By: Mark Lane

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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

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SERIES FACTS (11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (12)

Prescott is facing the Falcons for the first time. Here is how other Cowboys quarterbacks have fared in their first starts against Atlanta:

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MATT RYAN FACTS (12)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Garrett is 0-2 against the Falcons. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DAN QUINN FACTS (10)

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BROADCAST FACTS (9)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dallas is 40-43 when Aikman calls their games.

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


ED HOCHULI FACTS (10)

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

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



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

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



Hochuli has the fifth-worst home team winning percentage:

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (26)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Dallas has four birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 12:

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