By: Mark Lane

Los Angeles

Cowboys at Rams

This is the Cowboys’ 63rd postseason game, the most in NFL history.

The Cowboys broke a tie last week with the New England Patriots for the second-most postseason wins with 35. Now, if the Cowboys win, they will tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history with 36.

This will be the Cowboys’ 25th road playoff game, tying them with the Indianapolis Colts, who will also be playing in their 25th road playoff game, for the most in NFL history.

The Cowboys are 9-15 on the road in the postseason. A win would untie them with the Colts for third-most and tie them with the Baltimore Ravens for the second-most in NFL history.

A loss would untie the Cowboys with the Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, and Colts for the second-most road playoff losses with 16.

Dallas is 12-7 against the NFC West in the postseason with a 6-4 record on the road.

The Cowboys will break a tie with the Steelers for the most divisional playoff appearances with 27.

The last playoff game to be played at the L.A. Coliseum was the 1978 NFC Championship Game. The Cowboys shutout the Rams 28-0 en route to Super Bowl XIII.

A loss will tie the Cowboys with the Vikings for the most divisional round losses in NFL history with 12.

The last Cowboys team to have a 3-5 road record were the 1985 Cowboys, who lost 20-0 at the Rams in the 1985 NFC divisional playoffs.

Since 1990, 14/50 teams that had a losing road record in the regular season went on to win road playoff games.

The Cowboys have never won a road playoff game when they have had a losing record on the road that regular season.

The Cowboys have not won a road playoff game since the 1992 NFC Championship Game. However, there are streaks as long or longer:
1992 – Buffalo Bills
1980 – Oakland Raiders
1969 – Cleveland Browns
1957 – Detroit Lions


Since 1990, when playoff formats were last adjusted to include two wildcard teams per conference, 28/112 of the wildcard round winners ended up winning in the divisional round.

Dallas is 2-2 in night playoff games, not including Super Bowls, with a 0-2 record on the road.

The Rams are 0-2 in night playoff games, not including Super Bowls, with a 0-1 record at home.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Prescott has the seventh-most playoff passing yards in Cowboys history with 528.

Prescott is tied with Craig Morton for the fifth-most playoff passing touchdowns in Dallas history with four.

Jason Garrett has a better playoff passer rating than Prescott: 95.8 to 94.1. However, among qualifiers with at least 75 attempts, Prescott’s number is the best in Cowboys playoff history.

Prescott is currently tied with Tony Romo and Gary Hogeboom for the sixth-most playoff interceptions in Dallas history with two.

Through the first nine weeks of the season, Prescott had an 88.9 passer rating, took 3.5 sacks per game, and had a 7.00 yards per pass attempt. In the wild-card playoffs, he had an 83.6 passer rating, took one sack, and had a 6.85 yards per pass attempt.

Prescott’s eight carries in the playoffs are the sixth-most for a quarterback in Dallas history.

Prescott’s 42 rushing yards in the playoffs are the third-most for a quarterback in Cowboys history.

Prescott, Morton, and Troy Aikman are the only Cowboys quarterbacks to have a playoff rushing touchdown.

Prescott’s 5.25 yards per carry is the second-best for a Cowboys quarterback in the playoffs.

A win would join Prescott with Morton, Aikman, Roger Staubach, Danny White, and Steve Beuerlein as the only Cowboys quarterbacks to win a road playoff game in their first try.


JARED GOFF FACTS (12)

Goff has thrown 32 touchdown passes, the same as Drew Brees and Philip Rivers, tied for sixth-most in the NFL.

Goff is tied for the ninth-most interceptions in the NFL with 12.

Goff’s 8.4 yards per pass attempt is the fourth-highest in the league.

Goff’s 12.9 yards per completion is tied with Nick Mullens for the fourth-highest in the NFL.

Goff’s 101.1 passer rating is the eighth-highest in the NFL.

Goff’s four fourth quarter comebacks were the third-highest in the league.

Goff’s four game-winning drives were tied for the fourth-highest in 2018.

Goff’s 101 red zone passes were the third-most in 2018.

Goff threw 23 red zone touchdown passes, tied with Matt Ryan for the fourth-highest in 2018.

Goff’s two interceptions inside the 10-yard line were tied with Ben Roethlisberger and Case Keenum for the most in 2018.

Goff’s 96.5 passer rating on third down was the eighth-highest among quarterbacks with at least 75 passes.

Goff’s third down conversions through the air were the ninth-most in 2018.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (8)

Garrett is the longest-tenured head coach to have not coached in a conference championship game.

Garrett is 3-1 against the Rams franchise. Here is how other Cowboys head coaches have done against the Rams:

Tom Landry: 11-11
Jason Garrett: 3-1
Dave Campo: 1-0
Wade Phillips: 1-1
Jimmy Johnson: 1-2
Bill Parcells: 0-1


Garrett is 10-9 against the NFC West with a 6-4 record on the road.

Garrett’s 6-4 record against the NFC West on the road is the best compared to the other NFC divisions sans the East:
NFC West: 6-4
NFC North: 3-4
NFC South: 3-6

A loss would give Garrett three postseason losses, the second-most in Dallas history behind Landry’s 16.

A win would join Garrett with Landry and Johnson as the only Cowboys coaches to win a road playoff game.

Garrett is 21/41 on challenges for his career with a 2/5 rate in 2018.

Garrett has never thrown the challenge flag in a playoff game.


SEAN MCVAY FACTS (9)

A win would make McVay the first Rams coach since Ray Malavasi to win a playoff game at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

McVay is 2-3 against the NFC East with a 0-3 record at home.

McVay is the first Rams coach since Ray Malavasi to lead the team to two consecutive division titles in his first two seasons.

McVay is the first Rams coach since Mike Martz to lead the team to consecutive top-2 finishes in points in his first two seasons.

A loss would join McVay as the first Rams coach since George Allen to lose his first two playoff games.

The Rams had the seventh-lowest penalties in 2018 with 96.

The Rams’ 96 penalties were the 33rd-most in franchise history.

The Rams have the 15th-lowest red zone conversion rate at 57.5 percent.

McVay is 6/13 on challenges for his career with a 3/7 record in 2018.


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (11)

Elliott has the ninth-most playoff rushing yards in Dallas history with 262.

Elliott’s 5.46 yards per carry in the playoffs is third-highest in Cowboys history.

Elliott is currently tied with Felix Jones and Marion Barber for the 11th-most playoff rushing touchdowns in Dallas history with one.

Elliott has 30 receiving yards in the playoffs, the 58th-most in Cowboys history. Even Deion Sanders has more with 95 (34th).

A win would make Elliott the first NFL rushing champion since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2007 to reach a conference championship game.

Elliott’s 411 touches through the wild-card round are tied for 16th-fewest in NFL history for a single-season among 400-touch qualifiers.

The Cowboys are 8-3 on the road when Elliott averages 4.5 yards per carry or higher compared to 4-4 when he does not.

The Cowboys are 10-1 on the road when Elliott scores a rushing touchdown compared to 2-6 when he does not.

When Elliott rushes for 100-plus yards on the road, the Cowboy are 8-2 compared to 4-5 when he does not.

Elliott’s 2.08 first down yards per carry are the third-lowest against the Rams since 2017 among backs with at least 10 attempts.

Elliott’s 8.00 second down yards per carry are tied with Devonta Freeman for the third-highest against the Rams since 2017 among backs with at least five attempts.


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

This is the eighth game between the Cowboys and Rams on FOX, and the first in the postseason. Here is the breakdown by network:
CBS: 19 (eight playoff games)
ABC: 6
FOX: 7
ESPN: 1

The Cowboys are 5-7 on FOX in the postseason.

The Rams are 4-2 on FOX in the postseason.

The Rams have never had the team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman call one of their playoff games.

The Cowboys are 2-4 when Buck calls their playoff games.

Dallas is 2-4 when Aikman calls their postseason contests.

This is the third time in FOX’s history they will have the A-team broadcast a Saturday night divisional playoff game.

This is the first time since the 1985 NFC Divisional playoffs the Cowboys will play a Saturday divisional game. Dallas is 5-2 in such games with a 2-2 record on the road.

This is the first time since the 2004 NFC Divisional playoffs the Rams will play a Saturday divisional game. The Rams are 2-4 in such games with a 2-1 record at home.

Pat Summerall and Frank Gifford are tied for the most games called in the series with six.


JOHN PARRY FACTS (12)

This week’s referee is John Parry. Dallas is 9-6 when he referees and this will be the third time this season he will be their referee. 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
2018 – @PHI, 27-20 – W




The Cowboys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 6/15 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
2018 – PHI: 0/0; DAL: 5/37



Parry was tied for the sixth-highest home team winning percentage in 2018:
John Hussey: .867
Carl Cheffers: .800
Tony Corrente: .750
Shawn Hochuli: .667
Walt Coleman: .625
JOHN PARRY: .600
Jerome Boger: .600
Alex Kemp: .600
Clay Martin: .600
Craig Wrolstad: .600
Brad Allen: .533
Pete Morelli: .533
Ron Torbert: .533
Bill Vinovich: .533
Walt Anderson: .467
Shawn Smith: .433
Clete Blakeman: .333


Anderson was tied for the lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Craig Wrolstad: .867
Pete Morelli: .667
Tony Corrente: .643
John Hussey: .600
Bill Vinovich: .600
Walt Anderson: .533
Brad Allen: .533
Walt Coleman: .531
Clete Blakeman: .467
Jerome Boger: .467
Shawn Hochuli: .467
Shawn Smith: .400
Ron Torbert: .333
Carl Cheffers: .333
Alex Kemp: .333
Clay Martin: .333
JOHN PARRY: .333

The Rams are a perfect 6-0 with John Parry. Here are the results.
2008 – DAL, 34-14 – W
2012 – CRD, 17-3 – W
2013 – TB, 23-13 – W
2015 – @CRD, 24-22 – W
2017 – NO, 26-20 – W
2018 – @DET, 30-16 – W



The Rams have had fewer penalties 1/6 times with Parry:

2008 – DAL: 8/56; RAM: 5/32
2012 – CRD: 5/35; RAM: 7/60
2013 – TB: 3/26; RAM: 7/85
2015 – CRD: 3/20; RAM: 7/66
2017 – NO: 7/112; RAM: 9/90
2018 – DET: 8/54; RAM: 7/105



Parry’s games averaged the second-fewest sacks in 2018:
Cheffers: 6.2
Martin: 5.8
Coleman: 5.6
Anderson: 5.3
Torbert: 5.3
Hussey: 5.1
Morelli: 5.1
Blakeman: 4.9
Hochuli: 4.9
Vinovich: 4.9
Wrolstad: 4.9
Smith: 4.9
Corrente: 4.7
Allen: 4.0
Kemp: 4.0
PARRY: 3.9
Boger: 3.6



Parry’s games featured the fourth-most offensive holding calls in 2018:
Hochuli: 4.5
Anderson: 3.5
Cheffers: 3.4
PARRY: 3.3
Torbert: 3.1
Wrolstad: 3.1
Blakeman: 2.7
Boger: 2.7
Martin: 2.6
Kemp: 2.5
Morelli: 2.4
Smith: 2.3
Allen: 2.1
Corrente: 2.0
Coleman: 1.9
Hussey: 1.6
Vinovich: 1.2


Under Parry, the Cowboys are 0/4 on challenges while their opponents are 7/8. Replay Assistant is 2/4 with none of the calls benefiting the Cowboys.

Under Parry, the Rams are 0/1 on challenges while opponents are 1/2. Replay Assistant has yet to make a decision in a Rams game with Parry as referee.


Parry had the sixth-highest overturn rate on coaches’ challenges in 2018:
Allen: .800 (4/5)
Anderson: .692 (9/13)
Morelli: .667 (2/3)
Cheffers: .625 (5/8)
Hussey: .556 (5/9)
PARRY: .500 (4/8)
Vinovich: .444 (4/9)
Corrente: .417 (5/12)
Hochuli: .400 (2/5)
Martin: .375 (3/8)
Wrolstad: .364 (4/11)
Coleman: .333 (3/9)
Torbert: .333 (3/9)
Blakeman: .333 (2/6)
Boger: .182 (2/11)
Smith: .167 (1/6)
Kemp: .125 (1/8)


This is Parry’s first playoff game in three seasons. Home teams are 2-2 and have had fewer penalties 2/4 times.



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (12)

The Rams have qualified for the playoffs once since 2004. Still, despite their lone playoff appearance in the past 14 seasons, they have more postseason wins since 1997 (six) than do the Cowboys (three).



The Rams became the first NFL champion to move the season after winning it all when they moved from Cleveland to Los Angeles for the 1946 season.


Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald produced 20.5 sacks in 2018. Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor is the only one of the 12 defenders to record 20-plus sacks since 1982 and reach the Super Bowl.


Donald has 20.5 sacks. However, the Rams finished 15th in the NFL with 41.


Donald also led the NFL with 25 tackles for loss.


Rams safety Josh Johnson has produced four interceptions in 2018, tied for the seventh-most in the league.


Rams running back Todd Gurley’s 4.74 yards per carry on first down is the 12th-highest in 2018 among backs with at least 100 such carries.


Gurley’s 27 first downs on first down were the second-highest in the NFL behind James Conner’s 32.

In 2018, when the Rams have been trailing with less than four minutes to play, Gurley has had three carries for seven yards and two catches for 16 yards on four targets.



Saturday is the first time in Cowboys history they will play on Jan. 12.



The Rams are 0-1 on Jan. 12. Their lone game was a 24-0 loss at the Chicago Bears in the 1985 NFC Championship Game.



The Cowboys have four birthdays to celebrate on Jan. 12:

1947 – Otto Brown, DB, 1969
1951 – Drew Pearson, WR, 1973-83
1971 – Oscar Sturgis, DE, 1995
1972 – Dominique Ross, RB, 1995-96

Rams at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (13)

The Cowboys are 2-1 for the 28th time in franchise history. 15/27 of the previous teams made the playoffs.

The Rams are 2-1 for the 17th time in club history. 7/16 of the previous teams made the postseason.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last revised, 151/276 teams that started 2-1 made the playoffs.

The Cowboys are 3-3 against the Rams in October.

The Cowboys are 9-8 against the Rams at home. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Cotton Bowl: 0-2
Texas Stadium: 6-6
AT&T Stadium: 3-0

The Rams are 0-1 in Central Time Zone games since moving back to Los Angeles. The last such game they won was Sept. 25, 1994 when they shutout the Kansas City Chiefs 16-0 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Dallas is 24-23-1 against West Coast teams that visit the Metroplex.

This is the only early game Dallas will play in 2017. The Cowboys are 153-117 all-time in early games with a 75-39 record at home.

Los Angeles is 555-557-20 in early games with a 244-315-11 record on the road.

The Cowboys are 5-2 against the Rams in early games in the series.

Los Angeles is on a three-game losing streak against the NFC East. The last such win was a 24-0 shutout in Washington on Dec. 7, 2014.

The Rams haven’t made the playoffs since 2004. Still, despite their nine-year playoff appearance drought, they have more postseason wins since 1997 (six) than do the Cowboys (two).


The Rams are the only NFL franchise to have defeated the Cowboys with two interim head coaches: Joe Vitt in 2005 and Jim Haslett in 2008.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (7)

Prescott is 2-1 against fellow quarterbacks in the 2016 draft class.

Among quarterbacks with a minimum of 25 attempts, Prescott’s 74.9 passer rating on third down is the 13th-best in the NFL.

Last week’s 28-17 win at Arizona helped Prescott earn his first game-winning drive of the season, tying him with 10 other quarterbacks for the second-most in 2017.

Prescott’s 88.9 passer rating through the first three games is the first time since Tony Romo in 2012 that a Cowboys starting quarterback has registered in the 80’s in passer rating through the first three games.

Prescott’s four sacks through the first three games match his 2016 total, which is still the fewest by a Dallas starting quarterback through the first three games since 1981 when Danny White sacked just four times.

Prescott’s adjusted yards per attempt is 6.53 through the first three games. Last season, through the first three games, it was 7.95.

Prescott’s 107 pass attempts through the first three games are the sixth-most in Cowboys history.


JARED GOFF FACTS (7)

Goff has the third-best passer rating on third down this season at 139.4

Goff’s 13 third down conversions are tied for the ninth-most in the NFL.

Goff’s 8.6 yards per attempt on third down is the seventh-best in the NFL.

Goff is tied with Trevor Siemian for the most touchdowns thrown on third down with four.

Goff’s 233 passing yards on third down are the eighth-most in the NFL.

Goff’s 817 passing yards are the seventh-most in the league.

Goff owns the league’s third-best passer rating at 118.2.

JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Jason Garrett is 3-0 against the Rams franchise. Here is how other Cowboys head coaches have done against the Rams:

Tom Landry: 11-11
Jason Garrett: 3-0
Dave Campo: 1-0
Wade Phillips: 1-1
Jimmy Johnson: 1-2
Bill Parcells: 0-1


The Rams join the Browns, Bengals, Steelers, Colts, and Dolphins as the only teams Garrett has an undefeated mark against in multiple games.

Garrett is 8-6 against the NFC West with a 3-3 record at home.

Garrett’s 3-3 home record against the NFC West is his second-best compared to the rest of the conference:
NFC North: 5-4
NFC West: 3-3
NFC South: 3-4


Garrett has started 2-1 in every one of his seven seasons as the Cowboys head coach. Only Tom Landry has more such starts with 13. Landry has a better playoff rate with 8/13 of his 2-1 squads making the playoffs compared to 2/6 for Garrett.

Garrett is currently 21-21 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 10-9 against rookie head coaches with a 4-5 record at home.

Garrett is 23-14 against quarterbacks who have never been to the playoffs with a 13-8 on the road.

The Cowboys’ 64 points for are the second-fewest through the first three games in the Garrett era.

The Cowboys’ 22 penalties through the first three games are the third-most in the Garrett era.


SEAN MCVAY FACTS (10)

A win against the Cowboys would join McVay with Bob Waterfield, George Allen, Chuck Knox, Ray Malavasi, Joe Vitt, and Jim Haslett as the only first-year Rams head coaches to earn a win against the Cowboys in their first meeting.

McVay’s 2-1 mark joins him with Scott Linehan, John Robinson, George Allen, John Stydahar, and Bob Snyder as the only first-year Rams head coaches to lead the club to a 2-1 record.

A win against the Cowboys would also make McVay the first Rams first-year head coach since Mike Martz in 2000 to lead the club to two road wins with no losses.

McVay’s Rams have 107 points for through the first three games, the second-highest such total since 1940.

The last time the Rams led the NFL in points for after three games was 2000 when they had 119, the franchise record. Of course, Martz was also in his first year as head coach.

McVay’s Rams have a point differential of plus-32 through the first three games, the 14th-best in Rams history. Never have any of the 13 teams ahead of the 2017 Rams finished with a losing record.

McVay has yet to throw his challenge flag through three games.

McVay is the first Rams first-year head coach to have a first-round quarterback in his second year under center.

The last time a Rams head coach with his first year in the team had a Super Bowl-winning coordinator was Jeff Fisher in 2012 when he hired Gregg Williams. Unfortunately, Williams was suspended indefinitely due to his involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.

McVay was a coaching assistant on the 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers as Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia was serving in the same capacity for the Bucs from 2002-10.

BROADCAST FACTS (10)

The Cowboys are 123-115 all-time on FOX.

The Rams are 132-194-1 all-time on FOX.

The Cowboys are 63-55 in early games on FOX with a 53-47 record at home.

The Rams are 102-136 in early games on FOX with a 32-64 record on the road.

The Cowboys are 21-13 with Daryl Johnston as color commentator.

The Rams are 8-13 with Johnston as color commentator.

Dallas is 1-2 with Chris Myers as play-by-play.

Los Angeles is 9-19-1 when Myers is play-by-play.

Johnston is 1/5 ex-Cowboys to call Dallas games on television. The other four are Eddie Le Baron, Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, and Troy Aikman.

The final ESPN Sunday Night Football contest was Cowboys-Rams in Texas Stadium on Jan. 1, 2006. The Rams defeated the Cowboys 20-10 and dropped them to 9-7 on the year.


CLETE BLAKEMAN FACTS (10)

This week’s referee is Clete Blakeman. The Cowboys are 3-3 when Blakeman referees. Here are the results:

2010 – JAX, 17-35 – L
2012 – PIT, 27-24 – W-OT
2014 – @Rams, 34-31 – W
2014 – PHI, 10-33 – L
2015 – NE, 6-30 – L
2016 – @PIT, 35-30 – W


The Cowboys have had fewer penalties than opposition 3/6 times:

2010 – JAX: 6/36; DAL: 3/20
2012 – PIT: 0/0; DAL: 8/61
2014 – Rams: 8/119; DAL: 3/15
2014 – PHI: 4/20; DAL: 6/42
2015 – NE: 9/65; DAL: 7/50
2016 – PIT: 4/40; DAL: 10/98



Blakeman is tied with five other referees for the second-lowest home team winning percentage thus far:

John Hussey: 1.000
Terry McAulay: 1.000
Pete Morelli: 1.000
Gene Steratore: 1.000
Ron Torbert: 1.000
John Parry: .667
Walt Anderson: .667
Carl Cheffers: .667
Brad Allen: .500
Ed Hochuli: .500
Jeff Triplette: .333
Bill Vinovich: .333
Jerome Boger: .333
Walt Coleman: .333
Tony Corrente: .333
Clete Blakeman: .333
Craig Wrolstad: .000


Blakeman is also tied with five other referees for the second-most games with home teams having fewer penalties:

Brad Allen: 1.000
Gene Steratore: 1.000
Pete Morelli: 1.000
Clete Blakeman: .667
Walt Anderson: .667
Carl Cheffers: .667
Ron Torbert: .667
Bill Vinovich: .667
Craig Wrolstad: .667
Jerome Boger: .500
John Hussey: .500
Walt Coleman: .333
Tony Corrente: .333
Terry McAulay: .333
Jeff Triplette: .333
John Parry: .333
Ed Hochuli: .000


The Rams have a 3-3-1 record with Blakeman:

2010 – @Cardinals, 19-6 – W
2011 – @CLE, 13-12 – W
2011 – @PIT, 0-27 – L
2012 – @SF, 24-24 – T
2013 – Cardinals, 27-24 – W
2014 – DAL, 31-34 – L
2016 – ATL, 14-42 – L


The Rams have had fewer penalties 3/7 times with Blakeman:

2010 – Cardinals: 6/54; Rams: 2/15
2011 – CLE: 6/60; Rams: 7/55
2011 – PIT: 7/50; Rams: 4/21
2012 – SF: 13/85; Rams: 7/66
2013 – Cardinals: 6/68; Rams: 7/59
2014 – DAL: 3/15; Rams: 8/119
2016 – ATL: 5/40; Rams: 11/105


Blakeman is in the middle of the pack in terms of sacks per game:

Parry: 7.3
McAulay: 6.7
Cheffers: 6.3
Coleman: 6.3
Wrolstad: 6
Corrente: 6
Vinovich: 5.3
Steratore: 5.3
Blakeman: 5
Allen: 5
Anderson: 5
Triplette: 4.7
Hochuli: 4.5
Boger: 3.3
Morelli : 3
Torbert : 3
Hussey: 2.5


Blakeman is tied with Gene Steratore for the fifth-fewest offensive holding calls per game:

Coleman: 4.7
Morelli : 4.5
Torbert : 4
Corrente: 4
Hussey: 4
Wrolstad: 3.7
Parry: 3.3
Cheffers: 3.3
Vinovich: 2.7
Anderson: 2.7
McAulay: 2.3
Steratore: 2
Blakeman: 2
Triplette: 1.7
Hochuli: 1.5
Allen: 1
Boger: 1


With Blakeman under the hood, the Cowboys are 2/3 on challenges with the opposition going 1/3 while Replay Assistant is 3/9 with only one call benefitting Dallas.


The Rams are 0/1 on challenges under Blakeman while opponents are 1/1. Replay Assistant is 1/5 with two of those decisions favoring the Rams.




MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (33)


The Rams became the first NFL champion to move the season after winning it all when they moved from Cleveland to Los Angeles for the 1946 season.

This is the third straight season Dez Bryant has failed to catch more than 15 passes and eclipse the 200-yard mark through the first three games.

Bryant’s 40.7 catch percentage through the first three games is the lowest of his career.

This is the third straight season Bryant has not led the Cowboys in receiving yards after the first three games. Subsequently, this is the third straight season the Cowboys have had a different receiving yards leader through three games than the year before.

Witten currently leads the Cowboys in receiving yards with 159 through three games. The last time Witten led Dallas in receiving yards through the first three games was 2010 when he had 272.

Receiver Terrance Williams’ 81.3 catch percentage through the first three games is the second-best of his career. His best was last season when he had an 87.3 percentage.

Williams’ 13 catches for 132 yards through the first three games is the best of his career in terms of catches and yards.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s 29.0 sacks are the most by an interior defensive lineman since 2014.

Donald’s solo sack through the first three games are tied for the second-lowest total of his career.

Donald’s 120 solo tackles are the sixth-most since 2014.

Rams linebacker Robert Quinn has six total tackles against the Cowboys through three career games.

With 241 rushing yards, this is the first time in Rams running back Todd Gurley’s career he has started in the top-5 in rushing yards in the first three games.

Gurley’s 241 rushing yards as the 23rd-most by a Rams running back through the first three games to start the season since 1950.

Gurley has exactly 63 attempts through three games, same as last season. However, Gurley has scored four touchdowns to two, posted 241 yards to 183, and averages 3.83 yards per carry versus 2.90.

Rams receiver Sammy Watkins has 13 catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns through the first three games, his best such start in his career. His previous best start was his rookie season when he caught 13 balls for 167 yards and a touchdown.

Last week was the fourth multi-touchdown game of Watkins’ career.

Watkins’ 166 catches are eighth-most by a receiver among the 2014 draft class.

Watkins’ 19 touchdowns are tied with Jordan Matthews for the fifth-most by a receiver among the 2014 draft class.

Watkins remains with Kelvin Benjamin and Brandin Cooks as the only first round receivers in the 2014 draft who have yet to make a Pro Bowl.

Rams receiver Cooper Kupp’s grandfather Jake Kupp was drafted by the Cowboys in 1964, and his father Craig Kupp played for the Cowboys in 1991.

Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey is 3/4 on field goals at home against the Rams in his career.

The Cowboys are tied with five other teams for being the beneficiary for the most offensive holding calls with six.

All four of the Rams’ offensive holding calls this season have been declined.

The Cowboys are tied with the Buffalo Bills for the eighth-shortest drives on average at 2:29 time of possession per drive.

The Rams defense averages the fewest plays per drive with 5.2.

The Rams defense is tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the eighth-shortest drives per possession at 2:25.

The Cowboys have the fourth-best average starting field position per drive at the 32.6-yard line per drive. However, they are the absolute median in terms of drives ending in scores (35.3 percent).

The Dallas defense is the ninth-best in the league in terms of fewest points per drive at 1.62.

The Cowboys and the Rams are tied with three other teams for the second-most false starts in the NFL with six.

Tyron Smith is tied with eight other players for the most false starts in the NFL with two. None of those players include a Rams offensive lineman.

The Cowboys are 2-6 on Oct. 1. Here are the results:

1961 – @CLE, 7-25 – L
1967 – Rams, 13-35 – L
1972 – @GB, 13-16 – L
1989 – NYG, 13-30 – L
1995 – @WAS, 23-27 – L
2000 – @CAR, 16-13 – W-OT
2006 – @OTI, 45-14 – W
2012 – CHI, 18-34 – L

The Rams are 8-2 on Oct. 1. Here are the results:
1939 – @GB, 27-24 – W
1950 – @SFO, 35-14 – W
1961 – PIT, 24-14 – W
1967 – @DAL, 35-13 – W
1972 – @ATL, 3-31 – L
1978 – @NO, 26-20 – W
1989 – @SFO, 13-12 – W
1995 – @Colts, 18-21 – L
2000 – Chargers, 57-31 – W
2006 – DET, 41-34 – W

Dallas has two birthdays to celebrate on Oct. 1:

Kyle Davis, C, 1975 – 10/1/1952
Kenny Duckett, WR, 1985 – 10/1/1959