By: Mark Lane

Cowboys at Redskins

SERIES FACTS (10)

This is the 10th time in Cowboys history they have started 3-3. 2/9 of those previous teams made the playoffs with only one having won the division: 1996.

This is the 16th time Washington has started 3/3. 2/15 of those previous teams made the playoffs with both qualifiers (1936 and 2012) having won the division.

Since 1990, 67/192 teams that started off 3-3 made the playoffs with 31/67 teams having won the division.

In the history of the NFC East, there have been 51 teams that started 3-3. 18/51 of those teams ended up making the postseason with 7/18 of those teams winning the division. The most recent qualifier was the 2016 Giants, and the most recent division winner was the 2013 Eagles.

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: 29-17-1
Washington with winning record: 23-10
Both teams with same records (Dallas perspective): 15-16-1


The Cowboys are 9-11 against Washington in October with a 4-7 record on the road.

Dallas is 31-28 against the Washington on the road. Here is the breakdown by venue:

Griffith Stadium: 0-1
RFK Stadium: 18-20
FedEx Field: 13-7


The Cowboys’ 13-7 record at FedEx Field is tied for the best in the NFC East:

Dallas: 13-7
Philadelphia: 12-9
NY Giants: 11-8-1


In late afternoon games in the Eastern Time Zone, the Cowboys are 26-26.

Washington is 39-22 in home games in the late afternoon time slot.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Prescott is 1/4 Cowboys quarterbacks to start their career with two consecutive wins against Washington.

Through two games, Prescott already has the 10th-most passing yards against Washington with 487.

Prescott has the fifth-most touchdowns in the league with 14.

Prescott has the eighth-highest passer rating in the NFL with 98.2.

Among quarterbacks with a minimum of 100 pass attempts, Prescott has the fourth-lowest sack number in the league with seven.

With a minimum of 50 passes, Prescott has the 10th-highest passer rating on third down with 96.1.

With a minimum of 50 passes, Prescott has the seventh-highest completion percentage on third down at 66.7 percent.

Prescott has a 7.5 yards per pass attempt on first down with Dez Bryant his most targeted receiver at 23. Last year, it was 9.5 through six games and Jason Witten and Ezekiel Elliott were tied for the most targets with eight apiece.

Prescott has an 8.7 yards per pass attempt on second down with Bryant and Witten the most targeted with eight apiece. In 2016 through six games, it was 8.6 yards per attempt with Cole Beasley his most targeted receiver at 14.

Prescott has a 5.7 yards per pass attempt on third down with Bryant and Beasley the most targeted with five apiece. In 2016, it was 9.4 with Beasley his most targeted receiver with eight passes.


KIRK COUSINS FACTS (11)

Cousins is 1-3 against Rod Marinelli with a 111.5 passer rating. On average, he goes 26/36 for 302 yards, two touchdowns, and takes a sack.

Cousins is 7-11 against the NFC East with a 3-6 record at home.

Cousins is 22-24-1 as a starter with a 13-10 record at home.

Cousins has a thrown a pick in each of his last four NFC East games. His last game without an interception was Nov. 24, 2016 versus Dallas in a 31-26 loss.

Cousins is 19-20-1 when he is sacked once or more compared to 4-7 when he is not.

Washington is 13-24-1 when Cousins throws 30-plus times compared to 12-2 when he does not.

Cousins has the third-best passer rating in the NFL at 107.2.

Cousins has the third-highest yards per attempt at 8.3

Cousins has the fourth-highest completion percentage in the league at 68.2 percent.

Cousins has the fifth-best passer rating on third down at 123.5.

Cousins is tied with Aaron Rodgers, Trevor Siemian, Tom Brady, and Ben Roethlisberger for the third-most touchdowns on third down with four.


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

Elliott’s yards per carry on first down have improved since after the Rams game:
Rams: 2.84
Packers: 3.69
49ers: 4.80

Last year, after the first six games, Elliott’s yards per carry was 5.73 on first down.

This year on second down, Elliott averages 3.95 yards per carry. Through the first six games last season, Elliott’s yards per carry was 4.32.

On third down, Elliott has a 4.50 yards per carry and four first downs. In 2016 through the first six games, Elliott had 2.50 yards per carry and four first downs.

Among running backs with a minimum of 100 rushing attempts, Elliott is fifth in the league at 4.1 yards per carry.

Elliott’s 21.8 rushing attempts per game are the second-most in the NFL.

Elliott is tied for the fourth-most rushing touchdowns in the NFL with four.

Elliott has the fourth-most rushing yards per game at 90.0.

Elliott, Kareem Hunt, Todd Gurley, and Melvin Gordon are the only running backs with multiple rushing and receiving touchdowns.

Elliott is fourth in the NFL with 746 yards from scrimmage.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (11)

Garrett has improved a 3-3 start into 4-3 record 1/3 times.

Garrett is 13-7 in the first games of a series against NFC East foes with a 6-1 record on the road.

This is the 13th back-to-back road trip of Garrett’s career. Here is how his teams have fared:
2010 – @Cardinals (L); @PHI (W)
2011 – @NYJ (L); @SF (W)
2012 – @NYG (W); SEA (L)
2012 – @Ravens, (L); CAR (W)
2012 – @ATL (L); @PHI (W)
2013 – @PHI (W); @DET (L)
2014 – @Titans (W); @Rams (W)
2014 – @CHI (W); @PHI (W)
2015 – @TB (L); @MIA (W)
2015 – @WAS (W); @GB (L)
2016 – @CLE (W); @PIT (W)
2016 – @MIN (W); @NYG (L)

Garrett has a 24-17 record against the NFC East with a 14-6 record on the road.


Garrett is 9-4 against Washington. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 15-16
Jason Garrett: 9-4
Dave Campo: 5-1
Bill Parcells: 5-3
Chan Gailey: 4-0
Wade Phillips: 4-3
Jimmy Johnson: 5-5
Barry Switzer: 4-4


Jimmy Johnson is the only Cowboys head coach to have not swept Washington. Conversely, four out of the Cowboys’ eight head coaches have been swept by Washington (Landry, Switzer, Parcells, Garrett).

The most wins Garrett has tallied against a divisional opponent is eight against both New York and Washington.

NY Giants, Carolina, Green Bay, Arizona, and Washington are the only teams Jason Garrett has defeated as both a starting quarterback and head coach.

Garrett is currently 22-23 without Tony Romo under center, but is 4-1 against Washington without him. Here is how that compares to other divisional foes:
Washington: 4-1
NY Giants: 2-3
Philadelphia: 2-4

Garrett has a 5-1 mark at FedEx Field. Here is how that compares to the rest of the division:
FedEx Field: 5-1
Lincoln Financial Field: 5-2
MetLife Stadium: 4-3


Garrett is 19/33 on challenges in his career with a 1/2 mark in 2017.


JAY GRUDEN FACTS (10)

Gruden is 2-4 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
Jay Gruden: 2-4
Otto Graham: 2-4
Jack Pardee: 2-4
Steve Spurrier: 1-3
Jim Zorn: 1-3
Terry Robiskie: 0-1
Vince Lombardi: 0-2
Bill Austin: 0-2
Marty Schottenheimer: 0-2


Gruden is 4-6 in initial division games. His first ever division win was against the Cowboys.


At home, Gruden is 5-5 against the NFC East.

Gruden is 18-16 in early afternoon games with a 12-6 record at home.

Gruden has a 7-3 record in October, by far his winningest month:
September: 3-5
October: 7-3
November: 3-5
December: 4-3
January: 1-2

Gruden is 6-0 in home games in October.

Gruden has not defeated the Cowboys yet at FedEx Field.

Through 55 games, including playoffs, Gruden has started three quarterbacks (Kirk Cousins, Robert Griffin III, Colt McCoy). Washington started five quarterbacks in the 55 games leading up to the Gruden era (Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, John Beck, Griffin, Cousins).

Gruden is 7/18 on challenges for his career with a 1/1 mark in 2017.

Gruden was head coach or the Orlando Predators in the Arena Football League from 1998-01 and then 2004-08. In the 2006 Eastern Conference championship, Gruden’s Predators defeated the Dallas Desperados 45-28. The Desperados were owned by Jerry Jones and coached by assistant director of pro personnel Will McClay.


BROADCAST FACTS (6)

This is the 32nd 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: 21-10
NBC: 4-2
ABC: 7-7
ESPN: 4-1

The Cowboys are 124-117 all-time on FOX.

Washington is 119-158-1 all-time on FOX.

Dallas is 39-43 when Aikman calls their games.

The Cowboys are 9-5 when Thom Brennaman calls their games.


WALT ANDERSON FACTS (15)

This week’s referee is Walt Anderson, a native of Sugar Land, Texas. Anderson has refereed 15 Cowboys games in his career. Dallas is 7-8 with a 3-2 record against Washington. Here are the results:

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


The Dallas Cowboys have won the penalty battle 8/15 times with Walt Anderson:

2005 – NYG: 6/44; DAL: 7/46 2006 – TB: 5/55; DAL: 2/19 2006 – SEA: 3/15; DAL: 8/74 2007 – Rams: 7/50; DAL: 2/10 2007 – WAS: 3/71; DAL: 7/58 2008 – WAS: 5/30; DAL: 3/15 2008 – NYG: 7/40; DAL: 11/108 2009 – DEN: 7/70; DAL: 10/81 2009 – MIN: 8/50; DAL: 2/10 2011 – NYG: 3/28; DAL: 7/43 2012 – CHI: 4/25; DAL: 2/10 2012 – WAS: 2/20; DAL: 1/6 2013 – WAS: 12/104; DAL: 7/80
2013 – NYG: 11/81; DAL: 11/85
2015 – WAS: 9/73; DAL: 8/70


Anderson is tied for the sixth-best home team winning percentage in the NFL this year:

Gene Steratore: .857
John Hussey: .833
Pete Morelli: .750
John Parry: .667
Brad Allen: .667
Walt Anderson: .571
Walt Coleman: .571

Ron Torbert: .571
Jeff Triplette: .429
Bill Vinovich: .429
Carl Cheffers: .429
Ed Hochuli: .400
Craig Wrolstad: .333
Clete Blakeman: .333
Tony Corrente: .333
Terry McAulay: .300
Jerome Boger: .167



Anderson has the second-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:

Pete Morelli: .875
Walt Anderson: .714
Gene Steratore: .714
Ron Torbert: .714
Bill Vinovich: .714
Clete Blakeman: .667
Brad Allen: .667
John Hussey: .667
Carl Cheffers: .571
Walt Coleman: .571
Tony Corrente: .500
John Parry: .500
Jeff Triplette: .429
Jerome Boger: .417
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Terry McAulay: .333
Ed Hochuli: .000



Washington is 5-9 when Anderson referees their games. Here are the results:

2003 – @BUF, 7-24 – L
2004 – @PHI, 6-28 – L
2005 – SD, 23-17 – L-OT
2006 – NYG, 28-34 – L
2007 – @DAL, 23-28 – L
2008 – @DAL, 26-24 – W
2009 – @Raiders, 34-13 – W
2010 – @CHI, 17-14 – W
2012 – DAL, 28-18 – W
2013 – @DAL, 16-31 – L
2014 – Titans, 19-17 – W
2014 – @SF, 13-17 – L
2015 – DAL, 16-19 – L
2016 – Cardinals, 31-23 – L


Washington has had fewer penalties than the opposition 4/12 times with Anderson:

2003 – BUF: 9/95; WAS: 9/77
2004 – PHI: 9/69; WAS: 12/115
2005 – SD: 6/40; WAS: 7/60
2006 – NYG: 5/41; WAS: 10/100
2007 – DAL: 7/58; WAS: 3/71
2008 – DAL: 3/15; WAS: 5/30
2009 – Raiders: 14/118; WAS: 7/45
2010 – CHI: 6/51; WAS: 7/48
2012 – DAL: 1/6; WAS: 2/20
2013 – DAL: 7/80; WAS: 12/104
2014 – Titans: 11/96; WAS: 7/50
2014 – SF: 5/47; WAS: 7/53
2015 – DAL: 8/70; WAS: 9/73
2016 – Cardinals: 6/51; WAS: 7/35


Anderson’s games average 4.9 sacks per game, the middle of the pack in the NFL:

Parry: 6.2
Coleman: 6.1
Vinovich: 6
Triplette: 5.6
Corrente: 5.5
McAulay: 5.3
Hochuli: 5.2
Cheffers: 5.1
Anderson: 4.9
Wrolstad: 4.8
Steratore: 4.7
Allen: 4.7
Morelli : 4.5
Torbert: 3.9
Blakeman: 3.7
Boger: 3.7
Hussey : 3.5


Anderson calls offensive holding 2.4 times per game, the eighth-fewest in the NFL:

Corrente: 3.5
Morelli : 3.5
Hussey : 3.3
Coleman: 3.3
Torbert : 3
Wrolstad: 3
Parry: 2.7
Cheffers: 2.6
Steratore: 2.4
Anderson: 2.4
Allen: 2.3
Triplette: 2.1
Vinovich: 2
Hochuli: 2
McAulay: 2
Boger: 1.8
Blakeman: 1.6


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.


Washington is 4/4 challenging Anderson with opponents going 2/6. Replay Assistant is 3/4 with three of those decisions favoring Washington.


Since becoming an NFL referee in 2003, Walt Anderson has officiated 78 divisional games. Here’s the breakdown by division:

AFC East: 12
NFC South: 12
AFC North: 10
NFC East: 10
NFC North: 9
AFC West: 9
AFC South: 9
NFC West: 7


In NFC East games, the home team is 6-4 when Walt Anderson referees.

Anderson is one of four NFL referees to have a doctorate degree. Clete Blakeman, Ron Torbert, and Ed Hochuli have Juris Doctor degrees while Anderson has a Doctorate of Dentistry.


In addition to refereeing NFL games, Anderson is also the Coordinator of Football Officials for the Big 12.


Walt Anderson was also witness to history as a line judge on Oct. 27, 2002 as Emmitt Smith surpassed Walter Payton as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher.



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (7)

New Cowboys kicker Mike Nugent is 1/4 against Dallas with a 1/2 mark in Texas Stadium.

Much will be made of how Nugent has to fill Bailey’s shoes while the latter recovers from a groin injury. Here is a comparison of the two kickers:
0-19 yards – Bailey: 100 percent; Nugent: 100 percent
20-29 yards – Bailey: 97.6 percent; Nugent: 98.7 percent
30-39 yards – Bailey: 96.7 percent; Nugent: 84.3 percent
40-49 yards – Bailey: 89.5 percent; Nugent: 74.7 percent
50-plus yards – Bailey: 69.4 percent; Nugent: 39.3 percent
On the road – Bailey: 87.0 percent; Nugent: 80.1 percent
Outdoors – Bailey: 88.2 percent; Nugent: 80.4 percent
Inside two minutes of each half – Bailey: 80.0 percent; Nugent: 79.3 percent
Overtime – Bailey: 100 percent; Nugent: 83.3 percent
At FedEx Field – Bailey: 100 percent; Nugent: 55.6 percent

The Cowboys have gone for it second-most in the NFL on fourth down with 11 attempts. The Cowboys’ 6/11 rate is the 10th-best in the NFL and second-best among teams who have a minimum of 10 attempts.

The last Cowboys kicker to miss at FedEx Field was David Buehler from 34 yards on Sept. 12, 2010 in a 13-7 loss on Sunday Night Football.

Dez Bryant is tied for the eighth-most targets on first down in the NFL with 23.

Bryant is tied for the fifth-most touchdown grabs on first down with two.

Bryant is tied with Zach Ertz, Mike Evans, and Amari Cooper for the ninth-most targets in the NFL. However, among the tied, Bryant has the lowest catch percentage at 48.3 percent.

Bryant is tied for the ninth-most touchdown catches in the NFL with four.

Washington tight end Vernon Davis is tied with Houston running back Lamar Miller for the eighth-highest catch percentage in the NFL at 83.3 percent.

Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is tied for the most forced fumbles in the NFL with three.

No doubt Lawrence’s 9.5 sacks are the most for the Cowboys through the first six games since 1982. In the NFL, Lawrence is the 14th player to achieve 9.5 sacks in the first six games since 1982.

The Washington defense is tied with Philadelphia and Cincinnati for the ninth-most sacks in the NFL with 18.

The Washington defense is tied for the 15th-lowest yards yards per carry in the NFL at 4.0.

The Washington defense is tied with New Orleans for the ninth-worst passing yards per attempt at 7.4

The Cowboys are 3-3 on Oct. 29. Here are the results:

1961 – @NYG, 17-16 – W
1967 – @PHI, 14-21 – L
1989 – Cardinals, 10-19 – L
1995 – @ATL, 28-13 – W
2000 – JAX, 17-23 – L-OT
2006 – @CAR, 35-14 – W


Washington is 3-7 on Oct. 29. Here are the results:

1933 – PIT, 14-16 – L
1939 – @GB, 14-24 – L
1944 – Card-Pitt, 42-20 – W
1950 – @PHI, 3-35 – L
1961 – PHI, 24-27 – L
1967 – Colts, 13-17 – L
1972 – @NYG, 23-16 – W
1978 – SF, 38-20 – W
1989 – @Raiders, 24-37 – L
1995 – NYG, 15-24 – L


Dallas has two birthdays to celebrate on Oct. 29:

Darryl Clack, RB, 1986-89 – 10/29/1963
Colston Washington, DE, 2002 – 10/29/1977

Cowboys at 49ers

SERIES FACTS (23)

This is the 12th time in club history the Cowboys have started 2-3. Only 1/11 of those previous teams made the playoffs, and coincidentally they won the NFC East: 1996.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, only 49/225 teams that started 2-3 made the postseason.

In the history of the NFC East (which was founded in 1970), there have been 61 teams that started 2-3. 12/61 of those teams made the playoffs. 7/12 of those teams won the division.

The Cowboys’ 2-3 record has occurred before a bye twice previously in club history: 1996 and 2000. The '96 Cowboys compiled an 8-3 post bye record while the '00 Cowboys sputtered going 3-8.


The 49ers have started 0-6 just once previously in franchise history: 1979, the first year of Bill Walsh.


The Cowboys are 3-2 against the 49ers in October with a 1-1 record on the road.


Dallas is 9-9 all-time at San Francisco. Here are the results broken down by venue:

Kezar Stadium: 1-2
Candlestick Park: 7-7
Levi Stadium: 1-0

The best pre-bye record the Cowboys have posted before an October bye is 6-1, achieved first in 1995 and matched in 2007.

Dallas has been undefeated before the bye only two times in franchise history: 1992 (3-0) and 1999 (2-0).

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

The Cowboys have played at home preceding a bye 14 times: 1990-94, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2005-07, 2011-12, 2015, and 2017.

The Cowboys have gone on to play on the road following their bye week 19/29 times: 1991-95, 1998, 2000, 2002-03, 2005-08, 2011-15, and 2017.

Dallas has faced a divisional opponent nine times preceding a bye week: 1992-93, 1996-97, 2001, 2003-04, 2006, and 2008.

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 1990, Dallas has had a bye in between road games 8/28 times: 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2008, and 2014. Here are the results:

1995: W-W
1998: W-W
2000: W-L
2002: L-L
2003: W-W
2008: L-W
2013: L-W
2014: W-W

Since the bye week’s institution in 1990, the Cowboys have had 16 October. The Cowboys are 4-5 on the road 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 – 8-7 – 1991, 1993, 1995-96, 1998, 2000-01, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010-12, 2015-17
November – 4-1 – 2002, 2005, 2008, 2013, 2014
December – 1-0 – 1990

Overall, the Cowboys are 20-9 in games preceding their bye week. Here is how they compare to their NFC East rivals through Week 6 of 2017:

Dallas: 20-9
New York: 20-9
Washington: 12-17-1
Philadelphia: 13-15


In games after their bye, the Cowboys are 19-9. Here is how they fare against the rest of the NFC East:

Philadelphia: 20-8
Dallas: 19-9
Washington: 14-15
New York: 11-17


Dallas faced Detroit, Arizona, and Washington thrice 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


Dallas has faced Philadelphia five times after the bye, the most for any opponent. Here is a look at the rest of the Cowboys’ opponents, including records:

Philadelphia: 5-1
Arizona: 4-0
Washington: 2-0
Atlanta: 2-0
Green Bay: 1-0
NY Jets: 1-0
Chicago: 1-0
Tennessee: 1-1
NY Giants: 2-3
Detroit: 0-1
Indianapolis: 0-1
New England: 0-1
Baltimore: 0-1

Dallas is 8-1 against divisional opponents before the bye week.

The Cowboys are 13-4 against divisional opponents after the bye week.

This is the first time since 2015 the Cowboys will play on the road after the bye. The longest such streak is five seasons, which first occurred from 2004-08 and was matched 2011-15.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (12)

Prescott is 1-1 before the bye. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys quarterbacks:

Troy Aikman: 10-1
Tony Romo: 4-3
Drew Bledsoe: 2-0
Anthony Wright: 1-0
Quincy Carter: 1-0
Vinny Testaverde: 1-0
Dak Prescott: 1-1
Jason Garrett: 0-1
Chad Hutchinson: 0-1
Brad Johnson: 0-1


Prescott is 1-0 after the bye. Here is how he compares to other Dallas quarterbacks:

Troy Aikman: 9-3
Tony Romo: 5-3
Drew Bledsoe: 2-0
Dak Prescott: 1-0
Clint Stoerner: 1-0
Quincy Carter: 1-0
Chad Hutchinson: 0-1
Vinny Testaverde: 0-1

This is the second straight year the Cowboys will start the same quarterback both before and after the bye week.

Prescott has a 66.7 percent completion rate on third down, tied for the seventh-best among quarterbacks this season with a minimum of 35 attempts.

Among quarterbacks with a minimum of 35 pass attempts, Prescott is tied with Carson Palmer, Mike Glennon, and Jared Goff for the 13th-highest yards per attempt on third down with 7.1.

Among quarterbacks with a minimum of 35 pass attempts, Prescott is tied with Derek Carr and Tyrod Taylor for the 16th-most third down conversions with 20.

Among quarterbacks with a minimum of 35 pass attempts, Prescott has the 13th-best passer rating on third down at 92.4.

Prescott’s 11 touchdowns through five games are tied with Tony Romo’s 2008 output for the fourth-best in franchise history.

Prescott was sacked seven times through the first five games of 2016, the same number as through the first five games of this season.

Prescott had a 101.5 passer rating last season through the first five games. This season, it is 93.1.

Prescott’s eighth-best game in terms of passer rating in 2016 was in San Francisco when he posted a 114.7 rating in a 24-17 win.

Prescott has 126 rushing yards and 7.9 yards per carry through the first five games. Last season, it was 61 yards and 3.2 yards per carry.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (4)

Jason Garrett is 2-5 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: 2-5

Garrett is 3-3 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
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Jason Garrett: 3-3
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: 1-0
Doug Pederson: 1-0
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: 2-5
Buddy Ryan: 1-2
Vince Tobin: 1-3
Jay Gruden: 1-2-1
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: 1-0
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Rich Kotite: 3-2
Joe Gibbs: 4-3
Jason Garrett: 3-3
Joe Bugel: 2-2
Vince Tobin: 2-2
Jay Gruden: 2-2
Ray Rhodes: 2-2
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
Doug Pederson: 0-1
Richie Petitbon: 0-2
Jim Zorn: 0-2
Ray Handley: 0-2


KYLE SHANAHAN FACTS (1)

Shanahan starting out 0-6 for a rookie head coach in 49ers history matches the start of Bill Walsh, who started 0-6 in 1979.

BYE WEEK FACTS (11)

According to Bill Simmons, the term “bye” was created by basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain and entertainment legend Bob Hope. Wilt Chamberlain went on Bob Hope’s variety show in 1957 during the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Chamberlain said, “We’re not playing this round; they told us to go bye.” Hope responded, “I guess you could call it a first-round bye!”

Bye weeks in the NFL were invented to stretch the 16-game season and four rounds of postseason play out over a span of 22 weeks to increase television revenues since the NFL had a multi-billion dollar deal in place with CBS, NBC, ABC, ESPN, and TNT. This is also why an additional wildcard game was added to the AFC and NFC playoffs. In 1993, the last year of the TV contract, two additional bye weeks were added.

The 1993 double-bye concept failed. TV ratings declined and teams complained that they couldn’t get any momentum since the average time between byes was 4 weeks. Here is a list of who had bye weeks and when:

Weeks 3 & 7 – NY Jets, Buffalo, Miami, Indianapolis, Chicago, Green Bay, Tampa Bay, Minnesota.
Weeks 4 & 8 – Dallas, NY Giants, Philadelphia, Washington, Kansas City, LA Raiders, San Diego
Weeks 5 & 9 – Pittsburgh, Houston, Cincinnati, Cleveland
Weeks 5 & 11 – New England
Weeks 5 & 12 – Phoenix
Weeks 6 & 10 – San Francisco, LA Rams, Atlanta, New Orleans
Weeks 6 & 11 – Detroit
Weeks 6 & 12 – Seattle

The longest winning streak of pre-bye games in the NFC East is six games set by the New York Giants from 1990-94. Remember: 1993 had two bye weeks.

The longest winning streak of post-bye games in the NFC East is 13 games set by the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2011.

The longest losing streak of pre-bye games in the NFC East is five games, tied two separate times by Arizona (1990-94) and Washington (2006-10).

The longest losing streak of post-bye games in the NFC East is five games, tied three separate times by New York (1991-94; 2001-05) and Washington (1992-95).

Since the bye week’s 1990 inception, the NFC East is 33-32 when the Dallas Cowboys are on a bye. Here are the results broken down by team:

New York Giants: 13-7
Arizona Cardinals: 4-3
Washington Redskins: 8-12
Philadelphia Eagles: 8-10

Here are the results broken down annually:

1990: 3-1
1991: 1-0
1993: 0-2
1994: 0-1
1995: 1-0
1997: 0-1
1999: 1-3
2000: 3-1
2001: 3-1
2002: 1-2
2003: 1-1
2004: 2-1
2005: 2-1
2006: 2-1
2007: 2-1
2008: 1-2
2009: 0-3
2010: 2-1
2011: 0-2
2012: 1-2
2013: 2-1
2014: 0-3
2015: 1-2
2016: 2-1

In 1992, 1996, and 1998, the entire NFC East shared the same bye week.

During the Cowboys’ bye week, the NFC East has had intra-divisional matchups six times since 1990:
2000 – Redskins-Eagles – 17-14 Redskins
2001 – Eagles-Giants – 10-9 Eagles
2003 – Giants-Redskins – 24-21 Giants-OT
2005 – Eagles-Redskins – 17-10 Redskins
2008 – Giants-Eagles – 36-31 Giants
2010 – Redskins-Eagles – 17-12 Redskins
2013 – Redskins-Eagles – 24-16 Eagles
2015 – Giants-Eagles – 27-7 Eagles

Here is a list of how Super Bowl winners since 1990 fared before and after bye weeks:

1990 New York Giants: W-W
1991 Washington Redskins: W-W
1992 Dallas Cowboys: W-L
1993 Dallas Cowboys: W-W; W-W
1994 San Francisco 49ers: W-W
1995 Dallas Cowboys: W-W
1996 Green Bay Packers: W-W
1997 Denver Broncos: W-L
1998 Denver Broncos: W-W
1999 St. Louis Rams: W-W
2000 Baltimore Ravens: W-W
2001 New England Patriots: W-W
2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: W-W
2003 New England Patriots: W-W
2004 New England Patriots: W-W
2005 Pittsburgh Steelers: L-W
2006 Indianapolis Colts: W-W
2007 New York Giants: W-L
2008 Pittsburgh Steelers: W-W
2009 New Orleans Saints: W-W
2010 Green Bay Packers: W-W
2011 New York Giants: W-W
2012 Baltimore Ravens: L-W
2013 Seattle Seahawks: W-W
2014 New England Patriots: W-W
2015 Denver Broncos: W-W
2016 New England Patriots: W-L


BROADCAST FACTS (11)

The Cowboys are 0-3 for the first time ever to start a season on FOX.

The Cowboys are 123-117 all-time on FOX.

The Cowboys are 8-8 in West Coast games on FOX.

The 49ers are 67-45-1 at home on FOX.

Dallas is 38-43 when Aikman calls their games.

The Cowboys are 8-5 when Thom Brennaman calls their games.

Pat Summerall has called the most games of any broadcast talent with 15 with two of those games featuring Jack Buck, Joe’s father, as the play-by-play.


This is the 14th straight game on FOX in the series, the longest such streak on one network.


This is 14th time Cowboys-49ers will be on FOX. The Cowboys have a 6-7 record on FOX. Here is how that compares to other networks:

CBS: 10-8-1
ABC: 1-1
FOX: 5-7
ESPN: 0-1


Here is a look at the Dallas Cowboys’ pre-bye TV commentator pairings and TV networks:

1990 – CBS: James Brown and Randy Cross
1991 – NBC: Mel Proctor and Joe Namath
1992 – CBS: Dick Stockton and Randy Cross
1993 – TNT: Gary Bender and Pat Haden
1993 – CBS: Pat Summerall and John Madden
1994 – ABC: Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, and Dan Dierdorf
1995 – FOX: Pat Summerall and John Madden
1996 – FOX: Pat Summerall and John Madden
1997 – FOX: Pat Summerall and John Madden
1998 – FOX: Pat Summerall and John Madden
1999 – ABC: Al Michaels and Boomer Esiason
2000 – FOX: Kenny Albert and Tim Green
2001 – ABC: Al Michaels, Dan Fouts, and Dennis Miller
2002 – FOX: Pat Summerall and John Madden
2003 – ABC: Al Michaels and John Madden
2004 – ABC: Al Michaels and John Madden
2005 – FOX: Matt Vasgersian and Brian Baldinger
2006 – NBC: Al Michaels and John Madden
2007 – FOX: Dick Stockton and Troy Aikman
2008 – FOX: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
2009 – FOX: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
2010 – FOX: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
2011 – FOX: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
2012 – ESPN: Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden
2013 – NBC: Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth
2014 – FOX: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa
2015 – CBS: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
2016 – NBC: Thom Brenneman and Troy Aikman

Here is a look at the Dallas Cowboys’ post-bye TV commentator pairings and TV networks:

1990 – CBS: James Brown and Randy Cross
1991 – CBS: Verne Lundquist and Dan Fouts
1992 – ABC: Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, and Dan Dierdorf
1993 – CBS: Verne Lundquist and Dan Fouts
1993 – CBS: Jim Nantz and Randy Cross
1994 – FOX: Dick Stockton and Matt Millen
1995 – FOX: Pat Summerall and John Madden
1996 – FOX: Pat Summerall and John Madden
1997 – FOX: Pat Summerall and John Madden
1998 – ABC: Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf, and Boomer Esiason
1999 – FOX: Pat Summerall and John Madden
2000 – FOX: Dick Stockton and Matt Millen
2001 – FOX: Ray Bentley and Jeff Lageman
2002 – FOX: Pat Summerall and Brian Baldinger
2003 – FOX: Dick Stockton, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa
2004 – FOX: Dick Stockton, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa
2005 – ABC: Al Michaels and John Madden
2006 – FOX: Dick Stockton, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa
2007 – NBC: Al Michaels and John Madden
2008 – NBC: Al Michaels and John Madden
2009 – FOX: Thom Brenneman and Troy Aikman
2010 – CBS: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms

2011 – FOX: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
2012 – FOX: Thom Brenneman and Brian Billick
2013 – FOX: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
2014 – NBC: Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth
2015 – FOX: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
2016 – NBC: Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth


RON TORBERT FACTS (11)

This week’s referee is Ron Torbert. The Cowboys have never won a game with Torbert as referee:

2015 – CAR, 14-33 – L
2016 – NYG, 19-20 – L


They have had fewer penalties than the opposition 1/2 times:

2015 – CAR: 8/53; DAL: 8/40
2016 – NYG: 4/40; DAL: 6/50


Torbert is tied for the fourth-highest home team winning percentage among referees in 2017:

Gene Steratore: .833
John Hussey: .800
Pete Morelli: .750
Ron Torbert: .667
John Parry: .667
Brad Allen: .600
Terry McAulay: .600
Walt Anderson: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
Jeff Triplette: .500
Tony Corrente: .400
Carl Cheffers: .333
Bill Vinovich: .333
Ed Hochuli: .250
Clete Blakeman: .200
Jerome Boger: .200
Craig Wrolstad: .200


Torbert is also tied for the fourth-highest rate in terms of home teams having fewer penalties:

Pete Morelli: .875
Walt Anderson: .833
Gene Steratore: .833
Ron Torbert: .667
Carl Cheffers: .667
Bill Vinovich: .667
Craig Wrolstad: .600
Brad Allen: .600
John Hussey: .600
Jeff Triplette: .500
Jerome Boger: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
John Parry: .500
Clete Blakeman: .400
Tony Corrente: .400
Terry McAulay: .400
Ed Hochuli: .000


The 49ers are 0-2 when Torbert referees their games. Here are the results:

2015 – CIN, 14-24 – L
2016 – @MIA, 24-31 – L


San Francisco has never had fewer penalties than the opposition in their two games with Torbert:

2015 – CIN: 6/45; SF: 11/98
2016 – MIA: 4/42; SF: 7/65


Torbert’s games have the second-lowest sacks per game in the NFL:

Vinovich: 6.3
Coleman: 6.2
Corrente: 6.2
Parry: 6.2
McAulay: 5.6
Wrolstad: 5.6
Cheffers: 5.2
Steratore: 5
Hochuli: 4.8
Allen: 4.8
Triplette: 4.7
Morelli : 4.5
Anderson: 4.2
Blakeman: 4
Boger: 4
Torbert: 3.7
Hussey : 2.6


Torbert’s games are tied for the fourth-highest offensive holding calls in 2017:

Corrente: 3.8
Hussey : 3.6
Morelli: 3.5
Torbert: 3.2
Coleman: 3.2
Wrolstad: 3
Cheffers: 3
Parry: 2.7
Anderson: 2.5
Steratore: 2.3
Hochuli: 2.3
Triplette: 2.3
Vinovich: 2.3
Allen: 2.2
McAulay: 2
Boger: 2
Blakeman: 1.8


The Cowboys are 0/1 on challenges under Torbert.

San Francisco is 2/3 when challenging Torbert with the opposition going 1/1.


Like Clete Blakeman and Ed Hochuli, Torbert is a lawyer when off the football field.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (27)

The bye week was instituted two seasons after Jerry Jones fired Tom Landry, so the inaugural Cowboys coach never experienced a mid-season bye. However, the Cowboys did qualify for three playoff byes during his 29-year tenure. The league established first round byes in 1978 with the addition of the wildcard game. Dallas qualified for a bye in ’78, ’79, and ’81. The Dallas Cowboys went 2-1, with the eventual 1979 NFC Champion L.A. Rams handing them that loss.

The Cowboys offense scores on 41.5 percent of their drives, tied with Carolina for the seventh-most in the NFL.

The 49ers defense allows scores on 42.5 percent of their opponents’ drives, the fourth-worst in the NFL.

The Cowboys defense allows scores on 43.4 percent of their opponents’ drives, the third-worst in the NFL.

Only 5.7 percent of drives against the Cowboys defense end in a turnover, the second-worst in the NFL.

The Cowboys offense is averaging 4.7 yards per carry, the fifth-best in the NFL.

San Francisco’s defense allows 3.4 yards per carry, tied with Arizona for the fourth-fewest in the NFL.

The 49ers are giving up 112.8 rushing yards per game, the 15th-most in the league.

The Dallas offense averages 124.0 rushing yards per game, the eighth-most in the NFL.

The 49ers defense has given up five rushing touchdowns, tied for the fifth-most in the league.

The Cowboys’ four rushing touchdowns are tied for the 11th-most in the NFL.

Opposing quarterbacks have compiled a 94.8 passer rating against the 49ers defense, the eighth-highest in the NFL.

Opposing quarterbacks have compiled a 100.7 passer rating against the Cowboys defense, the sixth-highest in the NFL.

San Francisco is knotted in the middle with Philadelphia and New England for sacks with 14.

The Dallas defense is tied for the seventh-most sacks in the NFL with 16.

The 49ers defense gives up 262.3 passing yards per game, the seventh-highest in the NFL.

San Francisco’s defense is tied for the eighth-fewest in interceptions with four.

The Dallas defense is tied for the fourth-fewest in interceptions with two.

San Francisco has the second-most offensive penalties in the NFL with 56.

The Cowboys offense is tied for the fifth-fewest penalties in the NFL with 33.

The 49ers are tied with the Packers for the 11th-most defensive penalties in the league with 43.

Dallas is tied with Tampa Bay and New Orleans for the fifth-fewest defensive penalties in the NFL with 33.

The 49ers have the second-most false starts in the NFL with 11.

The Cowboys are tied with the Packers and Browns for the third-most false starts on the road with five.

The Cowboys are 3-3 on Oct. 22. Here are the results:

1961 – PHI, 7-43 – L
1967 – @PIT, 24-21 – W
1972 – @WAS, 20-24 – L
1978 – PHI, 14-7 – W
1989 – @KC, 28-36 – L
2000 – Cardinals, 48-7 – W

The 49ers are 4-4-1 on Oct. 22. Here are the results:

1950 – DET, 28-27 – W
1961 – @CHI, 0-31 – L
1967 – NO, 27-13 – W
1972 – NO, 20-20 – T
1978 – ATL, 17-20 – L
1989 – NE, 37-20 – W
1995 – @Rams, 44-10 – W
2000 – @CAR, 16-34 – L
2015 – SEA, 3-20 – L

The Cowboys have birthdays to celebrate on Oct. 22:

Luis Zendejas, K, 1987-89 – 10/22/1961
Allen Rossum, CB, 2009 – 10/22/1975

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SERIES FACTS (8)

This is the 14th time the Cowboys have been 2-2. 5/14 of those previous teams made the playoffs.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 99/255 teams that started 2-2 made the playoffs with 42/99 playoff qualifiers winning the division.

This is the 28th time the Packers have started 3-1. 14/27 of those previous teams made the postseason.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 136/209 teams that started 3-1 made the playoffs with 84/136 playoff qualifiers winning the division.

The Cowboys are 6-6 in late afternoon games with the Packers.

The Cowboys are 4-6 against the Packers in October.

Last year was the first time since 1995 the Cowboy had defeated the Packers in October.

Dallas is against Green Bay at home, including playoffs. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Cotton Bowl: 1-3
Texas Stadium: 11-2
AT&T Stadium: 0-2


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (11)

Through the first four games last year, Prescott had a 98.5 passer rating and 7.4 yards per attempt. This year, he has a 90.1 passer rating and a 6.6 yards per attempt.

Through the first four games last year, Prescott had a 90.0 passer rating and 7.3 yards per attempt in the second half. This season, he has a 75.0 passer rating and a 6.6 yards per attempt in the second half.

Through the first four games last season, Prescott targeted Cole Beasley (14), Jason Witten (13), and Dez Bryant (11) the most in the second half. This season, he has targeted Bryant (21), Witten (14), and Beasley and Ezekiel Elliott each with 13 targets.

Prescott has thrown 75 passes in the second half of ballgames compared to 58 through the first four games of last year. Factoring out the Denver game and substituting the average second half pass attempts per game instead, Prescott would be at 60 pass attempts.

On first down through the first four games, Prescott has a 93.2 passer rating and a 7.4 yards per attempt. Last season, Prescott had a 101.5 passer rating and 7.6 yards per attempt through the first four games.

On second down through the first four games, Prescott has a 103.8 passer rating and a 6.5 yards per attempt. Last season, Prescott had an 87.4 passer rating and 7.3 yards per attempt through the first four games.

Last season, Prescott targeted Witten the most on first down with 13 passes through the first four games. This season, Prescott has targeted Bryant the most with 15.

Last season, Prescott targeted Beasley the most on second down with 11 passes through the first four games. This season, Prescott has targeted Bryant the most with 14.

Last season, Prescott had a 104.9 passer rating and 7.8 yards per attempt on third down through the first four games. This season, Prescott has an 85.5 passer rating and 6.0 yards per attempt on third down.

Prescott is facing an average yards to go of 6.91 on third downs compared to 6.40 last season through the first four games.

Prescott is now 5/8 in completing a fourth quarter comeback.

AARON RODGERS FACTS (11)

Rodgers is 35-33 when he gets sacked three or more times compared to 68-22 when he is not.

Rodgers is 27-9 on the road when he has a passer rating above 100.0 compared to 16-29 when he does not.

Rodgers’ 100.7 passer rating is his fifth-lowest total through the first four games of the season in his career.

Rodgers’ 1,146 passing yards are a personal third-highest through the first four games of the season..

Additionally, Rodgers’ 66.9 completion percentage is a career fifth-highest through the first four games.

Rodgers’ 7.2 yards per pass attempt is tied with Carson Wentz for the 15th-highest in the NFL.

Rodgers has thrown three interceptions through the first four games, which is the second-most he has thrown in the first four games of a season.

Rodgers has been sacked 15 times through four games, the third-highest of his career.

Rodgers is 11-2 against Rod Marinelli-led defenses with a 102.4 passer rating. On average, he goes 24/36 for 283 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and takes two sacks.

On Dec. 25, 2011, Rodgers posted a 142.7 passer rating against the Bears in a 35-21 win. The passer rating was the highest against Marinelli in his time in Chicago. The five touchdowns were also the most against a Marinelli-led defense in that span.

Rodgers is 15-7 against the NFC East with a 6-5 record on the road.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (9)

Garrett is 1-4 against the Packers. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Barry Switzer: 6-1
Chan Gailey: 1-0
Jimmy Johnson: 2-2
Wade Phillips: 2-2
Tom Landry: 5-8
Jason Garrett: 1-4
Bill Parcells: 0-1


When coaching against playoff-winning quarterbacks, Garrett is 23-29 and currently on a two-game winning streak.

Garrett is 21-17 against Super Bowl-winning head coaches with a 12-9 record at home.

Garrett is 7-9 against the NFC North with a 5-4 record at home.

Garrett’s 5-4 home record against the NFC North is his best compared to the rest of the conference:
NFC North: 5-4
NFC West: 3-4
NFC South: 3-4



Garrett is 16/28 in preventing a losing streak.

With 26 penalties, the Cowboys have the fourth-lowest number of penalties through the first four games in the Garrett era.

The Packers are 1/5 teams that Garrett has defeated both as a player and as a head coach. The other four teams are the Giants, Cardinals, Panthers, and Washington.

Garrett is 21-22 without Tony Romo under center.


MIKE MCCARTHY FACTS (10)

McCarthy is 19-11 against the NFC East with an 8-6 record on the road.

Since 2006, among active head coaches, only Bill Belichick has more division titles than McCarthy’s seven.

McCarthy is the second-longest tenured Packers head coach behind Curly Lambeau.

Mike McCarthy is 6-3 against the Dallas Cowboys. Here is how he compares with other Green Bay Packers head coaches:

Mike McCarthy: 6-3
Vince Lombardi: 5-0
Lindy Infante: 2-1
Mike Sherman: 1-0
Dan Devine: 1-0
Phil Bengston: 1-1
Bart Starr: 1-3
Forrest Gregg: 0-1
Ray Rhodes: 0-1
Mike Holmgren: 1-7


McCarthy is 116-60 when he has his starting quarterback compared to 3-5-1 without.

McCarthy is 30-12 in October with a 13-6 record on the road.

The Packers’ 102 points scored in the first four weeks is the seventh-most in the McCarthy era.

Green Bay’s 29 penalties are tied for the seventh-fewest through the first four weeks in the McCarthy era.

Last postseason, McCarthy surpassed Holmgren and Lombardi for the most postseason victories in team history with 11.

McCarthy is 62-38 against playoff-winning head coaches.


BROADCAST FACTS (8)

Sunday will mark the 14th time that FOX has broadcast a game in this series. Here is how their number, adjusted for Sunday, compares to the other networks that have telecast Dallas-Green Bay:

CBS: 18
FOX: 13
NBC: 2
ABC: 1


Dallas is 0-2 thus far on FOX. The last time the Cowboys started 0-2 on FOX was 2004 when they finished 6-10 overall with a 3-7 record on FOX.

The Cowboys are 123-116 all-time on FOX.

The Cowboys are 33-37 when Buck calls their games.

The Packers are 50-33 when Buck calls their games.

Dallas is 38-43 when Aikman calls their games.

Green Bay is 46-29 when Aikman calls their games.

Pat Summerall called the most games in the series with 10 total with his first game being the 1967 NFL Championship, otherwise known as the “Ice Bowl.”


TERRY MCAULAY FACTS (11)

This week’s referee is Terry McAulay. The Cowboys are 13-6 with McAulay. Here are the results:


2001 – PHI, 3-36 – L
2002 – WAS, 27-20 – W
2003 – @DET, 38-7 – W
2004 – @SEA, 43-39 – W
2005 – @SEA, 10-13 – W
2005 – @CAR, 24-20 – W
2006 – @WAS, 19-22 – L
2007 – @MIA, 37-20 – W
2008 – PHI, 41-37 – W
2009 – @NO, 24-17 – W
2010 – PHI, 27-30 – L
2011 – SEA, 23-13 – W
2011 – @TB, 31-15 – W
2013 – DEN, 48-51 – L
2013 – @CHI, 28-45 – L
2014 – SF, 17-28 – L
2014 – @PHI, 38-27 – W
2016 – @SF, 24-17 – W
2016 – TB, 26-20 – W



Dallas has had fewer penalties 9/19 times with McAulay:

2001 – PHI: 3/22; DAL: 10/81
2002 – WAS: 6/56; DAL: 6/48
2003 – DET: 9/96; DAL: 6/65
2004 – SEA: 6/44; DAL: 6/49
2005 – SEA: 9/83; DAL: 9/81
2005 – CAR: 6/49; DAL: 5/44
2006 – WAS: 5/41; DAL: 11/153
2007 – MIA: 7/57; DAL: 11/101
2008 – PHI: 5/44; DAL: 10/108
2009 – NO: 4/30; DAL: 6/49
2010 – PHI: 6/59; DAL: 5/40
2011 – SEA: 10/88; DAL: 7/82
2011 – TB: 6/46; DAL: 2/15
2013 – DEN: 5/55; DAL: 9/81
2013 – CHI: 2/15; DAL: 4/50
2014 – SF: 11/78; DAL: 10/72
2014 – PHI: 8/95; DAL: 11/79
2016 – SF: 5/32; DAL: 6/45
2016 – TB: 3/35; DAL: 8/91



McAulay is tied with two other referees for the fourth-lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL:

John Hussey: 1.000
Pete Morelli: 1.000
Gene Steratore: 1.000
Terry McAulay: .750
John Parry: .750
Ron Torbert: .750
Brad Allen: .667
Walt Anderson: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
Tony Corrente: .500
Jeff Triplette: .500
Ed Hochuli: .333
Bill Vinovich: .250
Clete Blakeman: .250
Jerome Boger: .250
Craig Wrolstad: .250




McAulay is tied for third-lowest in terms of home teams having fewer penalties:

Pete Morelli: 1.000
Walt Anderson: .750
Clete Blakeman: .750
Gene Steratore: .750
Bill Vinovich: .750
Ron Torbert: .750
Carl Cheffers: .750
Brad Allen: .667
John Hussey: .667
Walt Coleman: .500
John Parry: .500
Jeff Triplette: .500
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Tony Corrente: .500
Terry McAulay: .500
Jerome Boger: .375
Ed Hochuli: .000



The Packers are 8-6 when McAulay referees their games:

2006 – @MIN, 23-17 – W
2007 – WAS, 17-14 – W
2007 – NYG, 20-23 – L-OT
2008 – @TB, 21-30 – L
2010 – @CHI, 17-20 – L
2010 – @CHI, 21-14 – W
2011 – @DET, 27-15 – W
2012 – @NYG, 10-38 – L
2013 – @NYG, 13-27 – L
2014 – @CHI, 38-17 – W
2014 – @TB, 20-3 – W
2015 – @SF, 17-3 – W
2015 – @Cardinals, 8-38 – L
2016 – @PHI, 13-27 – W



Green Bay has had fewer penalties 6/14 times with McAulay:

2006 – MIN: 7/49; GB: 5/34
2007 – WAS: 7/53; GB: 4/35
2007 – NYG: 6/50; GB: 7/37
2008 – TB: 8/70; GB: 7/74
2010 – CHI: 5/38; GB: 18/152
2010 – CHI: 9/89; GB: 6/40
2011 – DET: 11/82; GB: 7/54
2012 – NYG: 4/24; GB: 8/49
2013 – NYG: 3/30; GB: 5/38
2014 – CHI: 6/46; GB: 9/70
2014 – TB: 3/30; GB: 5/40
2015 – SF: 4/30; GB: 8/65
2015 – Cardinals: 10/119; GB: 7/59
2016 – PHI: 7/42; GB: 7/51



McAulay’s games feature 5.8 sacks per game, tied for fourth-most in the NFL:

Parry: 7.3
Corrente: 6.8
Vinovich: 6
McAulay: 5.8
Coleman: 5.8
Cheffers: 5.5
Steratore: 5.5
Allen: 5.3
Anderson: 5
Wrolstad: 4.8
Blakeman: 4.5
Triplette: 4.5
Hochuli: 4
Boger: 3.8
Torbert: 3.5
Morelli: 3
Hussey: 2.7




McAulay averages the sixth-fewest offensive holding calls per game:


Morelli: 4.5
Corrente: 4.3
Hussey: 4.3
Coleman: 3.5
Parry: 3.5
Torbert: 3.3
Cheffers: 3
Wrolstad: 3
Anderson: 2.5
Steratore: 2.5
Vinovich: 2.5
McAulay: 2.3
Hochuli: 2
Blakeman: 1.8
Allen: 1.7
Triplette: 1.5
Boger: 1



The Cowboys are 3/7 on challenges under McAulay with opponents going 1/4. Replay Assistant is 2/8 on challenges with seven decisions benefiting the Cowboys.

Green Bay is 0/2 when challenging McAulay’s calls with the opposition going 5/11. Replay Assistant is 2/6 with four of those decisions benefiting the Packers.


Cleveland fans remember McAulay fondly. In Week 15, 2001, McAulay was the official in the infamous “Bottlegate” game between the Jaguars and Browns. McAulay declared the game over after incensed Cleveland fans threw objects onto the playing surface in protest of an overturned completed Browns catch. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue overrode McAulay’s call and sent the players back onto the field to complete the final 48 seconds of regulation. Cleveland lost 10-15.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (25)

Through the first four games of this season, Ezekiel Elliott has had 39 carries for 3.92 yards per carry in the first half compared to last season when it was 48 carries for 4.02 yards per carry.

Through the first four games last season, Elliott had 46 carries for 4.76 yards per carry in the second half. This season, he rushed 37 times for 3.35 yards per carry.

On first down, Elliott has gained 2.84 yards per carry on first down. Last season through the first four games, he gained 4.75 yards on first down.

On second down, Elliott has gained 4.31 yards per carry through the first four games. Last season through the first four games, Elliott gained 4.07 yards per carry on second down.

Last season, six percent of Elliott’s touches were from passes (6/100). This season, 21 percent of Elliott’s touches have come from passes (16/76).

Through the first four games of this season, Elliott has scored three rushing touchdowns, the same number of touchdowns he scored through the first four games of 2016.

Last year, Elliott rushed for 157 yards against the Packers in the Oct. 16 regular season encounter and later for 125 yards in the divisional playoffs. He is the first running back since Matt Forte in 2013 to rush for over 100 yards in his two games against Green Bay in the same season.

Last season, Alfred Morris had an average of six carries per game in the first four games. This season, Morris has appeared just twice (Giants, Rams) and yet gained just 18 yards fewer (77 to 95).

The Packers offense has the seventh-lowest yards per carry in the NFL at 3.5.

Green Bay’s offense has the fifth-lowest yards per game in the NFL with 74.5 yards per game.

The Packers offense is tied with the Browns and Raiders for the fifth-fewest rushing attempts in the NFL with 84 carries.

Green Bay has scored the eighth-most points in the NFL with 102 points. 10 of those 13 touchdowns were from passes, tied with the New England Patriots for the most passing touchdowns to this point in the season.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby has attempted four field goals through four games, tied for the fourth-fewest in the NFL.

Dallas and Green Bay are tied for 12th place in terms of drives ending in scores at 38.6 percent.

The Packers have the 10th-worst average starting field position with drives starting at the 26.8-yard line.

Dallas is tied with Oakland for the fifth-best starting field position in the NFL with the average drive beginning at the 30.2-yard line.

Only 6.8 percent of the Cowboys’ drives this season have ended in turnovers, good for ninth-best in the league.

The Packers are the sixth-best in the NFL in terms of points per drive with 2.34 scored per possession. Immediately seventh are the Cowboys with 2.16 points scored per drive.

Green Bay receiver Jordy Nelson currently leads the NFL with five touchdown receptions. Last season, he also had five touchdowns through the first four games.

Packers receiver Geronimo Allison has recorded the seventh-longest reception of the season with a 72-yard reception in overtime to help setup Mason Crosby’s 27-yard game-winning field goal against Cincinnati.

Green Bay receiver Trevor Davis has the sixth-best punt return yardage in the NFL with 9.4 yards per punt return.

Opposing quarterbacks have a 92.1 passer rating against the Packers this season, the 16th-best in the league.

Opposing quarterbacks have a 96.5 passer rating against the Cowboy this year, the 13th-worst in the league.

Dallas has amassed 12 sacks through the first four games, tied with five other teams for the third-most in the NFL.

The Cowboys defense is giving up 6.7 yards per attempt, the 11th-fewest in the NFL.

Green Bay’s defense is surrendering 7.3 yards per attempt, the 16th-most in the league.

Teams have thrown against the Cowboys 154 times this season, the second-most in the NFL.

Dallas and Philadelphia have given up the most pass completions in the league with 101 apiece.

The last time the Cowboys played the Packers after they came off a 10-day rest from playing on Thursday night, Green Bay defeated Dallas 28-7 on Dec. 13, 2015 at Lambeau Field.

The Cowboys are 6-3 on Oct. 8. Here are the results:

1961 – @MIN, 28-0 – W
1967 – @WAS, 17-14 – W
1972 – PIT, 17-13 – W
1973 – @WAS, 7-14 – L
1978 – NYG, 24-3 – W
1989 – @GB, 13-31 – L
1995 – GB, 34-24 – W
2006 – @PHI, 24-38 – L
2007 – @BUF, 25-24 – W

The Packers are 8-6 on Oct. 8. Here are the results:

1922 – Racine Legion, 6-10 – L
1933 – Portsmouth Spartans, 17-0 – W
1939 – Cardinals, 27-20 – W
1944 – Card-Pitt, 34-7 – W
1950 – NY Yankees, 31-44 – L
1955 – Colts, 20-24 – L
1961 – Colts, 45-7 – W
1967 – @DET, 27-17 – W
1972 – CHI, 20-17 – W
1978 – CHI, 24-14 – W
1989 – DAL, 31-13 – W
1995 – @DAL, 24-34 – L
2000 – @DET, 24-31 – L
2006 – Rams, 20-23 – L

Dallas has four birthdays on Oct. 8, including that of assistant OL coach Marc Colombo:

Jay Saldi, TE, 1976-82 – 10/8/1954
Billy Cannon, Jr., LB, 1984 – 10/8/1961
Marc Colombo, T, 2005-10 – 10/8/1978
Jacques Reeves, CB, 2004-07 – 10/8/1982