By: Mark Lane

Lincoln

Cowboys at Eagles

SERIES FACTS (12)

This the seventh time in franchise history the Cowboys have started 3-5. None of those previous six teams made the playoffs.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 13/163 teams that started 3-5 made the playoffs.

This is the 19th time the Eagles have started 4-4. 4/18 of those previous teams made the playoffs.

1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, teams that have started 4-4 have made the playoffs 54/170 times. 19/54 of those teams won the division.

This is the 15th-straight season a game from the Dallas-Philadelphia series will be in prime time, making it the longest prime time streak in current NFL rivalries.

This is the 25th prime time game the Cowboys will play against the Eagles. It is tied for second-most against a divisional opponent in Dallas history but the most against any divisional opponent in Philadelphia history.

The Cowboys have only ever opened up their series against the Eagles with a win 31/58 times. 17/31 of those initial wins came in Philadelphia.

Dallas is 16-13 against the Eagles in November with an 8-4 record on the road.

The Dallas Cowboys are 29-27 against the Philadelphia Eagles on the road. Here is the breakdown by venue:

Franklin Field: 4-6
Veterans Stadium: 16-15
Lincoln Financial Field: 9-6


The Cowboys’ 9-6 record at Lincoln Financial Field is the best among NFC East opponents:

Dallas: 9-6
New York: 5-11
Washington: 7-9


Philadelphia is coming off of a bye. The Cowboys are 20-10 against teams coming off of bye weeks with a 2-3 record against Philadelphia and an 8-8 record on the road.

The Eagles are 22-7 coming off of bye weeks with a 14-4 record at home.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (16)

Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Prescott has the fifth-lowest yards per pass attempt in the NFL at 7.0.

Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Prescott has the ninth-lowest yards per completion in the league at 11.1.

Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Prescott’s 207.5 yards per game are the worst in the NFL.

Prescott’s 88.9 passer rating is the fifth-worst among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1.

Prescott’s 28 sacks are the third-most in the NFL.

Among quarterbacks with a minimum of 200 passes, Prescott’s 62.9 completion percentage is the fourth-worst in the NFL.

The only quarterback who has started since Week 1 and completed fewer passes than Prescott (149) is Russell Wilson with 146.

Prescott is tied with Ben Roethlisberger, Jared Goff, Derek Carr, Blake Bortles, and Jameis Winston for the second-most red zone interceptions in the NFL with two.

Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Prescott has the fifth-highest completion percentage inside the 10-yard line at 57.1.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott is third in the NFL in “time to throw” at 3.04 seconds.

Prescott’s 6.1 “completed air yards” are the 10th-highest among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, according to Next Gen Stats.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott throws 0.7 yards behind the line to gain, which is the same as Matt Ryan, Andy Dalton, and Josh Rosen.

Prescott is tied with Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum for the third-most sacks on third down with 13.

Prescott has been sacked the most in the NFL on first down with 11.

Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Prescott has the second-lowest yards per pass attempt on third down at 5.6.

Prescott’s 74.0 passer rating on third down is the worst among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1.


CARSON WENTZ FACTS (15)

On third down, Wentz’s 99.1 passer rating is the eighth-highest among quarterbacks with a minimum of 50 passes.

On third down, Wentz’s 7.2 yards per pass attempt is tied with Andrew Luck for the 12-highest in the NFL among quarterbacks with a minimum of 50 passes.

On third down, among quarterbacks with a minimum of 50 attempts, Wentz has the 11th-worst completion percentage on third down at 58.9.

Wentz is 11-12 when he gets sacked twice or more compared to 10-2 when he sacked once or fewer.

Of the 12 games Wentz has had with a sack or fewer, 1/12 have occurred in 2018.

Wentz is 15-5 when his passer rating is above 90.0 compared to 6-9 when it is not.

5/20 of Wentz’s 90-plus passer rating games have come in 2018, but the Eagles have only won in two of them.

Wentz is tied for the second-best completion percentage inside the 10-yard line at 66.7 percent.

Wentz is tied with Joe Flacco for the 15th-most red zone touchdown passes with 10.

Wentz has yet to throw a red zone interception since 2016.

Wentz is 10th in the NFL at 7.9 yards per pass attempt.

Wentz’s 109.6 passer rating is the seventh-best in the NFL.

Wentz’s 70.7 completion percentage is the fifth-highest in the NFL.

Wentz has been sacked 21 times this season, tied for 13th-most in the NFL. He was sacked 23 times through nine games in 2017, which were the eighth-most in the NFL at the time.

Wentz’s 0.9 interception percentage is the third-lowest in the NFL behind Aaron Rodgers (0.3) and Drew Brees (0.4).


JASON GARRETT FACTS (16)

This is the second 3-5 start in Garrett’s career and now leads the Cowboys for the most such starts.


Garrett owns a 22-20 record in prime time with a 9-11 record on the road.


Garrett is 20-14 in November with a 10-5 record on the road.


Garrett owns an 8-8 record against the Eagles. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches where applicable:

Tom Landry: 36-20
Barry Switzer: 6-3
Wade Phillips: 5-2
Jason Garrett: 8-8
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Jimmy Johnson: 5-6
Bill Parcells: 3-5
Dave Campo: 0-6


Garrett is 15-9 in the first games of a series against NFC East foes with a 7-2 record on the road.

Garrett has a 29-19 record against the NFC East with a 17-8 record on the road.


Garrett is 6-2 against the Eagles on the road. Here is how that compares to the rest of the NFC East:

Philadelphia: 6-2
Washington: 6-2
New York: 5-3


Garrett is currently 31-32 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 17-13 on the road without Romo under center.

Garrett is 3-5 against Philadelphia without Romo. Here is how that compares to other divisional opponents:
Washington: 6-2
NY Giants: 4-3
Philadelphia: 3-5

Garrett is 8-12 against Super Bowl-winning head coaches.


Garrett is 1/4 on challenges this season. Last season, Garrett was 1/5, and 1/3 the season before that.

The Cowboys are tied for the sixth-fewest penalties in the NFL with 49.

The Cowboys’ 49 penalties through the first eight games are tied for the 19th-fewest in franchise history.

Dallas is tied with Buffalo for the ninth-worst red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 50 percent.

The Cowboys have the fifth-worst third down conversion rate in the NFL at 33.3 percent.


DOUG PEDERSON FACTS (11)

Pederson has won the opening contest of a division series 4/7 times since becoming Eagles head coach.

Pederson is 8-5 against the NFC East with a 4-2 record at home.

Pederson is 11-10 against playoff-winning head coaches with an 8-4 record at home.

Pederson is 8-3 in prime time games with a 4-1 record at home.

Pederson is 2-2 against the Cowboys. Here is how he compares to other Eagles head coaches:

Andy Reid: 17-12
Buddy Ryan: 8-2
Nick Skorich: 4-2
Buck Shaw: 1-0
Joe Kuharich: 5-5
Chip Kelly: 3-3
Doug Pederson: 2-2
Marion Campbell: 1-5
Mike McCormack: 2-4
Rich Kotite: 2-7
Ray Rhodes: 3-6
Dick Vermeil: 4-10
Ed Khayat: 0-3
Jerry Williams: 0-5



The Eagles are tied with the Cardinals for 15th-fewest penalties in the NFL with 55.

The Eagles’ 55 penalties through the first eight games are tied for the 27th-most in team history since 1940.

The Eagles have the 15th-lowest red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 54.8 percent.


Pederson joins Jerry Williams, Ed Khayat, and Marion Campbell as the only Eagles head coaches to have once played for the Eagles.


Pederson’s first ever career win was against the Dallas Cowboys, a 13-10 win on Oct. 10, 1999 at Veterans Stadium, which was Andy Reid’s first career win and also Michael Irvin’s last game.


The Cowboys are 1/3 teams Pederson defeated while a quarterback. The other two were the Bears and the Patriots.


BROADCAST FACTS (13)

This is the 10th-straight year the Cowboys and Eagles have played each other on Sunday Night Football, the longest streak between two opponents in the package.

This is the 42nd NFC East game on Sunday Night Football since 2006.

Dallas is 25-20 on
NBC Sunday Night Football, including playoff games and NFL Specials.

The Eagles are 17-17 on
NBC Sunday Night Football, including playoff games and NFL Specials.

This will be Al Michaels’ 21st game in the series, second-most to Pat Summerall’s 24.

The Cowboys are 52-36 when Michaels calls their games.

The Eagles are 36-34 when Michaels does play-by-play.

This will be the 12th game in the series Cris Collinsworth will call. The most in the series is John Madden with 20.

The Cowboys are 26-21 when Collinsworth does color commentary for their games.

The Eagles are 27-20 when Collinsworth calls their games.

The Eagles have played on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday on NBC.

On KXAS, the NBC affiliate for Dallas-Fort Worth, the Cowboys are an all-time 51-35, including simulcast cable games from 1987-90.

The first regular season match-up between the Eagles and Cowboys on Sept. 30, 1960 – a Friday night – was not televised.


JOHN PARRY FACTS (11)

This week’s referee is John Parry. The Cowboys are 8-6 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, 31-17 – W
2015 – @NYG, 20-27 – L
2015 – WAS, 23-34 – L
2016 – @Ravens, 27-17 – W
2017 – @PHI, 6-0 – W
2018 – NYG, 20-13 – W




The Cowboys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 6/14 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: 4/21
2010 – NYG: 6/46; DAL: 5/42
2011 – 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
2018 – NYG: 3/24; DAL: 6/47


Parry has the seventh-lowest home team winning percentage this season:
Shawn Hochuli: .875
Tony Corrente: .813
Brad Allen: .750
Carl Cheffers: .750
John Hussey: .750
Alex Kemp: .714
Bill Vinovich: .625
Craig Wrolstad: .625
Clay Martin: .625
Jerome Boger: .625
John Parry: .571
Walt Coleman: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Pete Morelli: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Clete Blakeman: .250
Shawn Smith: .188


Parry has the second-lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Pete Morelli: .875
Tony Corrente: .750
Bill Vinovich: .750
Shawn Hochuli: .750
John Hussey: .625
Alex Kemp: .571
Brad Allen: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Jerome Boger: .500
Walt Coleman: .375
Clete Blakeman: .375
Clay Martin: .375
Ron Torbert: .375
Shawn Smith: .375
John Parry: .286
Carl Cheffers: .250




The Eagles are 5-5 with Parry. Here are the results:

2007 – @WAS, 33-25 – W
2009 – KC, 34-14 – W
2009 – @NYG, 45-38 – W
2010 – GB, 20-27 – L
2010 – @NYG, 38-31 – W
2013 – DAL, 3-17 – L
2014 – @HTX, 31-21 – W
2015 – @DET, 14-45 – L
2016 – @WAS, 20-27 – L
2017 – DAL, 0-6 – L



The Eagles have had fewer penalties with Parry 7/10 times:

2007 – WAS: 11/74; PHI: 5/38
2009 – KC: 10/90; PHI: 3/20
2009 – NYG: 7/54; PHI: 6/45
2010 – GB: 2/15; PHI: 10/80
2010 – NYG: 4/35; PHI: 5/30
2013 – DAL: 12/75; PHI: 5/33
2014 – HTX: 9/54; PHI: 7/55
2015 – DET: 4/29; PHI: 2/30
2016 – WAS: 9/75; PHI: 13/114
2017 – DAL: 7/64; PHI: 7/49



Parry’s games feature the absolute fewest sacks in the NFL this season among referees:
Cheffers: 6.9
Hochuli: 6.3
Smith: 5.8
Martin: 5.6
Coleman: 5.6
Allen: 5.4
Morelli: 5.4
Anderson: 5.4
Kemp: 5.1
Corrente: 4.9
Torbert: 4.6
Wrolstad: 4.5
Hussey: 4.5
Vinovich: 4.3
Boger: 4.3
Blakeman: 4.1
Parry: 3.3


Parry’s have the ninth-highest rate of offensive holding calls:
Hochuli: 4.1
Wrolstad: 3.6
Kemp: 3.3
Smith: 2.9
Torbert: 2.9
Anderson: 2.8
Cheffers: 2.8
Martin: 2.4
Parry: 2.1
Morelli: 2
Blakeman: 2
Corrente: 2
Boger: 1.9
Hussey: 1.9
Allen: 1.6
Coleman: 1.4
Vinovich: 0.8




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 Eagles are 3/4 on challenges while their opponents are 0/4. Replay Assistant is 1/7 with three of those calls having benefited Philadelphia.


Parry is tied for the third-highest overturn rate on challenges this season:
Allen: 1.000 (2/2)
Hussey: .667 (4/6)
Parry: .600 (3/5)
Cheffers: .600 (3/5)
Hochuli: .500 (1/2)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Torbert: .500 (3/6)
Anderson: .500 (3/6)
Blakeman: .333 (1/3)
Coleman: .333 (1/3)
Corrente: .333 (2/6)
Vinovich: .250 (1/4)
Wrolstad: .200 (1/5)
Martin: .200 (1/5)
Boger: .200 (1/5)
Kemp: .000 (0/3)
Smith: .000 (0/2)



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (6)

Ezekiel Elliott’s 18.6 attempts per game are the third-most in the NFL.

Elliott’s 680 rushing yards are the fourth-most in the NFL.

The Cowboys are 4-3 on Nov. 11. Here are the results:
1962 – NYG, 10-41 – L
1973 – @NYG, 23-10 – W
1984 – @CRD, 24-17 – W
1990 – SF, 6-24 – L
2001 – @ATL, 13-20 – L
2007 – @NYG, 31-20 – W
2012 – @PHI, 38-23 – W


The Eagles are 4-6 on Nov. 11. Here are the results:

1933 – Brooklyn Dodgers, 7-10 – L
1945 – NYG, 38-17 – W
1951 – @CLE, 17-20 – L
1956 – PIT, 14-7 – W
1962 – GB, 0-49 – L
1973 – ATL, 27-44 – L
1984 – @MIA, 23-24 – L
2001 – MIN, 48-17 – W
2007 – @WAS, 33-25 – W
2012 – DAL, 23-38 – L

The Cowboys have six birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 11:
1930 – Bob Fry, OT, 1960-64
1968 – Lin Elliott, K, 1992-93
1968 – John Jett, P, 1993-96
1983 – Tony Curtis, TE, 2006-08
1986 – Mark Sanchez, QB, 2016
1991 – Jayrone Elliott, LB, 2017


The Cowboys have a death to remember on Nov. 11. In 2007, Dick Nolan died at the age of 75. He played defensive back for Dallas in 1962, but he was the club’s defensive coordinator from 1962-67. He returned as a position coach from 1982-90 and coached the receivers from 1982-85 and the secondary from 1986-90.