By: Mark Lane

Saints at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (11)

This is the sixth time the Cowboys have started 6-5. 2/5 of those previous teams made the playoffs with none of them having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, teams that started 6-5 made the playoffs 55/121 times with 21/55 of those clubs having won the division.

This is the first time the Saints have started 10-1. Only their 11-0 start of 2009 was better.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, there have been 24 teams that started 10-1 and all of them made the postseason. Here is the ultimate fate for those squads:

Divisional loss: 8/24
Conference Championship berth: 9/24
Super Bowl appearance: 2/24
Super Bowl win: 5/24

The Cowboys are 10-4 against the Saints at home. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Cotton Bowl: 2-0
Texas Stadium: 7-2
AT&T Stadium: 1-2

The Cowboys are 4-2 against the Saints in November with a 2-1 record at home.

The Cowboys are 4-1 on Thursday night with a 2-1 record at home.

The Saints are 6-6 on Thursday night with a 2-6 record on the road.

The Saints are the only NFC team the Cowboys have not played in the postseason. Comparatively, the Dallas is among four NFC teams that New Orleans hasn’t faced in the playoffs.

From 1967-69, the Cowboys amassed five wins over the expansion Saints. This ties with the Falcons for the Cowboys’ second-best start against an expansion team. Franchise first place is over the Buccaneers with six straight wins.

The Saints are one of four teams to have once been division opponents with Dallas for more than a season. The other three teams are the Cardinals, Browns, and Steelers.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (11)

Prescott has the 11th-lowest yards per pass attempt in the NFL at 7.2.

Prescott’s 90-yard touchdown pass to receiver Amari Cooper on Thanksgiving is the second-longest pass thrown in the NFL this season.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott’s five interceptions are tied for the third-lowest in the NFL.

Prescott’s 2,427 passing yards are the lowest among Week 1 starters this season.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott’s 93.2 passer rating is the fourth-lowest in the league.

Prescott is tied with Eli Manning for the most sacks in the NFL with 38.

Prescott’s 11.1 yards per completion is tied with Josh Rosen for the 10th-lowest in the NFL.

Prescott’s five red zone rushing touchdowns are the most for quarterbacks this season.

Prescott has 67 rushing yards inside the red zone, which are the third-most among quarterbacks.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott has the third-longest time to throw at 2.96 seconds.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott is tied with Andrew Luck for the seventh-shortest distance on throws to the sticks at -1.4 yards.


DREW BREES FACTS (20)

Brees’ 76.4 completion percentage is the best of his career through the first 11 games.

Brees’ 76.4 completion percentage is the best in the NFL.

According to Next Gen Stats, Brees has the second-shortest time to throw in the NFL at 2.57 seconds.

Brees’ 3,135 passing yards are the seventh-most in the NFL.

Brees’ 3,135 passing yards are the 10th-most in his career through the first 11 games of a season.

According to Next Gen Stats, Brees’ 6.2 “completed air yards” are tied for the ninth-best in the league.

Brees’ 29 touchdown passes are the third-most in the NFL.

Brees’ 29 touchdown passes are the third-most in his career through the first 11 games. Only 2012 (31) and 2016 (30) were better.

Only Aaron Rodgers has thrown fewer interceptions among quarterbacks who started since Week 1. Brees is second with two picks.

Brees’ two interceptions are the fewest of his career through the first 11 games.

Brees’ 127.3 passer rating is the best in the NFL, 9.4 points higher than the nearest second place quarterback in Patrick Mahomes.

With a minimum of 100 pass attempts, Brees’ 127.3 passer rating is the second-best in the NFL through the first 11 games since 1950. Only Tom Brady’s 134.0 from 2007 is better.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Brees’ 10 sacks are the fewest in the NFL.

Brees’ 10 sacks are the third-fewest of his career through the first 11 games.

Brees’ 8.8 yards per pass attempt is the fifth-most in the NFL.

According to Next Gen Stats, Brees’ 7.4 “intended air yards” are tied with Patrick Mahomes for the ninth-fewest in the NFL.

Brees’ 8.8 yards per pass attempt is the second-most of his career. Only 2009’s 9.1 was higher.

According to Next Gen Stats, Brees throws 1.1 yards behind the line to gain on average.

Brees played Texas high school football at Austin Westlake. He is 4-3 in the state of Texas.

Brees has a 21-12 record against the NFC East with a 9-5 record on the road.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (13)

Against head coaches who used to coach him or be his offensive coordinator, Garrett is 2-3:

2010 – NO (Sean Payton), 27-30 – L
2011 – BUF (Chan Gailey), 44-7 – W
2013 – NO (Sean Payton), 17-49 – L
2014 – NO (Sean Payton), 38-17 – W
2015 – @NO (Sean Payton), 20-26 – L-OT


Garrett is 23-14 in November with a 12-10 record at home.

Garrett is 7-5 on Thursdays with a 3-0 record in prime time.

Here is how Garrett’s 7-5 record on Thursdays compares to the rest of the Cowboys’ coaches
Tom Landry: 14-7-1
Wade Phillips: 4-0
Barry Switzer: 3-1
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Jason Garrett: 7-5
Bill Parcells: 2-2
Chan Gailey: 1-1
Dave Campo: 1-2


Garrett’s 1-4 record is the worst record against the Saints since Bill Parcells. Here is how other Cowboys coaches have fared against New Orleans:

Tom Landry: 11-2
Barry Switzer: 1-0
Wade Phillips: 1-0
Jimmy Johnson: 2-1
Jason Garrett: 1-4
Chan Gailey: 0-2
Bill Parcells: 0-3


Garrett is 5-11 against the NFC South with a 3-4 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: 3-4
NFC West: 3-5

Garrett is 9-12 against Super Bowl-winning head coaches.

The Cowboys have been flagged 60 times this season, the fifth-fewest penalties in the NFL.

The Cowboys’ 60 penalties through the first 11 games are tied with the 1967 team for the 11th-most in franchise history with 60.

The Cowboys have the 10th-lowest red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 53.1 percent.

Garrett is 20/40 on challenges for his career with a 1/4 record in 2018.

Jason Garrett was a member of the 1989 and 1990 New Orleans Saints. Against teams Garrett once was on the roster for (Saints, Giants, Buccaneers, Dolphins), he holds a 16-11 record.


SEAN PAYTON FACTS (8)

Sean Payton has the most wins against the Dallas Cowboys than any other head coach in Saints history:
Tom Fears: 0-5
J.D. Roberts: 1-0
John North: 0-1
Hank Stram: 0-1
Dick Nolan: 0-1
Bum Phillips: 0-3
Jim Mora: 2-3
Mike Ditka: 2-0
Jim Haslett: 2-0
Joe Vitt: 1-0
Sean Payton: 4-2


All of Sean Payton’s professional coaching experience came as an assistant in the NFC East. Here is his record against NFC East teams:
New York: 5-1
Philadelphia: 5-2
Dallas: 4-2
Washington: 3-3

Payton is 6-5 on Thursdays with a 3-4 record on the road.

Payton is 31-16 in November with a 14-9 record on the road.

The Saints are tied with the Panthers for the third-fewest penalties in the NFL with 59.

New Orleans’ 59 penalties through the first 11 games are tied with the 2006 team for the 13th-fewest in the NFL.

The Saints have the third-best red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 73.1 percent.

Payton has a 45/107 overturn rate on challenges with a 1/2 record in 2018.


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

The Saints began playing in 1967 and have appeared in 93 prime time games. Since 1995, the Cowboys have appeared in 106.

Dallas and New Orleans have played nine prime time games in their series with the Cowboys holding a 5-4 advantage:
1973 – Saints-Cowboys – ABC – 40-3 Cowboys
1984 – Saints-Cowboys – ABC* – 30-27 Cowboys
1988 – Cowboys-Saints – ABC – 20-17 Saints
1994 – Cowboys-Saints – ABC – 24-16 Cowboys
2006 – Saints-Co
wboys – NBC – 42-17 Saints
2009 – Cowboys-Saints – NFLN – 24-17 Cowboys
2013 – Cowboys-Sai
nts – NBC – 49-17 Saints
2014 – Saints-Cowboys – NBC – 38-17 Cowboys
2015 – Cowboys-Saints – NBC – 26-20 Saints
*Sunday night special, delayed 9:45 p.m. Central due to Reagan-Mondale presidential debate

Thursday’s game makes the 10th prime time game in the series. This series has seen 16 early games and 3 late games. Here’s the Cowboys’ records for each time slot:
Early games: 9-7
Late games: 2-1
Prime time: 5-4

Dallas is 130-121 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

Thursday will mark the Cowboys’ 12th appearance on NFL Network, the most by any team in the network’s history.

The Cowboys have never lost a Thursday night game broadcast on NFL Network (4-0), though they have lost three Saturday night games (4-3).

The Cowboys are 35-41 when Joe Buck does play-by-play for their games.

Dallas is 41-47 when Troy Aikman does color commentary for their games.

A total of five former Cowboys have called TV games in the series: Eddie LeBaron, Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Daryl Johnston. Only former head coach Hank Stram has been the only ex-Saint to call games in the series on TV.

The Saints are the only NFC team the Cowboys have never beaten on FOX (0-9).



WALT ANDERSON FACTS (11)

This week’s referee is Walt Anderson, a native of Sugar Land, Texas. Anderson has refereed 17 Cowboys games in his career. Dallas is 8-9. Here are the results:

2005 – @NYG, 10-17 – L
2006 – TB, 38-10 – W
2006* – @SEA, 20-21 – L
2007 – Rams, 35-7 – W
2007 – WAS, 28-23 – W
2008 – WAS, 24-26 – L
2008 – NYG, 20-8 – W
2009 – @DE
N, 10-17 – L
2009* – @MIN, 3-34 – L
2011 – @NYG, 31-14 – L
2012 – CHI, 34-18 – L
2012 – @WAS, 18-28 – L
2013 – WAS, 31-16 – W
2013 – @NYG, 24-21 – W
2015 – @WAS, 19-16 – W
2017 – @WAS, 33-19 – W
2017 – @NYG, 30-10 – W
2018 – @CAR, 8-16 – L

*Playoff game


The Cowboys have won the penalty battle 8/17 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; D
AL: 2/10
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1 – NYG: 3/28; DAL: 7/43
2012 – CHI: 4/25; DAL: 2/10
2012 – WAS: 2/20; DAL: 1/6
2013 – WAS: 12/104; DAL: 7/80
2013 – NYG: 11/81; DAL: 11/85
2015 – WAS: 9/73; DAL: 8/70
2017 – WAS: 5/32; DAL: 8/89
2017 – NYG: 7/69; DAL: 8/51
2018 – CAR: 9/80; DAL: 10/85

*Playoff game



Anderson is tied for the third-lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL:

John Hussey: .818
Carl Cheffers: .800
Tony Corrente: .773
Clay Martin: .727
Shawn Hochuli: .700
Alex Kemp: .700
Bill Vinovich: .700
Walt Coleman: .636
Brad Allen: .600
John Parry: .600
Jerome Boger: .546
Craig Wrolstad: .546
Pete Morelli: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
WALT ANDERSON: .500
Clete Blakeman: .300
Shawn Smith: .250


Anderson is tied for the seventh-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:

Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Pete Morelli: .700
Shawn Hochuli: .600
Bill Vinovich: .600
Tony Corrente: .546
John Hussey: .546
WALT ANDERSON: .500
Alex Kemp: .500
Brad Allen: .500
Clete Blakeman: .500
Jerome Boger: .455
Walt Coleman: .455
Ron Torbert: .400
Shawn Smith: .400
Clay Martin: .364
John Parry: .300
Carl Cheffers: .200



The Saints are 6-10 when Anderson referees their games:

2003 – @PHI, 20-33 – L
2004 – @ATL, 21-24 – L
2007 – @CLT, 10-41 – L
2007 – ATL, 22-16 – W
2009 – @BUF, 27-7 – W
2010 – ATL, 24-27 – L-OT
2010 – @RAV, 24-30 – L
2011 – @RAM, 21-31 – L
2011 – @MIN, 20-42 – L
2013 – CAR, 31-13 – W
2014 – MIN, 20-9 – W
2015 – @CRD, 19-31 – L
2016 – CAR, 41-38 – W
2016 – @TB, 11-16 – L
2017 – @TB, 24-31 – L
2018 – @ATL, 43-37 – W-OT



The Saints have had fewer penalties 10/16 times under Anderson:

2003 – PHI: 14/171; NO: 12/101
2004 – ATL: 6/46; NO: 5/25
2007 – CLT: 6/30; NO: 4/20
2007 – ATL: 9/52; NO: 6/49
2009 – BUF: 12/116; NO: 9/97
2010 – ATL: 6/40; NO: 4/38
2010 – RAV: 10/68; NO: 6/68
2011 – RAM: 9/64; NO: 5/32
2011 – MIN: 8/84; NO: 6/65
2013 – CAR: 5/35; NO: 5/45
2014 – MIN: 5/44; NO: 4/30
2015 – CRD: 5/30; NO: 7/73
2016 – CAR: 5/51; NO: 10/126
2016 – TB: 7/65; NO: 13/104
2017 – TB: 2/15; NO: 7/38
2018 – ATL: 5/54; NO: 11/120


Anderson games have featured the second-most sacks on average:
Cheffers: 6.8
ANDERSON: 5.6
Kemp: 5.6
Martin: 5.6
Hussey: 5.5
Allen: 5.4
Hochuli: 5.3
Smith: 5.3
Coleman: 5.2
Wrolstad: 5.1
Corrente: 5.0
Morelli: 4.8
Torbert: 4.8
Vinovich: 4.5
Blakeman: 4.3
Parry: 3.7
Boger: 3.6


Anderson’s games are tied for the third-most offensive holding calls in the NFL:
Hochuli: 4.2
Wrolstad: 3.3
ANDERSON: 2.9
Torbert: 2.9
Cheffers: 2.8
Kemp: 2.6
Smith: 2.4
Blakeman: 2.3
Martin: 2.1
Parry: 2.1
Boger: 2.0
Morelli: 2.0
Allen: 1.9
Corrente: 1.6
Coleman: 1.4
Hussey: 1.6
Vinovich: 0.8




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.



New Orleans has challenged Anderson and won 5/7 times. Opponents are 1/3 while Replay Assistant is 2/3 with one of those calls benefiting the Saints.


Anderson is tied for the second-highest coaches’ challenge overturn rate in the NFL, and he is tied with John Hussey and Tony Corrente for the most coaches challenges reviewed in 2018:
Allen: 1.000 (3/3)
ANDERSON: .625 (5/8)
Hussey: .625 (5/8)
Cheffers: .600 (3/5)
Parry: .571 (4/7)
Torbert .500 (3/6)
Blakeman: .500 (2/4)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Hochuli: .500 (1/2)
Coleman: .400 (2/5)
Corrente: .375 (3/8)
Vinovich: .250 (1/4)
Smith: .250 (1/4)
Wrolstad: .167 (1/6)
Martin: .167 (1/6)
Boger: .143 (1/7)
Kemp: .000 (0/5)


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (16)

Ezekiel Elliott has taken eight hand-offs inside the 5-yard line, tied with LaGarrette Blount and Jordan Howard for the 10th-most in the NFL.

Elliott has gained 92 yards inside the 20-yard line, the fifth-most in the NFL.

Elliott’s five rushing touchdowns inside the 20-yard line are tied for the eighth-most in the league.

According to Next Gen Stats, Elliott sees eight defenders in the box 26.7 percent of the time.

According to Next Gen Stats, Elliott spends 2.89 seconds behind the line of scrimmage.

Alvin Kamara has tallied 1,225 scrimmage yards, the eighth-most in the NFL.

Kamara gains 5.9 yards per touch, tied with Todd Gurley and T.J. Yeldon for the 10th-most in the NFL.

The last time quarterbacks not named Drew Brees or Tony Romo started in this series was Dec. 12, 2004 when Aaron Brooks led the Saints into Texas Stadium to face Vinny Testaverde and the Cowboys. New Orleans won 27-13.

Brees played Texas high school football for Austin Westlake. The Cowboys are 9-8 against former Texas high school quarterbacks in AT&T Stadium.

The Saints have had three ex-Cowboys assistants as head coaches: Dick Nolan, Mike Ditka, and Sean Payton. Nolan is the only one who did not get a win against the Cowboys.

Cowboys pro scouting director Alex Loomis is the son of Saints general manager Mickey Loomis.

The late Tom Benson bought the New Orleans Saints in 1985. Along with Jerry Jones, they are two of six current owners who began their tenures in the 1980s. The other four owners are Virginia Halas McCaskey (1983), Alex Spanos (1984), Pat Bowlen (1984), and Dan Rooney (1988).


Not even a year into his NFL ownership, Jerry Jones led a group known as the Chicago 11 to block the installation of then-Saints GM Jim Finks as Commissioner Pete Rozelle’s replacement. Ultimately, Paul Tagliabue succeeded Rozelle thanks to Jones and the Chicago 11.


The Cowboys are 1-1 on Nov. 29. Here are the results:
1964 – GB, 21-45 – L
2007 – GB, 37-27 – W


The Saints are 2-6 on Nov. 29. Here are the results:

1970 – @CIN, 6-26 – L
1981 – TB, 14-31 – L
1987 – @PIT, 20-16 – W
1992 – MIA, 24-13 – W
1998 – @MIA, 10-30 – L
2012 – @ATL, 13-23 – L
2015 – @HTX, 6-24 – L


The Cowboys have three birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 29:

1967 – Joe Fishback, S, 1993-94
1970 – Joey Mickey, TE, 1993
1976 – Chris Akins, DB, 1999-2000

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SERIES FACTS (9)

This is the eighth time in franchise history the Cowboys started 5-5. 1/7 of those previous teams made the playoffs (1999) with none of them having won the division.

Since 1990, 37/140 teams that started 5-5 made the playoffs with 14 of those teams having won the division.

This is the 15th time Washington has started 6-4. 4/14 of those teams made the playoffs with two of them having won the division.

Since 1990, 87/143 teams that started 6-4 made the playoffs with 34 of them having won the division.

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

Dallas with winning record: 29-18-1
Washington with winning record: 23-13
Both teams with same records (Dallas perspective): 19-13-1

This is the first time since 2015 Washington has had a better record than Dallas ahead of both of their match-ups.

The Cowboys are 28-9-1 against Washington in November with a 16-2-1 record at home.

Dallas is 38-16-2 against Washington at home. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Cotton Bowl: 6-3-2
Texas Stadium: 26-10
AT&T Stadium: 5-4

Washington is 7-12 all-time on Thursdays with a 3-11 record as the visiting team.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Prescott’s 7.0 yards per pass attempt is tied for the sixth-lowest in the NFL.

Prescott’s has the 12th-lowest completion percentage in the NFL at 64.6 percent.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott’s 2,138 passing yards are second-fewest in the NFL. Only Sam Darnold’s 1,934 yards are lower, though he had a bye in Week 11.

Prescott’s 1.6 interception percentage is actually tied for the fifth-lowest in the NFL this season.

Prescott is tied with Cam Newton for the eighth-lowest yards per completion in the NFL at 10.9.

Prescott’s 213.8 passing yards per game are the lowest on average among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1.

Prescott’s 90.3 passer rating is the 12th-lowest in the NFL this season.

Prescott’s 34 sacks are the second-most in the NFL behind Eli Manning’s 36.

Prescott has engineered three game-winning drives this season, tied with Case Keenum for the fifth-most in the NFL.

In games where Prescott fails to throw a touchdown but manages to avoid even a fumble, the Cowboys are 4-2.

COLT MCCOY FACTS (10)

The last win of McCoy’s career was against Dallas on Monday Night Football on Oct. 27, 2014 when he led Washington to a 20-17 overtime win. McCoy completed 25/30 for 299 yards and an interception along with taking three sacks and rushing seven times for 16 yards and a touchdown.

Prior last week’s game versus Houston, McCoy’s last extended action was on Jan. 3, 2015 when he relieved starter Kirk Cousins in a 34-23 win over Dallas, going 7/11 for 128 yards, one touchdown, and took one sack.

McCoy is about to start in his fifth game for Washington in his five seasons with the franchise.

McCoy’s career high for passing yards occurred with Washington on Nov. 30, 2014 when he threw for 392 in a 49-27 loss at the Indianapolis Colts.

The game against the Colts in 2014 was also the game wherein McCoy threw for a career-high three passing touchdowns.

McCoy’s highest single-game passer rating occurred on Oct. 19, 2014 when he filled in for an injured Cousins and completed 11/12 for 128 yards, a touchdown, and took two sacks.

The most sacks McCoy has taken was in the aforementioned Colts game in 2014 when he took six.

The most interceptions McCoy has thrown is three when he led the Cleveland Browns to a 41-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Jan. 2, 2011.

The lowest single-game passer rating of McCoy’s career was 27.0 when he was a Cleveland Brown and lost to the Baltimore Ravens 20-10 on Dec. 26, 2010.

McCoy has had the longest career for a drafted Texas Longhorn quarterback (nine seasons) since Bobby Layne.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (13)

This is the fourth time in Garrett’s career he has started 5-5. Neither of the previous seasons resulted in postseason berths (2012-13, 2017).

Garrett owns the most 5-5 starts in Cowboys history.

This is the ninth Thanksgiving game of Garrett’s coaching tenure. Here is how his teams have performed in the pre-Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving games:

2010 – DET(W), NO (L)
2011 – @WAS (W-OT), MIA (W)
2012 – CLE (W-OT), WAS (L)
2013 – @NYG (W), RAI (W)
2014 – @NYG (W), PHI (L)
2015 – @MIA (W), CAR (L)
2016 – RAV (W), WAS (W)
2017 – PHI (L), SDG (L)


Garrett is 3-5 on Thanksgiving. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches on Turkey Day:

Tom Landry: 14-6-1
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Barry Switzer: 3-1
Wade Phillips: 3-0
Bill Parcells: 2-2
Jason Garrett: 3-5
Chan Gailey: 1-1
Dave Campo: 1-2


All-time, as a player and a coach, Garrett is 11-5 on Thanksgiving.

Garrett is 22-14 in November with an 11-10 record at home.

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

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


Garrett has staved off a series sweep by NFC East opponents 6/10 times.

The Cowboys are tied for the third-fewest penalties in the NFL with 56.

The Cowboys’ 56 penalties through 10 games are the third-fewest in club history.

The Cowboys’ 51.7 percent red zone conversion rate is the ninth-worst in the NFL.

Garrett is 20/40 on challenges for his career with a 1/4 record in 2018.


JAY GRUDEN FACTS (14)

A win would join Gruden with Tom Coughlin, Chip Kelly, and Mike McCarthy as the only coaches with three or more wins against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.


A loss would make Gruden the first Washington head coach to sustain three consecutive losses at AT&T Stadium.


Gruden is 1-4 on Thursdays. Here is how he compares to other Washington head coaches where applicable:

Joe Gibbs: 2-1
Ray Flaherty: 1-0
George Allen: 1-1
Steve Spurrier: 1-1
Mike Shanahan: 1-2
Jay Gruden: 1-4
Otto Graham: 0-1
Jack Pardee: 0-1
Norv Turner: 0-1
Jim Zorn: 0-1



Gruden is 3-6 against the Cowboys all-time. Here is how he compares to other Washington head coaches:

Joe Gibbs: 16-16
Bill McPeak: 4-4-2
Mike Nixon: 1-0
Richie Petitbon: 1-1
George Allen: 7-8
Norv Turner: 4-9
Mike Shanahan: 3-5
Otto Graham: 2-4
Jack Pardee: 2-4
Jay Gruden: 3-6
Steve Spurrier: 1-3
Jim Zorn: 1-3
Terry Robiskie: 0-1
Vince Lombardi: 0-2
Bill Austin: 0-2
Marty Schottenheimer: 0-2



On the road, Gruden is 6-7 against the NFC East on the road.

Gruden has a 7-12 record in November, his second-worst month:
September: 7-9
October: 11-9-1
November: 7-12
December: 8-8
January: 1-2

Gruden is 2-8 on the road in November.

Gruden is 2-2 against Dallas at AT&T Stadium.

Gruden has completed a series sweep 2/5 times with having secured the sweep on the road 2/3 times.

Washington has 70 penalties, the 11th-most in the NFL.

Washington’s 70 penalties through 10 games are tied for the 23rd-fewest in franchise history going back to 1940.

Washington’s 55.2 red zone conversion rate is ranked 20th in the NFL.

Gruden is 11/25 on challenges for his career with a 2/3 record in 2018.

Gruden is 3/6 coaches from the 2014 hiring class to have led their teams to the playoffs. However, Bill O’Brien and Mike Zimmer are the only ones who have won playoff games.


THANKSGIVING FACTS (10)

Since 2006, when Thursday NFL games ramped up, home teams are 89-69 on Thursdays, including Thanksgiving games.

Only the Detroit Lions have played more Thursday games (78) than the Dallas Cowboys (54). However, the Lions only have one more wins on Thursday than the Cowboys (36).

The Dallas Cowboys are 30-19-1 on Thanksgiving. Here is a breakdown by decade:

1960s: 3-0-1
1970s: 5-3
1980s: 6-4
1990s: 7-3
2000s: 6-4
2010s: 3-5


Washington is 4-7 on Thanksgiving.


Here’s a list of Cowboys quarterback Thanksgiving records:

Most Touchdowns: 5 (Romo, ’06)
Most Passing Yards: 455 (Aikman, ’98)
Most Completions: 37 (Romo, ’12)
Most Attempts: 62 (Romo, ’12)
Best Completion Percentage: 77.4 (White, ’83)
Most INTs: 3 (Morton, ‘69; White, ’87; Aikman, ’89; Carter, ’03; Romo, ‘15)
Best Passer Rating: Tony Romo, 148.9
Worst Passer Rating: Roger Staubach, 1.7
Youngest Starter: Troy Aikman, 23 years, 2 days
Oldest Starter: Jon Kitna, 38 years, 65 days


Here’s a list of the Top 10 Cowboys Passer Ratings on Thanksgiving:
1. Tony Romo — 148.9 (2006)
2. Roger Staubach — 141.4 (1971)
3. Tony Romo — 121.2 (2009)
4. Tony Romo — 113.7 (2008)
5. Troy Aikman — 113.0 (1995)
6. Don Meredith — 110.0 (1967)
7. Jason Garrett — 109.6 (1994)
8. Danny White — 109.2 (1983)
9. Dak Prescott — 108.9 (2016)
10. Danny White — 108.2 (1985)


In 1975 and 1977, the St. Louis Cardinals replaced the Cowboys as a Thanksgiving game host with unfavorable results. Even St. Louis-area high school football was a bigger draw than the Cardinals on Thanksgiving, thus moving the game back to Dallas.

The longest Thanksgiving winning streak the Cowboys had was from 1980 to 1985. Their longest losing streak is from 1986 to 1989.

The Cowboys’ biggest Thanksgiving win was a 51-7 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

The Cowboys were shutout by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1989 and then pitched their own against the Miami Dolphins in 1999. Aikman started both contests.


BROADCAST FACTS (13)


This is the 33rd game in the Dallas-Washington series that FOX will broadcast, and that alone is a little over half the games CBS broadcast in the series with 59 total.

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

CBS: 32-24-2
FOX: 22-10
NBC: 4-2
ABC: 7-7
ESPN: 4-1

Dallas is 129-121 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

Washington is 126-162-1 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Cowboys are 34-41 when Joe Buck calls their games.

Dallas is 40-47 when Aikman calls their games.

The Cowboys are 7-5 on FOX on Thanksgiving. Here is how they fare on all networks involved since 1966:

CBS: 18-8-1
FOX: 7-5
NBC: 5-6


The Detroit Lions are 5-6 on FOX on Thanksgiving. Here is how they have performed on all networks involved:

NBC: 11-4
Dumont: 2-0
ABC: 1-0
FOX: 5-6
CBS: 11-22-2


Troy Aikman was the first former Cowboys player to cover a Thanksgiving game on Nov. 28, 2002 when he was with FOX. Dallas beat Washington 27-20.

The Cowboys have the most Thanksgiving game awards with 26. Here is a breakdown by network:

CBS (All-Iron): 11 – Dexter Coakley, Tony Romo (3), Chris Canty, DeMarcus Ware, Terence Newman, Miles Austin, Jason Witten, DeMarco Murray, and Lance Dunbar.

CBS (Madden Turkey Leg): 7 – Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, and the Dallas offensive line

FOX (Galloping Gobbler): 6 – Emmitt Smith, Julius Jones, Tony Romo, DeMarcus Ware, Dak Prescott (2016), Ezekiel Elliott (2016)

FOX (Madden Turkey Leg): 2 – Emmitt Smith and Jason Garrett



RON TORBERT FACTS (12)

This week’s referee is Ron Torbert. The Cowboys have a 1-2 record in his games:

2015 – CAR, 14-33 – L
2016 – NYG, 19-20 – L
2017 – @SF, 40-10 – W


Dallas has never had fewer penalties than the opposition in all three of his games:

2015 – CAR: 8/53; DAL: 8/40
2016 – NYG: 4/40; DAL: 6/50
2017 – SF: 2/22; DAL: 5/36


Torbert is tied for the third-lowest home team winning percentage among referees this season:

Carl Cheffers: .800
John Hussey: .800
Shawn Hochuli: .778
Tony Corrente: .750
Clay Martin: .700
Bill Vinovich: .667
Alex Kemp: .667
Brad Allen: .667
Walt Coleman: .600
Jerome Boger: .600
John Parry: .556
Pete Morelli: .500
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Walt Anderson: .444
Ron Torbert: .444
Clete Blakeman: .333
Shawn Smith: .278


Torbert is tied for the fifth-lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:

Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Pete Morelli: .700
Shawn Hochuli: .667
Bill Vinovich: .667
John Hussey: .600
Brad Allen: .556
Alex Kemp: .556
Walt Coleman: .500
Tony Corrente: .500
Jerome Boger: .500
Walt Anderson: .444
Clete Blakeman: .444
Ron Torbert: .444
Clay Martin: .400
Shawn Smith: .333
John Parry: .333
Carl Cheffers: .200


Washington is 4-1 in games where Torbert is the referee:

2014 – JAX, 41-10 – W
2015 – @NYG, 21-32 – L
2015 – @CHI, 24-21 – W
2016 – @RAV, 16-10 – W
2017 – @SEA, 17-14 – W


Washington has had fewer penalties than the opposition 3/5 times with Torbert:

2014 – JAX: 6/44; WAS: 11/98
2015 – NYG: 8/67; WAS: 7/58
2015 – CHI: 7/79; WAS: 8/63
2016 – RAV: 9/65; WAS: 4/46
2017 – SEA: 16/138; WAS: 7/62


Torbert’s games are tied for the fourth-fewest sacks in the NFL:

Cheffers: 6.8
Anderson: 5.7
Hochuli: 5.7
Martin: 5.7
Smith: 5.7
Kemp: 5.6
Coleman: 5.4
Allen: 5.3
Corrente: 5.1
Morelli: 4.8
Hussey: 4.7
Wrolstad: 4.6
Blakeman: 4.6
Torbert: 4.6
Vinovich: 4.3
Boger: 3.9
Parry: 3.6



Torbert’s crew calls the third-most offensive holding calls on average:

Hochuli: 4.1
Wrolstad: 3.2
Torbert: 3
Cheffers: 2.8
Anderson: 2.8
Kemp: 2.6
Smith: 2.6
Blakeman: 2.1
Boger: 2.1
Martin: 2.1
Parry: 2.1
Allen: 2
Morelli: 2
Hussey: 1.7
Corrente: 1.6
Coleman: 1.2
Vinovich: 0.8



The Cowboys are 0/1 on challenges under Torbert while opponents are 1/1. Replay Assistant has yet to challenge one of Torbert’s calls.

Washington has only challenged Torbert’s calls once, and lost on the challenge. Opponents have not and neither has Replay Assistant.



This season, Torbert has a .500 overturn rate on coaches’ challenges, tied for sixth-highest in the NFL:

Allen: 1.000 (3/3)
Parry: .667 (4/6)
Hussey: .625 (5/8)
Anderson: .625 (5/8)
Cheffers: .600 (3/5)
Torbert: .500 (3/6)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Hochuli: .500 (1/2)
Blakeman: .500 (2/4)
Coleman: .400 (2/5)
Corrente: .375 (3/8)
Vinovich: .250 (1/4)
Wrolstad: .200 (1/5)
Martin: .200 (1/5)
Boger: .167 (1/6)
Smith: .000 (0/2)
Kemp: .000 (0/5)



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (10)

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has the second-most rushing yards with 953.

Elliott’s seven total touchdowns are tied with Adrian Peterson and three others for the 14th-most in the NFL.

Elliott has the same yards per carry as Todd Gurley and Marlon Mack at 5.0, the eighth-highest in the NFL.

Elliott’s 95.3 rushing yards per game are actually the most in the NFL.

Elliott’s 19.1 rushing attempts per game are tied with Gurley for the most in the NFL.

Dallas cornerback Byron Jones is tied with Kansas City cornerback Steven Nelson for the seventh-most pass deflections in the NFL with 10.

Cowboys rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is tied for the third-most interceptions by a linebacker this season with two.


The Cowboys are 9-6 on Nov. 22. Here are the results:

1964 – @WAS, 16-28 – L
1970 – @WAS, 45-21 – W
1973 – MIA, 7-14 – L
1979 – OTI, 24-30 – L
1981 – WAS, 24-10 – W
1984 – NE, 20-17 – W
1987 – MIA, 14-20 – L
1990 – WAS, 27-17 – W
1992 – CRD, 16-10 – W
1998 – SEA, 30-22 – W
2001 – DEN, 24-26 – L
2007 – NYJ, 34-3 – W
2009 – WAS, 7-6 – W
2012 – WAS, 31-38 – L
2015 – @MIA, 24-14 – W


Washington is 6-7 on Nov. 22. Here are the results:

1936 – Brooklyn Dodgers, 30-6 – W
1942 – Brooklyn Dodgers, 23-3 – W
1953 – @NYG, 24-21 – W
1959 – @GB, 0-21 – L
1964 –
DAL, 28-16 – W
1970 – DAL, 21-45 – L
1973 – @DET, 20-0 – W
1981 – @DAL, 10-24 – L
1990 – @DAL, 17-27 – L
1998 – CRD, 42-45 – L
2009 – @DAL, 6-7 – L
2012 – @DAL, 38-31 – W
2015 – @CAR, 16-44 – L



The Cowboys have seven birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 22:

1934 – Don McIhenny, RB, 1960-61
1962 – Steve Deossie, LB, 1984-88
1963 – Mike Zentic, C, 1987
1968 – Darryl Hardy, LB, 1995 & 1997
1975 – Ryan Neufeld, TE, 1999
1979 – Keith Adams, LB, 2001-02
1989 – Tyrone Crawford, DL, 2014-present

Cowboys at Falcons

SERIES FACTS (10)

This is the fifth time in franchise history the Cowboys have started 4-5. None of the previous four teams made the playoffs.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last reformatted, 22/158 teams that started 4-5 made the playoffs with 10 of them having won the division.

This is the second time in franchise history the Falcons have started 4-5. The 1983 team finished 7-9 and failed to make the playoffs.

The Cowboys are 33-17 in pre-Thanksgiving games.

Atlanta is on a three-game winning streak against the Cowboys, their longest in the series. Comparatively, Dallas has strung together five multi-game winning streaks against Atlanta with the longest being five games.

The Cowboys are 7-7 in Atlanta. Here is a breakdown by venue:
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium: 4-3
Georgia Dome: 3-3
Mercedes-Benz Stadium: 0-1

Dallas is 1-5 against the Falcons in November with a 0-5 record on the road.

Since 1970, the Cowboys are 146-111 in early afternoon games with a 77-72 record on the road.

Since 1970, the Falcons are 238-257-3 in early afternoon games with a 159-136-1 record at home.

The Cowboys are 141-135-1 in games in the Eastern Time Zone with a 63-5
9 record on the road.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (17)

Prescott is 0-1 against the Falcons. Here is how other Cowboys quarterbacks have fared in their first starts against Atlanta:

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

Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Prescott has the lowest passing yards with 1,930.

Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Prescott is tied for the third-lowest passing touchdowns at 11.

Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Prescott is tied for the sixth-fewest interceptions with five.

Prescott is tied with Cam Newton and Blake Bortles for the ninth-lowest yards per pass attempt at 7.1.

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

Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Prescott has the seventh-lowest passer rating at 90.8.

Prescott is tied for the eighth-most fourth quarter comebacks this season with one.

Prescott is tied with the fifth-most game-winning drives in the NFL this season with two.

Prescott is tied for the second-most red zone interceptions this season with two.

Prescott targeted receiver Amari Cooper 10 times last week at Philadelphia, which were tied with Cole Beasley against the Jaguars for the most targets Prescott has given to an individual receiver.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott has the third-longest “time to throw” at 3.01 seconds.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott throws 1.2 yards behind the line to gain.

On first down, Prescott has a 93.0 passer rating, 8.2 yards per attempt, and Ezekiel Elliott his most-targeted receiver with 17 passes. Here is how that compares to his previous seasons through the first nine games:
2016 – 102.7 passer rating, 7.6 yards per attempt, Jason Witten (20)
2017 – 102.6 passer rating, 7.0 yards per attempt, Dez Bryant (32)


On second down, Prescott has a 95.2 passer rating, 6.6 yards per attempt, and Allen Hurns his most targeted receiver with 20 passes. Here is how that compares to the past two seasons through nine games:
2016 –113.0 passer rating, 9.0 yards per attempt, Jason Witten (27)
2017 – 101.3 passer rating, 7.4 yards per attempt, Dez Bryant (29)


On third down, Prescott has an 81.1 passer rating, 6.0 yards per attempt, and Cole Beasley his most targeted receiver with 19 passes. Here is how that compares to the first nine games of previous seasons:
2016 – 100.6 passer rating, 8.3 yards per attempt, Cole Beasley (21)
2017 – 88.8 passer rating, 6.1 yards per attempt, and Dez Bryant (19)


With a minimum of 100 pass attempts, last year, Prescott was tied for the fifth-fewest sacks
in the league with 10. This season, Prescott is tied for the league lead with 32.


MATT RYAN FACTS (21)

According to Next Gen Stats, Ryan is tied with Mitch Trubisky for the eighth-most “completed air yards” at 6.5.

According to Next Gen Stats, Ryan throws 0.9 yards behind the line to gain, the same average as Tom Brady.

Ryan has the fourth-highest completion percentage in the NFL at 71.1 percent.

Ryan has the fourth-highest passing yards in the NFL at 3,015.

Ryan is tied with Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees for the fifth-most passing touchdowns in the NFL with 21.

Ryan is tied with Alex Smith for the third-fewest interceptions in the NFL with three.

Ryan’s 0.8 interception percentage is the third-lowest in the NFL. Smith has a 1.0 interception percentage.

Ryan’s 8.5 yards per pass attempt are the sixth-most in the NFL.

Ryan’s 335.0 passing yards per game are the most in the NFL.

Ryan’s 113.2 passer rating is the fourth-highest in the league.

Ryan has taken 24 sacks on the season, tied with Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum for the ninth-most in the NFL.

Ryan is 1/6 quarterbacks who has started every game this season and not yet engineered a fourth quarter comeback or game-winning drive.

With a minimum of 60 pass attempts, Ryan has the highest third down completion percentage in the NFL at 76.1 percent.

With a minimum of 60 pass attempts, Ryan has the second-highest third down passer rating in the NFL at 118.2.

With a minimum of 60 pass attempts, Ryan has the third-highest yards per pass attempt on third down at 9.2.

Ryan has converted the second-most third downs through the air this season with 49.

Among quarterbacks taken since 1999,
Ryan is one of the 9/23 quarterbacks taken within the first three picks of the draft to play in a conference title game.

Ryan is 58-29 at home compared to 44-42 on the road.

Ryan is 63-13 when he has a passer rating of 100.0 or greater.

Ryan
is 36-48 when he throws an interception compared to 65-26 when he does not.

Ryan is 80-59 when he gets sacked at least once.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Garrett is 6-1 in pre-Thanksgiving games with a 4-0 record on the road.

Garrett is 0-3 against the Falcons. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

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


The Falcons are 1/5 teams in the NFL that have defeated Garrett on multiple occasions without a loss to date and the only one from the NFC.

This is the second 4-5 start of Garrett’s career.

Garrett is 25-17 in the Eastern Time Zone with a 9-3 record in November.

Garrett is 21-14 in November with a 10-4 record on the road.

The Cowboys are tied for the fifth-fewest penalties in the NFL with 54.

The Cowboys
54 penalties are the 20th-fewest in franchise history through nine games.

The Cowboys’ 51.9 red zone conversion percentage is the ninth-lowest in
the NFL.

The Cowboys’
20.1 points per game are the ninth-fewest in the NFL. It is the second-lowest in the Garrett era with 2015’s 18.4 holding the top spot.



DAN QUINN FACTS (10)

Quinn is 7-3 against the NFC East with a 4-0 record at home.

Quinn is 2-0 against the Cowboys. Here is how he compares to other Falcons coaches with multiple games coached against Dallas:

Dan Quinn: 2-0
Pat Peppler: 1-0
Marion Campbell: 2-2
Jerry Glanville: 2-2
Dan Henning: 1-1
Dan Reeves: 1-1
Mike Smith: 1-1
Leeman Bennett: 0-2
June Jones: 0-2
Norb Hecker: 0-2
Norm Van Brocklin: 0-3

Quinn’s 2-0 record against the Cowboys is tied with two other teams for his best against a NFC East opponent:
Dallas: 2-0
New York: 2-0
Washington: 2-0
Philadelphia: 1-3

Quinn is 6-7 in November with a 3-4 record at home.

Quinn is 1/17 head coaches to guide a team to a Super Bowl in his second year with the team.

Quinn is 0/1 this season on challenges with a 10/17 record for his career.

The Falcons have committed the 12th-fewest penalties in the NFL with 57.

The Falcons’ 57 penalties through the first nine games are tied for the 22nd-most in franchise history.

Atlanta has the seventh-best red zone conversion rate in the league at 69.0 percent.

Quinn was the defensive line coach for the 2005-06 Miami Dolphins. That connects him with head coach Jason Garrett (quarterba
cks coach), offensive coordinator Scott Linehan (offensive coordinator), offensive consultant Hudson Houck (offensive line coach), and director of pro scouting Judd Garrett (offensive quality control).


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

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

CBS: 15
FOX: 7
ABC: 2
NBC: 1
NFL Network: 1

This week’s game is the 17th early game in the series.

This week’s broadcasting team is Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis, making them the 27th different team to call a game in this series.

Dallas is 22-18 when Burkhardt calls their games.

The Falcons are 9-9 when Burkhardt calls their games.

Dallas is 4-0 when Davis does color commentary for their games.

The Falcons are 12-5 when Davis does color commentary for their game
s.

Dallas is 128-121 all-
time on FOX, including postseason.

The Falcons are 160-152 on FOX, including postseason and Super Bowls XXXIII and LI.

This will be the ninth game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium to be broadcast on FOX.


CRAIG WROLSTAD FACTS (13)

This week’s referee is Craig Wrolstad. The Cowboys have a 4-2 record with Wrolstad. Here are the resu
lts:

2014 – Cardinals, 17-28 – L
2015 – NYJ, 16-19 – L
2016 – CHI, 31-17 – W
2016 – WAS, 31-26 – W
2017 – @Cardi
nals, 28-17 – W
2017 – WAS, 38-14
– W



The Cowboys have
had fewer penalties than the opposition 5/6 times with Wrolstad:

2014 – Cardinals: 6/62; DAL: 5/33
2015 – NYJ: 8/61; DAL: 6/54
2016 – CHI: 6/45; DAL: 4/45
2016 – WAS: 3/30; DAL: 3/25
2017 – Cardinals: 6/50; DAL: 9/76
2017 – WAS: 7/43; DAL: 3/25


Wrolstad has the seventh-lowest home te
am winning percentage this season among referees:
Carl Cheffers: .778
Shawn Hochuli: .778
John Hussey: .778
Alex Kemp: .750
Tony Corrente: .722
Brad Allen: .667
Jerome Boger: .667
Clay
Martin: .667
Bill Vin
ovich: .667
Pete Morelli: .556
Walt Coleman: .556
Craig Wrolstad: .556
John Parry: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Ron Torbert: .444
Clete Blakeman: .250
Shawn Smith: .188


Wrolstad leads the NFL for percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Pete Morelli: .778
Tony Corrente: .667
Bill Vinovich: .667
Shawn Hochuli: .667
John Hussey: .556
Jerome Boger: .556
Brad Allen: .556
Alex Kemp: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Walt Coleman: .444
Ron Torbert: .444
Clete Blakeman: .3
75
John Parry: .375
Shawn Smith: .375
Clay Martin: .3
33
Carl Cheffers: .222


The Falcons have a 2-2 record with Wrolstad:
2014 – TB, 56-14 – W
2015 – NO, 17-20 – L
2016 – @PHI, 15-24 – L
2017 – @NYJ, 25-20 – W


Atlanta has had fewer penalties than the opposition 2/4 times with Wrolstad:
2014 – TB: 11/110; ATL: 5/5
0
2015 – NO:
4/45; ATL: 4/32
2016 – PHI: 10/77; ATL: 8/67
2017 – NYJ: 6/50; ATL: 6/68


Wrolstad’s games see the fifth-highest sacks per game this
season:
Chef
fers: 7.2
Martin: 5.9
Smith: 5.8
Hochuli: 5.7
Coleman: 5.7
Anderson: 5.4
Kemp: 5.3
Allen: 5.3
Morelli: 5.0
Corrente: 4.8
Hussey: 4.7
Torbert: 4.6
Wrolstad: 4.6
Vinovich: 4.3
Blakeman: 4.2
Boger: 3.8
Parry: 3.6


Wroldstad’s crew has the second-highest rate of offensive holding calls:
Hochuli: 4.1
Wrolstad: 3.4
Cheffers: 3.1
Torbert: 3.0
Kemp: 2.9
Smith: 2.9
Anderson: 2.8
Martin: 2.3
Morelli: 2.0
Parry: 2.0
Allen: 2.0
Blakeman: 2.0
Boger: 2.0
Hussey: 1.8
Corrente: 1.8
Coleman: 1.2
Vinovich: 0.8


Dallas is 0/2 when challenging Wrolstad while opponents are 2/2. Replay Assistant is 0/1 with none of those calls benefiting the Cowboys.


The Falcons have never challenged Wrolstad though the opposition is 1/1. Replay Assistant has also not yet challenged Wrolsta
d.

Wrolstad
is tied for the fourth-lowest overturn rate on coaches’ challenges this season:
Allen: 1.000 (3/3)
Parry: .667 (4/6)
Hussey: .667 (4/6)
Cheffers: .600 (3/5)
Anderson: .500 (3/6)
Torbert: .500 (3/6)
Coleman: .500 (2/4)
Hochuli: .500 (1/2)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Blakeman: .333 (1/3)
Corrente: .286 (2/7)
Vinovich: .250 (1/4)

Martin: .200 (1/5)
Wrolstad
: .200 (1/5)
Boger: .167 (1/6)
Smith: .000 (0/2)
Kemp: .000 (0/5)

Wrolstad was a field judge on Ed Hochuli’s crew on Jan. 9, 2010 when Dallas defeated Philadelphia 34-14 to win their first playoff game in 13 years.

Away from pro football, Wrolstad is a high school athletic director for Seattle Christian Schools in Tukwila, Washington.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (9)


The Falcons are 27-19 when Jones has 100 yards or more receiving.

Atlanta is 42-34 when Jones catches five or more passes.

The Falcons have the fifth-highest opposing passer rating in the NF
L at 104.8. The Cowboys are right behind them at 101.3.

The Falcons are tied for the fourth-fewest sacks with 17.

Atlanta gives up the sixth-most yards per pass attempt in the NFL at 8.0.

Atlanta is tied with the Los Angeles Rams for the most rushing yards per attempt surrendered at 5.2.

The Falcons have the fourth-worst scoring defense in the NFL, giving up 28.2 points per game.

The Cowboys are 5-4 on Nov. 18. Here are the results:
1962 – CHI, 33-34 – L
1973 – PHI, 31-10 – W
1979 – @WAS, 20-34 – L
1984 – @BUF, 3-14 – L
1990 – @RAM, 24-21 – W
1996
– GB, 21-6 – W
2001 – PHI, 3-36 – L
2007 – WAS, 28-23 – W
2012 – CLE, 23-20 – W-OT


The Falcons are 2-3 on Nov. 18. Here are the results:
1984 – CLE, 7-23 – L
1990 – PHI, 23-24 – L
2001 – @GB, 23-20 – W
2007 – TB, 7-31 – L
2012 – CRD, 23-19 – W


The Cowboys have three birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 18:
1955 – Glenn Carano, QB, 1978-83
1962 – Buzz Sawyer, P, 1987
1969 – Raghib Ismail, WR, 1999-2001

Cowboys at Eagles

SERIES FACTS (12)

This the seventh time in franchise history the Cowboys have started 3-5. None of those previous six teams made the playoffs.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 13/163 teams that started 3-5 made the playoffs.

This is the 19th time the Eagles have started 4-4. 4/18 of those previous teams made the playoffs.

1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, teams that have started 4-4 have made the playoffs 54/170 times. 19/54 of those teams won the division.

This is the 15th-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 25th 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 31/58 times. 17/31 of those initial wins came in Philadelphia.

Dallas is 16-13 against the Eagles in November with an 8-4 record on the road.

The Dallas Cowboys are 29-27 against the Philadelphia Eagles on the road. Here is the breakdown by venue:

Franklin Field: 4-6
Veterans Stadium: 16-15
Lincoln Financial Field: 9-6


The Cowboys’ 9-6 record at Lincoln Financial Field is the best among NFC East opponents:

Dallas: 9-6
New York: 5-11
Washington: 7-9


Philadelphia is coming off of a bye. The Cowboys are 20-10 against teams coming off of bye weeks with a 2-3 record against Philadelphia and an 8-8 record on the road.

The Eagles are 22-7 coming off of bye weeks with a 14-4 record at home.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (16)

Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Prescott has the fifth-lowest yards per pass attempt in the NFL at 7.0.

Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Prescott has the ninth-lowest yards per completion in the league at 11.1.

Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Prescott’s 207.5 yards per game are the worst in the NFL.

Prescott’s 88.9 passer rating is the fifth-worst among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1.

Prescott’s 28 sacks are the third-most in the NFL.

Among quarterbacks with a minimum of 200 passes, Prescott’s 62.9 completion percentage is the fourth-worst in the NFL.

The only quarterback who has started since Week 1 and completed fewer passes than Prescott (149) is Russell Wilson with 146.

Prescott is tied with Ben Roethlisberger, Jared Goff, Derek Carr, Blake Bortles, and Jameis Winston for the second-most red zone interceptions in the NFL with two.

Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Prescott has the fifth-highest completion percentage inside the 10-yard line at 57.1.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott is third in the NFL in “time to throw” at 3.04 seconds.

Prescott’s 6.1 “completed air yards” are the 10th-highest among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, according to Next Gen Stats.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott throws 0.7 yards behind the line to gain, which is the same as Matt Ryan, Andy Dalton, and Josh Rosen.

Prescott is tied with Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum for the third-most sacks on third down with 13.

Prescott has been sacked the most in the NFL on first down with 11.

Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Prescott has the second-lowest yards per pass attempt on third down at 5.6.

Prescott’s 74.0 passer rating on third down is the worst among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1.


CARSON WENTZ FACTS (15)

On third down, Wentz’s 99.1 passer rating is the eighth-highest among quarterbacks with a minimum of 50 passes.

On third down, Wentz’s 7.2 yards per pass attempt is tied with Andrew Luck for the 12-highest in the NFL among quarterbacks with a minimum of 50 passes.

On third down, among quarterbacks with a minimum of 50 attempts, Wentz has the 11th-worst completion percentage on third down at 58.9.

Wentz is 11-12 when he gets sacked twice or more compared to 10-2 when he sacked once or fewer.

Of the 12 games Wentz has had with a sack or fewer, 1/12 have occurred in 2018.

Wentz is 15-5 when his passer rating is above 90.0 compared to 6-9 when it is not.

5/20 of Wentz’s 90-plus passer rating games have come in 2018, but the Eagles have only won in two of them.

Wentz is tied for the second-best completion percentage inside the 10-yard line at 66.7 percent.

Wentz is tied with Joe Flacco for the 15th-most red zone touchdown passes with 10.

Wentz has yet to throw a red zone interception since 2016.

Wentz is 10th in the NFL at 7.9 yards per pass attempt.

Wentz’s 109.6 passer rating is the seventh-best in the NFL.

Wentz’s 70.7 completion percentage is the fifth-highest in the NFL.

Wentz has been sacked 21 times this season, tied for 13th-most in the NFL. He was sacked 23 times through nine games in 2017, which were the eighth-most in the NFL at the time.

Wentz’s 0.9 interception percentage is the third-lowest in the NFL behind Aaron Rodgers (0.3) and Drew Brees (0.4).


JASON GARRETT FACTS (16)

This is the second 3-5 start in Garrett’s career and now leads the Cowboys for the most such starts.


Garrett owns a 22-20 record in prime time with a 9-11 record on the road.


Garrett is 20-14 in November with a 10-5 record on the road.


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
Jason Garrett: 8-8
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Jimmy Johnson: 5-6
Bill Parcells: 3-5
Dave Campo: 0-6


Garrett is 15-9 in the first games of a series against NFC East foes with a 7-2 record on the road.

Garrett has a 29-19 record against the NFC East with a 17-8 record on the road.


Garrett is 6-2 against the Eagles on the road. Here is how that compares to the rest of the NFC East:

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


Garrett is currently 31-32 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 17-13 on the road without Romo under center.

Garrett is 3-5 against Philadelphia without Romo. Here is how that compares to other divisional opponents:
Washington: 6-2
NY Giants: 4-3
Philadelphia: 3-5

Garrett is 8-12 against Super Bowl-winning head coaches.


Garrett is 1/4 on challenges this season. Last season, Garrett was 1/5, and 1/3 the season before that.

The Cowboys are tied for the sixth-fewest penalties in the NFL with 49.

The Cowboys’ 49 penalties through the first eight games are tied for the 19th-fewest in franchise history.

Dallas is tied with Buffalo for the ninth-worst red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 50 percent.

The Cowboys have the fifth-worst third down conversion rate in the NFL at 33.3 percent.


DOUG PEDERSON FACTS (11)

Pederson has won the opening contest of a division series 4/7 times since becoming Eagles head coach.

Pederson is 8-5 against the NFC East with a 4-2 record at home.

Pederson is 11-10 against playoff-winning head coaches with an 8-4 record at home.

Pederson is 8-3 in prime time games with a 4-1 record at home.

Pederson is 2-2 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 Cardinals for 15th-fewest penalties in the NFL with 55.

The Eagles’ 55 penalties through the first eight games are tied for the 27th-most in team history since 1940.

The Eagles have the 15th-lowest red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 54.8 percent.


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.


BROADCAST FACTS (13)

This is the 10th-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 42nd NFC East game on Sunday Night Football since 2006.

Dallas is 25-20 on
NBC Sunday Night Football, including playoff games and NFL Specials.

The Eagles are 17-17 on
NBC Sunday Night Football, including playoff games and NFL Specials.

This will be Al Michaels’ 21st game in the series, second-most to Pat Summerall’s 24.

The Cowboys are 52-36 when Michaels calls their games.

The Eagles are 36-34 when Michaels does play-by-play.

This will be the 12th game in the series Cris Collinsworth will call. The most in the series is John Madden with 20.

The Cowboys are 26-21 when Collinsworth does color commentary for their games.

The Eagles are 27-20 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 51-35, 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.


JOHN PARRY FACTS (11)

This week’s referee is John Parry. The Cowboys are 8-6 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, 31-17 – W
2015 – @NYG, 20-27 – L
2015 – WAS, 23-34 – L
2016 – @Ravens, 27-17 – W
2017 – @PHI, 6-0 – W
2018 – NYG, 20-13 – W




The Cowboys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 6/14 times with Parry:


2007 – GB: 9/142; DAL: 10/65
2008 – Rams: 5/32; DAL: 8/56
2008 – SEA: 5/46; DAL: 5/38
2009 – WAS: 4/33; DAL: 4/21
2010 – NYG: 6/46; DAL: 5/42
2011 – DET: 10/75; DAL: 7/33
2012 – ATL: 2/15; DAL: 7/50
2013 – PHI: 5/33; DAL: 12/75
2014 – JAX: 2/19; DAL: 9/65
2015 – NYG: 3/13; DAL: 7/46
2015 – WAS: 3/20; DAL: 4/44
2016 – Ravens: 12/136; DAL: 5/45
2017 – PHI: 7/49; DAL: 7/64
2018 – NYG: 3/24; DAL: 6/47


Parry has the seventh-lowest home team winning percentage this season:
Shawn Hochuli: .875
Tony Corrente: .813
Brad Allen: .750
Carl Cheffers: .750
John Hussey: .750
Alex Kemp: .714
Bill Vinovich: .625
Craig Wrolstad: .625
Clay Martin: .625
Jerome Boger: .625
John Parry: .571
Walt Coleman: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Pete Morelli: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Clete Blakeman: .250
Shawn Smith: .188


Parry has the second-lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Pete Morelli: .875
Tony Corrente: .750
Bill Vinovich: .750
Shawn Hochuli: .750
John Hussey: .625
Alex Kemp: .571
Brad Allen: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Jerome Boger: .500
Walt Coleman: .375
Clete Blakeman: .375
Clay Martin: .375
Ron Torbert: .375
Shawn Smith: .375
John Parry: .286
Carl Cheffers: .250




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

2007 – @WAS, 33-25 – W
2009 – KC, 34-14 – W
2009 – @NYG, 45-38 – W
2010 – GB, 20-27 – L
2010 – @NYG, 38-31 – W
2013 – DAL, 3-17 – L
2014 – @HTX, 31-21 – W
2015 – @DET, 14-45 – L
2016 – @WAS, 20-27 – L
2017 – DAL, 0-6 – L



The Eagles have had fewer penalties with Parry 7/10 times:

2007 – WAS: 11/74; PHI: 5/38
2009 – KC: 10/90; PHI: 3/20
2009 – NYG: 7/54; PHI: 6/45
2010 – GB: 2/15; PHI: 10/80
2010 – NYG: 4/35; PHI: 5/30
2013 – DAL: 12/75; PHI: 5/33
2014 – HTX: 9/54; PHI: 7/55
2015 – DET: 4/29; PHI: 2/30
2016 – WAS: 9/75; PHI: 13/114
2017 – DAL: 7/64; PHI: 7/49



Parry’s games feature the absolute fewest sacks in the NFL this season among referees:
Cheffers: 6.9
Hochuli: 6.3
Smith: 5.8
Martin: 5.6
Coleman: 5.6
Allen: 5.4
Morelli: 5.4
Anderson: 5.4
Kemp: 5.1
Corrente: 4.9
Torbert: 4.6
Wrolstad: 4.5
Hussey: 4.5
Vinovich: 4.3
Boger: 4.3
Blakeman: 4.1
Parry: 3.3


Parry’s have the ninth-highest rate of offensive holding calls:
Hochuli: 4.1
Wrolstad: 3.6
Kemp: 3.3
Smith: 2.9
Torbert: 2.9
Anderson: 2.8
Cheffers: 2.8
Martin: 2.4
Parry: 2.1
Morelli: 2
Blakeman: 2
Corrente: 2
Boger: 1.9
Hussey: 1.9
Allen: 1.6
Coleman: 1.4
Vinovich: 0.8




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



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


Parry is tied for the third-highest overturn rate on challenges this season:
Allen: 1.000 (2/2)
Hussey: .667 (4/6)
Parry: .600 (3/5)
Cheffers: .600 (3/5)
Hochuli: .500 (1/2)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Torbert: .500 (3/6)
Anderson: .500 (3/6)
Blakeman: .333 (1/3)
Coleman: .333 (1/3)
Corrente: .333 (2/6)
Vinovich: .250 (1/4)
Wrolstad: .200 (1/5)
Martin: .200 (1/5)
Boger: .200 (1/5)
Kemp: .000 (0/3)
Smith: .000 (0/2)



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (6)

Ezekiel Elliott’s 18.6 attempts per game are the third-most in the NFL.

Elliott’s 680 rushing yards are the fourth-most in the NFL.

The Cowboys are 4-3 on Nov. 11. Here are the results:
1962 – NYG, 10-41 – L
1973 – @NYG, 23-10 – W
1984 – @CRD, 24-17 – W
1990 – SF, 6-24 – L
2001 – @ATL, 13-20 – L
2007 – @NYG, 31-20 – W
2012 – @PHI, 38-23 – W


The Eagles are 4-6 on Nov. 11. Here are the results:

1933 – Brooklyn Dodgers, 7-10 – L
1945 – NYG, 38-17 – W
1951 – @CLE, 17-20 – L
1956 – PIT, 14-7 – W
1962 – GB, 0-49 – L
1973 – ATL, 27-44 – L
1984 – @MIA, 23-24 – L
2001 – MIN, 48-17 – W
2007 – @WAS, 33-25 – W
2012 – DAL, 23-38 – L

The Cowboys have six birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 11:
1930 – Bob Fry, OT, 1960-64
1968 – Lin Elliott, K, 1992-93
1968 – John Jett, P, 1993-96
1983 – Tony Curtis, TE, 2006-08
1986 – Mark Sanchez, QB, 2016
1991 – Jayrone Elliott, LB, 2017


The Cowboys have a death to remember on Nov. 11. In 2007, Dick Nolan died at the age of 75. He played defensive back for Dallas in 1962, but he was the club’s defensive coordinator from 1962-67. He returned as a position coach from 1982-90 and coached the receivers from 1982-85 and the secondary from 1986-90.

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SERIES FACTS (14)

The Cowboys are 67-69-1 in their blue jerseys with a 3-0 record against the Titans franchise.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 32/173 teams that started 3-4 made the playof
fs.

The Cowboys are 3-4 for the eighth time in franchise history. None of those teams made the playoffs.

This is the 11th time in franchise history the Titans have started 3-4. Only 2/10 of those previous teams made the playoffs.

The Cowboys are 3-4 against the Titans at home. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Cotton Bowl: 1-0
Texas Stadium: 3-3
AT&T Stadium: 0-1

The Titans are 1/7 franchises to have an undefeated record at AT&T Stadium. The other six are the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Los Angeles Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, and San Francisco 49ers.

The Cowboys are 1-4 against the Titans franchise in November with a 0-3 record at home.

The Cowboys are 1-1 against the Titans franchise in prime time with all of the games being on the road.

The Cowboys have had a prime time game after a bye seven times in team history: 1992, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2014, and 2016. Dallas is 6-1.

The Cowboys have gone on to play at home following their bye week 10/30 times: 1990, 1996-97, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2009-10, 2016

Dallas has faced a divisional opponent 17 times after a bye week 1990, 1992-94, 1996, 1998-01, 2004-05, 2007-08, and 2013-16.

Since the bye week’s institution in 1990, the Cowboys have had 17 October. The Cowboys are 2-1 at home coming out of an October bye. Here is the Cowboys’ breakdown of bye weeks by month, including years and records after the bye:

September – 6-1 – 1992-94, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2006
October – 9-7 – 1991, 1993, 1995-96, 1998, 2000-01, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010-12, 2015-18
November – 4-1 – 2002, 2005, 2008, 2013, 2014
December – 1-0 – 1990

In games after their bye, the Cowboys are 20-9. Here is how they fare against the rest of the NFC East:

Philadelphia: 21-8
Dallas: 20-9
Washington: 14-15
New York: 11-18

Dallas faced Detroit, Arizona, and Washington three times before the bye, the most for any opponent. Here is a look at the rest of the Cowboys’ opponents, including records:

Arizona: 3-0
Washington: 3-0
Philadelphia: 2-0
Jacksonville: 2-0
San Francisco: 1-0
Atlanta: 1-0
Carolina: 1-0
Houston: 1-0
Kansas City: 1-0
San Diego: 1-0
Cincinnati: 1-0
Minnesota: 1-0
Green Bay: 1-1
New Orleans: 1-1
NY
Giants: 1-1
New England
: 0-1
Chicago: 0-2
Detroit: 0-3


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (12)

Prescott’s 87.4 passer rating is the fifth-worst in the NFL among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1.

Prescott is tied for the sixth-fewest interceptions among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1 with four.

Prescott’s eight touchdowns are tied for the fewest among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1.

Prescott’s 1,417 passing yards are the fewest among starting quarterbacks who have started since Week 1.

Among quarterbacks with at least five starts this season, Prescott is tied with Cam Newton and Marcus Mariota for the eighth-lowest yards per pass attempt in the NFL at 6.9.

Prescott is tied with Kirk Cousins for the fourth-most sacks in the NFL with 23.

Prescott is tied for the second-fewest red zone touchdowns in the NFL with five among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1.

Prescott’s 3.04 “time to throw,” according to Next Gen Stats, is the second-most among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1.

Prescott has the eighth-highest “intended air yards” at 8.6 among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, according to Next Gen Stats.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott has the fourth-lowest “longest completed air distance,” according to Next Gen Stats, at 45.3 yards.

Prescott throws for a half yard behind the sticks on average, according to Next Gen Stats.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Wee
k 1, Prescott’s 11.1 yards per completion are tied for the eighth-lowest in the NFL.


MARCUS MARIOTA FACTS (9)

Mariota’s 78.5 passer rating is the fourth-worst among quarterbacks with at least five starts this season.

Mariota has thrown three touchdowns this season, the second-fewest among quarterbacks with five starts in 2018.

Mariota’s passing yards of 1,030 are the third-fewest among quarterbacks with at least five starts.

Mariota’s 10.4 yards per completion are the second-lowest among quarterbacks with at least five starts this season.

Mariota is the 13th-most sacked quarterback in the NFL with 19 takedowns.

According to Next Gen Stats, Mariota has the third-shortest “time to throw” at 2.58 seconds.

According to Next Gen Stats, Mariota has the fourth-fewest “completed air yards” at 4.5.

According to Next Gen Stats, Mariota has the eighth-lowest
“intended air yards” at 7.2.

According to Next Gen Stats, Mariota throws 1.2 yards behind the sticks.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (18)

With a 3-4 record this season, Garrett owns the most 3-4 starts in club history with three.

Garrett is 20-13 in November with a 10-8 record at home.

Garrett is 5-1 against the AFC South with a 3-1 record on the road.

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

Garrett is 1-0 against the Titans. Here is how other Cowboys coaches have fared against the Titans franchise:

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


Garrett is 9-8 as a coach when his team wears their road blues. Garrett is 1-0 as a starter in the road blues, having defeated Washington 31-10 on Oct. 4, 1998.


Garrett’s 9-8 record when his team is wearing the “cursed blues” ranks him middle of pack with other Cowboys coaches:

Tom Landry: 37-33-1
Jason Garrett: 9-8
Wade Phillips: 6-2
Jimmy Johnson: 6-8
Barry Switzer: 3-5
Chan Gailey: 2-2
Dave Campo: 2-5
Bill Parcells: 3-7


Jason Garrett is 2-6 before the bye week. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches:

Jimmy Johnson: 5-0
Bill Parcells: 4-0
Barry Switzer: 3-1
Wade Phillips: 3-1
Dave Campo: 2-1
Chan Gailey: 1-1
Jason Garrett: 2-6

Garrett is 4-3 after the bye week. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches:

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


Here is how Garrett’s pre-bye record compares to all head coaches in the NFC East since 1990:

Tom Coughlin: 7-5
Jimmy Johnson: 5-0
Bill Parcells: 5-0
Dan Reeves: 4-1
Jim Fassel: 5-2
Joe Gibbs: 5-2
Barry Switzer: 3-1
Wade Phillips: 3-1
Ray Handley: 2-0
Chip Kelly: 2-1
Marty Schottenheimer: 1-0
Dave McGinnis: 1-0
Ben McAdoo: 1-1
Doug Pederson: 3-0
Dave Campo: 2-1
Rich Kotite: 2-2
Ray Rhodes: 2-2
Mike Shanahan: 2-2
Chan Gailey: 1-1
Andy Reid: 6-8
Norv Turner: 3-4
Jason Garrett: 2-6
Buddy Ryan: 1-2
Vince Tobin: 1-3
Jay Gruden: 2-2-1
Pat Shurmur: 0-1
Steve Spurrier: 0-2
Jim Zorn: 0-2
Richie Petitbon: 0-2
Joe Bugel: 0-4


Here is how Garrett’s post-bye record compares to all head coaches in the NFC East since 1990:

Andy Reid: 13-1
Tom Coughlin: 7-5
Barry Switzer: 4-0
Bill Parcells: 4-1
Norv Turner: 5-2
Buddy Ryan: 3-0
Wade Phillips: 3-1
Chan Gailey: 2-0
Marty Schottenheimer: 1-0
Ben McAdoo: 1-1
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Rich Kotite: 3-2
Joe Gibbs: 4-3
Jason Garrett: 4-3
Joe Bugel: 2-2
Vince Tobin: 2-2
Jay Gruden: 3-2
Ray Rhodes
: 2-2
Doug Pederson: 1-1

Steve Spurrier: 1-1
Chip Kelly: 2-1
Dave Campo: 1-2
Mike Shanahan: 1-3
Dan Reeves: 1-4
Jim Fassel: 1-6
Dave McGinnis: 0-1
Richie Petitbon: 0-2
Jim Zorn: 0-2
Ray Handley: 0-2


Jason Garrett is 4-3 on ESPN Monday Night Football. Here are other Cowboys head coaches’ records on ESPN:

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


Garrett is currently 31-31 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 14-18 at home without Romo under center.

The Cowboys have the sixth-fewest penalties in the NFL with 43.

Dallas’ 43 penalties through the first seven games are the 21st fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys offense is right in the middle for red zone conversions in the NFL at 55.6 percent.

Garrett is 20/39 on challenges for his career with a 1/3 record in 2018.


MIKE VRABEL FACTS (10)

Vrabel is the five head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Since 1999, when the Oilers became the Titans, the Cowboys have also had five different head coaches.


Vrabel is facing the Cowboys for the first time as Titans coach. Here are how other coaches in franchise history fared against Dallas:

Wally Lemm: 0-1
Sid Gillman: 0-1
Bum Phillips: 1-0
Ed Biles: 0-1
Hugh Campbell: 0-1
Jerry Glanville: 1-0
Jack Pardee: 1-1
Jeff Fisher: 3-2



Vrabel is 3-2 against playoff-winning coaches with a 1-1 record on the road.


Vrabel is the first Titans coach since Jeff Fisher to come from a defensive background.

Vrabel is the first coach since Gary Kubiak with the 2015 Denver Broncos to take over a team that went to the playoffs the year prior.

Vrabel is 1/6 head coaches in the NFL who won a Super Bowl ring as a player. He is 1/3 coaches to have won multiple Super Bowls.

Vrabel is 0/3 on chall
enges this season.

The T
itans have the absolute lowest penalties in the NFL with 34.

Tennessee’s 34 penalties are tied with the 1972 team for the fifth-lowest penalties through the first seven games.

The Titans have the fourth-worst red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 43.8 percent.


CLETE BLAKEMAN FACTS (12)

This week’s referee is Clete Blakeman. The Cowboys are
3-4 when he referees their games. Here are the results:

2010 – JAX, 17-35 – L
20
12 – 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


The Cowboys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 4/7 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


Blakeman has the second-lowest ho
me team winning percentage in the NFL:

Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
Tony Corrente: .786
John Hussey: .750
Alex Kemp: .714
Clay Martin: .714
Brad Allen: .714
Carl Cheffers: .714
Jerome Boger: .625
Walt Anderson: .571
Bill Vinovich: .571
Craig Wrolstad: .571
John Parry: .571
Ron Torbert: .571
Walt Coleman: .429
Pete Morelli: .429
Clete Blakeman: .286

Shawn Smith: .214


Blakeman is tied for the fifth-lowest percentage of the home team having fewer penalties:

Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Tony Corrente: .857
Pete Morelli: .857
Shawn Hochuli: .714
Bill Vinovich: .714
John Hussey: .625
Walt Anderson: .571
Alex Kemp: .571
Jerome Boger: .500
Walt Coleman: .429
Clay Martin: .429
Brad Allen: .429
Clete Blakeman: .429
Carl Cheffers: .286
John Parry: .286
Ron Torbert: .286
Shawn Smith: .286

The Titans have
a 2-7 record with Blakeman as referee:

2010 – DEN, 20-26 – L
2010 – @HTX, 0-20
– L
2011 – RAV, 26-13 – W
2012 – @GB, 7-55 – L
2014 –
@JAX, 13-21 – L
2015 – @HTX
, 6-20 – L
2015 – @CLT, 24-3
0 – L
2016 – @HTX, 20-27 – L
2017 – HTX, 24-13 – W



The Titans have had fewer penalties 4/9 times with Blakeman:

2010 – DEN: 6/74; OTI: 10/111
2010 – HTX: 6/68; OTI: 10/79
2011 – RAV: 7/44; OTI: 6/70
2012 – GB: 1/10; OTI: 5/35
2014 – JAX: 3/25;
OTI: 7/47
201
5 – HTX: 7/85; OTI: 6/45
2016 – CLT: 6/71; OTI: 6/60
2016 – HTX: 6/59; OTI: 11/93
2017 – HTX: 11/85; OTI: 7/63


Blakeman’s games have the second-lowest average for sacks per game:

Cheffers: 6.7
Hochuli: 6.3
Smith:
5.9
Allen: 5
.7
Martin: 5.6
Anderson: 5.4
Coleman: 5.3
Kemp: 5.1
Corrente: 4.9
Vinovich: 4.9
Wrolstad: 4.7
Torbert: 4.7
Morelli: 4.6
Hussey: 4.5
Boger: 4.3
Blakeman: 3.4
Parry: 3.3


Blakeman is tied for the seventh-lowest instance of offensive holding calls per game:

Hochuli
: 4.3
Wrolstad: 3.4

Kemp: 3.3
Cheffers: 2.7
Smith: 2.7
Torbert: 2.4
Morelli: 2.3
Martin: 2.1
Parry: 2.1
Corrente: 2.1
Blakeman: 2.1
Anderson: 2
Hussey: 1.9
Boger: 1.9
Allen: 1.6
Coleman: 1.3
Vinovich: 0.9


Challenging Blakeman this season is a 50-50 proposition for coaches:
Allen: 1.000 (1/1)
Hussey: .667 (4/6)
Cheffers: .600 (3/5)
Parry: .600 (3/5)
Anderson: .500 (3/6)
Torbert: .500 (3/6)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Blakeman: .500 (1/2)
Hochuli: .500 (1/2)
Vinovich: .333 (1/3)
Corrente: .333 (1/3)
Martin: .250 (1/4)
Wrolstad: .200 (1/5)
Boger: .200 (1/5)
Kemp: .000 (0/3)

Smith: .000 (0/2)
C
oleman: .000 (0/2)


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


With Blakeman under the hood, the Titans are 0/4 on challenges with the opposition a perfect 1/1. Replay Assistant has yet to challenge one of Blakeman’s calls.


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


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FACTS (20)

WFAA will sim
ulcast the game in Dallas-Fort Worth, and are the fifth Metroplex station to do so since 1987. Here is a list of the other stations that have simulcast Cowboys cable games and the Cowboys’ records:

KXAS (1987-90): 1-2
KTXA (1991-12): 13-15
KTXD (2013): 0-1
WFAA (2014): 0-1
KTVT (2014): 1-0
WFAA (2015): 1-0
KTVT (2015): 0-1
WFAA (2016) 1-0
WFAA (2017) 1-0


The Cowboys are 48-35 on WFAA, including simulcast games.

The Nov. 13, 1988 ESPN Sunday Night Football game between Minnesota and Dallas was blacked out in Dallas-Fort Worth, and probably for good reason. The Vikings handed the Cowboys their largest margin of defeat on ESPN with a 43-3 drumming.

The only quarterback the Cowboys have faced on both of ESPN’s telecasts is Eli Manning, who remains a perfect 3-0 against the Cowboys having played them in three different venues (2004: Giants Stadium; 2006: Texas Stadium; 2010: AT&T Stadium).

Going back to 2
000, the Cowboys have had four rushers go over 100 yards in an ESPN telecast: Troy Hambrick (2001), Julius Jones (2004), Felix Jones (2011), DeMarco Murray (2014), and Ezekiel Elliott (2016).

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has recor
ded the most sacks in an ESPN game with three last season at the Arizona Cardinals. DeMarcus Ware’s 7.5 sacks is the most for a Cowboys career on ESPN.

Bill Parcells holds the distinction as being the only NFL head coach to have coached on ESPN Sunday Night Football and ESPN Monday Night Football in the same calendar year (1/1/06 and 10/23/06)

On ESPN Monday Night Football, the Dallas has worn only their white jerseys. However, they had occasions to wear their “cursed blues” on ESPN Sunday Night Football. Here’s their record in their blue and white jerseys:

White: 8-13
Blue: 1-4

ESPN only showed Sunday night games during the second half of the season from 1987-97. From 1990-97, TNT carried the first half of the season’s Sunday night contests. The Cowboys actually had a better record of 3-1 on TNT than their 2-12 record on ESPN Sunday Night Football.

The Cowboys have kicked off ESPN’s telecasts for the year only twice: 1989 and 1990. While many remember the Cowboys’ infamous Week 1 loss to the expansion Houston Texans, this was not ESPN’s first telecast of the season. That was three days prior on Sept. 5 when Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann, and Paul Maguire called the 49ers-Giants matchup, which became the basis for the NFL’s Kickoff Special.

Dallas has played on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday on ESPN.

For ESPN telecasts since 1987, September is the most-played month for the Cowboys, who hold a 4-3 record. Here is the Cowboys’ record in the other months in which they have played on ESPN:

September: 4-3
October: 1-5
November: 1-4
December: 3-4
January: 0-2


The Cowboys have been on both sides of one-point contests on ESPN. The first was a 31-32 loss to the Cardinals on Sept. 10, 2000, while their victory was the 25-24 thriller in Buffalo on Oct. 8, 2007.

L.P. Ladouceur is the only remaining Cowboy to have played on both ESPN Sunday Night Football and ESPN Monday Night Football.

Andy Reid and Tom Coughlin are the only two coaches to have faced the Cowboys on both of ESPN’s NFL packages. However, Coughlin is the only coach to have defeated the Cowboys on both packages.

Parcells and Wade Phillips are the only two Cowboys head coaches to have coached against their former teams on ESPN telecasts (Parcells: Patriots in ’03 and Giants in ’06; Phillips: Bills in ’07). Only Phillips defeated his former team.

Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, and Anthony McFarland are the rookie talent for ESPN Monday Night Football. Here is the Cowboys’ record for all talent that participated in ESPN’s coverage of Dallas Cowboys football since 1987:

Mike Patrick: 2-12
Roy Firestone: 0-1
Joe Theismann: 2-12
Paul Maguire: 1-9
Solomon Wilcots: 1-4
Suzy Kolber: 4-8
Mike Tirico: 5-5
Tony Kornheiser: 2-1
Michele Tafoya: 3-2
Jon Gruden: 5-4
Ron Jaworski: 4-1
Ed Werder (2011, Cowboys sideline): 1-0
Lisa Salters: 3-3
Sean McDonough: 2-0


Lisa Salters is former running back Tony Dorsett’s cousin.

Jason Witten will become the 11th former Cowboy to call a Dallas game on television. The other 10 are John Roach, Eddie LeBaron, Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Daryl Johnston, Brian Baldinger, Troy Aikman, Deion Sanders, Charles Davis, and Tony Romo. Here are the results of their first Cowboys games called:

Roach: Sept. 19, 1965 – NYG, 31-2 – W
LeBaron: Sept. 15, 1968 – DET, 59-13 – W
Meredith: Nov
. 16, 1970 – Cardinals, 0-38 – L
Staubach: Oct
. 12, 1980 – SF, 59-14 – W
Johnston: Nov. 12, 2000 – CIN, 23-6 – W
Baldinger: Dec. 3, 2000 – @TB, 7-27 – L
Aikman: Nov. 4, 2001 – @NYG, 24-27 – L-OT
Sanders: Dec. 16, 2006 – @ATL, 38-28 – W
Davis: Nov. 1, 2009 – SEA, 38-17 – W
Romo: Nov. 5, 2017 – KC, 28-7 – W


Another quoted statistic going into this game is how
the Cowboys have the second-most Monday Night Football appearances with 79. The Dolphins have 84. The reality behind that statistic is in 2006 the NFL moved its marquee game from Monday Night Football to Sunday Night Football. The truth is the Dolphins have had 13 MNF appearances since 2006 versus the Cowboys’ 12. However, since 2006, the Cowboys have had 45 SNF appearances versus the Dolphins’ two. So, actually, the correct way to look at this statistic is the Cowboys lead the league with 157 marquee game appearances versus the Dolphins’ 127.


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The Titans defense has the absolute best red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 33.3 percent.

Dallas took Texas defensive tackle Scott Appleton with their first round pick in the 1964 NFL Draft, as did the Houston Oilers in the AFL Draft. Appleton chose the Oilers over the Cowboys and went on to play five seasons in the AFL for Houston (1964-66) and San Diego (1967-68).


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

1961 – Cardinals, 17-31 – L
1967 – ATL, 37-7 – W
1972 – @Chargers, 34-28 – W
1978 – @MIA, 16-23 – L
1989 – @WAS, 13-
3 W
2000 – @PHI, 13-16 – L-OT
2006 – @WAS, 19-22 – L
2017 – KC, 28-17 – W


The Titans franchise is 7-3 on Nov. 5. Here are the results:
1961 – @DEN, 55-14 – W
1967 – @NE, 7-18 – L
1972 – @CLE, 0-20 – L
1978 – CLE, 14-10 – W
1979 – @MIA, 9-6 – W
1989 – DET, 35-31 – W
1995 – @CLE, 37-10 – W
2000 – PIT, 9-7 – W
2006 – @JAX, 7-37 – L
2017 – RAV, 23-20 – W


The Cowboys have four birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 5:

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