place as most games as color analyst with three.

This week’s commentators are Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Buck will tie Al Michaels and Dick Stockton for doing most play-by-play with three apiece while Aikman has already done the most color with four.

The Cowboys are 34-37 when Buck calls their games.

The Falcons are 10-13 when Buck calls their games.

Dallas is 40-43 when Aikman calls their games.

Atlanta is 8-12 all-time when Aikman calls their games.


ED HOCHULI FACTS (10)

This week’s referee is the renowned Ed Hochuli, unofficial arch-referee of the NFL. He has officiated memorable Cowboys games, from the 1993 Thanksgiving game with Miami to the 1995 NFC Championship game, Dallas’ last conference championship game appearance. Dallas is 13-7 when he referees. Here are the results since 1999:

1999 – @NO, 24-31 – L
2000 – CIN, 23-6 – W
2000 – @Titans, 0-31 – L
2001 – WAS, 9-7 – W
2001 – NYG, 20-13 – W
2002 – Titans, 21-13 – W
2002 – PHI, 3-27 – L
2003 – CAR, 24-20 – W
2004 – CLE, 19-12 – W
2004 – PHI, 21-49 – L
2005 – DET, 20-7 – W
2007 – NYG, 45-35 – W
2008 – Ravens, 24-33 – L
2009 – PHI, 34-14 – W
2011 – WAS, 18-16 – W
2011 – @WAS, 27-24 – W-OT
2012 – CLE, 23-20 – W-OT
2013 – @SD, 21-30 – L
2014 – @CHI, 41-28 – W
2015 – PHI, 27-33 – L-OT



Since 1999, when Ed Hochuli has refereed a Cowboys game, Dallas has won the penalty battle 8/19 of the contests:

1999 – NO: 6/32; DAL: 11/86
2000 – CIN: 7/94; DAL: 13/100
2000 – Titans: 7/51; DAL: 7/51
2001 – WAS: 7/60; DAL: 3/22
2001 – NYG: 2/15; DAL: 6/45
2002 – Titans: 6/55; DAL: 2/15
2002 – PHI: 10/67; DAL: 7/69
2003 – CAR: 11/68; DAL: 10/123
2004 – CLE: 6/31; DAL: 11/120
2004 – PHI: 9/59; DAL: 7/50
2005 – DET: 17/129; DAL: 5/40
2007 – NYG: 4/45; DAL: 7/55
2008 – Ravens: 3/19; DAL: 10/86
2009 – PHI: 9/116; DAL: 14/112
2011 – WAS: 4/35; DAL: 6/55
2011 – WAS: 6/59; DAL: 9/48
2012 – CLE: 12/129; DAL: 9/92
2013 – SD: 7/85; DAL: 5/33
2014 – CHI: 9/54; DAL: 8/97
2015 – PHI: 10/70; DAL: 8/58



Hochuli has the fifth-worst home team winning percentage:

Gene Steratore: .875
Pete Morelli: .833
John Hussey: .750
Brad Allen: .714
John Parry: .625
Terry McAulay: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
Tony Corrente: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Bill Vinovich: .444
Ed Hochuli: .429
Jeff Triplette: .375
Clete Blakeman: .375
Jerome Boger: .375
Craig Wrolstad: .286


Under Hochuli, home teams also have the worst percentage of having fewer penalties:

Pete Morelli: .917
Gene Steratore: .750
Walt Anderson: .750
Brad Allen: .714
Bill Vinovich: .667
Ron Torbert: .625
John Hussey: .625
Clete Blakeman: .625
Craig Wrolstad: .571
Jerome Boger: .563
Carl Cheffers: .500
John Parry: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
Tony Corrente: .500
Jeff Triplette: .375
Terry McAulay: .250
Ed Hochuli: .167


Since 1999, the Falcons are 3-10 when Hochuli referees their games:

1999 – SF, 34-29 – W
2000 – @NO, 7-23 – L
2002 – @MIN, 30-24 – W-OT
2006 – @NO, 3-23 – L
2007 – SEA, 44-41 – W
2008 – @CAR, 24-9 – L
2009 – PHI, 7-34 – L
2010 – NO, 14-17 – L
2011 – @CHI, 12-30 – L
2012 – @CAR, 20-30 – L
2013 – @TB, 28-41 – L
2014 – @NYG, 20-30 – L
2015 – @TB, 19-23 – L


Atlanta has had fewer penalties than the opposition 9/13 times:

1999 – SF: 16/118; ATL: 6/40
2000 – NO: 7/50; ATL: 5/73
2002 – MIN: 10/95; ATL: 5/34
2006 – NO: 4/40; ATL: 5/43
2007 – SEA: 9/85; ATL: 5/41
2008 – CAR: 11/90; ATL: 5/45
2009 – PHI: 8/62; ATL: 6/30
2010 – NO: 8/92; ATL: 1/10
2011 – CHI: 8/56; ATL: 9/65
2012 – CAR: 3/10; ATL: 3/15
2013 – TB: 11/121; ATL: 7/45
2014 – NYG: 3/15; ATL: 8/81
2015 – TB: 8/53; ATL: 7/58


Hochuli’s games feature the second-fewest sack totals on average:

Vinovich: 5.9
Coleman: 5.8
Parry: 5.6
Triplette: 5.4
McAulay: 5.1
Cheffers: 5
Corrente: 5
Anderson: 4.9
Steratore: 4.8
Wrolstad: 4.8
Boger: 4.6
Torbert : 4.4
Allen: 4.3
Morelli : 4.2
Blakeman: 4.1
Hochuli: 4
Hussey: 3.5


Hochuli is also tied for the sixth-fewest offensive holding calls per game:

Coleman: 3.4
Corrente: 3.1
Torbert : 3.1
Wrolstad: 3.1
Hussey : 2.9
McAulay: 2.9
Morelli : 2.7
Steratore: 2.5
Parry: 2.4
Cheffers: 2.4
Anderson: 2.4
Hochuli: 2.4
Allen: 2.3
Triplette: 2
Boger: 2
Vinovich: 1.8
Blakeman: 1.4


Under Hochuli, the Cowboys have won 1/3 challenges while the opponents have won 4/8 challenges. Replay Assistant is 0/9 with five decisions favoring Dallas.


Atlanta has won 1/5 challenges with Hochuli with opponents going 1/3. Replay Assistant is 1/2 with only one of those calls benefiting the Falcons.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (26)

Jason Witten’s first career game was against the Falcons on Sept. 8, 2003. Targeted four times, Witten caught one pass for 13 yards.

Atlanta’s offense has the fourth-best rushing yards per carry at 4.6.

The Falcons defense has the 13th-most rushing yards per game at 114.5.

The Cowboys lead the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 11.
Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell are tied for the fourth-most rushing touchdowns in the NFL with five.

Tevin Coleman has the sixth-best yards per carry in the NFL at 5.0.

Julio Jones is fourth in the league with 658 receiving yards.

Jones is third in the NFL with 82.3 receiving yards per game.

Jones’ one touchdown through eight games is no doubt his worst output through the first eight games to start a season.

The Falcons are 23-15 when Jones has 100 yards or more receiving.

Atlanta is 33-29 when Jones catches five or more passes.

The Cowboys defense is third in the NFL with 27 sacks.

The Cowboys defense leads the NFL in yards lost due to sacks with 226.

Dallas is 1/4 teams with multiple pass rushers in the top-20 of sacks in the NFL.

The Cowboys are tied with the Panthers and Bears for the fifth-fewest interceptions in the NFL with four.

Atlanta’s defense is the second-worst in the NFL with just two interceptions.

The Falcons defense is tied for the 10th-most yards per carry at 4.2.

Atlanta’s defense gives up 114.5 rushing yards per game, the 15th-most in the NFL.

The Dallas defense surrenders 4.4 yards per carry, the eighth-most in the NFL.

The Cowboys defense gives up 101.3 rushing yards per game, the 12th-fewest in the league.

The Falcons give up 21.5 points per game, the 14th-fewest in the NFL. 15th belongs to the Cowboys at 22.3 points per game.

Opposing kickers are perfect on field goals at 6/6 and perfect on extra points at 6/6 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is 4/5 on field goals and 8/8 on extra points at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Cowboys are 5-4 on Nov. 12. Here are the results:

1961 – @PIT, 7-37 – L
1967 – @NO, 27-10 – W
1972 – Cardinals, 33-24 – W
1978 – @GB, 42-14 – W
1979 – PHI, 21-31 – L
1989 – @Cardinals, 20-24 – L
1995 – SF, 20-38 – L
2000 – CIN, 23-6 – W
2006 – @Cardinals, 27-10 – W


Atlanta is 2-5 on Nov. 12. Here are the results:

1967 – Colts, 7-49 – L
1972 – NO, 36-20 – W
1978 – @NO, 20-17 – W
1989 – @SF, 3-45 – L
1995 – @BUF, 17-23 – L
2000 – @DET, 10-13 – L
2006 – CLE, 13-17 – L


Dallas has four birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 12:

Sam Baker, P, 1962-63 – 11/12/1929
Jimmy Harris, DB, 1961 – 11/12/1934
Cliff Harris, S, 1970-79 – 11/12/1948
Alois Blackwell, RB, 1978-79 – 11/12/1954

Chiefs at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (12)

This is the Chiefs’ first trip to AT&T Stadium, making them the final NFL team to play at AT&T Stadium. Visiting teams are 18-12 in initial trips to AT&T Stadium.

The Cowboys are 4-3 for the 14th time in club history. 6/13 of the previous teams made the playoffs with 4/6 of those teams having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 86/196 teams that started 4-3 made the postseason with 38 teams having won the division.

The Chiefs are 6-2 for the seventh time in franchise history. 5/6 of those previous teams made the playoffs with every one of those teams having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 97/121 teams that started 6-2 made the playoffs with 64 having won the division.

This is the fourth time the Chiefs will have the better record coming into the match-up. Kansas City is 1-2 when having the better record.

This is the sixth late afternoon game to be played in the series. The Cowboys are 4-1 in late afternoon games against the Chiefs with a 3-0 record at home.

The Chiefs are 37-32-1 when playing on the road in the Central Time Zone.

The Cowboys are 66-37 when playing road teams from the Central Time Zone.

The Cowboys are 6-4 against the Chiefs with a 2-1 record November.

Dallas is 4-1 against Kansas City at home with all of those games having been played in Kansas City.

From 1960-62, the Chiefs were known as the Dallas Texans of the American Football League. The Texans shared the Cotton Bowl with the NFL’s 13th franchise, the Cowboys. The Texans had a 15-6 mark in the Cotton Bowl compared to the Cowboys’ 4-14-1 record.

DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (12)

Prescott is making his first start against the Chiefs. Here is how other Cowboys quarterbacks have fared:

Troy Aikman: 2-1
Craig Morton: 1-0
Danny White: 1-0
Tony Romo: 1-1
Drew Bledsoe: 1-0
Roger Staubach: 0-1
Steve Walsh: 0-1


Prescott has the ninth-best passer rating in the NFL at 96.6.

Prescott has been sacked nine times, which is tied with Derek Carr for the eighth-fewest sacks among quarterbacks with a minimum of 50 pass attempts.

Prescott is sixth in the NFL with 14 touchdown passes.

Prescott is tied for the eighth-fewest interceptions among quarterbacks with a minimum of 50 pass attempts with four.

With a minimum of 40 pass attempts, Prescott has the fifth-best completion percentage on third down at 66.2 percent.

With a minimum of 40 pass attempts, Prescott is tied for the sixth-fewest interceptions on third down with one.

With a minimum of 40 pass attempts, Prescott has the 13th-best third down passer rating at 91.3.

Prescott has a 103.3 passer rating on first down with a 7.6 yards per attempt and Dez Bryant his most targeted receiver with 25 passes. Through the first seven games of 2016, Prescott had a 108.6 passer rating, 8.0 yards per attempt, and Witten and Bryant were his most targeted receivers with 14 apiece.

Prescott has a 101.8 passer rating on second down with a 7.0 yards per attempt and Bryant his most targeted receiver with 21 passes. Through the first seven games of 2016, Prescott had a 96.3 passer rating and 7.8 yards per attempt with Witten his most targeted receiver at 19.

Prescott has a 91.3 passer rating on third down and 6.0 yards per attempt with Bryant his most targeted receiver with 15 passes. Through the first seven games of 2016, Prescott had a 91.7 passer rating with 8.1 yards per attempt and Cole Beasley his most targeted receiver with 16.

Prescott is tied with Alex Smith for fourth-best touchdown percentage at 6.2 percent.


ALEX SMITH FACTS (10)

Smith has the second-most pass completions in the NFL with 179 and is ninth in the NFL in attempts with 259.

Smith has the second-most passing yards in the NFL with 2,181.

Smith is tied with Tom Brady for the third-most touchdowns in the NFL with 16.

With 259 attempts, Smith has yet to throw an interception in 2017.

Smith has the highest yards per pass attempt in the NFL at 8.4, a career high through the first eight games of a season.

Smith is tied with Matthew Stafford and Josh McCown for the third-most sacks on third down with 11.

Smith is tied with Stafford and Carson Palmer for the 10th-most third down conversions with 30.

With a minimum of 40 pass attempts, Smith has the sixth-best passer rating on third down at 101.5.

On third down, Smith’s most-targeted receiver is Travis Kelce with 16.

This is the first time Smith will play a regular season game in AT&T Stadium. He is 1-1 in his career against the Cowboys with a 96.7 passer rating.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (12)

The last time Garrett had a chance to improve a 4-3 mark into 5-3 was Oct. 27, 2013 at Detroit. Dallas fell to the Lions 31-30.

Garrett is 15-10 against the AFC with a 9-3 record at home.

The AFC West is the biggest problem division in the other conference for Garrett:
AFC South: 5-0
AFC North: 7-1
AFC East: 3-5
AFC West: 1-4

Garrett is 0-1 against the Chiefs. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:
Tom Landry: 2-1
Barry Switzer: 1-0
Bill Parcells: 1-0
Wade Phillips: 1-0
Jimmy Johnson: 1-1
Chan Gailey: 0-1
Jason Garrett: 0-1


Garrett is 3-4 against Andy Reid with a 0-1 record since he left the Philadelphia Eagles.

Garrett is 17-9 in November with a 6-5 record without Tony Romo.

Garrett is 23-23 without Romo under center with a 10-14 record at home.

When coaching against playoff-winning quarterbacks, Garrett is 23-30.

Garrett is 19/33 on challenges in his career with a 1/2 mark in 2017.

The Cowboys are fifth in the NFL with 28.3 points per game. This is the second-best ranking after the first eight weeks of the season in the Garrett era. The best was second place with 28.8 in 2013.

Garrett is 35-35 in games where he does not have a 100-yard rusher, including playoffs.

Garrett is 17-33 when his quarterback throws 35 or more times, including playoffs.


ANDY REID FACTS (16)

This is the second time in Reid’s career he has been 6-2. The previous time was 2002 in Philadelphia where he led the Eagles to an NFC East crown and an NFC Championship Game berth.

Reid is 6-0 against the NFC East since the Eagles fired him after 2012.

Reid is 3-2 at AT&T Stadium with his last game a 38-33 loss on Dec. 2, 2012.

This is Andy Reid’s 31st time (including one playoff game) to face the Cowboys, second-most in league history behind Joe Gibbs’ 32 (including one playoff game). For Reid to surpass Gibbs at his current post in Kansas City, barring Super Bowl appearances, Reid would need to stay in Kansas City for the next eight seasons.

Reid is 44-30-1 in November with a 23-14-1 record on the road.

The 236 points scored through the first eight weeks of the season are the most ever by a Reid-coached team.

The 6.3 yards per play, which lead the NFL through the first eight weeks, are the third-best totals by a Reid-led offense. The 2011 Eagles had 6.6 and the 2006 Eagles had 6.4.

Reid is 50/106 on coaches challenges with a 36/81 rate with the Eagles and a 14/25 record with the Chiefs.

Reid’s first career win came against the Cowboys on Oct. 10, 1999, the infamous game where Michael Irvin suffered a career-ending injury.

Reid’s Eagles won their first game of the season series with the Cowboys 8/14 times. 6/14 of those games were in Dallas.

Though no longer the longest tenured coach in the league, Andy Reid has not stopped head coaching since 1999, the longest streak amongst active coaches.

Among current head coaches, Reid has the second-most conference title game appearances with five behind Bill Belichick’s 10.

Among active coaches, Andy Reid has the most assistants in head coaching jobs: Ron Rivera, Doug Pederson, Sean McDermott, Todd Bowles, and John Harbaugh.

In 2009 when the Cowboys beat the Eagles in the NFC Wild Card, Reid joined Mike Holmgren, Ray Rhodes, Rich Kotite, Mike Ditka, Rich McKay, Dick Nolan, Jack Pardee, Leeman Bennett, Bart Starr, Marv Levy, Bill Cowher, Red Miller, Don Shula, and Jim Caldwell as the only head coaches to never defeat the Cowboys in the postseason.

Reid is one of 1/11 coaches to have coached for 10+ seasons in one location and then gone on to coach elsewhere. Here’s how the other qualifying coaches have fared:

Paul Brown – Cincinnati Bengals, 1968-75, 55-56-1 (0-3)
Mike Ditka – New Orleans Saints, 1997-99, 15-33 (no playoffs)
Jeff Fisher – St. Louis Rams, 2012-present, 7-8-1 (no playoffs)
Sid Gillman – Houston Oilers, 1973-74, 8-15 (no playoffs)
Curly Lambeau – Chicago Cardinals/Washington Redskins, 1950-53, 17-28 (no playoffs)
Jim Mora – Indianapolis Colts, 1998-01, 32-32 (0-2)
Marty Schottenheimer – Washington Redskins/San Diego Chargers, 2001-06, 55-41 (0-2)
Hank Stram – New Orleans Saints, 1976-77, 7-21 (no playoffs)
Mike Shanahan – Washington Redskins, 2010-present, 24-40 (0-1)
Dan Reeves – New York Giants/Atlanta Falcons, 1993-03, 80-92-1 (4-3)
Andy Reid – Kansas City Chiefs, 2013-present, 49-23 (1-3)


Reid is 1-1 on Nov. 5. Here are the results:
2000 – DAL, 16-13 – W-OT
2012 – @NO, 13-28 – L


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

Since CBS took over the AFC package, the Dallas Cowboys are 22-13 on that network. Overall, the Cowboys are 289-190-6 on CBS.

Since CBS took over the AFC package, the Kansas City Chiefs are 76-115 with a total record of 119-144-1.

This is the fourth time CBS will broadcast a game in the series, which will be the most by any network. Here is the breakdown by network:
CBS: 3
FOX: 3
NBC: 3
ABC: 1


The Cowboys are 18-10 when Jim Nantz calls their games, playoffs included.

The Chiefs are 3-13 when Nantz calls their games, playoffs included.

Kansas City is 0-2 when Tony Romo calls their games.

Romo is 1/9 ex-Cowboys to call Dallas games on television. The other eight. are John Roach, Eddie LeBaron, Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Daryl Johnston, Brian Baldinger, Troy Aikman, Deion Sanders, Charles Davis. Here are the results of their first Cowboys games called:

Roach: Sept. 19, 1965 – NYG, 31-2 – W
LeBaron: Sept. 15, 1968 – DET, 59-13 – W
Meredith: Nov. 16, 1970 – Cardinals, 0-38 – L
Staubach: Oct. 12, 1980 – SF, 59-14 – W
Johnston: Nov. 12, 2000 – CIN, 23-6 – W
Baldinger: Dec. 3, 2000 – @TB, 7-27 – L
Aikman: Nov. 4, 2001 – @NYG, 24-27 – L-OT
Sanders: Dec. 16, 2006 – @ATL, 38-28 – W
Davis: Nov. 1, 2009 – SEA, 38-17 – W

This is the 11th late afternoon game on CBS to be broadcast from AT&T Stadium. Dallas holds a 6-4 in such games.

Last year, the Cowboys swept their CBS games. Since CBS took over the AFC package, Dallas has won all their CBS games six times: 2002, 2006, 2011-12, 2014, and 2016.



PETE MORELLI FACTS (10)

This week’s referee is Pete Morelli. The Cowboys have a 9-6 record with Morelli. Here are the results:

2003 – Cardinals, 24-7 – W
2003 – MIA, 21-40 – L
2004 – @MIN, 17-35 – L
2004 – DET, 31-21 – W
2005 – @SD, 28-24 – W
2005 – KC, 31-28 – W
2006 – NYG, 22-36 – L
2007 – @BUF, 25-24 – W
2007* – NYG, 17-21 – L
2008 – @Cardinals, 24-30 – L-OT
2010 – @Colts, 38-35 – W-OT
2011 – MIA, 20-19 – W
2014 – HTX, 20-17 – W-OT
2014* – DET, 24-20 – W
2015 – ATL, 28-39 – L

*Playoffs



The Cowboys have had fewer penalties 7/15 times with Morelli:

2003 – Cardinals: 5/36; DAL: 7/64
2003 – MIA: 6/69; DAL: 5/50
2004 – MIN: 5/40; DAL: 9/119
2004 – DET: 10/112; DAL: 5/35
2005 – SD: 8/62; DAL: 8/46
2005 – KC: 3/17; DAL: 5/45
2006 – NYG: 3/24; DAL: 1/5
2007 – BUF: 5/49; DAL: 5/31
2007 – NYG: 3/28; DAL: 11/84
2008 – Cardinals: 12/70; DAL: 12/93
2010 – Colts: 3/28; DAL: 5/35
2011 – MIA: 6/55; DAL: 11/69
2014 – HTX: 5/35; DAL: 7/56
2014 – DET: 8/44; DAL: 6/46
2015 – ATL: 6/70; DAL: 5/31



Morelli has the second-highest home team winning percentage in the NFL:

Gene Steratore: .857
Pete Morelli: .800
John Hussey: .714
John Parry: .714
Brad Allen: .667
Terry McAulay: .571
Ron Torbert: .571
Walt Anderson: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Ed Hochuli: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
Clete Blakeman: .429
Bill Vinovich: .429
Tony Corrente: .429
Jeff Triplette: .375
Jerome Boger: .286
Craig Wrolstad: .286


Morelli leads the NFL in percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:

Pete Morelli: .900
Walt Anderson: .750
Clete Blakeman: .714
Bill Vinovich: .714
Gene Steratore: .714
Ron Torbert: .714
Brad Allen: .667
John Hussey: .571
Craig Wrolstad: .571
John Parry: .571
Jerome Boger: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
Tony Corrente: .429
Jeff Triplette: .375
Terry McAulay: .286
Ed Hochuli: .000


The Chiefs are 13-6 in games refereed by Morelli:

2003 – CLE, 41-20 – W
2003 – CHI, 31-3 – W
2004 – HTX, 21-24 – L
2005 – PHI, 31-37 – L
2005 – @DAL, 28-31 – L
2006 – SEA, 35-28 – W
2006 – @Raiders, 20-9 – W
2008 – @NYJ, 24-28 – L
2008 – @Raiders: 13-20 – W
2009 – SD, 7-37 – L
2010 – SD, 21-14 – W
2011 – @DEN, 7-3 – W
2012 – Ravens, 6-9 – L
2013 – @JAX, 28-2 – W
2014 – SD, 19-7 – W
2015 – @HTX, 27-20 – W
2015 – SD, 10-3 – W
2016 – @Raiders, 10-26 – W
2016 – @DEN, 30-27 – W


The Chiefs have had fewer penalties 11/19 times in Morelli’s games:

2003 – CLE: 4/30; KC: 5/70
2003 – CHI: 8/78; KC: 6/55
2004 – HTX: 7/60; KC: 9/87
2005 – PHI: 3/25; KC: 6/40
2005 – DAL: 5/45; KC: 3/17
2006 – SEA: 4/35; KC: 6/40
2006 – Raiders: 6/45; KC: 4/40
2008 – NYJ: 4/20; KC: 4/39
2008 – Raiders: 5/39; KC: 6/57
2009 – SD: 9/59; KC: 7/41
2010 – SD: 5/30; KC: 3/35
2011 – DEN: 6/49; KC: 6/36
2012 – Ravens: 5/33; KC: 8/60
2013 – Jaguars: 5/30; KC: 3/20
2014 – SD: 10/67; KC: 7/46
2015 – HTX: 6/39; KC: 2/25
2015 – SD: 7/48; KC: 8/53
2016 – Raiders: 3/25; KC: 2/10
2016 – DEN: 15/97; KC: 9/71

Morelli’s games have the sixth-fewest sacks per game:

Vinovich: 6.0
Coleman: 5.8
Parry: 5.7
McAulay: 5.6
Triplette: 5.4
Corrente: 5.3
Cheffers: 5.0
Anderson: 4.9
Allen: 4.7
Wrolstad: 4.7
Steratore: 4.7
Morelli: 4.4
Hochuli: 4.3
Blakeman: 4.1
Boger: 4.1
Torbert : 3.9
Hussey : 3.3


Morelli’s games are tied with two other referees for the fourth-most offensive holding calls per game:

Coleman: 3.4
Corrente: 3.3
Hussey : 3.1
Morelli: 3
Torbert : 3
Wrolstad: 3
Hochuli: 2.7
Anderson: 2.4
Cheffers: 2.4
Steratore: 2.4
Allen: 2.3
Parry: 2.3
McAulay: 2.1
Triplette: 2
Vinovich: 2
Boger: 1.9
Blakeman: 1.6


In Morelli-reffed games, Dallas is 2/2 on challenges compared to opposing coaches’ 2/4 and Replay Assistant’s 3/12. Furthermore, five of Morelli’s decisions on Replay Assistant challenges have benefited the Cowboys.


In Morelli-reffed games, Kansas City is 1/10 on challenges with the opposition going 4/7. Replay Assistant is 6/17 with nine of those calls benefitting the Chiefs.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (12)

Rookie running back Kareem Hunt has 763 rushing yards, the league lead. It is the eighth-most through the first eight games of a career since 1950. Ezekiel Elliott had 891.

Elliott and Leonard Fournette are tied for the league-lead in rushing touchdowns with six. Last season, Elliott had five through the first seven games.

Opposing quarterbacks have compiled an 82.9 passer rating against the Chiefs defense, the 10th-lowest in the NFL.

The Chiefs are tied with the New Orleans Saints for the third-highest opposing yards per carry at 4.9.

Kansas City’s defense has the fifth-highest rushing yards per game at 131.1.

The Chiefs defense has the third-highest points yards surrendered per play at 6.0.

Since Bob Sutton took over the Chiefs defense in 2013, Kansas City is 8-9 when they allow a 100-yard rusher.

Sutton’s defense is 3-10 when allowing a 300-yard passer.

Sutton’s defense is 13-17 when sacking the quarterback once or less compared to 37-9 when they sack the quarterback twice or more.

Sutton’s defense sacked Tony Romo three times in a 17-16 victory on Sept. 15, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium. The only starters still remaining on the Cowboys offensive line from that game at left tackle Tyron Smith and center Travis Frederick.

Washington was 6-6 when Alfred Morris rushed for 100 yards or more.

Washington was 13-10 when Morris scored a touchdown or more. The Cowboys are 2-0 when Morris scores a touchdown.

Morris faced Sutton’s defense on Dec. 8, 2013 and carried 12 times for 31 yards in a 45-10 loss.

Darren McFadden’s third-highest rushing game of his career was on Sept. 14, 2008 when he ran for 164 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries at Kansas City in a 23-8 victory.

McFadden has a career 4.17 yards per carry against the Chiefs.

Since 1989, the Kansas City Chiefs have only had 2/7 head coaching hires who were original and not transplants from other clubs.


The Cowboys are on Nov. 5. Here are the results:

1961 – Cardinals, 17-31 – L
1967 – ATL, 37-7 – W
1972 – @Chargers, 34-28 – W
1978 – @MIA, 16-23 – L
1989 – @WAS, 13-3 – W
2000 – @PHI, 13-16 – L-OT
2006 – @WAS, 19-22 – L


Kansas City is 5-2 on Nov. 5. Here are the results:

1967 – NYJ, 42-18 – W
1972 – Raiders, 27-14 – W
1978 – Raiders, 10-20 – L
1989 – SEA, 20-10 – W
1995 – WAS, 24-3 – W
2000 – @Raiders, 31-49 – L
2006 – @Rams, 31-17 – W


The Cowboys have birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 5:

Danny Villanueva, K, 1965-67 – 11/5/1937
Filip Filipovic, P, 2002 – 11/5/1977
Cha-ron Dorsey, T, 2001-02 – 11/5/1978
Nick Folk, K, 2007-09 – 11/5/1984

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SERIES FACTS (10)

This is the 10th time in Cowboys history they have started 3-3. 2/9 of those previous teams made the playoffs with only one having won the division: 1996.

This is the 16th time Washington has started 3/3. 2/15 of those previous teams made the playoffs with both qualifiers (1936 and 2012) having won the division.

Since 1990, 67/192 teams that started off 3-3 made the playoffs with 31/67 teams having won the division.

In the history of the NFC East, there have been 51 teams that started 3-3. 18/51 of those teams ended up making the postseason with 7/18 of those teams winning the division. The most recent qualifier was the 2016 Giants, and the most recent division winner was the 2013 Eagles.

One cliché thrown around heading into a Dallas-Washington game is how the respective records need to be thrown out. However, team records are still very predictive:

Dallas with winning record: 29-17-1
Washington with winning record: 23-10
Both teams with same records (Dallas perspective): 15-16-1


The Cowboys are 9-11 against Washington in October with a 4-7 record on the road.

Dallas is 31-28 against the Washington on the road. Here is the breakdown by venue:

Griffith Stadium: 0-1
RFK Stadium: 18-20
FedEx Field: 13-7


The Cowboys’ 13-7 record at FedEx Field is tied for the best in the NFC East:

Dallas: 13-7
Philadelphia: 12-9
NY Giants: 11-8-1


In late afternoon games in the Eastern Time Zone, the Cowboys are 26-26.

Washington is 39-22 in home games in the late afternoon time slot.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Prescott is 1/4 Cowboys quarterbacks to start their career with two consecutive wins against Washington.

Through two games, Prescott already has the 10th-most passing yards against Washington with 487.

Prescott has the fifth-most touchdowns in the league with 14.

Prescott has the eighth-highest passer rating in the NFL with 98.2.

Among quarterbacks with a minimum of 100 pass attempts, Prescott has the fourth-lowest sack number in the league with seven.

With a minimum of 50 passes, Prescott has the 10th-highest passer rating on third down with 96.1.

With a minimum of 50 passes, Prescott has the seventh-highest completion percentage on third down at 66.7 percent.

Prescott has a 7.5 yards per pass attempt on first down with Dez Bryant his most targeted receiver at 23. Last year, it was 9.5 through six games and Jason Witten and Ezekiel Elliott were tied for the most targets with eight apiece.

Prescott has an 8.7 yards per pass attempt on second down with Bryant and Witten the most targeted with eight apiece. In 2016 through six games, it was 8.6 yards per attempt with Cole Beasley his most targeted receiver at 14.

Prescott has a 5.7 yards per pass attempt on third down with Bryant and Beasley the most targeted with five apiece. In 2016, it was 9.4 with Beasley his most targeted receiver with eight passes.


KIRK COUSINS FACTS (11)

Cousins is 1-3 against Rod Marinelli with a 111.5 passer rating. On average, he goes 26/36 for 302 yards, two touchdowns, and takes a sack.

Cousins is 7-11 against the NFC East with a 3-6 record at home.

Cousins is 22-24-1 as a starter with a 13-10 record at home.

Cousins has a thrown a pick in each of his last four NFC East games. His last game without an interception was Nov. 24, 2016 versus Dallas in a 31-26 loss.

Cousins is 19-20-1 when he is sacked once or more compared to 4-7 when he is not.

Washington is 13-24-1 when Cousins throws 30-plus times compared to 12-2 when he does not.

Cousins has the third-best passer rating in the NFL at 107.2.

Cousins has the third-highest yards per attempt at 8.3

Cousins has the fourth-highest completion percentage in the league at 68.2 percent.

Cousins has the fifth-best passer rating on third down at 123.5.

Cousins is tied with Aaron Rodgers, Trevor Siemian, Tom Brady, and Ben Roethlisberger for the third-most touchdowns on third down with four.


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

Elliott’s yards per carry on first down have improved since after the Rams game:
Rams: 2.84
Packers: 3.69
49ers: 4.80

Last year, after the first six games, Elliott’s yards per carry was 5.73 on first down.

This year on second down, Elliott averages 3.95 yards per carry. Through the first six games last season, Elliott’s yards per carry was 4.32.

On third down, Elliott has a 4.50 yards per carry and four first downs. In 2016 through the first six games, Elliott had 2.50 yards per carry and four first downs.

Among running backs with a minimum of 100 rushing attempts, Elliott is fifth in the league at 4.1 yards per carry.

Elliott’s 21.8 rushing attempts per game are the second-most in the NFL.

Elliott is tied for the fourth-most rushing touchdowns in the NFL with four.

Elliott has the fourth-most rushing yards per game at 90.0.

Elliott, Kareem Hunt, Todd Gurley, and Melvin Gordon are the only running backs with multiple rushing and receiving touchdowns.

Elliott is fourth in the NFL with 746 yards from scrimmage.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (11)

Garrett has improved a 3-3 start into 4-3 record 1/3 times.

Garrett is 13-7 in the first games of a series against NFC East foes with a 6-1 record on the road.

This is the 13th back-to-back road trip of Garrett’s career. Here is how his teams have fared:
2010 – @Cardinals (L); @PHI (W)
2011 – @NYJ (L); @SF (W)
2012 – @NYG (W); SEA (L)
2012 – @Ravens, (L); CAR (W)
2012 – @ATL (L); @PHI (W)
2013 – @PHI (W); @DET (L)
2014 – @Titans (W); @Rams (W)
2014 – @CHI (W); @PHI (W)
2015 – @TB (L); @MIA (W)
2015 – @WAS (W); @GB (L)
2016 – @CLE (W); @PIT (W)
2016 – @MIN (W); @NYG (L)

Garrett has a 24-17 record against the NFC East with a 14-6 record on the road.


Garrett is 9-4 against Washington. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 15-16
Jason Garrett: 9-4
Dave Campo: 5-1
Bill Parcells: 5-3
Chan Gailey: 4-0
Wade Phillips: 4-3
Jimmy Johnson: 5-5
Barry Switzer: 4-4


Jimmy Johnson is the only Cowboys head coach to have not swept Washington. Conversely, four out of the Cowboys’ eight head coaches have been swept by Washington (Landry, Switzer, Parcells, Garrett).

The most wins Garrett has tallied against a divisional opponent is eight against both New York and Washington.

NY Giants, Carolina, Green Bay, Arizona, and Washington are the only teams Jason Garrett has defeated as both a starting quarterback and head coach.

Garrett is currently 22-23 without Tony Romo under center, but is 4-1 against Washington without him. Here is how that compares to other divisional foes:
Washington: 4-1
NY Giants: 2-3
Philadelphia: 2-4

Garrett has a 5-1 mark at FedEx Field. Here is how that compares to the rest of the division:
FedEx Field: 5-1
Lincoln Financial Field: 5-2
MetLife Stadium: 4-3


Garrett is 19/33 on challenges in his career with a 1/2 mark in 2017.


JAY GRUDEN FACTS (10)

Gruden is 2-4 against the Cowboys all-time. Here is how he compares to other Washington head coaches:

Joe Gibbs: 16-16
Bill McPeak: 4-4-2
Mike Nixon: 1-0
Richie Petitbon: 1-1
George Allen: 7-8
Norv Turner: 4-9
Mike Shanahan: 3-5
Jay Gruden: 2-4
Otto Graham: 2-4
Jack Pardee: 2-4
Steve Spurrier: 1-3
Jim Zorn: 1-3
Terry Robiskie: 0-1
Vince Lombardi: 0-2
Bill Austin: 0-2
Marty Schottenheimer: 0-2


Gruden is 4-6 in initial division games. His first ever division win was against the Cowboys.


At home, Gruden is 5-5 against the NFC East.

Gruden is 18-16 in early afternoon games with a 12-6 record at home.

Gruden has a 7-3 record in October, by far his winningest month:
September: 3-5
October: 7-3
November: 3-5
December: 4-3
January: 1-2

Gruden is 6-0 in home games in October.

Gruden has not defeated the Cowboys yet at FedEx Field.

Through 55 games, including playoffs, Gruden has started three quarterbacks (Kirk Cousins, Robert Griffin III, Colt McCoy). Washington started five quarterbacks in the 55 games leading up to the Gruden era (Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, John Beck, Griffin, Cousins).

Gruden is 7/18 on challenges for his career with a 1/1 mark in 2017.

Gruden was head coach or the Orlando Predators in the Arena Football League from 1998-01 and then 2004-08. In the 2006 Eastern Conference championship, Gruden’s Predators defeated the Dallas Desperados 45-28. The Desperados were owned by Jerry Jones and coached by assistant director of pro personnel Will McClay.


BROADCAST FACTS (6)

This is the 32nd game in the Dallas-Washington series that FOX will broadcast, and that alone is a little over half the games CBS broadcast in the series with 59 total.

Dallas-Washington has been played on 5/7 possible broadcast networks. Here is a breakdown of the Cowboys’ record against their arch rival by network:

CBS: 32-24-2
FOX: 21-10
NBC: 4-2
ABC: 7-7
ESPN: 4-1

The Cowboys are 124-117 all-time on FOX.

Washington is 119-158-1 all-time on FOX.

Dallas is 39-43 when Aikman calls their games.

The Cowboys are 9-5 when Thom Brennaman calls their games.


WALT ANDERSON FACTS (15)

This week’s referee is Walt Anderson, a native of Sugar Land, Texas. Anderson has refereed 15 Cowboys games in his career. Dallas is 7-8 with a 3-2 record against Washington. Here are the results:

2005 – @NYG, 10-17 – L 2006 – TB, 38-10 – W 2006 – @SEA, 20-21 – L 2007 – Rams, 35-7 – W 2007 – WAS, 28-23 – W 2008 – WAS, 24-26 – L 2008 – NYG, 20-8 – W 2009 – @DEN, 10-17 – L 2009 – @MIN, 3-34 – L 2011 – @NYG, 31-14 – L 2012 – CHI, 34-18 – L 2012 – @WAS, 18-28 – L 2013 – WAS, 31-16 – W
2013 – @NYG, 24-21 – W
2015 – @WAS, 19-16 – W


The Dallas Cowboys have won the penalty battle 8/15 times with Walt Anderson:

2005 – NYG: 6/44; DAL: 7/46 2006 – TB: 5/55; DAL: 2/19 2006 – SEA: 3/15; DAL: 8/74 2007 – Rams: 7/50; DAL: 2/10 2007 – WAS: 3/71; DAL: 7/58 2008 – WAS: 5/30; DAL: 3/15 2008 – NYG: 7/40; DAL: 11/108 2009 – DEN: 7/70; DAL: 10/81 2009 – MIN: 8/50; DAL: 2/10 2011 – NYG: 3/28; DAL: 7/43 2012 – CHI: 4/25; DAL: 2/10 2012 – WAS: 2/20; DAL: 1/6 2013 – WAS: 12/104; DAL: 7/80
2013 – NYG: 11/81; DAL: 11/85
2015 – WAS: 9/73; DAL: 8/70


Anderson is tied for the sixth-best home team winning percentage in the NFL this year:

Gene Steratore: .857
John Hussey: .833
Pete Morelli: .750
John Parry: .667
Brad Allen: .667
Walt Anderson: .571
Walt Coleman: .571

Ron Torbert: .571
Jeff Triplette: .429
Bill Vinovich: .429
Carl Cheffers: .429
Ed Hochuli: .400
Craig Wrolstad: .333
Clete Blakeman: .333
Tony Corrente: .333
Terry McAulay: .300
Jerome Boger: .167



Anderson has the second-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:

Pete Morelli: .875
Walt Anderson: .714
Gene Steratore: .714
Ron Torbert: .714
Bill Vinovich: .714
Clete Blakeman: .667
Brad Allen: .667
John Hussey: .667
Carl Cheffers: .571
Walt Coleman: .571
Tony Corrente: .500
John Parry: .500
Jeff Triplette: .429
Jerome Boger: .417
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Terry McAulay: .333
Ed Hochuli: .000



Washington is 5-9 when Anderson referees their games. Here are the results:

2003 – @BUF, 7-24 – L
2004 – @PHI, 6-28 – L
2005 – SD, 23-17 – L-OT
2006 – NYG, 28-34 – L
2007 – @DAL, 23-28 – L
2008 – @DAL, 26-24 – W
2009 – @Raiders, 34-13 – W
2010 – @CHI, 17-14 – W
2012 – DAL, 28-18 – W
2013 – @DAL, 16-31 – L
2014 – Titans, 19-17 – W
2014 – @SF, 13-17 – L
2015 – DAL, 16-19 – L
2016 – Cardinals, 31-23 – L


Washington has had fewer penalties than the opposition 4/12 times with Anderson:

2003 – BUF: 9/95; WAS: 9/77
2004 – PHI: 9/69; WAS: 12/115
2005 – SD: 6/40; WAS: 7/60
2006 – NYG: 5/41; WAS: 10/100
2007 – DAL: 7/58; WAS: 3/71
2008 – DAL: 3/15; WAS: 5/30
2009 – Raiders: 14/118; WAS: 7/45
2010 – CHI: 6/51; WAS: 7/48
2012 – DAL: 1/6; WAS: 2/20
2013 – DAL: 7/80; WAS: 12/104
2014 – Titans: 11/96; WAS: 7/50
2014 – SF: 5/47; WAS: 7/53
2015 – DAL: 8/70; WAS: 9/73
2016 – Cardinals: 6/51; WAS: 7/35


Anderson’s games average 4.9 sacks per game, the middle of the pack in the NFL:

Parry: 6.2
Coleman: 6.1
Vinovich: 6
Triplette: 5.6
Corrente: 5.5
McAulay: 5.3
Hochuli: 5.2
Cheffers: 5.1
Anderson: 4.9
Wrolstad: 4.8
Steratore: 4.7
Allen: 4.7
Morelli : 4.5
Torbert: 3.9
Blakeman: 3.7
Boger: 3.7
Hussey : 3.5


Anderson calls offensive holding 2.4 times per game, the eighth-fewest in the NFL:

Corrente: 3.5
Morelli : 3.5
Hussey : 3.3
Coleman: 3.3
Torbert : 3
Wrolstad: 3
Parry: 2.7
Cheffers: 2.6
Steratore: 2.4
Anderson: 2.4
Allen: 2.3
Triplette: 2.1
Vinovich: 2
Hochuli: 2
McAulay: 2
Boger: 1.8
Blakeman: 1.6


The Cowboys are 4/4 on challenges under Anderson while opponents are 1/4. Replay Assistant is 3/5 with none of those decisions having favored the Cowboys.


Washington is 4/4 challenging Anderson with opponents going 2/6. Replay Assistant is 3/4 with three of those decisions favoring Washington.


Since becoming an NFL referee in 2003, Walt Anderson has officiated 78 divisional games. Here’s the breakdown by division:

AFC East: 12
NFC South: 12
AFC North: 10
NFC East: 10
NFC North: 9
AFC West: 9
AFC South: 9
NFC West: 7


In NFC East games, the home team is 6-4 when Walt Anderson referees.

Anderson is one of four NFL referees to have a doctorate degree. Clete Blakeman, Ron Torbert, and Ed Hochuli have Juris Doctor degrees while Anderson has a Doctorate of Dentistry.


In addition to refereeing NFL games, Anderson is also the Coordinator of Football Officials for the Big 12.


Walt Anderson was also witness to history as a line judge on Oct. 27, 2002 as Emmitt Smith surpassed Walter Payton as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher.



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (7)

New Cowboys kicker Mike Nugent is 1/4 against Dallas with a 1/2 mark in Texas Stadium.

Much will be made of how Nugent has to fill Bailey’s shoes while the latter recovers from a groin injury. Here is a comparison of the two kickers:
0-19 yards – Bailey: 100 percent; Nugent: 100 percent
20-29 yards – Bailey: 97.6 percent; Nugent: 98.7 percent
30-39 yards – Bailey: 96.7 percent; Nugent: 84.3 percent
40-49 yards – Bailey: 89.5 percent; Nugent: 74.7 percent
50-plus yards – Bailey: 69.4 percent; Nugent: 39.3 percent
On the road – Bailey: 87.0 percent; Nugent: 80.1 percent
Outdoors – Bailey: 88.2 percent; Nugent: 80.4 percent
Inside two minutes of each half – Bailey: 80.0 percent; Nugent: 79.3 percent
Overtime – Bailey: 100 percent; Nugent: 83.3 percent
At FedEx Field – Bailey: 100 percent; Nugent: 55.6 percent

The Cowboys have gone for it second-most in the NFL on fourth down with 11 attempts. The Cowboys’ 6/11 rate is the 10th-best in the NFL and second-best among teams who have a minimum of 10 attempts.

The last Cowboys kicker to miss at FedEx Field was David Buehler from 34 yards on Sept. 12, 2010 in a 13-7 loss on Sunday Night Football.

Dez Bryant is tied for the eighth-most targets on first down in the NFL with 23.

Bryant is tied for the fifth-most touchdown grabs on first down with two.

Bryant is tied with Zach Ertz, Mike Evans, and Amari Cooper for the ninth-most targets in the NFL. However, among the tied, Bryant has the lowest catch percentage at 48.3 percent.

Bryant is tied for the ninth-most touchdown catches in the NFL with four.

Washington tight end Vernon Davis is tied with Houston running back Lamar Miller for the eighth-highest catch percentage in the NFL at 83.3 percent.

Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is tied for the most forced fumbles in the NFL with three.

No doubt Lawrence’s 9.5 sacks are the most for the Cowboys through the first six games since 1982. In the NFL, Lawrence is the 14th player to achieve 9.5 sacks in the first six games since 1982.

The Washington defense is tied with Philadelphia and Cincinnati for the ninth-most sacks in the NFL with 18.

The Washington defense is tied for the 15th-lowest yards yards per carry in the NFL at 4.0.

The Washington defense is tied with New Orleans for the ninth-worst passing yards per attempt at 7.4

The Cowboys are 3-3 on Oct. 29. Here are the results:

1961 – @NYG, 17-16 – W
1967 – @PHI, 14-21 – L
1989 – Cardinals, 10-19 – L
1995 – @ATL, 28-13 – W
2000 – JAX, 17-23 – L-OT
2006 – @CAR, 35-14 – W


Washington is 3-7 on Oct. 29. Here are the results:

1933 – PIT, 14-16 – L
1939 – @GB, 14-24 – L
1944 – Card-Pitt, 42-20 – W
1950 – @PHI, 3-35 – L
1961 – PHI, 24-27 – L
1967 – Colts, 13-17 – L
1972 – @NYG, 23-16 – W
1978 – SF, 38-20 – W
1989 – @Raiders, 24-37 – L
1995 – NYG, 15-24 – L


Dallas has two birthdays to celebrate on Oct. 29:

Darryl Clack, RB, 1986-89 – 10/29/1963
Colston Washington, DE, 2002 – 10/29/1977