By: Mark Lane

Cowboys at Giants

SERIES FACTS (11)

The Cowboys are 9-6 for the sixth time in franchise history. 2/5 of those previous teams made the playoffs with only the 1998 team having won the division. Neither the ’98 nor the ’06 team won a playoff game.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 66/102 teams that started 9-6 made the playoffs with 19 of them having won the division.

The Giants are 5-10 for the third time in franchise history. 1/2 of the previous seasons were followed up with a playoff-qualifying season.

Dallas is going for their 22nd sweep of the Giants in series history. With 21 sweeps so far, it is the most sweeps against a divisional foe in Cowboys history. For the Giants, only the Eagles with 22 sweeps own the most against the club since 1960.

Dallas is 29-25-1 against the New York Giants on the road. Here is the record broken down by venue:

Yankee Stadium: 7-3-1
Yale Bowl: 2-0
Shea Stadium: 1-0
Giants Stadium: 14-19
MetLife Stadium: 5-3


The Cowboys are 12-13-1 against the Giants in December.

The Cowboys are 120-101-1 all-time in December with a 60-58-1 record on the road.

Since 1940, the Giants are 134-136-2 in December with a 73-71-2 record at home.

Since 1970, the Cowboys are 158-119 all-time in early games with an 81-78 record on the road.

Since 1970, the Giants are 221-197-1 in early afternoon games with a 154-121-1 record at home.

Since 1970, the Cowboys have a 63-62 mark in early afternoon games played in the Eastern Time Zone.




DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Among qualified quarterbacks, Prescott is tied with Derek Carr for the ninth-lowest touchdown percentage in the NFL at 3.7.

Prescott’s 68.3 completion percentage is the eighth-lowest in the NFL.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott’s 7.3 yards per pass attempt is tied with Kirk Cousins for the third-lowest in the NFL.

Prescott’s 10.6 yards per completion is tied for the third-lowest in the league.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, only Russell Wilson has a lower passing yards per game average than Prescott’s 233.2.

Prescott’s 52 sacks are the second-most in the league.

Prescott has orchestrated four game-winning drives, tied for third-most in the NFL.

Prescott’s 305 rushing yards are the 10th-fewest among quarterbacks this season.

Prescott and Buffalo Bills rookie Josh Allen have rushed for the most touchdowns by quarterbacks with six.

Despite being sacked more times than Eli Manning, Prescott actually has fewer yards lost than Manning: 328 to 355.



ELI MANNING FACTS (10)

Manning is tied with Jared Goff for the ninth-most pass attempts with 535.

Manning has the 10th-most passing yards with 3,998.

If Manning fails to throw beyond 19 touchdowns Sunday, 2018 will be his third season below 20 passing touchdowns and second consecutive season of doing so.

Manning’s 7.5 yards per pass attempt are the 10th-highest among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1.

Manning has been sacked 46 times in 2018, the fifth-most in the NFL.

Manning has thrown the sixth-most times inside the red zone with 82 throws.

Manning’s 46.34 completion percentage inside the red zone is the second-lowest among quarterbacks in the top-10 in most throws inside the red zone. Only Aaron Rodgers’ 42.47 is worse.

Moving inside the 10-yard line and limiting qualifiers to those with at least 20 passes, Manning’s 47.06 completion percentage is fifth-worst in the league.

Manning is tied with Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson for the eighth-most passing touchdowns inside the 10-yard line with 12.

Among active Super Bowl winners, Manning is the only one with the longest playoff win drought of seven seasons.




EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

With Todd Gurley out Sunday, and unless Giants running back Saquon Barkley can rush for 237 yards, Elliott will finish with his second league rushing title, joining him with Emmitt Smith as the only Cowboys running backs to have multiple rushing titles.

If Elliott gets the rushing title, it will give the Cowboys eight total rushing titles in NFL history. The Cleveland Browns possess the most with 11.

Among the eight running backs in the 1,000-yard club in 2018, Elliott’s six rushing touchdowns represent the fewest.

Elliott’s 4.7 yards per carry are the fifth-most among running backs in the 1,000-yard club.

Elliott’s 95.6 rushing yards per game are 6.2 yards more than Gurley’s second place total of 89.4.

Elliott leads the NFL with 304 rushing attempts, 48 more attempts than Gurley in second place.

In 2018, Elliott has had 354 touches. In his rookie season, through 15 games, Elliott had 381 touches.

Elliott has taken the seventh-most handoffs inside the 20-yard line with 39.

Elliott’s 105 rushing yards in the red zone are the sixth-most in the NFL.

Elliott has been the subject of 56/134 of Dallas’ red zone plays with an 11/38 rate inside the 5-yard line.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (17)


This is the 31st week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett is 23-16 against coaches who have yet to qualify for the playoffs with a 12-4 record on the road.

Garrett is 32-20 against the NFC East.

Garrett is 18-8 against the NFC East on the road.

Garrett has completed a series sweep 9/15 times since taking over as Cowboys head coach.

Garrett has executed a series sweep 5/7 times since taking over as Dallas head coach.

Garrett owns a 10-6 against the Giants. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 35-16-2
Jason Garrett: 10-6
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Jimmy Johnson: 5-5
Barry Switzer: 4-4
Bill Parcells: 4-4
Wade Phillips: 3-5
Dave Campo: 1-5


Garrett is 5-3 against the Giants on the road. Here is how that compares to other NFC East opponents:

Philadelphia: 7-2
Washington: 6-2
New York: 5-3



Garrett’s 20-16 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:

Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 20-16
Jimmy Johnson: 13-7
Bill Parcells: 8-9
Barry Switzer: 7-8
Wade Phillips: 5-7
Dave Campo: 4-9
Chan Gailey: 3-5


Garrett is 12-8 on the road in December. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Landry: 28-22-1
Garrett: 12-8
Johnson: 6-5
Parcells: 5-5
Phillips: 4-4
Switzer: 4-4
Campo: 1-6
Gailey: 0-4


Garrett is 3-5 in season finales. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 15-14
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Chan Gailey: 2-0
Jason Garrett: 3-5
Wade Phillips: 1-2
Barry Switzer: 1-3
Dave Campo: 0-3
Bill Parcells: 0-4


Garrett is currently 37-33 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 19-14 on the road without Romo under center.

The Cowboys’ 98 penalties are tied with the Cardinals for the 11th-fewest in the NFL.

Dallas’ 98 penalties are tied for the 39th-fewest in club history through 15 games.

The Cowboys have a 45.7 red zone conversion rate, the third-lowest in the NFL. They are the only division winner to be in the bottom-10.

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



PAT SHURMUR FACTS (10)

Shurmur risks becoming the first Giants coach since Dan Reeves in 1993 to be swept by the Cowboys in his first year at the helm.

Against playoff-winning coaches, Shurmur is 6-19 with a 4-8 record at home.

Shurmur has a 12-21 record in early games with a 9-10 record at home.

Shurmur is 4-9 in December with a 2-3 record at home.

Shurmur is 2/7 at staving off a series sweep.

Shurmur is 1/3 in staving off a series sweep at home.

The Giants have 103 penalties on the season, tied for 14th-fewest in the NFL.

New York’s 103 penalties are tied for the ninth-most in franchise history since 1940 through the first 15 games of a season.

The Giants have a 49.0 red zone conversion rate, the fifth-lowest in the NFL.

Shurmur is 8/17 on challenges for his career with a 2/5 record in 2018.


BROADCAST FACTS (8)



Dallas is 133-122 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Giants are 144-128 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

This is the 39th early game in the series and the 14th to be broadcast by FOX.

Dallas is 24-18 when Kevin Burkhardt calls their games.

New York is 3-5 when Burkhardt calls their games.

The Cowboys are 5-1 when Charles Davis does color commentary for their games.

The Giants are 1-1 when Davis calls their games.

The Cowboys are 6-3 on FOX in 2018, meaning they will finish with a winning record on the network for the 14th time since 1994.





CLAY MARTIN FACTS (9)

This week’s referee is Clay Martin. For the second consecutive week, the Cowboys will have a rookie referee.

Sunday will be Martin’s first NFC East game and his second division game of the season.


Martin is tied for the fifth-highest home team winning percentage in the NFL:

John Hussey: .857
Carl Cheffers: .786
Tony Corrente: .767
Walt Coleman: .667
CLAY MARTIN: .643
Alex Kemp: .643
John Parry: .643
Craig Wrolstad: .643
Shawn Hochuli: .643
Brad Allen: .571
Jerome Boger: .571
Bill Vinovich: .571
Walt Anderson: .500
Pete Morelli: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Shawn Smith: .393
Clete Blakeman: .357



Martin is tied for the third-lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:

Craig Wrolstad: .857
Bill Vinovich: .643
Pete Morelli: .643
Tony Corrente: .600
John Hussey: .571
Walt Coleman: .533
Brad Allen: .500
Jerome Boger: .500
Shawn Hochuli: .500
Walt Anderson: .429
Clete Blakeman: .429
Shawn Smith: .429
Alex Kemp: .357
John Parry: .357
CLAY MARTIN: .357
Carl Cheffers: .286
Ron Torbert: .286



The Giants have had Martin as a referee this season. New York beat the Chicago Bears 30-27 in overtime at MetLife Stadium, but had more penalties: 12/107 compared to 8/58.



Martin’s games have averaged the second-most sacks per game:

Cheffers: 6.3
MARTIN: 5.9
Anderson: 5.6
Coleman: 5.6
Kemp: 5.5
Allen: 5.2
Hussey: 5.1
Smith: 5.1
Blakeman: 5.0
Hochuli: 5.0
Vinovich: 5.0
Torbert: 4.9
Wrolstad: 4.8
Morelli: 4.8
Corrente: 4.7
Parry: 4.0
Boger: 3.6



Martin is right in the middle in terms of offensive holding calls per game:

Hochuli: 4.7
Cheffers: 3.5
Anderson: 3.4
Torbert: 3.2
Wrolstad: 3.2
Boger: 2.9
Parry: 2.9
Kemp: 2.7
MARTIN: 2.6
Blakeman: 2.6
Morelli: 2.5
Smith: 2.4
Corrente: 2.0
Allen: 2.0
Coleman: 1.9
Hussey: 1.6
Vinovich: 1.2



Martin is tied for the sixth-lowest coaches’ challenge overturn rate in the NFL:

Allen: .800 (4/5)
Anderson: .692 (9/13)
Cheffers: .571 (4/7)
Hussey: .556 (5/9)
Parry: .500 (4/8)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Vinovich: .444 (4/9)
Corrente: .417 (5/12)
Hochuli: .400 (2/5)
Blakeman: .400 (2/5)
Martin: .375 (3/8)
Torbert: .375 (3/8)
Coleman: .333 (3/9)
Wrolstad: .300 (3/10)
Boger: .200 (2/10)
Smith: .167 (1/6)
Kemp: .125 (1/8)


Martin is a high school basketball coach in Jenks, Okla.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (10)

The Cowboys defense gives up 3.7 yards per carry, tied with the New Orleans Saints for the second-fewest in the NFL.

Giants running back Saquon Barkley averages 4.9 yards per carry, tied with Todd Gurley for the 10th-highest in the NFL.

The Cowboys defense gives up 91.3 rushing yards per game, the fifth-fewest in the NFL.

Barkley averages 79.9 rushing yards per game, the fourth-most in the NFL.

Cowboys rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch has the second-most solo tackles in the NFL with 99.

Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is tied with Jadeveon Clowney and Jason Pierre-Paul for the ninth-most tackles for loss in the NFL with 15.

Dallas cornerback Byron Jones is tied for the sixth-most pass breakups in the NFL with 14.

New York cornerback Janoris Jenkins is tied for the 11th-most pass breakups with 13.

Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree has the fifth-most interceptions in the NFL with five.

Opposing quarterbacks have compiled an 87.2 passer rating against the Giants defense, the ninth-lowest in the NFL.

The Cowboys defense gives up 5.3 yards per play, tied with the Tennessee Titans for the sixth-lowest in the NFL.

Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis has the most rushing yards by a defensive player with 12.


The Cowboys are 2-5 on Dec. 30. Here are the results:

1973 – MIN, 10-27 – L
1978 – ATL, 27-20 – W
1979 – RAM, 19-21 – L
1990 – @ATL, 7-26 – L
2001 – SF, 27-21 – W
2007 – @WAS, 6-27 – L
2012 – @WAS, 18-28 – L


The Giants are 4-2 on Dec. 30. Here are the results:

1956 – CHI, 47-7 – W
1962 – GB, 7-16 – L
1990 – @NE, 13-10 – W
2001 – @PHI, 21-24 – L
2006 – @WAS, 34-28 – W
2012 – PHI, 42-7 – W


The Cowboys have two birthdays to celebrate on Dec. 30:

1941 – Mel Renfro, CB, 1964-77
1978 – Keith Davis, S, 2002 & 2004-08

Saints at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (11)

This is the sixth time the Cowboys have started 6-5. 2/5 of those previous teams made the playoffs with none of them having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, teams that started 6-5 made the playoffs 55/121 times with 21/55 of those clubs having won the division.

This is the first time the Saints have started 10-1. Only their 11-0 start of 2009 was better.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, there have been 24 teams that started 10-1 and all of them made the postseason. Here is the ultimate fate for those squads:

Divisional loss: 8/24
Conference Championship berth: 9/24
Super Bowl appearance: 2/24
Super Bowl win: 5/24

The Cowboys are 10-4 against the Saints at home. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Cotton Bowl: 2-0
Texas Stadium: 7-2
AT&T Stadium: 1-2

The Cowboys are 4-2 against the Saints in November with a 2-1 record at home.

The Cowboys are 4-1 on Thursday night with a 2-1 record at home.

The Saints are 6-6 on Thursday night with a 2-6 record on the road.

The Saints are the only NFC team the Cowboys have not played in the postseason. Comparatively, the Dallas is among four NFC teams that New Orleans hasn’t faced in the playoffs.

From 1967-69, the Cowboys amassed five wins over the expansion Saints. This ties with the Falcons for the Cowboys’ second-best start against an expansion team. Franchise first place is over the Buccaneers with six straight wins.

The Saints are one of four teams to have once been division opponents with Dallas for more than a season. The other three teams are the Cardinals, Browns, and Steelers.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (11)

Prescott has the 11th-lowest yards per pass attempt in the NFL at 7.2.

Prescott’s 90-yard touchdown pass to receiver Amari Cooper on Thanksgiving is the second-longest pass thrown in the NFL this season.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott’s five interceptions are tied for the third-lowest in the NFL.

Prescott’s 2,427 passing yards are the lowest among Week 1 starters this season.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott’s 93.2 passer rating is the fourth-lowest in the league.

Prescott is tied with Eli Manning for the most sacks in the NFL with 38.

Prescott’s 11.1 yards per completion is tied with Josh Rosen for the 10th-lowest in the NFL.

Prescott’s five red zone rushing touchdowns are the most for quarterbacks this season.

Prescott has 67 rushing yards inside the red zone, which are the third-most among quarterbacks.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott has the third-longest time to throw at 2.96 seconds.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott is tied with Andrew Luck for the seventh-shortest distance on throws to the sticks at -1.4 yards.


DREW BREES FACTS (20)

Brees’ 76.4 completion percentage is the best of his career through the first 11 games.

Brees’ 76.4 completion percentage is the best in the NFL.

According to Next Gen Stats, Brees has the second-shortest time to throw in the NFL at 2.57 seconds.

Brees’ 3,135 passing yards are the seventh-most in the NFL.

Brees’ 3,135 passing yards are the 10th-most in his career through the first 11 games of a season.

According to Next Gen Stats, Brees’ 6.2 “completed air yards” are tied for the ninth-best in the league.

Brees’ 29 touchdown passes are the third-most in the NFL.

Brees’ 29 touchdown passes are the third-most in his career through the first 11 games. Only 2012 (31) and 2016 (30) were better.

Only Aaron Rodgers has thrown fewer interceptions among quarterbacks who started since Week 1. Brees is second with two picks.

Brees’ two interceptions are the fewest of his career through the first 11 games.

Brees’ 127.3 passer rating is the best in the NFL, 9.4 points higher than the nearest second place quarterback in Patrick Mahomes.

With a minimum of 100 pass attempts, Brees’ 127.3 passer rating is the second-best in the NFL through the first 11 games since 1950. Only Tom Brady’s 134.0 from 2007 is better.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Brees’ 10 sacks are the fewest in the NFL.

Brees’ 10 sacks are the third-fewest of his career through the first 11 games.

Brees’ 8.8 yards per pass attempt is the fifth-most in the NFL.

According to Next Gen Stats, Brees’ 7.4 “intended air yards” are tied with Patrick Mahomes for the ninth-fewest in the NFL.

Brees’ 8.8 yards per pass attempt is the second-most of his career. Only 2009’s 9.1 was higher.

According to Next Gen Stats, Brees throws 1.1 yards behind the line to gain on average.

Brees played Texas high school football at Austin Westlake. He is 4-3 in the state of Texas.

Brees has a 21-12 record against the NFC East with a 9-5 record on the road.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (13)

Against head coaches who used to coach him or be his offensive coordinator, Garrett is 2-3:

2010 – NO (Sean Payton), 27-30 – L
2011 – BUF (Chan Gailey), 44-7 – W
2013 – NO (Sean Payton), 17-49 – L
2014 – NO (Sean Payton), 38-17 – W
2015 – @NO (Sean Payton), 20-26 – L-OT


Garrett is 23-14 in November with a 12-10 record at home.

Garrett is 7-5 on Thursdays with a 3-0 record in prime time.

Here is how Garrett’s 7-5 record on Thursdays compares to the rest of the Cowboys’ coaches
Tom Landry: 14-7-1
Wade Phillips: 4-0
Barry Switzer: 3-1
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Jason Garrett: 7-5
Bill Parcells: 2-2
Chan Gailey: 1-1
Dave Campo: 1-2


Garrett’s 1-4 record is the worst record against the Saints since Bill Parcells. Here is how other Cowboys coaches have fared against New Orleans:

Tom Landry: 11-2
Barry Switzer: 1-0
Wade Phillips: 1-0
Jimmy Johnson: 2-1
Jason Garrett: 1-4
Chan Gailey: 0-2
Bill Parcells: 0-3


Garrett is 5-11 against the NFC South with a 3-4 record at home.

Garrett’s 3-4 record against the NFC South at home is his second-best against other divisions in the conference sans the NFC East:
NFC North: 6-4
NFC South: 3-4
NFC West: 3-5

Garrett is 9-12 against Super Bowl-winning head coaches.

The Cowboys have been flagged 60 times this season, the fifth-fewest penalties in the NFL.

The Cowboys’ 60 penalties through the first 11 games are tied with the 1967 team for the 11th-most in franchise history with 60.

The Cowboys have the 10th-lowest red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 53.1 percent.

Garrett is 20/40 on challenges for his career with a 1/4 record in 2018.

Jason Garrett was a member of the 1989 and 1990 New Orleans Saints. Against teams Garrett once was on the roster for (Saints, Giants, Buccaneers, Dolphins), he holds a 16-11 record.


SEAN PAYTON FACTS (8)

Sean Payton has the most wins against the Dallas Cowboys than any other head coach in Saints history:
Tom Fears: 0-5
J.D. Roberts: 1-0
John North: 0-1
Hank Stram: 0-1
Dick Nolan: 0-1
Bum Phillips: 0-3
Jim Mora: 2-3
Mike Ditka: 2-0
Jim Haslett: 2-0
Joe Vitt: 1-0
Sean Payton: 4-2


All of Sean Payton’s professional coaching experience came as an assistant in the NFC East. Here is his record against NFC East teams:
New York: 5-1
Philadelphia: 5-2
Dallas: 4-2
Washington: 3-3

Payton is 6-5 on Thursdays with a 3-4 record on the road.

Payton is 31-16 in November with a 14-9 record on the road.

The Saints are tied with the Panthers for the third-fewest penalties in the NFL with 59.

New Orleans’ 59 penalties through the first 11 games are tied with the 2006 team for the 13th-fewest in the NFL.

The Saints have the third-best red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 73.1 percent.

Payton has a 45/107 overturn rate on challenges with a 1/2 record in 2018.


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

The Saints began playing in 1967 and have appeared in 93 prime time games. Since 1995, the Cowboys have appeared in 106.

Dallas and New Orleans have played nine prime time games in their series with the Cowboys holding a 5-4 advantage:
1973 – Saints-Cowboys – ABC – 40-3 Cowboys
1984 – Saints-Cowboys – ABC* – 30-27 Cowboys
1988 – Cowboys-Saints – ABC – 20-17 Saints
1994 – Cowboys-Saints – ABC – 24-16 Cowboys
2006 – Saints-Co
wboys – NBC – 42-17 Saints
2009 – Cowboys-Saints – NFLN – 24-17 Cowboys
2013 – Cowboys-Sai
nts – NBC – 49-17 Saints
2014 – Saints-Cowboys – NBC – 38-17 Cowboys
2015 – Cowboys-Saints – NBC – 26-20 Saints
*Sunday night special, delayed 9:45 p.m. Central due to Reagan-Mondale presidential debate

Thursday’s game makes the 10th prime time game in the series. This series has seen 16 early games and 3 late games. Here’s the Cowboys’ records for each time slot:
Early games: 9-7
Late games: 2-1
Prime time: 5-4

Dallas is 130-121 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

Thursday will mark the Cowboys’ 12th appearance on NFL Network, the most by any team in the network’s history.

The Cowboys have never lost a Thursday night game broadcast on NFL Network (4-0), though they have lost three Saturday night games (4-3).

The Cowboys are 35-41 when Joe Buck does play-by-play for their games.

Dallas is 41-47 when Troy Aikman does color commentary for their games.

A total of five former Cowboys have called TV games in the series: Eddie LeBaron, Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Daryl Johnston. Only former head coach Hank Stram has been the only ex-Saint to call games in the series on TV.

The Saints are the only NFC team the Cowboys have never beaten on FOX (0-9).



WALT ANDERSON FACTS (11)

This week’s referee is Walt Anderson, a native of Sugar Land, Texas. Anderson has refereed 17 Cowboys games in his career. Dallas is 8-9. Here are the results:

2005 – @NYG, 10-17 – L
2006 – TB, 38-10 – W
2006* – @SEA, 20-21 – L
2007 – Rams, 35-7 – W
2007 – WAS, 28-23 – W
2008 – WAS, 24-26 – L
2008 – NYG, 20-8 – W
2009 – @DE
N, 10-17 – L
2009* – @MIN, 3-34 – L
2011 – @NYG, 31-14 – L
2012 – CHI, 34-18 – L
2012 – @WAS, 18-28 – L
2013 – WAS, 31-16 – W
2013 – @NYG, 24-21 – W
2015 – @WAS, 19-16 – W
2017 – @WAS, 33-19 – W
2017 – @NYG, 30-10 – W
2018 – @CAR, 8-16 – L

*Playoff game


The Cowboys have won the penalty battle 8/17 times with Walt Anderson:

2005 – NYG: 6/44; DAL: 7/46
2006 – TB: 5/55; DAL: 2/19
2006* – SEA: 3/15; DAL: 8/74
2007 – Rams: 7/50; DAL: 2/10
2007 – WAS: 3/71; DAL: 7/58
2008 – WAS: 5/30; DAL: 3/15
2008 – NYG: 7/40; DAL: 11/108
2009 – DEN: 7/70; DAL: 10/81
2009* – MIN: 8/50; D
AL: 2/10
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1 – NYG: 3/28; DAL: 7/43
2012 – CHI: 4/25; DAL: 2/10
2012 – WAS: 2/20; DAL: 1/6
2013 – WAS: 12/104; DAL: 7/80
2013 – NYG: 11/81; DAL: 11/85
2015 – WAS: 9/73; DAL: 8/70
2017 – WAS: 5/32; DAL: 8/89
2017 – NYG: 7/69; DAL: 8/51
2018 – CAR: 9/80; DAL: 10/85

*Playoff game



Anderson is tied for the third-lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL:

John Hussey: .818
Carl Cheffers: .800
Tony Corrente: .773
Clay Martin: .727
Shawn Hochuli: .700
Alex Kemp: .700
Bill Vinovich: .700
Walt Coleman: .636
Brad Allen: .600
John Parry: .600
Jerome Boger: .546
Craig Wrolstad: .546
Pete Morelli: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
WALT ANDERSON: .500
Clete Blakeman: .300
Shawn Smith: .250


Anderson is tied for the seventh-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:

Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Pete Morelli: .700
Shawn Hochuli: .600
Bill Vinovich: .600
Tony Corrente: .546
John Hussey: .546
WALT ANDERSON: .500
Alex Kemp: .500
Brad Allen: .500
Clete Blakeman: .500
Jerome Boger: .455
Walt Coleman: .455
Ron Torbert: .400
Shawn Smith: .400
Clay Martin: .364
John Parry: .300
Carl Cheffers: .200



The Saints are 6-10 when Anderson referees their games:

2003 – @PHI, 20-33 – L
2004 – @ATL, 21-24 – L
2007 – @CLT, 10-41 – L
2007 – ATL, 22-16 – W
2009 – @BUF, 27-7 – W
2010 – ATL, 24-27 – L-OT
2010 – @RAV, 24-30 – L
2011 – @RAM, 21-31 – L
2011 – @MIN, 20-42 – L
2013 – CAR, 31-13 – W
2014 – MIN, 20-9 – W
2015 – @CRD, 19-31 – L
2016 – CAR, 41-38 – W
2016 – @TB, 11-16 – L
2017 – @TB, 24-31 – L
2018 – @ATL, 43-37 – W-OT



The Saints have had fewer penalties 10/16 times under Anderson:

2003 – PHI: 14/171; NO: 12/101
2004 – ATL: 6/46; NO: 5/25
2007 – CLT: 6/30; NO: 4/20
2007 – ATL: 9/52; NO: 6/49
2009 – BUF: 12/116; NO: 9/97
2010 – ATL: 6/40; NO: 4/38
2010 – RAV: 10/68; NO: 6/68
2011 – RAM: 9/64; NO: 5/32
2011 – MIN: 8/84; NO: 6/65
2013 – CAR: 5/35; NO: 5/45
2014 – MIN: 5/44; NO: 4/30
2015 – CRD: 5/30; NO: 7/73
2016 – CAR: 5/51; NO: 10/126
2016 – TB: 7/65; NO: 13/104
2017 – TB: 2/15; NO: 7/38
2018 – ATL: 5/54; NO: 11/120


Anderson games have featured the second-most sacks on average:
Cheffers: 6.8
ANDERSON: 5.6
Kemp: 5.6
Martin: 5.6
Hussey: 5.5
Allen: 5.4
Hochuli: 5.3
Smith: 5.3
Coleman: 5.2
Wrolstad: 5.1
Corrente: 5.0
Morelli: 4.8
Torbert: 4.8
Vinovich: 4.5
Blakeman: 4.3
Parry: 3.7
Boger: 3.6


Anderson’s games are tied for the third-most offensive holding calls in the NFL:
Hochuli: 4.2
Wrolstad: 3.3
ANDERSON: 2.9
Torbert: 2.9
Cheffers: 2.8
Kemp: 2.6
Smith: 2.4
Blakeman: 2.3
Martin: 2.1
Parry: 2.1
Boger: 2.0
Morelli: 2.0
Allen: 1.9
Corrente: 1.6
Coleman: 1.4
Hussey: 1.6
Vinovich: 0.8




The Cowboys are 4/4 on challenges under Anderson while opponents are 1/4. Replay Assistant is 3/5 with none of those decisions having favored the Cowboys.



New Orleans has challenged Anderson and won 5/7 times. Opponents are 1/3 while Replay Assistant is 2/3 with one of those calls benefiting the Saints.


Anderson is tied for the second-highest coaches’ challenge overturn rate in the NFL, and he is tied with John Hussey and Tony Corrente for the most coaches challenges reviewed in 2018:
Allen: 1.000 (3/3)
ANDERSON: .625 (5/8)
Hussey: .625 (5/8)
Cheffers: .600 (3/5)
Parry: .571 (4/7)
Torbert .500 (3/6)
Blakeman: .500 (2/4)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Hochuli: .500 (1/2)
Coleman: .400 (2/5)
Corrente: .375 (3/8)
Vinovich: .250 (1/4)
Smith: .250 (1/4)
Wrolstad: .167 (1/6)
Martin: .167 (1/6)
Boger: .143 (1/7)
Kemp: .000 (0/5)


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (16)

Ezekiel Elliott has taken eight hand-offs inside the 5-yard line, tied with LaGarrette Blount and Jordan Howard for the 10th-most in the NFL.

Elliott has gained 92 yards inside the 20-yard line, the fifth-most in the NFL.

Elliott’s five rushing touchdowns inside the 20-yard line are tied for the eighth-most in the league.

According to Next Gen Stats, Elliott sees eight defenders in the box 26.7 percent of the time.

According to Next Gen Stats, Elliott spends 2.89 seconds behind the line of scrimmage.

Alvin Kamara has tallied 1,225 scrimmage yards, the eighth-most in the NFL.

Kamara gains 5.9 yards per touch, tied with Todd Gurley and T.J. Yeldon for the 10th-most in the NFL.

The last time quarterbacks not named Drew Brees or Tony Romo started in this series was Dec. 12, 2004 when Aaron Brooks led the Saints into Texas Stadium to face Vinny Testaverde and the Cowboys. New Orleans won 27-13.

Brees played Texas high school football for Austin Westlake. The Cowboys are 9-8 against former Texas high school quarterbacks in AT&T Stadium.

The Saints have had three ex-Cowboys assistants as head coaches: Dick Nolan, Mike Ditka, and Sean Payton. Nolan is the only one who did not get a win against the Cowboys.

Cowboys pro scouting director Alex Loomis is the son of Saints general manager Mickey Loomis.

The late Tom Benson bought the New Orleans Saints in 1985. Along with Jerry Jones, they are two of six current owners who began their tenures in the 1980s. The other four owners are Virginia Halas McCaskey (1983), Alex Spanos (1984), Pat Bowlen (1984), and Dan Rooney (1988).


Not even a year into his NFL ownership, Jerry Jones led a group known as the Chicago 11 to block the installation of then-Saints GM Jim Finks as Commissioner Pete Rozelle’s replacement. Ultimately, Paul Tagliabue succeeded Rozelle thanks to Jones and the Chicago 11.


The Cowboys are 1-1 on Nov. 29. Here are the results:
1964 – GB, 21-45 – L
2007 – GB, 37-27 – W


The Saints are 2-6 on Nov. 29. Here are the results:

1970 – @CIN, 6-26 – L
1981 – TB, 14-31 – L
1987 – @PIT, 20-16 – W
1992 – MIA, 24-13 – W
1998 – @MIA, 10-30 – L
2012 – @ATL, 13-23 – L
2015 – @HTX, 6-24 – L


The Cowboys have three birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 29:

1967 – Joe Fishback, S, 1993-94
1970 – Joey Mickey, TE, 1993
1976 – Chris Akins, DB, 1999-2000

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SERIES FACTS (7)

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, there have been 432 teams through 2017 that lost on Opening Day. Only 107/432 made the playoffs.


This is the 20th time the Cowboys have started 0-1 in club history. Only 7/19 of those previous Opening Day losers ever made the playoffs.


This is the 39th time the Giants have started 0-1 in team history. 10/38 of those past Opening Day losers went on to make the playoffs.


The Cowboys are 22-7 against the Giants in September with a 14-5 record at home.

The Giants are 21-35-1 on the road in Dallas. Here is the breakdown by venue:

Cotton Bowl: 4-6-1
Texas Stadium: 12-25
AT&T Stadium: 5-4

The Cowboys are 15-9 against the Giants in prime time with a 9-5 record at home.

Sunday night’s game with the Giants will surpass Dallas-Washington as the most-televised prime time rivalry in the NF
C East at 27 games.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (14)

Prescott is 5-2
on Sunday Night Football with a 4-1 record at home.

The last time Prescott threw for 300 yards or more was on Dec. 10, 2017 in a 30-10 victory over the Giants on Dec. 10, 2017.

Since Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension last year, Prescott has a 6-9 touchdown to interception ratio with a 74.8 passer rating. In the eight games before the suspension, Prescott had a 16-4 touchdown to interception ratio and a 97.9 passer rating.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott had the fifth-highest time to throw at 3.1 seconds, yet the third-lowest among the top-5 with an 81.1 passer rating.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott had the 13th-lowest “average intended air yards” at 7.3.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott had the fourth-lowest “longest completed air distance” at 23.7.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott completed 3/10 downfield throws of 10-plus yards.

Prescott had the 13th-lowest passer rating on third down last week at 63.5.

Prescott had a 5.86 yards per pass attempt last week, the eighth-lowest in his career.

When Prescott’s yards per pass attempt is below 6.0, the Cowboys are 2-8.

Among Prescott’s six sacks versus the Panthers, only one of them was on third down.

Prescott has not put together a three-game streak without throwing an interception since Weeks 7-10 last year.

Last season, Prescott put up 13/18 for 183 yards, two touchdowns, and took one sack against James Bettcher’s defense last year when he was the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive coordinator.

Prescott is 4-2 against the NFC Eas
t in initial match-ups with a 2-2 record at home.



ELI MANNING FACTS (12)

Manning was tied with Ben Roethlisberger for the second-highest third down completion percentage in Week 1 at 81.8 percent.

Manning’s 9.5 yards per pass attempt on third down last week were the seventh-highest among starting quarterbacks.

Manning’s 106.4 passer rating on third down was the 12th-best in the NFL last week.

Manning’s three third down conversions were tied for the 12th-best in the NFL in Week 1.

The Giants are 39-65 when Manning gets sacked two or more times compared to 73-42 when he is sacked once or not at all.

The Giants are 19-43 when Manning throws two or more interceptions compared to 92-62 when he does not.

If Manning is sacked three or more times and throws two or more interceptions, the Giants are 1-14.

Manning is 7-8 against the Cowboys when he is sacked two or more times compared to 7-6 when he is not.

Manning has a 93.4 passer rating at AT&T Stadium along with being responsible for the Giants’ 5-4 record in the venue.

Manning’s lowest passer rating at AT&T Stadium, 58.4, came in a 29-24 win on Oct. 28, 2012. His highest passer rating in the venue, 116.7, came in a 31-21 loss on Oct. 19, 2014.

Manning is 46-14 when he has a running back that produces a 100-yard game.

Manning is in company with Joe Namath, Jim Plunkett, Phil Simms, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, and Terry Bradshaw as the only Super Bowl-w
inning quarterbacks to have thrown 20-plus interceptions in multiple seasons.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Garrett is 15-9 in September with an 8-3 record at home.

Garret is 4-3 in Week 2 games with all of those contests having been played on the road.

Garrett is 9-6 against the Giants. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 35-16-2
Jason Garrett: 9-6
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Jimmy Johnson: 5-5
Barry Switzer: 4-4
Bill Parcells: 4-4
Wade Phillips: 3-5
Dave Campo: 1-5


Garrett has a 5-3 record against the Giants in prime time with a 3-1 record at home.

Garrett has a 28-18 record against the NFC East with an 11-12 record at home.

Garrett is 11-12 against the NFC East at home. As bad as it appears, the ledger is on par with the rest of the NFC East’s records at home since 2010:

Philadelphia: 12-12
Garrett: 11-12
New York: 11-13
Washington: 10-14


Garrett is 8-6 against the NFC East in prime time.

Garrett is 33-34 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 17-15 record at home and is currently on a two-game losing streak.


Garrett is currently 2
8-28 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 12-18 at home without Romo under center.



PAT SHURMUR FACTS (10)

Shurmur is from the same coaching tree as Garrett through Nick Saban.

Shurmur is the sixth retread head coach hired by the Giants.

With a loss last week, Shurmur became the seventh Giants head coach to lose his first Opening Day game.

Shurmur’s .281 winning percentage with the Browns was the fifth-best among head coaches since the franchise returned in 1999.

Shurmur has a 0-2 record in prime time.

A win would join Shurmur with Allie Sherman, Bill Arnsparger, Jim Fassel, Tom Coughlin, and Ben McAdoo as coaches who defeated the Cowboys in their first try with the Giants.

Shurmur faced the Cowboys once before on Nov. 18, 2012 when Cleveland took Dallas to overtime but lost 23-20.

Shurmur had a 2-12 record in the AFC North.

Shurmur is 2-6 in the month of September w
ith a 1-2 record on the road.

Shurmur’s uncle, the late Fritz Shurmur, was the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers from 1994-98.


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

Cowboys-Giants has the second-longest active prime time game streak with 13 games going back to 2006. Longest is Cowboys-Eagles with 14 games going back to 2004.

The Cowboys are 60-40 on NBC, including postseason play.

The Giants are 38-41 on NBC, including postseason play.

The Cowboys are 51-35 when Michaels calls their games.

New York is 27-39 when Michaels calls their games.

The Cowboys are 25-20 when Collinsworth calls their games.

New York is 19-20 when Collinsworth calls their games.

CBS has broadcast the most games in the series with 37, but in 2016, NB
C surpassed ABC as the third-highest broadcaster of Cowboys-Giants:
CBS: 37
FOX: 29
NBC: 11
ABC: 9
ESPN: 4


The final Monday night game played as a precursor to Monday Night Football were select games on CBS. The last such game was played between the Giants and Cowboys on Oct. 27, 1969
with Dallas defeating New York 25-3.

On KXAS, the NBC affiliate for Dallas-Fort Worth, the Cowboys are an all-time 51-34, including simulcast cable games from 1987-90.


JOE PARRY FACTS (11)

This week’s referee is John Parry. The Cowboys are 7-6 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, 3
1-17 – W
2015 – @NYG, 20-27
– L
2015 – WAS, 23-34 – L
2
016 – @Ravens, 27-17 – W
2
017 – @PHI, 6-0 – W



T
he Cowboys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 6/13 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: 4/2
1
2010 – NYG: 6/46; DAL: 5/42
2
011 – 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


Parry was 1/7 referees last week who did not oversee a home team winning:

Brad Allen: 1.000
Walt Anderson: 1.000
Jerome Boger: 1.000
Carl Cheffers: 1.000

Tony Corrente: 1
.000
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
John Hussey: 1.000
Clay Martin: 1.000
Shawn Smith: .500
Bill Vinovich: .000
Craig Wrolstad: .000
Ron Torbert: .000
Clete Blakeman: .000
Walt Coleman: .000
Pete Morelli: .000
John Parry: .000



Parry was 1/8 referees last week who oversaw the home team having fewer penalties:

Pete Morelli: 1.000
Walt Anderson: 1.000
Shawn Smith: 1.000

Bill Vinovich:
1.000
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Tony Corrente: 1.000
Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
John Hussey: 1.000
Clete Blakeman: .000
Jerome Boger: .000
Carl Cheffers: .000
Brad Allen: .000
Walt Coleman: .000
Ron Torbert: .000
Clay Martin: .000
John Parry: .000


The Giants are 6-7 when Parry referees their games. Here are the results:

2008 – @CLE, 14-35 – L
2009 – Raiders, 44-7 – W
2009 – PHI, 38-45 – L
2010 – @DAL, 41-35 – W
2010 – PHI, 31-
38 – L
2011 – NE, 21-17 – W
2012 – @SF, 26-3 – W
2013 – @C
HI, 27-21 – L
2014 – Cardinals, 14-25 – L
2015 – DAL,
27-20 – W
2016 – CIN, 21-20 – W
2017 – DET, 10-24 – L
2017 – @CRD, 0-23 – L

The Giants have had fewer pe
nalties than their opponents 8/13 times:

2008 – CLE: 10/55; NYG: 5/38
2009 – Raiders:
7/67; NYG: 4/37
2009 – PHI: 6/45; NYG: 7/54
2010 – DAL: 5/42; NYG: 6/46
2010 – PHI: 5/30; NYG: 4/35
2011 – NE: 5/28; NYG: 4/24
2012 – SF: 6/35; NYG: 2/20
2013 – CHI: 5/51; NYG: 4/31
2014 – Cardinals: 7/71; NYG: 9/70
2015 – DAL: 7/46; NYG: 3/13
2016 – CIN: 9/60; NYG: 2/15
2017 – D
ET: 6/50; NYG: 7/50
2017 – CRD: 6/45; NYG: 10/101



Parry’s game last week was tied for the fewest sacks in Week 1:

Smith: 11
Anderson: 9
Hochuli: 8
Cheffers: 8
Allen: 7
Hussey: 6
Martin: 6
Coleman: 5
Morelli: 4
Wrolstad: 3
Corrent
e: 3
Torbert: 2
Blakeman: 2
Vinovich: 2
Boger: 1
Parry: 1




Parry’s crew was tied for calling the fourth-fewest offensive holding calls in Week 1:

Torbert: 6
Anderson: 5
Hochuli: 5
Morelli: 4
Smith: 4
Boger: 4
Cheffers: 3
Coleman: 3
Wrolstad: 3
Allen: 3
Blakeman: 2
Hussey: 2
Parry: 2
Corrente: 1
Martin: 1
Vinovich: 0




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 Giants are 3/4 on challenges while the opposition is a cumulative 3/8. Replay Assistant is 2/9 with six of those decisions benefiting New York.


Parry was among eight
referees last week who did not have to review a coaches’ challenges. Here is the breakdown of overturn percentage among the eight referees who did review coaches’ challenges:

Cheffers: 1.000 (1/1)
Boger: .000 (0/1)
Corrente: .000 (0/1)
Hussey: .000 (0/2)
Martin: .000 (0/1)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Vinovich: .000 (0/1)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/2)


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (26)

Ezekiel Elliott spent the most time behind of scrimmage on average at 3.34 seconds, according to Next Gen Stats.

According to Next Gen Stats, Elliott faced the fifth-fewest eight-man boxes or more in Week 1 at 13.3 percent.

According to Next Gen Stats, Dallas receiver Cole Beasley had the fourth-highest cushion in the NFL at 8.4 yards.

Giants running back Saquon Barkley is the first rookie since 1950 to rush for 100 yards on Opening Day.

When including the 2017 season finale, the Giants have had consecutive 100-yard rushers for the first time since 2012.

Giants receiver Odell Beckham gets 4.5 yards of separation on average according to Next Gen Stats.

Beckham has caught 31 passes for 426 yards and five touchdowns in six career games against the Cowboys.

Beckham’s 31 passes and 426 yards are the fewest against any particular NFC East opponent. The five touchdowns are tied for second-most with his six scoring receptions against the Eagles being on top.

The Cowboys offense gained 4.22 yards per play on first and second downs, the fifth-fewest in the NFL. Among the top-5, only the Eagles and Vikings won on Opening Day.

The Cowboys had the fifth-most yards-to-go on second down last week at 9.6. Only the Panthers in the second spot at 10.3 yards were victorious in Week 1 among the top-5.

Dallas had the sixth-highest second down conversion rate in Week 1 at 45 percent.

The Giants had the second-most yards-to-go on second down in Week 1 at 10.5 yards.

The Cowboys’ run-pass ratio on second down last week was 8-12.

The Cowboys took the third-most sacks on second down last week with two.

The Giants were tied for the 11th-lowest third down conversion rate at 28.6 percent.

The Cowboys were tied with the Texans for the fourth-lowest third down conversion rate at 18.2 percent.

Dallas was tied for the third-highest sacks last week with three.

The Giants were tied for the fourth-fewest sacks in Week 1 with one. However, that sack prevented them from joining the Saints, Jets, and Dolphins as the only teams who did not get one.

The Giants defense had the seventh-lowest yards per pass attempt in Week 1 at 5.3.

With 168 yards, the Giants allowed the eighth-fewest passing yards on Opening Day.

At 4.9 yards per carry, the Giants are tied with the Patriots for the sixth-highest ranking from Week 1.

The Cowboys defense has the 10th-highest yards per carry from Week 1 at 4.6 yards.

The Cowboys are 4-2-1 on Sept. 16. Here are the results:

1962 – WAS, 35-35 – T
1973 – CHI, 20-17 – W
1979 – CHI, 24-20 – W
1984 – PHI, 23-17 – W
1990 – NYG, 7-28 – L
2007 – @MIA, 37-20 – W
2012 -- @SEA, 7-27 – L


The Giants are 3-4 on Sept. 16. Here are the results:

1937 – @WAS, 3-13 – L
1962 – @CLE, 7-17 – L
1973 – OTI, 34-14 – W
1984 – @WAS, 14
-30 – L
1990 – @DAL, 28-7 – W
2007 – GB, 13-35 – L
2012 – @TB, 41-34 – W


The Cowboys have four birthdays to celebrate on Sept. 16:

1962 – Broderick Sargent, RB, 1989
1963 – Garth Jax, LB, 1986-88
1987 – Dwayne Harris, WR, 2011-14
1993 – Geoff Swaim, TE, 2015-present


The Cowboys also have a death to remember in linebacker Monte Clark, who spent a season with Dallas in 1962. He was born on Jan. 24, 1937.