By: Mark Lane

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Cowboys at 49ers

SERIES FACTS (23)

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dallas has faced a divisional opponent 17 times after a bye week 1990, 1992-94, 1996, 1998-01, 2004-05, 2007-08, and 2013-16.

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

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

Since the bye week’s institution in 1990, the Cowboys have had 16 October. The Cowboys are 4-5 on the road coming out of an October bye. Here is the Cowboys’ breakdown of bye weeks by month, including years and records after the bye:

September – 6-1 – 1992-94, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2006
October – 8-7 – 1991, 1993, 1995-96, 1998, 2000-01, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010-12, 2015-17
November – 4-1 – 2002, 2005, 2008, 2013, 2014
December – 1-0 – 1990

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

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


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

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


Dallas faced Detroit, Arizona, and Washington thrice before the bye, the most for any opponent. Here is a look at the rest of the Cowboys’ opponents, including records:

Arizona: 3-0
Washington: 3-0
Philadelphia: 2-0
Jacksonville: 2-0
San Francisco: 1-0
Atlanta: 1-0
Carolina: 1-0
Houston: 1-0
Kansas City: 1-0
San Diego: 1-0
Cincinnati: 1-0
Minnesota: 1-0
Green Bay: 1-1
New Orleans: 1-1
NY Giants: 1-1
New England: 0-1
Chicago: 0-2
Detroit: 0-3


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

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

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

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

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


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (12)

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JASON GARRETT FACTS (4)

Jason Garrett is 2-5 before the bye week. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches:

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

Garrett is 3-3 after the bye week. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches:

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


Here is how Garrett’s pre-bye record compares to all head coaches in the NFC East since 1990:

Tom Coughlin: 7-5
Jimmy Johnson: 5-0
Bill Parcells: 5-0
Dan Reeves: 4-1
Jim Fassel: 5-2
Joe Gibbs: 5-2
Barry Switzer: 3-1
Wade Phillips: 3-1
Ray Handley: 2-0
Chip Kelly: 2-1
Marty Schottenheimer: 1-0
Dave McGinnis: 1-0
Ben McAdoo: 1-0
Doug Pederson: 1-0
Dave Campo: 2-1
Rich Kotite: 2-2
Ray Rhodes: 2-2
Mike Shanahan: 2-2
Chan Gailey: 1-1
Andy Reid: 6-8
Norv Turner: 3-4
Jason Garrett: 2-5
Buddy Ryan: 1-2
Vince Tobin: 1-3
Jay Gruden: 1-2-1
Steve Spurrier: 0-2
Jim Zorn: 0-2
Richie Petitbon: 0-2
Joe Bugel: 0-4


Here is how Garrett’s post-bye record compares to all head coaches in the NFC East since 1990:

Andy Reid: 13-1
Tom Coughlin: 7-5
Barry Switzer: 4-0
Bill Parcells: 4-1
Norv Turner: 5-2
Buddy Ryan: 3-0
Wade Phillips: 3-1
Chan Gailey: 2-0
Marty Schottenheimer: 1-0
Ben McAdoo: 1-0
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Rich Kotite: 3-2
Joe Gibbs: 4-3
Jason Garrett: 3-3
Joe Bugel: 2-2
Vince Tobin: 2-2
Jay Gruden: 2-2
Ray Rhodes: 2-2
Steve Spurrier: 1-1
Chip Kelly: 2-1
Dave Campo: 1-2
Mike Shanahan: 1-3
Dan Reeves: 1-4
Jim Fassel: 1-6
Dave McGinnis: 0-1
Doug Pederson: 0-1
Richie Petitbon: 0-2
Jim Zorn: 0-2
Ray Handley: 0-2


KYLE SHANAHAN FACTS (1)

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

BYE WEEK FACTS (11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the results broken down annually:

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

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

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

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

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


BROADCAST FACTS (11)

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

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

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

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

Dallas is 38-43 when Aikman calls their games.

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


RON TORBERT FACTS (11)

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


The Cowboys are 0/1 on challenges under Torbert.

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


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


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (27)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Cowboys have birthdays to celebrate on Oct. 22:

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