By: Mark Lane

Eagles at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (13)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



CARSON WENTZ FACTS (12)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JASON GARRETT FACTS (11)

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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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


DOUG PEDERSON FACTS (12)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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


BROADCAST FACTS (13)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BILL VINOVICH FACTS (12)

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

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



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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (17)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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