By: Mark Lane

December 2018

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

Buccaneers at Cowboys

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

Cowboys at Colts

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

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SERIES FACTS (11)

The Cowboys are 7-5 for the ninth time in franchise history. 2/8 of those previous teams made the playoffs (1991, 1996) with only one of them (1996) having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 65/121 teams that started 7-5 made the playoffs with 23 of them having won the division.

The Eagles are 6-6 for the fourth time in team history. 1/3 of those previous teams made the playoffs, the 2006 team, which also won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 33/114 teams that started 6-6 made the playoffs with 12 of those teams having won the division.


The Cowboys are 17-16 against the Eagles in December with an 8-9 record at home.


The Cowboys are 37-24 against the Eagles at home, including playoffs. Here is a breakdown by venue:

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


This is the fourth late afternoon game in the series at AT&T Stadium. Here are the results for Dallas:
2009 – 24-0 – W
2011 – 7-20 – L
2014 – 10-33 – L


The Cowboys are 118-100-1 all-time in December with a 58-43 record at home.

Since 1940, the Eagles are 134-122-4 in December with a 57-66-3 record on the road.

Since 1970, the Eagles are 79-82 in late afternoon games with a 44-56 record on the road.

Since 1970, the Cowboys are 179-132 in late afternoon games with a 114-61 record at home.



DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (11)

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott is tied with Case Keenum for the second-fewest touchdown passes with 14.

Prescott has the fourth-lowest interception percentage in the NFL at 1.4. Only Aaron Rodgers (0.2), Drew Brees (0.8), and Matt Ryan (1.1) are better.

Prescott has the 13th-lowest yards per pass attempt in the NFL at 7.3.

Prescott’s 11.0 yards per completion is tied with Brock Osweiler and Eli Manning for the eighth-lowest in the NFL.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott’s 222.9 passing yards per game are the lowest in the league.

Prescott’s 95.4 passer rating is the 17th-lowest in the NFL. Tom Brady is 16th at 96.8.

Prescott is the most-sacked quarterback in the NFL with 45. Since 1982, when sacks became an official statistic, Drew Bledsoe took 49 in 2005 for the Cowboys.

Prescott has the most red zone rushing touchdowns by a quarterback this season with five.

Prescott has thrown the fourth-most red zone interceptions in the NFL with two.

Prescott has the fifth-lowest red zone completion percentage in the NFL at 45.8 percent.

Prescott and Carson Wentz each have two fourth quarter comebacks, tied for the sixth-most in the NFL this season.



CARSON WENTZ FACTS (10)

Wentz is tied with Philip Rivers, Derek Carr, and Dak Prescott for the 13th-most red zone passes in the NFL with 53.

Wentz has the fifth-highest completion percentage in the league at 69.6 percent.

Wentz is tied for the 20th-most thrown interceptions in the league with seven.

Wentz is tied with Mitchell Trubisky and Brady for the 11th-highest yards per pass attempt at 7.7.

Wentz is tied with Ryan Tanehill for the 11th-lowest completion percentage in the league at 11.1.

Wentz has the ninth-highest passing yards per game at 284.6.

Wentz has the eighth-highest passer rating in the NFL at 100.6.

Wentz has taken 29 sacks through 10 games this season, the 11th-most in the NFL.

Wentz is tied with Kirk Cousins and Baker Mayfield for the 11th-most red zone touchdown passes with 15.

Wentz is tied with C.J. Beathard and Andy Dalton for the 15th-most third down sacks in the league with 10.



EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

Elliott has gained 96 rushing yards in the red zone, the fourth-most in the NFL.

Elliott has the ninth-most red zone rushing touchdowns with five.

Elliott has taken 31 red zone rushing attempts, which reflect 60.8 percent of the team’s red zone carries.

Elliott has taken the most carries in the NFL with 240.

Elliott’s 4.8 yards per carry is the fourth-highest among running back with at least 175 carries this season.

Elliott’s 95.8 rushing yards per game are the second-most in the NFL.

Elliott has six rushing touchdowns on the season, tied with David Johnson and Isaiah Crowell for the 12th-most in the NFL. Johnson and Crowell play for the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets, respectively, and both have been eliminated from the playoffs.

Elliott, Johnson, and Adrian Peterson are the only running backs with 200-plus touches who have fewer than 10 total touchdowns this season.

Among running backs with a minimum of 100 first-down carries, Elliott’s 5.14 yards per carry is the best in the NFL.

Elliott has gained 19 first downs on first-down carries, tied for the sixth-most in the NFL.



JASON GARRETT FACTS (14)


This is the 28th week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett is 31-20 against the NFC East.

Garrett is 13-12 against the NFC East at home.

Garrett has completed a series sweep 8/14 times since taking over as the Cowboys head coach in 2010.

Garrett has completed the series sweep 3/7 times at home with only one coming against the Eagles in 2012.

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

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



Garrett is 2-6 against Philadelphia at home. Here is how that compares to other NFC East foes:
Washington: 6-3
NY Giants: 5-3
Philadelphia: 2-6



Garrett’s 18-15 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:

Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 18-15
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 has a 6-8 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: 6-8
Barry Switzer: 3-4
Bill Parcells: 3-4
Wade Phillips: 1-3

Garrett is 10-12 against Super Bowl-winning head coaches.

The Cowboys have committed 68 penalties, tied with the Minnesota Vikings for the fifth-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys’ 68 penalties are tied with the 1969, 1973, and 2017 teams for the 12th-fewest in team history.

The Cowboys are the seventh-worst team in the red zone with a 48.6 percent conversion rate.

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


DOUG PEDERSON FACTS (12)


Pederson is 10-6 against the NFC East.

Pederson is 4-3 on the road in the NFC East.

Pederson has staved off a series sweep 1/3 times but has never done so on the road.

Pederson is on a four-game winning streak on the road in the NFC East.

Pederson is 4-3 in late afternoon games with a 2-2 record on the road.

Pederson is 5-5 in December games with a 2-3 record on the road.

Pederson is 11-12 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 3-7 record on the road.

Pederson is 2-3 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: 2-2
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


The Eagles are tied with the Detroit Lions for 10th-fewest penalties in the NFL with 73.

The Eagles’ 73 penalties are tied with the 1992 team for the 39th-fewest in franchise history since 1940.

The Eagles are ranked 19th in the red zone with a 55.8 percent conversion rate.

Pederson is 10/20 on challenges for his career with a 1/3 rate in 2018.



BROADCAST FACTS (8)

Dallas is 131-121 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

Since 1970, this is the 24th late afternoon game in the series. Dallas holds a 15-8 advantage.

A win Sunday will ensure the Cowboys finish with the 12th-most single-season wins on FOX with five.

The Cowboys have completed a series sweep of a NFC East opponent 22/41 times on FOX.


Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are calling Sunday’s action for FOX. This will be the 11th game between the two teams the broadcasters have done. Here are the results:


2003 – Cowboys at Eagles – 36-10 PHI
2004 – Cowboys at Eagles – 12-7 PHI
2005 – Eagles at Cowboys – 33-10 DAL
2006 – Cowboys at Eagles – 38-24 PHI
2007 – Eagles at Cowboys – 10-6 PHI
2008 – Cowboys at Eagles – 44-6 PHI
2009 – Eagles at Cowboys – 24-0 DAL
2011 – Eagles at Cowboys – 20-7 PHI
2012 – Cowboys at Eagles – 38-23 DAL
2014 – Eagles at Cowboys – 33-10 PHI
2015 – Eagles at Cowboys – 20-10 DAL


The Cowboys are 36-41 when Joe Buck does play-by-play for their games.

Dallas is 42-47 when Troy Aikman does color commentary for their games.


Pat Summerall has called the most games between Philadelphia and Dallas with 24 over his career with CBS and FOX.




CLETE BLAKEMAN FACTS (15)


This week’s referee is Clete Blakeman, who last refereed the Cowboys-Titans game in Week 9. The Cowboys are 3-5 when he referees their games. Here are the results:

2010 – JAX, 17-35 – L
2012 – PIT, 27-24 – W-OT
2014 – @Rams, 34-31 – W
2014 – PHI, 10-33 – L
2015 – NE, 6-30 – L
2016 – @PIT, 35-30 – W
2017 – Rams, 30-35 – L
2018 – OTI, 14-28 – L



The Cowboys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 4/8 time with Blakeman:

2010 – JAX: 6/36; DAL: 3/20
2012 – PIT: 0/0; DAL: 8/61
2014 – Rams: 8/119; DAL: 3/15
2014 – PHI: 4/20; DAL: 6/42
2015 – NE: 9/65; DAL: 7/50
2016 – PIT: 4/40; DAL: 10/98
2017 – Rams: 7/41; DAL: 4/45
2018 – OTI: 3/20; DAL: 6/52



Blakeman has the second-lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL:
Tony Corrente: .833
Carl Cheffers: .818
John Hussey: .818
Clay Martin: .750
Walt Coleman: .750
Alex Kemp: .727
Shawn Hochuli: .727
Bill Vinovich: .636
Jerome Boger: .583
Craig Wrolstad: .583
John Parry: .546
Brad Allen: .546
Walt Anderson: .546
Pete Morelli: .455
Ron Torbert: .455
CLETE BLAKEMAN: .363
Shawn Smith: .227


Blakeman is tied for the fifth-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Craig Wrolstad: .917
Pete Morelli: .727
Shawn Hochuli: .636
Tony Corrente: .583
CLETE BLAKEMAN: .546
Bill Vinovich: .546
John Hussey: .546
Brad Allen: .546
Walt Coleman: .500
Jerome Boger: .500
Alex Kemp: .455
Walt Anderson: .455
Shawn Smith: .455
Ron Torbert: .367
Clay Martin: .333
John Parry: .273
Carl Cheffers: .182



Blakeman has refereed 10 Eagles games with the club earning an 8-2 record. Here are the results:

2010 – @DET, 35-32 – W
2010 – @WAS, 59-28 – W
2011 – NYJ, 45-19 – W
2012 – @NO, 13-28 – L
2013 – @TB, 31-20 – W
2014 – NYG, 27-0 – W
2014 – @DAL, 33-10 – W
2016 – NYG, 24-19 – W
2017 – SF, 33-10 – W
2018 – CAR, 17-21 – L


Philadelphia has won the penalty battle 8/10 times under Blakeman:

2010 – DET: 9/51; PHI: 9/75
2010 – WAS: 6/41; PHI: 6/35
2011 – NYJ: 11/93; PHI: 7/62
2012 – NO: 4/35; PHI: 7/58
2013 – TB: 8/72; PHI: 3/31
2014 – NYG: 10/75; PHI: 3/25
2014 – DAL: 6/42; PHI: 4/20
2016 – NYG: 5/50; PHI: 1/5
2017 – SF: 6/69; PHI: 4/35
2018 – CAR: 5/78; PHI: 4/35

Blakeman’s games have featured the fourth-lowest sacks per game on average:
Cheffers: 6.9
Anderson: 5.9
Martin: 5.8
Kemp: 5.6
Allen: 5.4
Hochuli: 5.3
Coleman: 5.1
Smith: 5.1
Hussey: 5.0
Torbert: 4.9
Wrolstad: 4.8
Corrente: 4.8
Morelli: 4.6
BLAKEMAN: 4.5
Vinovich: 4.4
Parry: 3.9
Boger: 3.8


Blakeman’s crew is tied for the fourth-highest offensive holding calls on average:
Hochuli: 4.6
Wrolstad: 3.6
Cheffers: 3.1
BLAKEMAN: 2.6
Parry: 2.6
Boger: 2.5
Smith: 2.5
Martin: 2.3
Morelli: 2.1
Anderson: 3.0
Kemp: 3.0
Torbert: 3.0
Allen: 2.0
Coleman: 1.8
Corrente: 1.6
Hussey: 1.6
Vinovich: 1.0



NFC East home teams are 2-2 when Blakeman referees. Here are the results:

2010 – Philadelphia at Washington – 59-28 Philadelphia
2014 – NY Giants at Philadelphia – 27-0 Philadelphia
2014 – Philadelphia at Dallas – 33-10 Philadelphia
2016 – NY Giants at Philadelphia – 24-19 Philadelphia



Home teams are 2/4 when it comes to having fewer penalties in NFC East games with Blakeman:
2010 – WAS: 6/41; PHI: 6/35
2014 – NYG: 10/75; PHI: 3/25
2014 – DAL: 6/42; PHI: 4/20
2016 – NYG: 5/50; PHI: 1/5



With Blakeman under the hood, the Cowboys are 2/4 on challenges with the opposition going 1/5 while Replay Assistant is 3/9 with only one call benefitting Dallas.


The Eagles are 3/4 on challenges with Blakeman with the opposition going 2/6 while Replay Assistant is 2/5 with four calls benefiting Philadelphia.


Blakeman has the fifth-highest overturn rate on coach’s challenges this season:
Allen: .800 (4/5)
Anderson: .636 (7/11)
Hussey: .625 (5/8)
Parry: .571 (4/7)
Torbert: .500 (3/6)
Cheffers: .500 (3/6)
BLAKEMAN: .500 (2/4)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Coleman: .400 (2/5)
Corrente: .375 (3/8)
Hochuli: .333 (1/3)
Smith: .250 (1/4)
Wrolstad: .222 (2/9)
Vinovich: .200 (1/5)
Kemp: .167 (1/6)
Martin: .167 (1/6)
Boger: .143 (1/7)



Blakeman is an attorney, specializing in personal injury for Carlson & Burnett in Omaha, Nebraska.


Blakeman was a backup quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1984-87.



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (9)


Cowboys rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch has the fourth-most combined tackles in the NFL with 103.

Vander Esch is tied for the fourth-most pass breakups by a linebacker with seven.

Opposing quarterbacks have compiled a 95.4 passer rating against the Cowboys, the 15th-highest in the NFL.

The Eagles defense is tied with the Buccaneers, Dolphins, and Raiders for the fifth-highest yards per carry allowed at 5.0.

Philadelphia surrenders 103.7 rushing yards per game, the 10th-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys are 5-3 on Dec. 9. Here are the results:

1962 – @CRD, 20-52 – L
1972 – WAS, 34-24 – W
1973 – WAS, 27-7 – W
1984 – WAS, 28-30 – L
2001 – NYG, 20-13 – W
2007 – @DET, 28-27 – W
2012 – @CIN, 20-19 – W
2013 – @CHI, 28-45 – L


The Eagles are 5-5 on Dec. 9. Here are the results:

1945 – Boston Yanks, 35-7 – W
1951 – NYG, 7-23 – L
1956 – @WAS, 17-19 – L
1962 – PIT, 17-26 – L
1973 – NYJ, 24-23 – W
1984 – NE, 27-17 – W
1990 – @MIA, 20-23 – L-OT
2001 – SDG, 24-14 – W
2007 – NYG, 13-16 – L
2012 – @TB, 23-21 – W


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

1964 – Gerald White, RB, 1987
1971 – Chris Boniol, K, 1994-96
1979 – Andrew Davison, DB, 2003
1988 – Korey Toomer, LB, 2014


The Cowboys also have a death to remember in guard John Wilbur. Born May 21, 1943, Wilbur played for the Cowboys from 1966-69. He died Dec. 9, 2013, the day the Cowboys were demolished by the Chicago Bears 45-28 on Monday Night Football at Solider Field.