By: Mark Lane

Buccaneers at Cowboys


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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
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
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
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:
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)


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

Packers at Cowboys


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Garrett is 16/28 in preventing a losing streak.

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

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

Garrett is 21-22 without Tony Romo under center.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Dallas is 38-43 when Aikman calls their games.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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