By: Mark Lane

Kansas

Chiefs at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (12)

This is the Chiefs’ first trip to AT&T Stadium, making them the final NFL team to play at AT&T Stadium. Visiting teams are 18-12 in initial trips to AT&T Stadium.

The Cowboys are 4-3 for the 14th time in club history. 6/13 of the previous teams made the playoffs with 4/6 of those teams having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 86/196 teams that started 4-3 made the postseason with 38 teams having won the division.

The Chiefs are 6-2 for the seventh time in franchise history. 5/6 of those previous teams made the playoffs with every one of those teams having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 97/121 teams that started 6-2 made the playoffs with 64 having won the division.

This is the fourth time the Chiefs will have the better record coming into the match-up. Kansas City is 1-2 when having the better record.

This is the sixth late afternoon game to be played in the series. The Cowboys are 4-1 in late afternoon games against the Chiefs with a 3-0 record at home.

The Chiefs are 37-32-1 when playing on the road in the Central Time Zone.

The Cowboys are 66-37 when playing road teams from the Central Time Zone.

The Cowboys are 6-4 against the Chiefs with a 2-1 record November.

Dallas is 4-1 against Kansas City at home with all of those games having been played in Kansas City.

From 1960-62, the Chiefs were known as the Dallas Texans of the American Football League. The Texans shared the Cotton Bowl with the NFL’s 13th franchise, the Cowboys. The Texans had a 15-6 mark in the Cotton Bowl compared to the Cowboys’ 4-14-1 record.

DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (12)

Prescott is making his first start against the Chiefs. Here is how other Cowboys quarterbacks have fared:

Troy Aikman: 2-1
Craig Morton: 1-0
Danny White: 1-0
Tony Romo: 1-1
Drew Bledsoe: 1-0
Roger Staubach: 0-1
Steve Walsh: 0-1


Prescott has the ninth-best passer rating in the NFL at 96.6.

Prescott has been sacked nine times, which is tied with Derek Carr for the eighth-fewest sacks among quarterbacks with a minimum of 50 pass attempts.

Prescott is sixth in the NFL with 14 touchdown passes.

Prescott is tied for the eighth-fewest interceptions among quarterbacks with a minimum of 50 pass attempts with four.

With a minimum of 40 pass attempts, Prescott has the fifth-best completion percentage on third down at 66.2 percent.

With a minimum of 40 pass attempts, Prescott is tied for the sixth-fewest interceptions on third down with one.

With a minimum of 40 pass attempts, Prescott has the 13th-best third down passer rating at 91.3.

Prescott has a 103.3 passer rating on first down with a 7.6 yards per attempt and Dez Bryant his most targeted receiver with 25 passes. Through the first seven games of 2016, Prescott had a 108.6 passer rating, 8.0 yards per attempt, and Witten and Bryant were his most targeted receivers with 14 apiece.

Prescott has a 101.8 passer rating on second down with a 7.0 yards per attempt and Bryant his most targeted receiver with 21 passes. Through the first seven games of 2016, Prescott had a 96.3 passer rating and 7.8 yards per attempt with Witten his most targeted receiver at 19.

Prescott has a 91.3 passer rating on third down and 6.0 yards per attempt with Bryant his most targeted receiver with 15 passes. Through the first seven games of 2016, Prescott had a 91.7 passer rating with 8.1 yards per attempt and Cole Beasley his most targeted receiver with 16.

Prescott is tied with Alex Smith for fourth-best touchdown percentage at 6.2 percent.


ALEX SMITH FACTS (10)

Smith has the second-most pass completions in the NFL with 179 and is ninth in the NFL in attempts with 259.

Smith has the second-most passing yards in the NFL with 2,181.

Smith is tied with Tom Brady for the third-most touchdowns in the NFL with 16.

With 259 attempts, Smith has yet to throw an interception in 2017.

Smith has the highest yards per pass attempt in the NFL at 8.4, a career high through the first eight games of a season.

Smith is tied with Matthew Stafford and Josh McCown for the third-most sacks on third down with 11.

Smith is tied with Stafford and Carson Palmer for the 10th-most third down conversions with 30.

With a minimum of 40 pass attempts, Smith has the sixth-best passer rating on third down at 101.5.

On third down, Smith’s most-targeted receiver is Travis Kelce with 16.

This is the first time Smith will play a regular season game in AT&T Stadium. He is 1-1 in his career against the Cowboys with a 96.7 passer rating.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (12)

The last time Garrett had a chance to improve a 4-3 mark into 5-3 was Oct. 27, 2013 at Detroit. Dallas fell to the Lions 31-30.

Garrett is 15-10 against the AFC with a 9-3 record at home.

The AFC West is the biggest problem division in the other conference for Garrett:
AFC South: 5-0
AFC North: 7-1
AFC East: 3-5
AFC West: 1-4

Garrett is 0-1 against the Chiefs. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:
Tom Landry: 2-1
Barry Switzer: 1-0
Bill Parcells: 1-0
Wade Phillips: 1-0
Jimmy Johnson: 1-1
Chan Gailey: 0-1
Jason Garrett: 0-1


Garrett is 3-4 against Andy Reid with a 0-1 record since he left the Philadelphia Eagles.

Garrett is 17-9 in November with a 6-5 record without Tony Romo.

Garrett is 23-23 without Romo under center with a 10-14 record at home.

When coaching against playoff-winning quarterbacks, Garrett is 23-30.

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

The Cowboys are fifth in the NFL with 28.3 points per game. This is the second-best ranking after the first eight weeks of the season in the Garrett era. The best was second place with 28.8 in 2013.

Garrett is 35-35 in games where he does not have a 100-yard rusher, including playoffs.

Garrett is 17-33 when his quarterback throws 35 or more times, including playoffs.


ANDY REID FACTS (16)

This is the second time in Reid’s career he has been 6-2. The previous time was 2002 in Philadelphia where he led the Eagles to an NFC East crown and an NFC Championship Game berth.

Reid is 6-0 against the NFC East since the Eagles fired him after 2012.

Reid is 3-2 at AT&T Stadium with his last game a 38-33 loss on Dec. 2, 2012.

This is Andy Reid’s 31st time (including one playoff game) to face the Cowboys, second-most in league history behind Joe Gibbs’ 32 (including one playoff game). For Reid to surpass Gibbs at his current post in Kansas City, barring Super Bowl appearances, Reid would need to stay in Kansas City for the next eight seasons.

Reid is 44-30-1 in November with a 23-14-1 record on the road.

The 236 points scored through the first eight weeks of the season are the most ever by a Reid-coached team.

The 6.3 yards per play, which lead the NFL through the first eight weeks, are the third-best totals by a Reid-led offense. The 2011 Eagles had 6.6 and the 2006 Eagles had 6.4.

Reid is 50/106 on coaches challenges with a 36/81 rate with the Eagles and a 14/25 record with the Chiefs.

Reid’s first career win came against the Cowboys on Oct. 10, 1999, the infamous game where Michael Irvin suffered a career-ending injury.

Reid’s Eagles won their first game of the season series with the Cowboys 8/14 times. 6/14 of those games were in Dallas.

Though no longer the longest tenured coach in the league, Andy Reid has not stopped head coaching since 1999, the longest streak amongst active coaches.

Among current head coaches, Reid has the second-most conference title game appearances with five behind Bill Belichick’s 10.

Among active coaches, Andy Reid has the most assistants in head coaching jobs: Ron Rivera, Doug Pederson, Sean McDermott, Todd Bowles, and John Harbaugh.

In 2009 when the Cowboys beat the Eagles in the NFC Wild Card, Reid joined Mike Holmgren, Ray Rhodes, Rich Kotite, Mike Ditka, Rich McKay, Dick Nolan, Jack Pardee, Leeman Bennett, Bart Starr, Marv Levy, Bill Cowher, Red Miller, Don Shula, and Jim Caldwell as the only head coaches to never defeat the Cowboys in the postseason.

Reid is one of 1/11 coaches to have coached for 10+ seasons in one location and then gone on to coach elsewhere. Here’s how the other qualifying coaches have fared:

Paul Brown – Cincinnati Bengals, 1968-75, 55-56-1 (0-3)
Mike Ditka – New Orleans Saints, 1997-99, 15-33 (no playoffs)
Jeff Fisher – St. Louis Rams, 2012-present, 7-8-1 (no playoffs)
Sid Gillman – Houston Oilers, 1973-74, 8-15 (no playoffs)
Curly Lambeau – Chicago Cardinals/Washington Redskins, 1950-53, 17-28 (no playoffs)
Jim Mora – Indianapolis Colts, 1998-01, 32-32 (0-2)
Marty Schottenheimer – Washington Redskins/San Diego Chargers, 2001-06, 55-41 (0-2)
Hank Stram – New Orleans Saints, 1976-77, 7-21 (no playoffs)
Mike Shanahan – Washington Redskins, 2010-present, 24-40 (0-1)
Dan Reeves – New York Giants/Atlanta Falcons, 1993-03, 80-92-1 (4-3)
Andy Reid – Kansas City Chiefs, 2013-present, 49-23 (1-3)


Reid is 1-1 on Nov. 5. Here are the results:
2000 – DAL, 16-13 – W-OT
2012 – @NO, 13-28 – L


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

Since CBS took over the AFC package, the Dallas Cowboys are 22-13 on that network. Overall, the Cowboys are 289-190-6 on CBS.

Since CBS took over the AFC package, the Kansas City Chiefs are 76-115 with a total record of 119-144-1.

This is the fourth time CBS will broadcast a game in the series, which will be the most by any network. Here is the breakdown by network:
CBS: 3
FOX: 3
NBC: 3
ABC: 1


The Cowboys are 18-10 when Jim Nantz calls their games, playoffs included.

The Chiefs are 3-13 when Nantz calls their games, playoffs included.

Kansas City is 0-2 when Tony Romo calls their games.

Romo is 1/9 ex-Cowboys to call Dallas games on television. The other eight. are John Roach, Eddie LeBaron, Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Daryl Johnston, Brian Baldinger, Troy Aikman, Deion Sanders, Charles Davis. Here are the results of their first Cowboys games called:

Roach: Sept. 19, 1965 – NYG, 31-2 – W
LeBaron: Sept. 15, 1968 – DET, 59-13 – W
Meredith: Nov. 16, 1970 – Cardinals, 0-38 – L
Staubach: Oct. 12, 1980 – SF, 59-14 – W
Johnston: Nov. 12, 2000 – CIN, 23-6 – W
Baldinger: Dec. 3, 2000 – @TB, 7-27 – L
Aikman: Nov. 4, 2001 – @NYG, 24-27 – L-OT
Sanders: Dec. 16, 2006 – @ATL, 38-28 – W
Davis: Nov. 1, 2009 – SEA, 38-17 – W

This is the 11th late afternoon game on CBS to be broadcast from AT&T Stadium. Dallas holds a 6-4 in such games.

Last year, the Cowboys swept their CBS games. Since CBS took over the AFC package, Dallas has won all their CBS games six times: 2002, 2006, 2011-12, 2014, and 2016.



PETE MORELLI FACTS (10)

This week’s referee is Pete Morelli. The Cowboys have a 9-6 record with Morelli. Here are the results:

2003 – Cardinals, 24-7 – W
2003 – MIA, 21-40 – L
2004 – @MIN, 17-35 – L
2004 – DET, 31-21 – W
2005 – @SD, 28-24 – W
2005 – KC, 31-28 – W
2006 – NYG, 22-36 – L
2007 – @BUF, 25-24 – W
2007* – NYG, 17-21 – L
2008 – @Cardinals, 24-30 – L-OT
2010 – @Colts, 38-35 – W-OT
2011 – MIA, 20-19 – W
2014 – HTX, 20-17 – W-OT
2014* – DET, 24-20 – W
2015 – ATL, 28-39 – L

*Playoffs



The Cowboys have had fewer penalties 7/15 times with Morelli:

2003 – Cardinals: 5/36; DAL: 7/64
2003 – MIA: 6/69; DAL: 5/50
2004 – MIN: 5/40; DAL: 9/119
2004 – DET: 10/112; DAL: 5/35
2005 – SD: 8/62; DAL: 8/46
2005 – KC: 3/17; DAL: 5/45
2006 – NYG: 3/24; DAL: 1/5
2007 – BUF: 5/49; DAL: 5/31
2007 – NYG: 3/28; DAL: 11/84
2008 – Cardinals: 12/70; DAL: 12/93
2010 – Colts: 3/28; DAL: 5/35
2011 – MIA: 6/55; DAL: 11/69
2014 – HTX: 5/35; DAL: 7/56
2014 – DET: 8/44; DAL: 6/46
2015 – ATL: 6/70; DAL: 5/31



Morelli has the second-highest home team winning percentage in the NFL:

Gene Steratore: .857
Pete Morelli: .800
John Hussey: .714
John Parry: .714
Brad Allen: .667
Terry McAulay: .571
Ron Torbert: .571
Walt Anderson: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Ed Hochuli: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
Clete Blakeman: .429
Bill Vinovich: .429
Tony Corrente: .429
Jeff Triplette: .375
Jerome Boger: .286
Craig Wrolstad: .286


Morelli leads the NFL in percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:

Pete Morelli: .900
Walt Anderson: .750
Clete Blakeman: .714
Bill Vinovich: .714
Gene Steratore: .714
Ron Torbert: .714
Brad Allen: .667
John Hussey: .571
Craig Wrolstad: .571
John Parry: .571
Jerome Boger: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
Tony Corrente: .429
Jeff Triplette: .375
Terry McAulay: .286
Ed Hochuli: .000


The Chiefs are 13-6 in games refereed by Morelli:

2003 – CLE, 41-20 – W
2003 – CHI, 31-3 – W
2004 – HTX, 21-24 – L
2005 – PHI, 31-37 – L
2005 – @DAL, 28-31 – L
2006 – SEA, 35-28 – W
2006 – @Raiders, 20-9 – W
2008 – @NYJ, 24-28 – L
2008 – @Raiders: 13-20 – W
2009 – SD, 7-37 – L
2010 – SD, 21-14 – W
2011 – @DEN, 7-3 – W
2012 – Ravens, 6-9 – L
2013 – @JAX, 28-2 – W
2014 – SD, 19-7 – W
2015 – @HTX, 27-20 – W
2015 – SD, 10-3 – W
2016 – @Raiders, 10-26 – W
2016 – @DEN, 30-27 – W


The Chiefs have had fewer penalties 11/19 times in Morelli’s games:

2003 – CLE: 4/30; KC: 5/70
2003 – CHI: 8/78; KC: 6/55
2004 – HTX: 7/60; KC: 9/87
2005 – PHI: 3/25; KC: 6/40
2005 – DAL: 5/45; KC: 3/17
2006 – SEA: 4/35; KC: 6/40
2006 – Raiders: 6/45; KC: 4/40
2008 – NYJ: 4/20; KC: 4/39
2008 – Raiders: 5/39; KC: 6/57
2009 – SD: 9/59; KC: 7/41
2010 – SD: 5/30; KC: 3/35
2011 – DEN: 6/49; KC: 6/36
2012 – Ravens: 5/33; KC: 8/60
2013 – Jaguars: 5/30; KC: 3/20
2014 – SD: 10/67; KC: 7/46
2015 – HTX: 6/39; KC: 2/25
2015 – SD: 7/48; KC: 8/53
2016 – Raiders: 3/25; KC: 2/10
2016 – DEN: 15/97; KC: 9/71

Morelli’s games have the sixth-fewest sacks per game:

Vinovich: 6.0
Coleman: 5.8
Parry: 5.7
McAulay: 5.6
Triplette: 5.4
Corrente: 5.3
Cheffers: 5.0
Anderson: 4.9
Allen: 4.7
Wrolstad: 4.7
Steratore: 4.7
Morelli: 4.4
Hochuli: 4.3
Blakeman: 4.1
Boger: 4.1
Torbert : 3.9
Hussey : 3.3


Morelli’s games are tied with two other referees for the fourth-most offensive holding calls per game:

Coleman: 3.4
Corrente: 3.3
Hussey : 3.1
Morelli: 3
Torbert : 3
Wrolstad: 3
Hochuli: 2.7
Anderson: 2.4
Cheffers: 2.4
Steratore: 2.4
Allen: 2.3
Parry: 2.3
McAulay: 2.1
Triplette: 2
Vinovich: 2
Boger: 1.9
Blakeman: 1.6


In Morelli-reffed games, Dallas is 2/2 on challenges compared to opposing coaches’ 2/4 and Replay Assistant’s 3/12. Furthermore, five of Morelli’s decisions on Replay Assistant challenges have benefited the Cowboys.


In Morelli-reffed games, Kansas City is 1/10 on challenges with the opposition going 4/7. Replay Assistant is 6/17 with nine of those calls benefitting the Chiefs.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (12)

Rookie running back Kareem Hunt has 763 rushing yards, the league lead. It is the eighth-most through the first eight games of a career since 1950. Ezekiel Elliott had 891.

Elliott and Leonard Fournette are tied for the league-lead in rushing touchdowns with six. Last season, Elliott had five through the first seven games.

Opposing quarterbacks have compiled an 82.9 passer rating against the Chiefs defense, the 10th-lowest in the NFL.

The Chiefs are tied with the New Orleans Saints for the third-highest opposing yards per carry at 4.9.

Kansas City’s defense has the fifth-highest rushing yards per game at 131.1.

The Chiefs defense has the third-highest points yards surrendered per play at 6.0.

Since Bob Sutton took over the Chiefs defense in 2013, Kansas City is 8-9 when they allow a 100-yard rusher.

Sutton’s defense is 3-10 when allowing a 300-yard passer.

Sutton’s defense is 13-17 when sacking the quarterback once or less compared to 37-9 when they sack the quarterback twice or more.

Sutton’s defense sacked Tony Romo three times in a 17-16 victory on Sept. 15, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium. The only starters still remaining on the Cowboys offensive line from that game at left tackle Tyron Smith and center Travis Frederick.

Washington was 6-6 when Alfred Morris rushed for 100 yards or more.

Washington was 13-10 when Morris scored a touchdown or more. The Cowboys are 2-0 when Morris scores a touchdown.

Morris faced Sutton’s defense on Dec. 8, 2013 and carried 12 times for 31 yards in a 45-10 loss.

Darren McFadden’s third-highest rushing game of his career was on Sept. 14, 2008 when he ran for 164 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries at Kansas City in a 23-8 victory.

McFadden has a career 4.17 yards per carry against the Chiefs.

Since 1989, the Kansas City Chiefs have only had 2/7 head coaching hires who were original and not transplants from other clubs.


The Cowboys are on Nov. 5. Here are the results:

1961 – Cardinals, 17-31 – L
1967 – ATL, 37-7 – W
1972 – @Chargers, 34-28 – W
1978 – @MIA, 16-23 – L
1989 – @WAS, 13-3 – W
2000 – @PHI, 13-16 – L-OT
2006 – @WAS, 19-22 – L


Kansas City is 5-2 on Nov. 5. Here are the results:

1967 – NYJ, 42-18 – W
1972 – Raiders, 27-14 – W
1978 – Raiders, 10-20 – L
1989 – SEA, 20-10 – W
1995 – WAS, 24-3 – W
2000 – @Raiders, 31-49 – L
2006 – @Rams, 31-17 – W


The Cowboys have birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 5:

Danny Villanueva, K, 1965-67 – 11/5/1937
Filip Filipovic, P, 2002 – 11/5/1977
Cha-ron Dorsey, T, 2001-02 – 11/5/1978
Nick Folk, K, 2007-09 – 11/5/1984