By: Mark Lane

Giants

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

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.

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SERIES FACTS (13)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


ELI MANNING FACTS (13)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JASON GARRETT FACTS (11)

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Garrett is 12-7 in the month of September.

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

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

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


BEN MCADOO FACTS (11)

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BROADCAST FACTS (9)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


CARL CHEFFERS FACTS (9)


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


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


In 2016, Cheffers was tied for the fifth-highest home team winning percentage among active referees:

Walt Anderson: .733
John Hussey: .688
John Parry: .667
Walt Coleman: .643
Carl Cheffers: .625
Brad Allen: .625
Tony Corrente: .600
Bill Vinovich: .600
Gene Steratore: .600
Jeff Triplette: .600
Jerome Boger: .600
Clete Blakeman: .563
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Pete Morelli: .500
Ed Hochuli: .500
Terry McAulay: .333




Cheffers also had the third-highest rate of home teams having fewer penalties in 2016:


Tony Corrente: .800
Walt Coleman: .769
Carl Cheffers: .688
John Parry: .667
Ed Hochuli: .588
Terry McAulay: .583
Pete Morelli: .567
Brad Allen: .562
Jeff Triplette: .533
Gene Steratore: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Walt Anderson: .467
Clete Blakeman: .438
Craig Wrolstad: .438
John Hussey: .438
Bill Vinovich: .400
Jerome Boger: .400

The Giants are 5-5 when Cheffers referees their games. Here are the results:


2009 – @PHI, 17-40 – L
2010 – CHI, 17-3 – W
2011 – ATL, 24-2 – W
2012 – @Ravens, 14-33 – L
2013 – @PHI, 15-7 – W
2014 – @WAS, 45-14 – W
2014 – Colts, 24-40 – L
2015 – @PHI, 7-27 – L
2015 – @WAS, 14-20 – L
2016 – DAL, 10-7 – W



The Giants have had fewer penalties 5/10 times with Cheffers:

2009 – PHI: 5/45; NYG: 4/25
2010 – CHI: 8/40; NYG: 6/44
2011 – ATL: 3/15; NYG: 7/73
2012 – Ravens: 9/92; NYG: 6/52
2013 – PHI: 4/48; NYG: 11/92
2014 – WAS: 11/88; NYG: 7/66
2014 – Colts: 4/30; NYG: 4/30
2015 – PHI: 9/72; NYG: 12/92
2015 – WAS: 7/80; NYG: 4/35
2016 – NYG: 7/50; DAL: 5/54


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

The Giants are 1/2 in challenging Cheffers with opponents going 3/4. Replay Assistant is 2/5 with three of those calls favoring New York.


It is worth noting that Carl Cheffers is responsible for one of the most comical referee gaffes in the past five years during the Cowboys-Texans contest on 9/26/10.



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (24)

Ezekiel Elliott is the first offensive player on the Cowboys’ 53-man roster to be suspended since Michael Irvin in 1996 when the receiver missed the first five games in 1996 for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

This is the first time since Sept. 8, 2013 Darren McFadden has started on Opening Day. As the Oakland Raiders running back, he gained 48 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in a 21-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

McFadden posted 102 yards on 20 carries for a 5.0 yards per carry in the preseason, his highest such preseason total since 2012 when he carried the ball 20 times for 81 yards and a touchdown with Oakland.

McFadden is the oldest starting running back for the Cowboys since 2004 when Eddie George (30 years, 353 days) started for Dallas at Minnesota in a 35-17 loss.

Tight end Jason Witten is tied with Terrell Owens for the most career touchdown receptions against the Giants in Week 1 with five.

Witten also has the most receiving yards with 322.

Witten also has the most receptions with 33.

Legendary Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown has the most career rushing yards against the Giants in Week 1 with 223. Second-most belongs to former Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray with 217.

Emmitt Smith has the most career rushing touchdowns in Week 1 against the Giants with four.

Former Cardinals defensive end Curtis Greer has the most career sacks against the Cowboys on Opening Day with three, all earned in Week 1 of 1987.

Former Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware is tied with 10 other players for the most sacks against the Giants on Opening Day with 2.0. Most is held by former linebacker Wilber Marshall with three.

Former Dallas cornerback Brandon Carr is tied with six other players for the most interceptions against the Giants in Week 1 with two. Carr’s picks all came in a Sept. 8, 2013 win over the Giants 36-31.

The Giants have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Ahmad Bradshaw gained 1,015 in 2012.

Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown gained 1,063 yards for the Giants in 1998, one of 23 players in franchise history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since 1950.

Odell Beckham has only had one game with 100-plus receiver yards against the Cowboys. However, he has scored five touchdowns against Dallas through six games.

2016 was the first time in Beckham’s three-year career he played a full 16 games. He caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards for 10 touchdowns.

Giants receiver Brandon Marshall is 4-2 against the Cowboys. On average, he catches five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.

The Giants are 3-2 when Jason Pierre-Paul gets a sack versus Dallas compared to 2-4 when he does not.

Pierre-Paul has not had a sack against Dallas since Oct. 19, 2014 when he sacked Tony Romo twice in a 31-21 New York loss.

Giants safety Landon Collins has recorded 25 tackles against the Cowboys through four games.

Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has racked up 87 tackles against the Giants through 10 games. If Lee’s totals were divided out by 14, the number of total games played in the series since 2010, Lee would average 6.2 tackles per game.

The Cowboys are 2-3 on Sept. 10. Here are the results:

1978 – @NYG, 34-24 – W
1989 – @NOR, 0-28 – L
1995 – DEN, 31-21 – W
2000 – @Cardinals, 31-32 – L
2006 – @JAX, 17-24 – L


The Giants are on 1-4 Sept. 10. Here are the results:

1978 – DAL, 24-34 – L
1995 – @KC, 17-20 – L-OT
2000 – @PHI, 33-18 – W
2001 – @DEN, 20-31 – L
2006 – Colts, 21-26 – L


The Cowboys have three birthdays to celebrate on Sept. 10:

L.G. Dupree, RB, 1960-61 – 9/10/1932
Roy Schoenke, G, 1964-65 – 9/10/1941
Charlie Waters, S, 1970-81 – 9/10/1948