By: Mark Lane

Jaguars at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (17)

This is the 13th time in club history the Cowboys have started 2-3. Only 1/12 of those previous teams made the playoffs, and coincidentally they won the NFC East: 1996.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, only 50/233 teams that started 2-3 made the postseason.

In the history of the NFC East (which was founded in 1970), there have been 62 teams that started 2-3. 12/62 of those teams made the playoffs. 7/12 of those teams won the division.

This is the third time in franchise history the Jaguars have started 3-2. The other two teams in 2005 and 2017 made the playoffs.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last reformatted, 120/238 teams that started 3-2 made the playoffs.

The Cowboys are 3-3 against the Jaguars with a 2-2 record at home.

The Cowboys are 1-2 against the Jaguars in October with every game played in Dallas. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Texas Stadium: 1-1
AT&T Stadium: 0-1

Since 2002, the Cowboys are 11-5 against the AFC South with a 6-2 record at home.

Among AFC South opponents, since 2002, the Cowboys’ 2-2 record against the Jaguars is actually the worst against opponents from that division:
Colts: 3-1
Titans: 3-1
Texans: 3-2
Jaguars: 2-2

The Jaguars are 22-43 in the Central Time Zone, including playoffs.

The Jaguars are 9-13 in the state of Texas.

The Cowboys are 127-109-2 in October with a 73-40-1 record at home.

Jacksonville is 36-56 in October with a 17-32 record on the road.

Since 1970, the Cowboys are 162-119 in late afternoon games with a 103-56 record at home.

Jacksonville is 31-42 in late afternoon games with a 13-31 record on the road.

The Cowboys are 4-5 in October “sun games” in AT&T Stadium.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (12)

Prescott has the third-most “time to throw,” according to Next Gen Stats, at 3.02 seconds.

Prescott’s “average yard to sticks,” according to Next Gen Stats, is minus-1.1 yards, meaning his passes are a little over a yard behind the line to gain.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott has the 14th-lowest “completed air yards” in the league at 5.6.

Prescott’s 81.4 passer rating is the third-worst among quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Prescott’s four interceptions are actually tied for the ninth-fewest among quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Prescott’s 3.5 touchdown percentage is the fourth-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game this year.

Prescott’s 6.7 yards per pass attempt is the second-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018.

Prescott’s 10.8 yards per completion is the fifth-worst among quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Prescott’s 192.2 passing yards per game is the absolute lowest in the NFL among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018.

Prescott is tied with Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan for the fifth-most sacks in the NFL with 15.

Prescott is tied for the sixth-most red zone interceptions in the NFL with one.

Prescott and Bortles have exactly two carries for 17 yards inside the red zone this season.


BLAKE BORTLES FACTS FACTS (12)

Bortles has the ninth-most completions in the NFL with 130.

Bortles has the sixth-most pass attempts in the NFL with 211.

Bortles has the fourth-worst passer rating among quarterbacks who have started every game at 82.4.

Bortles has thrown seven interceptions this season, tied for the second-most in the NFL.

Bortles’ 3.8 touchdown percentage is the fifth-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game this year.

Bortles’ 7.2 yards per pass is tied for the sixth-fewest in the NFL among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018.

Bortles’ 11.7 yards per completion is tied for the 12th-lowest in the NFL among quarterbacks who have started every game this year.

Bortles’ 305.0 passing yards per game is the 10th-most in the league among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018.

Bortles is tied with Derek Carr, Jared Goff, and Ben Roethlisberger for the second-most red zone interceptions with two.

Bortles is 1/8 quarterbacks this season to have thrown an interception inside the 10-yard line.

Bortles has the 13th-most “time to throw,” according to Next Gen Stats, with 2.8 seconds.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game this season, according to Next Gen Stats, Bortles is tied for the 12th-lowest “completed air yards” in the NFL at 5.6.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (15)

Garrett is 1-0 against the Jaguars. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches:
Jason Garret: 1-0
Barry Switzer: 1-0
Dave Campo: 1-1
Wade Phillips: 0-1
Bill Parcells: 0-1

The Jaguars were the 31st team that Garrett faced back on Nov. 9, 2014 at Wembley Stadium.

Garrett is 33-36 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 17-15 record at home and is currently on a four-game losing streak.

Garrett is 5-1 against the AFC South with a 2-0 record at home.

Garrett’s 2-0 home record against the AFC South is his second-best against any AFC division:
AFC North: 4-0
AFC South: 2-0
AFC West: 2-2
AFC East: 2-2

Garrett is 13-15 in October with a 6-8 record at home.

Garrett is 22-25 in late afternoon games with a 9-15 record at home.

The Cowboys are tied with the New Orleans Saints for the 12th-fewest penalties in the NFL with 32.

The Cowboys’ 32 penalties through the first five games are tied for the 27th-fewest in club history.

The Cowboys are tied for the fewest red zone penalties in the NFL with just one.

Garrett is 20/39 on challenges for his career.

Garrett is 1/3 on challenges this season.

Garrett is currently 30-30 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 13-18 at home without Romo under center.

Garrett and Doug Marrone were teammates on the ’89 Saints.


DOUG MARRONE FACTS (13)

Marrone and Garrett are the only two active head coaches in the league who were promoted from interim coaches.

Marrone will be the fourth different Jacksonville coach to face the Cowboys. Here is how the other coaches fared in initial encounters:
Tom Coughlin: 0-1
Jack Del Rio: 1-0
Gus Bradley: 0-1

Marrone is the only Jaguars coach to ever lead the team to the playoffs in his first season.

Marrone is 7-6 against the NFC with a 3-4 record on the road.

Marrone is 1-0 against the NFC East.

Marrone is 6-7 in October with a with a 5-4 record on the road.

Marrone is 2-9 in late afternoon games with a 0-7 record on the road.

Marrone is 2-3 in the Central Time Zone with all of those games being early.

The Jaguars have the fifth-most penalties in the NFL with 40.

The Jaguars’ 40 penalties are tied for the fourth-most in franchise history through the first give games.

Jacksonville is tied for the fourth-fewest red zone penalties in the NFL with two.

Marrone is 13/23 on challenges in his career.

Marrone is 1/2 on challenges in 2018.


TONY CORRENTE (12)


This week’s referee is Tony Corrente. The Cowboys are 7-7 when he referees their games:

2000 — MIN, 15-27 – L
2001 — @SEA, 3-29 – L
2004 — NO, 13-27 – L
2005 — Rams, 10-20 – L
2006 — WAS, 27-10 – W
2009 — CAR, 21-7 – W
2010 — @WAS, 7-13 – L
2010 — @PHI, 14-13 – W
2013 — NYG, 36-31 – W
2014 — WAS, 17-20 – L-OT
2015 — @PHI, 20-10 – W
2016 — CIN, 28-14 – W
2016 — @MIN, 17-15 – W
2016* — GB, 31-34 – L

*Playoff game


Since 2000, the Cowboys have had fewer penalties than their opponents 4/14 times. Here is the breakdown:

2000 — MIN: 4/21; DAL: 5/45
2001 — SEA: 0/0; DAL: 6/70
2004 — NO: 9/136; DAL: 11/76
2005 — Rams: 7/40; DAL: 10/78
2006 — WAS: 11/117; DAL: 9/90
2009 — CAR: 6/60; DAL: 9/80
2010 — WAS: 5/42; DAL: 12/81
2010 — PHI: 4/40; DAL: 6/45
2013NYG: 6/52; DAL: 5/40
2014WAS: 6/45; DAL: 3/35
2015
— PHI: 8/60; DAL: 18/142
2016 — CIN: 6/49; DAL: 7/45
2016 — MIN: 8/57; DAL: 10/78
2016* — GB: 3/22; DAL: 6/50

*Playoff game



Corrente has the eighth-lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL through five weeks:
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
Clay Martin: .800
John Hussey: .800
Carl Cheffers: .800
Alex Kemp: .750
Brad Allen: .750
Walt Anderson: .750
John Parry: .750
Ron Torbert: .750
Tony Corrente: .700
Bill Vinovich: .600
Craig Wrolstad: .600
Jerome Boger: .600
Walt Coleman: .400
Pete Morelli: .400
Clete Blakeman: .250
Shawn Smith: .125


Corrente is tied with Craig Wrolstad for the highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Tony Corrente: 1.000
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Bill Vinovich: .800
Pete Morelli: .800
Walt Anderson: .750
Shawn Hochuli: .600
Jerome Boger: .600
John Hussey: .600
Alex Kemp: .500
John Parry: .250
Brad Allen: .250
Ron Torbert: .250
Shawn Smith: .250
Clay Martin: .200
Carl Cheffers: .200
Walt Coleman: .200
Clete Blakeman: .000



The Jaguars have a 10-11 record when Corrente referees their games:

1999 – CLE, 24-7 – W
2001 – @SEA, 15-24 – L
2001 – @CIN, 14-10 – W
2003 – @HTX, 20-24 – L
2003 – TB, 17-10 – W
2004 – @SDG, 21-34 – L
2004 – @RAI, 13-6 – W
2005 – @HTX, 38-20 – W
2006 – NYJ, 41-0 – W
2006 – @KC, 30-35 – L
2007 – ATL, 13-7 – W
2007 – @HTX, 28-42 – L
2008 – @OTI, 10-17 – L
2009 – @CLT, 12-14 – L
2013 – @RAM, 20-34 – L
2013 – HTX, 27-20 – W
2014 – CLE, 24-6 – W
2014 – @RAV, 12-20 – L
2016 – @BUF, 21-28 – L
2017 – @HTX, 29-7 – W
2017 – @OTI, 10-15 – L


The Jaguars have had fewer penalties than the opposition 9/21 times with Corrente:

1999 – CLE: 6/55; JAX: 7/55
2001 – SEA: 7/60; JAX: 4/24
2001 – CIN: 7/54; JAX: 7/40
2003 – HTX: 4/43; JAX: 9/48
2003 – TB: 7/80; JAX: 5/48
2004 – SDG: 4/44; JAX: 5/33
2004 – RAI: 8/72; JAX: 7/87
2005 – HTX: 7/40; JAX: 6/50
2006 – NYJ: 6/59; JAX: 9/62
2006 – KC: 5/32; JAX: 5/35
2007 – ATL: 5/44; JAX: 11/91
2007 – HTX: 3/20; JAX: 8/45
2008 – OTI: 5/36; JAX: 6/50
2009 – CLT: 3/17; JAX: 3/24
2013 – RAM: 6/53; JAX: 4/45
2013 – HTX: 14/177; JAX: 8/57
2014 – CLE: 8/50; JAX: 3/25
2014 – RAV: 9/70; JAX: 5/60
2016 – BUF: 6/31; JAX: 6/60
2017 – HTX: 9/94; JAX: 10/89
2017 – OTI: 2/15; JAX: 6/41



Corrente’s games feature the sixth-fewest sacks per game:
Smith: 7
Cheffers: 6.6
Martin: 6.4
Allen: 6.3
Coleman: 6
Hochuli: 5.6
Anderson: 5.5
Morelli: 4.6
Vinovich: 4.6
Kemp: 4.5
Hussey: 4.2
Corrente: 4.2
Parry: 4
Wrolstad: 4
Torbert: 3.8
Boger: 3.2
Blakeman: 3



Corrente’s crew calls the seventh-most offensive holding calls per game through five weeks:
Wrolstad: 3.8
Hochuli: 3.6
Anderson: 3.5
Torbert: 3.5
Kemp: 3
Smith: 2.8
Corrente: 2.6
Martin: 2.6
Blakeman: 2.3
Cheffers: 2.2
Morelli: 2.2
Hussey: 2
Boger: 2
Parry: 2
Coleman: 1.6
Allen: 1.3
Vinovich: 0.8



When Corrente has officiated Cowboys games, the Cowboys are 1/5 on coaches challenges compared to opponents being 2/2. However, while Replay Assistant is also 0/4, all of those calls benefited Dallas.


The Jaguars are 3/6 when challenging Corrente with the opposition going 5/11. Replay assistant is 3/11 with five of those calls benefiting the Jaguars.


Corrente is tied for the lowest overturn rate in the NFL through five weeks:
Blakeman: 1.000 (1/1)
Hochuli: 1.000 (1/1)
Parry: 1.000 (1/1)
Hussey: .800 (4/5)
Cheffers: .600 (3/5)
Anderson: .500 (1/2)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Martin: .400 (2/5)
Boger: .400 (2/5)
Vinovich: .333 (1/3)
Torbert: .250 (1/4)
Wrolstad: .200 (1/5)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Kemp: .000 (0/2)
Allen: .000 (0/1)
Coleman: .000 (0/2)
Corrente: .000 (0/3)


In the 2011 season, Corrente underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments to treat his throat cancer. Corrente only missed Weeks 13-15 of the season.




BROADCAST FACTS (12)

This is the fourth game in the series to be broadcast on CBS. Here is the breakdown by network:
CBS: 3
FOX: 2
NBC: 1

Since CBS took over the AFC package, the Dallas Cowboys are 23-14 on that network. Overall, the Cowboys are 290-191-6 on CBS.

The Jaguars have a 112-149 all-time record on CBS.

This is the fifth time in the series that a game has drawn a network’s A-team.

The Cowboys are 19-11 when Nantz calls their games, playoffs included.

Jacksonville is 6-5 when Nantz calls their games, including playoffs.

Dallas is 1-1 when Romo calls the action.

The Jaguars are 3-2 when Romo calls their games.

Nantz is the only play-by-play to call multiple games in the series with two, making him the leader in games called.

Romo is the seventh different color commentator in this series.

Romo is 1/10 ex-Cowboys to call Dallas games on television. The other nine are John Roach, Eddie LeBaron, Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Daryl Johnston, Brian Baldinger, Troy Aikman, Deion Sanders, and Charles Davis.

This is the 12th late afternoon game on CBS to be broadcast from AT&T Stadium. Dallas holds a 7-5 in such games.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (8)

Ezekiel Elliott is tied for the fifth-most rushing yards inside the 5-yard line with six, but he has the fewest touchdowns with one.

Elliott is still the league-leader in rushing yards with 480. 3/5 of the top-5 rushers are on losing teams.

Elliott has the second-fewest rushing touchdowns among the top-10 rushers this season. Only San Francisco’s Matt Breida has fewer with one.

With a minimum of 60 attempts, Elliott has the highest yards per carry in the NFL at 5.2.

Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon is tied for the ninth-most receiving touchdowns in the NFL with three.

The Cowboys are 2-5 on Oct. 14. Here are the results:
1962 – PHI, 41-19 – W
1973 – @RAM, 31-37 – L
1979 – RAM, 30-6 – W
1984 – @WAS, 14-34 – L
1990 – @CRD, 3-20 – L
2007 – NE, 27-48 – L
2012 – @RAV, 29-31 – L



The Jaguars have played one game on Oct. 14, a 37-17 win over the Houston Texans at home.


The Cowboys have birthdays to celebrate on Oct. 14:

1943 – Lance Rentzel, WR, 1967-70
1964 – Paul Palmer, RB, 1989
1983 – Brandon Weeden, QB, 2014-15
1986 – Manuel Johnson, WR, 2010

Lions at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (10)

In all-time meetings, the Lions are actually the team out of the NFC North the Cowboys have had the second-fewest encounters with at 27. The Bears and the Cowboys have met fewer times at 26.

This is the 11th time in team history the Cowboys have started 1-2. 3/10 of those previous teams made the playoffs (1991, 1993, 1996).

This is the 20th time the Lions have started 1-2. 3/19 of those previous teams qualified for the postseason.

Since 1990 when playoff formats were last revised, 71/294 teams that started 1-2 made the playoffs.

Detroit is 4-10 in Dallas. Here are the results broken down by venue:

Cotton Bowl: 0-3
Texas Stadium: 2-4
AT&T Stadium: 2-3

The Lions are 10-11 against the NFC East in September with a 3-5 record on the road.

The Cowboys are 2-2 against the Lions in September with a 1-1 record at home.

Since 1940, the Lions are 80-181-8 in games in the Central Time Zone with a 16-33-3 record in September.

Since 1970, the Cowboys have a 68-39 record in early afternoon home games with an 8-9 mark in September.

A win over the Lions would mark the second time in the history of AT&T Stadium the Cowboys started off the season with a
winning streak at home.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (17)

Prescott has the third-most time to throw, according to Next Gen Stats, with 2.99 seconds.

Prescott is tied for the sixth-worst “yards to the sticks,” according to Next Gen Stats, at minus-2.4 yards.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3, Prescott is tied with Tyrod Taylor for the lowest yards per pass attempt on third down at 4.2.

Prescott has the fifth-worst completion differential in the NFL, according to Next Gen Stats, at minus-4.5.

Prescott has a 74.9 passer rating through the first three games. In 2016, it was 93.3 and in 2017 it was 88.9.

Prescott’s 5.66 yards per pass attempt is tied with Troy Aikman in 1990 for the lowest through the first three games of a season.

Prescott’s yards per pass attempt is tied for the third-lowest among starting quarterbacks who have played every game through Week 3.

Prescott’s 9.2 yards per completion is the third-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.

Prescott’s 166.0 passing yards per game are the third-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 3.

Prescott’s 74.9 passer rating is the fourth-worst among starting quarterbacks who have played every game since Week 3.

Prescott’s 11 sacks through the first three games are the fourth-most in franchise history since 1982, when sacks became an official stat.

Though baffling, Prescott’s 11 sacks are tied with Josh Allen for just the fifth-most in the NFL through Week 3.

Prescott is tied with Ryan Tannehill for the seventh-most yards in the NFL lost due to sacks with 63.

Prescott’s two passing touchdowns are tied with Tyrod Taylor, Mitch Trubisky, Sam Bradford, and Derek Carr for the fewest among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.

Though Prescott is criticized for his paltry passing yards through three games, his 64-yard touchdown pass to receiver Tavon Austin is the 11th-longest pass in the NFL through Week 3.

Prescott has the seventh-lowest passer rating on third down at 64.8 among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.

Prescott has converted four third downs through the air, the lowest amon
g quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.



MATT STAFFORD FACTS (16)

Stafford’s 135 passes through the first three games are the most of his career.

Stafford’s 135 passes are the third-most in the NFL through the first three games.

Stafford’s 88 completions are the most of his career through the first three games.

Stafford’s 88 completions are the fourth-most in the NFL through the first three games.

Stafford has thrown for the 10th-most passing yards through the first three weeks with 895.

Stafford’s 895 passing yards through the first three games are the fourth-best for his career.

Stafford’s five interceptions are tied with 2009 and 2015 for the most of his career through the first three games.

Stafford’s five interceptions are tied for the most in the NFL through the first three games.

Stafford has thrown three interceptions on third down, the most in the NFL.

Stafford’s 83.4 passer rating is the seventh-worst among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.

Stafford’s three sacks through the first three games are the third-fewest of his career.

Stafford’s three sacks are the fewest among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.

Stafford’s 83.4 passer rating is the third-worst of his career through the first three games to start a season.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3, Stafford has the third-lowest passer rating on third down at 50.5.

Stafford is tied for the fourth-most most third-down conversions through the a
ir with 14.

According t
o Next Gen Stats, Stafford’s throws are 0.7 yards behind the sticks.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)


Garrett is 3-2 against the Lions. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 7-4
Bill Parcells: 3-1
Jason Garrett: 3-2
Wade Phillips: 1-0
Jimmy Johnson: 1-2
Barry Switzer: 0-1
Dave Campo: 0-2


Garrett is 16-10 in September with a 9-3 record at home.

Garrett has a 24-12 record in early afternoon games with a 10-7 record at home.

The first early afternoon game of Garrett’s career was against the Lions on Nov. 21, 2010, a 35-19 win at AT&T Stadium.

Including playoffs, Garrett is 8-9 against the NFC North with a 5-6 record at home.

Garrett’s 8-9 record against the NFC North at home is the best compared to the other NFC divisions sans the East:
NFC North: 5-6
NFC South: 3-4
NFC West: 3-5

Garrett is 11-11 against rookie head coaches with a 4-7 record at home.

Garrett is currently 29-29 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 13-18 at home without Romo under center.

Garrett and Matt Patricia are part of the Bill Belichick coaching tree. Garrett would be a
“grandson” through Nick Saban when Garrett was on his staff with the Miami Dolphins from 2005-06 while Patricia would be a “son.”


MATT PATRICIA FACTS (10)

A victory over the Cowboys would join Patricia with George Wilson, Monte Clark, Darryl Rogers, Marty Mornhinweg, and Rod Marinelli to defeat the Cowboys on his first try.

With a 1-2 record, Patricia joins Monte Clark, Steve Mariucci, and Jim Schwartz as the only Lions coaches to have started their first season in Detroit with that record.

The Lions are tied for the sixth-fewest penalties in the NFL with 19.

Since 1940, the Lions’ 19 penalties are tied for the 30th-fewest in franchise history through the first three games.

Patricia is 1/2 on challenges this season, making him the only rookie head coach this season to have won a challenge.

Patricia is the eighth former Bill Belichick assistant to become a head coach in the NFL.

Patricia, Josh McDaniels, and Bill O’Brien are the only Belichick assistants who spent all of their NFL coaching years with Belichick before becoming head coaches.

Patricia is the only Belichick assistant to get his first career win against Belichick.

Among Belichick assistants that have become head coaches, defensive coordinator has been the most proficient in producing head coaches with four: Nick Saban, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Matt Patricia.

Patricia is the first Su
per Bowl-winning defensive coordinator to get a head coaching gig since Dan Quinn, who was the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl XLVIII.


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

This week’s broadcast team is Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis, making them the 21st different announcing team to call a game in this series on television.

Dallas is 21-18 when Burkhardt calls their games.

Burkhardt was the inaugural play-by-play announcer for Compass Media Networks “America’s Team Radio Network,” that was auxiliary to the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network broadcasts, from 2011-12. Burkhardt’s partner was ex-Cowboy quarterback Danny White, who still does color for Compass.

The Lions are 0-1 when Burkhardt calls their games, a 34-20 loss on the snowy gridiron of Lincoln Financial Field against the Eagles on Dec. 8, 2013.

Dallas is 3-0 when Davis does color commentary for their games.

Davis 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, and Tony Romo.

Detroit is 4-2 when Davis does color co
mmentary for their games.

Dallas is 127-121 all-time on FOX.

Detroit is 116-194 all-time on FOX.

This is the fifth late afternoon game in the series, including playoffs.


WALT COLEMAN FACTS (13)


This week’s referee is Walt Coleman. The Cowboys are 10-11 when Coleman referees their games. Here are the results:

1996 – @Cardinals, 10-6 – W
1997 – WAS, 17-14 – W
1998 – @NYG, 31-7 – W
1998 – WAS, 23-7 – W
1999 – @WAS, 41-35 – W-OT
1999* – @MIN, 17-27 – L
2002 – @DET, 7-9 – L
2002 – @NYG, 7-37 – L
2003 – @CAR, 10-29 – L
2004 – @PHI, 7-12 – L
2006 – @NYG, 23-20 – W
2007 – MIN, 24-14 – W
2009 – @PHI, 20-16
– W
2010 – @
GB, 7-45 – L
2011 – @NE, 16-20 – L
2011 – @Cardinals, 13-19 – L-OT
2
012 – @PHI, 38-23 – W
2012 – NO, 34-31 – L
2013 – GB, 36-37 – L
2014 – Titans, 26-10 – W
2016 – @PHI, 13-27 – L

*Playoff game



The Cow
boys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 12/21 times:

1996 – Cardinals: 7/5
0; DAL: 5/55
1997 – WAS: 7/41
; DAL: 6/41
1998 – NYG: 11
/92; DAL: 8/67
1998 – WAS: 7/102; DAL: 5/30
1999 – WAS: 8/45; DAL: 9/99
1999* – MIN:
12/95; DAL: 8/55
2002 – DET: 6/50; DAL: 7/70
2002 – NYG: 6/57; DAL: 7/55
2003 – CAR: 0/0; DAL: 2/11
2004 – P
HI: 5/36; DAL: 6/35
2006
– NYG: 9/94; DAL: 7/58
200
7 – MIN: 4/36; DAL: 4/22
2009
– PHI: 8/82; DAL: 11/70
20
10 – GB: 2/20; DAL: 5/40
2011 – NE: 5/35; DAL: 10/77
2011 – AZ: 6/41; DAL: 7/49
2012 – PHI: 6/50; DAL: 13/75
2012 – NO: 6/42; DAL: 5/32
2013 – GB: 7/59; DAL: 7/79
2014 – Titans: 5/30; DAL: 4/25
2016 – PHI: 4/61; DAL: 5/35
*playoff game



Coleman is tied for the second-worst home team winning percentage in the NFL this season:
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
Carl Cheffers: 1.000
Jo
hn Hussey: 1.000
T
ony Corrente: .833
Clay Martin: .667
Pete Morelli: .667
John Parry: .667
Jerome Boger: .667
Walt Anderson: .667
Ron Torbert: .667
Craig Wrolstad: .667
Brad Allen: .500
Alex Kemp: .500
Bill Vinovich: .333
Clete Blakeman: .333
Walt Coleman: .333
Shawn Smith: .250


Coleman is tied for the absolute lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Bill Vinovich: 1.000
Pete Morelli: 1.000
To
ny Corrente: 1.000
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Walt Anderson: .667
Shawn Hochuli: .667
Alex Kemp: .500
Shawn Smith: .500
Jerome Boger: .333
John Hussey: .333
Clay Martin: .333
John Parry: .333
Ron Torbert: .333
Brad Allen: .000
Clete Blakeman: .000
Carl Cheffers: .000
Walt Coleman: .000


Since 1999, the Lions are 11-11 with Coleman. Here are the results:

1999 – SDG, 10-20 – L
1999 – @GB, 26-17 – W
2000 – ATL, 13-10 – W
2002 – DAL, 9-7 – W
2002 – @ATL, 15-36 – L
2004 – @NYG, 28-13 – W
2005 – @CLE, 13-10 – W
2005 – @PIT, 21-35 – L
2006 – SF, 13-19 – L
2007 – @CRD, 21-31 – L
2007 – KC, 25-20 – W
2008 – GB, 25-48 – L
2009 – @CHI, 24-48 – L
2010 –
@BUF, 12-14 – L
2011 – @DE
N, 45-10 – W
2011 – @GB, 41-45 – L
2012 – HTX, 31-34 – L
-OT
2013 – @CLE, 31-17 – W

2014 – @NYJ, 24-17 – W
2015 – CHI, 37-34 – W-OT
2016 – WAS, 20-17 – W
2017 – ATL, 26-30 – L




Since 19
99, Detroit has had fewer penalties than the opposition 9/22 times with Coleman:

1999 – SDG: 4/20; DET: 1/5

1999 – GB: 10/90; DET: 8/199
2000 – ATL: 10/82; DET: 9
/70
2002 – DAL: 7/70; DET:
6/50
2002 – ATL: 7/55; DET:
9/86
2004 – NYG: 4/25; DET: 7/65
2005 – CLE: 8/50; DET: 11/72
2005 – PIT: 2/15; D
ET: 5/47
2006 – SF: 5/51; DET: 5/40
2007 – CRD: 9/70; DET: 10/70
2007 – KC: 6/46; DET: 4/20
2008 – GB: 8/62; DET: 5/40
2009 – CHI: 3/36; DET: 7/51
2010 – BUF: 4/30; DE
T: 11/60
201
1 – DEN: 5/55; DET: 4/45
2011 – GB: 6/78; DET: 11/101
2012 – HTX: 8/66; DET: 7/70
2013 – CLE: 9/87; DET: 8/65
2014 – NYJ: 6/32; DET: 5/33
2015 – CHI: 9/76; DET: 10/98
2016 – WAS: 4/20; DET: 4/30
2017 – ATL: 8/68; DET: 9/98



Coleman’s games feature the third-most sacks on average in 2018:
Smith: 8.5
Allen: 7
Coleman: 6.7
Hochuli: 6.7
Martin: 6.7
Kemp: 6.0
Cheffers: 5.7
Anderson: 5.7
Corrente
: 5.0
Morell
i: 5.0
Torbert: 4.3
Hussey: 3.7
Vinovich: 3.7
Wrolstad: 3.3
Parry: 3.3
Blakeman: 3.0
Boger: 3.0


Coleman’s crew is tied for calling the sixth-fewest offensive holding calls on average this year:
Anderson: 4.3
Wrolstad: 4.3
Torbert: 4.3
Hochuli: 4.0
Smith: 3.5
Vinovich: 3
Morelli: 3
Parry: 2.7
Boger: 2.7
Corrente: 2.7
Hussey: 2.7
Coleman: 2.7
Blakeman: 2.3
Martin: 2.0
Cheffers: 1.7
Allen: 1.5
Kemp: 1.5


The Cowboys are 2/6 on challenges with Coleman going under the hood. Opponents are 2/6 and Replay Assistant is 5/11 with five of those decisions favoring Dallas.

Detroit is 1/12 when challenging Coleman with opponents going 2/9. Replay Assistant is 1/6 with four of those decisions benefiting the Lions.

Cole
man was challenged for the first time last week in Houston, and upheld the ruling on the field. Here is the breakdown of the overturn rate of the 14 referees who have been challenged this season:
Cheffers: 1.000 (3/3)
Blakeman: 1.000 (1/1)
Parry: 1.000 (1/1)
Hochuli: 1.000 (1/1)
Hussey: .750 (3/4)
Torbert: .500 (1/2)
Boger: .500 (1.2
)
Vinovich: .500 (1/2)
Wr
olstad: .250 (1/4)
Coleman: .000 (0/1)
Corrente: .000 (0/1)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Kemp: .000 (0/2)
Martin: .000 (0/3)

Coleman was the referee who ruled favorably for the New England Patriots on the “Tuck Rule” in the 2001 AFC Divisional playoffs versus the Oakland Raiders.


Coleman comes from a long line of dairy farmers and is a controller with Hiland Dairy.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (14)


The Cowboys have not put together a home winning streak since Weeks 15-16 of 2016 when they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then the Detroit Lions.

Despite being tied with Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch for the seventh-most carries in the NFL, Ezekiel Elliott shares the league lead in rushing yards with San Francisco’s Matt Breida with 274.

Elliott’s 5.7 yards per carry are second in the NFL among running backs with a minimum of 5.7 carries.

The Lions defense gives up the most rushing yards per game in the NFL at 149.3.


The Cowboys lead the NFL in yards per carry at 6.0.


The Cowboys are tied with the Lions for the sixth-fewest rushing attempts in the NFL with 66. However, Dallas has the seventh-most rushing yards at 398 while the Lions are tied for the 15th-fewest with 296.


The Cowboys have the second-lowest points per game at 13.7.

The Cowboys offense has run a total of 170 plays this season, the third-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys have the eighth-lowest red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 42.9 percent.

Dallas has the second-lowest third down conversion rate in the NFL at 23.5 percent.



The Cowboys are 5-3 on Sept. 30. Here are the results:

1960 – PHI, 25-27 – L
1962 – @RAM, 27-17 – W
1973 – CRD, 45-10 – W
1979 – CIN, 38-13 – W
1990 – @NYG, 17-31 – L
1996 – @PHI, 23-19 – W
2001 – @PHI, 18-40 – L
2007 – RAM, 35-7 – W


The Lions are 5-4 on Sept. 30. Here are the results:

1931 – NYG, 14-6 – W
1934 – CRD, 6-0 – W
1951 – WAS, 35-17 – W
1956 – @GB, 20-16 – W
1962 – CLT, 29-20 – W
1979 – MIN, 10-13 – L
1984 – @SDG, 24-27 – L
1990 – GB, 21-24 – L
2007 – CHI, 37-27 – W
2012 – MIN, 13-20 – L


The Cowboys have birthdays to celebrate on Sept. 30:

1972 – Greg Myers, S, 2000
1976 – Wane
McGarity, WR, 1999-2001
1977 – Mike Solwold, C, 2001
1983 – Adam “Pacman” Jones, CB, 2008


The Cowboys have two deaths to remember on Sept. 30, and that is defensive end Nate Borden, born in 1932. He played for the Cowboys from 1960-61. The second is receiver Pete Gent, born in 1942. Gent played for Dallas from 1964-68, was best friends with quarterback Don Meredith, and authored “North Dallas 40,” which was based on his five seasons with the Cowboys.

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SERIES FACTS (10)

This is the 26th time in club history the Cowboys have started 1-1. 11/25 of those previous 1-1 teams made the playoffs.


Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, teams that started 1-1 made the playoffs only 166/404 times.

The Seahawks are 0-2 for the 18th time in franchise history. Only 1/17 of those previous teams made the playoffs, the 2015 team.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, teams that started 0-2 made the playoffs only 28/231 times.


The Cowboys are 4-4 against the Seattle Seahawks on the road. Here is the breakdown by stadium:

Kingdome: 2-0
Husky Stadium: 0-1
CenturyLink Field: 2-3


The Cowboys are 0-1 against the Seahawks in September with the lone game on Sept. 16, 2012 when the Seahawks embarrassed Dallas 27-7 at CenturyLink Field.


Dallas is 24-20 in the Pacific Time Zone.

Seattle is 60-32 at home against teams from the Central Time Zone.

The Seahawks are 1/6 teams to have defeated the Cowboys in the postseason with any reprisals.

This is the fifth time in the series that the same starting quarterbacks from each side will face each other in consecutive encounters.

DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (15)

Prescott is 12-5 on the road with a 97.6 passer rating, both of those being better than when he is at home.

Prescott’s best passer rating comes from being under center at 109.4.

The worst quarter for Prescott by passer rating is the third quarter with a 79.3 rating. His best is the second quarter at 98.7, and his second-best is in the fourth quarter at 98.5.

Prescott’s 3.1 yards per pass attempt are the fifth-lowest among quarterbacks who have started the first two games in the NFL.

Prescott’s 3.5 yards per pass attempt on third down are tied with Sam Bradford for the lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Prescott’s 9.4 yards per completion are the sixth-lowest among starting quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Prescott has attempted four red zone passes this season, the second-lowest among starting quarterbacks through the first two games.

Prescott has one completion for zero yards in the red zone this season.

Prescott’s 64 rushing yards are the fifth-most among quarterbacks in the NFL through two games.

Prescott’s 12 rushing attempts are tied for the fourth-most among quarterbacks through two games.

Prescott’s 330 passing yards are the second-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Prescott’s 330 passing yards through the first two games are the 11th-lowest for a Cowboys starting quarterback in team history.

Prescott’s six sacks from Week 1 still stand as tied for seventh-most sacks through the first two weeks.

Prescott’s 87.7 passer rating is the fourth-best among quarterbacks in the top-10 of sacks this season.

Prescott joins Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees, Alex Smith, and Aaron Rodgers as the only starting quarterbacks to have not thrown an interception through the first two weeks.


RUSSELL WILSON FACTS (15)

Wilson’s five touchdown passes are the most through the first two weeks to start a season.

Wilson’s five touchdown passes are tied for the sixth-highest in the NFL through two weeks.

Wilson is tied for the most touchdown passes on third down with two.

Wilson’s 524 passing yards are the most he has thrown in the first two weeks of the season.

Wilson’s 7.6 yards per pass attempt are the second-most of his career through the first two games of the season.

Wilson’s 4.4 yards per pass attempt on third down are the fourth-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Wilson’s 59.4 completion percentage is the second-lowest of his career through the first two weeks of a season.

Wilson’s 41.2 completion percentage on third down is the second-lowest among quarterbacks who have started the first two weeks of the season.

Wilson’s 54.2 passer rating on third down is sixth-lowest in the NFL among quarterbacks who have started the first two weeks.

Wilson leads the NFL with five sacks on third down.

Wilson’s three interceptions are the most he has thrown in the first two weeks of the season.

Wilson’s three interceptions are tied for the third-most in the NFL through two weeks.

Wilson is tied with Nathan Peterman, Andrew Luck, and Matthew Stafford for the most interceptions on third down with two.

Wilson has been sacked 12 times through two games, the most in his career to start a season.

Wilson’s 12 sacks are the most in the NFL through the first two weeks.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (11)



Jason Garrett is 2-3 against the Seattle Seahawks. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

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

Garrett owns the second-most 1-1 starts in team history with seven. Only Tom Landry has more with eight.

Garrett is 16-9 in September with a 7-6 record on the road.

Garrett is 23-23 in late afternoon games with a 13-9 record on the road.

Garrett is 5-2 in the Pacific Time Zone with a 1-2 record in September.

Garrett is 33-34 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 16-19 record on the road and is currently on a two-game losing streak.

Garrett is 8-11 against Super Bowl-winning head coaches.

When coaching against playoff-winning quarterbacks, Garrett is 25-34.

Garrett is 9-8 against the NFC West with a 6-3 record on the road.

Garrett’s 6-3 record against the NFC West on the road is the best compared to the other NFC divisions sans the East:
NFC West: 6-3
NFC North: 3-4
NFC South: 2-6

Garrett is currently 29-28 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 16-10 on the road without Romo under center.


PETE CARROLL FACTS (10)

This is the third time in Carroll’s career he has started 0-2. Only in 2015 did he lead his team to the playoffs after such a start.

Carroll is 16-6 against the NFC East in his coaching career.

Pete Carroll has a 4-2 record against the Dallas Cowboys with his two wins coming at home. As head coach for Seattle, Carroll is 3-2. Here is how he compares to other Seattle coaches:

Mike Holmgren: 4-2
Pete Carroll: 3-2
Chuck Knox: 1-1
Tom Flores: 0-1
Jim Mora, Jr.: 0-1
Dennis Erickson: 0-1
Jack Patera: 0-2

The Seahawks’ 12 penalties through the first two weeks are tied for the fifth-fewest in the NFL.

Through two games, the Seahawks have accumulated 12 penalties.

The 12 penalties are tied for the fewest through the first two games in Carroll’s tenure with the Seahawks.

Carroll is the sixth-longest tenured head coach in the NFL and the only one from the 2010 class.

Carroll is 34/72 on challenges for his career with a 4/6 rate in 2017.

Carroll is 12-0 in home openers.

Carroll has never fallen to 0-3 in his career.


BROADCAST FACTS (9)

This is the 12th game in the series to be broadcast on FOX. Here is the breakdown by network:
FOX: 11
NBC: 4
CBS: 2
ABC: 1

Dallas is 127-120 all-time on FOX.

The Seahawks are 109-105 all-time on FOX.

This is the fourth time in the series Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will call a game in the series. The Seahawks lead 2-1.

The Cowboys are 34-40 when Buck calls their games.

Seattle is 15-12 when Buck calls their games.

Dallas is 40-46 when Aikman calls their games.

The Seahawks are 15-15 when Aikman calls their games.

This is the eighth late afternoon game to be broadcast on FOX.


CARL CHEFFERS FACTS (12)


This week’s referee is Carl Cheffers. The Cowboys are 5-2 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
 
Dallas has had fewer penalties than the opposition 4/7 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




Coleman is tied for the second-lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL this season among referees:
Carl Cheffers: 1.000
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
Walt Anderson: 1.000
John Hussey: 1.000
Alex Kemp: 1.000
Tony Corrente: .750
Pete Morelli: .500
John Parry: .500
Brad Allen: .500
Jerome Boger: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Clay Martin: .500
Shawn Smith: .500
Bill Vinovich: .500
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
Clete Blakeman: .000


Coleman through two weeks has not had a game where the home team has had fewer penalties:
Pete Morelli: 1.000
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Alex Kemp: 1.000
Shawn Smith: 1.000
Tony Corrente: 1.000
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
Bill Vinovich: 1.000
John Hussey: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Clay Martin: .500
Brad Allen: .000
Clete Blakeman: .000
Jerome Boger: .000
John Parry: .000
Ron Torbert: .000
Walt Coleman: .000
Carl Cheffers: .000


The Seahawks are 3-4 when Parry referees their games:

2008 – NE, 21-24 – L
2009 – Cardinals, 3-27 – L
2010 – @SF, 21-40 – L
2011 – @Rams, 24-7 – W
2012 – Cardinals, 58-0 – W
2013 – Titans, 20-13 – L
2015 – CHI, 26-0 – W
2015 – @DAL, 13-12 – W
2016 – @NYJ, 27-17 – W
2016 – PHI, 26-15 – W
2017 – ATL, 31-34 – L


Seattle has had fewer penalties than their opponents 5/11 times:

2008 – NE: 1/15; SEA: 5/39
2009 – Cardinals: 7/76; SEA: 6/56
2010 – SF: 2/15; SEA: 8/75
2011 – Rams: 13/100; SEA: 5/50
2012 – Cardinals: 9/79; SEA: 10/97
2013 – Titans: 7/44; SEA: 6/65
2015 – CHI: 6/40; SEA: 5/41
2015 – DAL: 5/40; SEA: 5/40
2016 – NYJ: 7/60; SEA: 7/71
2016 – PHI: 8/48; SEA: 7/48
2017 – ATL: 7/69; SEA: 9/106


Coleman’s games through two weeks are tied for the seventh-most sacks in the NFL on average:

Smith: 11
Hochuli: 8
Allen: 7
Coleman: 6.5
Anderson: 6.5
Martin: 6.5
Cheffers: 5
Kemp: 5
Morelli: 4.5
Corrente: 4.5
Torbert: 4
Hussey: 4
Parry: 3.5
Blakeman: 3
Wrolstad: 3
Vinovich: 2
Boger: 1.5



Through two weeks, Cheffers’ games are tied for the third-fewest in the NFL for offensive holding:

Hochuli: 4.5
Torbert: 4.5
Smith: 4
Anderson: 3.5
Morelli: 3.5
Parry: 3
Wrolstad: 3
Corrente: 2.5
Hussey: 2.5
Boger: 2
Coleman: 2
Blakeman: 1.5
Allen: 1.5
Martin: 1.5
Cheffers: 1.5
Kemp: 1
Vinovich: 0.5


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


The Seahawks and their opponents have had to challenge some of Cheffers’ calls. Seattle is 2/5 while their opponents are 0/3. Replay Assistant is 0/3 with only one of those calls benefiting the Seahawks.


Cheffers is 1/9 referees who has not been challenged through two weeks. Nonetheless, here is the breakdown of the overturn rate of the nine referees who have been challenged this season:
Cheffers: 1.000 (2/2)
Hochuli: 1.000 (1/1)
Hussey: .750 (3/4)
Boger: .500 (1/2)
Corrente: .000 (0/1)
Vinovich: .000 (0/1)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Martin: .000 (0/3)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/3)


It is worth noting that Carl Cheffers is responsible for 
one of the most comical referee gaffes in the past five years during the Cowboys-Texans contest on 9/26/10.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (17)


Ezekiel Elliott has six carries for 22 yards and two touchdowns in the red zone this season. The two touchdowns are tied for the third-most in the NFL.

Elliott’s two touchdowns inside the 10-yard line are tied with seven other players for the league lead.

Elliott has 147 yards through two games, the seventh-most in the NFL. In 2017, he had 112, the 18th-most, and in 2016 he had the 134, tied for the eighth-most in the league.

The Cowboys are second-worst in the NFL in third down conversions at 23.8 percent.

Dallas is 12th-best in the NFL on first-down yards gained at 4.66.

The Cowboys have the ninth-worst yards gained on second down with 3.76.

Dallas is tied for the fewest red zone attempts in the NFL with four.

Dallas’ average starting field position on offense is the 24.3-yard line, the sixth-worst in the NFL.

The Cowboys have the third-lowest points per drive in the NFL at 1.29.

The Cowboys are second in the NFL in sacks with nine. Only the Chicago Bears have more with 10.

The Cowboys’ nine sacks through the first two games are tied with the 2002 Cowboys for the third-most in team history.

The Seahawks defense’s opposing passer rating is 83.6, the 10th-lowest in the NFL.
The Seahawks defense has produced three sacks, tied for the fifth-fewest in the NFL through the first two games.

Seattle’s three sacks are also tied for the seventh-fewest in team history since 1983 and tied with the 2010 Seahawks, Pete Carroll’s first season, for the fewest in the Legion of Boom era.

The Cowboys are 3-4 on Sept. 23. Here are the results:

1962 – PIT, 28-30 – L
1974 – @PHI, 10-13 – L
1984 – GB, 20-6 – W
1990 – @WAS, 15-19 – L
2001 – SD, 21-32 – L
2007 – @CHI, 34-10 – W
2012 – TB, 16-10 – W


Seattle is 2-4 on Sept. 23. Here are the results:

1979 – @DEN, 34-37 – L
1984 – CHI, 38-9 – W
1985 – RAM, 24-35 – L
1990 – @DEN, 31-34 – L-OT
2001 – PHI, 3-27 – L
2007 – CIN, 24-21 – W


The Cowboys have on birthday to celebrate on Sept. 23 in receiver Quincy Morgan, who played with Dallas in 2004. Morgan caught passes for 19 yards in the Cowboys’ 43-39 victory at Seattle on Dec. 6, 2004 on Monday Night Football.


The Cowboys have one death to remember in linebacker Bill Roe, who played for the club in 1980. Roe passed away Sept. 23, 2003.

Giants at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (7)

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, there have been 432 teams through 2017 that lost on Opening Day. Only 107/432 made the playoffs.


This is the 20th time the Cowboys have started 0-1 in club history. Only 7/19 of those previous Opening Day losers ever made the playoffs.


This is the 39th time the Giants have started 0-1 in team history. 10/38 of those past Opening Day losers went on to make the playoffs.


The Cowboys are 22-7 against the Giants in September with a 14-5 record at home.

The Giants are 21-35-1 on the road in Dallas. Here is the breakdown by venue:

Cotton Bowl: 4-6-1
Texas Stadium: 12-25
AT&T Stadium: 5-4

The Cowboys are 15-9 against the Giants in prime time with a 9-5 record at home.

Sunday night’s game with the Giants will surpass Dallas-Washington as the most-televised prime time rivalry in the NF
C East at 27 games.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (14)

Prescott is 5-2
on Sunday Night Football with a 4-1 record at home.

The last time Prescott threw for 300 yards or more was on Dec. 10, 2017 in a 30-10 victory over the Giants on Dec. 10, 2017.

Since Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension last year, Prescott has a 6-9 touchdown to interception ratio with a 74.8 passer rating. In the eight games before the suspension, Prescott had a 16-4 touchdown to interception ratio and a 97.9 passer rating.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott had the fifth-highest time to throw at 3.1 seconds, yet the third-lowest among the top-5 with an 81.1 passer rating.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott had the 13th-lowest “average intended air yards” at 7.3.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott had the fourth-lowest “longest completed air distance” at 23.7.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott completed 3/10 downfield throws of 10-plus yards.

Prescott had the 13th-lowest passer rating on third down last week at 63.5.

Prescott had a 5.86 yards per pass attempt last week, the eighth-lowest in his career.

When Prescott’s yards per pass attempt is below 6.0, the Cowboys are 2-8.

Among Prescott’s six sacks versus the Panthers, only one of them was on third down.

Prescott has not put together a three-game streak without throwing an interception since Weeks 7-10 last year.

Last season, Prescott put up 13/18 for 183 yards, two touchdowns, and took one sack against James Bettcher’s defense last year when he was the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive coordinator.

Prescott is 4-2 against the NFC Eas
t in initial match-ups with a 2-2 record at home.



ELI MANNING FACTS (12)

Manning was tied with Ben Roethlisberger for the second-highest third down completion percentage in Week 1 at 81.8 percent.

Manning’s 9.5 yards per pass attempt on third down last week were the seventh-highest among starting quarterbacks.

Manning’s 106.4 passer rating on third down was the 12th-best in the NFL last week.

Manning’s three third down conversions were tied for the 12th-best in the NFL in Week 1.

The Giants are 39-65 when Manning gets sacked two or more times compared to 73-42 when he is sacked once or not at all.

The Giants are 19-43 when Manning throws two or more interceptions compared to 92-62 when he does not.

If Manning is sacked three or more times and throws two or more interceptions, the Giants are 1-14.

Manning is 7-8 against the Cowboys when he is sacked two or more times compared to 7-6 when he is not.

Manning has a 93.4 passer rating at AT&T Stadium along with being responsible for the Giants’ 5-4 record in the venue.

Manning’s lowest passer rating at AT&T Stadium, 58.4, came in a 29-24 win on Oct. 28, 2012. His highest passer rating in the venue, 116.7, came in a 31-21 loss on Oct. 19, 2014.

Manning is 46-14 when he has a running back that produces a 100-yard game.

Manning is in company with Joe Namath, Jim Plunkett, Phil Simms, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, and Terry Bradshaw as the only Super Bowl-w
inning quarterbacks to have thrown 20-plus interceptions in multiple seasons.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Garrett is 15-9 in September with an 8-3 record at home.

Garret is 4-3 in Week 2 games with all of those contests having been played on the road.

Garrett is 9-6 against the Giants. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 35-16-2
Jason Garrett: 9-6
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 has a 5-3 record against the Giants in prime time with a 3-1 record at home.

Garrett has a 28-18 record against the NFC East with an 11-12 record at home.

Garrett is 11-12 against the NFC East at home. As bad as it appears, the ledger is on par with the rest of the NFC East’s records at home since 2010:

Philadelphia: 12-12
Garrett: 11-12
New York: 11-13
Washington: 10-14


Garrett is 8-6 against the NFC East in prime time.

Garrett is 33-34 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 17-15 record at home and is currently on a two-game losing streak.


Garrett is currently 2
8-28 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 12-18 at home without Romo under center.



PAT SHURMUR FACTS (10)

Shurmur is from the same coaching tree as Garrett through Nick Saban.

Shurmur is the sixth retread head coach hired by the Giants.

With a loss last week, Shurmur became the seventh Giants head coach to lose his first Opening Day game.

Shurmur’s .281 winning percentage with the Browns was the fifth-best among head coaches since the franchise returned in 1999.

Shurmur has a 0-2 record in prime time.

A win would join Shurmur with Allie Sherman, Bill Arnsparger, Jim Fassel, Tom Coughlin, and Ben McAdoo as coaches who defeated the Cowboys in their first try with the Giants.

Shurmur faced the Cowboys once before on Nov. 18, 2012 when Cleveland took Dallas to overtime but lost 23-20.

Shurmur had a 2-12 record in the AFC North.

Shurmur is 2-6 in the month of September w
ith a 1-2 record on the road.

Shurmur’s uncle, the late Fritz Shurmur, was the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers from 1994-98.


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

Cowboys-Giants has the second-longest active prime time game streak with 13 games going back to 2006. Longest is Cowboys-Eagles with 14 games going back to 2004.

The Cowboys are 60-40 on NBC, including postseason play.

The Giants are 38-41 on NBC, including postseason play.

The Cowboys are 51-35 when Michaels calls their games.

New York is 27-39 when Michaels calls their games.

The Cowboys are 25-20 when Collinsworth calls their games.

New York is 19-20 when Collinsworth calls their games.

CBS has broadcast the most games in the series with 37, but in 2016, NB
C surpassed ABC as the third-highest broadcaster of Cowboys-Giants:
CBS: 37
FOX: 29
NBC: 11
ABC: 9
ESPN: 4


The final Monday night game played as a precursor to Monday Night Football were select games on CBS. The last such game was played between the Giants and Cowboys on Oct. 27, 1969
with Dallas defeating New York 25-3.

On KXAS, the NBC affiliate for Dallas-Fort Worth, the Cowboys are an all-time 51-34, including simulcast cable games from 1987-90.


JOE PARRY FACTS (11)

This week’s referee is John Parry. The Cowboys are 7-6 when he referees. 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, 3
1-17 – W
2015 – @NYG, 20-27
– L
2015 – WAS, 23-34 – L
2
016 – @Ravens, 27-17 – W
2
017 – @PHI, 6-0 – W



T
he Cowboys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 6/13 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: 4/2
1
2010 – NYG: 6/46; DAL: 5/42
2
011 – 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


Parry was 1/7 referees last week who did not oversee a home team winning:

Brad Allen: 1.000
Walt Anderson: 1.000
Jerome Boger: 1.000
Carl Cheffers: 1.000

Tony Corrente: 1
.000
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
John Hussey: 1.000
Clay Martin: 1.000
Shawn Smith: .500
Bill Vinovich: .000
Craig Wrolstad: .000
Ron Torbert: .000
Clete Blakeman: .000
Walt Coleman: .000
Pete Morelli: .000
John Parry: .000



Parry was 1/8 referees last week who oversaw the home team having fewer penalties:

Pete Morelli: 1.000
Walt Anderson: 1.000
Shawn Smith: 1.000

Bill Vinovich:
1.000
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Tony Corrente: 1.000
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
John Hussey: 1.000
Clete Blakeman: .000
Jerome Boger: .000
Carl Cheffers: .000
Brad Allen: .000
Walt Coleman: .000
Ron Torbert: .000
Clay Martin: .000
John Parry: .000


The Giants are 6-7 when Parry referees their games. Here are the results:

2008 – @CLE, 14-35 – L
2009 – Raiders, 44-7 – W
2009 – PHI, 38-45 – L
2010 – @DAL, 41-35 – W
2010 – PHI, 31-
38 – L
2011 – NE, 21-17 – W
2012 – @SF, 26-3 – W
2013 – @C
HI, 27-21 – L
2014 – Cardinals, 14-25 – L
2015 – DAL,
27-20 – W
2016 – CIN, 21-20 – W
2017 – DET, 10-24 – L
2017 – @CRD, 0-23 – L

The Giants have had fewer pe
nalties than their opponents 8/13 times:

2008 – CLE: 10/55; NYG: 5/38
2009 – Raiders:
7/67; NYG: 4/37
2009 – PHI: 6/45; NYG: 7/54
2010 – DAL: 5/42; NYG: 6/46
2010 – PHI: 5/30; NYG: 4/35
2011 – NE: 5/28; NYG: 4/24
2012 – SF: 6/35; NYG: 2/20
2013 – CHI: 5/51; NYG: 4/31
2014 – Cardinals: 7/71; NYG: 9/70
2015 – DAL: 7/46; NYG: 3/13
2016 – CIN: 9/60; NYG: 2/15
2017 – D
ET: 6/50; NYG: 7/50
2017 – CRD: 6/45; NYG: 10/101



Parry’s game last week was tied for the fewest sacks in Week 1:

Smith: 11
Anderson: 9
Hochuli: 8
Cheffers: 8
Allen: 7
Hussey: 6
Martin: 6
Coleman: 5
Morelli: 4
Wrolstad: 3
Corrent
e: 3
Torbert: 2
Blakeman: 2
Vinovich: 2
Boger: 1
Parry: 1




Parry’s crew was tied for calling the fourth-fewest offensive holding calls in Week 1:

Torbert: 6
Anderson: 5
Hochuli: 5
Morelli: 4
Smith: 4
Boger: 4
Cheffers: 3
Coleman: 3
Wrolstad: 3
Allen: 3
Blakeman: 2
Hussey: 2
Parry: 2
Corrente: 1
Martin: 1
Vinovich: 0




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 Giants are 3/4 on challenges while the opposition is a cumulative 3/8. Replay Assistant is 2/9 with six of those decisions benefiting New York.


Parry was among eight
referees last week who did not have to review a coaches’ challenges. Here is the breakdown of overturn percentage among the eight referees who did review coaches’ challenges:

Cheffers: 1.000 (1/1)
Boger: .000 (0/1)
Corrente: .000 (0/1)
Hussey: .000 (0/2)
Martin: .000 (0/1)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Vinovich: .000 (0/1)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/2)


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (26)

Ezekiel Elliott spent the most time behind of scrimmage on average at 3.34 seconds, according to Next Gen Stats.

According to Next Gen Stats, Elliott faced the fifth-fewest eight-man boxes or more in Week 1 at 13.3 percent.

According to Next Gen Stats, Dallas receiver Cole Beasley had the fourth-highest cushion in the NFL at 8.4 yards.

Giants running back Saquon Barkley is the first rookie since 1950 to rush for 100 yards on Opening Day.

When including the 2017 season finale, the Giants have had consecutive 100-yard rushers for the first time since 2012.

Giants receiver Odell Beckham gets 4.5 yards of separation on average according to Next Gen Stats.

Beckham has caught 31 passes for 426 yards and five touchdowns in six career games against the Cowboys.

Beckham’s 31 passes and 426 yards are the fewest against any particular NFC East opponent. The five touchdowns are tied for second-most with his six scoring receptions against the Eagles being on top.

The Cowboys offense gained 4.22 yards per play on first and second downs, the fifth-fewest in the NFL. Among the top-5, only the Eagles and Vikings won on Opening Day.

The Cowboys had the fifth-most yards-to-go on second down last week at 9.6. Only the Panthers in the second spot at 10.3 yards were victorious in Week 1 among the top-5.

Dallas had the sixth-highest second down conversion rate in Week 1 at 45 percent.

The Giants had the second-most yards-to-go on second down in Week 1 at 10.5 yards.

The Cowboys’ run-pass ratio on second down last week was 8-12.

The Cowboys took the third-most sacks on second down last week with two.

The Giants were tied for the 11th-lowest third down conversion rate at 28.6 percent.

The Cowboys were tied with the Texans for the fourth-lowest third down conversion rate at 18.2 percent.

Dallas was tied for the third-highest sacks last week with three.

The Giants were tied for the fourth-fewest sacks in Week 1 with one. However, that sack prevented them from joining the Saints, Jets, and Dolphins as the only teams who did not get one.

The Giants defense had the seventh-lowest yards per pass attempt in Week 1 at 5.3.

With 168 yards, the Giants allowed the eighth-fewest passing yards on Opening Day.

At 4.9 yards per carry, the Giants are tied with the Patriots for the sixth-highest ranking from Week 1.

The Cowboys defense has the 10th-highest yards per carry from Week 1 at 4.6 yards.

The Cowboys are 4-2-1 on Sept. 16. Here are the results:

1962 – WAS, 35-35 – T
1973 – CHI, 20-17 – W
1979 – CHI, 24-20 – W
1984 – PHI, 23-17 – W
1990 – NYG, 7-28 – L
2007 – @MIA, 37-20 – W
2012 -- @SEA, 7-27 – L


The Giants are 3-4 on Sept. 16. Here are the results:

1937 – @WAS, 3-13 – L
1962 – @CLE, 7-17 – L
1973 – OTI, 34-14 – W
1984 – @WAS, 14
-30 – L
1990 – @DAL, 28-7 – W
2007 – GB, 13-35 – L
2012 – @TB, 41-34 – W


The Cowboys have four birthdays to celebrate on Sept. 16:

1962 – Broderick Sargent, RB, 1989
1963 – Garth Jax, LB, 1986-88
1987 – Dwayne Harris, WR, 2011-14
1993 – Geoff Swaim, TE, 2015-present


The Cowboys also have a death to remember in linebacker Monte Clark, who spent a season with Dallas in 1962. He was born on Jan. 24, 1937.

Cowboys at Panthers

SERIES FACTS (10)

The Dallas Cowboys are 9-4 against the Carolina Panthers with a 5-2 record on the road. All road games have been played at Bank of America Stadium.

The Cowboys are 67-67-1 in their blue jerseys with a 3-2 record at Carolina.

This is the first time since 2009 the Cowboys will wear their blue jerseys on Opening Day. The Cowboys are 7-3 in their blue jerseys on Opening Day.

The Panthers are the 21st different NFL team the Cowboys will face on Opening Day. In initial Opening Day encounters, the Cowboys are 11-8-1.

The Cowboys are 38-19-1 (.664) on Opening Day while the Panthers are 9-14 (.391).

The Panthers are 1/6 teams to have an undefeated record against Dallas in the playoffs.

Dallas lost their preseason finale 14-6 to the Houston Texans. Here is a comparative list of preseason finale results and subsequent Opening Day results since 2002:
2002: W-L
2003: W-L
2004: W-L
2005: W-W
2006: T-L
2007: L-W
2008: W-W
2009: W-W
2010: W-L
2011: L-L
2012: W-W
2013: L-W
2014: L-L
2015: W-W
2016: L-L
2017: N/A-W


The Panthers lost to the Steelers 39-24. Here is a comparative list of preseason finale results and subsequent Opening Day results since 2002:
2002: W-W
2003: W-W
2004: W-L
2005: L-L
2006: W-L
2007: L-W
2008: L-W
2009: L-L
2010: L-L
2011: L-L
2012: L-L
2013: W-L
2014: W-W
2015: W-W
2016: W-L
2017: L-W

On Opening Days following seasons where the Cowboys failed to make the playoffs, they are 12-12-1.

On Opening Days following seasons where the Panthers made the playoffs, they are 2-5.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Last season, with a minimum of 100 passes, Prescott had the 14th-best passer rating on third down at 84.8.

Prescott had the 17th-highest yards per pass attempt on third down in 2017 at 6.7.

Prescott had the 13th-highest completion percentage last season at 62.9 percent.

Even though former Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn had his way with Chaz Green and Byron Bell last year on Nov. 12, Prescott was sacked a total of 32 times last year, the 14th-most in the NFL.

In 2017, Prescott was tied with Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, Trevor Siemian, and Jay Cutler for the 11th-most interceptions on third down with four.

As disastrous as Prescott’s season seemed in 2017, his 13 interceptions were still only tied for the 29th-most in Cowboys single-season annals.

Prescott’s four game-winning drives last year were tied for the most in the NFL.

Prescott was tied with Tyrod Taylor and Cam Newton for the 11th-most third-down conversions last year with 58.

Prescott and Newton were also tied for the 12th-most passing touchdowns last season with 22.

Last year, Prescott and Newton were tied for the most quarterback rushing touchdowns inside the 20-yard line with six.


CAM NEWTON FACTS (10)

Newton’s three game-winning drives last season were tied for the sixth-most in the league last year.

Newton had a 57.6 passer rating on third down last year, the 26th-best in the NFL.

Newton had the 14th-highest yards per pass attempt on third down last year at 7.0.

Newton was tied with Philip Rivers for the 10th-most touchdowns on third-down last season with seven.

Newton led the NFL in interceptions on third down with 12.

Newton threw the second-most interceptions in the NFL last year with 16.

Newton’s 16 interceptions were the second-most of his career, one below the single-season high set in his rookie season.

Newton was tied with Brett Hundley and Eli Manning for the 11th-most sacks on third down with 14 last year.

Last year, Newton led the NFL for the most quarterback rushing touchdowns inside the 10-yard line with five.

Among expansion teams since 1995, Newton is in third place for most wins with 62. A win would tie him with Mark Brunell (Jaguars) for second place. Joe Flacco has the most such wins with 92.



JASON GARRETT FACTS (11)

Garrett is 33-33 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 16-18 record on the road.

When coaching against playoff-winning quarterbacks, Garrett is 25-33.

Garrett is 4-3 in season openers. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

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

Garrett is 15-8 in the month of September with a 7-5 record on the road.

Garrett is 23-22 in late afternoon games with a 13-8 record on the road.

Garrett is 24-15 in the Eastern Time Zone.

Garrett is 5-9 against the NFC South with a 2-5 record on the road.

Garrett’s 2-5 record against the NFC South on the road is the worst compared to the other NFC divisions sans the East:
NFC West: 6-3
NFC North: 3-4
NFC South: 2-5

Garrett went 1/5 (.200) on challenges in 2017, the second-worst of his career.

Garrett’s .200 overturn rate on challenges in 2017 was also the sixth-lowest in team history.

Garrett and Ron Rivera are the only full-time head coaches hired in 2011 that are still in the league at their original posts.



RON RIVERA FACTS (10)

Rivera is 1-1 against the Cowboys. Here is how he compares to other Carolina coaches:
Dom Capers: 2-1
Ron Rivera: 1-1
John Fox: 1-6
George Seifert: 0-1

In terms of winning percentage, Rivera’s 1-1 record against the Cowboys is tied for the worst among NFC East opponents:
Washington: 4-0
NY Giants: 2-1
Philadelphia: 2-2
Dallas: 1-1

Rivera is 9-4 against the NFC East with a 4-3 record at home.

Rivera’s 4-3 record at home versus the NFC East is the worst among other divisions sans the South:
NFC West: 6-4
NFC North: 5-3
NFC East: 4-3

Rivera is 3-4 in Opening Day games with a 0-1 record at home.

Rivera’s 3-4 record on Opening Day is the best winning percentage among Panthers head coaches:
Rivera: 3-4
Fox: 3-5
Seifert: 1-2
Capers: 1-3

Rivera is 11-12 in September with an 8-6 record at home.

Rivera is 11-7 in late afternoon games with a 2-1 record at home.

Rivera is 38-33 against playoff-winning coaches with a 19-14 record at home.

The Rivera-Newton coach-quarterback Opening Day combination is one of five current streaks that has been going since 2011. The other four pairs are Tomlin-Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh, Lewis-Dalton in Cincinnati, Harbaugh-Flacco in Baltimore, and McCarthy-Rodgers in Green Bay. Only the Baltimore and Green Bay streaks extend beyond 2011.


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

Dallas is 127-119 all-time on FOX.

This is the 15/25 time FOX will broadcast a Dallas Week 1 game since 1994.

The Cowboys are 18-17 in their blue jerseys on FOX.

This is the eighth time FOX will broadcast a game in the Cowboys-Panthers series. Here is the breakdown by network:
FOX: 7
ABC: 2
NBC: 1
NFL Network: 1
ESPN: 1
CBS: 1

This week’s commentators are Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, making it the eighth time this crew has called a Cowboys Opening Day game.

On Sunday, Buck and Aikman will break a tie with Summerall and Aikman for the most games called in the series with two. Strangely, in 2002 Summerall called a game without Madden, and in 2003, Madden called one without Summerall. Therefore, the game will also re-tie Buck with Summerall for most by a play-by-play. However, Madden did four games total as a color commentator, so Aikman will remain in second with now three such games.

The Cowboys are 34-39 when Buck calls their games.

Dallas is 40-45 when Aikman calls their games.

The Cowboys are 5-7 in their blue jerseys when Buck & Aikman call their games.

This is the first time since Dec. 24, 2005 that Buck and Aikman will have the call in this series.


WALT ANDERSON FACTS (12)

This week’s referee is Walt Anderson, a native of Sugar Land, Texas. Anderson has refereed 16 Cowboys games in his career. Dallas is 8-8 with a 2-2 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
2017 – @WAS, 33-19 – W
2017 – @NYG, 30-10 – W

*Playoff game


The Cowboys have won the penalty battle 8/16 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

*Playoff game


Last season, Anderson was tied for the fourth-lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL:
Pete Morelli: .786
Gene Steratore: .733
Brad Allen: .733
Ron Torbert: .600
John Parry: .600
Jerome Boger: .600
Walt Coleman: .600
John Hussey: .600
Jeff Triplette: .533
Carl Cheffers: .533
Ed Hochuli: .533
Terry McAulay: .500
Tony Corrente: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Bill Vinovich: .467
Craig Wrolstad: .400
Clete Blakeman: .400


Anderson had the fourth-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties in 2017:
Pete Morelli: .821
Gene Steratore: .733
Brad Allen: .733
Walt Anderson: .686
Clete Blakeman: .667
Jerome Boger: .633
Bill Vinovich: .633
Craig Wrolstad: .600
John Hussey: .600
John Parry: .600
Ron Torbert: .533
Tony Corrente: .500
Carl Cheffers: .467
Jeff Triplette: .400
Terry McAulay: .375
Walt Coleman: .333
Ed Hochuli: .333


The Panthers are 9-8 in Anderson’s games.
2003 – @TB, 12-9 – W-OT
2004 – RAI, 24-27 – L
2005 – NE, 27-17 – W
2005 – @ATL, 44-11 – W
2006 – CLE, 20-12 – W
2006 – @PHI, 24-27 – L
2007 – @CRD, 25-10 – W
2007 – SEA, 13-10 – W
2008 – @SDG, 26-24 – W
2008 – TB, 38-23 – W
2009 – MIA, 17-24 – L
2011 – ATL, 23-31 – L
2013 – @NO, 13-31 – L
2014 – ATL, 17-19 – L
2015 – @OTI, 27-10 – W
2016 – @NO, 38-41 – L
2017 – @CHI, 3-17 – L


The Panthers have had fewer penalties than the opposition 11/17 times in Anderson’s games.
2003 – TB: 17/168; CAR: 16/120
2004 – RAI: 8/53; CAR: 8/83
2005 – NE: 12/86; CAR: 6/45
2005 – ATL: 7/70; CAR: 6/55
2006 – CLE: 7/70; CAR: 4/34
2006 – PHI: 8/72; CAR: 7/67
2007 – CRD: 11/101; CAR: 9/65
2007 – SEA: 3/15; CAR: 5/54
2008 – SDG: 2/12; CAR: 6/29
2008 – TB: 5/34; CAR: 4/26
2009 – MIA: 5/30; CAR: 4/35
2011 – ATL: 5/50; CAR: 5/50
2013 – NO: 5/45; CAR: 5/35
2014 – ATL: 5/58; CAR: 1/15
2015 – OTI: 4/30; CAR: 5/45
2016 – NO: 10/126; CAR: 5/51
2017 – CHI: 5/40; CAR: 4/35


Last season, Anderson’s games were tied for the fifth-fewest sacks on average:
Cheffers: 5.3
Boger: 5.2
McAulay: 5.1
Triplette: 5.0
Wrolstad: 5.0
Corrente: 4.9
Vinovich: 4.9
Parry: 4.8
Morelli: 4.7
Coleman: 4.7
Torbert: 4.5
Hochuli: 4.5
Anderson: 4.5
Blakeman: 4.2
Steratore: 4.1
Hussey: 3.9
Allen: 3.5


Anderson’s games averaged 2.6 offensive holding calls per game last year, which were the sixth-most in the NFL:
Torbert: 3.1
Coleman: 2.8
Cheffers: 2.7
McAulay: 2.7
Wrolstad: 2.7
Anderson: 2.6
Parry: 2.5
Hochuli: 2.5
Corrente: 2.4
Hussey: 2.4
Allen: 2.3
Morelli: 2.3
Boger: 2.2
Steratore: 2.1
Triplette: 1.9
Vinovich: 1.5
Blakeman: 1.5

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

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.

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.

The Panthers are 2/8 challenging Anderson while opponents are 3/9. Replay Assistant is 2/7 with two of those decisions having benefited Carolina.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (28)

The Panthers defense had the third-most sacks in the NFL with 50 in 2017.

The Cowboys defense was tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the 15th-most sacks in the NFL last season with 38.

Dallas and Carolina’s defenses were tied with San Francisco and Denver for the sixth-fewest interceptions in the NFL last year with 10.

The Dallas defense was tied with Tampa Bay for the sixth-highest opposing passer rating with 94.6.

The Panthers defense had the 10th-highest opposing passer rating last year at 92.9.

Carolina had the ninth-worst third-down defense in the NFL in 2017 with a 37.8 percent conversion rate.

Last season, Carolina’s defense was tied for the fifth-most third-down sacks in the NFL with 19.

The Cowboys had the fifth-worst third-down defense in the NFL last year with a 38.9 percent conversion rate.

Last year, Dallas gave up 5.63 yards per play on second down, the sixth-most in the NFL.

Last year, the Panthers gained 4.61 yards per play on second down, the seventh-least in the NFL.

In 2017, the Cowboys produced 119 second-down conversions, the sixth-most in the league.

Last year, the Panthers defense gave up just 87 second-down conversions, the fifth-fewest in the NFL.

Last year, the Cowboys gave up 115 second-down conversions, tied with Atlanta for the fourth-most in the league.

In 2017, the Cowboys ran 159 run plays on second down among their 341, ranking 10th-most running plays in the league.

The Panthers ran 183 run plays among their 362 second down plays, tied with Jacksonville for the most in the NFL last year.

The Cowboys had the seventh-best red zone conversion rate in the NFL in 2017 at 59.6 percent.

Carolina had the 12th-lowest red zone conversion rate in the NFL last year at 51.8 percent.

The Dallas defense had a 57.1 percent red zone conversion rate, the 11th-highest in the NFL.

The Panthers defense had the 14th-lowest red zone conversion rate last year at 51.1 percent.

Dallas and Carolina were tied with Tampa Bay for the 16th-best turnover differential last year at minus-1.

Dallas and Carolina also tied for 16th along with the Arizona Cardinals and the Tennessee Titans for takeaways last season with 21.
The Cowboys defense was tied with the Ravens, Dolphins, and Falcons for the 16th-best yards per carry in the NFL at 4.1.

The seven rushing touchdowns against the Cowboys were tied with the Panthers and Eagles for the third-fewest in the NFL.

The average drive against the Cowboys lasted 2:47, tied for the eighth-longest in the NFL last year.

This is the first time since Sept. 12, 2010 the Cowboys will roll out someone other than Dan Bailey as their Opening Day kicker.

The Cowboys are 4-3 on Sept. 9. Here are the results:
1979 – @SF, 21-13 – W
1984 – @NYG, 7-28 – L
1985 – WAS, 44-14 – W
1990 – SDG, 17-14 – W
1991 – WAS, 31-33 – L
2001 – TB, 6-10 – L
2007 – NYG, 45-35 – W

The Panthers are 2-1 on Sept. 9. Here are the results:

2001 – @MIN, 24-13 – W
2007 – @RAM, 27-13 – W 2012 – @TB, 10-16 – L


The Cowboys have four birthdays to celebrate on Sept. 9:

1962 – G Derek Kennard, 1994-96
1964 – DT Willie Broughton, 1989-90
1987 – S Andrew Sendejo, 2010
1987 – LB Orie Lemon, 2012