By: Mark Lane

Cowboys at Rams

This is the Cowboys’ 63rd postseason game, the most in NFL history.

The Cowboys broke a tie last week with the New England Patriots for the second-most postseason wins with 35. Now, if the Cowboys win, they will tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history with 36.

This will be the Cowboys’ 25th road playoff game, tying them with the Indianapolis Colts, who will also be playing in their 25th road playoff game, for the most in NFL history.

The Cowboys are 9-15 on the road in the postseason. A win would untie them with the Colts for third-most and tie them with the Baltimore Ravens for the second-most in NFL history.

A loss would untie the Cowboys with the Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, and Colts for the second-most road playoff losses with 16.

Dallas is 12-7 against the NFC West in the postseason with a 6-4 record on the road.

The Cowboys will break a tie with the Steelers for the most divisional playoff appearances with 27.

The last playoff game to be played at the L.A. Coliseum was the 1978 NFC Championship Game. The Cowboys shutout the Rams 28-0 en route to Super Bowl XIII.

A loss will tie the Cowboys with the Vikings for the most divisional round losses in NFL history with 12.

The last Cowboys team to have a 3-5 road record were the 1985 Cowboys, who lost 20-0 at the Rams in the 1985 NFC divisional playoffs.

Since 1990, 14/50 teams that had a losing road record in the regular season went on to win road playoff games.

The Cowboys have never won a road playoff game when they have had a losing record on the road that regular season.

The Cowboys have not won a road playoff game since the 1992 NFC Championship Game. However, there are streaks as long or longer:
1992 – Buffalo Bills
1980 – Oakland Raiders
1969 – Cleveland Browns
1957 – Detroit Lions


Since 1990, when playoff formats were last adjusted to include two wildcard teams per conference, 28/112 of the wildcard round winners ended up winning in the divisional round.

Dallas is 2-2 in night playoff games, not including Super Bowls, with a 0-2 record on the road.

The Rams are 0-2 in night playoff games, not including Super Bowls, with a 0-1 record at home.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Prescott has the seventh-most playoff passing yards in Cowboys history with 528.

Prescott is tied with Craig Morton for the fifth-most playoff passing touchdowns in Dallas history with four.

Jason Garrett has a better playoff passer rating than Prescott: 95.8 to 94.1. However, among qualifiers with at least 75 attempts, Prescott’s number is the best in Cowboys playoff history.

Prescott is currently tied with Tony Romo and Gary Hogeboom for the sixth-most playoff interceptions in Dallas history with two.

Through the first nine weeks of the season, Prescott had an 88.9 passer rating, took 3.5 sacks per game, and had a 7.00 yards per pass attempt. In the wild-card playoffs, he had an 83.6 passer rating, took one sack, and had a 6.85 yards per pass attempt.

Prescott’s eight carries in the playoffs are the sixth-most for a quarterback in Dallas history.

Prescott’s 42 rushing yards in the playoffs are the third-most for a quarterback in Cowboys history.

Prescott, Morton, and Troy Aikman are the only Cowboys quarterbacks to have a playoff rushing touchdown.

Prescott’s 5.25 yards per carry is the second-best for a Cowboys quarterback in the playoffs.

A win would join Prescott with Morton, Aikman, Roger Staubach, Danny White, and Steve Beuerlein as the only Cowboys quarterbacks to win a road playoff game in their first try.


JARED GOFF FACTS (12)

Goff has thrown 32 touchdown passes, the same as Drew Brees and Philip Rivers, tied for sixth-most in the NFL.

Goff is tied for the ninth-most interceptions in the NFL with 12.

Goff’s 8.4 yards per pass attempt is the fourth-highest in the league.

Goff’s 12.9 yards per completion is tied with Nick Mullens for the fourth-highest in the NFL.

Goff’s 101.1 passer rating is the eighth-highest in the NFL.

Goff’s four fourth quarter comebacks were the third-highest in the league.

Goff’s four game-winning drives were tied for the fourth-highest in 2018.

Goff’s 101 red zone passes were the third-most in 2018.

Goff threw 23 red zone touchdown passes, tied with Matt Ryan for the fourth-highest in 2018.

Goff’s two interceptions inside the 10-yard line were tied with Ben Roethlisberger and Case Keenum for the most in 2018.

Goff’s 96.5 passer rating on third down was the eighth-highest among quarterbacks with at least 75 passes.

Goff’s third down conversions through the air were the ninth-most in 2018.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (8)

Garrett is the longest-tenured head coach to have not coached in a conference championship game.

Garrett is 3-1 against the Rams franchise. Here is how other Cowboys head coaches have done against the Rams:

Tom Landry: 11-11
Jason Garrett: 3-1
Dave Campo: 1-0
Wade Phillips: 1-1
Jimmy Johnson: 1-2
Bill Parcells: 0-1


Garrett is 10-9 against the NFC West with a 6-4 record on the road.

Garrett’s 6-4 record against the NFC West on the road is the best compared to the other NFC divisions sans the East:
NFC West: 6-4
NFC North: 3-4
NFC South: 3-6

A loss would give Garrett three postseason losses, the second-most in Dallas history behind Landry’s 16.

A win would join Garrett with Landry and Johnson as the only Cowboys coaches to win a road playoff game.

Garrett is 21/41 on challenges for his career with a 2/5 rate in 2018.

Garrett has never thrown the challenge flag in a playoff game.


SEAN MCVAY FACTS (9)

A win would make McVay the first Rams coach since Ray Malavasi to win a playoff game at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

McVay is 2-3 against the NFC East with a 0-3 record at home.

McVay is the first Rams coach since Ray Malavasi to lead the team to two consecutive division titles in his first two seasons.

McVay is the first Rams coach since Mike Martz to lead the team to consecutive top-2 finishes in points in his first two seasons.

A loss would join McVay as the first Rams coach since George Allen to lose his first two playoff games.

The Rams had the seventh-lowest penalties in 2018 with 96.

The Rams’ 96 penalties were the 33rd-most in franchise history.

The Rams have the 15th-lowest red zone conversion rate at 57.5 percent.

McVay is 6/13 on challenges for his career with a 3/7 record in 2018.


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (11)

Elliott has the ninth-most playoff rushing yards in Dallas history with 262.

Elliott’s 5.46 yards per carry in the playoffs is third-highest in Cowboys history.

Elliott is currently tied with Felix Jones and Marion Barber for the 11th-most playoff rushing touchdowns in Dallas history with one.

Elliott has 30 receiving yards in the playoffs, the 58th-most in Cowboys history. Even Deion Sanders has more with 95 (34th).

A win would make Elliott the first NFL rushing champion since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2007 to reach a conference championship game.

Elliott’s 411 touches through the wild-card round are tied for 16th-fewest in NFL history for a single-season among 400-touch qualifiers.

The Cowboys are 8-3 on the road when Elliott averages 4.5 yards per carry or higher compared to 4-4 when he does not.

The Cowboys are 10-1 on the road when Elliott scores a rushing touchdown compared to 2-6 when he does not.

When Elliott rushes for 100-plus yards on the road, the Cowboy are 8-2 compared to 4-5 when he does not.

Elliott’s 2.08 first down yards per carry are the third-lowest against the Rams since 2017 among backs with at least 10 attempts.

Elliott’s 8.00 second down yards per carry are tied with Devonta Freeman for the third-highest against the Rams since 2017 among backs with at least five attempts.


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

This is the eighth game between the Cowboys and Rams on FOX, and the first in the postseason. Here is the breakdown by network:
CBS: 19 (eight playoff games)
ABC: 6
FOX: 7
ESPN: 1

The Cowboys are 5-7 on FOX in the postseason.

The Rams are 4-2 on FOX in the postseason.

The Rams have never had the team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman call one of their playoff games.

The Cowboys are 2-4 when Buck calls their playoff games.

Dallas is 2-4 when Aikman calls their postseason contests.

This is the third time in FOX’s history they will have the A-team broadcast a Saturday night divisional playoff game.

This is the first time since the 1985 NFC Divisional playoffs the Cowboys will play a Saturday divisional game. Dallas is 5-2 in such games with a 2-2 record on the road.

This is the first time since the 2004 NFC Divisional playoffs the Rams will play a Saturday divisional game. The Rams are 2-4 in such games with a 2-1 record at home.

Pat Summerall and Frank Gifford are tied for the most games called in the series with six.


JOHN PARRY FACTS (12)

This week’s referee is John Parry. Dallas is 9-6 when he referees and this will be the third time this season he will be their referee. Here are the results:
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
2017 – @PHI, 6-0 – W
2018 – NYG, 20-13 – W
2018 – @PHI, 27-20 – W




The Cowboys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 6/15 times with Parry:


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
2017 – PHI: 7/49; DAL: 7/64
2018 – NYG: 3/24; DAL: 6/47
2018 – PHI: 0/0; DAL: 5/37



Parry was tied for the sixth-highest home team winning percentage in 2018:
John Hussey: .867
Carl Cheffers: .800
Tony Corrente: .750
Shawn Hochuli: .667
Walt Coleman: .625
JOHN PARRY: .600
Jerome Boger: .600
Alex Kemp: .600
Clay Martin: .600
Craig Wrolstad: .600
Brad Allen: .533
Pete Morelli: .533
Ron Torbert: .533
Bill Vinovich: .533
Walt Anderson: .467
Shawn Smith: .433
Clete Blakeman: .333


Anderson was tied for the lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Craig Wrolstad: .867
Pete Morelli: .667
Tony Corrente: .643
John Hussey: .600
Bill Vinovich: .600
Walt Anderson: .533
Brad Allen: .533
Walt Coleman: .531
Clete Blakeman: .467
Jerome Boger: .467
Shawn Hochuli: .467
Shawn Smith: .400
Ron Torbert: .333
Carl Cheffers: .333
Alex Kemp: .333
Clay Martin: .333
JOHN PARRY: .333

The Rams are a perfect 6-0 with John Parry. Here are the results.
2008 – DAL, 34-14 – W
2012 – CRD, 17-3 – W
2013 – TB, 23-13 – W
2015 – @CRD, 24-22 – W
2017 – NO, 26-20 – W
2018 – @DET, 30-16 – W



The Rams have had fewer penalties 1/6 times with Parry:

2008 – DAL: 8/56; RAM: 5/32
2012 – CRD: 5/35; RAM: 7/60
2013 – TB: 3/26; RAM: 7/85
2015 – CRD: 3/20; RAM: 7/66
2017 – NO: 7/112; RAM: 9/90
2018 – DET: 8/54; RAM: 7/105



Parry’s games averaged the second-fewest sacks in 2018:
Cheffers: 6.2
Martin: 5.8
Coleman: 5.6
Anderson: 5.3
Torbert: 5.3
Hussey: 5.1
Morelli: 5.1
Blakeman: 4.9
Hochuli: 4.9
Vinovich: 4.9
Wrolstad: 4.9
Smith: 4.9
Corrente: 4.7
Allen: 4.0
Kemp: 4.0
PARRY: 3.9
Boger: 3.6



Parry’s games featured the fourth-most offensive holding calls in 2018:
Hochuli: 4.5
Anderson: 3.5
Cheffers: 3.4
PARRY: 3.3
Torbert: 3.1
Wrolstad: 3.1
Blakeman: 2.7
Boger: 2.7
Martin: 2.6
Kemp: 2.5
Morelli: 2.4
Smith: 2.3
Allen: 2.1
Corrente: 2.0
Coleman: 1.9
Hussey: 1.6
Vinovich: 1.2


Under Parry, the Cowboys are 0/4 on challenges while their opponents are 7/8. Replay Assistant is 2/4 with none of the calls benefiting the Cowboys.

Under Parry, the Rams are 0/1 on challenges while opponents are 1/2. Replay Assistant has yet to make a decision in a Rams game with Parry as referee.


Parry had the sixth-highest overturn rate on coaches’ challenges in 2018:
Allen: .800 (4/5)
Anderson: .692 (9/13)
Morelli: .667 (2/3)
Cheffers: .625 (5/8)
Hussey: .556 (5/9)
PARRY: .500 (4/8)
Vinovich: .444 (4/9)
Corrente: .417 (5/12)
Hochuli: .400 (2/5)
Martin: .375 (3/8)
Wrolstad: .364 (4/11)
Coleman: .333 (3/9)
Torbert: .333 (3/9)
Blakeman: .333 (2/6)
Boger: .182 (2/11)
Smith: .167 (1/6)
Kemp: .125 (1/8)


This is Parry’s first playoff game in three seasons. Home teams are 2-2 and have had fewer penalties 2/4 times.



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (12)

The Rams have qualified for the playoffs once since 2004. Still, despite their lone playoff appearance in the past 14 seasons, they have more postseason wins since 1997 (six) than do the Cowboys (three).



The Rams became the first NFL champion to move the season after winning it all when they moved from Cleveland to Los Angeles for the 1946 season.


Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald produced 20.5 sacks in 2018. Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor is the only one of the 12 defenders to record 20-plus sacks since 1982 and reach the Super Bowl.


Donald has 20.5 sacks. However, the Rams finished 15th in the NFL with 41.


Donald also led the NFL with 25 tackles for loss.


Rams safety Josh Johnson has produced four interceptions in 2018, tied for the seventh-most in the league.


Rams running back Todd Gurley’s 4.74 yards per carry on first down is the 12th-highest in 2018 among backs with at least 100 such carries.


Gurley’s 27 first downs on first down were the second-highest in the NFL behind James Conner’s 32.

In 2018, when the Rams have been trailing with less than four minutes to play, Gurley has had three carries for seven yards and two catches for 16 yards on four targets.



Saturday is the first time in Cowboys history they will play on Jan. 12.



The Rams are 0-1 on Jan. 12. Their lone game was a 24-0 loss at the Chicago Bears in the 1985 NFC Championship Game.



The Cowboys have four birthdays to celebrate on Jan. 12:

1947 – Otto Brown, DB, 1969
1951 – Drew Pearson, WR, 1973-83
1971 – Oscar Sturgis, DE, 1995
1972 – Dominique Ross, RB, 1995-96

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WILDCARD FACTS (17)

This is the Cowboys’ 33rd postseason appearance, breaking a tie with the New York Giants for the most in league history.

This is the Cowboys’ 62nd postseason game, the most in league history. The Pittsburgh Steelers are second with 61.

The Cowboys are tied with the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots for the second-most postseason wins in NFL history with 34.

Dallas is 1/8 teams to have never participated in an overtime playoff game. The other seven teams are Detroit, Washington, Tampa Bay, Houston, Jacksonville, Cincinnati, and Baltimore.

This will be the Cowboys’ 30th home playoff game, tying them with the San Francisco 49ers for the second-most in NFL history. Only the Steelers have more with 32.

The Cowboys are 20-9 at home in the playoffs. The 20 wins are fourth-most in league history. The losses are tied with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants for the second-most in NFL history.

Dallas is 11-7 against the NFC West in the postseason with a 5-3 record at home.

Since 1990, this is the seventh time out of the Cowboys’ 10 wildcard weekend appearances that they will play on Saturday.

AT&T Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, and Heinz Field are just 3/13 venues opened since 2000 to have hosted a playoff game in their first year.

The Cowboys are 7-1 at home. There have been nine previous Cowboys team to only suffer one loss at home. 6/9 of those teams won their opening home playoff games.


Seattle is 3-11 in road playoff games.

Dallas is 0-1 against Seattle in January. That lone game was the 2006 NFC wildcard at then-Qwest Field when the Seahawks edged Dallas 21-20.

The Cowboys are 7-5 in the wildcard round with a 6-2 record at home.

The Seahawks are 8-4 in the wildcard round with a 2-2 record on the road.

Dallas is 1-2 in night playoff games, not including Super Bowls, with a 1-0 record at home.

Seattle is 5-0 in night playoff games with all of them having been played at home, never on the road.

The Seahawks are 0-3 all-time indoors in the playoffs.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (5)

With a minimum of 30 passes to qualify, Prescott’s 100.1 passer rating in December was tied with Troy Aikman in 1990 for the 15th-best in Cowboys history.

Prescott had a 7.67 yards per pass attempt in the final five games of 2018, which were ninth-most in the NFL. Patrick Mahomes was tied for seventh place at 7.77.

Over the final five weeks of the season, among starting quarterbacks, Prescott had the absolute best third down passer rating at 124.9, a full 6.5 points better than second place Patrick Mahomes.

No one picked up more cumulative first downs (throwing and rushing) than Prescott in the final five weeks with 29.

Prescott finished 2018 as the second-most sacked quarterback with 56 sacks. Third-most sacked was Russell Wilson with 51.


RUSSELL WILSON FACTS (4)

Wilson’s 110.9 passer rating is the highest single-season passer rating of his career.

2018 was the first year where Wilson did not rush for a touchdown.

Wilson’s 67 rushes were the lowest of his career.

Wilson is 3-0 in the wildcard round of the playoffs with a 93.2 passer rating. On the road, he is 2-0 with a 78.1 passer rating.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (9)

With Marvin Lewis parting ways with the Cincinnati Bengals, Garrett is now the longest-tenured head coach to have not coached in a conference championship game.

Jason Garrett is 2-4 against the Seattle Seahawks. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

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

Garrett is 38-36 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 20-15 record at home.

When coaching against playoff-winning quarterbacks, Garrett is 29-38.

A win would join Garrett with Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson, and Barry Switzer as the only Cowboys head coaches to have won two playoff games.

A win would also join Garrett with the aforementioned trio to have won two home playoff games.

A win would join Garrett with Tom Landry as the only Dallas coaches to have two wildcard round wins.

Garrett is 21/41 on challenges for his career with a 2/5 rate in 2018.

Garrett has never thrown the challenge flag in a playoff game.


PETE CARROLL FACTS (10)

Carroll is 17-6 against the NFC East in his coaching career.

Pete Carroll has a 5-2 record against the Dallas Cowboys. As head coach for Seattle, Carroll is 4-2. Here is how he compares to other Seattle coaches:

Mike Holmgren: 4-2
Pete Carroll: 4-2
Chuck Knox: 1-1
Tom Flores: 0-1
Jim Mora, Jr.: 0-1
Dennis Erickson: 0-1
Jack Patera: 0-2

Carroll is 4-1 in the wildcard round with a 1-1 record on the road.

Carroll is 2-5 on the road in the playoffs.

The Seahawks finished with 111 penalties, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 15th-most in 2018.

The Seahawks’ 111 penalties were tied with the 1992 team for the 11th-most in team history.

The Seahawks had the eighth-best red zone conversion percentage in the NFL at 65.5 percent.

The Seahawks went for it 14 times on fourth down in 2018, tied with the Steelers and Patriots for the seventh-fewest in the NFL.

Carroll is 38/77 on challenges for his career with a 4/5 record in 2018.

Carroll is 2/3 on challenges in the postseason.



EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (15)

Elliott is the first rushing champion since Freeman McNeil in the strike-shortened year of 1982 to win the NFL rushing title and rush for six or fewer touchdowns.

Elliott’s 1,434 rushing yards are the third-fewest to win a rushing title in a complete 16-game season.

Elliott’s 125 rushing yards against the Green Bay Packers in the 2016 NFC divisional playoffs tied with Calvin Hill for the eighth-most in Cowboys playoff history. The 125 yards were also the third-most by a Cowboy in his first ever playoff game.

Among running backs with at least 100 first down carries, Elliott’s 5.07 yards per carry were the sixth-highest in 2018, and the third-highest among playoff-qualifying running backs.

Among running backs with at least 60 second down carries, Elliott’s 4.64 yards per carry were the 10th-most in 2018, and the third-highest among playoff-qualifying running backs.

Elliott’s 26 second down conversions by rushing are the third-most among playoff-qualifying running backs. Only Jordan Howard (29) and Todd Gurley (28) have more.

Elliott converted the most third downs on the ground with 19.

No doubt Elliott won the NFL rushing title. However, he joins Gurley and Seattle’s Chris Carson as the only top-10 rushing yards leaders to make the playoffs. Comparatively, in 2004, six running backs from the top-10 were on playoff-qualifying teams.

The Cowboys are 16-4 when Elliott achieves a 4.5 yards per carry compared to 11-9 when he does not.

The place on the field where Elliott has the highest yards per carry is between the minus-21-yard line and the 50. Elliott has a 5.1 yards per carry.

No surprise that Elliott has his best yards per carry at 4.8 when Dallas is ahead. However, when Dallas is trailing, his yards per carry is 4.7.

Elliott has an 8.8 yards per carry when Dallas is trailing with 2:00 or less to play.

Elliott has a 5.6 yards per carry against the Seahawks.

Elliott has a 112.0 yards per game versus the Seahawks, his sixth-highest against an opponent he has faced multiple times.


BROADCAST FACTS (13)

This is the 13th game in the series to be broadcast on FOX. Here is the breakdown by network:
FOX: 12
NBC: 4 (1 playoff)
CBS: 2
ABC: 1

This is the fifth time in the series Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will call a game in the series. The Seahawks lead 3-1.

This is the third prime time game in the series, playoffs or otherwise, and Dallas and Seattle are even 1-1.

This is the first time FOX will broadcast a Saturday wildcard game.

The Cowboys are 4-7 on FOX in the postseason.

The Seahawks are 7-6 on FOX in the postseason.

The Cowboys are 1-4 when Buck calls their playoff games.

The Seahawks are 5-3 when Buck calls their playoff games.

Dallas is 1-4 when Aikman calls their postseason contests.

Seattle is 5-3 when Buck calls their postseason contests.

This is Buck and Aikman’s 60th postseason game together, the most by any NFL on FOX team. Summerall and Madden are second with 27.

Pat Summerall called the most Cowboys postseason games with 29.

In every one of the Cowboys’ 11 previous postseason games on FOX, they have always drawn the A-team.


WALT ANDERSON FACTS (12)


This week’s referee is Walt Anderson, a native of Sugar Land, Texas. Anderson has refereed 18 Cowboys games in his career. Dallas is 9-9. 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
2017 – @WAS, 33-19 – W
2017 – @NYG, 30-10 – W
2018 – @CAR, 8-16 – L
2018 – NO, 13-10 – W

*Playoff game


The Cowboys have won the penalty battle 8/18 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
2017 – WAS: 5/32; DAL: 8/89
2017 – NYG: 7/69; DAL: 8/51
2018 – CAR: 9/80; DAL: 10/85
2018 – NO: 5/48; DAL: 8/80

*Playoff game



Anderson had the third-lowest home team winning percentage in 2018:
John Hussey: .867
Carl Cheffers: .800
Tony Corrente: .750
Shawn Hochuli: .667
Walt Coleman: .625
Jerome Boger: .600
Alex Kemp: .600
Clay Martin: .600
Craig Wrolstad: .600
John Parry: .600
Brad Allen: .533
Pete Morelli: .533
Ron Torbert: .533
Bill Vinovich: .533
WALT ANDERSON: .467
Shawn Smith: .433
Clete Blakeman: .333


Anderson was tied for the seventh-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Craig Wrolstad: .867
Pete Morelli: .667
Tony Corrente: .643
John Hussey: .600
Bill Vinovich: .600
WALT ANDERSON: .533
Brad Allen: .533
Walt Coleman: .531
Clete Blakeman: .467
Jerome Boger: .467
Shawn Hochuli: .467
Shawn Smith: .400
John Parry: .333
Ron Torbert: .333
Carl Cheffers: .333
Alex Kemp: .333
Clay Martin: .333


The Seahawks are 8-6 with Anderson. Here are the results:
2003 – @CIN, 24-27 – L
2005 – @CRD, 33-19 – W
2006 – MIN, 13-31 – L
2006 – DAL, 21-20 – W
2007 – @CAR, 10-13 – L
2010 – @DEN, 14-31 – L
2011 – ATL, 28-30 – L
2012 – @SF, 6-13 – L
2014 – @CRD, 35-6 – W
2015 – @SF, 20-3 – W
2015 – PIT, 39-30 – W
2016 – BUF, 31-25 – W
2017 – @CRD, 22-16 – W
2018 – @DET, 28-14 – W




The Seahawks have had fewer penalties 8/14 times with Anderson:

2003 – CIN: 7/60; SEA: 5/30
2005 – CRD: 9/78; SEA: 6/52
2006 – MIN: 5/45; SEA: 5/30
2006 – DAL: 8/74; SEA: 3/15
2007 – CAR: 5/54; SEA: 3/15
2010 – DEN: 3/35; SEA: 7/64
2011 – ATL: 4/35; SEA: 6/40
2012 – SF: 5/40; SEA: 3/20
2014 – CRD: 1/5; SEA: 11/97
2015 – SF: 4/33; SEA: 6/50
2015 – PIT: 6/65; SEA: 8/76
2016 – BUF: 11/115; SEA: 10/75
2017 – CRD: 9/58; SEA: 12/108
2018 – DET: 4/32; SEA: 7/111



Anderson’s games were tied for the fourth-most sacks in 2018:
Cheffers: 6.2
Martin: 5.8
Coleman: 5.6
ANDERSON: 5.3
Torbert: 5.3
Hussey: 5.1
Morelli: 5.1
Blakeman: 4.9
Hochuli: 4.9
Vinovich: 4.9
Wrolstad: 4.9
Smith: 4.9
Corrente: 4.7
Allen: 4.0
Kemp: 4.0
Parry: 3.9
Boger: 3.6



Anderson’s games featured the second-most offensive holding calls in 2018:
Hochuli: 4.5
ANDERSON: 3.5
Cheffers: 3.4
Parry: 3.3
Torbert: 3.1
Wrolstad: 3.1
Blakeman: 2.7
Boger: 2.7
Martin: 2.6
Kemp: 2.5
Morelli: 2.4
Smith: 2.3
Allen: 2.1
Corrente: 2.0
Coleman: 1.9
Hussey: 1.6
Vinovich: 1.2


The Cowboys are 5/5 on challenges under Anderson while opponents are 2/6. Replay Assistant is 3/5 with none of those decisions having favored the Cowboys.


The Seahawks are 2/5 when challenging Anderson with opponents going 7/9. Replay Assistant is 2/4 with two of those decisions benefiting Seattle.


Anderson had the second-highest challenge overturn rate, and he reviewed the most coaches’ challenges in 2018:
Allen: .800 (4/5)
ANDERSON: .692 (9/13)
Morelli: .667 (2/3)
Cheffers: .625 (5/8)
Hussey: .556 (5/9)
Parry: .500 (4/8)
Vinovich: .444 (4/9)
Corrente: .417 (5/12)
Hochuli: .400 (2/5)
Martin: .375 (3/8)
Wrolstad: .364 (4/11)
Coleman: .333 (3/9)
Torbert: .333 (3/9)
Blakeman: .333 (2/6)
Boger: .182 (2/11)
Smith: .167 (1/6)
Kemp: .125 (1/8)


Home teams are 6-3 in Anderson’s playoff games with home teams have fewer penalties 4/9 times.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (15)

The Seahawks have four players with at least 375 rushing yards. They are the ninth time since 1940 to achieve this feat. Only 1/8 of those previous teams won a playoff game: the 2001 Steelers.

Seahawks running back Chris Carson’s nine rushing touchdowns are tied for the seventh-most in the NFL and the third-most amongst playoff-qualifying running backs.

The Cowboys defense has the highest opposing passer rating among playoff teams at 95.7, which was the 11th-highest in the NFL.

The Seahawks defense has the second-highest opposing passer rating among playoff teams at 94.3, which is the 14th-highest in 2018.

The Cowboys defense has the absolute lowest interceptions for a playoff team with nine, tied for sixth-lowest in 2018. The only other playoff team are the Eagles with 10, which was eighth-lowest in the league.

The Dallas defense has the third-lowest yards per carry among playoff teams at 3.8, which was the fourth-lowest in 2018. Only the Texans (3.4, first), Saints (3.6, second), Ravens (3.7, third) had lower.

The Seahawks defense is tied with the Patriots for the third-highest yards per carry at 4.9, which is also tied for the third-highest among playoff teams.

The Dallas defense allows 94.6 rushing yards per game, the fifth-lowest in the NFL and the fifth-lowest among playoff teams.

Seahawks DE/LB Frank Clark produced four forced fumbles, tied for sixth-most in 2018.

Clark tallied 14.0 sacks, the sixth-most in 2018.

Clark also had 27 quarterback hits, the eighth-most in the NFL.

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner produced 138 tackles, the fourth-most in the NFL.


The Cowboys are 0-2 on Jan. 5, all being divisional playoff games. Here are the results:
1991 – @DET, 6-38 – L
1996 – @CAR, 17-26 – L


The Seahawks are 1-0 on Jan. 5 with a 35-14 win over Washington at home in the 2007 NFC wildcard.


The Cowboys have birthdays to celebrate on Jan. 5:
1978 – Michael Wiley, RB, 2000-02
1980 – Derek Ross, CB, 2002-03
1985 – Tra Battle, S, 2008

Cowboys at Giants

SERIES FACTS (11)

The Cowboys are 9-6 for the sixth time in franchise history. 2/5 of those previous teams made the playoffs with only the 1998 team having won the division. Neither the ’98 nor the ’06 team won a playoff game.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 66/102 teams that started 9-6 made the playoffs with 19 of them having won the division.

The Giants are 5-10 for the third time in franchise history. 1/2 of the previous seasons were followed up with a playoff-qualifying season.

Dallas is going for their 22nd sweep of the Giants in series history. With 21 sweeps so far, it is the most sweeps against a divisional foe in Cowboys history. For the Giants, only the Eagles with 22 sweeps own the most against the club since 1960.

Dallas is 29-25-1 against the New York Giants on the road. Here is the record broken down by venue:

Yankee Stadium: 7-3-1
Yale Bowl: 2-0
Shea Stadium: 1-0
Giants Stadium: 14-19
MetLife Stadium: 5-3


The Cowboys are 12-13-1 against the Giants in December.

The Cowboys are 120-101-1 all-time in December with a 60-58-1 record on the road.

Since 1940, the Giants are 134-136-2 in December with a 73-71-2 record at home.

Since 1970, the Cowboys are 158-119 all-time in early games with an 81-78 record on the road.

Since 1970, the Giants are 221-197-1 in early afternoon games with a 154-121-1 record at home.

Since 1970, the Cowboys have a 63-62 mark in early afternoon games played in the Eastern Time Zone.




DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Among qualified quarterbacks, Prescott is tied with Derek Carr for the ninth-lowest touchdown percentage in the NFL at 3.7.

Prescott’s 68.3 completion percentage is the eighth-lowest in the NFL.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott’s 7.3 yards per pass attempt is tied with Kirk Cousins for the third-lowest in the NFL.

Prescott’s 10.6 yards per completion is tied for the third-lowest in the league.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, only Russell Wilson has a lower passing yards per game average than Prescott’s 233.2.

Prescott’s 52 sacks are the second-most in the league.

Prescott has orchestrated four game-winning drives, tied for third-most in the NFL.

Prescott’s 305 rushing yards are the 10th-fewest among quarterbacks this season.

Prescott and Buffalo Bills rookie Josh Allen have rushed for the most touchdowns by quarterbacks with six.

Despite being sacked more times than Eli Manning, Prescott actually has fewer yards lost than Manning: 328 to 355.



ELI MANNING FACTS (10)

Manning is tied with Jared Goff for the ninth-most pass attempts with 535.

Manning has the 10th-most passing yards with 3,998.

If Manning fails to throw beyond 19 touchdowns Sunday, 2018 will be his third season below 20 passing touchdowns and second consecutive season of doing so.

Manning’s 7.5 yards per pass attempt are the 10th-highest among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1.

Manning has been sacked 46 times in 2018, the fifth-most in the NFL.

Manning has thrown the sixth-most times inside the red zone with 82 throws.

Manning’s 46.34 completion percentage inside the red zone is the second-lowest among quarterbacks in the top-10 in most throws inside the red zone. Only Aaron Rodgers’ 42.47 is worse.

Moving inside the 10-yard line and limiting qualifiers to those with at least 20 passes, Manning’s 47.06 completion percentage is fifth-worst in the league.

Manning is tied with Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson for the eighth-most passing touchdowns inside the 10-yard line with 12.

Among active Super Bowl winners, Manning is the only one with the longest playoff win drought of seven seasons.




EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

With Todd Gurley out Sunday, and unless Giants running back Saquon Barkley can rush for 237 yards, Elliott will finish with his second league rushing title, joining him with Emmitt Smith as the only Cowboys running backs to have multiple rushing titles.

If Elliott gets the rushing title, it will give the Cowboys eight total rushing titles in NFL history. The Cleveland Browns possess the most with 11.

Among the eight running backs in the 1,000-yard club in 2018, Elliott’s six rushing touchdowns represent the fewest.

Elliott’s 4.7 yards per carry are the fifth-most among running backs in the 1,000-yard club.

Elliott’s 95.6 rushing yards per game are 6.2 yards more than Gurley’s second place total of 89.4.

Elliott leads the NFL with 304 rushing attempts, 48 more attempts than Gurley in second place.

In 2018, Elliott has had 354 touches. In his rookie season, through 15 games, Elliott had 381 touches.

Elliott has taken the seventh-most handoffs inside the 20-yard line with 39.

Elliott’s 105 rushing yards in the red zone are the sixth-most in the NFL.

Elliott has been the subject of 56/134 of Dallas’ red zone plays with an 11/38 rate inside the 5-yard line.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (17)


This is the 31st week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett is 23-16 against coaches who have yet to qualify for the playoffs with a 12-4 record on the road.

Garrett is 32-20 against the NFC East.

Garrett is 18-8 against the NFC East on the road.

Garrett has completed a series sweep 9/15 times since taking over as Cowboys head coach.

Garrett has executed a series sweep 5/7 times since taking over as Dallas head coach.

Garrett owns a 10-6 against the Giants. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 35-16-2
Jason Garrett: 10-6
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Jimmy Johnson: 5-5
Barry Switzer: 4-4
Bill Parcells: 4-4
Wade Phillips: 3-5
Dave Campo: 1-5


Garrett is 5-3 against the Giants on the road. Here is how that compares to other NFC East opponents:

Philadelphia: 7-2
Washington: 6-2
New York: 5-3



Garrett’s 20-16 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:

Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 20-16
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 12-8 on the road in December. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Landry: 28-22-1
Garrett: 12-8
Johnson: 6-5
Parcells: 5-5
Phillips: 4-4
Switzer: 4-4
Campo: 1-6
Gailey: 0-4


Garrett is 3-5 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: 3-5
Wade Phillips: 1-2
Barry Switzer: 1-3
Dave Campo: 0-3
Bill Parcells: 0-4


Garrett is currently 37-33 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 19-14 on the road without Romo under center.

The Cowboys’ 98 penalties are tied with the Cardinals for the 11th-fewest in the NFL.

Dallas’ 98 penalties are tied for the 39th-fewest in club history through 15 games.

The Cowboys have a 45.7 red zone conversion rate, the third-lowest in the NFL. They are the only division winner to be in the bottom-10.

Garrett is 21/41 on challenges for his career with a 2/5 record in 2018.



PAT SHURMUR FACTS (10)

Shurmur risks becoming the first Giants coach since Dan Reeves in 1993 to be swept by the Cowboys in his first year at the helm.

Against playoff-winning coaches, Shurmur is 6-19 with a 4-8 record at home.

Shurmur has a 12-21 record in early games with a 9-10 record at home.

Shurmur is 4-9 in December with a 2-3 record at home.

Shurmur is 2/7 at staving off a series sweep.

Shurmur is 1/3 in staving off a series sweep at home.

The Giants have 103 penalties on the season, tied for 14th-fewest in the NFL.

New York’s 103 penalties are tied for the ninth-most in franchise history since 1940 through the first 15 games of a season.

The Giants have a 49.0 red zone conversion rate, the fifth-lowest in the NFL.

Shurmur is 8/17 on challenges for his career with a 2/5 record in 2018.


BROADCAST FACTS (8)



Dallas is 133-122 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Giants are 144-128 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

This is the 39th early game in the series and the 14th to be broadcast by FOX.

Dallas is 24-18 when Kevin Burkhardt calls their games.

New York is 3-5 when Burkhardt calls their games.

The Cowboys are 5-1 when Charles Davis does color commentary for their games.

The Giants are 1-1 when Davis calls their games.

The Cowboys are 6-3 on FOX in 2018, meaning they will finish with a winning record on the network for the 14th time since 1994.





CLAY MARTIN FACTS (9)

This week’s referee is Clay Martin. For the second consecutive week, the Cowboys will have a rookie referee.

Sunday will be Martin’s first NFC East game and his second division game of the season.


Martin is tied for the fifth-highest home team winning percentage in the NFL:

John Hussey: .857
Carl Cheffers: .786
Tony Corrente: .767
Walt Coleman: .667
CLAY MARTIN: .643
Alex Kemp: .643
John Parry: .643
Craig Wrolstad: .643
Shawn Hochuli: .643
Brad Allen: .571
Jerome Boger: .571
Bill Vinovich: .571
Walt Anderson: .500
Pete Morelli: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Shawn Smith: .393
Clete Blakeman: .357



Martin is tied for the third-lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:

Craig Wrolstad: .857
Bill Vinovich: .643
Pete Morelli: .643
Tony Corrente: .600
John Hussey: .571
Walt Coleman: .533
Brad Allen: .500
Jerome Boger: .500
Shawn Hochuli: .500
Walt Anderson: .429
Clete Blakeman: .429
Shawn Smith: .429
Alex Kemp: .357
John Parry: .357
CLAY MARTIN: .357
Carl Cheffers: .286
Ron Torbert: .286



The Giants have had Martin as a referee this season. New York beat the Chicago Bears 30-27 in overtime at MetLife Stadium, but had more penalties: 12/107 compared to 8/58.



Martin’s games have averaged the second-most sacks per game:

Cheffers: 6.3
MARTIN: 5.9
Anderson: 5.6
Coleman: 5.6
Kemp: 5.5
Allen: 5.2
Hussey: 5.1
Smith: 5.1
Blakeman: 5.0
Hochuli: 5.0
Vinovich: 5.0
Torbert: 4.9
Wrolstad: 4.8
Morelli: 4.8
Corrente: 4.7
Parry: 4.0
Boger: 3.6



Martin is right in the middle in terms of offensive holding calls per game:

Hochuli: 4.7
Cheffers: 3.5
Anderson: 3.4
Torbert: 3.2
Wrolstad: 3.2
Boger: 2.9
Parry: 2.9
Kemp: 2.7
MARTIN: 2.6
Blakeman: 2.6
Morelli: 2.5
Smith: 2.4
Corrente: 2.0
Allen: 2.0
Coleman: 1.9
Hussey: 1.6
Vinovich: 1.2



Martin is tied for the sixth-lowest coaches’ challenge overturn rate in the NFL:

Allen: .800 (4/5)
Anderson: .692 (9/13)
Cheffers: .571 (4/7)
Hussey: .556 (5/9)
Parry: .500 (4/8)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Vinovich: .444 (4/9)
Corrente: .417 (5/12)
Hochuli: .400 (2/5)
Blakeman: .400 (2/5)
Martin: .375 (3/8)
Torbert: .375 (3/8)
Coleman: .333 (3/9)
Wrolstad: .300 (3/10)
Boger: .200 (2/10)
Smith: .167 (1/6)
Kemp: .125 (1/8)


Martin is a high school basketball coach in Jenks, Okla.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (10)

The Cowboys defense gives up 3.7 yards per carry, tied with the New Orleans Saints for the second-fewest in the NFL.

Giants running back Saquon Barkley averages 4.9 yards per carry, tied with Todd Gurley for the 10th-highest in the NFL.

The Cowboys defense gives up 91.3 rushing yards per game, the fifth-fewest in the NFL.

Barkley averages 79.9 rushing yards per game, the fourth-most in the NFL.

Cowboys rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch has the second-most solo tackles in the NFL with 99.

Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is tied with Jadeveon Clowney and Jason Pierre-Paul for the ninth-most tackles for loss in the NFL with 15.

Dallas cornerback Byron Jones is tied for the sixth-most pass breakups in the NFL with 14.

New York cornerback Janoris Jenkins is tied for the 11th-most pass breakups with 13.

Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree has the fifth-most interceptions in the NFL with five.

Opposing quarterbacks have compiled an 87.2 passer rating against the Giants defense, the ninth-lowest in the NFL.

The Cowboys defense gives up 5.3 yards per play, tied with the Tennessee Titans for the sixth-lowest in the NFL.

Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis has the most rushing yards by a defensive player with 12.


The Cowboys are 2-5 on Dec. 30. Here are the results:

1973 – MIN, 10-27 – L
1978 – ATL, 27-20 – W
1979 – RAM, 19-21 – L
1990 – @ATL, 7-26 – L
2001 – SF, 27-21 – W
2007 – @WAS, 6-27 – L
2012 – @WAS, 18-28 – L


The Giants are 4-2 on Dec. 30. Here are the results:

1956 – CHI, 47-7 – W
1962 – GB, 7-16 – L
1990 – @NE, 13-10 – W
2001 – @PHI, 21-24 – L
2006 – @WAS, 34-28 – W
2012 – PHI, 42-7 – W


The Cowboys have two birthdays to celebrate on Dec. 30:

1941 – Mel Renfro, CB, 1964-77
1978 – Keith Davis, S, 2002 & 2004-08

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SERIES FACTS (12)

The Cowboys are 8-6 for the seventh time in club history. Only the 1998 team made the playoffs and did so by winning the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 52/107 teams that started 8-6 made the playoffs with 17/52 having won the division.

The Buccaneers are 5-9 for the sixth time in club history. 3/5 of those seasons were followed up with a playoff-qualifying season.


The Cowboys are 11-1 against the Buccaneers at home. Here is the breakdown by stadium:
Texas Stadium: 9-1
AT&T Stadium: 2-0


The Buccaneers are 14-31 against the NFC East on the road.

The Buccaneers are 1/4 teams the Cowboys have beaten on multiple occasions in the postseason without reprisals. The other three teams are the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, and Atlanta Falcons.

The Cowboys are 2-1 against the Buccaneers in December.

The Cowboys are 119-101-1 all-time in December with a 59-43 record at home.

The Buccaneers are 63-106 all-time in December with a 21-58 record on the road.

Since 1970, the Cowboys are 157-119 all-time in early games with a 76-40 record at home.

The Buccaneers are 182-278-1 in early games all-time with a 71-157 record on the road.

The Buccaneers are 39-107 all-time in the Central Time Zone with a 25-84 record in early games.



DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (6)

Prescott has executed four game-winning drives this season, tied for third-most.

Prescott is tied with Drew Brees for the second-most red zone rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with five.

Prescott is tied with Derek Carr and Russell Wilson for the 10th-most third down conversions through the air with 48.

Prescott has the 12th-most third down conversions on the ground for a quarterback with eight.

Prescott takes 35.3 percent of the Cowboys’ rush attempts inside the 10-yard line.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott’s eight interceptions are tied with Carr and Philip Rivers for the fifth-fewest in the NFL.


JAMEIS WINSTON FACTS (8)

Winston is tied with Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, and Jared Goff for the fourth-most interceptions with 13.

Winston is tied with Tom Brady for the 10th-highest yards per pass attempt at 7.8.

Winston is tied with Deshaun Watson for the seventh-highest yards per pass completion in the NFL at 12.3.

Winston’s 85.3 passer rating is the seventh-lowest in the NFL.

Winston joins Matthew Stafford, Nick Mullens, and Lamar Jackson as the only quarterbacks to have not engineered a fourth quarter comeback but executed a game-winning drive.

Winston and Josh Freeman are the only Tampa Bay quarterbacks to win at least eight games since 2010.

Winston is the fourth Florida State quarterback to have played for the Buccaneers. The other three were Gary Huff (1977-78), Casey Weldon (1993-96), and Brad Johnson (2001-04).

In 2015, Winston set the Buccaneers record for wins by a rookie quarterback with six.



EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

According to Ezekiel Elliott’s mom, last week was the first time in Elliott’s career one of his teams was shutout, including his high school career.

Among running backs with at least 200 rush attempts, Elliott’s 4.7 yards per carry is the fourth-highest in the league.

Elliott leads the NFL with 1,349 rushing yards. However, he is tied for the 17th-fewest rushing touchdowns with six.

Elliott’s 96.4 rushing yards per game are not only the most in the NFL, but they are seven full yards higher than Todd Gurley’s 89.4.

Elliott has three rushing touchdowns inside the 10-yard line.

Elliott gains 5.05 yards per carry on first down, the fifth-most among running backs with at least 100 first-down carries.

Elliott has gained seven first downs rushing on first down, tied with Matt Breida and Alvin Kamara for the seventh-most in the NFL.

Elliott gains 5.09 yards per touch on second down.

Elliott’s 30 second-down targets are the sixth-most in the NFL among running backs.

Elliott has 99 third-down rushing yards, the 10th-most in the NFL. Six running backs are ahead of him: Deshaun Watson (156), Cam Newton (152), Lamar Jackson (142), Mitch Trubisky (140), Marcus Mariota (114), and Blake Bortles (111).



JASON GARRETT FACTS (14)


This is the 30th week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett is 22-16 against coaches who have yet to qualify for the playoffs with a 10-12 record at home.

Garrett is 2-1 against Tampa Bay. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 6-0
Jimmy Johnson: 2-0
Wade Phillips: 2-0
Jason Garrett: 2-1
Bill Parcells: 1-1
Dave Campo: 0-2


Garrett’s 19-16 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:

Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 19-16
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 has a 7-8 record at home in December. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 32-18
Jimmy Johnson: 7-2
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Dave Campo: 3-3
Jason Garrett: 7-8
Barry Switzer: 3-4
Bill Parcells: 3-4
Wade Phillips: 1-3


Garrett is 6-11 against the NFC South with a 4-4 record at home.

Garrett’s 3-4 record against the NFC South at home is his second-best against other divisions in the conference sans the NFC East:
NFC North: 6-4
NFC South: 4-4
NFC West: 3-5

The Cowboys are tied with the Falcons for the 10th-fewest in the NFL with 88.

Dallas’ 88 penalties are tied for the 24th-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys’ 44.2 red zone conversion rate is the second-lowest in the NFL. The only other bottom-10 team that has a chance to clinch their respective division are the Texans, who are tied for sixth at 50 percent.

Garrett was once a member of the Buccaneers in the 2004 preseason.

Garrett is currently 36-33 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 17-19 at home without Romo under center.

Garrett is 21/41 on challenges for his career with a 2/5 record in 2018.


DIRK KOETTER FACTS (12)


Koetter joins John McKay, Ray Perkins, Sam Wyche, Tony Dungy, and Jon Gruden as the only Buccaneers coaches to own a 5-9 record.

Koetter has started only two quarterbacks in his three seasons as head coach. The last Buccaneers coach to do that through their first two seasons was Dungy, and he only started Trent Dilfer.

Koetter is 4-8 in December with a 1-5 record on the road.

Koetter is 12-18 in early afternoon games with a 4-13 record on the road.

Koetter is 2-5 in the Central Time Zone.

Koetter is 12-20 against playoff-winning head coaches.

Koetter is the seventh Tampa Bay head coach to have come from an offensive coaching background.

As an offensive coordinator, Koetter faced the Cowboys twice with Jacksonville (2010) and Atlanta (2012). His teams put up an average of 27 points.

The Buccaneers are tied with Washington for the fourth-most penalties in the NFL with 105.

Tampa Bay’s 105 penalties through the first 14 games are the 10th-most in team history.

Tampa Bay has the 14th-best red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 59.6 percent.

Koetter has a 3/9 career challenge overturn rate with a 1/5 record in 2018.



BROADCAST FACTS (10)

FOX will air its ninth game in the series between these two teams. Here is the Cowboys’ record broken down by network:
CBS: 8-0
FOX: 4-4
NFLN: 1-0
NBC: 1-0

Dallas is 132-122 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Cowboys are 5-3 on FOX in 2018. A win would ensure they finish with a winning record on the NFC broadcaster for the 14th time since 1994.

This week’s broadcast team is Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, who will call their third game in the series, tying the team of Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa for the most games in the series.

The last time the Buccaneers had FOX’s A-team was Sept. 23, 2012 when they played the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium and lost 16-10.

The Cowboys are 37-41 when Joe Buck does play-by-play for their games.

The Buccaneers are 9-9 when Buck calls their games, including playoffs.

Dallas is 43-47 when Troy Aikman does color commentary for their games.

Tampa Bay is 10-10 when Aikman does color commentary for their games, including playoffs.

This is the 13th early game in the series, the most in the series.



SHAWN HOCHULI FACTS (8)


This week’s referee is Shawn Hochuli, son of former arch-referee Ed Hochuli. While this is the first time the Cowboys will have Shawn, Dallas had a 20-13 record with his father, including playoffs.

This is the first time since Nov. 2, 2014 when the Cowboys hosted the Arizona Cardinals that they have had a rookie referee. Dallas lost 28-17.

Hochuli is tied for the seventh-highest home team winning percentage in the NFL:
John Hussey: .846
Carl Cheffers: .769
Tony Corrente: .750
Walt Coleman: .714
Alex Kemp: .692
Clay Martin: .692
SHAWN HOCHULI: .615
Craig Wrolstad: .615
John Parry: .615
Jerome Boger: .571
Pete Morelli: .538
Ron Torbert: .538
Bill Vinovich: .538
Brad Allen: .538
Walt Anderson: .538
Clete Blakeman: .385
Shawn Smith: .346


Hochuli is tied for the sixth-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Craig Wrolstad: .923
Pete Morelli: .692
Tony Corrente: .643
Bill Vinovich: .615
Walt Coleman: .571
SHAWN HOCHULI: .538
Brad Allen: .538
John Hussey: .538
Jerome Boger: .500
Shawn Smith: .462
Walt Anderson: .462
Clete Blakeman: .462
Alex Kemp: .385
John Parry: .385
Ron Torbert: .308
Clay Martin: .308
Carl Cheffers: .231


The Buccaneers have had Hochuli once already this season. On Oct. 21, the Cleveland Browns beat the Bucs 26-23 in overtime. Tampa Bay had fewer penalties: 8/65 to 14/114.


Hochuli’s games are right in the middle for sacks per game:
Cheffers: 6.6
Anderson: 5.7
Coleman: 5.6
Martin: 5.6
Allen: 5.5
Kemp: 5.5
Smith: 5.4
HOCHULI: 5.1
Hussey: 5.1
Vinovich: 5.1
Corrente: 4.9
Morelli: 4.9
Blakeman: 4.8
Torbert: 4.8
Wrolstad: 4.8
Parry: 3.9
Boger: 3.6



Hochuli’s crew calls the most offensive holding calls per game:
HOCHULI: 4.7
Cheffers: 3.4
Wrolstad: 3.3
Anderson: 3.2
Torbert: 3.0
Parry: 2.9
Boger: 2.9
Kemp: 2.7
Blakeman: 2.6
Morelli: 2.4
Smith: 2.3
Martin: 2.2
Corrente: 2.1
Allen: 2.0
Coleman: 1.9
Hussey: 1.6
Vinovich: 1.3


Hochuli is also right in the middle in terms of overturning calls after coaches’ challenges:
Allen: .800 (4/5)
Anderson: .692 (9/13)
Hussey: .556 (5/9)
Parry: .500 (4/8)
Cheffers: .500 (3/6)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Corrente: .455 (5/11)
Vinovich: .444 (4/9)
Hochuli: .400 (2/5)
Blakeman: .400 (2/5)
Torbert: .375 (3/8)
Wrolstad: .300 (3/10)
Martin: .286 (2/7)
Coleman: .286 (2/7)
Boger: .200 (2/10)
Smith: .167 (1/6)
Kemp: .167 (1/6)




MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (20)


Since the Cowboys’ last shutout on Nov. 16, 2003, the Buccaneers have been shutout four times (2005, 2006, 2009, 2012).

The Buccaneers have allowed opposing passers to compile a 111.1 passer rating, the absolute highest in the NFL.

Opposing passers have compiled a 96.3 passer rating, the 11th-highest in the NFL.

The Buccaneers defense allows 258.5 passing yards per game, the sixth-highest in the league.

The Dallas and Tampa Bay defenses are tied with the Titans for the seventh-fewest interceptions with eight.

The Buccaneers allow 4.8 yards per carry, tied with the Bengals, Dolphins, and Raiders for the seventh-most in the league.

Tampa Bay’s 17 rushing touchdowns allowed are tied with the Bengals and Chiefs for the third-most in the NFL.

Tampa Bay defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has the 13th-most sacks in the NFL with 11.5.

Pierre-Paul is tied with Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, Denver linebacker Von Miller, and Houston edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney for the ninth-most tackles for loss at 14.

Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans has the second-most receiving yards in the NFL at 1,328.

Evans’ 17.9 yards per catch is the third-highest in the NFL. Only teammate DeSean Jackson (18.8) and Josh Gordon (18.0) have higher catch rates.

Evans’ five receiving touchdowns are the 32nd-most in the league.

Evans is tied with Rams receiver Robert Woods for the 15th-most targets in the NFL with 120.

Dallas cornerback Byron Jones is tied for the eighth-most pass deflections with 13.

The Buccaneers are right in the middle with Detroit for sacks allowed with 37.

The Buccaneers have the fourth-highest yards per play at 6.3. However, they have the 13th-lowest percentage of drives ending in scores at 35.8.

Tampa Bay has the fifth-lowest rushing yards per game at 97.7.


The Cowboys are 2-3 on Dec. 23. Here are the results:

1972 – @SF, 30-28 – W
1973 – RAM, 27-16 – W
1990 – @PHI, 3-17 – L
2001 – @CRD, 10-17 – L
2012 – NO, 31-34 – L-OT


The Buccaneers are 1-5 on Dec. 23. Here are the results:

1990 – @CHI, 14-27 – L
1995 – DET, 10-37 – L
2001 – NO, 48-21 – W
2002 – PIT, 7-17 – L
2007 – @SF, 19-21 – L
2012 – RAM, 13-28 – L


The Cowboys have two birthdays to celebrate on Dec. 23:

1976 – Kris Brown, K, 2010
1978 – Dwayne Missouri, DE, 2001

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SERIES FACTS (7)

The Cowboys are 8-5 for the 13th time in club history. 7/12 of those teams made the playoffs with four of those teams having won the division.


Since 1990, when playoff formats were last realigned, 81/120 teams that started 8-5 made the playoffs with 35/81 of those teams having won the division.


The Colts are 7-6 for the 10th time in franchise history. 2/9 of those teams made the playoffs with only the 2013 team having won the division.


Since 1990, 42/117 teams that started 7-6 made the playoffs with 11/42 teams having won the division.

The Cowboys are 10-6 against the Colts with a 4-4 record in road and neutral site games. Here is the breakdown of road and neutral site games by venue:

Memorial Stadium: 2-1
Orange Bowl: 0-1
RCA Dome/Hoosier Dome: 1-2
Lucas Oil Stadium: 1-0


The Cowboys are 4-1 against the Colts in December with a 2-1 record on the road.

December is the second-most common month for the Cowboys and Colts to meet. Only October possesses more encounters with seven.



DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Prescott’s 1.7 interception percentage is tied for the sixth-lowest in the league.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott has thrown the second-fewest touchdowns in the NFL with 17.

Prescott has the ninth-highest completion percentage in the NFL at 68.2 percent.

Prescott is tied with Derek Carr and Aaron Rodgers for the 17th-highest yards per attempt in the league at 7.5.

Prescott is tied for the eighth-lowest yards per completion in the NFL at 11.0.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott’s 240.8 passing yards per game are the second-fewest in the league.

Though Prescott is the most-sacked quarterback in the NFL with 48 drop downs, he is actually not the most-sacked by percentage. That belongs to Marcus Mariota: 11.6 to Prescott’s 10.3.

Prescott is tied for the third-most interceptions inside the 10-yard line with one.

Prescott, Josh Allen, and Drew Brees lead the NFL in red zone rushing touchdowns for quarterbacks with five.

Prescott running the ball accounts for 37.5 percent of the Cowboys’ rushing attack inside the 10-yard line.


ANDREW LUCK FACTS (10)

Luck has attempted the second-most passes in the NFL with 530.

Luck has thrown the second-most touchdowns with 34.

Luck is tied with Ben Roethlisberger for the second-most interceptions with 13.

Luck is tied with Kirk Cousins for the 10th-lowest yards per pass attempt in the NFL at 7.1.

Luck’s 10.5 yards per completion is the third-lowest in the NFL.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Luck’s 16 sacks are the second-fewest in the NFL.

Luck’s 28 passing touchdowns in the red zone are the second-most in the NFL.

Along with Philip Rivers and Tom Brady, Luck has thrown 36 passes inside the 10-yard line, the sixth-most in the league.

Luck is tied with Rivers and Roethilsberger for the second-most third down interceptions with five.

Luck has converted the most third downs through the air with 67 first downs.


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

Elliott leads the NFL with 333 touches.

Elliott leads the NFL with 1,764 scrimmage yards.

Among scrimmage yard gainers of at least 1,500 yards (four qualifiers), Elliott has the fewest total touchdowns with nine.

Among players with at least 200 touches, Elliott’s 5.3 yards per touch is the seventh-highest in the NFL.

Among rushers with at least 200 carries, Elliott’s 4.7 yards per carry is the third-highest in the NFL.

Elliott’s 97.1 rushing yards per game is the highest in the NFL.

Among rushers with at least 200 carries (six qualifiers), Elliott’s six rushing touchdowns are the lowest.

Among backs with at least 100 first-down carries, Elliott’s 5.1 yards per carry is the fourth-highest in the NFL.

Elliott has converted 21 first downs into first downs, the sixth-most in the league.

Elliott has taken the most first-down carries in the NFL with 151. He also has the most first-down rushing yards with 771.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (13)


This is the 29th week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett is 18-13 against the AFC with a 7-8 record on the road.

Garrett is 6-2 against the AFC South with a 3-1 record on the road.

Garrett’s 6-2 record against the AFC South is his second-best against another division in the other conference:
AFC North: 7-1
AFC South: 6-2
AFC East: 3-5
AFC West: 2-5


Garrett’s 19-15 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:

Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 19-15
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 12-7 on the road in December. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Landry: 28-22-1
Garrett: 12-7
Johnson: 6-5
Parcells: 5-5
Phillips: 4-4
Switzer: 4-4
Campo: 1-6
Gailey: 0-4

Garrett is 12-12 against rookie head coaches with a 7-4 record on the road.

The Cowboys have committed 79 penalties, tied with the Los Angeles Rams for the eighth-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys’ 79 penalties are tied with the 1983 and 1990 teams for the 20th-fewest in team history.

The Cowboys are the third-worst team in the red zone with a 46.3 percent conversion rate.

Garrett is 21/41 on challenges for his career with a 2/5 record in 2018.

Garrett is currently 36-32 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 19-13 on the road without Romo under center.



FRANK REICH FACTS (10)


Reich is the 12th Colts head coach to have faced the Cowboys. If he defeats them, he will join Weeb Ewbank, Don Shula, Don McCafferty, Lindy Infante, Jim Mora, Sr., and Tony Dungy as the only coaches to have defeated the Dallas in their first try a Colts head coach.

Reich is 3-4 against playoff-winning coaches with a 1-1 record at home.

Reich is 1/4 current NFL coaches who was a NFL quarterback.

Reich is the first Super Bowl-winning offensive coordinator to get a NFL head coaching job the next season since Mike Martz when he took over for Dick Vermeil with the St. Louis Rams.

Reich is 1/3 of the 2018 class of coaches to have inherited a playoff-winning quarterback.

The Colts’ 96 penalties are tied with the Cleveland Browns for the sixth-most in the NFL.

The Colts’ 96 penalties are the third-most in franchise history.

The Colts have the seventh-highest red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 68.0 percent.

Reich is 2/4 on challenges.

The only live action Reich saw against the Cowboys in his 13 seasons in the NFL was Super Bowl XXVII when he filled in for an injured Jim Kelly and completed 18 passes on 31 attempts for 194 yards, a touchdown, two interceptions, and took two sacks.


BROADCAST FACTS (9)

This will be the fourth time in the series FOX will broadcast a game, tying them with NBC for the second-most in the series:
CBS: 8
NBC: 4
FOX: 3
ABC: 1

This is the 10th early game in the series, including Super Bowl V.

Dallas is 132-121 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

This week’s broadcast team is Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis, making them the 18th different broadcast team in the series.

Dallas is 23-18 when Burkhardt calls their games.

Indianapolis is 2-0 when Burkhardt calls their games.

The Cowboys are 5-0 when Davis does color commentary for their games.

The Colts are 1-0 when Davis does color commentary for their games.

The Colts and Cowboys are 2/15 franchises to have Super Bowls on CBS.



CARL CHEFFERS FACTS (11)


This week’s referee is Carl Cheffers. The Cowboys are 5-3 when he referees their games. Here are the results:


2009 – Raiders, 24-7 – W 2010 – @Texans, 27-13 – W 2010 – DET, 35-19 – W
2013 – Rams, 31-7 – W
2015 – SEA, 12-13 – L
2016 – @NYG, 7-10 – L
2017 – NYG, 19-3 – W
2018 – @SEA, 13-24 – L
 
Dallas has had fewer penalties than the opposition 5/8 times with Cheffers:
2009 – Raiders: 7/70; DAL: 6/48
2010 – @Texans: 5/32; DAL: 8/49
2010 – DET: 10/76; DAL: 6/39
2013 – Rams: 5/41; DAL: 6/52
2015 – SEA: 5/40; DAL: 5/40
2016 – NYG: 7/50; DAL: 5/54
2017 – NYG: 6/55; DAL: 5/50
2018 – SEA: 10/67; DAL: 7/55


Cheffers is tied for the third-highest home team winning percentage:
John Hussey: .833
Tony Corrente: .846
Carl Cheffers: .750
Clay Martin: .750
Walt Coleman: .692
Shawn Hochuli: .667
Alex Kemp: .667
Craig Wrolstad: .615
Walt Anderson: .583
Jerome Boger: .538
John Parry: .583
Bill Vinovich: .583
Brad Allen: .583
Pete Morelli: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Clete Blakeman: .417
Shawn Smith: .292


Cheffers has the absolute lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Craig Wrolstad: .923
Pete Morelli: .667
Tony Corrente: .615
Brad Allen: .583
Shawn Hochuli: .583
Bill Vinovich: .583
Walt Coleman: .539
John Hussey: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Clete Blakeman: .500
Jerome Boger: .462
Alex Kemp: .417
Shawn Smith: .417
John Parry: .333
Ron Torbert: .333
Clay Martin: .333
Carl Cheffers: .167


The Colts have a 7-6 record in Cheffers’ games:
2008 – HTX, 33-27 – W
2009 – @RAM, 42-6 – W
2009* – RAV, 20-3 – W
2010 – @PHI, 24-26 – L
2011 – KC, 24-28 – L
2012 – CLE, 17-13 – W
2013 – DEN, 39-33 – W
2014 – @NYG, 40-24 – W
2014* – CIN, 26-10 – W
2015 – NO, 21-27 – L
2015 – @JAX, 16-51 – L
2017 – CRD, 13-16 – L-OT
2018 – HTX, 34-37 – L-OT

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Indianapolis has had fewer penalties than the opposition 6/13 times:
2008 – HTX: 3/25; CLT: 6/45
2008 – RAM: 5/73; CLT: 6/51
2009* – RAV: 7/64; CLT: 4/25
2010 – PHI: 14/125; CLT: 7/59
2011 – KC: 5/39; CLT: 4/40
2012 – CLE: 9/75; CLT: 7/50
2013 – DEN: 12/103; CLT: 6/52
2014 – NYG: 4/30; CLT: 4/30
2014* – CIN: 6/45; CLT: 9/66
2015 – NO: 12/100; 7/42
2015 – JAX: 5/40; CLT: 8/85
2017 – CRD: 6/41; CLT: 8/70
2018 – HTX: 10/84; CLT: 10/85

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Cheffers’ games this season feature the highest sacks on average:
Cheffers: 6.9
Martin: 5.8
Allen: 5.7
Anderson: 5.6
Kemp: 5.4
Coleman: 5.2
Hochuli: 5.2
Smith: 5.1
Hussey: 5.0
Torbert: 4.9
Wrolstad: 4.8
Corrente: 4.8
Morelli: 4.8
Vinovich: 4.6
Blakeman: 4.5
Parry: 4.0
Boger: 3.8


Cheffers is tied for the fourth-highest offensive holds per game on average:
Hochuli: 4.8
Wrolstad: 3.3
Anderson: 3.3
Cheffers: 3.1
Torbert: 3.1
Boger: 2.8
Kemp: 2.8
Parry: 2.8
Blakeman: 2.7
Smith: 2.3
Martin: 2.3
Morelli: 2.0
Allen: 2.0
Coleman: 1.8
Corrente: 1.8
Hussey: 1.6
Vinovich: 0.9


Dallas has not challenged Cheffers’ calls. However, opponents are 2/2. Replay Assistant is 1/2 on its challenges with one of those benefiting the Cowboys.

The Colts are 6/7 on challenging Cheffers’ calls with opponents succeeding 1/6 times. Replay Assistant is 1/6 with three of those decisions benefiting Indianapolis.


Cheffers is tied for the fifth-highest overturn rate on coach’s challenges this season:
Allen: .800 (4/5)
Anderson: .667 (8/12)
Parry: .571 (4/7)
Hussey: .556 (5/9)
Cheffers: .500 (3/6)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Blakeman: .400 (2/5)
Torbert: .375 (3/8)
Vinovich: .375 (3/8)
Corrente: .375 (3/8)
Hochuli: .333 (1/3)
Wrolstad: .300 (3/10)
Coleman: .286 (2/7)
Boger: .222 (2/9)
Kemp: .167 (1/6)
Martin: .167 (1/6)
Smith: .167 (1/6)




MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (20)

Opposing quarterbacks have compiled a 97.6 passer rating against the Colts defense, the 10th-highest in the NFL. Right below them are the Cowboys at 97.3.

The Colts and Cowboys defenses are tied for the 12th-most sacks in the NFL with 35.

The Colts defense is tied with the Ravens for the fifth-fewest yards per carry at 3.8.

The Dallas defense is tied with the Texans and Saints for the fewest yards per carry in the NFL at 3.6.

The Indianapolis defense gives up 102.9 rushing yards per game, the eighth-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys defense gives up 18.9 points per game, the second-fewest in the league.

The Indianapolis defense has a 54.1 red zone conversion rate, the 10th-lowest in the league.

The Dallas defense has produced eight interceptions, tied with the Eagles and Buccaneers for the eighth-fewest in the NFL.

The Colts defense has a 41.9 third down conversion rate, the sixth-highest in the league. Right below them are the Cowboys at 41.0.

Indianapolis linebacker Darius Leonard leads the NFL with 135 combined tackles.

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

Dallas cornerback Byron Jones is tied for the ninth-most pass deflections in the NFL with 12.

Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton averages 89.6 yards per game, the eighth-most in the NFL.

Indianapolis tight end Eric Ebron has 126 receiving yards in the red zone, the second-most in the NFL.

Ebron has caught 10 touchdown passes in the red zone, the second-most in the NFL.

Ebron’s 20 targets in the red zone are the second-most behind Travis Kelce’s 23.

Colts running back Marlon Mack has twice as many rushing touchdowns inside the 10-yard line than Ezekiel Elliott with four.

The Cowboys are 5-5 on Dec. 16. Here are the results:

1962 – NYG, 31-41 – L
1967 – @SF, 16-24 – L
1973 – @CRD, 30-3 – W
1979 – WAS, 35-34 – W
1989 – @NYG, 0-15 – L
1990 – CRD, 41-10 – W
2001 – @SEA, 3-29 – L
2006 – @ATL, 38-28 – W
2007 – PHI, 6-10 – L
2012 – PIT, 27-24 – W-OT


The Colts are 7-4 on Dec. 16. Here are the results:

1956 – @SF, 17-30 – L
1961 – @SF, 27-24 – W
1962 – MIN, 42-17 – W
1972 – @MIA, 0-16 – L
1973 – NE, 18-13 – W
1979 – @NYG, 31-7 – W
1984 – @NE, 10-16 – L
1990 – @NYJ, 29-21 – W
2001 – ATL, 41-27 – W
2007 – @RAI, 21-14 – W
2012 – @HTX, 17-29 – L


The Cowboys have five birthdays to celebrate on Dec. 16:

1936 – Jackie Burkett, LB, 1968-69
1951 – Jean Fugett, TE, 1972-75
1960 – Scott McLean, LB, 1983
1962 – Bob Otto, DE, 1986
1979 – Jeff Grau, C, 2002