By: Mark Lane

Landover

Cowboys at Redskins

SERIES FACTS (15)

This is the 11th time in Cowboys history they have started 3-3. 2/10 of those previous teams made the playoffs with only one having won the division: 1996.

Since 1990, 70/203 teams that started off 3-3 made the playoffs with 32/70 teams having won the division.

In the history of the NFC East, there have been 53 teams that started 3-3. 18/53 of those teams ended up making the postseason with 7/18 of those teams winning the division. The most recent qualifier was the 2016 Giants, and the most recent division winner was the 2013 Eagles.

This is the 31st time Washington has started 3-2. 8/30 of those previous teams made the playoffs with four of those having won the division.

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

In the history of the NFC East, there have been 66 teams that started 3-2. 35/66 of those teams ended up making the postseason with 15/35 of those winning the division. The most recent qualifier was the 2011 Giants, who are also most recent division winner.

One cliché thrown around heading into a Dallas-Washington game is how the respective records need to be thrown out. However, team records are still very predictive:

Dallas with winning record: 29-18-1
Washington with winning record: 22-13
Both teams with same records (Dallas perspective): 19-13-1

The Cowboys are 10-11 against Washington in October with a 5-7 record on the road.

Dallas is 32-28 against the Washington on the road. Here is the breakdown by venue:

Griffith Stadium: 0-1
RFK Stadium: 18-20
FedEx Field: 14-7


The Cowboys’ 14-7 record at FedEx Field is the best in the NFC East:

Dallas: 14-7
Philadelphia: 12-9
NY Giants: 11-9-1

Since 1970, the Cowboys are 163-119 in late afternoon games with a 59-63 record on the road.

In late afternoon games in the Eastern Time Zone, the Cowboys are 27-28.

Washington is 39-23 in home games in the late afternoon time slot.

The Cowboys are 128-109-2 in October with a 54-69-1 record on the road.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (15)

Prescott is 9-4 against the NFC East with a 4-2 record on the road.

Prescott has an 82.5 passer rating against the NFC East, his second-lowest against any particular division in his career.

Prescott is 4-0 against Washington. Only Craig Morton and Danny White are the other Cowboys quarterbacks to start their careers with identical records against Washington.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott has the third-most time to throw in the NFL at 3.03 seconds.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott throws the ball 0.7 yards behind the line to gain.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott’s 5.9 “completed air yards” are higher than Ben Roethlisberger (4.7), Matt Stafford (5.2), Tom Brady (5.2), and Drew Brees (5.6).

Among quarterbacks who have started every game this season, Prescott has thrown for the fewest passing yards with 1,144.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018, Prescott is tied with Derek Carr for the third-fewest touchdown passes thrown with seven.

Prescott is tied for the seventh-fewest interceptions in the NFL with four.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott has the second-lowest yards per pass in the NFL at 6.7.

Not only is Prescott’s yards per game the lowest among starting quarterbacks since Week 1 at 190.7, but the second place qualifier, Russell Wilson, averages 17.3 more yards.

Prescott has the sixth-lowest yards per completion in the NFL at 10.8 among starting quarterbacks since Week 1.

Prescott’s 85.5 passer rating is the third-lowest in the NFL among starting quarterbacks since Week 1.

Prescott has been sacked 19 times, tied with Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson for the fourth-most in the NFL.

Prescott has thrown the exact same number of passes this season as Alex Smith: 171.


ALEX SMITH FACTS (15)

Among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018, Smith has thrown for the third-fewest passing yards 1,205.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game in 2018, Smith is tied with Eli Manning for the fewest touchdown passes thrown with six.

Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Smith’s 7.0 yards per pass is the fifth-lowest in the NFL.

Among starting quarterbacks since Week 1, Smith is tied with Matt Stafford for the eighth-lowest yards per completion in the league at 11.0.

Smith’s 241.0 yards per game are the fifth-lowest in the NFL among starting quarterbacks since Week 1.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game, Smith is tied with Matt Ryan for the third-fewest interceptions with two.

Smith’s 91.9 passer rating is the ninth-lowest among starting quarterbacks since Week 1.

Smith is 1/8 quarterbacks this season who has started since Week 1 and not completed a fourth quarter comeback or executed a game-winning drive.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Smith has the 10th-highest third down completion percentage in the NFL at 60.4 percent.

Smith has the 11th-most third down passing yards in the NFL at 396.

Smith is 1/5 quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1 and has yet to throw an interception on third down.

Smith has the 10th-highest yards per pass on third down among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1 at 7.5.

Smith is tied with Deshaun Watson and Case Keenum for the 14th-most third down conversions throwing with 20.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Smith has the 13th-highest third down passer rating at 96.1.

Smith is 1-2 against the Cowboys with a 98.9 passer rating.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (17)

Garrett has never started 0-3 on the road in his career, not even when he was an interim in 2010.

Garrett has improved a 3-3 start into 4-3 record 2/4 times.

Garrett is 15-8 in the first games of a series against NFC East foes with a 7-1 record on the road.

Garrett has a 29-18 record against the NFC East with a 17-6 record on the road.


Garrett has a 6-1 mark at FedEx Field. Here is how that compares to the rest of the division:
FedEx Field: 6-1
Lincoln Financial Field: 6-2
MetLife Stadium: 5-3



Garrett is 11-4 against Washington. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 15-16
Jason Garrett: 11-4
Dave Campo: 5-1
Bill Parcells: 5-3
Chan Gailey: 4-0
Wade Phillips: 4-3
Jimmy Johnson: 5-5
Barry Switzer: 4-4


Jimmy Johnson is the only Cowboys head coach to have not swept Washington. Conversely, four out of the Cowboys’ eight head coaches have been swept by Washington (Landry, Switzer, Parcells, Garrett).


Washington is the one divisional opponent Garrett has defeated the most with 11 wins. New York is second with 10. Philadelphia is last with eight.


NY Giants, Carolina, Green Bay, Arizona, and Washington are the only teams Jason Garrett has defeated as both a starting quarterback and head coach.

Garrett is 14-15 in October with a 7-7 record on the road.

Garrett is 23-25 in late afternoon games with a 13-10 record on the road.

Garrett is currently 31-30 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 17-12 on the road without Romo under center.

Garrett is 6-1 against Washington without Romo. Here is how that compares to other divisional opponents:
Washington: 6-1
NY Giants: 4-3
Philadelphia: 3-5

The Cowboys have committed 35 penalties through six games, tied for the eighth-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys’ 35 penalties are tied for the 15th-fewest in franchise history.

The Cowboys have committed the eighth-fewest red zone penalties in the NFL with three.

JAY GRUDEN FACTS (10)

Gruden is 5-8 in initial division games. His first ever division win was against the Cowboys.


At home, Gruden is 6-7 against the NFC East.

Gruden is 4-7 in late afternoon games with a 1-2 record at home.

Gruden has an 8-5 record in October, by far his winningest month:
September: 5-6
October: 8-5
November: 5-8
December: 6-5
January: 1-2

Gruden is 7-1 in home games in October.

Gruden has not defeated the Cowboys yet at FedEx Field.

Washington is seventh in the NFL with fewest penalties with 33.

Washington’s 33 penalties are tied for the 51st-fewest in team history since 1940.

Washington has committed two offensive penalties in the red zone, tied for the third-fewest in the NFL.

Gruden was head coach or the Orlando Predators in the Arena Football League from 1998-01 and then 2004-08. In the 2006 Eastern Conference championship, Gruden’s Predators defeated the Dallas Desperados 45-28. The Desperados were owned by Jerry Jones and coached by assistant director of pro personnel Will McClay.


JOHN HUSSEY FACTS (11)

This week’s referee is John Hussey. The Cowboys are 1-1 when he referees their games:

2016 – DET, 42-21 – W
2017 – SEA, 12-21 – L


Dallas has had fewer penalties 1/2 times with Hussey:

2016 – DET: 5/62; DAL: 8/47
2017 – SEA: 11/142; DAL: 7/75



Hussey is tied for the second-highest home team winning percentage in 2018:
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
John Hussey: .833
Jerome Boger: .833
Clay Martin: .833
Walt Anderson: .800
Alex Kemp: .800
John Parry: .800
Tony Corrente: .750
Carl Cheffers: .667
Bill Vinovich: .600
Brad Allen: .600
Craig Wrolstad: .600
Ron Torbert: .600
Walt Coleman: .333
Pete Morelli: .333
Clete Blakeman: .200
Shawn Smith: .100


Hussey has the fifth-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties in 2018:
Tony Corrente: 1.000
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Pete Morelli: .833
Bill Vinovich: .800
John Hussey: .667
Shawn Hochuli: .600
Alex Kemp: .600
Walt Anderson: .600
Jerome Boger: .500
Shawn Smith: .400
Brad Allen: .400
Clay Martin: .333
Carl Cheffers: .333
Walt Coleman: .333
Clete Blakeman: .200
John Parry: .200
Ron Torbert: .200


Washington is 2-1 when Hussey referees their games:
2016 – @NYG, 29-27 – W
2016 – GB, 42-24 – W
2017 – @NYG, 10-18 – L


Washington has had fewer penalties 2/3 times with Hussey:
2016 – NYG: 11/128; WAS: 8/70
2016 – GB: 6/59; WAS: 6/40
2017 – NYG: 3/25; WAS: 4/35



Hussey’s games this season have featured 3.8 sacks per game:
Cheffers: 7.3
Smith: 7
Allen: 6.2
Martin: 6
Hochuli: 5.6
Coleman: 5.5
Morelli: 5
Anderson: 4.8
Wrolstad: 4.8
Vinovich: 4.6
Corrente: 4.5
Parry: 4.2
Kemp: 4
Boger: 4
Torbert: 4
Hussey: 3.8
Blakeman: 3


Hussey’s games feature 1.7 offensive holding calls per game, tied for the fourth-lowest in the NFL:
Hochuli: 3.6
Wrolstad: 3.5
Kemp: 3
Torbert: 3
Anderson: 2.8
Smith: 2.6
Martin: 2.5
Cheffers: 2.5
Morelli: 2.5
Corrente: 2.3
Blakeman: 2.2
Allen: 1.8
Boger: 1.7
Hussey: 1.7
Parry: 1.6
Coleman: 1.5
Vinovich: 0.8
The Cowboys are 0/1 in challenging Hussey while neither opponents nor Replay Assistant have had to challenge Hussey’s calls.

Washington is also 0/1 when challenging Hussey. Opponents and Replay Assistant similarly have never challenged Hussey.

Hussey has the third-highest overturn rate in the NFL. He is tied with Carl Cheffers for the most challenges to review this season:
Parry: 1.000 (1/1)
Hochuli: 1.000 (1/1)
Hussey: .800 (4/5)
Cheffers: .600 (3/5)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Blakeman: .500 (1/2)
Anderson: .333 (1/3)
Martin: .250 (1/4)
Torbert: .250 (1/4)
Boger: .250 (1/4)
Wrolstad: .250 (1/4)
Vinovich: .000 (0/1)
Coleman: .000 (0/1)
Corrente: .000 (0/2)
Kemp: .000 (0/2)
Smith: .000 (0/1)


BROADCAST FACTS (7)

Dallas-Washington has been played on 5/7 possible broadcast networks. Here is a breakdown of the Cowboys’ record against their arch rival by network:

CBS: 32-24-2
FOX: 22-10
NBC: 5-2
ABC: 7-7
ESPN: 4-1
NFL Network: 1-0

Since CBS took over the AFC package, the Dallas Cowboys are 24-14 on that network. Overall, the Cowboys are 291-191-6 on CBS.

The Cowboys are 20-11 when Nantz calls their games, playoffs included.

Washington is 0-6 when Nantz calls their games.

Dallas is 2-1 when Romo calls the action.

The rest of the NFC East is 1-0 when Romo calls the action.

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.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (10)

Ezekiel Elliott and Adrian Peterson each have three rushing touchdowns.

Elliott has the eighth-highest yards per carry in the NFL at 5.0.

Elliott is second in the NFL with 97.7 rushing yards per game.

Peterson’s 15.4 rushing attempts per game are the 10th-most in the NFL.

Washington’s defense allows 90.2 rushing yards per game, the sixth-fewest in the NFL.

Dallas’ defense allows 90.7 rushing yards per game, the seventh-fewest in the NFL.

Washington’s offense is tied for 13th-best in the NFL with a 56.3 red zone conversion rate. The Cowboys are tied for tied for 13th-worst in the NFL at 52.9 percent.

The Cowboys are 7-0 on Oct. 21:
1962 – @PIT, 42-27 – W
1973 – NYG, 45-28 – W
1979 – CRD, 22-13 – W
1984 – NO, 30-27 – W-OT
1990 – @TB, 17-13 – W
2007 – MIN, 24-14 – W
2012 – @CAR, 19-14 – W


Washington is 10-2 on Oct. 21. Here are the results:

1934 – PHI, 6-0 – W
1945 – PHI, 24-14 – W
1951 – CRD, 7-3 – W
1956 – CLE, 20-9 – W
1962 – @PHI, 27-21 – W
1973 – CRD, 31-13 – W
1979 – PHI, 17-7 – W
1984 – @CRD, 24-26 – L
1990 – PHI, 13-7 – W
2001 – CAR, 17-14 – W-OT
2007 – CRD, 21-19 – W
2012 – @NYG, 23-27 – L



The Cowboys have two birthdays to celebrate on Oct. 21:

1960 – Cleo Simmons, TE, 1983
1960 – Elvis Patterson, CB, 1993