By: Mark Lane

Lions

Lions at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (10)

In all-time meetings, the Lions are actually the team out of the NFC North the Cowboys have had the second-fewest encounters with at 27. The Bears and the Cowboys have met fewer times at 26.

This is the 11th time in team history the Cowboys have started 1-2. 3/10 of those previous teams made the playoffs (1991, 1993, 1996).

This is the 20th time the Lions have started 1-2. 3/19 of those previous teams qualified for the postseason.

Since 1990 when playoff formats were last revised, 71/294 teams that started 1-2 made the playoffs.

Detroit is 4-10 in Dallas. Here are the results broken down by venue:

Cotton Bowl: 0-3
Texas Stadium: 2-4
AT&T Stadium: 2-3

The Lions are 10-11 against the NFC East in September with a 3-5 record on the road.

The Cowboys are 2-2 against the Lions in September with a 1-1 record at home.

Since 1940, the Lions are 80-181-8 in games in the Central Time Zone with a 16-33-3 record in September.

Since 1970, the Cowboys have a 68-39 record in early afternoon home games with an 8-9 mark in September.

A win over the Lions would mark the second time in the history of AT&T Stadium the Cowboys started off the season with a
winning streak at home.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (17)

Prescott has the third-most time to throw, according to Next Gen Stats, with 2.99 seconds.

Prescott is tied for the sixth-worst “yards to the sticks,” according to Next Gen Stats, at minus-2.4 yards.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3, Prescott is tied with Tyrod Taylor for the lowest yards per pass attempt on third down at 4.2.

Prescott has the fifth-worst completion differential in the NFL, according to Next Gen Stats, at minus-4.5.

Prescott has a 74.9 passer rating through the first three games. In 2016, it was 93.3 and in 2017 it was 88.9.

Prescott’s 5.66 yards per pass attempt is tied with Troy Aikman in 1990 for the lowest through the first three games of a season.

Prescott’s yards per pass attempt is tied for the third-lowest among starting quarterbacks who have played every game through Week 3.

Prescott’s 9.2 yards per completion is the third-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.

Prescott’s 166.0 passing yards per game are the third-lowest among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 3.

Prescott’s 74.9 passer rating is the fourth-worst among starting quarterbacks who have played every game since Week 3.

Prescott’s 11 sacks through the first three games are the fourth-most in franchise history since 1982, when sacks became an official stat.

Though baffling, Prescott’s 11 sacks are tied with Josh Allen for just the fifth-most in the NFL through Week 3.

Prescott is tied with Ryan Tannehill for the seventh-most yards in the NFL lost due to sacks with 63.

Prescott’s two passing touchdowns are tied with Tyrod Taylor, Mitch Trubisky, Sam Bradford, and Derek Carr for the fewest among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.

Though Prescott is criticized for his paltry passing yards through three games, his 64-yard touchdown pass to receiver Tavon Austin is the 11th-longest pass in the NFL through Week 3.

Prescott has the seventh-lowest passer rating on third down at 64.8 among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.

Prescott has converted four third downs through the air, the lowest amon
g quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.



MATT STAFFORD FACTS (16)

Stafford’s 135 passes through the first three games are the most of his career.

Stafford’s 135 passes are the third-most in the NFL through the first three games.

Stafford’s 88 completions are the most of his career through the first three games.

Stafford’s 88 completions are the fourth-most in the NFL through the first three games.

Stafford has thrown for the 10th-most passing yards through the first three weeks with 895.

Stafford’s 895 passing yards through the first three games are the fourth-best for his career.

Stafford’s five interceptions are tied with 2009 and 2015 for the most of his career through the first three games.

Stafford’s five interceptions are tied for the most in the NFL through the first three games.

Stafford has thrown three interceptions on third down, the most in the NFL.

Stafford’s 83.4 passer rating is the seventh-worst among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.

Stafford’s three sacks through the first three games are the third-fewest of his career.

Stafford’s three sacks are the fewest among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3.

Stafford’s 83.4 passer rating is the third-worst of his career through the first three games to start a season.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game through Week 3, Stafford has the third-lowest passer rating on third down at 50.5.

Stafford is tied for the fourth-most most third-down conversions through the a
ir with 14.

According t
o Next Gen Stats, Stafford’s throws are 0.7 yards behind the sticks.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)


Garrett is 3-2 against the Lions. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 7-4
Bill Parcells: 3-1
Jason Garrett: 3-2
Wade Phillips: 1-0
Jimmy Johnson: 1-2
Barry Switzer: 0-1
Dave Campo: 0-2


Garrett is 16-10 in September with a 9-3 record at home.

Garrett has a 24-12 record in early afternoon games with a 10-7 record at home.

The first early afternoon game of Garrett’s career was against the Lions on Nov. 21, 2010, a 35-19 win at AT&T Stadium.

Including playoffs, Garrett is 8-9 against the NFC North with a 5-6 record at home.

Garrett’s 8-9 record against the NFC North at home is the best compared to the other NFC divisions sans the East:
NFC North: 5-6
NFC South: 3-4
NFC West: 3-5

Garrett is 11-11 against rookie head coaches with a 4-7 record at home.

Garrett is currently 29-29 without Tony Romo under center.

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

Garrett and Matt Patricia are part of the Bill Belichick coaching tree. Garrett would be a
“grandson” through Nick Saban when Garrett was on his staff with the Miami Dolphins from 2005-06 while Patricia would be a “son.”


MATT PATRICIA FACTS (10)

A victory over the Cowboys would join Patricia with George Wilson, Monte Clark, Darryl Rogers, Marty Mornhinweg, and Rod Marinelli to defeat the Cowboys on his first try.

With a 1-2 record, Patricia joins Monte Clark, Steve Mariucci, and Jim Schwartz as the only Lions coaches to have started their first season in Detroit with that record.

The Lions are tied for the sixth-fewest penalties in the NFL with 19.

Since 1940, the Lions’ 19 penalties are tied for the 30th-fewest in franchise history through the first three games.

Patricia is 1/2 on challenges this season, making him the only rookie head coach this season to have won a challenge.

Patricia is the eighth former Bill Belichick assistant to become a head coach in the NFL.

Patricia, Josh McDaniels, and Bill O’Brien are the only Belichick assistants who spent all of their NFL coaching years with Belichick before becoming head coaches.

Patricia is the only Belichick assistant to get his first career win against Belichick.

Among Belichick assistants that have become head coaches, defensive coordinator has been the most proficient in producing head coaches with four: Nick Saban, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Matt Patricia.

Patricia is the first Su
per Bowl-winning defensive coordinator to get a head coaching gig since Dan Quinn, who was the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl XLVIII.


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

This week’s broadcast team is Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis, making them the 21st different announcing team to call a game in this series on television.

Dallas is 21-18 when Burkhardt calls their games.

Burkhardt was the inaugural play-by-play announcer for Compass Media Networks “America’s Team Radio Network,” that was auxiliary to the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network broadcasts, from 2011-12. Burkhardt’s partner was ex-Cowboy quarterback Danny White, who still does color for Compass.

The Lions are 0-1 when Burkhardt calls their games, a 34-20 loss on the snowy gridiron of Lincoln Financial Field against the Eagles on Dec. 8, 2013.

Dallas is 3-0 when Davis does color commentary for their games.

Davis 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, and Tony Romo.

Detroit is 4-2 when Davis does color co
mmentary for their games.

Dallas is 127-121 all-time on FOX.

Detroit is 116-194 all-time on FOX.

This is the fifth late afternoon game in the series, including playoffs.


WALT COLEMAN FACTS (13)


This week’s referee is Walt Coleman. The Cowboys are 10-11 when Coleman referees their games. Here are the results:

1996 – @Cardinals, 10-6 – W
1997 – WAS, 17-14 – W
1998 – @NYG, 31-7 – W
1998 – WAS, 23-7 – W
1999 – @WAS, 41-35 – W-OT
1999* – @MIN, 17-27 – L
2002 – @DET, 7-9 – L
2002 – @NYG, 7-37 – L
2003 – @CAR, 10-29 – L
2004 – @PHI, 7-12 – L
2006 – @NYG, 23-20 – W
2007 – MIN, 24-14 – W
2009 – @PHI, 20-16
– W
2010 – @
GB, 7-45 – L
2011 – @NE, 16-20 – L
2011 – @Cardinals, 13-19 – L-OT
2
012 – @PHI, 38-23 – W
2012 – NO, 34-31 – L
2013 – GB, 36-37 – L
2014 – Titans, 26-10 – W
2016 – @PHI, 13-27 – L

*Playoff game



The Cow
boys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 12/21 times:

1996 – Cardinals: 7/5
0; DAL: 5/55
1997 – WAS: 7/41
; DAL: 6/41
1998 – NYG: 11
/92; DAL: 8/67
1998 – WAS: 7/102; DAL: 5/30
1999 – WAS: 8/45; DAL: 9/99
1999* – MIN:
12/95; DAL: 8/55
2002 – DET: 6/50; DAL: 7/70
2002 – NYG: 6/57; DAL: 7/55
2003 – CAR: 0/0; DAL: 2/11
2004 – P
HI: 5/36; DAL: 6/35
2006
– NYG: 9/94; DAL: 7/58
200
7 – MIN: 4/36; DAL: 4/22
2009
– PHI: 8/82; DAL: 11/70
20
10 – GB: 2/20; DAL: 5/40
2011 – NE: 5/35; DAL: 10/77
2011 – AZ: 6/41; DAL: 7/49
2012 – PHI: 6/50; DAL: 13/75
2012 – NO: 6/42; DAL: 5/32
2013 – GB: 7/59; DAL: 7/79
2014 – Titans: 5/30; DAL: 4/25
2016 – PHI: 4/61; DAL: 5/35
*playoff game



Coleman is tied for the second-worst home team winning percentage in the NFL this season:
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
Carl Cheffers: 1.000
Jo
hn Hussey: 1.000
T
ony Corrente: .833
Clay Martin: .667
Pete Morelli: .667
John Parry: .667
Jerome Boger: .667
Walt Anderson: .667
Ron Torbert: .667
Craig Wrolstad: .667
Brad Allen: .500
Alex Kemp: .500
Bill Vinovich: .333
Clete Blakeman: .333
Walt Coleman: .333
Shawn Smith: .250


Coleman is tied for the absolute lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Bill Vinovich: 1.000
Pete Morelli: 1.000
To
ny Corrente: 1.000
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Walt Anderson: .667
Shawn Hochuli: .667
Alex Kemp: .500
Shawn Smith: .500
Jerome Boger: .333
John Hussey: .333
Clay Martin: .333
John Parry: .333
Ron Torbert: .333
Brad Allen: .000
Clete Blakeman: .000
Carl Cheffers: .000
Walt Coleman: .000


Since 1999, the Lions are 11-11 with Coleman. Here are the results:

1999 – SDG, 10-20 – L
1999 – @GB, 26-17 – W
2000 – ATL, 13-10 – W
2002 – DAL, 9-7 – W
2002 – @ATL, 15-36 – L
2004 – @NYG, 28-13 – W
2005 – @CLE, 13-10 – W
2005 – @PIT, 21-35 – L
2006 – SF, 13-19 – L
2007 – @CRD, 21-31 – L
2007 – KC, 25-20 – W
2008 – GB, 25-48 – L
2009 – @CHI, 24-48 – L
2010 –
@BUF, 12-14 – L
2011 – @DE
N, 45-10 – W
2011 – @GB, 41-45 – L
2012 – HTX, 31-34 – L
-OT
2013 – @CLE, 31-17 – W

2014 – @NYJ, 24-17 – W
2015 – CHI, 37-34 – W-OT
2016 – WAS, 20-17 – W
2017 – ATL, 26-30 – L




Since 19
99, Detroit has had fewer penalties than the opposition 9/22 times with Coleman:

1999 – SDG: 4/20; DET: 1/5

1999 – GB: 10/90; DET: 8/199
2000 – ATL: 10/82; DET: 9
/70
2002 – DAL: 7/70; DET:
6/50
2002 – ATL: 7/55; DET:
9/86
2004 – NYG: 4/25; DET: 7/65
2005 – CLE: 8/50; DET: 11/72
2005 – PIT: 2/15; D
ET: 5/47
2006 – SF: 5/51; DET: 5/40
2007 – CRD: 9/70; DET: 10/70
2007 – KC: 6/46; DET: 4/20
2008 – GB: 8/62; DET: 5/40
2009 – CHI: 3/36; DET: 7/51
2010 – BUF: 4/30; DE
T: 11/60
201
1 – DEN: 5/55; DET: 4/45
2011 – GB: 6/78; DET: 11/101
2012 – HTX: 8/66; DET: 7/70
2013 – CLE: 9/87; DET: 8/65
2014 – NYJ: 6/32; DET: 5/33
2015 – CHI: 9/76; DET: 10/98
2016 – WAS: 4/20; DET: 4/30
2017 – ATL: 8/68; DET: 9/98



Coleman’s games feature the third-most sacks on average in 2018:
Smith: 8.5
Allen: 7
Coleman: 6.7
Hochuli: 6.7
Martin: 6.7
Kemp: 6.0
Cheffers: 5.7
Anderson: 5.7
Corrente
: 5.0
Morell
i: 5.0
Torbert: 4.3
Hussey: 3.7
Vinovich: 3.7
Wrolstad: 3.3
Parry: 3.3
Blakeman: 3.0
Boger: 3.0


Coleman’s crew is tied for calling the sixth-fewest offensive holding calls on average this year:
Anderson: 4.3
Wrolstad: 4.3
Torbert: 4.3
Hochuli: 4.0
Smith: 3.5
Vinovich: 3
Morelli: 3
Parry: 2.7
Boger: 2.7
Corrente: 2.7
Hussey: 2.7
Coleman: 2.7
Blakeman: 2.3
Martin: 2.0
Cheffers: 1.7
Allen: 1.5
Kemp: 1.5


The Cowboys are 2/6 on challenges with Coleman going under the hood. Opponents are 2/6 and Replay Assistant is 5/11 with five of those decisions favoring Dallas.

Detroit is 1/12 when challenging Coleman with opponents going 2/9. Replay Assistant is 1/6 with four of those decisions benefiting the Lions.

Cole
man was challenged for the first time last week in Houston, and upheld the ruling on the field. Here is the breakdown of the overturn rate of the 14 referees who have been challenged this season:
Cheffers: 1.000 (3/3)
Blakeman: 1.000 (1/1)
Parry: 1.000 (1/1)
Hochuli: 1.000 (1/1)
Hussey: .750 (3/4)
Torbert: .500 (1/2)
Boger: .500 (1.2
)
Vinovich: .500 (1/2)
Wr
olstad: .250 (1/4)
Coleman: .000 (0/1)
Corrente: .000 (0/1)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Kemp: .000 (0/2)
Martin: .000 (0/3)

Coleman was the referee who ruled favorably for the New England Patriots on the “Tuck Rule” in the 2001 AFC Divisional playoffs versus the Oakland Raiders.


Coleman comes from a long line of dairy farmers and is a controller with Hiland Dairy.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (14)


The Cowboys have not put together a home winning streak since Weeks 15-16 of 2016 when they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then the Detroit Lions.

Despite being tied with Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch for the seventh-most carries in the NFL, Ezekiel Elliott shares the league lead in rushing yards with San Francisco’s Matt Breida with 274.

Elliott’s 5.7 yards per carry are second in the NFL among running backs with a minimum of 5.7 carries.

The Lions defense gives up the most rushing yards per game in the NFL at 149.3.


The Cowboys lead the NFL in yards per carry at 6.0.


The Cowboys are tied with the Lions for the sixth-fewest rushing attempts in the NFL with 66. However, Dallas has the seventh-most rushing yards at 398 while the Lions are tied for the 15th-fewest with 296.


The Cowboys have the second-lowest points per game at 13.7.

The Cowboys offense has run a total of 170 plays this season, the third-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys have the eighth-lowest red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 42.9 percent.

Dallas has the second-lowest third down conversion rate in the NFL at 23.5 percent.



The Cowboys are 5-3 on Sept. 30. Here are the results:

1960 – PHI, 25-27 – L
1962 – @RAM, 27-17 – W
1973 – CRD, 45-10 – W
1979 – CIN, 38-13 – W
1990 – @NYG, 17-31 – L
1996 – @PHI, 23-19 – W
2001 – @PHI, 18-40 – L
2007 – RAM, 35-7 – W


The Lions are 5-4 on Sept. 30. Here are the results:

1931 – NYG, 14-6 – W
1934 – CRD, 6-0 – W
1951 – WAS, 35-17 – W
1956 – @GB, 20-16 – W
1962 – CLT, 29-20 – W
1979 – MIN, 10-13 – L
1984 – @SDG, 24-27 – L
1990 – GB, 21-24 – L
2007 – CHI, 37-27 – W
2012 – MIN, 13-20 – L


The Cowboys have birthdays to celebrate on Sept. 30:

1972 – Greg Myers, S, 2000
1976 – Wane
McGarity, WR, 1999-2001
1977 – Mike Solwold, C, 2001
1983 – Adam “Pacman” Jones, CB, 2008


The Cowboys have two deaths to remember on Sept. 30, and that is defensive end Nate Borden, born in 1932. He played for the Cowboys from 1960-61. The second is receiver Pete Gent, born in 1942. Gent played for Dallas from 1964-68, was best friends with quarterback Don Meredith, and authored “North Dallas 40,” which was based on his five seasons with the Cowboys.