By: Mark Lane

opener

Cowboys at Panthers

SERIES FACTS (10)

The Dallas Cowboys are 9-4 against the Carolina Panthers with a 5-2 record on the road. All road games have been played at Bank of America Stadium.

The Cowboys are 67-67-1 in their blue jerseys with a 3-2 record at Carolina.

This is the first time since 2009 the Cowboys will wear their blue jerseys on Opening Day. The Cowboys are 7-3 in their blue jerseys on Opening Day.

The Panthers are the 21st different NFL team the Cowboys will face on Opening Day. In initial Opening Day encounters, the Cowboys are 11-8-1.

The Cowboys are 38-19-1 (.664) on Opening Day while the Panthers are 9-14 (.391).

The Panthers are 1/6 teams to have an undefeated record against Dallas in the playoffs.

Dallas lost their preseason finale 14-6 to the Houston Texans. Here is a comparative list of preseason finale results and subsequent Opening Day results since 2002:
2002: W-L
2003: W-L
2004: W-L
2005: W-W
2006: T-L
2007: L-W
2008: W-W
2009: W-W
2010: W-L
2011: L-L
2012: W-W
2013: L-W
2014: L-L
2015: W-W
2016: L-L
2017: N/A-W


The Panthers lost to the Steelers 39-24. Here is a comparative list of preseason finale results and subsequent Opening Day results since 2002:
2002: W-W
2003: W-W
2004: W-L
2005: L-L
2006: W-L
2007: L-W
2008: L-W
2009: L-L
2010: L-L
2011: L-L
2012: L-L
2013: W-L
2014: W-W
2015: W-W
2016: W-L
2017: L-W

On Opening Days following seasons where the Cowboys failed to make the playoffs, they are 12-12-1.

On Opening Days following seasons where the Panthers made the playoffs, they are 2-5.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Last season, with a minimum of 100 passes, Prescott had the 14th-best passer rating on third down at 84.8.

Prescott had the 17th-highest yards per pass attempt on third down in 2017 at 6.7.

Prescott had the 13th-highest completion percentage last season at 62.9 percent.

Even though former Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn had his way with Chaz Green and Byron Bell last year on Nov. 12, Prescott was sacked a total of 32 times last year, the 14th-most in the NFL.

In 2017, Prescott was tied with Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, Trevor Siemian, and Jay Cutler for the 11th-most interceptions on third down with four.

As disastrous as Prescott’s season seemed in 2017, his 13 interceptions were still only tied for the 29th-most in Cowboys single-season annals.

Prescott’s four game-winning drives last year were tied for the most in the NFL.

Prescott was tied with Tyrod Taylor and Cam Newton for the 11th-most third-down conversions last year with 58.

Prescott and Newton were also tied for the 12th-most passing touchdowns last season with 22.

Last year, Prescott and Newton were tied for the most quarterback rushing touchdowns inside the 20-yard line with six.


CAM NEWTON FACTS (10)

Newton’s three game-winning drives last season were tied for the sixth-most in the league last year.

Newton had a 57.6 passer rating on third down last year, the 26th-best in the NFL.

Newton had the 14th-highest yards per pass attempt on third down last year at 7.0.

Newton was tied with Philip Rivers for the 10th-most touchdowns on third-down last season with seven.

Newton led the NFL in interceptions on third down with 12.

Newton threw the second-most interceptions in the NFL last year with 16.

Newton’s 16 interceptions were the second-most of his career, one below the single-season high set in his rookie season.

Newton was tied with Brett Hundley and Eli Manning for the 11th-most sacks on third down with 14 last year.

Last year, Newton led the NFL for the most quarterback rushing touchdowns inside the 10-yard line with five.

Among expansion teams since 1995, Newton is in third place for most wins with 62. A win would tie him with Mark Brunell (Jaguars) for second place. Joe Flacco has the most such wins with 92.



JASON GARRETT FACTS (11)

Garrett is 33-33 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 16-18 record on the road.

When coaching against playoff-winning quarterbacks, Garrett is 25-33.

Garrett is 4-3 in season openers. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

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

Garrett is 15-8 in the month of September with a 7-5 record on the road.

Garrett is 23-22 in late afternoon games with a 13-8 record on the road.

Garrett is 24-15 in the Eastern Time Zone.

Garrett is 5-9 against the NFC South with a 2-5 record on the road.

Garrett’s 2-5 record against the NFC South on the road is the worst compared to the other NFC divisions sans the East:
NFC West: 6-3
NFC North: 3-4
NFC South: 2-5

Garrett went 1/5 (.200) on challenges in 2017, the second-worst of his career.

Garrett’s .200 overturn rate on challenges in 2017 was also the sixth-lowest in team history.

Garrett and Ron Rivera are the only full-time head coaches hired in 2011 that are still in the league at their original posts.



RON RIVERA FACTS (10)

Rivera is 1-1 against the Cowboys. Here is how he compares to other Carolina coaches:
Dom Capers: 2-1
Ron Rivera: 1-1
John Fox: 1-6
George Seifert: 0-1

In terms of winning percentage, Rivera’s 1-1 record against the Cowboys is tied for the worst among NFC East opponents:
Washington: 4-0
NY Giants: 2-1
Philadelphia: 2-2
Dallas: 1-1

Rivera is 9-4 against the NFC East with a 4-3 record at home.

Rivera’s 4-3 record at home versus the NFC East is the worst among other divisions sans the South:
NFC West: 6-4
NFC North: 5-3
NFC East: 4-3

Rivera is 3-4 in Opening Day games with a 0-1 record at home.

Rivera’s 3-4 record on Opening Day is the best winning percentage among Panthers head coaches:
Rivera: 3-4
Fox: 3-5
Seifert: 1-2
Capers: 1-3

Rivera is 11-12 in September with an 8-6 record at home.

Rivera is 11-7 in late afternoon games with a 2-1 record at home.

Rivera is 38-33 against playoff-winning coaches with a 19-14 record at home.

The Rivera-Newton coach-quarterback Opening Day combination is one of five current streaks that has been going since 2011. The other four pairs are Tomlin-Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh, Lewis-Dalton in Cincinnati, Harbaugh-Flacco in Baltimore, and McCarthy-Rodgers in Green Bay. Only the Baltimore and Green Bay streaks extend beyond 2011.


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

Dallas is 127-119 all-time on FOX.

This is the 15/25 time FOX will broadcast a Dallas Week 1 game since 1994.

The Cowboys are 18-17 in their blue jerseys on FOX.

This is the eighth time FOX will broadcast a game in the Cowboys-Panthers series. Here is the breakdown by network:
FOX: 7
ABC: 2
NBC: 1
NFL Network: 1
ESPN: 1
CBS: 1

This week’s commentators are Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, making it the eighth time this crew has called a Cowboys Opening Day game.

On Sunday, Buck and Aikman will break a tie with Summerall and Aikman for the most games called in the series with two. Strangely, in 2002 Summerall called a game without Madden, and in 2003, Madden called one without Summerall. Therefore, the game will also re-tie Buck with Summerall for most by a play-by-play. However, Madden did four games total as a color commentator, so Aikman will remain in second with now three such games.

The Cowboys are 34-39 when Buck calls their games.

Dallas is 40-45 when Aikman calls their games.

The Cowboys are 5-7 in their blue jerseys when Buck & Aikman call their games.

This is the first time since Dec. 24, 2005 that Buck and Aikman will have the call in this series.


WALT ANDERSON FACTS (12)

This week’s referee is Walt Anderson, a native of Sugar Land, Texas. Anderson has refereed 16 Cowboys games in his career. Dallas is 8-8 with a 2-2 record against Washington. 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 – @DEN, 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

*Playoff game


The Cowboys have won the penalty battle 8/16 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; DAL: 2/10 2011 – 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

*Playoff game


Last season, Anderson was tied for the fourth-lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL:
Pete Morelli: .786
Gene Steratore: .733
Brad Allen: .733
Ron Torbert: .600
John Parry: .600
Jerome Boger: .600
Walt Coleman: .600
John Hussey: .600
Jeff Triplette: .533
Carl Cheffers: .533
Ed Hochuli: .533
Terry McAulay: .500
Tony Corrente: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Bill Vinovich: .467
Craig Wrolstad: .400
Clete Blakeman: .400


Anderson had the fourth-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties in 2017:
Pete Morelli: .821
Gene Steratore: .733
Brad Allen: .733
Walt Anderson: .686
Clete Blakeman: .667
Jerome Boger: .633
Bill Vinovich: .633
Craig Wrolstad: .600
John Hussey: .600
John Parry: .600
Ron Torbert: .533
Tony Corrente: .500
Carl Cheffers: .467
Jeff Triplette: .400
Terry McAulay: .375
Walt Coleman: .333
Ed Hochuli: .333


The Panthers are 9-8 in Anderson’s games.
2003 – @TB, 12-9 – W-OT
2004 – RAI, 24-27 – L
2005 – NE, 27-17 – W
2005 – @ATL, 44-11 – W
2006 – CLE, 20-12 – W
2006 – @PHI, 24-27 – L
2007 – @CRD, 25-10 – W
2007 – SEA, 13-10 – W
2008 – @SDG, 26-24 – W
2008 – TB, 38-23 – W
2009 – MIA, 17-24 – L
2011 – ATL, 23-31 – L
2013 – @NO, 13-31 – L
2014 – ATL, 17-19 – L
2015 – @OTI, 27-10 – W
2016 – @NO, 38-41 – L
2017 – @CHI, 3-17 – L


The Panthers have had fewer penalties than the opposition 11/17 times in Anderson’s games.
2003 – TB: 17/168; CAR: 16/120
2004 – RAI: 8/53; CAR: 8/83
2005 – NE: 12/86; CAR: 6/45
2005 – ATL: 7/70; CAR: 6/55
2006 – CLE: 7/70; CAR: 4/34
2006 – PHI: 8/72; CAR: 7/67
2007 – CRD: 11/101; CAR: 9/65
2007 – SEA: 3/15; CAR: 5/54
2008 – SDG: 2/12; CAR: 6/29
2008 – TB: 5/34; CAR: 4/26
2009 – MIA: 5/30; CAR: 4/35
2011 – ATL: 5/50; CAR: 5/50
2013 – NO: 5/45; CAR: 5/35
2014 – ATL: 5/58; CAR: 1/15
2015 – OTI: 4/30; CAR: 5/45
2016 – NO: 10/126; CAR: 5/51
2017 – CHI: 5/40; CAR: 4/35


Last season, Anderson’s games were tied for the fifth-fewest sacks on average:
Cheffers: 5.3
Boger: 5.2
McAulay: 5.1
Triplette: 5.0
Wrolstad: 5.0
Corrente: 4.9
Vinovich: 4.9
Parry: 4.8
Morelli: 4.7
Coleman: 4.7
Torbert: 4.5
Hochuli: 4.5
Anderson: 4.5
Blakeman: 4.2
Steratore: 4.1
Hussey: 3.9
Allen: 3.5


Anderson’s games averaged 2.6 offensive holding calls per game last year, which were the sixth-most in the NFL:
Torbert: 3.1
Coleman: 2.8
Cheffers: 2.7
McAulay: 2.7
Wrolstad: 2.7
Anderson: 2.6
Parry: 2.5
Hochuli: 2.5
Corrente: 2.4
Hussey: 2.4
Allen: 2.3
Morelli: 2.3
Boger: 2.2
Steratore: 2.1
Triplette: 1.9
Vinovich: 1.5
Blakeman: 1.5

In addition to refereeing NFL games, Anderson is also the Coordinator of Officials for the Big XII.

Walt Anderson was also witness to history as a line judge on Oct. 27, 2002 as Emmitt Smith surpassed Walter Payton as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher.

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.

The Panthers are 2/8 challenging Anderson while opponents are 3/9. Replay Assistant is 2/7 with two of those decisions having benefited Carolina.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (28)

The Panthers defense had the third-most sacks in the NFL with 50 in 2017.

The Cowboys defense was tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the 15th-most sacks in the NFL last season with 38.

Dallas and Carolina’s defenses were tied with San Francisco and Denver for the sixth-fewest interceptions in the NFL last year with 10.

The Dallas defense was tied with Tampa Bay for the sixth-highest opposing passer rating with 94.6.

The Panthers defense had the 10th-highest opposing passer rating last year at 92.9.

Carolina had the ninth-worst third-down defense in the NFL in 2017 with a 37.8 percent conversion rate.

Last season, Carolina’s defense was tied for the fifth-most third-down sacks in the NFL with 19.

The Cowboys had the fifth-worst third-down defense in the NFL last year with a 38.9 percent conversion rate.

Last year, Dallas gave up 5.63 yards per play on second down, the sixth-most in the NFL.

Last year, the Panthers gained 4.61 yards per play on second down, the seventh-least in the NFL.

In 2017, the Cowboys produced 119 second-down conversions, the sixth-most in the league.

Last year, the Panthers defense gave up just 87 second-down conversions, the fifth-fewest in the NFL.

Last year, the Cowboys gave up 115 second-down conversions, tied with Atlanta for the fourth-most in the league.

In 2017, the Cowboys ran 159 run plays on second down among their 341, ranking 10th-most running plays in the league.

The Panthers ran 183 run plays among their 362 second down plays, tied with Jacksonville for the most in the NFL last year.

The Cowboys had the seventh-best red zone conversion rate in the NFL in 2017 at 59.6 percent.

Carolina had the 12th-lowest red zone conversion rate in the NFL last year at 51.8 percent.

The Dallas defense had a 57.1 percent red zone conversion rate, the 11th-highest in the NFL.

The Panthers defense had the 14th-lowest red zone conversion rate last year at 51.1 percent.

Dallas and Carolina were tied with Tampa Bay for the 16th-best turnover differential last year at minus-1.

Dallas and Carolina also tied for 16th along with the Arizona Cardinals and the Tennessee Titans for takeaways last season with 21.
The Cowboys defense was tied with the Ravens, Dolphins, and Falcons for the 16th-best yards per carry in the NFL at 4.1.

The seven rushing touchdowns against the Cowboys were tied with the Panthers and Eagles for the third-fewest in the NFL.

The average drive against the Cowboys lasted 2:47, tied for the eighth-longest in the NFL last year.

This is the first time since Sept. 12, 2010 the Cowboys will roll out someone other than Dan Bailey as their Opening Day kicker.

The Cowboys are 4-3 on Sept. 9. Here are the results:
1979 – @SF, 21-13 – W
1984 – @NYG, 7-28 – L
1985 – WAS, 44-14 – W
1990 – SDG, 17-14 – W
1991 – WAS, 31-33 – L
2001 – TB, 6-10 – L
2007 – NYG, 45-35 – W

The Panthers are 2-1 on Sept. 9. Here are the results:

2001 – @MIN, 24-13 – W
2007 – @RAM, 27-13 – W 2012 – @TB, 10-16 – L


The Cowboys have four birthdays to celebrate on Sept. 9:

1962 – G Derek Kennard, 1994-96
1964 – DT Willie Broughton, 1989-90
1987 – S Andrew Sendejo, 2010
1987 – LB Orie Lemon, 2012

Giants at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (13)

Not only are the Cowboys 21-7 against the Giants in September, but also hold an 8-1 record against New York on Opening Day.

Last year’s 20-19 win over Dallas snapped a five-game Opening Day losing streak by New York, the longest such streak in franchise history.

The Cowboys are 34-19-1 (.627) on Opening Day while the Giants are 49-33-5 (.592).

Sunday night’s game with the Giants will set a Dallas franchise record for most Opening Day games against one opponent with 10, breaking a tie with Washington for most-common Opening Day opponent.

For the Giants, Sunday night’s game with the Cowboys will be their ninth, making it the third-most common Opening Day opponent in club history. Most common is Philadelphia with 15 encounters.

The Giants are 20-35-1 on the road in Dallas. Here is the breakdown by venue:

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

Dallas did not play their preseason finale against Houston. Here is a comparative list of preseason finale results and subsequent Opening Day results since 2002:
2002: W-L
2003: W-L
2004: W-L
2005: W-W
2006: T-L
2007: L-W
2008: W-W
2009: W-W
2010: W-L
2011: L-L
2012: W-W
2013: L-W
2014: L-L
2015: W-W
2016: L-L

The New York Giants were victorious in their preseason finale with the New England Patriots 40-38. Here is a comparative list of pre-season finale results and subsequent Opening Day results since 2002:
2002: W-L
2003: W-W
2004: L-L
2005: W-W
2006: W-L
2007: L-L
2008: W-W
2009: L-W
2010: W-W
2011: W-W
2012: W-L
2013: L-L
2014: W-L
2015: W-L
2016: W-W

In Week 1’s following seasons wherein the Cowboys made the playoffs, they are 25-6 on Opening Day.
In Opening Day games at home, Dallas is 16-8-1.
In Opening Day games on the road, the Giants are 32-25-5.
The Cowboys are 7-1 in prime time Opening Day games at home.
New York is 2-7 in prime time Opening Day games on the road.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Prescott went 3-1 on Sunday Night Football in 2016 with an 86.0 passer rating. On average, he went 22-of-34 for 245 yards, a touchdown, an interception, and took two sacks.

Prescott went 0-2 against the Giants last season. Only Vinny Testaverde, Troy Aikman, and Don Meredith were the other Cowboys quarterbacks who lost their first two games to the Giants.

Prescott’s worst and third-worst games of his rookie season in terms of passer rating occurred against the Giants at 45.4 (Dec. 12) and 69.4 (Sept. 11).

A win would make Prescott the first second-year Cowboys quarterback since Roger Staubach on Sept. 27, 1970 to earn a win against the Giants.

Prescott is the fifth second-year Cowboys quarterback to start on Opening Day. Here are the results:
1961 – Don Meredith vs. Pittsburgh – W
1970 – Roger Staubach at Philadelphia – W
1990 – Troy Aikman vs. San Diego – W
2002 – Quincy Carter at Houston – L


Prescott will join Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Quincy Carter as the only Cowboys quarterbacks to have started every Opening Day through their first two seasons.

Among quarterbacks who started 12 or more games in 2016, Prescott had the eighth-highest passer rating on third down at 94.6.

Prescott had the eighth-highest yards per attempt on third downs at 7.8.

Five of Prescott’s eight turnovers in 2016 occurred on third down.

Prescott’s 25 sacks last season were the eighth-fewest among quarterbacks who started 12 or more games.


ELI MANNING FACTS (13)

Manning has the most career touchdowns against the Cowboys on Opening Day with 12.

The Giants are 37-57 when Manning gets sacked two or more times compared to 72-37 when he is sacked once or not at all.

The Giants are 19-40 when Manning throws two or more interceptions compared to 89-52 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 7-7 against the Cowboys when he is sacked two or more times compared to 7-5 when he is not.

Manning has the second-most career interceptions on Opening Day against the Cowboy with five. Washington quarterback Joe Theismann owns the top spot with 11.

No opposing quarterback has started more games on Opening Day against the Cowboys than Manning with six.

The only three 100-plus passer rating games for Manning on Opening Day have come at the expense of the Dallas defense (2007: 113.1; 2013: 102.3; 2016: 110.3).

Manning’s 5-7 record on Opening Day is the second-highest in Giants history in terms of wins and most in terms of losses.

Manning had the ninth-most touchdown passes on third down in 2016 with eight.

Since 2004, no one has thrown more interceptions on third down than Manning with 77.

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

Since 2004, Manning is the only active quarterback to have the most fourth quarter comebacks with 30.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (11)

Garrett is 7-6 against the Giants. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 35-16-2
Jason Garrett: 7-6
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 23-17 record against the NFC East with a 9-11 record at home.

Garrett holds a 4-2 record against the Giants in late afternoon games.

Garrett is 3-3 in season openers. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches after five games (where applicable):

Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Barry Switzer: 3-1
Wade Phillips: 3-1
Jason Garrett: 3-3
Tom Landry: 1-3-1
Bill Parcells: 1-3

Sunday night will be Garrett’s fifth Week 1 home game, which is second-most to Landry’s 15.

Garrett is 9-11 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:

New York: 10-11
Philadelphia: 10-11
Garrett: 9-11
Washington: 9-12


When coaching against playoff-winning quarterbacks, Garrett is 21-29 and currently on a two-game losing skid.

Garrett is 12-7 in the month of September.

Garrett is 12-7 in the first games of a series against NFC East foes with a 6-6 record at home.

Garrett went 1/3 (.333) on challenges in 2016, his second-lowest overturn percentage of his career.

Garrett’s .333 overturn rate on challenges in 2016 was also tied for the sixth-lowest in team history.


BEN MCADOO FACTS (11)

Ben McAdoo is 2-0 against the Cowboys. Here is how he compares to other Giants head coaches against Dallas:

Tom Coughlin: 13-12
Bill Parcells: 9-7
Jim Fassel: 8-6
Ben McAdoo: 2-0
Jim Lee Howell: 1-0-1
Allie Sherman: 6-8-1
Ray Handley: 1-3
Bill Arnsparger: 1-4
Alex Webster: 2-7
Dan Reeves: 2-6
Ray Perkins: 2-4
John McVay: 0-5


McAdoo’s .667 winning percentage in the NFC East in 2016 was the second-highest by a first-year Giants head coach behind Jim Fassel’s .938 mark in 1997.

McAdoo’s .667 winning percentage on the road in the NFC East in 2016 was also the second-highest by a first-year Giants head coach with Fassel holding the top spot with .875 in 1997.

McAdoo’s .500 winning percentage on the road in 2016 was tied for the fifth-highest by a first-year Giants head coach in club history.

With a wildcard playoff berth last season, McAdoo joined Fassel, Dan Reeves, and Allie Sherman as the only Giants head coaches to achieve postseason play in their first season.

In 2016, McAdoo joined Fassel and Tom Coughlin as the only Giants head coaches to sweep the Cowboys in his first year.

McAdoo is 7-3 against playoff-winning head coaches.

A win would join McAdoo with Coughlin, Fassel, Dan Reeves, John McVay, and Earl Potteiger as the only Giants head coaches to win their first two consecutive Opening Day games.

McAdoo’s 2-3 record (.400) in prime time games in 2016 was sixth-highest by a first-year Giants head coach in team history.

McAdoo went 1/3 (.333) on challenges in 2016, tied for the fourth-lowest overturn rate for a Giants head coach since 1999.

The Giants had 88 accepted penalties in 2016, tied for ninth-fewest in club history during a 16-game season (absent strike-shortened years).


BROADCAST FACTS (9)

Last season, the Cowboys set a franchise record with four victories on NBC in 2016.

Cowboys-Giants has the second-longest active prime time game streak with 12 games going back to 2006. Longest is Cowboys-Eagles with 14 games going back to 2004.

The Cowboys are 58-39 on NBC, including postseason play.

The Giants are 37-39 on NBC, including postseason play.

The Cowboys are 49-34 when Al Michaels calls their games.

New York is 26-37 when Michaels calls their games.

The Cowboys are 22-19 when Cris Collinsworth calls their games.

New York is 18-18 when Collinsworth calls their games.

On KXAS, the NBC affiliate for Dallas-Fort Worth, the Cowboys are an all-time 48-33, including simulcast cable games from 1987-90.


CARL CHEFFERS FACTS (9)


This week’s referee is Carl Cheffers, who was the referee the last time New York and Dallas played on Dec. 11, 2016. Dallas is 4-2. When Cheffers referees. Here are the results:


2009 – Raiders, 24-7 – W 2010 – @Texans, 27-13 – W 2010 – DET, 35-19 – W
2013 – Rams, 31-7 – W
2015 – SEA, 12-13 – L
2016 – @NYG, 7-10 – L
 
Dallas has had fewer penalties than the opposition 3/6 times under Cheffers:
2009 – Raiders: 7/70; DAL: 6/48
2010 – @Texans: 5/32; DAL: 8/49
2010 – DET: 10/76; DAL: 6/39
2013 – Rams: 5/41; DAL: 6/52
2015 – SEA: 5/40; DAL: 5/40
2016 – NYG: 7/50; DAL: 5/54


In 2016, Cheffers was tied for the fifth-highest home team winning percentage among active referees:

Walt Anderson: .733
John Hussey: .688
John Parry: .667
Walt Coleman: .643
Carl Cheffers: .625
Brad Allen: .625
Tony Corrente: .600
Bill Vinovich: .600
Gene Steratore: .600
Jeff Triplette: .600
Jerome Boger: .600
Clete Blakeman: .563
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Pete Morelli: .500
Ed Hochuli: .500
Terry McAulay: .333




Cheffers also had the third-highest rate of home teams having fewer penalties in 2016:


Tony Corrente: .800
Walt Coleman: .769
Carl Cheffers: .688
John Parry: .667
Ed Hochuli: .588
Terry McAulay: .583
Pete Morelli: .567
Brad Allen: .562
Jeff Triplette: .533
Gene Steratore: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Walt Anderson: .467
Clete Blakeman: .438
Craig Wrolstad: .438
John Hussey: .438
Bill Vinovich: .400
Jerome Boger: .400

The Giants are 5-5 when Cheffers referees their games. Here are the results:


2009 – @PHI, 17-40 – L
2010 – CHI, 17-3 – W
2011 – ATL, 24-2 – W
2012 – @Ravens, 14-33 – L
2013 – @PHI, 15-7 – W
2014 – @WAS, 45-14 – W
2014 – Colts, 24-40 – L
2015 – @PHI, 7-27 – L
2015 – @WAS, 14-20 – L
2016 – DAL, 10-7 – W



The Giants have had fewer penalties 5/10 times with Cheffers:

2009 – PHI: 5/45; NYG: 4/25
2010 – CHI: 8/40; NYG: 6/44
2011 – ATL: 3/15; NYG: 7/73
2012 – Ravens: 9/92; NYG: 6/52
2013 – PHI: 4/48; NYG: 11/92
2014 – WAS: 11/88; NYG: 7/66
2014 – Colts: 4/30; NYG: 4/30
2015 – PHI: 9/72; NYG: 12/92
2015 – WAS: 7/80; NYG: 4/35
2016 – NYG: 7/50; DAL: 5/54


Dallas has not challenged Cheffers’ calls. However, opponents are 1/1. Replay Assistant is 1/2 on its challenges with one of those benefiting the Cowboys.

The Giants are 1/2 in challenging Cheffers with opponents going 3/4. Replay Assistant is 2/5 with three of those calls favoring New York.


It is worth noting that Carl Cheffers is responsible for one of the most comical referee gaffes in the past five years during the Cowboys-Texans contest on 9/26/10.



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (24)

Ezekiel Elliott is the first offensive player on the Cowboys’ 53-man roster to be suspended since Michael Irvin in 1996 when the receiver missed the first five games in 1996 for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

This is the first time since Sept. 8, 2013 Darren McFadden has started on Opening Day. As the Oakland Raiders running back, he gained 48 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in a 21-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

McFadden posted 102 yards on 20 carries for a 5.0 yards per carry in the preseason, his highest such preseason total since 2012 when he carried the ball 20 times for 81 yards and a touchdown with Oakland.

McFadden is the oldest starting running back for the Cowboys since 2004 when Eddie George (30 years, 353 days) started for Dallas at Minnesota in a 35-17 loss.

Tight end Jason Witten is tied with Terrell Owens for the most career touchdown receptions against the Giants in Week 1 with five.

Witten also has the most receiving yards with 322.

Witten also has the most receptions with 33.

Legendary Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown has the most career rushing yards against the Giants in Week 1 with 223. Second-most belongs to former Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray with 217.

Emmitt Smith has the most career rushing touchdowns in Week 1 against the Giants with four.

Former Cardinals defensive end Curtis Greer has the most career sacks against the Cowboys on Opening Day with three, all earned in Week 1 of 1987.

Former Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware is tied with 10 other players for the most sacks against the Giants on Opening Day with 2.0. Most is held by former linebacker Wilber Marshall with three.

Former Dallas cornerback Brandon Carr is tied with six other players for the most interceptions against the Giants in Week 1 with two. Carr’s picks all came in a Sept. 8, 2013 win over the Giants 36-31.

The Giants have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Ahmad Bradshaw gained 1,015 in 2012.

Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown gained 1,063 yards for the Giants in 1998, one of 23 players in franchise history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since 1950.

Odell Beckham has only had one game with 100-plus receiver yards against the Cowboys. However, he has scored five touchdowns against Dallas through six games.

2016 was the first time in Beckham’s three-year career he played a full 16 games. He caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards for 10 touchdowns.

Giants receiver Brandon Marshall is 4-2 against the Cowboys. On average, he catches five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.

The Giants are 3-2 when Jason Pierre-Paul gets a sack versus Dallas compared to 2-4 when he does not.

Pierre-Paul has not had a sack against Dallas since Oct. 19, 2014 when he sacked Tony Romo twice in a 31-21 New York loss.

Giants safety Landon Collins has recorded 25 tackles against the Cowboys through four games.

Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has racked up 87 tackles against the Giants through 10 games. If Lee’s totals were divided out by 14, the number of total games played in the series since 2010, Lee would average 6.2 tackles per game.

The Cowboys are 2-3 on Sept. 10. Here are the results:

1978 – @NYG, 34-24 – W
1989 – @NOR, 0-28 – L
1995 – DEN, 31-21 – W
2000 – @Cardinals, 31-32 – L
2006 – @JAX, 17-24 – L


The Giants are on 1-4 Sept. 10. Here are the results:

1978 – DAL, 24-34 – L
1995 – @KC, 17-20 – L-OT
2000 – @PHI, 33-18 – W
2001 – @DEN, 20-31 – L
2006 – Colts, 21-26 – L


The Cowboys have three birthdays to celebrate on Sept. 10:

L.G. Dupree, RB, 1960-61 – 9/10/1932
Roy Schoenke, G, 1964-65 – 9/10/1941
Charlie Waters, S, 1970-81 – 9/10/1948