By: Mark Lane

Sports

Cowboys at Eagles

SERIES FACTS (11)

How important is a season finale win after a first round bye is secured?

Lost finale, lost opening playoff game: 7/11
Won finale, won opening playoff game: 15/23


This is the fourth time in club history the Cowboys are 8-7. Every such previous record finished with an 8-8 record.


This is the second time in club history the Eagles are 13-2. That other team from 2004 similarly achieved home-field advantage and advanced as far as Super Bowl XXXIX.


Since 1990, when playoff formats were last reformatted, teams there have been 29 teams to start 13-2. Here are the final fates for those teams:

Divisional playoff loss – 9/29
Conference championship loss – 6/29
Super Bowl loss – 7/29
Super Bowl win – 7/29


This is the fifth time the Eagles have won the division while the Cowboys have finished in second place.


The Cowboys are currently 5-2 on the road. A win would give them a 6-2 finish, a tie for the fourth-best away record in franchise history.


A win would give the Eagles an 8-0 home record, tied for their best home record in club history (1992).


The Dallas Cowboys are 28-27 against the Philadelphia Eagles on the road. Here is the breakdown by venue:

Franklin Field: 4-6
Veterans Stadium: 16-15
Lincoln Financial Field: 8-6


The Cowboys are 3-4 in season finales against the Eagles.

Dallas is 5-2 against Philadelphia in January with a 1-2 record in Philadelphia.

The Cowboys are 11-22 all-time on the road in season finales.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (16)

Prescott is tied with Ezekiel Elliott, Carlos Hyde, and Cam Newton for the eighth-most red zone rushing touchdowns with six.

Prescott is tied for the 10th-most third down conversions by rush with 11.

Prescott is tied with Cam Newton for the sixth-most interceptions in the NFL with 13.

Prescott is tied with Kirk Cousins and Brett Hundley for the second-most red zone interceptions in the NFL with three.

Prescott is tied for the 10th-most interceptions on third down with four.

Prescott has thrown the most pick-sixes in the NFL with four.

Prescott is tied with DeShone Kizer for the seventh-fewest yards per completion in the NFL at 10.8.

Among quarterbacks with a minimum of 100 attempts, Prescott has the seventh-highest completion percentage on third down at 61.8.

Prescott has thrown the 11th-most passes inside the 10-yard line with 28.

On first down, Prescott has a 95.1 passer rating, 7.1 yards per pass attempt, and Dez Bryant his most targeted receiver with 42 passes. In 2016 through the first 15 games, Prescott had a 104.8 rating, 7.4 yards per attempt, and Jason Witten his most targeted receiver with 32 passes.

On second down, Prescott has an 89.8 passer rating, 6.8 yards per pass attempt, and Bryant his most targeted receiver with 42 passes. In 2016 through the first 15 games, Prescott had a 114.3 rating, 8.7 yards per attempt, and Bryant his most targeted receiver with 41 passes.

On third down, Prescott has an 81.3 passer rating, 6.6 yards per pass attempt, and Bryant his most targeted receiver with 36 passes. In 2016 through the first 15 games, Prescott had a 96.1 rating, 7.9 yards per attempt, and Cole Beasley his most targeted receiver with 28 passes.

Prescott has an 89.8 passer rating when huddled. In 2016, Prescott had a 103.5 rating.

Prescott has a 61.9 passer rating when going no-huddle. In 2016, Prescott had a 123.7 rating.

Prescott has an 83.7 passer rating when in the shotgun. In 2016, Prescott had a 100.4 rating.

Prescott has a 95.7 passer rating when under center. In 2016, Prescott had a 122.2 rating.


NICK FOLES FACTS (10)

Foles’ first ever NFL action came against the Cowboys on Nov. 11, 2012 when defensive tackle Jay Ratliff knocked out starter Michael Vick. Foles finished 22/32 for 219 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in a 38-23 loss.
The last time Foles faced the Cowboys was also in Week 17 back in 2013. He completed 17/26 for 263 yards, two touchdowns, and posted a 124.4 rating in a 24-22 win that gave the Eagles the NFC East and dropped Dallas to its third consecutive 8-8 finish.

Foles is 1-3 against the Cowboys with an 87.2 passer rating.

Foles is 3-4 against the NFC East as an Eagles starter with a 3-1 record at home.

Foles has an 88.1 passer rating with the Eagles in 2017. In his final year of 2014, it was 81.4.

Foles is 8-5 in December with a 4-3 record at home.

Since taking over for Carson Wentz in Week 14, Foles has targeted tight end Zach Ertz the most with 23 passes.

Since taking over for Wentz, on first down, Foles has a 58.8 passer rating, 5.4 yards per pass attempt, and Nelson Agholor his most targeted receiver with 13 passes.

Since taking over for Wentz, on second down, Foles has a 134.1 passer rating, 6.7 yards per pass attempt, and Ertz the most targeted receiver with seven passes.

Since taking over for Wentz, on third down, Foles has a 64.4 passer rating, 3.3 yards per pass attempt, and Alshon Jeffery his most targeted receiver with eight passes.


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

Elliott needs 120 yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the year.

Elliott is tied with Jordan Howard for the eighth-most total touchdowns in the NFL with nine.

Elliott’s seven rushing touchdowns are tied for the seventh-most in the NFL.

Elliott leads the NFL with 97.8 rushing yards per game.

Elliott leads the NFL with 23.9 rushing attempts per game.

Elliott has the seventh-most red zone rushing attempts with 36.

Elliott has the sixth-most red zone rushing yards with 107.

Elliott has had 18 touches inside the 10-yard line. Prescott has the most with 39.

Elliott is tied for the eighth-most rushing touchdowns inside the 10-yard line with five.

Elliott has taken 42.1 percent of the Cowboys’ rushing attempts inside the 5-yard line.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Garrett owns every one of the Cowboys’ 8-7 records in team history. Every single one matured into an 8-8 finish (2011-13).


Garrett has a 27-18 record against the NFC East with a 16-6 record on the road.


Garrett has staved off a series sweep by NFC East opponents 5/9 times.


Garrett owns a 7-8 record against the Eagles. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches where applicable:

Tom Landry: 36-20
Barry Switzer: 6-3
Wade Phillips: 5-2
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Jason Garrett: 7-8
Jimmy Johnson: 5-6
Bill Parcells: 3-5
Dave Campo: 0-6



Garrett’s 17-15 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:

Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 17-15
Jimmy Johnson: 13-7
Bill Parcells: 8-9
Barry Switzer: 7-8
Wade Phillips: 5-7
Dave Campo: 4-9
Chan Gailey: 3-5


Garrett is 11-7 on the road in December. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Landry: 28-22-1
Garrett: 11-7
Johnson: 6-5
Parcells: 5-5
Phillips: 4-4
Switzer: 4-4
Campo: 1-6
Gailey: 0-4


Garrett is currently 27-27 without Tony Romo under center, and is 2-5 against Philadelphia without him. Here is how that compares to other divisional foes:
Washington: 6-1
NY Giants: 2-3
Philadelphia: 2-5


Garrett is 15-10 on the road without Romo under center.

Garrett is 2-5 in season finales. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 15-14
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Chan Gailey: 2-0
Jason Garrett: 2-5
Wade Phillips: 1-2
Barry Switzer: 1-3
Dave Campo: 0-3
Bill Parcells: 0-4


Garrett is 19/36 on challenges in his career with a 1/5 mark in 2017.


DOUG PEDERSON FACTS (10)

Pederson has completed a series sweep 2/2 times with a 1/1 rate at home.

Pederson is 7-4 against the NFC East with a 4-1 record at home.

Pederson is 7-7 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 5-1 record at home.

Pederson is 2-1 against the Cowboys. Here is how he compares to other Eagles head coaches:

Andy Reid: 17-12
Buddy Ryan: 8-2
Nick Skorich: 4-2
Doug Pederson: 2-1
Buck Shaw: 1-0
Joe Kuharich: 5-5
Chip Kelly: 3-3
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


A win would join Pederson with Skorich, Kuharich, Ryan, and Reid as the only Eagles head coaches to have swept the Cowboys.

A win would also give Pederson a 6-0 mark against the NFC East. The only other coach to sweep the entire division was Reid in 2004.

The Eagles are tied with the Broncos for the seventh-most penalties in the NFL with 109.

Philadelphia has scored 457 points through 15 games. The single-season record is 474 set by the 2014 Eagles.

Pederson and Reid are the only Eagles head coaches to lead the squad to a 13-2 record, and Pederson is the only coach in team history to do it in his second year.


Pederson is 8/16 on challenges for his career with a 2/6 record in 2017.


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

This is the 10th time since the opening of Lincoln Financial Field in 2003 that FOX will broadcast a game in the series from there. The Eagles have the advantage at 5-4.

The Cowboys are 15-11 when Kenny Albert calls their games.

The Eagles are 25-19-1 when Albert calls their games.

This is the third time Albert will call a game in the series. The Cowboys hold a 2-0 advantage.

The Cowboys are 0-1 when Ronde Barber calls their games.

Philadelphia is 2-1 when Barber calls their games.

Dallas is 126-119 all-time on FOX.

Philadelphia is 145-119-2 all-time on FOX.

This is the 16/24 time that FOX will broadcast the Cowboys season finale since 1994.

This is the sixth time that FOX will broadcast an inconsequential Dallas season finale. The other four previous occasions were 1997, 2001, 2002, 2010, and 2015. Dallas went 1-4.


JOHN PARRY FACTS (10)

The Cowboys are 6-6 when Parry referees their games:

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



Dallas has had fewer penalties than their opponents 5/11 times. Here are the results:


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



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


Pete Morelli: .769
Brad Allen: .714
Gene Steratore: .714
John Parry: .643
Walt Coleman: .643
Ron Torbert: .643
Jerome Boger: .571
John Hussey: .571
Jeff Triplette: .571
Terry McAulay: .533
Carl Cheffers: .533
Ed Hochuli: .500
Tony Corrente: .467
Walt Anderson: .467
Bill Vinovich: .429
Clete Blakeman: .429
Craig Wrolstad: .357




Parry is in the middle of the pack in terms of home teams having fewer penalties:


Pete Morelli: .808
Brad Allen: .714
Gene Steratore: .714
Bill Vinovich: .679
Walt Anderson: .667
Craig Wrolstad: .643
Clete Blakeman: .643
Jerome Boger: .607
John Hussey: .571
John Parry: .571
Ron Torbert: .500
Carl Cheffers: .467
Tony Corrente: .467
Jeff Triplette: .429
Terry McAulay: .400
Walt Coleman: .357
Ed Hochuli: .357



The Eagles are 5-4 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



The Eagles have had fewer penalties with Parry 6/9 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



Parry’s games see 4.9 sacks on average, tied for sixth-most in the NFL:

Cheffers: 5.3
McAulay: 5.3
Vinovich: 5.1
Wrolstad: 5.1
Triplette: 5.0
Parry: 4.9
Boger: 4.9
Corrente: 4.9
Coleman: 4.8
Hochuli: 4.6
Morelli : 4.6
Torbert : 4.6
Anderson: 4.3
Steratore: 4.2
Blakeman: 4.0
Hussey : 3.9
Allen: 3.4


Parry calls 2.3 offensive holding calls per game, the sixth-fewest in the NFL:

Torbert: 3.0
Coleman: 2.9
McAulay: 2.9
Cheffers: 2.7
Anderson: 2.7
Corrente: 2.5
Wrolstad: 2.5
Hochuli: 2.4
Hussey : 2.4
Allen: 2.4
Morelli: 2.4
Parry: 2.3
Steratore: 2.2
Boger: 2.2
Triplette: 1.9
Vinovich: 1.6
Blakeman: 1.6


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.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (10)

The Eagles defense allows the sixth-fewest points per game at 19.3.

The Eagles defense has the third-most interceptions in the NFL with 19.

The Eagles defense allows the fourth-fewest yards per pass attempt at 6.5.

The Eagles defense has the seventh-lowest opposing passer rating in the NFL at 79.2.

The Eagles defense leads the NFL with the lowest rushing yards per game at 75.9.

The Eagles defense is tied with the Vikings for the fifth-lowest yards per carry at 3.7.

The Eagles defense has faced the absolute fewest rushing attempts in the NFL at 305.

DeMarcus Lawrence is tied with Calais Campbell for the second-most sacks in the NFL with 14.5. The last Cowboy to lead the NFL in sacks was DeMarcus Ware with 15.5 in 2010.

Lawrence is tied for the fourth-most forced fumbles in the NFL with four.

Taco Charlton’s three sacks are already tied for the seventh-best for a rookie in Cowboys history.

The Cowboys are 0-3 on Dec. 31. Here are the results:

1967 – @GB, 17-21 – L
1972 – @WAS, 3-26 – L
2006 – DET, 31-39 – L

The Eagles are 2-0 on Dec. 31. Here are the results:

2000 – TB, 21-3 – W
2006 – ATL, 24-17 – W

Dallas has one birthday to celebrate on Dec. 31 with former receiver Golden Richards. The Salt Lake City, Utah native was born in 1950 and played for Dallas from 1973-78.

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SERIES FACTS (13)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



CARSON WENTZ FACTS (12)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JASON GARRETT FACTS (11)

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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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


DOUG PEDERSON FACTS (12)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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


BROADCAST FACTS (13)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BILL VINOVICH FACTS (12)

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

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



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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (17)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cowboys at Falcons

SERIES FACTS (11)

The Cowboys are 5-3 for the 11th time in franchise history. 7/10 of the previous teams made the playoffs with five of those teams having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last realigned, 98/150 teams that started 5-3 made the playoffs with 48 of those teams having won the division.

This is the eighth time the Falcons have started 4-4. 2/7 of their previous teams made the playoffs with none of them having made the playoffs.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last realigned, 53/162 teams that started 4-4 made the playoffs with 18 having won the division.

Atlanta is on a two-game winning streak against the Cowboys, their fourth in the series. Comparatively, Dallas has strung together five multi-game winning streaks against Atlanta.

The Cowboys are 7-6 in Atlanta. Here is a breakdown by venue:
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium: 4-3
Georgia Dome: 3-3

The Cowboys are 10-19 when playing their first game in each of the current NFL venues.

The Cowboys are 9-4 against the Falcons when they have the better record with a 5-3 record on the road.

Dallas is 1-4 against the Falcons in November with a 0-4 record on the road.

The Cowboys are 28-29 in late afternoon games in the Eastern Time Zone.

Atlanta is 9-7 in late afternoon home games against teams from the Central Time Zone.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (12)

Prescott is facing the Falcons for the first time. 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
Troy Aikman: 0-1
Babe Laufenberg: 0-1
Bernie Kosar: 0-1
Ryan Leaf: 0-1
Quincy Carter: 0-1
Brandon Weeden: 0-1


Prescott’s record is 18-6 with a 9-3 record on the road. However, he has a 101.1 passer rating on the road versus 103.4 at home.

Prescott is 5-0 in November with a 121.4 passer rating.

Prescott has a career 102.4 passer rating. Here is a breakdown by snap type and huddle type with 2017 totals in parenthesis:
Huddle: 101.9 (98.9)
No huddle: 108.0 (86.7)
Shotgun: 98.7 (95.6)
Under center: 114.8 (103.7)


On first down Prescott has a 107.1 passer rating with 7.6 yards per attempt. His most targeted receiver is Dez Bryant with 29. Through the first eight games of 2016, Prescott had a 106.9 passer rating and 8.0 yards per target on first down with Jason Witten his most targeted receiver.

On second down Prescott has a 103.0 passer rating with 7.4 yards per attempt and Bryant his most targeted receiver with 25 passes. Through the first eight games of 2016, Prescott has a 106.9 passer rating and 8.0 yards per attempt with Cole Beasley his most targeted receiver with 21.

On third down Prescott has an 87.8 passer rating on third down with a 5.9 yards per attempt and Bryant his most targeted receiver with 18. Through the first eight games of 2016, Prescott was 96.2 with 7.9 yards per attempt and Beasley his most targeted receiver with 19 passes.

Prescott has a 63.9 percent completion percentage on third down, the 10th-best in the league with a minimum of 20 attempts.

With a minimum of 20 pass attempts, Prescott has the 15th-best passer rating on third down at 87.8.

Prescott’s 11 rushing attempts on third down are the fifth-most for a quarterback in 2017.

Prescott is tied with Jacoby Brissett, Marshawn Lynch, and Derrick Henry for the most rushing touchdowns on third down with two.

With a minimum of 100 pass attempts, Prescott is tied for the fifth-fewest sacks in the league with 10.


MATT RYAN FACTS (12)

This is the third time in Ryan’s career he has started at .500 or lesser at the midway point of the season.

Ryan is seventh in the league with 269.6 passing yards per game.

Ryan is tied for the eighth-most interception in the league with seven.

Ryan is seventh in the NFL in yards per completion with 12.2 yards.

Ryan is ninth in the NFL in pass completions with 65.6 percent.

Among quarterbacks taken since 1999, Ryan is one of the 8/22 quarterbacks taken within the first three picks of the draft to play in a conference title game.

Ryan is 51-24 at home compared to 40-37 on the road.

Ryan is 56-11 when he has a passer rating of 100.0 or greater.

Ryan is 32-46 when he throws an interception compared to 58-20 when he does not.

Ryan is 71-52 when he gets sacked at least once.

The most times Ryan has been sacked by a Tampa-2 defense was six times on Nov. 29, 2009 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The most interceptions Ryan has thrown against a Tampa-2 defense was two on Dec. 5, 2010 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.



JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Garrett is 0-2 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: 0-2


The Falcons are 1/4 teams in the NFL that have defeated Garrett on multiple occasions without a loss to date.

This is the first 5-3 start of Garrett’s career.

Garrett is 23-21 in late afternoon games with a 13-7 record on the road.

Garrett is 22-14 in the Eastern Time Zone with an 8-2 record in November.

Garrett is 19-10 in November with a 9-3 record on the road.

The Cowboys’ 28.25 points per game is the fourth-best in the NFL. It is the second-best in the Garrett era with 2013’s 28.75 holding the top spot.

The Cowboys are tied for the seventh-fewest penalties in the NFL with 51. The total is tied with 2013 and 2016 for the second-fewest in the Garrett era through the first eight games.

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

Garrett is 24-23 without Tony Romo with a 13-9 record on the road.


DAN QUINN FACTS (10)

Quinn is 1-0 against the Cowboys. Here is how he compares to other Falcons head coaches in their first games against Dallas:

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


Quinn is 4-1 against the NFC East with a 2-0 record at home.

Quinn is 2-6 in November with a 1-3 record at home.

Quinn is 8-3 in late afternoon games with a 5-1 record at home.

The Falcons have committed 52 penalties, tied for the 12th-fewest in the NFL. The penalties are the fewest for a Quinn-coached team through the first eight games.

The Falcons have six takeaways, tied with the Bengals for the second-fewest in the NFL. The six takeaways are the fewest for a Quinn-coached team through the first eight games.

Quinn is 1/16 head coaches to guide a team to a Super Bowl in his second year with the team.

Quinn is 9/13 on challenges in his career with a 1/1 mark in 2017.

Quinn is the sixth head coach in Falcons history to lead the team a 4-4 mark. Only Leeman Bennett (1978) and Jerry Glanville (1991) were the only ones to guide the team to the playoffs.

Quinn was the defensive line coach for the 2005-06 Miami Dolphins. That connects him with head coach Jason Garrett (quarterbacks coach), passing-game coordinator Scott Linehan (offensive coordinator), receivers coach Derek Dooley (tight ends), and Director of Pro Scouting Judd Garrett (offensive quality control).


BROADCAST FACTS (9)

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

CBS: 15
FOX: 6
ABC: 2
NBC: 1
NFL Network: 1

The Cowboys are 125-117 all-time on FOX.

The Falcons are 154-146 on FOX, including postseason and Super Bowls XXXIII and LI.

Dick Stockton and Al Michaels are tied for doing play-by-play for the most games in this series with three apiece. Aikman will take first place as most games as color analyst with three.

This week’s commentators are Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Buck will tie Al Michaels and Dick Stockton for doing most play-by-play with three apiece while Aikman has already done the most color with four.

The Cowboys are 34-37 when Buck calls their games.

The Falcons are 10-13 when Buck calls their games.

Dallas is 40-43 when Aikman calls their games.

Atlanta is 8-12 all-time when Aikman calls their games.


ED HOCHULI FACTS (10)

This week’s referee is the renowned Ed Hochuli, unofficial arch-referee of the NFL. He has officiated memorable Cowboys games, from the 1993 Thanksgiving game with Miami to the 1995 NFC Championship game, Dallas’ last conference championship game appearance. Dallas is 13-7 when he referees. Here are the results since 1999:

1999 – @NO, 24-31 – L
2000 – CIN, 23-6 – W
2000 – @Titans, 0-31 – L
2001 – WAS, 9-7 – W
2001 – NYG, 20-13 – W
2002 – Titans, 21-13 – W
2002 – PHI, 3-27 – L
2003 – CAR, 24-20 – W
2004 – CLE, 19-12 – W
2004 – PHI, 21-49 – L
2005 – DET, 20-7 – W
2007 – NYG, 45-35 – W
2008 – Ravens, 24-33 – L
2009 – PHI, 34-14 – W
2011 – WAS, 18-16 – W
2011 – @WAS, 27-24 – W-OT
2012 – CLE, 23-20 – W-OT
2013 – @SD, 21-30 – L
2014 – @CHI, 41-28 – W
2015 – PHI, 27-33 – L-OT



Since 1999, when Ed Hochuli has refereed a Cowboys game, Dallas has won the penalty battle 8/19 of the contests:

1999 – NO: 6/32; DAL: 11/86
2000 – CIN: 7/94; DAL: 13/100
2000 – Titans: 7/51; DAL: 7/51
2001 – WAS: 7/60; DAL: 3/22
2001 – NYG: 2/15; DAL: 6/45
2002 – Titans: 6/55; DAL: 2/15
2002 – PHI: 10/67; DAL: 7/69
2003 – CAR: 11/68; DAL: 10/123
2004 – CLE: 6/31; DAL: 11/120
2004 – PHI: 9/59; DAL: 7/50
2005 – DET: 17/129; DAL: 5/40
2007 – NYG: 4/45; DAL: 7/55
2008 – Ravens: 3/19; DAL: 10/86
2009 – PHI: 9/116; DAL: 14/112
2011 – WAS: 4/35; DAL: 6/55
2011 – WAS: 6/59; DAL: 9/48
2012 – CLE: 12/129; DAL: 9/92
2013 – SD: 7/85; DAL: 5/33
2014 – CHI: 9/54; DAL: 8/97
2015 – PHI: 10/70; DAL: 8/58



Hochuli has the fifth-worst home team winning percentage:

Gene Steratore: .875
Pete Morelli: .833
John Hussey: .750
Brad Allen: .714
John Parry: .625
Terry McAulay: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
Tony Corrente: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Bill Vinovich: .444
Ed Hochuli: .429
Jeff Triplette: .375
Clete Blakeman: .375
Jerome Boger: .375
Craig Wrolstad: .286


Under Hochuli, home teams also have the worst percentage of having fewer penalties:

Pete Morelli: .917
Gene Steratore: .750
Walt Anderson: .750
Brad Allen: .714
Bill Vinovich: .667
Ron Torbert: .625
John Hussey: .625
Clete Blakeman: .625
Craig Wrolstad: .571
Jerome Boger: .563
Carl Cheffers: .500
John Parry: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
Tony Corrente: .500
Jeff Triplette: .375
Terry McAulay: .250
Ed Hochuli: .167


Since 1999, the Falcons are 3-10 when Hochuli referees their games:

1999 – SF, 34-29 – W
2000 – @NO, 7-23 – L
2002 – @MIN, 30-24 – W-OT
2006 – @NO, 3-23 – L
2007 – SEA, 44-41 – W
2008 – @CAR, 24-9 – L
2009 – PHI, 7-34 – L
2010 – NO, 14-17 – L
2011 – @CHI, 12-30 – L
2012 – @CAR, 20-30 – L
2013 – @TB, 28-41 – L
2014 – @NYG, 20-30 – L
2015 – @TB, 19-23 – L


Atlanta has had fewer penalties than the opposition 9/13 times:

1999 – SF: 16/118; ATL: 6/40
2000 – NO: 7/50; ATL: 5/73
2002 – MIN: 10/95; ATL: 5/34
2006 – NO: 4/40; ATL: 5/43
2007 – SEA: 9/85; ATL: 5/41
2008 – CAR: 11/90; ATL: 5/45
2009 – PHI: 8/62; ATL: 6/30
2010 – NO: 8/92; ATL: 1/10
2011 – CHI: 8/56; ATL: 9/65
2012 – CAR: 3/10; ATL: 3/15
2013 – TB: 11/121; ATL: 7/45
2014 – NYG: 3/15; ATL: 8/81
2015 – TB: 8/53; ATL: 7/58


Hochuli’s games feature the second-fewest sack totals on average:

Vinovich: 5.9
Coleman: 5.8
Parry: 5.6
Triplette: 5.4
McAulay: 5.1
Cheffers: 5
Corrente: 5
Anderson: 4.9
Steratore: 4.8
Wrolstad: 4.8
Boger: 4.6
Torbert : 4.4
Allen: 4.3
Morelli : 4.2
Blakeman: 4.1
Hochuli: 4
Hussey: 3.5


Hochuli is also tied for the sixth-fewest offensive holding calls per game:

Coleman: 3.4
Corrente: 3.1
Torbert : 3.1
Wrolstad: 3.1
Hussey : 2.9
McAulay: 2.9
Morelli : 2.7
Steratore: 2.5
Parry: 2.4
Cheffers: 2.4
Anderson: 2.4
Hochuli: 2.4
Allen: 2.3
Triplette: 2
Boger: 2
Vinovich: 1.8
Blakeman: 1.4


Under Hochuli, the Cowboys have won 1/3 challenges while the opponents have won 4/8 challenges. Replay Assistant is 0/9 with five decisions favoring Dallas.


Atlanta has won 1/5 challenges with Hochuli with opponents going 1/3. Replay Assistant is 1/2 with only one of those calls benefiting the Falcons.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (26)

Jason Witten’s first career game was against the Falcons on Sept. 8, 2003. Targeted four times, Witten caught one pass for 13 yards.

Atlanta’s offense has the fourth-best rushing yards per carry at 4.6.

The Falcons defense has the 13th-most rushing yards per game at 114.5.

The Cowboys lead the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 11.
Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell are tied for the fourth-most rushing touchdowns in the NFL with five.

Tevin Coleman has the sixth-best yards per carry in the NFL at 5.0.

Julio Jones is fourth in the league with 658 receiving yards.

Jones is third in the NFL with 82.3 receiving yards per game.

Jones’ one touchdown through eight games is no doubt his worst output through the first eight games to start a season.

The Falcons are 23-15 when Jones has 100 yards or more receiving.

Atlanta is 33-29 when Jones catches five or more passes.

The Cowboys defense is third in the NFL with 27 sacks.

The Cowboys defense leads the NFL in yards lost due to sacks with 226.

Dallas is 1/4 teams with multiple pass rushers in the top-20 of sacks in the NFL.

The Cowboys are tied with the Panthers and Bears for the fifth-fewest interceptions in the NFL with four.

Atlanta’s defense is the second-worst in the NFL with just two interceptions.

The Falcons defense is tied for the 10th-most yards per carry at 4.2.

Atlanta’s defense gives up 114.5 rushing yards per game, the 15th-most in the NFL.

The Dallas defense surrenders 4.4 yards per carry, the eighth-most in the NFL.

The Cowboys defense gives up 101.3 rushing yards per game, the 12th-fewest in the league.

The Falcons give up 21.5 points per game, the 14th-fewest in the NFL. 15th belongs to the Cowboys at 22.3 points per game.

Opposing kickers are perfect on field goals at 6/6 and perfect on extra points at 6/6 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is 4/5 on field goals and 8/8 on extra points at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Cowboys are 5-4 on Nov. 12. Here are the results:

1961 – @PIT, 7-37 – L
1967 – @NO, 27-10 – W
1972 – Cardinals, 33-24 – W
1978 – @GB, 42-14 – W
1979 – PHI, 21-31 – L
1989 – @Cardinals, 20-24 – L
1995 – SF, 20-38 – L
2000 – CIN, 23-6 – W
2006 – @Cardinals, 27-10 – W


Atlanta is 2-5 on Nov. 12. Here are the results:

1967 – Colts, 7-49 – L
1972 – NO, 36-20 – W
1978 – @NO, 20-17 – W
1989 – @SF, 3-45 – L
1995 – @BUF, 17-23 – L
2000 – @DET, 10-13 – L
2006 – CLE, 13-17 – L


Dallas has four birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 12:

Sam Baker, P, 1962-63 – 11/12/1929
Jimmy Harris, DB, 1961 – 11/12/1934
Cliff Harris, S, 1970-79 – 11/12/1948
Alois Blackwell, RB, 1978-79 – 11/12/1954

Chiefs at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (12)

This is the Chiefs’ first trip to AT&T Stadium, making them the final NFL team to play at AT&T Stadium. Visiting teams are 18-12 in initial trips to AT&T Stadium.

The Cowboys are 4-3 for the 14th time in club history. 6/13 of the previous teams made the playoffs with 4/6 of those teams having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 86/196 teams that started 4-3 made the postseason with 38 teams having won the division.

The Chiefs are 6-2 for the seventh time in franchise history. 5/6 of those previous teams made the playoffs with every one of those teams having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 97/121 teams that started 6-2 made the playoffs with 64 having won the division.

This is the fourth time the Chiefs will have the better record coming into the match-up. Kansas City is 1-2 when having the better record.

This is the sixth late afternoon game to be played in the series. The Cowboys are 4-1 in late afternoon games against the Chiefs with a 3-0 record at home.

The Chiefs are 37-32-1 when playing on the road in the Central Time Zone.

The Cowboys are 66-37 when playing road teams from the Central Time Zone.

The Cowboys are 6-4 against the Chiefs with a 2-1 record November.

Dallas is 4-1 against Kansas City at home with all of those games having been played in Kansas City.

From 1960-62, the Chiefs were known as the Dallas Texans of the American Football League. The Texans shared the Cotton Bowl with the NFL’s 13th franchise, the Cowboys. The Texans had a 15-6 mark in the Cotton Bowl compared to the Cowboys’ 4-14-1 record.

DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (12)

Prescott is making his first start against the Chiefs. Here is how other Cowboys quarterbacks have fared:

Troy Aikman: 2-1
Craig Morton: 1-0
Danny White: 1-0
Tony Romo: 1-1
Drew Bledsoe: 1-0
Roger Staubach: 0-1
Steve Walsh: 0-1


Prescott has the ninth-best passer rating in the NFL at 96.6.

Prescott has been sacked nine times, which is tied with Derek Carr for the eighth-fewest sacks among quarterbacks with a minimum of 50 pass attempts.

Prescott is sixth in the NFL with 14 touchdown passes.

Prescott is tied for the eighth-fewest interceptions among quarterbacks with a minimum of 50 pass attempts with four.

With a minimum of 40 pass attempts, Prescott has the fifth-best completion percentage on third down at 66.2 percent.

With a minimum of 40 pass attempts, Prescott is tied for the sixth-fewest interceptions on third down with one.

With a minimum of 40 pass attempts, Prescott has the 13th-best third down passer rating at 91.3.

Prescott has a 103.3 passer rating on first down with a 7.6 yards per attempt and Dez Bryant his most targeted receiver with 25 passes. Through the first seven games of 2016, Prescott had a 108.6 passer rating, 8.0 yards per attempt, and Witten and Bryant were his most targeted receivers with 14 apiece.

Prescott has a 101.8 passer rating on second down with a 7.0 yards per attempt and Bryant his most targeted receiver with 21 passes. Through the first seven games of 2016, Prescott had a 96.3 passer rating and 7.8 yards per attempt with Witten his most targeted receiver at 19.

Prescott has a 91.3 passer rating on third down and 6.0 yards per attempt with Bryant his most targeted receiver with 15 passes. Through the first seven games of 2016, Prescott had a 91.7 passer rating with 8.1 yards per attempt and Cole Beasley his most targeted receiver with 16.

Prescott is tied with Alex Smith for fourth-best touchdown percentage at 6.2 percent.


ALEX SMITH FACTS (10)

Smith has the second-most pass completions in the NFL with 179 and is ninth in the NFL in attempts with 259.

Smith has the second-most passing yards in the NFL with 2,181.

Smith is tied with Tom Brady for the third-most touchdowns in the NFL with 16.

With 259 attempts, Smith has yet to throw an interception in 2017.

Smith has the highest yards per pass attempt in the NFL at 8.4, a career high through the first eight games of a season.

Smith is tied with Matthew Stafford and Josh McCown for the third-most sacks on third down with 11.

Smith is tied with Stafford and Carson Palmer for the 10th-most third down conversions with 30.

With a minimum of 40 pass attempts, Smith has the sixth-best passer rating on third down at 101.5.

On third down, Smith’s most-targeted receiver is Travis Kelce with 16.

This is the first time Smith will play a regular season game in AT&T Stadium. He is 1-1 in his career against the Cowboys with a 96.7 passer rating.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (12)

The last time Garrett had a chance to improve a 4-3 mark into 5-3 was Oct. 27, 2013 at Detroit. Dallas fell to the Lions 31-30.

Garrett is 15-10 against the AFC with a 9-3 record at home.

The AFC West is the biggest problem division in the other conference for Garrett:
AFC South: 5-0
AFC North: 7-1
AFC East: 3-5
AFC West: 1-4

Garrett is 0-1 against the Chiefs. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:
Tom Landry: 2-1
Barry Switzer: 1-0
Bill Parcells: 1-0
Wade Phillips: 1-0
Jimmy Johnson: 1-1
Chan Gailey: 0-1
Jason Garrett: 0-1


Garrett is 3-4 against Andy Reid with a 0-1 record since he left the Philadelphia Eagles.

Garrett is 17-9 in November with a 6-5 record without Tony Romo.

Garrett is 23-23 without Romo under center with a 10-14 record at home.

When coaching against playoff-winning quarterbacks, Garrett is 23-30.

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

The Cowboys are fifth in the NFL with 28.3 points per game. This is the second-best ranking after the first eight weeks of the season in the Garrett era. The best was second place with 28.8 in 2013.

Garrett is 35-35 in games where he does not have a 100-yard rusher, including playoffs.

Garrett is 17-33 when his quarterback throws 35 or more times, including playoffs.


ANDY REID FACTS (16)

This is the second time in Reid’s career he has been 6-2. The previous time was 2002 in Philadelphia where he led the Eagles to an NFC East crown and an NFC Championship Game berth.

Reid is 6-0 against the NFC East since the Eagles fired him after 2012.

Reid is 3-2 at AT&T Stadium with his last game a 38-33 loss on Dec. 2, 2012.

This is Andy Reid’s 31st time (including one playoff game) to face the Cowboys, second-most in league history behind Joe Gibbs’ 32 (including one playoff game). For Reid to surpass Gibbs at his current post in Kansas City, barring Super Bowl appearances, Reid would need to stay in Kansas City for the next eight seasons.

Reid is 44-30-1 in November with a 23-14-1 record on the road.

The 236 points scored through the first eight weeks of the season are the most ever by a Reid-coached team.

The 6.3 yards per play, which lead the NFL through the first eight weeks, are the third-best totals by a Reid-led offense. The 2011 Eagles had 6.6 and the 2006 Eagles had 6.4.

Reid is 50/106 on coaches challenges with a 36/81 rate with the Eagles and a 14/25 record with the Chiefs.

Reid’s first career win came against the Cowboys on Oct. 10, 1999, the infamous game where Michael Irvin suffered a career-ending injury.

Reid’s Eagles won their first game of the season series with the Cowboys 8/14 times. 6/14 of those games were in Dallas.

Though no longer the longest tenured coach in the league, Andy Reid has not stopped head coaching since 1999, the longest streak amongst active coaches.

Among current head coaches, Reid has the second-most conference title game appearances with five behind Bill Belichick’s 10.

Among active coaches, Andy Reid has the most assistants in head coaching jobs: Ron Rivera, Doug Pederson, Sean McDermott, Todd Bowles, and John Harbaugh.

In 2009 when the Cowboys beat the Eagles in the NFC Wild Card, Reid joined Mike Holmgren, Ray Rhodes, Rich Kotite, Mike Ditka, Rich McKay, Dick Nolan, Jack Pardee, Leeman Bennett, Bart Starr, Marv Levy, Bill Cowher, Red Miller, Don Shula, and Jim Caldwell as the only head coaches to never defeat the Cowboys in the postseason.

Reid is one of 1/11 coaches to have coached for 10+ seasons in one location and then gone on to coach elsewhere. Here’s how the other qualifying coaches have fared:

Paul Brown – Cincinnati Bengals, 1968-75, 55-56-1 (0-3)
Mike Ditka – New Orleans Saints, 1997-99, 15-33 (no playoffs)
Jeff Fisher – St. Louis Rams, 2012-present, 7-8-1 (no playoffs)
Sid Gillman – Houston Oilers, 1973-74, 8-15 (no playoffs)
Curly Lambeau – Chicago Cardinals/Washington Redskins, 1950-53, 17-28 (no playoffs)
Jim Mora – Indianapolis Colts, 1998-01, 32-32 (0-2)
Marty Schottenheimer – Washington Redskins/San Diego Chargers, 2001-06, 55-41 (0-2)
Hank Stram – New Orleans Saints, 1976-77, 7-21 (no playoffs)
Mike Shanahan – Washington Redskins, 2010-present, 24-40 (0-1)
Dan Reeves – New York Giants/Atlanta Falcons, 1993-03, 80-92-1 (4-3)
Andy Reid – Kansas City Chiefs, 2013-present, 49-23 (1-3)


Reid is 1-1 on Nov. 5. Here are the results:
2000 – DAL, 16-13 – W-OT
2012 – @NO, 13-28 – L


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

Since CBS took over the AFC package, the Dallas Cowboys are 22-13 on that network. Overall, the Cowboys are 289-190-6 on CBS.

Since CBS took over the AFC package, the Kansas City Chiefs are 76-115 with a total record of 119-144-1.

This is the fourth time CBS will broadcast a game in the series, which will be the most by any network. Here is the breakdown by network:
CBS: 3
FOX: 3
NBC: 3
ABC: 1


The Cowboys are 18-10 when Jim Nantz calls their games, playoffs included.

The Chiefs are 3-13 when Nantz calls their games, playoffs included.

Kansas City is 0-2 when Tony Romo calls their games.

Romo is 1/9 ex-Cowboys to call Dallas games on television. The other eight. are John Roach, Eddie LeBaron, Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Daryl Johnston, Brian Baldinger, Troy Aikman, Deion Sanders, Charles Davis. 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

This is the 11th late afternoon game on CBS to be broadcast from AT&T Stadium. Dallas holds a 6-4 in such games.

Last year, the Cowboys swept their CBS games. Since CBS took over the AFC package, Dallas has won all their CBS games six times: 2002, 2006, 2011-12, 2014, and 2016.



PETE MORELLI FACTS (10)

This week’s referee is Pete Morelli. The Cowboys have a 9-6 record with Morelli. Here are the results:

2003 – Cardinals, 24-7 – W
2003 – MIA, 21-40 – L
2004 – @MIN, 17-35 – L
2004 – DET, 31-21 – W
2005 – @SD, 28-24 – W
2005 – KC, 31-28 – W
2006 – NYG, 22-36 – L
2007 – @BUF, 25-24 – W
2007* – NYG, 17-21 – L
2008 – @Cardinals, 24-30 – L-OT
2010 – @Colts, 38-35 – W-OT
2011 – MIA, 20-19 – W
2014 – HTX, 20-17 – W-OT
2014* – DET, 24-20 – W
2015 – ATL, 28-39 – L

*Playoffs



The Cowboys have had fewer penalties 7/15 times with Morelli:

2003 – Cardinals: 5/36; DAL: 7/64
2003 – MIA: 6/69; DAL: 5/50
2004 – MIN: 5/40; DAL: 9/119
2004 – DET: 10/112; DAL: 5/35
2005 – SD: 8/62; DAL: 8/46
2005 – KC: 3/17; DAL: 5/45
2006 – NYG: 3/24; DAL: 1/5
2007 – BUF: 5/49; DAL: 5/31
2007 – NYG: 3/28; DAL: 11/84
2008 – Cardinals: 12/70; DAL: 12/93
2010 – Colts: 3/28; DAL: 5/35
2011 – MIA: 6/55; DAL: 11/69
2014 – HTX: 5/35; DAL: 7/56
2014 – DET: 8/44; DAL: 6/46
2015 – ATL: 6/70; DAL: 5/31



Morelli has the second-highest home team winning percentage in the NFL:

Gene Steratore: .857
Pete Morelli: .800
John Hussey: .714
John Parry: .714
Brad Allen: .667
Terry McAulay: .571
Ron Torbert: .571
Walt Anderson: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Ed Hochuli: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
Clete Blakeman: .429
Bill Vinovich: .429
Tony Corrente: .429
Jeff Triplette: .375
Jerome Boger: .286
Craig Wrolstad: .286


Morelli leads the NFL in percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:

Pete Morelli: .900
Walt Anderson: .750
Clete Blakeman: .714
Bill Vinovich: .714
Gene Steratore: .714
Ron Torbert: .714
Brad Allen: .667
John Hussey: .571
Craig Wrolstad: .571
John Parry: .571
Jerome Boger: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
Tony Corrente: .429
Jeff Triplette: .375
Terry McAulay: .286
Ed Hochuli: .000


The Chiefs are 13-6 in games refereed by Morelli:

2003 – CLE, 41-20 – W
2003 – CHI, 31-3 – W
2004 – HTX, 21-24 – L
2005 – PHI, 31-37 – L
2005 – @DAL, 28-31 – L
2006 – SEA, 35-28 – W
2006 – @Raiders, 20-9 – W
2008 – @NYJ, 24-28 – L
2008 – @Raiders: 13-20 – W
2009 – SD, 7-37 – L
2010 – SD, 21-14 – W
2011 – @DEN, 7-3 – W
2012 – Ravens, 6-9 – L
2013 – @JAX, 28-2 – W
2014 – SD, 19-7 – W
2015 – @HTX, 27-20 – W
2015 – SD, 10-3 – W
2016 – @Raiders, 10-26 – W
2016 – @DEN, 30-27 – W


The Chiefs have had fewer penalties 11/19 times in Morelli’s games:

2003 – CLE: 4/30; KC: 5/70
2003 – CHI: 8/78; KC: 6/55
2004 – HTX: 7/60; KC: 9/87
2005 – PHI: 3/25; KC: 6/40
2005 – DAL: 5/45; KC: 3/17
2006 – SEA: 4/35; KC: 6/40
2006 – Raiders: 6/45; KC: 4/40
2008 – NYJ: 4/20; KC: 4/39
2008 – Raiders: 5/39; KC: 6/57
2009 – SD: 9/59; KC: 7/41
2010 – SD: 5/30; KC: 3/35
2011 – DEN: 6/49; KC: 6/36
2012 – Ravens: 5/33; KC: 8/60
2013 – Jaguars: 5/30; KC: 3/20
2014 – SD: 10/67; KC: 7/46
2015 – HTX: 6/39; KC: 2/25
2015 – SD: 7/48; KC: 8/53
2016 – Raiders: 3/25; KC: 2/10
2016 – DEN: 15/97; KC: 9/71

Morelli’s games have the sixth-fewest sacks per game:

Vinovich: 6.0
Coleman: 5.8
Parry: 5.7
McAulay: 5.6
Triplette: 5.4
Corrente: 5.3
Cheffers: 5.0
Anderson: 4.9
Allen: 4.7
Wrolstad: 4.7
Steratore: 4.7
Morelli: 4.4
Hochuli: 4.3
Blakeman: 4.1
Boger: 4.1
Torbert : 3.9
Hussey : 3.3


Morelli’s games are tied with two other referees for the fourth-most offensive holding calls per game:

Coleman: 3.4
Corrente: 3.3
Hussey : 3.1
Morelli: 3
Torbert : 3
Wrolstad: 3
Hochuli: 2.7
Anderson: 2.4
Cheffers: 2.4
Steratore: 2.4
Allen: 2.3
Parry: 2.3
McAulay: 2.1
Triplette: 2
Vinovich: 2
Boger: 1.9
Blakeman: 1.6


In Morelli-reffed games, Dallas is 2/2 on challenges compared to opposing coaches’ 2/4 and Replay Assistant’s 3/12. Furthermore, five of Morelli’s decisions on Replay Assistant challenges have benefited the Cowboys.


In Morelli-reffed games, Kansas City is 1/10 on challenges with the opposition going 4/7. Replay Assistant is 6/17 with nine of those calls benefitting the Chiefs.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (12)

Rookie running back Kareem Hunt has 763 rushing yards, the league lead. It is the eighth-most through the first eight games of a career since 1950. Ezekiel Elliott had 891.

Elliott and Leonard Fournette are tied for the league-lead in rushing touchdowns with six. Last season, Elliott had five through the first seven games.

Opposing quarterbacks have compiled an 82.9 passer rating against the Chiefs defense, the 10th-lowest in the NFL.

The Chiefs are tied with the New Orleans Saints for the third-highest opposing yards per carry at 4.9.

Kansas City’s defense has the fifth-highest rushing yards per game at 131.1.

The Chiefs defense has the third-highest points yards surrendered per play at 6.0.

Since Bob Sutton took over the Chiefs defense in 2013, Kansas City is 8-9 when they allow a 100-yard rusher.

Sutton’s defense is 3-10 when allowing a 300-yard passer.

Sutton’s defense is 13-17 when sacking the quarterback once or less compared to 37-9 when they sack the quarterback twice or more.

Sutton’s defense sacked Tony Romo three times in a 17-16 victory on Sept. 15, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium. The only starters still remaining on the Cowboys offensive line from that game at left tackle Tyron Smith and center Travis Frederick.

Washington was 6-6 when Alfred Morris rushed for 100 yards or more.

Washington was 13-10 when Morris scored a touchdown or more. The Cowboys are 2-0 when Morris scores a touchdown.

Morris faced Sutton’s defense on Dec. 8, 2013 and carried 12 times for 31 yards in a 45-10 loss.

Darren McFadden’s third-highest rushing game of his career was on Sept. 14, 2008 when he ran for 164 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries at Kansas City in a 23-8 victory.

McFadden has a career 4.17 yards per carry against the Chiefs.

Since 1989, the Kansas City Chiefs have only had 2/7 head coaching hires who were original and not transplants from other clubs.


The Cowboys are 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


Kansas City is 5-2 on Nov. 5. Here are the results:

1967 – NYJ, 42-18 – W
1972 – Raiders, 27-14 – W
1978 – Raiders, 10-20 – L
1989 – SEA, 20-10 – W
1995 – WAS, 24-3 – W
2000 – @Raiders, 31-49 – L
2006 – @Rams, 31-17 – W


The Cowboys have 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

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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

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SERIES FACTS (13)

The Cowboys are 2-1 for the 28th time in franchise history. 15/27 of the previous teams made the playoffs.

The Rams are 2-1 for the 17th time in club history. 7/16 of the previous teams made the postseason.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last revised, 151/276 teams that started 2-1 made the playoffs.

The Cowboys are 3-3 against the Rams in October.

The Cowboys are 9-8 against the Rams at home. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Cotton Bowl: 0-2
Texas Stadium: 6-6
AT&T Stadium: 3-0

The Rams are 0-1 in Central Time Zone games since moving back to Los Angeles. The last such game they won was Sept. 25, 1994 when they shutout the Kansas City Chiefs 16-0 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Dallas is 24-23-1 against West Coast teams that visit the Metroplex.

This is the only early game Dallas will play in 2017. The Cowboys are 153-117 all-time in early games with a 75-39 record at home.

Los Angeles is 555-557-20 in early games with a 244-315-11 record on the road.

The Cowboys are 5-2 against the Rams in early games in the series.

Los Angeles is on a three-game losing streak against the NFC East. The last such win was a 24-0 shutout in Washington on Dec. 7, 2014.

The Rams haven’t made the playoffs since 2004. Still, despite their nine-year playoff appearance drought, they have more postseason wins since 1997 (six) than do the Cowboys (two).


The Rams are the only NFL franchise to have defeated the Cowboys with two interim head coaches: Joe Vitt in 2005 and Jim Haslett in 2008.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (7)

Prescott is 2-1 against fellow quarterbacks in the 2016 draft class.

Among quarterbacks with a minimum of 25 attempts, Prescott’s 74.9 passer rating on third down is the 13th-best in the NFL.

Last week’s 28-17 win at Arizona helped Prescott earn his first game-winning drive of the season, tying him with 10 other quarterbacks for the second-most in 2017.

Prescott’s 88.9 passer rating through the first three games is the first time since Tony Romo in 2012 that a Cowboys starting quarterback has registered in the 80’s in passer rating through the first three games.

Prescott’s four sacks through the first three games match his 2016 total, which is still the fewest by a Dallas starting quarterback through the first three games since 1981 when Danny White sacked just four times.

Prescott’s adjusted yards per attempt is 6.53 through the first three games. Last season, through the first three games, it was 7.95.

Prescott’s 107 pass attempts through the first three games are the sixth-most in Cowboys history.


JARED GOFF FACTS (7)

Goff has the third-best passer rating on third down this season at 139.4

Goff’s 13 third down conversions are tied for the ninth-most in the NFL.

Goff’s 8.6 yards per attempt on third down is the seventh-best in the NFL.

Goff is tied with Trevor Siemian for the most touchdowns thrown on third down with four.

Goff’s 233 passing yards on third down are the eighth-most in the NFL.

Goff’s 817 passing yards are the seventh-most in the league.

Goff owns the league’s third-best passer rating at 118.2.

JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Jason Garrett is 3-0 against the Rams franchise. Here is how other Cowboys head coaches have done against the Rams:

Tom Landry: 11-11
Jason Garrett: 3-0
Dave Campo: 1-0
Wade Phillips: 1-1
Jimmy Johnson: 1-2
Bill Parcells: 0-1


The Rams join the Browns, Bengals, Steelers, Colts, and Dolphins as the only teams Garrett has an undefeated mark against in multiple games.

Garrett is 8-6 against the NFC West with a 3-3 record at home.

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


Garrett has started 2-1 in every one of his seven seasons as the Cowboys head coach. Only Tom Landry has more such starts with 13. Landry has a better playoff rate with 8/13 of his 2-1 squads making the playoffs compared to 2/6 for Garrett.

Garrett is currently 21-21 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 10-9 against rookie head coaches with a 4-5 record at home.

Garrett is 23-14 against quarterbacks who have never been to the playoffs with a 13-8 on the road.

The Cowboys’ 64 points for are the second-fewest through the first three games in the Garrett era.

The Cowboys’ 22 penalties through the first three games are the third-most in the Garrett era.


SEAN MCVAY FACTS (10)

A win against the Cowboys would join McVay with Bob Waterfield, George Allen, Chuck Knox, Ray Malavasi, Joe Vitt, and Jim Haslett as the only first-year Rams head coaches to earn a win against the Cowboys in their first meeting.

McVay’s 2-1 mark joins him with Scott Linehan, John Robinson, George Allen, John Stydahar, and Bob Snyder as the only first-year Rams head coaches to lead the club to a 2-1 record.

A win against the Cowboys would also make McVay the first Rams first-year head coach since Mike Martz in 2000 to lead the club to two road wins with no losses.

McVay’s Rams have 107 points for through the first three games, the second-highest such total since 1940.

The last time the Rams led the NFL in points for after three games was 2000 when they had 119, the franchise record. Of course, Martz was also in his first year as head coach.

McVay’s Rams have a point differential of plus-32 through the first three games, the 14th-best in Rams history. Never have any of the 13 teams ahead of the 2017 Rams finished with a losing record.

McVay has yet to throw his challenge flag through three games.

McVay is the first Rams first-year head coach to have a first-round quarterback in his second year under center.

The last time a Rams head coach with his first year in the team had a Super Bowl-winning coordinator was Jeff Fisher in 2012 when he hired Gregg Williams. Unfortunately, Williams was suspended indefinitely due to his involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.

McVay was a coaching assistant on the 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers as Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia was serving in the same capacity for the Bucs from 2002-10.

BROADCAST FACTS (10)

The Cowboys are 123-115 all-time on FOX.

The Rams are 132-194-1 all-time on FOX.

The Cowboys are 63-55 in early games on FOX with a 53-47 record at home.

The Rams are 102-136 in early games on FOX with a 32-64 record on the road.

The Cowboys are 21-13 with Daryl Johnston as color commentator.

The Rams are 8-13 with Johnston as color commentator.

Dallas is 1-2 with Chris Myers as play-by-play.

Los Angeles is 9-19-1 when Myers is play-by-play.

Johnston is 1/5 ex-Cowboys to call Dallas games on television. The other four are Eddie Le Baron, Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, and Troy Aikman.

The final ESPN Sunday Night Football contest was Cowboys-Rams in Texas Stadium on Jan. 1, 2006. The Rams defeated the Cowboys 20-10 and dropped them to 9-7 on the year.


CLETE BLAKEMAN FACTS (10)

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

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


The Cowboys have had fewer penalties than opposition 3/6 times:

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



Blakeman is tied with five other referees for the second-lowest home team winning percentage thus far:

John Hussey: 1.000
Terry McAulay: 1.000
Pete Morelli: 1.000
Gene Steratore: 1.000
Ron Torbert: 1.000
John Parry: .667
Walt Anderson: .667
Carl Cheffers: .667
Brad Allen: .500
Ed Hochuli: .500
Jeff Triplette: .333
Bill Vinovich: .333
Jerome Boger: .333
Walt Coleman: .333
Tony Corrente: .333
Clete Blakeman: .333
Craig Wrolstad: .000


Blakeman is also tied with five other referees for the second-most games with home teams having fewer penalties:

Brad Allen: 1.000
Gene Steratore: 1.000
Pete Morelli: 1.000
Clete Blakeman: .667
Walt Anderson: .667
Carl Cheffers: .667
Ron Torbert: .667
Bill Vinovich: .667
Craig Wrolstad: .667
Jerome Boger: .500
John Hussey: .500
Walt Coleman: .333
Tony Corrente: .333
Terry McAulay: .333
Jeff Triplette: .333
John Parry: .333
Ed Hochuli: .000


The Rams have a 3-3-1 record with Blakeman:

2010 – @Cardinals, 19-6 – W
2011 – @CLE, 13-12 – W
2011 – @PIT, 0-27 – L
2012 – @SF, 24-24 – T
2013 – Cardinals, 27-24 – W
2014 – DAL, 31-34 – L
2016 – ATL, 14-42 – L


The Rams have had fewer penalties 3/7 times with Blakeman:

2010 – Cardinals: 6/54; Rams: 2/15
2011 – CLE: 6/60; Rams: 7/55
2011 – PIT: 7/50; Rams: 4/21
2012 – SF: 13/85; Rams: 7/66
2013 – Cardinals: 6/68; Rams: 7/59
2014 – DAL: 3/15; Rams: 8/119
2016 – ATL: 5/40; Rams: 11/105


Blakeman is in the middle of the pack in terms of sacks per game:

Parry: 7.3
McAulay: 6.7
Cheffers: 6.3
Coleman: 6.3
Wrolstad: 6
Corrente: 6
Vinovich: 5.3
Steratore: 5.3
Blakeman: 5
Allen: 5
Anderson: 5
Triplette: 4.7
Hochuli: 4.5
Boger: 3.3
Morelli : 3
Torbert : 3
Hussey: 2.5


Blakeman is tied with Gene Steratore for the fifth-fewest offensive holding calls per game:

Coleman: 4.7
Morelli : 4.5
Torbert : 4
Corrente: 4
Hussey: 4
Wrolstad: 3.7
Parry: 3.3
Cheffers: 3.3
Vinovich: 2.7
Anderson: 2.7
McAulay: 2.3
Steratore: 2
Blakeman: 2
Triplette: 1.7
Hochuli: 1.5
Allen: 1
Boger: 1


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


The Rams are 0/1 on challenges under Blakeman while opponents are 1/1. Replay Assistant is 1/5 with two of those decisions favoring the Rams.




MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (33)


The Rams became the first NFL champion to move the season after winning it all when they moved from Cleveland to Los Angeles for the 1946 season.

This is the third straight season Dez Bryant has failed to catch more than 15 passes and eclipse the 200-yard mark through the first three games.

Bryant’s 40.7 catch percentage through the first three games is the lowest of his career.

This is the third straight season Bryant has not led the Cowboys in receiving yards after the first three games. Subsequently, this is the third straight season the Cowboys have had a different receiving yards leader through three games than the year before.

Witten currently leads the Cowboys in receiving yards with 159 through three games. The last time Witten led Dallas in receiving yards through the first three games was 2010 when he had 272.

Receiver Terrance Williams’ 81.3 catch percentage through the first three games is the second-best of his career. His best was last season when he had an 87.3 percentage.

Williams’ 13 catches for 132 yards through the first three games is the best of his career in terms of catches and yards.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s 29.0 sacks are the most by an interior defensive lineman since 2014.

Donald’s solo sack through the first three games are tied for the second-lowest total of his career.

Donald’s 120 solo tackles are the sixth-most since 2014.

Rams linebacker Robert Quinn has six total tackles against the Cowboys through three career games.

With 241 rushing yards, this is the first time in Rams running back Todd Gurley’s career he has started in the top-5 in rushing yards in the first three games.

Gurley’s 241 rushing yards as the 23rd-most by a Rams running back through the first three games to start the season since 1950.

Gurley has exactly 63 attempts through three games, same as last season. However, Gurley has scored four touchdowns to two, posted 241 yards to 183, and averages 3.83 yards per carry versus 2.90.

Rams receiver Sammy Watkins has 13 catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns through the first three games, his best such start in his career. His previous best start was his rookie season when he caught 13 balls for 167 yards and a touchdown.

Last week was the fourth multi-touchdown game of Watkins’ career.

Watkins’ 166 catches are eighth-most by a receiver among the 2014 draft class.

Watkins’ 19 touchdowns are tied with Jordan Matthews for the fifth-most by a receiver among the 2014 draft class.

Watkins remains with Kelvin Benjamin and Brandin Cooks as the only first round receivers in the 2014 draft who have yet to make a Pro Bowl.

Rams receiver Cooper Kupp’s grandfather Jake Kupp was drafted by the Cowboys in 1964, and his father Craig Kupp played for the Cowboys in 1991.

Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey is 3/4 on field goals at home against the Rams in his career.

The Cowboys are tied with five other teams for being the beneficiary for the most offensive holding calls with six.

All four of the Rams’ offensive holding calls this season have been declined.

The Cowboys are tied with the Buffalo Bills for the eighth-shortest drives on average at 2:29 time of possession per drive.

The Rams defense averages the fewest plays per drive with 5.2.

The Rams defense is tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the eighth-shortest drives per possession at 2:25.

The Cowboys have the fourth-best average starting field position per drive at the 32.6-yard line per drive. However, they are the absolute median in terms of drives ending in scores (35.3 percent).

The Dallas defense is the ninth-best in the league in terms of fewest points per drive at 1.62.

The Cowboys and the Rams are tied with three other teams for the second-most false starts in the NFL with six.

Tyron Smith is tied with eight other players for the most false starts in the NFL with two. None of those players include a Rams offensive lineman.

The Cowboys are 2-6 on Oct. 1. Here are the results:

1961 – @CLE, 7-25 – L
1967 – Rams, 13-35 – L
1972 – @GB, 13-16 – L
1989 – NYG, 13-30 – L
1995 – @WAS, 23-27 – L
2000 – @CAR, 16-13 – W-OT
2006 – @OTI, 45-14 – W
2012 – CHI, 18-34 – L

The Rams are 8-2 on Oct. 1. Here are the results:
1939 – @GB, 27-24 – W
1950 – @SFO, 35-14 – W
1961 – PIT, 24-14 – W
1967 – @DAL, 35-13 – W
1972 – @ATL, 3-31 – L
1978 – @NO, 26-20 – W
1989 – @SFO, 13-12 – W
1995 – @Colts, 18-21 – L
2000 – Chargers, 57-31 – W
2006 – DET, 41-34 – W

Dallas has two birthdays to celebrate on Oct. 1:

Kyle Davis, C, 1975 – 10/1/1952
Kenny Duckett, WR, 1985 – 10/1/1959

Cowboys at Cardinals

SERIES FACTS (11)

The Cowboys’ first ever Monday Night Football appearance was a 38-0 loss to the Cardinals in the Cotton Bowl on Nov. 16, 1970.


This is the 25th time in club history the Cowboys have started 1-1. 11/24 of those previous 1-1 teams made the playoffs.


This is the 39th time in franchise history Arizona has started 1-1. 11/97 of those previous teams made the postseason.


Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, teams that started 1-1 made the playoffs only 159/389 times.

The Cowboys are 15-5 against the Cardinals in September with a 7-3 record on the road.

Dallas is making its fifth trip to University of Phoenix Stadium. Here is a breakdown of the Cowboys’ record in each Cardinals venue:
Sportsman’s Park: 2-4
Busch Memorial Stadium: 12-7-1
Sun Devil Stadium: 8-7
University of Phoenix Stadium: 1-3


University of Phoenix Stadium is the site of the Cowboys’ longest active multi-game losing streak in an opposing venue at three games.

The Cowboys are 5-6 against the Cardinals in prime time with a 5-4 record on the road.

Dallas was 5-3 against Arizona in its final eight games in the NFC East. Since realignment in 2002, the Cardinals are now 5-3 against the Cowboys.

Dallas is 21-20 in the Pacific Time Zone.

Since 1997, the Cowboys are 14-3 in Week 3 games with an 8-2 record on the road.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Prescott is making his first start against the Cardinals. Here is how other Cowboys starters fared in their first outings:
Eddie LeBaron: 0-1
Don Meredith: 0-1
Roger Staubach: 1-0
Craig Morton: 0-1
Danny White: 1-0
Gary Hogeboom: 0-1
Steve Pelluer: 1-0
Steve Walsh: 0-1
Troy Aikman: 0-1
Jason Garrett: 1-0
Randall Cunningham: 0-1
Clint Stoerner: 0-1
Quincy Carter: 0-1
Drew Bledsoe: 1-0
Tony Romo: 1-0
Jon Kitna: 0-1
Brandon Weeden: 0-1


In the regular season, Prescott has never been on a losing streak.

Prescott’s 68.6 passer rating last week was the third-lowest of his career.

Last week, Prescott threw 50 passes in the Cowboys’ 42-17 loss in Denver. The last Cowboys quarterback to throw for 50-plus passes was Tony Romo in a 27-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 3, 2013.

Prescott’s 50 pass attempts joins him with Troy Aikman, Vinny Testaverde, and Romo as the only Dallas quarterbacks to have thrown 50 or more passes in a game.

Prescott’s 4.8 yards per attempt in Denver was the third-lowest of his career and 2.8 yards lower than his career average.

Last week was the second time in Prescott’s career he completed 30 or more passes in a game.

Prescott has the 15th-best completion percentage on third down at 60.9 percent.

Prescott’s average yards per attempt on third down is 5.5, a dip of 2.3 yards from his 2016 totals.

Prescott is tied for the eighth-most all-purpose third down conversions with 10.

CARSON PALMER FACTS (11)

Not only is Palmer the only quarterback from the 2003 NFL Draft class still in the league, he is 1/4 players from the draft still in the league.


Palmer’s 65.6 passer rating is the second-lowest of his career through the first two games of a season. The only season worse was 2008 when he 37.1 passer rating.


Since 1950, Palmer’s 65.6 passer rating is the 28th-worst for a quarterback 37 years old or older through the first two games to start a season.


Palmer has been sacked five times through two games, tying it for the second-most sacks through two games in his career. The most is six sustained in his rookie year in 2004.


Palmer has a 56.6 passer rating on third down, the sixth-worst in the NFL in 2017.


Palmer is tied with Aaron Rodgers for the sixth-most third down conversions in 2017 with 10.


Palmer is 1/16 quarterbacks who has rushed for a first down on third down in 2017.


Palmer is tied with DeShone Kizer and Andy Dalton for the most interceptions thrown in 2017 with four.


Palmer is the first Cardinals quarterback to make consecutive starts against the Cowboys since Jake Plummer from 2000-02.


Last week’s 16-13 win over the Colts joined Palmer with Jay Cutler, Alex Smith, Matthew Stafford, and Russell Wilson as the only quarterbacks thus far in 2017 who have a fourth quarter comeback.


Palmer is fourth in the NFL in yards per pass completion at 13.0.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Last week, the Broncos beat the Cowboys 42-17, making it the third game in Garrett’s career he has lost by 25-plus points. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 18
Dave Campo: 7
Bill Parcells: 4
Jason Garrett: 3
Jimmy Johnson: 2
Barry Switzer: 2
Wade Phillips: 2



Jason Garrett has a 0-3 record thus far against the Arizona Cardinals. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 33-19-1
Jimmy Johnson: 7-3
Barry Switzer: 7-1
Bill Parcells: 3-0
Chan Gailey: 3-2
Dave Campo: 2-3
Wade Phillips: 0-1
Jason Garrett: 0-3


The Cardinals are 1/7 NFL teams Garrett has not beaten (Jets, Patriots, Chiefs, Broncos, Chargers, Falcons, Cardinals).

Garrett’s first ever start as a quarterback was against the Phoenix Cardinals on Nov. 14, 1993. Garrett completed 2/6 for 25 yards before being replaced by backup Bernie Kosar who led Dallas to a 20-15 win.

Garrett is 26-21 on the road with a 4-3 record on the road against the NFC West.

Garrett has the Cowboys with a 3-2 record in the Pacific Time Zone. Here is how that compares to other time zones:

Eastern: 22-12
Pacific: 3-2
Central: 5-4
Mountain: 0-3


Garrett’s 3-2 record in the Pacific Time Zone since 2010 is third-best to the Vikings’ 4-1 mark and the Texans’ 3-1 record.

Garrett is 14-8 in the month of September with a 6-5 record on the road.

A loss Sunday would mean Garrett’s 12th losing streak of his career.

Garrett is 20-21 without Tony Romo under center.

BRUCE ARIANS FACTS (10)

With a win over the Cowboys in his first meeting on Nov. 2, 2014, Arians joined Pop Ivy (1960), Ray Willsey (1961), Ray Prochaska (1961), Chuck Drulis (1961), Wally Lemm (1962), Joe Bugel (1990), Dave McGinnis (2000), and Ken Whisenhunt (2008) as the only Cardinals coaches to defeat the Cowboys in their first try.

Arians is 6-1 against the NFC East with a 3-0 record at home.

Arians is 11-4-1 in prime time with a 6-3-1 record at home.

With 10 wins in 2013, Arians joined Norman Barry as the only Cardinals coaches to lead the franchise to a 10-win season in his first year.


Arians and Don Coryell are the only Cardinals head coaches to lead the club to three consecutive 10-plus wins seasons.


2016 was the only season where Arians began the year with a 1-1 record at home.


Arians and Texans head coach Bill O’Brien are the only head coaches since 2014 to lead their teams in back-to-back playoff appearances with multiple quarterbacks.


Since 2013, the Cardinals have committed the sixth-fewest penalties in the NFL with 397.


Arians is 13/31 on coaches challenges in his career.


Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was the tight ends coach for the 1996 New Orleans Saints, which was the rookie season of wide receiver Brett Bech, who is now the Cowboys assistant strength and conditioning coach.



BROADCAST FACTS (22)

WFAA will simulcast 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


The Cowboys are 47-35 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 2000, 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 linebacker Victor Butler (2009) and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (2015) recorded the most sacks in an ESPN game with two, while 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)

All of the Cowboys’ African-American quarterbacks started on ESPN: Randall Cunningham (2000), Anthony Wright (2000-01), Quincy Carter (2002-03), and Dak Prescott (2016)

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: 7-13
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 3-3 record. Here is the Cowboys’ record in the other months in which they have played on ESPN:

September: 3-3
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.

Only two current Cowboys have played on both of ESPN’s telecasts: Jason Witten and L.P. Ladouceur.

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.

Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, and Lisa Salters are the current 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: 4-4
Ron Jaworski: 4-1
Ed Werder (2011, Cowboys sideline): 1-0
Lisa Salters: 2-3
Sean McDonough: 1-0


Out of past and present ESPN talent, one has a connection to the Cowboys. Lisa Salters is former running back Tony Dorsett’s cousin.

This is only the third time in Monday Night Football’s history that there has been a two-man team covering the game. In 1986, ABC experimented with Al Michaels and Frank Gifford calling the action before adding Dan Dierdorf in 1987. ABC went back to the two-man team in 2002 by adding only John Madden.

Another quoted statistic going into this game is how the Cowboys have the second-most Monday Night Football appearances with 78. The Dolphins have 82. 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 11 MNF appearances since 2006 versus the Cowboys’ 11. However, since 2006, the Cowboys have had 41 SNF appearances versus the Dolphins’ one. So, actually, the correct way to look at this statistic is the Cowboys lead the league with 153 marquee game appearances versus the Dolphins’ 126.


CRAIG WROLSTAD FACTS (12)

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

2014 – Cardinals, 17-28 – L
2015 – NYJ, 16-19 – L
2016 – CHI, 31-17 – W
2016 – WAS, 31-26 – W



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

Wrolstad is tied for the absolute worst home team winning percentage thus far in the NFL:
Pete Morelli: 1.000
John Hussey: 1.000
Gene Steratore: 1.000
Ron Torbert: 1.000
Walt Anderson: 1.000
Terry McAulay: 1.000
Jeff Triplette: .500
Bill Vinovich: .500
Brad Allen: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
John Parry: .500
Craig Wrolstad: .000
Tony Corrente: .000
Clete Blakeman: .000
Jerome Boger: .000
Ed Hochuli: .000


In terms of home teams having fewer penalties, Wrolstad is tied for the absolute best overall:
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Brad Allen: 1.000
Clete Blakeman: 1.000
Pete Morelli: 1.000
Gene Steratore: 1.000
Walt Anderson: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Terry McAulay: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Jeff Triplette: .500
Bill Vinovich: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
Tony Corrente: .500
Jerome Boger: .250
Ed Hochuli: .000
John Parry: .000
John Hussey: .000


The Cardinals are 3-0 with Wrolstad:
2014 – @DAL, 28-17 – W
2014 – KC, 17-14 – W
2016 – @Rams, 44-6 – W


With Wrolstad, Arizona is 2/3 in having fewer penalties than the opposition:
2014 – DAL: 5/33; Cardinals: 6/62
2014 – KC: 9/75; Cardinals: 6/40
2016 – Rams: 9/61; Cardinals: 4/51


Through two weeks, Wrolstad is tied with Bill Vinovich for the fifth-most sacks per game:
Coleman: 7.5
McAulay: 7.5
Parry: 7.5
Corrente: 6.5
Cheffers: 6
Wrolstad: 5.5
Vinovich: 5.5
Triplette: 5
Allen: 5
Blakeman: 5
Torbert: 4
Anderson: 4
Morelli : 4
Steratore: 3.5
Boger: 3.5
Hochuli: 3
Hussey : 3



Wrolstad is tied with Walt Coleman for the third-most holding calls per game through two weeks:
Hussey : 5
Morelli : 5
Wrolstad: 4.5
Coleman: 4.5
Vinovich: 4
Parry: 4
Torbert : 3.5
Cheffers: 3.5
Steratore: 3
Corrente: 2.5
Anderson: 2.5
Hochuli: 2
McAulay: 1.5
Blakeman: 1.5
Triplette: 1.5
Boger: 1
Allen: 1



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

The Cardinals are 1/1 on challenges with Wrolstad with the opposition going 0/1. Replay Assistant is 1/4 with two of those decisions having favored Arizona.

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 (7)

The Cowboys have the 13th-worst third down conversion rate at 36.7 percent.


The Cardinals offense is right in the middle of the pack in the NFL in third down conversions at 38.7 percent.


The Cowboys defense is tied with Washington and Tampa Bay for the fifth-worst third down conversion rate at 50 percent.


Arizona’s defense is the ninth-worst in the NFL in third down conversion rate at 47.1 percent.


The Cowboys defense is tied with eight other teams for the fourth-most touchdowns surrendered on third down with two.


The Cowboys defense is tied with six other teams for the fifth-most sacks on third down with three. All of them belong to defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.


Dallas kicker Dan Bailey joins Cincinnati kicker Randy Bullock and Seattle kicker Blair Walsh as the only kickers thus far to have attempt field goals on third down in 2017.


The only former divisional foe the Cardinals have struggled against is Washington, posting a 2-6 record since 2002. Against Philadelphia and New York, Arizona is 6-3 and 4-3 respectively.


The Cardinals are 1/5 teams that has remained undefeated against the Cowboys in postseason play. The other four teams are Indianapolis, Washington, Carolina, and Seattle.


In the history of the NFL, the Rams and Cardinals franchises are the only ones to have called three different cities home. Coincidentally, both of them share St. Louis.


Emmitt Smith holds the 10th-best single-season touchdown record for both the Cardinals and Cowboys franchises.




The Cowboys are 6-0 on Sept. 25. Here are the results:

1966 – MIN, 28-17 – W
1977 – NYG, 41-21 – W
1983 – NO, 21-20 – W
1988 – ATL, 26-20 – W
2005 – @SF, 34-31 – W
2016 – CHI, 31-17 – W

The Cardinals are 5-5 on Sept. 25. Here are the results:

1927 – @CHI, 0-9 – L
1938 – @GB, 7-28 – L
1940 – CHI, 21-7 – W
1966 – @CLE, 34-28 – W
1977 – CHI, 16-13 – W
1983 – @PHI, 14-11 – W
1988 – WAS, 30-21 – W
2005 – @SEA, 12-37 – L
2011 – @SEA, 10-13 – L
2016 – @BUF, 18-33 – L

Dallas has three birthdays to celebrate on Sept. 25:

Sonny Davis, LB, 1961 – 9/25/1938
Ray Perkins, DE, 1987 – 9/25/1964
Dat Nguyen, LB, 1999-2005 – 9/25/1975

Cowboys at Broncos

SERIES FACTS (11)

The Cowboys are 1-0 for the 38th time in franchise history. 25 of those 37 previous teams made the playoffs.

The Broncos are 1-0 for the 38th time in franchise history. 19 of those previous 37 teams made the playoffs.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 220/415 teams that started 1-0 made the playoffs.

This is the 12th time the Cowboys will play an AFC team in the second game of the season. Dallas is currently 6-5.

This is the 19th time the Broncos will play an NFC team in the second game of the season. They are 9-7-1.

This is the first time since 2008 the Cowboys will play two teams to start the season who had winning records the year before.

The Cowboys are 1-2 against the Broncos in September:
1980 – @DEN, 21-40 – L
1995 – DEN, 31-21 – W
1998 – @DEN, 23-42 – L

Dallas is 37-20 in Week 2 games with a 10-5 mark in late afternoon match-ups.

Denver is 35-19-2 in Week 2 games with a 26-7-1 mark in late afternoon games.

The Cowboys are 2-4 against the Broncos on the road. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Mile High Stadium: 2-3
Sports Authority Field: 0-1

The last match-up between these two teams combined for 99 points in a 51-48 Broncos win. The 99 points are tied for the fourth-most combined in a single game since 1940.

DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Prescott is making his first start against the Broncos. Here is how other Cowboys quarterbacks fared:
1973 – Roger Staubach – W
1980 – Danny White – L
1986 – Steve Pelluer – L
1992 – Troy Aikman – W
2001 – Ryan Leaf – L
2005 – Drew Bledsoe – L
2009 – Tony Romo – L

A win Sunday will improve Prescott’s consecutive winning streak against the AFC to five. White has the longest such streak at seven games, and Romo and Aikman each have a streak of six games.

A win Sunday would join Prescott with Don Meredith, Craig Morton, Staubach, White, Aikman, and Romo as the only Cowboys quarterbacks to start the season 2-0.

On the road, Prescott averages two sacks. The Cowboys were 7-1 in 2016 when Prescott was sacked twice or more.

3/4 of Prescott’s interceptions came on the road in 2016.

Prescott has a 102.6 passer rating in the second half compared to a 104.3 first half passer rating.

Dez Bryant is Prescott’s most targeted receiver with 107 targets. Tight end Jason Witten is second with 103, and receiver Cole Beasley is third with 101.

On third down, Prescott has targeted Beasley the most with 32 targets. Bryant is second with 26 and Witten is third with 24.

In the fourth quarter and overtime, Beasley remains Prescott’s most targeted receiver with 34 targets. Bryant is a close second with 31, and Witten is a distant third with 24.

Prescott’s 8.0 yards per carry against the Giants last week is tied for the fourth-best single game total in his career.

TREVOR SIEMIAN FACTS (11)

Siemian is making his first start against the Cowboys. Here is how other Broncos quarterbacks fared in their first starts against Dallas:
1973 – Charley Johnson – L
1977 – Craig Penrose – L
1977 – Craig Morton – L
1980 – Matt Robinson – W
1986 – John Elway – W
1992 – Tommy Maddox – L
2001 – Brian Griese – W
2005 – Jake Plummer – W
2009 – Kyle Orton – W
2013 – Peyton Manning – W

Siemian is the 45th starting quarterback for the Broncos.

A win Sunday will tie Siemian with Steve Tensi for the 11th-most wins in Broncos history.

Drafted in the seventh round by Denver, Siemian joined Randy Dean and Otto Graham as the only quarterbacks drafted out of Northwestern.

With a 9-6 mark, Siemian trails Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston (15-17) and Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota (11-17) for the most wins by quarterbacks in the 2015 draft class.

Siemian trails Ryan Fitzpatrick (46-69-1) and Matt Cassel (36-44) for the most wins by a seventh-round quarterback since 2002.

Siemian has a career 91.8 passer rating on third down, the 10th-best since 2016 among quarterbacks with a minimum of 130 attempts.

Siemian is tied with Tom Brady and Mariota for the fourth-most touchdowns on third down since 2016 among quarterbacks with a minimum of 130 attempts.

Siemian’s 7.4 yards per attempt on third down are 12th-most since 2016 among quarterbacks with a minimum of 130 attempts.

Siemian’s three fourth quarter comebacks are tied with John McCormick, Gary Kubiak, and Brian Griese for the 10th-most in Broncos history.

Since 2016, Siemian has been sacked 12 times on first down, the seventh-most in that span.

EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

With 1,735 rushing yards, Elliott has the third-most yards through the first 17 career games, trailing only Eric Dickerson’s 1,946 and George Rogers’ 1,739.

Among running backs who gained at least 1,500 yards through their first 17 career games, Elliott’s 5.01 yards per carry is fourth-best behind Adrian Peterson (5.55), Clinton Portis (5.48), and Barry Sanders (5.14).

Elliott is tied with eight other players for the most 100-yard rushing games through the first 16 career games with seven. If he rushes for 100 yards against Denver, Arizona, the Rams, and Green Bay, he will surpass Edgerrin James for the most (10) through the first 20 games to start a career.

While Elliott has had more 100-yard games on artificial turf with six compared to three on grass, he has a better yards per carry on grass (5.26) than on an artificial surface (4.97).

Elliott’s five receptions last week against the Giants were the most in his career.

Elliott’s 29 touches were tied for the third-most in a single game in his career.

Elliott’s 4.33 yards per carry against New York last week was actually the fifth-lowest total of his career.

The lowest rushing yard total Elliott gained on the road was 83 in Washington on Sept. 18, 2016 when he carried the ball 21 times for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Elliott has not scored a touchdown, playoffs included, since the Cowboys’ 42-21 win over Detroit on Dec. 26 when Elliott rushed for two. This ties the longest such streak in his career.

Last season against the AFC, Elliott rushed for 100 yards twice in contests against Cincinnati (134) and Pittsburgh (114).

VON MILLER FACTS (10)

Since 2011, only Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has had more sacks than Von Miller’s 73.5 with 76.0.

32 of Miller’s 73.5 sacks have come on third down.

30 of Miller’s 73.5 sacks have also come in the fourth quarter.

Six of Miller’s 20 career forced fumbles have come in the fourth quarter.

Aside from 2013 when Miller served a six-game suspension to start the season, Miller has never played the first two games without registering at least one sack.

Miller is tied with Hall-of-Famer Yale Lary for the second-most All Pro selections by a Texas A&M Aggie with three. The most is held by punter Shane Lechler with six.

Miller has sacked a total of 15 quarterbacks from the NFC a total of 21 takedowns.

Miller has sacked no quarterback more than Philip Rivers with 13.

Miller is 1/43 draft picks taken within the first two selections to be a defensive player. 25/43 were Pro Bowlers, 20/43 made All Pro, and 8/43 made it to the Hall of Fame.

Miller, a DeSoto native, has never played his hometown team since being drafted in 2011. It will be the 29th NFL team he has faced to date with the Giants and Eagles remaining.

JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Garrett is 19-18 in late afternoon games.

Garrett is 0-2 in the Mountain Time Zone.

In initial road games, Garrett is 4-2 and on a two-game winning streak.

Last year, Garrett went 4-0 against the AFC North, his second time to sweep the AFC complement of games in a season. Only Tom Landry has more such sweeps with four (1970-72, 1981).

Garrett is 16-9 against the AFC with an 8-5 record on the road.

Garrett’s 16-9 record against the AFC is the best in the NFC East since Week 10, 2010:
Philadelphia: 15-10
NY Giants: 14-11
Washington: 11-14-1

Garrett is 0-1 against the Broncos. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:
Tom Landry: 3-2
Jimmy Johnson: 1-0
Barry Switzer: 1-0
Chan Gailey: 0-1
Dave Campo: 0-1
Bill Parcells: 0-1
Wade Phillips: 0-1
Jason Garrett: 0-1

Garrett is currently 20-20 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 7-9 against rookie head coaches with a 6-4 record on the road.

Garrett is 23-13 against quarterbacks who have never been to the playoffs with a 13-7 on the road.

VANCE JOSEPH FACTS (10)

With a win over the Chargers Monday night, Joseph joined Frank Filchock, Lou Saban, John Ralston, Red Miller, Dan Reeves, Wade Phillips, Mike Shanahan, Josh McDaniels, and Gary Kubiak as the only Broncos head coaches to win their first game with the team.

A win Sunday would join Joseph with McDaniels, Phillips, Miller, Filchock, and Jack Faulkner as the only Broncos head coaches to start their tenure with a two-game winning streak.

Joseph will join John Fox and Miller as the only first-time Denver head coaches to coach two straight home games to start their tenure.

A win over the Cowboys would join Joseph with Reeves, McDaniels, and Fox as the only Denver head coaches to defeat Dallas in their first meeting.

The Broncos managed a 24-21 win over the Chargers and forced a turnover and sacked Philip Rivers once. As the Dolphins defensive coordinator in 2016, Joseph’s unit 10/16 times recorded at least a sack and a takeaway throughout the season.

Joseph is the 16th head coach in Broncos history, meaning an average head coach’s tenure is 3.6 seasons.

Joseph is the 11th rookie head coach in Broncos history.

Joseph is just the fourth Broncos head coach to come from a defensive background. The other three are John Fox, Wade Phillips, and Ray Malavasi.

The only other time Joseph coached against the Cowboys was as San Francisco’s defensive backs coach on Nov. 23, 2008. Receiver Terrell Owens caught seven passes for 213 yards and a touchdown.

Joseph is an alumnus of Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, Louisiana, where former Pittsburgh and Washington safety Ryan Clark also attended high school.

BROADCAST FACTS (8)

FOX will be broadcasting a game from the series for the third time. Here is the breakdown of the series by network:
CBS: 8
FOX: 2
NBC: 2

This is the first time Denver will have Joe Buck and Troy Aikman since Oct. 5, 2014 when Denver beat the Arizona Cardinals 41-20.

The Cowboys are 123-114 all-time on FOX.

The Broncos are 29-10 all-time on FOX.

The Cowboys are 33-36 when Buck calls their games.

Denver is 6-3 when Buck calls their games.

Dallas is 38-42 when Aikman calls their games.

The Broncos are 8-1 when Aikman calls their games.


BRAD ALLEN FACTS (10)


This week’s referee is Brad Allen. The Cowboys are 1-2 with Allen. Here are the results:
2015 – @NO, 20-26 – L-OT
2015 – @GB, 7-28 – L
2016 – @GB, 30-16 – W


The Cowboys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 2/3 times with Allen:
2015 – NO: 8/64; DAL: 6/30
2015 – GB: 8/69; DAL: 6/30
2016 – GB: 5/23; DAL: 7/60


Allen was one of seven referees in Week 1 whose crew did not officiate a home team win:
Walt Anderson: 1.000
Carl Cheffers: 1.000
John Hussey: 1.000
Terry McAulay: 1.000
John Parry: 1.000
Gene Steratore: 1.000
Ron Torbert: 1.000
Brad Allen: .000
Walt Coleman: .000
Clete Blakeman: .000
Jerome Boger: .000
Tony Corrente: .000
Jeff Triplette: .000
Bill Vinovich: .000
Craig Wrolstad: .000
Ed Hochuli: N/A
Pete Morelli: N/A


Allen was one of nine referees whose crew called fewer penalties on home teams in Week 1:
Brad Allen: 1.000
Clete Blakeman: 1.000
Carl Cheffers: 1.000
Gene Steratore: 1.000
Jeff Triplette: 1.000
Bill Vinovich: 1.000
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Walt Coleman: 1.000
Tony Corrente: 1.000
Jerome Boger: .500
Walt Anderson: .000
John Hussey: .000
Terry McAulay: .000
John Parry: .000
Ron Torbert: .000
Ed Hochuli: N/A
Pete Morelli: N/A


Last week, Allen was tied with Walt Coleman and Jeff Triplette for the fourth-most in Week 1:
Corrente: 10
Wrolstad: 8
Parry: 7
Allen: 6
Coleman: 6
Triplette: 6
Vinovich: 6
McAulay: 5
Torbert : 5
Blakeman: 4
Cheffers: 4
Boger: 3
Hussey : 3
Anderson: 2
Steratore: 2
Hochuli: N/A
Morelli : N/A


Allen called only one offensive holding penalty in Week 1, the second-fewest among active referees:
Coleman: 7
Hussey : 5
Wrolstad 5
Torbert: 4
Anderson: 4
Vinovich: 4
Cheffers: 4
Triplette: 3
Corrente: 3
Steratore: 3
Parry: 2
Blakeman: 2
McAulay: 1
Allen: 1
Boger: 0
Hochuli: N/A
Morelli: N/A


The Broncos are 2-1 with Allen:
2014 – @NYJ, 31-17 – W
2015 – Colts, 24-27 – L
2016 – Raiders, 24-6 – W


Denver is 1/3 in having fewer penalties than the opposition under Allen:
2014 – NYJ: 2/9; DEN: 11/101
2015 – Colts: 4/30; DEN: 8/56
2016 – Raiders: 13/125; DEN: 5/43

The Cowboys have yet to challenge one of Allen’s calls and neither has Replay Assistant. But opponents are 1/1.

Denver is 0/1 when challenging Allen while opponents are 1/2. Replay assistant is 0/1 with that lone call benefiting the Broncos.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (10)

Since switching to a 3-4 defense in 2015, the Broncos have allowed only three 100-yard rushers with Latavius Murray being the last with Oakland on Nov. 6, 2016 when he gained 114 and three touchdowns on 20 carries.

Since 2015, only the Carolina Panthers can match the Broncos’ 95 sacks for most sacks in that span.

Since 2015, the Broncos have recorded 55 takeaways, the fifth-most in that time.

Last week the Cowboys recorded a takeaway, making it two straight seasons Dallas has opened the season with a takeaway. The last time this happened was from 2011-13.

Since 2015, the Broncos have had seven 100-yard rushing games with C.J. Anderson having done it three times, most recently on Oct. 24, 2016 versus Houston in a 27-6 win.

The last time the Cowboys gave up 100 yards to a single rusher was Jan. 3, 2016 when Alfred Morris gained 100 yards on 19 carries for Washington.

The last time a Cowboys running back caught five passes or more was Jan. 3, 2016 when Darren McFadden caught five for 53 yards in a 34-23 loss to Washington.

The Cowboys are 5-2 on Sept. 17. Here are the results:

1961 – PIT, 27-24 – W
1967 – @CLE, 21-14 – W
1972 – PHI, 28-6 – W
1978 – @Rams, 14-27 – L
1989 – @ATL, 21-27 – L
1995 – @MIN, 23-17 – W-OT
2006 – WAS, 27-10 – W

The Broncos are on Sept. 17. Here are the results:

1967 – @MIA, 21-35 – L
1972 – OTI, 30-17 – W
1978 – Chargers, 27-14 – W
1990 – KC, 24-23 – W
1995 – WAS, 38-31 – W
2000 – @Raiders, 33-24 – W
2006 – KC, 9-6 – W-OT

The Cowboys have three birthdays to celebrate on Sept. 17:

Derek Ware, TE, 1996 – 9/17/1967
Tim Seder, K, 2000-01 – 9/17/1974
Akin Ayodele, LB, 2006-07 – 9/17/1979

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SERIES FACTS (13)

Not only are the Cowboys 21-7 against the Giants in September, but also hold an 8-1 record against New York on Opening Day.

Last year’s 20-19 win over Dallas snapped a five-game Opening Day losing streak by New York, the longest such streak in franchise history.

The Cowboys are 34-19-1 (.627) on Opening Day while the Giants are 49-33-5 (.592).

Sunday night’s game with the Giants will set a Dallas franchise record for most Opening Day games against one opponent with 10, breaking a tie with Washington for most-common Opening Day opponent.

For the Giants, Sunday night’s game with the Cowboys will be their ninth, making it the third-most common Opening Day opponent in club history. Most common is Philadelphia with 15 encounters.

The Giants are 20-35-1 on the road in Dallas. Here is the breakdown by venue:

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

Dallas did not play their preseason finale against Houston. Here is a comparative list of preseason finale results and subsequent Opening Day results since 2002:
2002: W-L
2003: W-L
2004: W-L
2005: W-W
2006: T-L
2007: L-W
2008: W-W
2009: W-W
2010: W-L
2011: L-L
2012: W-W
2013: L-W
2014: L-L
2015: W-W
2016: L-L

The New York Giants were victorious in their preseason finale with the New England Patriots 40-38. Here is a comparative list of pre-season finale results and subsequent Opening Day results since 2002:
2002: W-L
2003: W-W
2004: L-L
2005: W-W
2006: W-L
2007: L-L
2008: W-W
2009: L-W
2010: W-W
2011: W-W
2012: W-L
2013: L-L
2014: W-L
2015: W-L
2016: W-W

In Week 1’s following seasons wherein the Cowboys made the playoffs, they are 25-6 on Opening Day.
In Opening Day games at home, Dallas is 16-8-1.
In Opening Day games on the road, the Giants are 32-25-5.
The Cowboys are 7-1 in prime time Opening Day games at home.
New York is 2-7 in prime time Opening Day games on the road.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Prescott went 3-1 on Sunday Night Football in 2016 with an 86.0 passer rating. On average, he went 22-of-34 for 245 yards, a touchdown, an interception, and took two sacks.

Prescott went 0-2 against the Giants last season. Only Vinny Testaverde, Troy Aikman, and Don Meredith were the other Cowboys quarterbacks who lost their first two games to the Giants.

Prescott’s worst and third-worst games of his rookie season in terms of passer rating occurred against the Giants at 45.4 (Dec. 12) and 69.4 (Sept. 11).

A win would make Prescott the first second-year Cowboys quarterback since Roger Staubach on Sept. 27, 1970 to earn a win against the Giants.

Prescott is the fifth second-year Cowboys quarterback to start on Opening Day. Here are the results:
1961 – Don Meredith vs. Pittsburgh – W
1970 – Roger Staubach at Philadelphia – W
1990 – Troy Aikman vs. San Diego – W
2002 – Quincy Carter at Houston – L


Prescott will join Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Quincy Carter as the only Cowboys quarterbacks to have started every Opening Day through their first two seasons.

Among quarterbacks who started 12 or more games in 2016, Prescott had the eighth-highest passer rating on third down at 94.6.

Prescott had the eighth-highest yards per attempt on third downs at 7.8.

Five of Prescott’s eight turnovers in 2016 occurred on third down.

Prescott’s 25 sacks last season were the eighth-fewest among quarterbacks who started 12 or more games.


ELI MANNING FACTS (13)

Manning has the most career touchdowns against the Cowboys on Opening Day with 12.

The Giants are 37-57 when Manning gets sacked two or more times compared to 72-37 when he is sacked once or not at all.

The Giants are 19-40 when Manning throws two or more interceptions compared to 89-52 when he does not.

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

Manning is 7-7 against the Cowboys when he is sacked two or more times compared to 7-5 when he is not.

Manning has the second-most career interceptions on Opening Day against the Cowboy with five. Washington quarterback Joe Theismann owns the top spot with 11.

No opposing quarterback has started more games on Opening Day against the Cowboys than Manning with six.

The only three 100-plus passer rating games for Manning on Opening Day have come at the expense of the Dallas defense (2007: 113.1; 2013: 102.3; 2016: 110.3).

Manning’s 5-7 record on Opening Day is the second-highest in Giants history in terms of wins and most in terms of losses.

Manning had the ninth-most touchdown passes on third down in 2016 with eight.

Since 2004, no one has thrown more interceptions on third down than Manning with 77.

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

Since 2004, Manning is the only active quarterback to have the most fourth quarter comebacks with 30.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (11)

Garrett is 7-6 against the Giants. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 35-16-2
Jason Garrett: 7-6
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Jimmy Johnson: 5-5
Barry Switzer: 4-4
Bill Parcells: 4-4
Wade Phillips: 3-5
Dave Campo: 1-5


Garrett has a 23-17 record against the NFC East with a 9-11 record at home.

Garrett holds a 4-2 record against the Giants in late afternoon games.

Garrett is 3-3 in season openers. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches after five games (where applicable):

Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Barry Switzer: 3-1
Wade Phillips: 3-1
Jason Garrett: 3-3
Tom Landry: 1-3-1
Bill Parcells: 1-3

Sunday night will be Garrett’s fifth Week 1 home game, which is second-most to Landry’s 15.

Garrett is 9-11 against the NFC East at home. As bad as it appears, the ledger is on par with the rest of the NFC East’s records at home since 2010:

New York: 10-11
Philadelphia: 10-11
Garrett: 9-11
Washington: 9-12


When coaching against playoff-winning quarterbacks, Garrett is 21-29 and currently on a two-game losing skid.

Garrett is 12-7 in the month of September.

Garrett is 12-7 in the first games of a series against NFC East foes with a 6-6 record at home.

Garrett went 1/3 (.333) on challenges in 2016, his second-lowest overturn percentage of his career.

Garrett’s .333 overturn rate on challenges in 2016 was also tied for the sixth-lowest in team history.


BEN MCADOO FACTS (11)

Ben McAdoo is 2-0 against the Cowboys. Here is how he compares to other Giants head coaches against Dallas:

Tom Coughlin: 13-12
Bill Parcells: 9-7
Jim Fassel: 8-6
Ben McAdoo: 2-0
Jim Lee Howell: 1-0-1
Allie Sherman: 6-8-1
Ray Handley: 1-3
Bill Arnsparger: 1-4
Alex Webster: 2-7
Dan Reeves: 2-6
Ray Perkins: 2-4
John McVay: 0-5


McAdoo’s .667 winning percentage in the NFC East in 2016 was the second-highest by a first-year Giants head coach behind Jim Fassel’s .938 mark in 1997.

McAdoo’s .667 winning percentage on the road in the NFC East in 2016 was also the second-highest by a first-year Giants head coach with Fassel holding the top spot with .875 in 1997.

McAdoo’s .500 winning percentage on the road in 2016 was tied for the fifth-highest by a first-year Giants head coach in club history.

With a wildcard playoff berth last season, McAdoo joined Fassel, Dan Reeves, and Allie Sherman as the only Giants head coaches to achieve postseason play in their first season.

In 2016, McAdoo joined Fassel and Tom Coughlin as the only Giants head coaches to sweep the Cowboys in his first year.

McAdoo is 7-3 against playoff-winning head coaches.

A win would join McAdoo with Coughlin, Fassel, Dan Reeves, John McVay, and Earl Potteiger as the only Giants head coaches to win their first two consecutive Opening Day games.

McAdoo’s 2-3 record (.400) in prime time games in 2016 was sixth-highest by a first-year Giants head coach in team history.

McAdoo went 1/3 (.333) on challenges in 2016, tied for the fourth-lowest overturn rate for a Giants head coach since 1999.

The Giants had 88 accepted penalties in 2016, tied for ninth-fewest in club history during a 16-game season (absent strike-shortened years).


BROADCAST FACTS (9)

Last season, the Cowboys set a franchise record with four victories on NBC in 2016.

Cowboys-Giants has the second-longest active prime time game streak with 12 games going back to 2006. Longest is Cowboys-Eagles with 14 games going back to 2004.

The Cowboys are 58-39 on NBC, including postseason play.

The Giants are 37-39 on NBC, including postseason play.

The Cowboys are 49-34 when Al Michaels calls their games.

New York is 26-37 when Michaels calls their games.

The Cowboys are 22-19 when Cris Collinsworth calls their games.

New York is 18-18 when Collinsworth calls their games.

On KXAS, the NBC affiliate for Dallas-Fort Worth, the Cowboys are an all-time 48-33, including simulcast cable games from 1987-90.


CARL CHEFFERS FACTS (9)


This week’s referee is Carl Cheffers, who was the referee the last time New York and Dallas played on Dec. 11, 2016. Dallas is 4-2. When Cheffers referees. Here are the results:


2009 – Raiders, 24-7 – W 2010 – @Texans, 27-13 – W 2010 – DET, 35-19 – W
2013 – Rams, 31-7 – W
2015 – SEA, 12-13 – L
2016 – @NYG, 7-10 – L
 
Dallas has had fewer penalties than the opposition 3/6 times under Cheffers:
2009 – Raiders: 7/70; DAL: 6/48
2010 – @Texans: 5/32; DAL: 8/49
2010 – DET: 10/76; DAL: 6/39
2013 – Rams: 5/41; DAL: 6/52
2015 – SEA: 5/40; DAL: 5/40
2016 – NYG: 7/50; DAL: 5/54


In 2016, Cheffers was tied for the fifth-highest home team winning percentage among active referees:

Walt Anderson: .733
John Hussey: .688
John Parry: .667
Walt Coleman: .643
Carl Cheffers: .625
Brad Allen: .625
Tony Corrente: .600
Bill Vinovich: .600
Gene Steratore: .600
Jeff Triplette: .600
Jerome Boger: .600
Clete Blakeman: .563
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Pete Morelli: .500
Ed Hochuli: .500
Terry McAulay: .333




Cheffers also had the third-highest rate of home teams having fewer penalties in 2016:


Tony Corrente: .800
Walt Coleman: .769
Carl Cheffers: .688
John Parry: .667
Ed Hochuli: .588
Terry McAulay: .583
Pete Morelli: .567
Brad Allen: .562
Jeff Triplette: .533
Gene Steratore: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Walt Anderson: .467
Clete Blakeman: .438
Craig Wrolstad: .438
John Hussey: .438
Bill Vinovich: .400
Jerome Boger: .400

The Giants are 5-5 when Cheffers referees their games. Here are the results:


2009 – @PHI, 17-40 – L
2010 – CHI, 17-3 – W
2011 – ATL, 24-2 – W
2012 – @Ravens, 14-33 – L
2013 – @PHI, 15-7 – W
2014 – @WAS, 45-14 – W
2014 – Colts, 24-40 – L
2015 – @PHI, 7-27 – L
2015 – @WAS, 14-20 – L
2016 – DAL, 10-7 – W



The Giants have had fewer penalties 5/10 times with Cheffers:

2009 – PHI: 5/45; NYG: 4/25
2010 – CHI: 8/40; NYG: 6/44
2011 – ATL: 3/15; NYG: 7/73
2012 – Ravens: 9/92; NYG: 6/52
2013 – PHI: 4/48; NYG: 11/92
2014 – WAS: 11/88; NYG: 7/66
2014 – Colts: 4/30; NYG: 4/30
2015 – PHI: 9/72; NYG: 12/92
2015 – WAS: 7/80; NYG: 4/35
2016 – NYG: 7/50; DAL: 5/54


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

The Giants are 1/2 in challenging Cheffers with opponents going 3/4. Replay Assistant is 2/5 with three of those calls favoring New York.


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



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (24)

Ezekiel Elliott is the first offensive player on the Cowboys’ 53-man roster to be suspended since Michael Irvin in 1996 when the receiver missed the first five games in 1996 for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

This is the first time since Sept. 8, 2013 Darren McFadden has started on Opening Day. As the Oakland Raiders running back, he gained 48 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in a 21-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

McFadden posted 102 yards on 20 carries for a 5.0 yards per carry in the preseason, his highest such preseason total since 2012 when he carried the ball 20 times for 81 yards and a touchdown with Oakland.

McFadden is the oldest starting running back for the Cowboys since 2004 when Eddie George (30 years, 353 days) started for Dallas at Minnesota in a 35-17 loss.

Tight end Jason Witten is tied with Terrell Owens for the most career touchdown receptions against the Giants in Week 1 with five.

Witten also has the most receiving yards with 322.

Witten also has the most receptions with 33.

Legendary Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown has the most career rushing yards against the Giants in Week 1 with 223. Second-most belongs to former Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray with 217.

Emmitt Smith has the most career rushing touchdowns in Week 1 against the Giants with four.

Former Cardinals defensive end Curtis Greer has the most career sacks against the Cowboys on Opening Day with three, all earned in Week 1 of 1987.

Former Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware is tied with 10 other players for the most sacks against the Giants on Opening Day with 2.0. Most is held by former linebacker Wilber Marshall with three.

Former Dallas cornerback Brandon Carr is tied with six other players for the most interceptions against the Giants in Week 1 with two. Carr’s picks all came in a Sept. 8, 2013 win over the Giants 36-31.

The Giants have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Ahmad Bradshaw gained 1,015 in 2012.

Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown gained 1,063 yards for the Giants in 1998, one of 23 players in franchise history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since 1950.

Odell Beckham has only had one game with 100-plus receiver yards against the Cowboys. However, he has scored five touchdowns against Dallas through six games.

2016 was the first time in Beckham’s three-year career he played a full 16 games. He caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards for 10 touchdowns.

Giants receiver Brandon Marshall is 4-2 against the Cowboys. On average, he catches five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.

The Giants are 3-2 when Jason Pierre-Paul gets a sack versus Dallas compared to 2-4 when he does not.

Pierre-Paul has not had a sack against Dallas since Oct. 19, 2014 when he sacked Tony Romo twice in a 31-21 New York loss.

Giants safety Landon Collins has recorded 25 tackles against the Cowboys through four games.

Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has racked up 87 tackles against the Giants through 10 games. If Lee’s totals were divided out by 14, the number of total games played in the series since 2010, Lee would average 6.2 tackles per game.

The Cowboys are 2-3 on Sept. 10. Here are the results:

1978 – @NYG, 34-24 – W
1989 – @NOR, 0-28 – L
1995 – DEN, 31-21 – W
2000 – @Cardinals, 31-32 – L
2006 – @JAX, 17-24 – L


The Giants are on 1-4 Sept. 10. Here are the results:

1978 – DAL, 24-34 – L
1995 – @KC, 17-20 – L-OT
2000 – @PHI, 33-18 – W
2001 – @DEN, 20-31 – L
2006 – Colts, 21-26 – L


The Cowboys have three birthdays to celebrate on Sept. 10:

L.G. Dupree, RB, 1960-61 – 9/10/1932
Roy Schoenke, G, 1964-65 – 9/10/1941
Charlie Waters, S, 1970-81 – 9/10/1948