By: Mark Lane

Jaguars

Jaguars at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (17)

This is the 13th time in club history the Cowboys have started 2-3. Only 1/12 of those previous teams made the playoffs, and coincidentally they won the NFC East: 1996.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, only 50/233 teams that started 2-3 made the postseason.

In the history of the NFC East (which was founded in 1970), there have been 62 teams that started 2-3. 12/62 of those teams made the playoffs. 7/12 of those teams won the division.

This is the third time in franchise history the Jaguars have started 3-2. The other two teams in 2005 and 2017 made the playoffs.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last reformatted, 120/238 teams that started 3-2 made the playoffs.

The Cowboys are 3-3 against the Jaguars with a 2-2 record at home.

The Cowboys are 1-2 against the Jaguars in October with every game played in Dallas. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Texas Stadium: 1-1
AT&T Stadium: 0-1

Since 2002, the Cowboys are 11-5 against the AFC South with a 6-2 record at home.

Among AFC South opponents, since 2002, the Cowboys’ 2-2 record against the Jaguars is actually the worst against opponents from that division:
Colts: 3-1
Titans: 3-1
Texans: 3-2
Jaguars: 2-2

The Jaguars are 22-43 in the Central Time Zone, including playoffs.

The Jaguars are 9-13 in the state of Texas.

The Cowboys are 127-109-2 in October with a 73-40-1 record at home.

Jacksonville is 36-56 in October with a 17-32 record on the road.

Since 1970, the Cowboys are 162-119 in late afternoon games with a 103-56 record at home.

Jacksonville is 31-42 in late afternoon games with a 13-31 record on the road.

The Cowboys are 4-5 in October “sun games” in AT&T Stadium.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (12)

Prescott has the third-most “time to throw,” according to Next Gen Stats, at 3.02 seconds.

Prescott’s “average yard to sticks,” according to Next Gen Stats, is minus-1.1 yards, meaning his passes are a little over a yard behind the line to gain.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott has the 14th-lowest “completed air yards” in the league at 5.6.

Prescott’s 81.4 passer rating is the third-worst among quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Prescott’s four interceptions are actually tied for the ninth-fewest among quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Prescott’s 3.5 touchdown percentage is the fourth-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game this year.

Prescott’s 6.7 yards per pass attempt is the second-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018.

Prescott’s 10.8 yards per completion is the fifth-worst among quarterbacks who have started every game this season.

Prescott’s 192.2 passing yards per game is the absolute lowest in the NFL among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018.

Prescott is tied with Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan for the fifth-most sacks in the NFL with 15.

Prescott is tied for the sixth-most red zone interceptions in the NFL with one.

Prescott and Bortles have exactly two carries for 17 yards inside the red zone this season.


BLAKE BORTLES FACTS FACTS (12)

Bortles has the ninth-most completions in the NFL with 130.

Bortles has the sixth-most pass attempts in the NFL with 211.

Bortles has the fourth-worst passer rating among quarterbacks who have started every game at 82.4.

Bortles has thrown seven interceptions this season, tied for the second-most in the NFL.

Bortles’ 3.8 touchdown percentage is the fifth-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game this year.

Bortles’ 7.2 yards per pass is tied for the sixth-fewest in the NFL among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018.

Bortles’ 11.7 yards per completion is tied for the 12th-lowest in the NFL among quarterbacks who have started every game this year.

Bortles’ 305.0 passing yards per game is the 10th-most in the league among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018.

Bortles is tied with Derek Carr, Jared Goff, and Ben Roethlisberger for the second-most red zone interceptions with two.

Bortles is 1/8 quarterbacks this season to have thrown an interception inside the 10-yard line.

Bortles has the 13th-most “time to throw,” according to Next Gen Stats, with 2.8 seconds.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game this season, according to Next Gen Stats, Bortles is tied for the 12th-lowest “completed air yards” in the NFL at 5.6.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (15)

Garrett is 1-0 against the Jaguars. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches:
Jason Garret: 1-0
Barry Switzer: 1-0
Dave Campo: 1-1
Wade Phillips: 0-1
Bill Parcells: 0-1

The Jaguars were the 31st team that Garrett faced back on Nov. 9, 2014 at Wembley Stadium.

Garrett is 33-36 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 17-15 record at home and is currently on a four-game losing streak.

Garrett is 5-1 against the AFC South with a 2-0 record at home.

Garrett’s 2-0 home record against the AFC South is his second-best against any AFC division:
AFC North: 4-0
AFC South: 2-0
AFC West: 2-2
AFC East: 2-2

Garrett is 13-15 in October with a 6-8 record at home.

Garrett is 22-25 in late afternoon games with a 9-15 record at home.

The Cowboys are tied with the New Orleans Saints for the 12th-fewest penalties in the NFL with 32.

The Cowboys’ 32 penalties through the first five games are tied for the 27th-fewest in club history.

The Cowboys are tied for the fewest red zone penalties in the NFL with just one.

Garrett is 20/39 on challenges for his career.

Garrett is 1/3 on challenges this season.

Garrett is currently 30-30 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 13-18 at home without Romo under center.

Garrett and Doug Marrone were teammates on the ’89 Saints.


DOUG MARRONE FACTS (13)

Marrone and Garrett are the only two active head coaches in the league who were promoted from interim coaches.

Marrone will be the fourth different Jacksonville coach to face the Cowboys. Here is how the other coaches fared in initial encounters:
Tom Coughlin: 0-1
Jack Del Rio: 1-0
Gus Bradley: 0-1

Marrone is the only Jaguars coach to ever lead the team to the playoffs in his first season.

Marrone is 7-6 against the NFC with a 3-4 record on the road.

Marrone is 1-0 against the NFC East.

Marrone is 6-7 in October with a with a 5-4 record on the road.

Marrone is 2-9 in late afternoon games with a 0-7 record on the road.

Marrone is 2-3 in the Central Time Zone with all of those games being early.

The Jaguars have the fifth-most penalties in the NFL with 40.

The Jaguars’ 40 penalties are tied for the fourth-most in franchise history through the first give games.

Jacksonville is tied for the fourth-fewest red zone penalties in the NFL with two.

Marrone is 13/23 on challenges in his career.

Marrone is 1/2 on challenges in 2018.


TONY CORRENTE (12)


This week’s referee is Tony Corrente. The Cowboys are 7-7 when he referees their games:

2000 — MIN, 15-27 – L
2001 — @SEA, 3-29 – L
2004 — NO, 13-27 – L
2005 — Rams, 10-20 – L
2006 — WAS, 27-10 – W
2009 — CAR, 21-7 – W
2010 — @WAS, 7-13 – L
2010 — @PHI, 14-13 – W
2013 — NYG, 36-31 – W
2014 — WAS, 17-20 – L-OT
2015 — @PHI, 20-10 – W
2016 — CIN, 28-14 – W
2016 — @MIN, 17-15 – W
2016* — GB, 31-34 – L

*Playoff game


Since 2000, the Cowboys have had fewer penalties than their opponents 4/14 times. Here is the breakdown:

2000 — MIN: 4/21; DAL: 5/45
2001 — SEA: 0/0; DAL: 6/70
2004 — NO: 9/136; DAL: 11/76
2005 — Rams: 7/40; DAL: 10/78
2006 — WAS: 11/117; DAL: 9/90
2009 — CAR: 6/60; DAL: 9/80
2010 — WAS: 5/42; DAL: 12/81
2010 — PHI: 4/40; DAL: 6/45
2013NYG: 6/52; DAL: 5/40
2014WAS: 6/45; DAL: 3/35
2015
— PHI: 8/60; DAL: 18/142
2016 — CIN: 6/49; DAL: 7/45
2016 — MIN: 8/57; DAL: 10/78
2016* — GB: 3/22; DAL: 6/50

*Playoff game



Corrente has the eighth-lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL through five weeks:
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
Clay Martin: .800
John Hussey: .800
Carl Cheffers: .800
Alex Kemp: .750
Brad Allen: .750
Walt Anderson: .750
John Parry: .750
Ron Torbert: .750
Tony Corrente: .700
Bill Vinovich: .600
Craig Wrolstad: .600
Jerome Boger: .600
Walt Coleman: .400
Pete Morelli: .400
Clete Blakeman: .250
Shawn Smith: .125


Corrente is tied with Craig Wrolstad for the highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Tony Corrente: 1.000
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Bill Vinovich: .800
Pete Morelli: .800
Walt Anderson: .750
Shawn Hochuli: .600
Jerome Boger: .600
John Hussey: .600
Alex Kemp: .500
John Parry: .250
Brad Allen: .250
Ron Torbert: .250
Shawn Smith: .250
Clay Martin: .200
Carl Cheffers: .200
Walt Coleman: .200
Clete Blakeman: .000



The Jaguars have a 10-11 record when Corrente referees their games:

1999 – CLE, 24-7 – W
2001 – @SEA, 15-24 – L
2001 – @CIN, 14-10 – W
2003 – @HTX, 20-24 – L
2003 – TB, 17-10 – W
2004 – @SDG, 21-34 – L
2004 – @RAI, 13-6 – W
2005 – @HTX, 38-20 – W
2006 – NYJ, 41-0 – W
2006 – @KC, 30-35 – L
2007 – ATL, 13-7 – W
2007 – @HTX, 28-42 – L
2008 – @OTI, 10-17 – L
2009 – @CLT, 12-14 – L
2013 – @RAM, 20-34 – L
2013 – HTX, 27-20 – W
2014 – CLE, 24-6 – W
2014 – @RAV, 12-20 – L
2016 – @BUF, 21-28 – L
2017 – @HTX, 29-7 – W
2017 – @OTI, 10-15 – L


The Jaguars have had fewer penalties than the opposition 9/21 times with Corrente:

1999 – CLE: 6/55; JAX: 7/55
2001 – SEA: 7/60; JAX: 4/24
2001 – CIN: 7/54; JAX: 7/40
2003 – HTX: 4/43; JAX: 9/48
2003 – TB: 7/80; JAX: 5/48
2004 – SDG: 4/44; JAX: 5/33
2004 – RAI: 8/72; JAX: 7/87
2005 – HTX: 7/40; JAX: 6/50
2006 – NYJ: 6/59; JAX: 9/62
2006 – KC: 5/32; JAX: 5/35
2007 – ATL: 5/44; JAX: 11/91
2007 – HTX: 3/20; JAX: 8/45
2008 – OTI: 5/36; JAX: 6/50
2009 – CLT: 3/17; JAX: 3/24
2013 – RAM: 6/53; JAX: 4/45
2013 – HTX: 14/177; JAX: 8/57
2014 – CLE: 8/50; JAX: 3/25
2014 – RAV: 9/70; JAX: 5/60
2016 – BUF: 6/31; JAX: 6/60
2017 – HTX: 9/94; JAX: 10/89
2017 – OTI: 2/15; JAX: 6/41



Corrente’s games feature the sixth-fewest sacks per game:
Smith: 7
Cheffers: 6.6
Martin: 6.4
Allen: 6.3
Coleman: 6
Hochuli: 5.6
Anderson: 5.5
Morelli: 4.6
Vinovich: 4.6
Kemp: 4.5
Hussey: 4.2
Corrente: 4.2
Parry: 4
Wrolstad: 4
Torbert: 3.8
Boger: 3.2
Blakeman: 3



Corrente’s crew calls the seventh-most offensive holding calls per game through five weeks:
Wrolstad: 3.8
Hochuli: 3.6
Anderson: 3.5
Torbert: 3.5
Kemp: 3
Smith: 2.8
Corrente: 2.6
Martin: 2.6
Blakeman: 2.3
Cheffers: 2.2
Morelli: 2.2
Hussey: 2
Boger: 2
Parry: 2
Coleman: 1.6
Allen: 1.3
Vinovich: 0.8



When Corrente has officiated Cowboys games, the Cowboys are 1/5 on coaches challenges compared to opponents being 2/2. However, while Replay Assistant is also 0/4, all of those calls benefited Dallas.


The Jaguars are 3/6 when challenging Corrente with the opposition going 5/11. Replay assistant is 3/11 with five of those calls benefiting the Jaguars.


Corrente is tied for the lowest overturn rate in the NFL through five weeks:
Blakeman: 1.000 (1/1)
Hochuli: 1.000 (1/1)
Parry: 1.000 (1/1)
Hussey: .800 (4/5)
Cheffers: .600 (3/5)
Anderson: .500 (1/2)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Martin: .400 (2/5)
Boger: .400 (2/5)
Vinovich: .333 (1/3)
Torbert: .250 (1/4)
Wrolstad: .200 (1/5)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Kemp: .000 (0/2)
Allen: .000 (0/1)
Coleman: .000 (0/2)
Corrente: .000 (0/3)


In the 2011 season, Corrente underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments to treat his throat cancer. Corrente only missed Weeks 13-15 of the season.




BROADCAST FACTS (12)

This is the fourth game in the series to be broadcast on CBS. Here is the breakdown by network:
CBS: 3
FOX: 2
NBC: 1

Since CBS took over the AFC package, the Dallas Cowboys are 23-14 on that network. Overall, the Cowboys are 290-191-6 on CBS.

The Jaguars have a 112-149 all-time record on CBS.

This is the fifth time in the series that a game has drawn a network’s A-team.

The Cowboys are 19-11 when Nantz calls their games, playoffs included.

Jacksonville is 6-5 when Nantz calls their games, including playoffs.

Dallas is 1-1 when Romo calls the action.

The Jaguars are 3-2 when Romo calls their games.

Nantz is the only play-by-play to call multiple games in the series with two, making him the leader in games called.

Romo is the seventh different color commentator in this series.

Romo is 1/10 ex-Cowboys to call Dallas games on television. The other nine are John Roach, Eddie LeBaron, Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Daryl Johnston, Brian Baldinger, Troy Aikman, Deion Sanders, and Charles Davis.

This is the 12th late afternoon game on CBS to be broadcast from AT&T Stadium. Dallas holds a 7-5 in such games.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (8)

Ezekiel Elliott is tied for the fifth-most rushing yards inside the 5-yard line with six, but he has the fewest touchdowns with one.

Elliott is still the league-leader in rushing yards with 480. 3/5 of the top-5 rushers are on losing teams.

Elliott has the second-fewest rushing touchdowns among the top-10 rushers this season. Only San Francisco’s Matt Breida has fewer with one.

With a minimum of 60 attempts, Elliott has the highest yards per carry in the NFL at 5.2.

Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon is tied for the ninth-most receiving touchdowns in the NFL with three.

The Cowboys are 2-5 on Oct. 14. Here are the results:
1962 – PHI, 41-19 – W
1973 – @RAM, 31-37 – L
1979 – RAM, 30-6 – W
1984 – @WAS, 14-34 – L
1990 – @CRD, 3-20 – L
2007 – NE, 27-48 – L
2012 – @RAV, 29-31 – L



The Jaguars have played one game on Oct. 14, a 37-17 win over the Houston Texans at home.


The Cowboys have birthdays to celebrate on Oct. 14:

1943 – Lance Rentzel, WR, 1967-70
1964 – Paul Palmer, RB, 1989
1983 – Brandon Weeden, QB, 2014-15
1986 – Manuel Johnson, WR, 2010