By: Mark Lane

Cowboys at Giants

SERIES FACTS (11)

The Cowboys are 9-6 for the sixth time in franchise history. 2/5 of those previous teams made the playoffs with only the 1998 team having won the division. Neither the ’98 nor the ’06 team won a playoff game.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 66/102 teams that started 9-6 made the playoffs with 19 of them having won the division.

The Giants are 5-10 for the third time in franchise history. 1/2 of the previous seasons were followed up with a playoff-qualifying season.

Dallas is going for their 22nd sweep of the Giants in series history. With 21 sweeps so far, it is the most sweeps against a divisional foe in Cowboys history. For the Giants, only the Eagles with 22 sweeps own the most against the club since 1960.

Dallas is 29-25-1 against the New York Giants on the road. Here is the record broken down by venue:

Yankee Stadium: 7-3-1
Yale Bowl: 2-0
Shea Stadium: 1-0
Giants Stadium: 14-19
MetLife Stadium: 5-3


The Cowboys are 12-13-1 against the Giants in December.

The Cowboys are 120-101-1 all-time in December with a 60-58-1 record on the road.

Since 1940, the Giants are 134-136-2 in December with a 73-71-2 record at home.

Since 1970, the Cowboys are 158-119 all-time in early games with an 81-78 record on the road.

Since 1970, the Giants are 221-197-1 in early afternoon games with a 154-121-1 record at home.

Since 1970, the Cowboys have a 63-62 mark in early afternoon games played in the Eastern Time Zone.




DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Among qualified quarterbacks, Prescott is tied with Derek Carr for the ninth-lowest touchdown percentage in the NFL at 3.7.

Prescott’s 68.3 completion percentage is the eighth-lowest in the NFL.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott’s 7.3 yards per pass attempt is tied with Kirk Cousins for the third-lowest in the NFL.

Prescott’s 10.6 yards per completion is tied for the third-lowest in the league.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, only Russell Wilson has a lower passing yards per game average than Prescott’s 233.2.

Prescott’s 52 sacks are the second-most in the league.

Prescott has orchestrated four game-winning drives, tied for third-most in the NFL.

Prescott’s 305 rushing yards are the 10th-fewest among quarterbacks this season.

Prescott and Buffalo Bills rookie Josh Allen have rushed for the most touchdowns by quarterbacks with six.

Despite being sacked more times than Eli Manning, Prescott actually has fewer yards lost than Manning: 328 to 355.



ELI MANNING FACTS (10)

Manning is tied with Jared Goff for the ninth-most pass attempts with 535.

Manning has the 10th-most passing yards with 3,998.

If Manning fails to throw beyond 19 touchdowns Sunday, 2018 will be his third season below 20 passing touchdowns and second consecutive season of doing so.

Manning’s 7.5 yards per pass attempt are the 10th-highest among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1.

Manning has been sacked 46 times in 2018, the fifth-most in the NFL.

Manning has thrown the sixth-most times inside the red zone with 82 throws.

Manning’s 46.34 completion percentage inside the red zone is the second-lowest among quarterbacks in the top-10 in most throws inside the red zone. Only Aaron Rodgers’ 42.47 is worse.

Moving inside the 10-yard line and limiting qualifiers to those with at least 20 passes, Manning’s 47.06 completion percentage is fifth-worst in the league.

Manning is tied with Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson for the eighth-most passing touchdowns inside the 10-yard line with 12.

Among active Super Bowl winners, Manning is the only one with the longest playoff win drought of seven seasons.




EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

With Todd Gurley out Sunday, and unless Giants running back Saquon Barkley can rush for 237 yards, Elliott will finish with his second league rushing title, joining him with Emmitt Smith as the only Cowboys running backs to have multiple rushing titles.

If Elliott gets the rushing title, it will give the Cowboys eight total rushing titles in NFL history. The Cleveland Browns possess the most with 11.

Among the eight running backs in the 1,000-yard club in 2018, Elliott’s six rushing touchdowns represent the fewest.

Elliott’s 4.7 yards per carry are the fifth-most among running backs in the 1,000-yard club.

Elliott’s 95.6 rushing yards per game are 6.2 yards more than Gurley’s second place total of 89.4.

Elliott leads the NFL with 304 rushing attempts, 48 more attempts than Gurley in second place.

In 2018, Elliott has had 354 touches. In his rookie season, through 15 games, Elliott had 381 touches.

Elliott has taken the seventh-most handoffs inside the 20-yard line with 39.

Elliott’s 105 rushing yards in the red zone are the sixth-most in the NFL.

Elliott has been the subject of 56/134 of Dallas’ red zone plays with an 11/38 rate inside the 5-yard line.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (17)


This is the 31st week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett is 23-16 against coaches who have yet to qualify for the playoffs with a 12-4 record on the road.

Garrett is 32-20 against the NFC East.

Garrett is 18-8 against the NFC East on the road.

Garrett has completed a series sweep 9/15 times since taking over as Cowboys head coach.

Garrett has executed a series sweep 5/7 times since taking over as Dallas head coach.

Garrett owns a 10-6 against the Giants. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 35-16-2
Jason Garrett: 10-6
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Jimmy Johnson: 5-5
Barry Switzer: 4-4
Bill Parcells: 4-4
Wade Phillips: 3-5
Dave Campo: 1-5


Garrett is 5-3 against the Giants on the road. Here is how that compares to other NFC East opponents:

Philadelphia: 7-2
Washington: 6-2
New York: 5-3



Garrett’s 20-16 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:

Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 20-16
Jimmy Johnson: 13-7
Bill Parcells: 8-9
Barry Switzer: 7-8
Wade Phillips: 5-7
Dave Campo: 4-9
Chan Gailey: 3-5


Garrett is 12-8 on the road in December. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Landry: 28-22-1
Garrett: 12-8
Johnson: 6-5
Parcells: 5-5
Phillips: 4-4
Switzer: 4-4
Campo: 1-6
Gailey: 0-4


Garrett is 3-5 in season finales. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

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


Garrett is currently 37-33 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 19-14 on the road without Romo under center.

The Cowboys’ 98 penalties are tied with the Cardinals for the 11th-fewest in the NFL.

Dallas’ 98 penalties are tied for the 39th-fewest in club history through 15 games.

The Cowboys have a 45.7 red zone conversion rate, the third-lowest in the NFL. They are the only division winner to be in the bottom-10.

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



PAT SHURMUR FACTS (10)

Shurmur risks becoming the first Giants coach since Dan Reeves in 1993 to be swept by the Cowboys in his first year at the helm.

Against playoff-winning coaches, Shurmur is 6-19 with a 4-8 record at home.

Shurmur has a 12-21 record in early games with a 9-10 record at home.

Shurmur is 4-9 in December with a 2-3 record at home.

Shurmur is 2/7 at staving off a series sweep.

Shurmur is 1/3 in staving off a series sweep at home.

The Giants have 103 penalties on the season, tied for 14th-fewest in the NFL.

New York’s 103 penalties are tied for the ninth-most in franchise history since 1940 through the first 15 games of a season.

The Giants have a 49.0 red zone conversion rate, the fifth-lowest in the NFL.

Shurmur is 8/17 on challenges for his career with a 2/5 record in 2018.


BROADCAST FACTS (8)



Dallas is 133-122 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Giants are 144-128 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

This is the 39th early game in the series and the 14th to be broadcast by FOX.

Dallas is 24-18 when Kevin Burkhardt calls their games.

New York is 3-5 when Burkhardt calls their games.

The Cowboys are 5-1 when Charles Davis does color commentary for their games.

The Giants are 1-1 when Davis calls their games.

The Cowboys are 6-3 on FOX in 2018, meaning they will finish with a winning record on the network for the 14th time since 1994.





CLAY MARTIN FACTS (9)

This week’s referee is Clay Martin. For the second consecutive week, the Cowboys will have a rookie referee.

Sunday will be Martin’s first NFC East game and his second division game of the season.


Martin is tied for the fifth-highest home team winning percentage in the NFL:

John Hussey: .857
Carl Cheffers: .786
Tony Corrente: .767
Walt Coleman: .667
CLAY MARTIN: .643
Alex Kemp: .643
John Parry: .643
Craig Wrolstad: .643
Shawn Hochuli: .643
Brad Allen: .571
Jerome Boger: .571
Bill Vinovich: .571
Walt Anderson: .500
Pete Morelli: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Shawn Smith: .393
Clete Blakeman: .357



Martin is tied for the third-lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:

Craig Wrolstad: .857
Bill Vinovich: .643
Pete Morelli: .643
Tony Corrente: .600
John Hussey: .571
Walt Coleman: .533
Brad Allen: .500
Jerome Boger: .500
Shawn Hochuli: .500
Walt Anderson: .429
Clete Blakeman: .429
Shawn Smith: .429
Alex Kemp: .357
John Parry: .357
CLAY MARTIN: .357
Carl Cheffers: .286
Ron Torbert: .286



The Giants have had Martin as a referee this season. New York beat the Chicago Bears 30-27 in overtime at MetLife Stadium, but had more penalties: 12/107 compared to 8/58.



Martin’s games have averaged the second-most sacks per game:

Cheffers: 6.3
MARTIN: 5.9
Anderson: 5.6
Coleman: 5.6
Kemp: 5.5
Allen: 5.2
Hussey: 5.1
Smith: 5.1
Blakeman: 5.0
Hochuli: 5.0
Vinovich: 5.0
Torbert: 4.9
Wrolstad: 4.8
Morelli: 4.8
Corrente: 4.7
Parry: 4.0
Boger: 3.6



Martin is right in the middle in terms of offensive holding calls per game:

Hochuli: 4.7
Cheffers: 3.5
Anderson: 3.4
Torbert: 3.2
Wrolstad: 3.2
Boger: 2.9
Parry: 2.9
Kemp: 2.7
MARTIN: 2.6
Blakeman: 2.6
Morelli: 2.5
Smith: 2.4
Corrente: 2.0
Allen: 2.0
Coleman: 1.9
Hussey: 1.6
Vinovich: 1.2



Martin is tied for the sixth-lowest coaches’ challenge overturn rate in the NFL:

Allen: .800 (4/5)
Anderson: .692 (9/13)
Cheffers: .571 (4/7)
Hussey: .556 (5/9)
Parry: .500 (4/8)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Vinovich: .444 (4/9)
Corrente: .417 (5/12)
Hochuli: .400 (2/5)
Blakeman: .400 (2/5)
Martin: .375 (3/8)
Torbert: .375 (3/8)
Coleman: .333 (3/9)
Wrolstad: .300 (3/10)
Boger: .200 (2/10)
Smith: .167 (1/6)
Kemp: .125 (1/8)


Martin is a high school basketball coach in Jenks, Okla.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (10)

The Cowboys defense gives up 3.7 yards per carry, tied with the New Orleans Saints for the second-fewest in the NFL.

Giants running back Saquon Barkley averages 4.9 yards per carry, tied with Todd Gurley for the 10th-highest in the NFL.

The Cowboys defense gives up 91.3 rushing yards per game, the fifth-fewest in the NFL.

Barkley averages 79.9 rushing yards per game, the fourth-most in the NFL.

Cowboys rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch has the second-most solo tackles in the NFL with 99.

Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is tied with Jadeveon Clowney and Jason Pierre-Paul for the ninth-most tackles for loss in the NFL with 15.

Dallas cornerback Byron Jones is tied for the sixth-most pass breakups in the NFL with 14.

New York cornerback Janoris Jenkins is tied for the 11th-most pass breakups with 13.

Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree has the fifth-most interceptions in the NFL with five.

Opposing quarterbacks have compiled an 87.2 passer rating against the Giants defense, the ninth-lowest in the NFL.

The Cowboys defense gives up 5.3 yards per play, tied with the Tennessee Titans for the sixth-lowest in the NFL.

Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis has the most rushing yards by a defensive player with 12.


The Cowboys are 2-5 on Dec. 30. Here are the results:

1973 – MIN, 10-27 – L
1978 – ATL, 27-20 – W
1979 – RAM, 19-21 – L
1990 – @ATL, 7-26 – L
2001 – SF, 27-21 – W
2007 – @WAS, 6-27 – L
2012 – @WAS, 18-28 – L


The Giants are 4-2 on Dec. 30. Here are the results:

1956 – CHI, 47-7 – W
1962 – GB, 7-16 – L
1990 – @NE, 13-10 – W
2001 – @PHI, 21-24 – L
2006 – @WAS, 34-28 – W
2012 – PHI, 42-7 – W


The Cowboys have two birthdays to celebrate on Dec. 30:

1941 – Mel Renfro, CB, 1964-77
1978 – Keith Davis, S, 2002 & 2004-08

Buccaneers at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (12)

The Cowboys are 8-6 for the seventh time in club history. Only the 1998 team made the playoffs and did so by winning the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 52/107 teams that started 8-6 made the playoffs with 17/52 having won the division.

The Buccaneers are 5-9 for the sixth time in club history. 3/5 of those seasons were followed up with a playoff-qualifying season.


The Cowboys are 11-1 against the Buccaneers at home. Here is the breakdown by stadium:
Texas Stadium: 9-1
AT&T Stadium: 2-0


The Buccaneers are 14-31 against the NFC East on the road.

The Buccaneers are 1/4 teams the Cowboys have beaten on multiple occasions in the postseason without reprisals. The other three teams are the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, and Atlanta Falcons.

The Cowboys are 2-1 against the Buccaneers in December.

The Cowboys are 119-101-1 all-time in December with a 59-43 record at home.

The Buccaneers are 63-106 all-time in December with a 21-58 record on the road.

Since 1970, the Cowboys are 157-119 all-time in early games with a 76-40 record at home.

The Buccaneers are 182-278-1 in early games all-time with a 71-157 record on the road.

The Buccaneers are 39-107 all-time in the Central Time Zone with a 25-84 record in early games.



DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (6)

Prescott has executed four game-winning drives this season, tied for third-most.

Prescott is tied with Drew Brees for the second-most red zone rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with five.

Prescott is tied with Derek Carr and Russell Wilson for the 10th-most third down conversions through the air with 48.

Prescott has the 12th-most third down conversions on the ground for a quarterback with eight.

Prescott takes 35.3 percent of the Cowboys’ rush attempts inside the 10-yard line.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott’s eight interceptions are tied with Carr and Philip Rivers for the fifth-fewest in the NFL.


JAMEIS WINSTON FACTS (8)

Winston is tied with Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, and Jared Goff for the fourth-most interceptions with 13.

Winston is tied with Tom Brady for the 10th-highest yards per pass attempt at 7.8.

Winston is tied with Deshaun Watson for the seventh-highest yards per pass completion in the NFL at 12.3.

Winston’s 85.3 passer rating is the seventh-lowest in the NFL.

Winston joins Matthew Stafford, Nick Mullens, and Lamar Jackson as the only quarterbacks to have not engineered a fourth quarter comeback but executed a game-winning drive.

Winston and Josh Freeman are the only Tampa Bay quarterbacks to win at least eight games since 2010.

Winston is the fourth Florida State quarterback to have played for the Buccaneers. The other three were Gary Huff (1977-78), Casey Weldon (1993-96), and Brad Johnson (2001-04).

In 2015, Winston set the Buccaneers record for wins by a rookie quarterback with six.



EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

According to Ezekiel Elliott’s mom, last week was the first time in Elliott’s career one of his teams was shutout, including his high school career.

Among running backs with at least 200 rush attempts, Elliott’s 4.7 yards per carry is the fourth-highest in the league.

Elliott leads the NFL with 1,349 rushing yards. However, he is tied for the 17th-fewest rushing touchdowns with six.

Elliott’s 96.4 rushing yards per game are not only the most in the NFL, but they are seven full yards higher than Todd Gurley’s 89.4.

Elliott has three rushing touchdowns inside the 10-yard line.

Elliott gains 5.05 yards per carry on first down, the fifth-most among running backs with at least 100 first-down carries.

Elliott has gained seven first downs rushing on first down, tied with Matt Breida and Alvin Kamara for the seventh-most in the NFL.

Elliott gains 5.09 yards per touch on second down.

Elliott’s 30 second-down targets are the sixth-most in the NFL among running backs.

Elliott has 99 third-down rushing yards, the 10th-most in the NFL. Six running backs are ahead of him: Deshaun Watson (156), Cam Newton (152), Lamar Jackson (142), Mitch Trubisky (140), Marcus Mariota (114), and Blake Bortles (111).



JASON GARRETT FACTS (14)


This is the 30th week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett is 22-16 against coaches who have yet to qualify for the playoffs with a 10-12 record at home.

Garrett is 2-1 against Tampa Bay. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 6-0
Jimmy Johnson: 2-0
Wade Phillips: 2-0
Jason Garrett: 2-1
Bill Parcells: 1-1
Dave Campo: 0-2


Garrett’s 19-16 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:

Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 19-16
Jimmy Johnson: 13-7
Bill Parcells: 8-9
Barry Switzer: 7-8
Wade Phillips: 5-7
Dave Campo: 4-9
Chan Gailey: 3-5


Garrett has a 7-8 record at home in December. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 32-18
Jimmy Johnson: 7-2
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Dave Campo: 3-3
Jason Garrett: 7-8
Barry Switzer: 3-4
Bill Parcells: 3-4
Wade Phillips: 1-3


Garrett is 6-11 against the NFC South with a 4-4 record at home.

Garrett’s 3-4 record against the NFC South at home is his second-best against other divisions in the conference sans the NFC East:
NFC North: 6-4
NFC South: 4-4
NFC West: 3-5

The Cowboys are tied with the Falcons for the 10th-fewest in the NFL with 88.

Dallas’ 88 penalties are tied for the 24th-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys’ 44.2 red zone conversion rate is the second-lowest in the NFL. The only other bottom-10 team that has a chance to clinch their respective division are the Texans, who are tied for sixth at 50 percent.

Garrett was once a member of the Buccaneers in the 2004 preseason.

Garrett is currently 36-33 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 17-19 at home without Romo under center.

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


DIRK KOETTER FACTS (12)


Koetter joins John McKay, Ray Perkins, Sam Wyche, Tony Dungy, and Jon Gruden as the only Buccaneers coaches to own a 5-9 record.

Koetter has started only two quarterbacks in his three seasons as head coach. The last Buccaneers coach to do that through their first two seasons was Dungy, and he only started Trent Dilfer.

Koetter is 4-8 in December with a 1-5 record on the road.

Koetter is 12-18 in early afternoon games with a 4-13 record on the road.

Koetter is 2-5 in the Central Time Zone.

Koetter is 12-20 against playoff-winning head coaches.

Koetter is the seventh Tampa Bay head coach to have come from an offensive coaching background.

As an offensive coordinator, Koetter faced the Cowboys twice with Jacksonville (2010) and Atlanta (2012). His teams put up an average of 27 points.

The Buccaneers are tied with Washington for the fourth-most penalties in the NFL with 105.

Tampa Bay’s 105 penalties through the first 14 games are the 10th-most in team history.

Tampa Bay has the 14th-best red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 59.6 percent.

Koetter has a 3/9 career challenge overturn rate with a 1/5 record in 2018.



BROADCAST FACTS (10)

FOX will air its ninth game in the series between these two teams. Here is the Cowboys’ record broken down by network:
CBS: 8-0
FOX: 4-4
NFLN: 1-0
NBC: 1-0

Dallas is 132-122 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Cowboys are 5-3 on FOX in 2018. A win would ensure they finish with a winning record on the NFC broadcaster for the 14th time since 1994.

This week’s broadcast team is Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, who will call their third game in the series, tying the team of Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa for the most games in the series.

The last time the Buccaneers had FOX’s A-team was Sept. 23, 2012 when they played the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium and lost 16-10.

The Cowboys are 37-41 when Joe Buck does play-by-play for their games.

The Buccaneers are 9-9 when Buck calls their games, including playoffs.

Dallas is 43-47 when Troy Aikman does color commentary for their games.

Tampa Bay is 10-10 when Aikman does color commentary for their games, including playoffs.

This is the 13th early game in the series, the most in the series.



SHAWN HOCHULI FACTS (8)


This week’s referee is Shawn Hochuli, son of former arch-referee Ed Hochuli. While this is the first time the Cowboys will have Shawn, Dallas had a 20-13 record with his father, including playoffs.

This is the first time since Nov. 2, 2014 when the Cowboys hosted the Arizona Cardinals that they have had a rookie referee. Dallas lost 28-17.

Hochuli is tied for the seventh-highest home team winning percentage in the NFL:
John Hussey: .846
Carl Cheffers: .769
Tony Corrente: .750
Walt Coleman: .714
Alex Kemp: .692
Clay Martin: .692
SHAWN HOCHULI: .615
Craig Wrolstad: .615
John Parry: .615
Jerome Boger: .571
Pete Morelli: .538
Ron Torbert: .538
Bill Vinovich: .538
Brad Allen: .538
Walt Anderson: .538
Clete Blakeman: .385
Shawn Smith: .346


Hochuli is tied for the sixth-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Craig Wrolstad: .923
Pete Morelli: .692
Tony Corrente: .643
Bill Vinovich: .615
Walt Coleman: .571
SHAWN HOCHULI: .538
Brad Allen: .538
John Hussey: .538
Jerome Boger: .500
Shawn Smith: .462
Walt Anderson: .462
Clete Blakeman: .462
Alex Kemp: .385
John Parry: .385
Ron Torbert: .308
Clay Martin: .308
Carl Cheffers: .231


The Buccaneers have had Hochuli once already this season. On Oct. 21, the Cleveland Browns beat the Bucs 26-23 in overtime. Tampa Bay had fewer penalties: 8/65 to 14/114.


Hochuli’s games are right in the middle for sacks per game:
Cheffers: 6.6
Anderson: 5.7
Coleman: 5.6
Martin: 5.6
Allen: 5.5
Kemp: 5.5
Smith: 5.4
HOCHULI: 5.1
Hussey: 5.1
Vinovich: 5.1
Corrente: 4.9
Morelli: 4.9
Blakeman: 4.8
Torbert: 4.8
Wrolstad: 4.8
Parry: 3.9
Boger: 3.6



Hochuli’s crew calls the most offensive holding calls per game:
HOCHULI: 4.7
Cheffers: 3.4
Wrolstad: 3.3
Anderson: 3.2
Torbert: 3.0
Parry: 2.9
Boger: 2.9
Kemp: 2.7
Blakeman: 2.6
Morelli: 2.4
Smith: 2.3
Martin: 2.2
Corrente: 2.1
Allen: 2.0
Coleman: 1.9
Hussey: 1.6
Vinovich: 1.3


Hochuli is also right in the middle in terms of overturning calls after coaches’ challenges:
Allen: .800 (4/5)
Anderson: .692 (9/13)
Hussey: .556 (5/9)
Parry: .500 (4/8)
Cheffers: .500 (3/6)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Corrente: .455 (5/11)
Vinovich: .444 (4/9)
Hochuli: .400 (2/5)
Blakeman: .400 (2/5)
Torbert: .375 (3/8)
Wrolstad: .300 (3/10)
Martin: .286 (2/7)
Coleman: .286 (2/7)
Boger: .200 (2/10)
Smith: .167 (1/6)
Kemp: .167 (1/6)




MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (20)


Since the Cowboys’ last shutout on Nov. 16, 2003, the Buccaneers have been shutout four times (2005, 2006, 2009, 2012).

The Buccaneers have allowed opposing passers to compile a 111.1 passer rating, the absolute highest in the NFL.

Opposing passers have compiled a 96.3 passer rating, the 11th-highest in the NFL.

The Buccaneers defense allows 258.5 passing yards per game, the sixth-highest in the league.

The Dallas and Tampa Bay defenses are tied with the Titans for the seventh-fewest interceptions with eight.

The Buccaneers allow 4.8 yards per carry, tied with the Bengals, Dolphins, and Raiders for the seventh-most in the league.

Tampa Bay’s 17 rushing touchdowns allowed are tied with the Bengals and Chiefs for the third-most in the NFL.

Tampa Bay defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has the 13th-most sacks in the NFL with 11.5.

Pierre-Paul is tied with Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, Denver linebacker Von Miller, and Houston edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney for the ninth-most tackles for loss at 14.

Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans has the second-most receiving yards in the NFL at 1,328.

Evans’ 17.9 yards per catch is the third-highest in the NFL. Only teammate DeSean Jackson (18.8) and Josh Gordon (18.0) have higher catch rates.

Evans’ five receiving touchdowns are the 32nd-most in the league.

Evans is tied with Rams receiver Robert Woods for the 15th-most targets in the NFL with 120.

Dallas cornerback Byron Jones is tied for the eighth-most pass deflections with 13.

The Buccaneers are right in the middle with Detroit for sacks allowed with 37.

The Buccaneers have the fourth-highest yards per play at 6.3. However, they have the 13th-lowest percentage of drives ending in scores at 35.8.

Tampa Bay has the fifth-lowest rushing yards per game at 97.7.


The Cowboys are 2-3 on Dec. 23. Here are the results:

1972 – @SF, 30-28 – W
1973 – RAM, 27-16 – W
1990 – @PHI, 3-17 – L
2001 – @CRD, 10-17 – L
2012 – NO, 31-34 – L-OT


The Buccaneers are 1-5 on Dec. 23. Here are the results:

1990 – @CHI, 14-27 – L
1995 – DET, 10-37 – L
2001 – NO, 48-21 – W
2002 – PIT, 7-17 – L
2007 – @SF, 19-21 – L
2012 – RAM, 13-28 – L


The Cowboys have two birthdays to celebrate on Dec. 23:

1976 – Kris Brown, K, 2010
1978 – Dwayne Missouri, DE, 2001

Cowboys at Colts

SERIES FACTS (7)

The Cowboys are 8-5 for the 13th time in club history. 7/12 of those teams made the playoffs with four of those teams having won the division.


Since 1990, when playoff formats were last realigned, 81/120 teams that started 8-5 made the playoffs with 35/81 of those teams having won the division.


The Colts are 7-6 for the 10th time in franchise history. 2/9 of those teams made the playoffs with only the 2013 team having won the division.


Since 1990, 42/117 teams that started 7-6 made the playoffs with 11/42 teams having won the division.

The Cowboys are 10-6 against the Colts with a 4-4 record in road and neutral site games. Here is the breakdown of road and neutral site games by venue:

Memorial Stadium: 2-1
Orange Bowl: 0-1
RCA Dome/Hoosier Dome: 1-2
Lucas Oil Stadium: 1-0


The Cowboys are 4-1 against the Colts in December with a 2-1 record on the road.

December is the second-most common month for the Cowboys and Colts to meet. Only October possesses more encounters with seven.



DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Prescott’s 1.7 interception percentage is tied for the sixth-lowest in the league.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott has thrown the second-fewest touchdowns in the NFL with 17.

Prescott has the ninth-highest completion percentage in the NFL at 68.2 percent.

Prescott is tied with Derek Carr and Aaron Rodgers for the 17th-highest yards per attempt in the league at 7.5.

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

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott’s 240.8 passing yards per game are the second-fewest in the league.

Though Prescott is the most-sacked quarterback in the NFL with 48 drop downs, he is actually not the most-sacked by percentage. That belongs to Marcus Mariota: 11.6 to Prescott’s 10.3.

Prescott is tied for the third-most interceptions inside the 10-yard line with one.

Prescott, Josh Allen, and Drew Brees lead the NFL in red zone rushing touchdowns for quarterbacks with five.

Prescott running the ball accounts for 37.5 percent of the Cowboys’ rushing attack inside the 10-yard line.


ANDREW LUCK FACTS (10)

Luck has attempted the second-most passes in the NFL with 530.

Luck has thrown the second-most touchdowns with 34.

Luck is tied with Ben Roethlisberger for the second-most interceptions with 13.

Luck is tied with Kirk Cousins for the 10th-lowest yards per pass attempt in the NFL at 7.1.

Luck’s 10.5 yards per completion is the third-lowest in the NFL.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Luck’s 16 sacks are the second-fewest in the NFL.

Luck’s 28 passing touchdowns in the red zone are the second-most in the NFL.

Along with Philip Rivers and Tom Brady, Luck has thrown 36 passes inside the 10-yard line, the sixth-most in the league.

Luck is tied with Rivers and Roethilsberger for the second-most third down interceptions with five.

Luck has converted the most third downs through the air with 67 first downs.


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

Elliott leads the NFL with 333 touches.

Elliott leads the NFL with 1,764 scrimmage yards.

Among scrimmage yard gainers of at least 1,500 yards (four qualifiers), Elliott has the fewest total touchdowns with nine.

Among players with at least 200 touches, Elliott’s 5.3 yards per touch is the seventh-highest in the NFL.

Among rushers with at least 200 carries, Elliott’s 4.7 yards per carry is the third-highest in the NFL.

Elliott’s 97.1 rushing yards per game is the highest in the NFL.

Among rushers with at least 200 carries (six qualifiers), Elliott’s six rushing touchdowns are the lowest.

Among backs with at least 100 first-down carries, Elliott’s 5.1 yards per carry is the fourth-highest in the NFL.

Elliott has converted 21 first downs into first downs, the sixth-most in the league.

Elliott has taken the most first-down carries in the NFL with 151. He also has the most first-down rushing yards with 771.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (13)


This is the 29th week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett is 18-13 against the AFC with a 7-8 record on the road.

Garrett is 6-2 against the AFC South with a 3-1 record on the road.

Garrett’s 6-2 record against the AFC South is his second-best against another division in the other conference:
AFC North: 7-1
AFC South: 6-2
AFC East: 3-5
AFC West: 2-5


Garrett’s 19-15 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:

Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 19-15
Jimmy Johnson: 13-7
Bill Parcells: 8-9
Barry Switzer: 7-8
Wade Phillips: 5-7
Dave Campo: 4-9
Chan Gailey: 3-5


Garrett is 12-7 on the road in December. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Landry: 28-22-1
Garrett: 12-7
Johnson: 6-5
Parcells: 5-5
Phillips: 4-4
Switzer: 4-4
Campo: 1-6
Gailey: 0-4

Garrett is 12-12 against rookie head coaches with a 7-4 record on the road.

The Cowboys have committed 79 penalties, tied with the Los Angeles Rams for the eighth-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys’ 79 penalties are tied with the 1983 and 1990 teams for the 20th-fewest in team history.

The Cowboys are the third-worst team in the red zone with a 46.3 percent conversion rate.

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

Garrett is currently 36-32 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 19-13 on the road without Romo under center.



FRANK REICH FACTS (10)


Reich is the 12th Colts head coach to have faced the Cowboys. If he defeats them, he will join Weeb Ewbank, Don Shula, Don McCafferty, Lindy Infante, Jim Mora, Sr., and Tony Dungy as the only coaches to have defeated the Dallas in their first try a Colts head coach.

Reich is 3-4 against playoff-winning coaches with a 1-1 record at home.

Reich is 1/4 current NFL coaches who was a NFL quarterback.

Reich is the first Super Bowl-winning offensive coordinator to get a NFL head coaching job the next season since Mike Martz when he took over for Dick Vermeil with the St. Louis Rams.

Reich is 1/3 of the 2018 class of coaches to have inherited a playoff-winning quarterback.

The Colts’ 96 penalties are tied with the Cleveland Browns for the sixth-most in the NFL.

The Colts’ 96 penalties are the third-most in franchise history.

The Colts have the seventh-highest red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 68.0 percent.

Reich is 2/4 on challenges.

The only live action Reich saw against the Cowboys in his 13 seasons in the NFL was Super Bowl XXVII when he filled in for an injured Jim Kelly and completed 18 passes on 31 attempts for 194 yards, a touchdown, two interceptions, and took two sacks.


BROADCAST FACTS (9)

This will be the fourth time in the series FOX will broadcast a game, tying them with NBC for the second-most in the series:
CBS: 8
NBC: 4
FOX: 3
ABC: 1

This is the 10th early game in the series, including Super Bowl V.

Dallas is 132-121 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

This week’s broadcast team is Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis, making them the 18th different broadcast team in the series.

Dallas is 23-18 when Burkhardt calls their games.

Indianapolis is 2-0 when Burkhardt calls their games.

The Cowboys are 5-0 when Davis does color commentary for their games.

The Colts are 1-0 when Davis does color commentary for their games.

The Colts and Cowboys are 2/15 franchises to have Super Bowls on CBS.



CARL CHEFFERS FACTS (11)


This week’s referee is Carl Cheffers. The Cowboys are 5-3 when he referees their games. Here are the results:


2009 – Raiders, 24-7 – W 2010 – @Texans, 27-13 – W 2010 – DET, 35-19 – W
2013 – Rams, 31-7 – W
2015 – SEA, 12-13 – L
2016 – @NYG, 7-10 – L
2017 – NYG, 19-3 – W
2018 – @SEA, 13-24 – L
 
Dallas has had fewer penalties than the opposition 5/8 times with Cheffers:
2009 – Raiders: 7/70; DAL: 6/48
2010 – @Texans: 5/32; DAL: 8/49
2010 – DET: 10/76; DAL: 6/39
2013 – Rams: 5/41; DAL: 6/52
2015 – SEA: 5/40; DAL: 5/40
2016 – NYG: 7/50; DAL: 5/54
2017 – NYG: 6/55; DAL: 5/50
2018 – SEA: 10/67; DAL: 7/55


Cheffers is tied for the third-highest home team winning percentage:
John Hussey: .833
Tony Corrente: .846
Carl Cheffers: .750
Clay Martin: .750
Walt Coleman: .692
Shawn Hochuli: .667
Alex Kemp: .667
Craig Wrolstad: .615
Walt Anderson: .583
Jerome Boger: .538
John Parry: .583
Bill Vinovich: .583
Brad Allen: .583
Pete Morelli: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Clete Blakeman: .417
Shawn Smith: .292


Cheffers has the absolute lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Craig Wrolstad: .923
Pete Morelli: .667
Tony Corrente: .615
Brad Allen: .583
Shawn Hochuli: .583
Bill Vinovich: .583
Walt Coleman: .539
John Hussey: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Clete Blakeman: .500
Jerome Boger: .462
Alex Kemp: .417
Shawn Smith: .417
John Parry: .333
Ron Torbert: .333
Clay Martin: .333
Carl Cheffers: .167


The Colts have a 7-6 record in Cheffers’ games:
2008 – HTX, 33-27 – W
2009 – @RAM, 42-6 – W
2009* – RAV, 20-3 – W
2010 – @PHI, 24-26 – L
2011 – KC, 24-28 – L
2012 – CLE, 17-13 – W
2013 – DEN, 39-33 – W
2014 – @NYG, 40-24 – W
2014* – CIN, 26-10 – W
2015 – NO, 21-27 – L
2015 – @JAX, 16-51 – L
2017 – CRD, 13-16 – L-OT
2018 – HTX, 34-37 – L-OT

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Indianapolis has had fewer penalties than the opposition 6/13 times:
2008 – HTX: 3/25; CLT: 6/45
2008 – RAM: 5/73; CLT: 6/51
2009* – RAV: 7/64; CLT: 4/25
2010 – PHI: 14/125; CLT: 7/59
2011 – KC: 5/39; CLT: 4/40
2012 – CLE: 9/75; CLT: 7/50
2013 – DEN: 12/103; CLT: 6/52
2014 – NYG: 4/30; CLT: 4/30
2014* – CIN: 6/45; CLT: 9/66
2015 – NO: 12/100; 7/42
2015 – JAX: 5/40; CLT: 8/85
2017 – CRD: 6/41; CLT: 8/70
2018 – HTX: 10/84; CLT: 10/85

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Cheffers’ games this season feature the highest sacks on average:
Cheffers: 6.9
Martin: 5.8
Allen: 5.7
Anderson: 5.6
Kemp: 5.4
Coleman: 5.2
Hochuli: 5.2
Smith: 5.1
Hussey: 5.0
Torbert: 4.9
Wrolstad: 4.8
Corrente: 4.8
Morelli: 4.8
Vinovich: 4.6
Blakeman: 4.5
Parry: 4.0
Boger: 3.8


Cheffers is tied for the fourth-highest offensive holds per game on average:
Hochuli: 4.8
Wrolstad: 3.3
Anderson: 3.3
Cheffers: 3.1
Torbert: 3.1
Boger: 2.8
Kemp: 2.8
Parry: 2.8
Blakeman: 2.7
Smith: 2.3
Martin: 2.3
Morelli: 2.0
Allen: 2.0
Coleman: 1.8
Corrente: 1.8
Hussey: 1.6
Vinovich: 0.9


Dallas has not challenged Cheffers’ calls. However, opponents are 2/2. Replay Assistant is 1/2 on its challenges with one of those benefiting the Cowboys.

The Colts are 6/7 on challenging Cheffers’ calls with opponents succeeding 1/6 times. Replay Assistant is 1/6 with three of those decisions benefiting Indianapolis.


Cheffers is tied for the fifth-highest overturn rate on coach’s challenges this season:
Allen: .800 (4/5)
Anderson: .667 (8/12)
Parry: .571 (4/7)
Hussey: .556 (5/9)
Cheffers: .500 (3/6)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Blakeman: .400 (2/5)
Torbert: .375 (3/8)
Vinovich: .375 (3/8)
Corrente: .375 (3/8)
Hochuli: .333 (1/3)
Wrolstad: .300 (3/10)
Coleman: .286 (2/7)
Boger: .222 (2/9)
Kemp: .167 (1/6)
Martin: .167 (1/6)
Smith: .167 (1/6)




MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (20)

Opposing quarterbacks have compiled a 97.6 passer rating against the Colts defense, the 10th-highest in the NFL. Right below them are the Cowboys at 97.3.

The Colts and Cowboys defenses are tied for the 12th-most sacks in the NFL with 35.

The Colts defense is tied with the Ravens for the fifth-fewest yards per carry at 3.8.

The Dallas defense is tied with the Texans and Saints for the fewest yards per carry in the NFL at 3.6.

The Indianapolis defense gives up 102.9 rushing yards per game, the eighth-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys defense gives up 18.9 points per game, the second-fewest in the league.

The Indianapolis defense has a 54.1 red zone conversion rate, the 10th-lowest in the league.

The Dallas defense has produced eight interceptions, tied with the Eagles and Buccaneers for the eighth-fewest in the NFL.

The Colts defense has a 41.9 third down conversion rate, the sixth-highest in the league. Right below them are the Cowboys at 41.0.

Indianapolis linebacker Darius Leonard leads the NFL with 135 combined tackles.

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

Dallas cornerback Byron Jones is tied for the ninth-most pass deflections in the NFL with 12.

Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton averages 89.6 yards per game, the eighth-most in the NFL.

Indianapolis tight end Eric Ebron has 126 receiving yards in the red zone, the second-most in the NFL.

Ebron has caught 10 touchdown passes in the red zone, the second-most in the NFL.

Ebron’s 20 targets in the red zone are the second-most behind Travis Kelce’s 23.

Colts running back Marlon Mack has twice as many rushing touchdowns inside the 10-yard line than Ezekiel Elliott with four.

The Cowboys are 5-5 on Dec. 16. Here are the results:

1962 – NYG, 31-41 – L
1967 – @SF, 16-24 – L
1973 – @CRD, 30-3 – W
1979 – WAS, 35-34 – W
1989 – @NYG, 0-15 – L
1990 – CRD, 41-10 – W
2001 – @SEA, 3-29 – L
2006 – @ATL, 38-28 – W
2007 – PHI, 6-10 – L
2012 – PIT, 27-24 – W-OT


The Colts are 7-4 on Dec. 16. Here are the results:

1956 – @SF, 17-30 – L
1961 – @SF, 27-24 – W
1962 – MIN, 42-17 – W
1972 – @MIA, 0-16 – L
1973 – NE, 18-13 – W
1979 – @NYG, 31-7 – W
1984 – @NE, 10-16 – L
1990 – @NYJ, 29-21 – W
2001 – ATL, 41-27 – W
2007 – @RAI, 21-14 – W
2012 – @HTX, 17-29 – L


The Cowboys have five birthdays to celebrate on Dec. 16:

1936 – Jackie Burkett, LB, 1968-69
1951 – Jean Fugett, TE, 1972-75
1960 – Scott McLean, LB, 1983
1962 – Bob Otto, DE, 1986
1979 – Jeff Grau, C, 2002

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SERIES FACTS (11)

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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



DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



CARSON WENTZ FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



JASON GARRETT FACTS (14)


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

Garrett is 31-20 against the NFC East.

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

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

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

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

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



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



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

Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 18-15
Jimmy Johnson: 13-7
Bill Parcells: 8-9
Barry Switzer: 7-8
Wade Phillips: 5-7
Dave Campo: 4-9
Chan Gailey: 3-5


Garrett has a 6-8 record at home in December. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 32-18
Jimmy Johnson: 7-2
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Dave Campo: 3-3
Jason Garrett: 6-8
Barry Switzer: 3-4
Bill Parcells: 3-4
Wade Phillips: 1-3

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

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

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

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

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


DOUG PEDERSON FACTS (12)


Pederson is 10-6 against the NFC East.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pederson is 2-3 against the Cowboys. Here is how he compares to other Eagles head coaches:

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


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

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

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

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



BROADCAST FACTS (8)

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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




CLETE BLAKEMAN FACTS (15)


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

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



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

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



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


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



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

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


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

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

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


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



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

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



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



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


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


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



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


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



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (9)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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SERIES FACTS (11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DREW BREES FACTS (20)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JASON GARRETT FACTS (13)

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


Garrett is 5-11 against the NFC South with a 3-4 record at home.

Garrett’s 3-4 record against the NFC South at home is his second-best against other divisions in the conference sans the NFC East:
NFC North: 6-4
NFC South: 3-4
NFC West: 3-5

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

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

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

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

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

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


SEAN PAYTON FACTS (8)

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



WALT ANDERSON FACTS (11)

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

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

*Playoff game


The Cowboys have won the penalty battle 8/17 times with Walt Anderson:

2005 – NYG: 6/44; DAL: 7/46
2006 – TB: 5/55; DAL: 2/19
2006* – SEA: 3/15; DAL: 8/74
2007 – Rams: 7/50; DAL: 2/10
2007 – WAS: 3/71; DAL: 7/58
2008 – WAS: 5/30; DAL: 3/15
2008 – NYG: 7/40; DAL: 11/108
2009 – DEN: 7/70; DAL: 10/81
2009* – MIN: 8/50; D
AL: 2/10
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1 – NYG: 3/28; DAL: 7/43
2012 – CHI: 4/25; DAL: 2/10
2012 – WAS: 2/20; DAL: 1/6
2013 – WAS: 12/104; DAL: 7/80
2013 – NYG: 11/81; DAL: 11/85
2015 – WAS: 9/73; DAL: 8/70
2017 – WAS: 5/32; DAL: 8/89
2017 – NYG: 7/69; DAL: 8/51
2018 – CAR: 9/80; DAL: 10/85

*Playoff game



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

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


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

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



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

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



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

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


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


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




The Cowboys are 4/4 on challenges under Anderson while opponents are 1/4. Replay Assistant is 3/5 with none of those decisions having favored the Cowboys.



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


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


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (16)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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SERIES FACTS (9)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COLT MCCOY FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JASON GARRETT FACTS (13)

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


JAY GRUDEN FACTS (14)

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


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


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

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



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

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



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

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

Gruden is 2-8 on the road in November.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


THANKSGIVING FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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


Washington is 4-7 on Thanksgiving.


Here’s a list of Cowboys quarterback Thanksgiving records:

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


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


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

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

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

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


BROADCAST FACTS (13)


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

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

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

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

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

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

Dallas is 40-47 when Aikman calls their games.

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



RON TORBERT FACTS (12)

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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



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

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

Cowboys at Falcons

SERIES FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (17)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


MATT RYAN FACTS (21)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



DAN QUINN FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

Dallas is 22-18 when Burkhardt calls their games.

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

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

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

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

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

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


CRAIG WROLSTAD FACTS (13)

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

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



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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (9)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

Cowboys at Eagles

SERIES FACTS (12)

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

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

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

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

This is the 15th-straight season a game from the Dallas-Philadelphia series will be in prime time, making it the longest prime time streak in current NFL rivalries.

This is the 25th prime time game the Cowboys will play against the Eagles. It is tied for second-most against a divisional opponent in Dallas history but the most against any divisional opponent in Philadelphia history.

The Cowboys have only ever opened up their series against the Eagles with a win 31/58 times. 17/31 of those initial wins came in Philadelphia.

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (16)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


CARSON WENTZ FACTS (15)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JASON GARRETT FACTS (16)

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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


DOUG PEDERSON FACTS (11)

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

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

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

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

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

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



The Eagles are tied with the Cardinals for 15th-fewest penalties in the NFL with 55.

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

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


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


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


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


BROADCAST FACTS (13)

This is the 10th-straight year the Cowboys and Eagles have played each other on Sunday Night Football, the longest streak between two opponents in the package.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Eagles are 27-20 when Collinsworth calls their games.

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

On KXAS, the NBC affiliate for Dallas-Fort Worth, the Cowboys are an all-time 51-35, including simulcast cable games from 1987-90.

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


JOHN PARRY FACTS (11)

This week’s referee is John Parry. The Cowboys are 8-6 when he referees. Here are the results:
2007 – GB, 37-27 – W
2008 – @Rams, 14-34 – L
2008 – SEA, 34-9 – W
2009 – @WAS, 17-0 – W
2010 – @NYG, 35-41 – L
2011 – DET, 30-34 – L
2012 – @ATL, 13-19 – L
2013 – @PHI, 17-3 – W
2014 – @JAX, 31-17 – W
2015 – @NYG, 20-27 – L
2015 – WAS, 23-34 – L
2016 – @Ravens, 27-17 – W
2017 – @PHI, 6-0 – W
2018 – NYG, 20-13 – W




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


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


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


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




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

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



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

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



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


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




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



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


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



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (6)

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Titans at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (14)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (12)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MARCUS MARIOTA FACTS (9)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JASON GARRETT FACTS (18)

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


MIKE VRABEL FACTS (10)

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


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

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



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


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

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

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

Vrabel is 0/3 on chall
enges this season.

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

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

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


CLETE BLAKEMAN FACTS (12)

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

2010 – JAX, 17-35 – L
20
12 – PIT, 27-24 – W-OT
2014
– @Rams, 34-31 – W
2014 –
PHI, 10-33 – L
2015 – NE, 6
-30 – L
2016 – @PIT, 35-30 –
W
2017 – Rams, 30-35 – L


The Cowboys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 4/7 time with Blakeman:

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


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

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

Shawn Smith: .214


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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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


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

Hochuli
: 4.3
Wrolstad: 3.4

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


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

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


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


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


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


BROADCAST
FACTS (20)

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

White: 8-13
Blue: 1-4

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (5)

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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SERIES FACTS (15)

This is the 11th time in Cowboys history they have started 3-3. 2/10 of those previous teams made the playoffs with only one having won the division: 1996.

Since 1990, 70/203 teams that started off 3-3 made the playoffs with 32/70 teams having won the division.

In the history of the NFC East, there have been 53 teams that started 3-3. 18/53 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.

This is the 31st time Washington has started 3-2. 8/30 of those previous teams made the playoffs with four of those having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last reformatted, 120/238 teams that started 3-2 made the playoffs.

In the history of the NFC East, there have been 66 teams that started 3-2. 35/66 of those teams ended up making the postseason with 15/35 of those winning the division. The most recent qualifier was the 2011 Giants, who are also most recent division winner.

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

Dallas with winning record: 29-18-1
Washington with winning record: 22-13
Both teams with same records (Dallas perspective): 19-13-1

The Cowboys are 10-11 against Washington in October with a 5-7 record on the road.

Dallas is 32-28 against the Washington on the road. Here is the breakdown by venue:

Griffith Stadium: 0-1
RFK Stadium: 18-20
FedEx Field: 14-7


The Cowboys’ 14-7 record at FedEx Field is the best in the NFC East:

Dallas: 14-7
Philadelphia: 12-9
NY Giants: 11-9-1

Since 1970, the Cowboys are 163-119 in late afternoon games with a 59-63 record on the road.

In late afternoon games in the Eastern Time Zone, the Cowboys are 27-28.

Washington is 39-23 in home games in the late afternoon time slot.

The Cowboys are 128-109-2 in October with a 54-69-1 record on the road.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (15)

Prescott is 9-4 against the NFC East with a 4-2 record on the road.

Prescott has an 82.5 passer rating against the NFC East, his second-lowest against any particular division in his career.

Prescott is 4-0 against Washington. Only Craig Morton and Danny White are the other Cowboys quarterbacks to start their careers with identical records against Washington.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott has the third-most time to throw in the NFL at 3.03 seconds.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott throws the ball 0.7 yards behind the line to gain.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott’s 5.9 “completed air yards” are higher than Ben Roethlisberger (4.7), Matt Stafford (5.2), Tom Brady (5.2), and Drew Brees (5.6).

Among quarterbacks who have started every game this season, Prescott has thrown for the fewest passing yards with 1,144.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018, Prescott is tied with Derek Carr for the third-fewest touchdown passes thrown with seven.

Prescott is tied for the seventh-fewest interceptions in the NFL with four.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott has the second-lowest yards per pass in the NFL at 6.7.

Not only is Prescott’s yards per game the lowest among starting quarterbacks since Week 1 at 190.7, but the second place qualifier, Russell Wilson, averages 17.3 more yards.

Prescott has the sixth-lowest yards per completion in the NFL at 10.8 among starting quarterbacks since Week 1.

Prescott’s 85.5 passer rating is the third-lowest in the NFL among starting quarterbacks since Week 1.

Prescott has been sacked 19 times, tied with Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson for the fourth-most in the NFL.

Prescott has thrown the exact same number of passes this season as Alex Smith: 171.


ALEX SMITH FACTS (15)

Among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018, Smith has thrown for the third-fewest passing yards 1,205.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018, Smith is tied with Eli Manning for the fewest touchdown passes thrown with six.

Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Smith’s 7.0 yards per pass is the fifth-lowest in the NFL.

Among starting quarterbacks since Week 1, Smith is tied with Matt Stafford for the eighth-lowest yards per completion in the league at 11.0.

Smith’s 241.0 yards per game are the fifth-lowest in the NFL among starting quarterbacks since Week 1.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game, Smith is tied with Matt Ryan for the third-fewest interceptions with two.

Smith’s 91.9 passer rating is the ninth-lowest among starting quarterbacks since Week 1.

Smith is 1/8 quarterbacks this season who has started since Week 1 and not completed a fourth quarter comeback or executed a game-winning drive.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Smith has the 10th-highest third down completion percentage in the NFL at 60.4 percent.

Smith has the 11th-most third down passing yards in the NFL at 396.

Smith is 1/5 quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1 and has yet to throw an interception on third down.

Smith has the 10th-highest yards per pass on third down among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1 at 7.5.

Smith is tied with Deshaun Watson and Case Keenum for the 14th-most third down conversions throwing with 20.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Smith has the 13th-highest third down passer rating at 96.1.

Smith is 1-2 against the Cowboys with a 98.9 passer rating.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (17)

Garrett has never started 0-3 on the road in his career, not even when he was an interim in 2010.

Garrett has improved a 3-3 start into 4-3 record 2/4 times.

Garrett is 15-8 in the first games of a series against NFC East foes with a 7-1 record on the road.

Garrett has a 29-18 record against the NFC East with a 17-6 record on the road.


Garrett has a 6-1 mark at FedEx Field. Here is how that compares to the rest of the division:
FedEx Field: 6-1
Lincoln Financial Field: 6-2
MetLife Stadium: 5-3



Garrett is 11-4 against Washington. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 15-16
Jason Garrett: 11-4
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).


Washington is the one divisional opponent Garrett has defeated the most with 11 wins. New York is second with 10. Philadelphia is last with eight.


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 14-15 in October with a 7-7 record on the road.

Garrett is 23-25 in late afternoon games with a 13-10 record on the road.

Garrett is currently 31-30 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 17-12 on the road without Romo under center.

Garrett is 6-1 against Washington without Romo. Here is how that compares to other divisional opponents:
Washington: 6-1
NY Giants: 4-3
Philadelphia: 3-5

The Cowboys have committed 35 penalties through six games, tied for the eighth-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys’ 35 penalties are tied for the 15th-fewest in franchise history.

The Cowboys have committed the eighth-fewest red zone penalties in the NFL with three.

JAY GRUDEN FACTS (10)

Gruden is 5-8 in initial division games. His first ever division win was against the Cowboys.


At home, Gruden is 6-7 against the NFC East.

Gruden is 4-7 in late afternoon games with a 1-2 record at home.

Gruden has an 8-5 record in October, by far his winningest month:
September: 5-6
October: 8-5
November: 5-8
December: 6-5
January: 1-2

Gruden is 7-1 in home games in October.

Gruden has not defeated the Cowboys yet at FedEx Field.

Washington is seventh in the NFL with fewest penalties with 33.

Washington’s 33 penalties are tied for the 51st-fewest in team history since 1940.

Washington has committed two offensive penalties in the red zone, tied for the third-fewest in the NFL.

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.


JOHN HUSSEY FACTS (11)

This week’s referee is John Hussey. The Cowboys are 1-1 when he referees their games:

2016 – DET, 42-21 – W
2017 – SEA, 12-21 – L


Dallas has had fewer penalties 1/2 times with Hussey:

2016 – DET: 5/62; DAL: 8/47
2017 – SEA: 11/142; DAL: 7/75



Hussey is tied for the second-highest home team winning percentage in 2018:
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
John Hussey: .833
Jerome Boger: .833
Clay Martin: .833
Walt Anderson: .800
Alex Kemp: .800
John Parry: .800
Tony Corrente: .750
Carl Cheffers: .667
Bill Vinovich: .600
Brad Allen: .600
Craig Wrolstad: .600
Ron Torbert: .600
Walt Coleman: .333
Pete Morelli: .333
Clete Blakeman: .200
Shawn Smith: .100


Hussey has the fifth-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties in 2018:
Tony Corrente: 1.000
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Pete Morelli: .833
Bill Vinovich: .800
John Hussey: .667
Shawn Hochuli: .600
Alex Kemp: .600
Walt Anderson: .600
Jerome Boger: .500
Shawn Smith: .400
Brad Allen: .400
Clay Martin: .333
Carl Cheffers: .333
Walt Coleman: .333
Clete Blakeman: .200
John Parry: .200
Ron Torbert: .200


Washington is 2-1 when Hussey referees their games:
2016 – @NYG, 29-27 – W
2016 – GB, 42-24 – W
2017 – @NYG, 10-18 – L


Washington has had fewer penalties 2/3 times with Hussey:
2016 – NYG: 11/128; WAS: 8/70
2016 – GB: 6/59; WAS: 6/40
2017 – NYG: 3/25; WAS: 4/35



Hussey’s games this season have featured 3.8 sacks per game:
Cheffers: 7.3
Smith: 7
Allen: 6.2
Martin: 6
Hochuli: 5.6
Coleman: 5.5
Morelli: 5
Anderson: 4.8
Wrolstad: 4.8
Vinovich: 4.6
Corrente: 4.5
Parry: 4.2
Kemp: 4
Boger: 4
Torbert: 4
Hussey: 3.8
Blakeman: 3


Hussey’s games feature 1.7 offensive holding calls per game, tied for the fourth-lowest in the NFL:
Hochuli: 3.6
Wrolstad: 3.5
Kemp: 3
Torbert: 3
Anderson: 2.8
Smith: 2.6
Martin: 2.5
Cheffers: 2.5
Morelli: 2.5
Corrente: 2.3
Blakeman: 2.2
Allen: 1.8
Boger: 1.7
Hussey: 1.7
Parry: 1.6
Coleman: 1.5
Vinovich: 0.8
The Cowboys are 0/1 in challenging Hussey while neither opponents nor Replay Assistant have had to challenge Hussey’s calls.

Washington is also 0/1 when challenging Hussey. Opponents and Replay Assistant similarly have never challenged Hussey.

Hussey has the third-highest overturn rate in the NFL. He is tied with Carl Cheffers for the most challenges to review this season:
Parry: 1.000 (1/1)
Hochuli: 1.000 (1/1)
Hussey: .800 (4/5)
Cheffers: .600 (3/5)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Blakeman: .500 (1/2)
Anderson: .333 (1/3)
Martin: .250 (1/4)
Torbert: .250 (1/4)
Boger: .250 (1/4)
Wrolstad: .250 (1/4)
Vinovich: .000 (0/1)
Coleman: .000 (0/1)
Corrente: .000 (0/2)
Kemp: .000 (0/2)
Smith: .000 (0/1)


BROADCAST FACTS (7)

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

CBS: 32-24-2
FOX: 22-10
NBC: 5-2
ABC: 7-7
ESPN: 4-1
NFL Network: 1-0

Since CBS took over the AFC package, the Dallas Cowboys are 24-14 on that network. Overall, the Cowboys are 291-191-6 on CBS.

The Cowboys are 20-11 when Nantz calls their games, playoffs included.

Washington is 0-6 when Nantz calls their games.

Dallas is 2-1 when Romo calls the action.

The rest of the NFC East is 1-0 when Romo calls the action.

Romo is 1/10 ex-Cowboys to call Dallas games on television. The other nine are John Roach, Eddie LeBaron, Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Daryl Johnston, Brian Baldinger, Troy Aikman, Deion Sanders, and Charles Davis.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (10)

Ezekiel Elliott and Adrian Peterson each have three rushing touchdowns.

Elliott has the eighth-highest yards per carry in the NFL at 5.0.

Elliott is second in the NFL with 97.7 rushing yards per game.

Peterson’s 15.4 rushing attempts per game are the 10th-most in the NFL.

Washington’s defense allows 90.2 rushing yards per game, the sixth-fewest in the NFL.

Dallas’ defense allows 90.7 rushing yards per game, the seventh-fewest in the NFL.

Washington’s offense is tied for 13th-best in the NFL with a 56.3 red zone conversion rate. The Cowboys are tied for tied for 13th-worst in the NFL at 52.9 percent.

The Cowboys are 7-0 on Oct. 21:
1962 – @PIT, 42-27 – W
1973 – NYG, 45-28 – W
1979 – CRD, 22-13 – W
1984 – NO, 30-27 – W-OT
1990 – @TB, 17-13 – W
2007 – MIN, 24-14 – W
2012 – @CAR, 19-14 – W


Washington is 10-2 on Oct. 21. Here are the results:

1934 – PHI, 6-0 – W
1945 – PHI, 24-14 – W
1951 – CRD, 7-3 – W
1956 – CLE, 20-9 – W
1962 – @PHI, 27-21 – W
1973 – CRD, 31-13 – W
1979 – PHI, 17-7 – W
1984 – @CRD, 24-26 – L
1990 – PHI, 13-7 – W
2001 – CAR, 17-14 – W-OT
2007 – CRD, 21-19 – W
2012 – @NYG, 23-27 – L



The Cowboys have two birthdays to celebrate on Oct. 21:

1960 – Cleo Simmons, TE, 1983
1960 – Elvis Patterson, CB, 1993

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SERIES FACTS (17)

This is the 13th time in club history the Cowboys have started 2-3. Only 1/12 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 50/233 teams that started 2-3 made the postseason.

In the history of the NFC East (which was founded in 1970), there have been 62 teams that started 2-3. 12/62 of those teams made the playoffs. 7/12 of those teams won the division.

This is the third time in franchise history the Jaguars have started 3-2. The other two teams in 2005 and 2017 made the playoffs.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last reformatted, 120/238 teams that started 3-2 made the playoffs.

The Cowboys are 3-3 against the Jaguars with a 2-2 record at home.

The Cowboys are 1-2 against the Jaguars in October with every game played in Dallas. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Texas Stadium: 1-1
AT&T Stadium: 0-1

Since 2002, the Cowboys are 11-5 against the AFC South with a 6-2 record at home.

Among AFC South opponents, since 2002, the Cowboys’ 2-2 record against the Jaguars is actually the worst against opponents from that division:
Colts: 3-1
Titans: 3-1
Texans: 3-2
Jaguars: 2-2

The Jaguars are 22-43 in the Central Time Zone, including playoffs.

The Jaguars are 9-13 in the state of Texas.

The Cowboys are 127-109-2 in October with a 73-40-1 record at home.

Jacksonville is 36-56 in October with a 17-32 record on the road.

Since 1970, the Cowboys are 162-119 in late afternoon games with a 103-56 record at home.

Jacksonville is 31-42 in late afternoon games with a 13-31 record on the road.

The Cowboys are 4-5 in October “sun games” in AT&T Stadium.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (12)

Prescott has the third-most “time to throw,” according to Next Gen Stats, at 3.02 seconds.

Prescott’s “average yard to sticks,” according to Next Gen Stats, is minus-1.1 yards, meaning his passes are a little over a yard behind the line to gain.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott has the 14th-lowest “completed air yards” in the league at 5.6.

Prescott’s 81.4 passer rating is the third-worst among quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Prescott’s four interceptions are actually tied for the ninth-fewest among quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Prescott’s 3.5 touchdown percentage is the fourth-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game this year.

Prescott’s 6.7 yards per pass attempt is the second-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018.

Prescott’s 10.8 yards per completion is the fifth-worst among quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Prescott’s 192.2 passing yards per game is the absolute lowest in the NFL among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018.

Prescott is tied with Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan for the fifth-most sacks in the NFL with 15.

Prescott is tied for the sixth-most red zone interceptions in the NFL with one.

Prescott and Bortles have exactly two carries for 17 yards inside the red zone this season.


BLAKE BORTLES FACTS FACTS (12)

Bortles has the ninth-most completions in the NFL with 130.

Bortles has the sixth-most pass attempts in the NFL with 211.

Bortles has the fourth-worst passer rating among quarterbacks who have started every game at 82.4.

Bortles has thrown seven interceptions this season, tied for the second-most in the NFL.

Bortles’ 3.8 touchdown percentage is the fifth-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game this year.

Bortles’ 7.2 yards per pass is tied for the sixth-fewest in the NFL among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018.

Bortles’ 11.7 yards per completion is tied for the 12th-lowest in the NFL among quarterbacks who have started every game this year.

Bortles’ 305.0 passing yards per game is the 10th-most in the league among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018.

Bortles is tied with Derek Carr, Jared Goff, and Ben Roethlisberger for the second-most red zone interceptions with two.

Bortles is 1/8 quarterbacks this season to have thrown an interception inside the 10-yard line.

Bortles has the 13th-most “time to throw,” according to Next Gen Stats, with 2.8 seconds.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game this season, according to Next Gen Stats, Bortles is tied for the 12th-lowest “completed air yards” in the NFL at 5.6.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (15)

Garrett is 1-0 against the Jaguars. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches:
Jason Garret: 1-0
Barry Switzer: 1-0
Dave Campo: 1-1
Wade Phillips: 0-1
Bill Parcells: 0-1

The Jaguars were the 31st team that Garrett faced back on Nov. 9, 2014 at Wembley Stadium.

Garrett is 33-36 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 17-15 record at home and is currently on a four-game losing streak.

Garrett is 5-1 against the AFC South with a 2-0 record at home.

Garrett’s 2-0 home record against the AFC South is his second-best against any AFC division:
AFC North: 4-0
AFC South: 2-0
AFC West: 2-2
AFC East: 2-2

Garrett is 13-15 in October with a 6-8 record at home.

Garrett is 22-25 in late afternoon games with a 9-15 record at home.

The Cowboys are tied with the New Orleans Saints for the 12th-fewest penalties in the NFL with 32.

The Cowboys’ 32 penalties through the first five games are tied for the 27th-fewest in club history.

The Cowboys are tied for the fewest red zone penalties in the NFL with just one.

Garrett is 20/39 on challenges for his career.

Garrett is 1/3 on challenges this season.

Garrett is currently 30-30 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 13-18 at home without Romo under center.

Garrett and Doug Marrone were teammates on the ’89 Saints.


DOUG MARRONE FACTS (13)

Marrone and Garrett are the only two active head coaches in the league who were promoted from interim coaches.

Marrone will be the fourth different Jacksonville coach to face the Cowboys. Here is how the other coaches fared in initial encounters:
Tom Coughlin: 0-1
Jack Del Rio: 1-0
Gus Bradley: 0-1

Marrone is the only Jaguars coach to ever lead the team to the playoffs in his first season.

Marrone is 7-6 against the NFC with a 3-4 record on the road.

Marrone is 1-0 against the NFC East.

Marrone is 6-7 in October with a with a 5-4 record on the road.

Marrone is 2-9 in late afternoon games with a 0-7 record on the road.

Marrone is 2-3 in the Central Time Zone with all of those games being early.

The Jaguars have the fifth-most penalties in the NFL with 40.

The Jaguars’ 40 penalties are tied for the fourth-most in franchise history through the first give games.

Jacksonville is tied for the fourth-fewest red zone penalties in the NFL with two.

Marrone is 13/23 on challenges in his career.

Marrone is 1/2 on challenges in 2018.


TONY CORRENTE (12)


This week’s referee is Tony Corrente. The Cowboys are 7-7 when he referees their games:

2000 — MIN, 15-27 – L
2001 — @SEA, 3-29 – L
2004 — NO, 13-27 – L
2005 — Rams, 10-20 – L
2006 — WAS, 27-10 – W
2009 — CAR, 21-7 – W
2010 — @WAS, 7-13 – L
2010 — @PHI, 14-13 – W
2013 — NYG, 36-31 – W
2014 — WAS, 17-20 – L-OT
2015 — @PHI, 20-10 – W
2016 — CIN, 28-14 – W
2016 — @MIN, 17-15 – W
2016* — GB, 31-34 – L

*Playoff game


Since 2000, the Cowboys have had fewer penalties than their opponents 4/14 times. Here is the breakdown:

2000 — MIN: 4/21; DAL: 5/45
2001 — SEA: 0/0; DAL: 6/70
2004 — NO: 9/136; DAL: 11/76
2005 — Rams: 7/40; DAL: 10/78
2006 — WAS: 11/117; DAL: 9/90
2009 — CAR: 6/60; DAL: 9/80
2010 — WAS: 5/42; DAL: 12/81
2010 — PHI: 4/40; DAL: 6/45
2013NYG: 6/52; DAL: 5/40
2014WAS: 6/45; DAL: 3/35
2015
— PHI: 8/60; DAL: 18/142
2016 — CIN: 6/49; DAL: 7/45
2016 — MIN: 8/57; DAL: 10/78
2016* — GB: 3/22; DAL: 6/50

*Playoff game



Corrente has the eighth-lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL through five weeks:
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
Clay Martin: .800
John Hussey: .800
Carl Cheffers: .800
Alex Kemp: .750
Brad Allen: .750
Walt Anderson: .750
John Parry: .750
Ron Torbert: .750
Tony Corrente: .700
Bill Vinovich: .600
Craig Wrolstad: .600
Jerome Boger: .600
Walt Coleman: .400
Pete Morelli: .400
Clete Blakeman: .250
Shawn Smith: .125


Corrente is tied with Craig Wrolstad for the highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Tony Corrente: 1.000
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Bill Vinovich: .800
Pete Morelli: .800
Walt Anderson: .750
Shawn Hochuli: .600
Jerome Boger: .600
John Hussey: .600
Alex Kemp: .500
John Parry: .250
Brad Allen: .250
Ron Torbert: .250
Shawn Smith: .250
Clay Martin: .200
Carl Cheffers: .200
Walt Coleman: .200
Clete Blakeman: .000



The Jaguars have a 10-11 record when Corrente referees their games:

1999 – CLE, 24-7 – W
2001 – @SEA, 15-24 – L
2001 – @CIN, 14-10 – W
2003 – @HTX, 20-24 – L
2003 – TB, 17-10 – W
2004 – @SDG, 21-34 – L
2004 – @RAI, 13-6 – W
2005 – @HTX, 38-20 – W
2006 – NYJ, 41-0 – W
2006 – @KC, 30-35 – L
2007 – ATL, 13-7 – W
2007 – @HTX, 28-42 – L
2008 – @OTI, 10-17 – L
2009 – @CLT, 12-14 – L
2013 – @RAM, 20-34 – L
2013 – HTX, 27-20 – W
2014 – CLE, 24-6 – W
2014 – @RAV, 12-20 – L
2016 – @BUF, 21-28 – L
2017 – @HTX, 29-7 – W
2017 – @OTI, 10-15 – L


The Jaguars have had fewer penalties than the opposition 9/21 times with Corrente:

1999 – CLE: 6/55; JAX: 7/55
2001 – SEA: 7/60; JAX: 4/24
2001 – CIN: 7/54; JAX: 7/40
2003 – HTX: 4/43; JAX: 9/48
2003 – TB: 7/80; JAX: 5/48
2004 – SDG: 4/44; JAX: 5/33
2004 – RAI: 8/72; JAX: 7/87
2005 – HTX: 7/40; JAX: 6/50
2006 – NYJ: 6/59; JAX: 9/62
2006 – KC: 5/32; JAX: 5/35
2007 – ATL: 5/44; JAX: 11/91
2007 – HTX: 3/20; JAX: 8/45
2008 – OTI: 5/36; JAX: 6/50
2009 – CLT: 3/17; JAX: 3/24
2013 – RAM: 6/53; JAX: 4/45
2013 – HTX: 14/177; JAX: 8/57
2014 – CLE: 8/50; JAX: 3/25
2014 – RAV: 9/70; JAX: 5/60
2016 – BUF: 6/31; JAX: 6/60
2017 – HTX: 9/94; JAX: 10/89
2017 – OTI: 2/15; JAX: 6/41



Corrente’s games feature the sixth-fewest sacks per game:
Smith: 7
Cheffers: 6.6
Martin: 6.4
Allen: 6.3
Coleman: 6
Hochuli: 5.6
Anderson: 5.5
Morelli: 4.6
Vinovich: 4.6
Kemp: 4.5
Hussey: 4.2
Corrente: 4.2
Parry: 4
Wrolstad: 4
Torbert: 3.8
Boger: 3.2
Blakeman: 3



Corrente’s crew calls the seventh-most offensive holding calls per game through five weeks:
Wrolstad: 3.8
Hochuli: 3.6
Anderson: 3.5
Torbert: 3.5
Kemp: 3
Smith: 2.8
Corrente: 2.6
Martin: 2.6
Blakeman: 2.3
Cheffers: 2.2
Morelli: 2.2
Hussey: 2
Boger: 2
Parry: 2
Coleman: 1.6
Allen: 1.3
Vinovich: 0.8



When Corrente has officiated Cowboys games, the Cowboys are 1/5 on coaches challenges compared to opponents being 2/2. However, while Replay Assistant is also 0/4, all of those calls benefited Dallas.


The Jaguars are 3/6 when challenging Corrente with the opposition going 5/11. Replay assistant is 3/11 with five of those calls benefiting the Jaguars.


Corrente is tied for the lowest overturn rate in the NFL through five weeks:
Blakeman: 1.000 (1/1)
Hochuli: 1.000 (1/1)
Parry: 1.000 (1/1)
Hussey: .800 (4/5)
Cheffers: .600 (3/5)
Anderson: .500 (1/2)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Martin: .400 (2/5)
Boger: .400 (2/5)
Vinovich: .333 (1/3)
Torbert: .250 (1/4)
Wrolstad: .200 (1/5)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Kemp: .000 (0/2)
Allen: .000 (0/1)
Coleman: .000 (0/2)
Corrente: .000 (0/3)


In the 2011 season, Corrente underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments to treat his throat cancer. Corrente only missed Weeks 13-15 of the season.




BROADCAST FACTS (12)

This is the fourth game in the series to be broadcast on CBS. Here is the breakdown by network:
CBS: 3
FOX: 2
NBC: 1

Since CBS took over the AFC package, the Dallas Cowboys are 23-14 on that network. Overall, the Cowboys are 290-191-6 on CBS.

The Jaguars have a 112-149 all-time record on CBS.

This is the fifth time in the series that a game has drawn a network’s A-team.

The Cowboys are 19-11 when Nantz calls their games, playoffs included.

Jacksonville is 6-5 when Nantz calls their games, including playoffs.

Dallas is 1-1 when Romo calls the action.

The Jaguars are 3-2 when Romo calls their games.

Nantz is the only play-by-play to call multiple games in the series with two, making him the leader in games called.

Romo is the seventh different color commentator in this series.

Romo is 1/10 ex-Cowboys to call Dallas games on television. The other nine are John Roach, Eddie LeBaron, Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Daryl Johnston, Brian Baldinger, Troy Aikman, Deion Sanders, and Charles Davis.

This is the 12th late afternoon game on CBS to be broadcast from AT&T Stadium. Dallas holds a 7-5 in such games.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (8)

Ezekiel Elliott is tied for the fifth-most rushing yards inside the 5-yard line with six, but he has the fewest touchdowns with one.

Elliott is still the league-leader in rushing yards with 480. 3/5 of the top-5 rushers are on losing teams.

Elliott has the second-fewest rushing touchdowns among the top-10 rushers this season. Only San Francisco’s Matt Breida has fewer with one.

With a minimum of 60 attempts, Elliott has the highest yards per carry in the NFL at 5.2.

Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon is tied for the ninth-most receiving touchdowns in the NFL with three.

The Cowboys are 2-5 on Oct. 14. Here are the results:
1962 – PHI, 41-19 – W
1973 – @RAM, 31-37 – L
1979 – RAM, 30-6 – W
1984 – @WAS, 14-34 – L
1990 – @CRD, 3-20 – L
2007 – NE, 27-48 – L
2012 – @RAV, 29-31 – L



The Jaguars have played one game on Oct. 14, a 37-17 win over the Houston Texans at home.


The Cowboys have birthdays to celebrate on Oct. 14:

1943 – Lance Rentzel, WR, 1967-70
1964 – Paul Palmer, RB, 1989
1983 – Brandon Weeden, QB, 2014-15
1986 – Manuel Johnson, WR, 2010

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SERIES FACTS (10)

In all-time meetings, the Lions are actually the team out of the NFC North the Cowboys have had the second-fewest encounters with at 27. The Bears and the Cowboys have met fewer times at 26.

This is the 11th time in team history the Cowboys have started 1-2. 3/10 of those previous teams made the playoffs (1991, 1993, 1996).

This is the 20th time the Lions have started 1-2. 3/19 of those previous teams qualified for the postseason.

Since 1990 when playoff formats were last revised, 71/294 teams that started 1-2 made the playoffs.

Detroit is 4-10 in Dallas. Here are the results broken down by venue:

Cotton Bowl: 0-3
Texas Stadium: 2-4
AT&T Stadium: 2-3

The Lions are 10-11 against the NFC East in September with a 3-5 record on the road.

The Cowboys are 2-2 against the Lions in September with a 1-1 record at home.

Since 1940, the Lions are 80-181-8 in games in the Central Time Zone with a 16-33-3 record in September.

Since 1970, the Cowboys have a 68-39 record in early afternoon home games with an 8-9 mark in September.

A win over the Lions would mark the second time in the history of AT&T Stadium the Cowboys started off the season with a
winning streak at home.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (17)

Prescott has the third-most time to throw, according to Next Gen Stats, with 2.99 seconds.

Prescott is tied for the sixth-worst “yards to the sticks,” according to Next Gen Stats, at minus-2.4 yards.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3, Prescott is tied with Tyrod Taylor for the lowest yards per pass attempt on third down at 4.2.

Prescott has the fifth-worst completion differential in the NFL, according to Next Gen Stats, at minus-4.5.

Prescott has a 74.9 passer rating through the first three games. In 2016, it was 93.3 and in 2017 it was 88.9.

Prescott’s 5.66 yards per pass attempt is tied with Troy Aikman in 1990 for the lowest through the first three games of a season.

Prescott’s yards per pass attempt is tied for the third-lowest among starting quarterbacks who have played every game through Week 3.

Prescott’s 9.2 yards per completion is the third-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.

Prescott’s 166.0 passing yards per game are the third-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 3.

Prescott’s 74.9 passer rating is the fourth-worst among starting quarterbacks who have played every game since Week 3.

Prescott’s 11 sacks through the first three games are the fourth-most in franchise history since 1982, when sacks became an official stat.

Though baffling, Prescott’s 11 sacks are tied with Josh Allen for just the fifth-most in the NFL through Week 3.

Prescott is tied with Ryan Tannehill for the seventh-most yards in the NFL lost due to sacks with 63.

Prescott’s two passing touchdowns are tied with Tyrod Taylor, Mitch Trubisky, Sam Bradford, and Derek Carr for the fewest among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.

Though Prescott is criticized for his paltry passing yards through three games, his 64-yard touchdown pass to receiver Tavon Austin is the 11th-longest pass in the NFL through Week 3.

Prescott has the seventh-lowest passer rating on third down at 64.8 among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.

Prescott has converted four third downs through the air, the lowest amon
g quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.



MATT STAFFORD FACTS (16)

Stafford’s 135 passes through the first three games are the most of his career.

Stafford’s 135 passes are the third-most in the NFL through the first three games.

Stafford’s 88 completions are the most of his career through the first three games.

Stafford’s 88 completions are the fourth-most in the NFL through the first three games.

Stafford has thrown for the 10th-most passing yards through the first three weeks with 895.

Stafford’s 895 passing yards through the first three games are the fourth-best for his career.

Stafford’s five interceptions are tied with 2009 and 2015 for the most of his career through the first three games.

Stafford’s five interceptions are tied for the most in the NFL through the first three games.

Stafford has thrown three interceptions on third down, the most in the NFL.

Stafford’s 83.4 passer rating is the seventh-worst among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.

Stafford’s three sacks through the first three games are the third-fewest of his career.

Stafford’s three sacks are the fewest among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.

Stafford’s 83.4 passer rating is the third-worst of his career through the first three games to start a season.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3, Stafford has the third-lowest passer rating on third down at 50.5.

Stafford is tied for the fourth-most most third-down conversions through the a
ir with 14.

According t
o Next Gen Stats, Stafford’s throws are 0.7 yards behind the sticks.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)


Garrett is 3-2 against the Lions. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 7-4
Bill Parcells: 3-1
Jason Garrett: 3-2
Wade Phillips: 1-0
Jimmy Johnson: 1-2
Barry Switzer: 0-1
Dave Campo: 0-2


Garrett is 16-10 in September with a 9-3 record at home.

Garrett has a 24-12 record in early afternoon games with a 10-7 record at home.

The first early afternoon game of Garrett’s career was against the Lions on Nov. 21, 2010, a 35-19 win at AT&T Stadium.

Including playoffs, Garrett is 8-9 against the NFC North with a 5-6 record at home.

Garrett’s 8-9 record against the NFC North at home is the best compared to the other NFC divisions sans the East:
NFC North: 5-6
NFC South: 3-4
NFC West: 3-5

Garrett is 11-11 against rookie head coaches with a 4-7 record at home.

Garrett is currently 29-29 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 13-18 at home without Romo under center.

Garrett and Matt Patricia are part of the Bill Belichick coaching tree. Garrett would be a
“grandson” through Nick Saban when Garrett was on his staff with the Miami Dolphins from 2005-06 while Patricia would be a “son.”


MATT PATRICIA FACTS (10)

A victory over the Cowboys would join Patricia with George Wilson, Monte Clark, Darryl Rogers, Marty Mornhinweg, and Rod Marinelli to defeat the Cowboys on his first try.

With a 1-2 record, Patricia joins Monte Clark, Steve Mariucci, and Jim Schwartz as the only Lions coaches to have started their first season in Detroit with that record.

The Lions are tied for the sixth-fewest penalties in the NFL with 19.

Since 1940, the Lions’ 19 penalties are tied for the 30th-fewest in franchise history through the first three games.

Patricia is 1/2 on challenges this season, making him the only rookie head coach this season to have won a challenge.

Patricia is the eighth former Bill Belichick assistant to become a head coach in the NFL.

Patricia, Josh McDaniels, and Bill O’Brien are the only Belichick assistants who spent all of their NFL coaching years with Belichick before becoming head coaches.

Patricia is the only Belichick assistant to get his first career win against Belichick.

Among Belichick assistants that have become head coaches, defensive coordinator has been the most proficient in producing head coaches with four: Nick Saban, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Matt Patricia.

Patricia is the first Su
per Bowl-winning defensive coordinator to get a head coaching gig since Dan Quinn, who was the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl XLVIII.


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

This week’s broadcast team is Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis, making them the 21st different announcing team to call a game in this series on television.

Dallas is 21-18 when Burkhardt calls their games.

Burkhardt was the inaugural play-by-play announcer for Compass Media Networks “America’s Team Radio Network,” that was auxiliary to the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network broadcasts, from 2011-12. Burkhardt’s partner was ex-Cowboy quarterback Danny White, who still does color for Compass.

The Lions are 0-1 when Burkhardt calls their games, a 34-20 loss on the snowy gridiron of Lincoln Financial Field against the Eagles on Dec. 8, 2013.

Dallas is 3-0 when Davis does color commentary for their games.

Davis 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, and Tony Romo.

Detroit is 4-2 when Davis does color co
mmentary for their games.

Dallas is 127-121 all-time on FOX.

Detroit is 116-194 all-time on FOX.

This is the fifth late afternoon game in the series, including playoffs.


WALT COLEMAN FACTS (13)


This week’s referee is Walt Coleman. The Cowboys are 10-11 when Coleman referees their games. Here are the results:

1996 – @Cardinals, 10-6 – W
1997 – WAS, 17-14 – W
1998 – @NYG, 31-7 – W
1998 – WAS, 23-7 – W
1999 – @WAS, 41-35 – W-OT
1999* – @MIN, 17-27 – L
2002 – @DET, 7-9 – L
2002 – @NYG, 7-37 – L
2003 – @CAR, 10-29 – L
2004 – @PHI, 7-12 – L
2006 – @NYG, 23-20 – W
2007 – MIN, 24-14 – W
2009 – @PHI, 20-16
– W
2010 – @
GB, 7-45 – L
2011 – @NE, 16-20 – L
2011 – @Cardinals, 13-19 – L-OT
2
012 – @PHI, 38-23 – W
2012 – NO, 34-31 – L
2013 – GB, 36-37 – L
2014 – Titans, 26-10 – W
2016 – @PHI, 13-27 – L

*Playoff game



The Cow
boys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 12/21 times:

1996 – Cardinals: 7/5
0; DAL: 5/55
1997 – WAS: 7/41
; DAL: 6/41
1998 – NYG: 11
/92; DAL: 8/67
1998 – WAS: 7/102; DAL: 5/30
1999 – WAS: 8/45; DAL: 9/99
1999* – MIN:
12/95; DAL: 8/55
2002 – DET: 6/50; DAL: 7/70
2002 – NYG: 6/57; DAL: 7/55
2003 – CAR: 0/0; DAL: 2/11
2004 – P
HI: 5/36; DAL: 6/35
2006
– NYG: 9/94; DAL: 7/58
200
7 – MIN: 4/36; DAL: 4/22
2009
– PHI: 8/82; DAL: 11/70
20
10 – GB: 2/20; DAL: 5/40
2011 – NE: 5/35; DAL: 10/77
2011 – AZ: 6/41; DAL: 7/49
2012 – PHI: 6/50; DAL: 13/75
2012 – NO: 6/42; DAL: 5/32
2013 – GB: 7/59; DAL: 7/79
2014 – Titans: 5/30; DAL: 4/25
2016 – PHI: 4/61; DAL: 5/35
*playoff game



Coleman is tied for the second-worst home team winning percentage in the NFL this season:
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
Carl Cheffers: 1.000
Jo
hn Hussey: 1.000
T
ony Corrente: .833
Clay Martin: .667
Pete Morelli: .667
John Parry: .667
Jerome Boger: .667
Walt Anderson: .667
Ron Torbert: .667
Craig Wrolstad: .667
Brad Allen: .500
Alex Kemp: .500
Bill Vinovich: .333
Clete Blakeman: .333
Walt Coleman: .333
Shawn Smith: .250


Coleman is tied for the absolute lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Bill Vinovich: 1.000
Pete Morelli: 1.000
To
ny Corrente: 1.000
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Walt Anderson: .667
Shawn Hochuli: .667
Alex Kemp: .500
Shawn Smith: .500
Jerome Boger: .333
John Hussey: .333
Clay Martin: .333
John Parry: .333
Ron Torbert: .333
Brad Allen: .000
Clete Blakeman: .000
Carl Cheffers: .000
Walt Coleman: .000


Since 1999, the Lions are 11-11 with Coleman. Here are the results:

1999 – SDG, 10-20 – L
1999 – @GB, 26-17 – W
2000 – ATL, 13-10 – W
2002 – DAL, 9-7 – W
2002 – @ATL, 15-36 – L
2004 – @NYG, 28-13 – W
2005 – @CLE, 13-10 – W
2005 – @PIT, 21-35 – L
2006 – SF, 13-19 – L
2007 – @CRD, 21-31 – L
2007 – KC, 25-20 – W
2008 – GB, 25-48 – L
2009 – @CHI, 24-48 – L
2010 –
@BUF, 12-14 – L
2011 – @DE
N, 45-10 – W
2011 – @GB, 41-45 – L
2012 – HTX, 31-34 – L
-OT
2013 – @CLE, 31-17 – W

2014 – @NYJ, 24-17 – W
2015 – CHI, 37-34 – W-OT
2016 – WAS, 20-17 – W
2017 – ATL, 26-30 – L




Since 19
99, Detroit has had fewer penalties than the opposition 9/22 times with Coleman:

1999 – SDG: 4/20; DET: 1/5

1999 – GB: 10/90; DET: 8/199
2000 – ATL: 10/82; DET: 9
/70
2002 – DAL: 7/70; DET:
6/50
2002 – ATL: 7/55; DET:
9/86
2004 – NYG: 4/25; DET: 7/65
2005 – CLE: 8/50; DET: 11/72
2005 – PIT: 2/15; D
ET: 5/47
2006 – SF: 5/51; DET: 5/40
2007 – CRD: 9/70; DET: 10/70
2007 – KC: 6/46; DET: 4/20
2008 – GB: 8/62; DET: 5/40
2009 – CHI: 3/36; DET: 7/51
2010 – BUF: 4/30; DE
T: 11/60
201
1 – DEN: 5/55; DET: 4/45
2011 – GB: 6/78; DET: 11/101
2012 – HTX: 8/66; DET: 7/70
2013 – CLE: 9/87; DET: 8/65
2014 – NYJ: 6/32; DET: 5/33
2015 – CHI: 9/76; DET: 10/98
2016 – WAS: 4/20; DET: 4/30
2017 – ATL: 8/68; DET: 9/98



Coleman’s games feature the third-most sacks on average in 2018:
Smith: 8.5
Allen: 7
Coleman: 6.7
Hochuli: 6.7
Martin: 6.7
Kemp: 6.0
Cheffers: 5.7
Anderson: 5.7
Corrente
: 5.0
Morell
i: 5.0
Torbert: 4.3
Hussey: 3.7
Vinovich: 3.7
Wrolstad: 3.3
Parry: 3.3
Blakeman: 3.0
Boger: 3.0


Coleman’s crew is tied for calling the sixth-fewest offensive holding calls on average this year:
Anderson: 4.3
Wrolstad: 4.3
Torbert: 4.3
Hochuli: 4.0
Smith: 3.5
Vinovich: 3
Morelli: 3
Parry: 2.7
Boger: 2.7
Corrente: 2.7
Hussey: 2.7
Coleman: 2.7
Blakeman: 2.3
Martin: 2.0
Cheffers: 1.7
Allen: 1.5
Kemp: 1.5


The Cowboys are 2/6 on challenges with Coleman going under the hood. Opponents are 2/6 and Replay Assistant is 5/11 with five of those decisions favoring Dallas.

Detroit is 1/12 when challenging Coleman with opponents going 2/9. Replay Assistant is 1/6 with four of those decisions benefiting the Lions.

Cole
man was challenged for the first time last week in Houston, and upheld the ruling on the field. Here is the breakdown of the overturn rate of the 14 referees who have been challenged this season:
Cheffers: 1.000 (3/3)
Blakeman: 1.000 (1/1)
Parry: 1.000 (1/1)
Hochuli: 1.000 (1/1)
Hussey: .750 (3/4)
Torbert: .500 (1/2)
Boger: .500 (1.2
)
Vinovich: .500 (1/2)
Wr
olstad: .250 (1/4)
Coleman: .000 (0/1)
Corrente: .000 (0/1)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Kemp: .000 (0/2)
Martin: .000 (0/3)

Coleman was the referee who ruled favorably for the New England Patriots on the “Tuck Rule” in the 2001 AFC Divisional playoffs versus the Oakland Raiders.


Coleman comes from a long line of dairy farmers and is a controller with Hiland Dairy.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (14)


The Cowboys have not put together a home winning streak since Weeks 15-16 of 2016 when they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then the Detroit Lions.

Despite being tied with Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch for the seventh-most carries in the NFL, Ezekiel Elliott shares the league lead in rushing yards with San Francisco’s Matt Breida with 274.

Elliott’s 5.7 yards per carry are second in the NFL among running backs with a minimum of 5.7 carries.

The Lions defense gives up the most rushing yards per game in the NFL at 149.3.


The Cowboys lead the NFL in yards per carry at 6.0.


The Cowboys are tied with the Lions for the sixth-fewest rushing attempts in the NFL with 66. However, Dallas has the seventh-most rushing yards at 398 while the Lions are tied for the 15th-fewest with 296.


The Cowboys have the second-lowest points per game at 13.7.

The Cowboys offense has run a total of 170 plays this season, the third-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys have the eighth-lowest red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 42.9 percent.

Dallas has the second-lowest third down conversion rate in the NFL at 23.5 percent.



The Cowboys are 5-3 on Sept. 30. Here are the results:

1960 – PHI, 25-27 – L
1962 – @RAM, 27-17 – W
1973 – CRD, 45-10 – W
1979 – CIN, 38-13 – W
1990 – @NYG, 17-31 – L
1996 – @PHI, 23-19 – W
2001 – @PHI, 18-40 – L
2007 – RAM, 35-7 – W


The Lions are 5-4 on Sept. 30. Here are the results:

1931 – NYG, 14-6 – W
1934 – CRD, 6-0 – W
1951 – WAS, 35-17 – W
1956 – @GB, 20-16 – W
1962 – CLT, 29-20 – W
1979 – MIN, 10-13 – L
1984 – @SDG, 24-27 – L
1990 – GB, 21-24 – L
2007 – CHI, 37-27 – W
2012 – MIN, 13-20 – L


The Cowboys have birthdays to celebrate on Sept. 30:

1972 – Greg Myers, S, 2000
1976 – Wane
McGarity, WR, 1999-2001
1977 – Mike Solwold, C, 2001
1983 – Adam “Pacman” Jones, CB, 2008


The Cowboys have two deaths to remember on Sept. 30, and that is defensive end Nate Borden, born in 1932. He played for the Cowboys from 1960-61. The second is receiver Pete Gent, born in 1942. Gent played for Dallas from 1964-68, was best friends with quarterback Don Meredith, and authored “North Dallas 40,” which was based on his five seasons with the Cowboys.

Cowboys at Seahawks

SERIES FACTS (10)

This is the 26th time in club history the Cowboys have started 1-1. 11/25 of those previous 1-1 teams made the playoffs.


Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, teams that started 1-1 made the playoffs only 166/404 times.

The Seahawks are 0-2 for the 18th time in franchise history. Only 1/17 of those previous teams made the playoffs, the 2015 team.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, teams that started 0-2 made the playoffs only 28/231 times.


The Cowboys are 4-4 against the Seattle Seahawks on the road. Here is the breakdown by stadium:

Kingdome: 2-0
Husky Stadium: 0-1
CenturyLink Field: 2-3


The Cowboys are 0-1 against the Seahawks in September with the lone game on Sept. 16, 2012 when the Seahawks embarrassed Dallas 27-7 at CenturyLink Field.


Dallas is 24-20 in the Pacific Time Zone.

Seattle is 60-32 at home against teams from the Central Time Zone.

The Seahawks are 1/6 teams to have defeated the Cowboys in the postseason with any reprisals.

This is the fifth time in the series that the same starting quarterbacks from each side will face each other in consecutive encounters.

DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (15)

Prescott is 12-5 on the road with a 97.6 passer rating, both of those being better than when he is at home.

Prescott’s best passer rating comes from being under center at 109.4.

The worst quarter for Prescott by passer rating is the third quarter with a 79.3 rating. His best is the second quarter at 98.7, and his second-best is in the fourth quarter at 98.5.

Prescott’s 3.1 yards per pass attempt are the fifth-lowest among quarterbacks who have started the first two games in the NFL.

Prescott’s 3.5 yards per pass attempt on third down are tied with Sam Bradford for the lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Prescott’s 9.4 yards per completion are the sixth-lowest among starting quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Prescott has attempted four red zone passes this season, the second-lowest among starting quarterbacks through the first two games.

Prescott has one completion for zero yards in the red zone this season.

Prescott’s 64 rushing yards are the fifth-most among quarterbacks in the NFL through two games.

Prescott’s 12 rushing attempts are tied for the fourth-most among quarterbacks through two games.

Prescott’s 330 passing yards are the second-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Prescott’s 330 passing yards through the first two games are the 11th-lowest for a Cowboys starting quarterback in team history.

Prescott’s six sacks from Week 1 still stand as tied for seventh-most sacks through the first two weeks.

Prescott’s 87.7 passer rating is the fourth-best among quarterbacks in the top-10 of sacks this season.

Prescott joins Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees, Alex Smith, and Aaron Rodgers as the only starting quarterbacks to have not thrown an interception through the first two weeks.


RUSSELL WILSON FACTS (15)

Wilson’s five touchdown passes are the most through the first two weeks to start a season.

Wilson’s five touchdown passes are tied for the sixth-highest in the NFL through two weeks.

Wilson is tied for the most touchdown passes on third down with two.

Wilson’s 524 passing yards are the most he has thrown in the first two weeks of the season.

Wilson’s 7.6 yards per pass attempt are the second-most of his career through the first two games of the season.

Wilson’s 4.4 yards per pass attempt on third down are the fourth-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Wilson’s 59.4 completion percentage is the second-lowest of his career through the first two weeks of a season.

Wilson’s 41.2 completion percentage on third down is the second-lowest among quarterbacks who have started the first two weeks of the season.

Wilson’s 54.2 passer rating on third down is sixth-lowest in the NFL among quarterbacks who have started the first two weeks.

Wilson leads the NFL with five sacks on third down.

Wilson’s three interceptions are the most he has thrown in the first two weeks of the season.

Wilson’s three interceptions are tied for the third-most in the NFL through two weeks.

Wilson is tied with Nathan Peterman, Andrew Luck, and Matthew Stafford for the most interceptions on third down with two.

Wilson has been sacked 12 times through two games, the most in his career to start a season.

Wilson’s 12 sacks are the most in the NFL through the first two weeks.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (11)



Jason Garrett is 2-3 against the Seattle Seahawks. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

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

Garrett owns the second-most 1-1 starts in team history with seven. Only Tom Landry has more with eight.

Garrett is 16-9 in September with a 7-6 record on the road.

Garrett is 23-23 in late afternoon games with a 13-9 record on the road.

Garrett is 5-2 in the Pacific Time Zone with a 1-2 record in September.

Garrett is 33-34 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 16-19 record on the road and is currently on a two-game losing streak.

Garrett is 8-11 against Super Bowl-winning head coaches.

When coaching against playoff-winning quarterbacks, Garrett is 25-34.

Garrett is 9-8 against the NFC West with a 6-3 record on the road.

Garrett’s 6-3 record against the NFC West on the road is the best compared to the other NFC divisions sans the East:
NFC West: 6-3
NFC North: 3-4
NFC South: 2-6

Garrett is currently 29-28 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 16-10 on the road without Romo under center.


PETE CARROLL FACTS (10)

This is the third time in Carroll’s career he has started 0-2. Only in 2015 did he lead his team to the playoffs after such a start.

Carroll is 16-6 against the NFC East in his coaching career.

Pete Carroll has a 4-2 record against the Dallas Cowboys with his two wins coming at home. As head coach for Seattle, Carroll is 3-2. Here is how he compares to other Seattle coaches:

Mike Holmgren: 4-2
Pete Carroll: 3-2
Chuck Knox: 1-1
Tom Flores: 0-1
Jim Mora, Jr.: 0-1
Dennis Erickson: 0-1
Jack Patera: 0-2

The Seahawks’ 12 penalties through the first two weeks are tied for the fifth-fewest in the NFL.

Through two games, the Seahawks have accumulated 12 penalties.

The 12 penalties are tied for the fewest through the first two games in Carroll’s tenure with the Seahawks.

Carroll is the sixth-longest tenured head coach in the NFL and the only one from the 2010 class.

Carroll is 34/72 on challenges for his career with a 4/6 rate in 2017.

Carroll is 12-0 in home openers.

Carroll has never fallen to 0-3 in his career.


BROADCAST FACTS (9)

This is the 12th game in the series to be broadcast on FOX. Here is the breakdown by network:
FOX: 11
NBC: 4
CBS: 2
ABC: 1

Dallas is 127-120 all-time on FOX.

The Seahawks are 109-105 all-time on FOX.

This is the fourth time in the series Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will call a game in the series. The Seahawks lead 2-1.

The Cowboys are 34-40 when Buck calls their games.

Seattle is 15-12 when Buck calls their games.

Dallas is 40-46 when Aikman calls their games.

The Seahawks are 15-15 when Aikman calls their games.

This is the eighth late afternoon game to be broadcast on FOX.


CARL CHEFFERS FACTS (12)


This week’s referee is Carl Cheffers. The Cowboys are 5-2 when he referees their games. Here are the results:


2009 – Raiders, 24-7 – W 2010 – @Texans, 27-13 – W 2010 – DET, 35-19 – W
2013 – Rams, 31-7 – W
2015 – SEA, 12-13 – L
2016 – @NYG, 7-10 – L
2017 – NYG, 19-3 – W
 
Dallas has had fewer penalties than the opposition 4/7 times with Cheffers:
2009 – Raiders: 7/70; DAL: 6/48
2010 – @Texans: 5/32; DAL: 8/49
2010 – DET: 10/76; DAL: 6/39
2013 – Rams: 5/41; DAL: 6/52
2015 – SEA: 5/40; DAL: 5/40
2016 – NYG: 7/50; DAL: 5/54
2017 – NYG: 6/55; DAL: 5/50




Coleman is tied for the second-lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL this season among referees:
Carl Cheffers: 1.000
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
Walt Anderson: 1.000
John Hussey: 1.000
Alex Kemp: 1.000
Tony Corrente: .750
Pete Morelli: .500
John Parry: .500
Brad Allen: .500
Jerome Boger: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Clay Martin: .500
Shawn Smith: .500
Bill Vinovich: .500
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
Clete Blakeman: .000


Coleman through two weeks has not had a game where the home team has had fewer penalties:
Pete Morelli: 1.000
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Alex Kemp: 1.000
Shawn Smith: 1.000
Tony Corrente: 1.000
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
Bill Vinovich: 1.000
John Hussey: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Clay Martin: .500
Brad Allen: .000
Clete Blakeman: .000
Jerome Boger: .000
John Parry: .000
Ron Torbert: .000
Walt Coleman: .000
Carl Cheffers: .000


The Seahawks are 3-4 when Parry referees their games:

2008 – NE, 21-24 – L
2009 – Cardinals, 3-27 – L
2010 – @SF, 21-40 – L
2011 – @Rams, 24-7 – W
2012 – Cardinals, 58-0 – W
2013 – Titans, 20-13 – L
2015 – CHI, 26-0 – W
2015 – @DAL, 13-12 – W
2016 – @NYJ, 27-17 – W
2016 – PHI, 26-15 – W
2017 – ATL, 31-34 – L


Seattle has had fewer penalties than their opponents 5/11 times:

2008 – NE: 1/15; SEA: 5/39
2009 – Cardinals: 7/76; SEA: 6/56
2010 – SF: 2/15; SEA: 8/75
2011 – Rams: 13/100; SEA: 5/50
2012 – Cardinals: 9/79; SEA: 10/97
2013 – Titans: 7/44; SEA: 6/65
2015 – CHI: 6/40; SEA: 5/41
2015 – DAL: 5/40; SEA: 5/40
2016 – NYJ: 7/60; SEA: 7/71
2016 – PHI: 8/48; SEA: 7/48
2017 – ATL: 7/69; SEA: 9/106


Coleman’s games through two weeks are tied for the seventh-most sacks in the NFL on average:

Smith: 11
Hochuli: 8
Allen: 7
Coleman: 6.5
Anderson: 6.5
Martin: 6.5
Cheffers: 5
Kemp: 5
Morelli: 4.5
Corrente: 4.5
Torbert: 4
Hussey: 4
Parry: 3.5
Blakeman: 3
Wrolstad: 3
Vinovich: 2
Boger: 1.5



Through two weeks, Cheffers’ games are tied for the third-fewest in the NFL for offensive holding:

Hochuli: 4.5
Torbert: 4.5
Smith: 4
Anderson: 3.5
Morelli: 3.5
Parry: 3
Wrolstad: 3
Corrente: 2.5
Hussey: 2.5
Boger: 2
Coleman: 2
Blakeman: 1.5
Allen: 1.5
Martin: 1.5
Cheffers: 1.5
Kemp: 1
Vinovich: 0.5


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 Seahawks and their opponents have had to challenge some of Cheffers’ calls. Seattle is 2/5 while their opponents are 0/3. Replay Assistant is 0/3 with only one of those calls benefiting the Seahawks.


Cheffers is 1/9 referees who has not been challenged through two weeks. Nonetheless, here is the breakdown of the overturn rate of the nine referees who have been challenged this season:
Cheffers: 1.000 (2/2)
Hochuli: 1.000 (1/1)
Hussey: .750 (3/4)
Boger: .500 (1/2)
Corrente: .000 (0/1)
Vinovich: .000 (0/1)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Martin: .000 (0/3)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/3)


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 (17)


Ezekiel Elliott has six carries for 22 yards and two touchdowns in the red zone this season. The two touchdowns are tied for the third-most in the NFL.

Elliott’s two touchdowns inside the 10-yard line are tied with seven other players for the league lead.

Elliott has 147 yards through two games, the seventh-most in the NFL. In 2017, he had 112, the 18th-most, and in 2016 he had the 134, tied for the eighth-most in the league.

The Cowboys are second-worst in the NFL in third down conversions at 23.8 percent.

Dallas is 12th-best in the NFL on first-down yards gained at 4.66.

The Cowboys have the ninth-worst yards gained on second down with 3.76.

Dallas is tied for the fewest red zone attempts in the NFL with four.

Dallas’ average starting field position on offense is the 24.3-yard line, the sixth-worst in the NFL.

The Cowboys have the third-lowest points per drive in the NFL at 1.29.

The Cowboys are second in the NFL in sacks with nine. Only the Chicago Bears have more with 10.

The Cowboys’ nine sacks through the first two games are tied with the 2002 Cowboys for the third-most in team history.

The Seahawks defense’s opposing passer rating is 83.6, the 10th-lowest in the NFL.
The Seahawks defense has produced three sacks, tied for the fifth-fewest in the NFL through the first two games.

Seattle’s three sacks are also tied for the seventh-fewest in team history since 1983 and tied with the 2010 Seahawks, Pete Carroll’s first season, for the fewest in the Legion of Boom era.

The Cowboys are 3-4 on Sept. 23. Here are the results:

1962 – PIT, 28-30 – L
1974 – @PHI, 10-13 – L
1984 – GB, 20-6 – W
1990 – @WAS, 15-19 – L
2001 – SD, 21-32 – L
2007 – @CHI, 34-10 – W
2012 – TB, 16-10 – W


Seattle is 2-4 on Sept. 23. Here are the results:

1979 – @DEN, 34-37 – L
1984 – CHI, 38-9 – W
1985 – RAM, 24-35 – L
1990 – @DEN, 31-34 – L-OT
2001 – PHI, 3-27 – L
2007 – CIN, 24-21 – W


The Cowboys have on birthday to celebrate on Sept. 23 in receiver Quincy Morgan, who played with Dallas in 2004. Morgan caught passes for 19 yards in the Cowboys’ 43-39 victory at Seattle on Dec. 6, 2004 on Monday Night Football.


The Cowboys have one death to remember in linebacker Bill Roe, who played for the club in 1980. Roe passed away Sept. 23, 2003.

Giants at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (7)

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, there have been 432 teams through 2017 that lost on Opening Day. Only 107/432 made the playoffs.


This is the 20th time the Cowboys have started 0-1 in club history. Only 7/19 of those previous Opening Day losers ever made the playoffs.


This is the 39th time the Giants have started 0-1 in team history. 10/38 of those past Opening Day losers went on to make the playoffs.


The Cowboys are 22-7 against the Giants in September with a 14-5 record at home.

The Giants are 21-35-1 on the road in Dallas. Here is the breakdown by venue:

Cotton Bowl: 4-6-1
Texas Stadium: 12-25
AT&T Stadium: 5-4

The Cowboys are 15-9 against the Giants in prime time with a 9-5 record at home.

Sunday night’s game with the Giants will surpass Dallas-Washington as the most-televised prime time rivalry in the NF
C East at 27 games.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (14)

Prescott is 5-2
on Sunday Night Football with a 4-1 record at home.

The last time Prescott threw for 300 yards or more was on Dec. 10, 2017 in a 30-10 victory over the Giants on Dec. 10, 2017.

Since Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension last year, Prescott has a 6-9 touchdown to interception ratio with a 74.8 passer rating. In the eight games before the suspension, Prescott had a 16-4 touchdown to interception ratio and a 97.9 passer rating.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott had the fifth-highest time to throw at 3.1 seconds, yet the third-lowest among the top-5 with an 81.1 passer rating.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott had the 13th-lowest “average intended air yards” at 7.3.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott had the fourth-lowest “longest completed air distance” at 23.7.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott completed 3/10 downfield throws of 10-plus yards.

Prescott had the 13th-lowest passer rating on third down last week at 63.5.

Prescott had a 5.86 yards per pass attempt last week, the eighth-lowest in his career.

When Prescott’s yards per pass attempt is below 6.0, the Cowboys are 2-8.

Among Prescott’s six sacks versus the Panthers, only one of them was on third down.

Prescott has not put together a three-game streak without throwing an interception since Weeks 7-10 last year.

Last season, Prescott put up 13/18 for 183 yards, two touchdowns, and took one sack against James Bettcher’s defense last year when he was the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive coordinator.

Prescott is 4-2 against the NFC Eas
t in initial match-ups with a 2-2 record at home.



ELI MANNING FACTS (12)

Manning was tied with Ben Roethlisberger for the second-highest third down completion percentage in Week 1 at 81.8 percent.

Manning’s 9.5 yards per pass attempt on third down last week were the seventh-highest among starting quarterbacks.

Manning’s 106.4 passer rating on third down was the 12th-best in the NFL last week.

Manning’s three third down conversions were tied for the 12th-best in the NFL in Week 1.

The Giants are 39-65 when Manning gets sacked two or more times compared to 73-42 when he is sacked once or not at all.

The Giants are 19-43 when Manning throws two or more interceptions compared to 92-62 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 7-8 against the Cowboys when he is sacked two or more times compared to 7-6 when he is not.

Manning has a 93.4 passer rating at AT&T Stadium along with being responsible for the Giants’ 5-4 record in the venue.

Manning’s lowest passer rating at AT&T Stadium, 58.4, came in a 29-24 win on Oct. 28, 2012. His highest passer rating in the venue, 116.7, came in a 31-21 loss on Oct. 19, 2014.

Manning is 46-14 when he has a running back that produces a 100-yard game.

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


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Garrett is 15-9 in September with an 8-3 record at home.

Garret is 4-3 in Week 2 games with all of those contests having been played on the road.

Garrett is 9-6 against the Giants. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 35-16-2
Jason Garrett: 9-6
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 5-3 record against the Giants in prime time with a 3-1 record at home.

Garrett has a 28-18 record against the NFC East with an 11-12 record at home.

Garrett is 11-12 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:

Philadelphia: 12-12
Garrett: 11-12
New York: 11-13
Washington: 10-14


Garrett is 8-6 against the NFC East in prime time.

Garrett is 33-34 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 17-15 record at home and is currently on a two-game losing streak.


Garrett is currently 2
8-28 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 12-18 at home without Romo under center.



PAT SHURMUR FACTS (10)

Shurmur is from the same coaching tree as Garrett through Nick Saban.

Shurmur is the sixth retread head coach hired by the Giants.

With a loss last week, Shurmur became the seventh Giants head coach to lose his first Opening Day game.

Shurmur’s .281 winning percentage with the Browns was the fifth-best among head coaches since the franchise returned in 1999.

Shurmur has a 0-2 record in prime time.

A win would join Shurmur with Allie Sherman, Bill Arnsparger, Jim Fassel, Tom Coughlin, and Ben McAdoo as coaches who defeated the Cowboys in their first try with the Giants.

Shurmur faced the Cowboys once before on Nov. 18, 2012 when Cleveland took Dallas to overtime but lost 23-20.

Shurmur had a 2-12 record in the AFC North.

Shurmur is 2-6 in the month of September w
ith a 1-2 record on the road.

Shurmur’s uncle, the late Fritz Shurmur, was the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers from 1994-98.


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

Cowboys-Giants has the second-longest active prime time game streak with 13 games going back to 2006. Longest is Cowboys-Eagles with 14 games going back to 2004.

The Cowboys are 60-40 on NBC, including postseason play.

The Giants are 38-41 on NBC, including postseason play.

The Cowboys are 51-35 when Michaels calls their games.

New York is 27-39 when Michaels calls their games.

The Cowboys are 25-20 when Collinsworth calls their games.

New York is 19-20 when Collinsworth calls their games.

CBS has broadcast the most games in the series with 37, but in 2016, NB
C surpassed ABC as the third-highest broadcaster of Cowboys-Giants:
CBS: 37
FOX: 29
NBC: 11
ABC: 9
ESPN: 4


The final Monday night game played as a precursor to Monday Night Football were select games on CBS. The last such game was played between the Giants and Cowboys on Oct. 27, 1969
with Dallas defeating New York 25-3.

On KXAS, the NBC affiliate for Dallas-Fort Worth, the Cowboys are an all-time 51-34, including simulcast cable games from 1987-90.


JOE PARRY FACTS (11)

This week’s referee is John Parry. The Cowboys are 7-6 when he referees. Here are the results:
2007 – GB, 37-27 – W
2008 – @Rams, 14-34 – L
2008 – SEA, 34-9 – W
2009 – @WAS, 17-0 – W
2010 – @NYG, 35-41 – L
2011 – DET, 30-34 – L
2012 – @ATL, 13-19 – L
2013 – @PHI, 17-3 – W
2014 – @JAX, 3
1-17 – W
2015 – @NYG, 20-27
– L
2015 – WAS, 23-34 – L
2
016 – @Ravens, 27-17 – W
2
017 – @PHI, 6-0 – W



T
he Cowboys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 6/13 times with Parry:


2007 – GB: 9/142; DAL: 10/65
2008 – Rams: 5/32; DAL: 8/56
2008 – SEA: 5/46; DAL: 5/38
2009 – WAS: 4/33; DAL: 4/2
1
2010 – NYG: 6/46; DAL: 5/42
2
011 – DET: 10/75; DAL: 7/33
2012 – ATL: 2/15; DAL: 7/50
2013 – PHI: 5/33; DAL: 12/75
2014 – JAX: 2/19; DAL: 9/65
2015 – NYG: 3/13; DAL: 7/46
2015 – WAS: 3/20; DAL: 4/44
2016 – Ravens: 12/136; DAL: 5/45
2017 – PHI: 7/49; DAL: 7/64


Parry was 1/7 referees last week who did not oversee a home team winning:

Brad Allen: 1.000
Walt Anderson: 1.000
Jerome Boger: 1.000
Carl Cheffers: 1.000

Tony Corrente: 1
.000
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
John Hussey: 1.000
Clay Martin: 1.000
Shawn Smith: .500
Bill Vinovich: .000
Craig Wrolstad: .000
Ron Torbert: .000
Clete Blakeman: .000
Walt Coleman: .000
Pete Morelli: .000
John Parry: .000



Parry was 1/8 referees last week who oversaw the home team having fewer penalties:

Pete Morelli: 1.000
Walt Anderson: 1.000
Shawn Smith: 1.000

Bill Vinovich:
1.000
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Tony Corrente: 1.000
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
John Hussey: 1.000
Clete Blakeman: .000
Jerome Boger: .000
Carl Cheffers: .000
Brad Allen: .000
Walt Coleman: .000
Ron Torbert: .000
Clay Martin: .000
John Parry: .000


The Giants are 6-7 when Parry referees their games. Here are the results:

2008 – @CLE, 14-35 – L
2009 – Raiders, 44-7 – W
2009 – PHI, 38-45 – L
2010 – @DAL, 41-35 – W
2010 – PHI, 31-
38 – L
2011 – NE, 21-17 – W
2012 – @SF, 26-3 – W
2013 – @C
HI, 27-21 – L
2014 – Cardinals, 14-25 – L
2015 – DAL,
27-20 – W
2016 – CIN, 21-20 – W
2017 – DET, 10-24 – L
2017 – @CRD, 0-23 – L

The Giants have had fewer pe
nalties than their opponents 8/13 times:

2008 – CLE: 10/55; NYG: 5/38
2009 – Raiders:
7/67; NYG: 4/37
2009 – PHI: 6/45; NYG: 7/54
2010 – DAL: 5/42; NYG: 6/46
2010 – PHI: 5/30; NYG: 4/35
2011 – NE: 5/28; NYG: 4/24
2012 – SF: 6/35; NYG: 2/20
2013 – CHI: 5/51; NYG: 4/31
2014 – Cardinals: 7/71; NYG: 9/70
2015 – DAL: 7/46; NYG: 3/13
2016 – CIN: 9/60; NYG: 2/15
2017 – D
ET: 6/50; NYG: 7/50
2017 – CRD: 6/45; NYG: 10/101



Parry’s game last week was tied for the fewest sacks in Week 1:

Smith: 11
Anderson: 9
Hochuli: 8
Cheffers: 8
Allen: 7
Hussey: 6
Martin: 6
Coleman: 5
Morelli: 4
Wrolstad: 3
Corrent
e: 3
Torbert: 2
Blakeman: 2
Vinovich: 2
Boger: 1
Parry: 1




Parry’s crew was tied for calling the fourth-fewest offensive holding calls in Week 1:

Torbert: 6
Anderson: 5
Hochuli: 5
Morelli: 4
Smith: 4
Boger: 4
Cheffers: 3
Coleman: 3
Wrolstad: 3
Allen: 3
Blakeman: 2
Hussey: 2
Parry: 2
Corrente: 1
Martin: 1
Vinovich: 0




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 Giants are 3/4 on challenges while the opposition is a cumulative 3/8. Replay Assistant is 2/9 with six of those decisions benefiting New York.


Parry was among eight
referees last week who did not have to review a coaches’ challenges. Here is the breakdown of overturn percentage among the eight referees who did review coaches’ challenges:

Cheffers: 1.000 (1/1)
Boger: .000 (0/1)
Corrente: .000 (0/1)
Hussey: .000 (0/2)
Martin: .000 (0/1)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Vinovich: .000 (0/1)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/2)


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (26)

Ezekiel Elliott spent the most time behind of scrimmage on average at 3.34 seconds, according to Next Gen Stats.

According to Next Gen Stats, Elliott faced the fifth-fewest eight-man boxes or more in Week 1 at 13.3 percent.

According to Next Gen Stats, Dallas receiver Cole Beasley had the fourth-highest cushion in the NFL at 8.4 yards.

Giants running back Saquon Barkley is the first rookie since 1950 to rush for 100 yards on Opening Day.

When including the 2017 season finale, the Giants have had consecutive 100-yard rushers for the first time since 2012.

Giants receiver Odell Beckham gets 4.5 yards of separation on average according to Next Gen Stats.

Beckham has caught 31 passes for 426 yards and five touchdowns in six career games against the Cowboys.

Beckham’s 31 passes and 426 yards are the fewest against any particular NFC East opponent. The five touchdowns are tied for second-most with his six scoring receptions against the Eagles being on top.

The Cowboys offense gained 4.22 yards per play on first and second downs, the fifth-fewest in the NFL. Among the top-5, only the Eagles and Vikings won on Opening Day.

The Cowboys had the fifth-most yards-to-go on second down last week at 9.6. Only the Panthers in the second spot at 10.3 yards were victorious in Week 1 among the top-5.

Dallas had the sixth-highest second down conversion rate in Week 1 at 45 percent.

The Giants had the second-most yards-to-go on second down in Week 1 at 10.5 yards.

The Cowboys’ run-pass ratio on second down last week was 8-12.

The Cowboys took the third-most sacks on second down last week with two.

The Giants were tied for the 11th-lowest third down conversion rate at 28.6 percent.

The Cowboys were tied with the Texans for the fourth-lowest third down conversion rate at 18.2 percent.

Dallas was tied for the third-highest sacks last week with three.

The Giants were tied for the fourth-fewest sacks in Week 1 with one. However, that sack prevented them from joining the Saints, Jets, and Dolphins as the only teams who did not get one.

The Giants defense had the seventh-lowest yards per pass attempt in Week 1 at 5.3.

With 168 yards, the Giants allowed the eighth-fewest passing yards on Opening Day.

At 4.9 yards per carry, the Giants are tied with the Patriots for the sixth-highest ranking from Week 1.

The Cowboys defense has the 10th-highest yards per carry from Week 1 at 4.6 yards.

The Cowboys are 4-2-1 on Sept. 16. Here are the results:

1962 – WAS, 35-35 – T
1973 – CHI, 20-17 – W
1979 – CHI, 24-20 – W
1984 – PHI, 23-17 – W
1990 – NYG, 7-28 – L
2007 – @MIA, 37-20 – W
2012 -- @SEA, 7-27 – L


The Giants are 3-4 on Sept. 16. Here are the results:

1937 – @WAS, 3-13 – L
1962 – @CLE, 7-17 – L
1973 – OTI, 34-14 – W
1984 – @WAS, 14
-30 – L
1990 – @DAL, 28-7 – W
2007 – GB, 13-35 – L
2012 – @TB, 41-34 – W


The Cowboys have four birthdays to celebrate on Sept. 16:

1962 – Broderick Sargent, RB, 1989
1963 – Garth Jax, LB, 1986-88
1987 – Dwayne Harris, WR, 2011-14
1993 – Geoff Swaim, TE, 2015-present


The Cowboys also have a death to remember in linebacker Monte Clark, who spent a season with Dallas in 1962. He was born on Jan. 24, 1937.