By: Mark Lane

Renewed

Packers at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (8)

This is the 14th time the Cowboys have been 2-2. 5/14 of those previous teams made the playoffs.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 99/255 teams that started 2-2 made the playoffs with 42/99 playoff qualifiers winning the division.

This is the 28th time the Packers have started 3-1. 14/27 of those previous teams made the postseason.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 136/209 teams that started 3-1 made the playoffs with 84/136 playoff qualifiers winning the division.

The Cowboys are 6-6 in late afternoon games with the Packers.

The Cowboys are 4-6 against the Packers in October.

Last year was the first time since 1995 the Cowboy had defeated the Packers in October.

Dallas is against Green Bay at home, including playoffs. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Cotton Bowl: 1-3
Texas Stadium: 11-2
AT&T Stadium: 0-2


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (11)

Through the first four games last year, Prescott had a 98.5 passer rating and 7.4 yards per attempt. This year, he has a 90.1 passer rating and a 6.6 yards per attempt.

Through the first four games last year, Prescott had a 90.0 passer rating and 7.3 yards per attempt in the second half. This season, he has a 75.0 passer rating and a 6.6 yards per attempt in the second half.

Through the first four games last season, Prescott targeted Cole Beasley (14), Jason Witten (13), and Dez Bryant (11) the most in the second half. This season, he has targeted Bryant (21), Witten (14), and Beasley and Ezekiel Elliott each with 13 targets.

Prescott has thrown 75 passes in the second half of ballgames compared to 58 through the first four games of last year. Factoring out the Denver game and substituting the average second half pass attempts per game instead, Prescott would be at 60 pass attempts.

On first down through the first four games, Prescott has a 93.2 passer rating and a 7.4 yards per attempt. Last season, Prescott had a 101.5 passer rating and 7.6 yards per attempt through the first four games.

On second down through the first four games, Prescott has a 103.8 passer rating and a 6.5 yards per attempt. Last season, Prescott had an 87.4 passer rating and 7.3 yards per attempt through the first four games.

Last season, Prescott targeted Witten the most on first down with 13 passes through the first four games. This season, Prescott has targeted Bryant the most with 15.

Last season, Prescott targeted Beasley the most on second down with 11 passes through the first four games. This season, Prescott has targeted Bryant the most with 14.

Last season, Prescott had a 104.9 passer rating and 7.8 yards per attempt on third down through the first four games. This season, Prescott has an 85.5 passer rating and 6.0 yards per attempt on third down.

Prescott is facing an average yards to go of 6.91 on third downs compared to 6.40 last season through the first four games.

Prescott is now 5/8 in completing a fourth quarter comeback.

AARON RODGERS FACTS (11)

Rodgers is 35-33 when he gets sacked three or more times compared to 68-22 when he is not.

Rodgers is 27-9 on the road when he has a passer rating above 100.0 compared to 16-29 when he does not.

Rodgers’ 100.7 passer rating is his fifth-lowest total through the first four games of the season in his career.

Rodgers’ 1,146 passing yards are a personal third-highest through the first four games of the season..

Additionally, Rodgers’ 66.9 completion percentage is a career fifth-highest through the first four games.

Rodgers’ 7.2 yards per pass attempt is tied with Carson Wentz for the 15th-highest in the NFL.

Rodgers has thrown three interceptions through the first four games, which is the second-most he has thrown in the first four games of a season.

Rodgers has been sacked 15 times through four games, the third-highest of his career.

Rodgers is 11-2 against Rod Marinelli-led defenses with a 102.4 passer rating. On average, he goes 24/36 for 283 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and takes two sacks.

On Dec. 25, 2011, Rodgers posted a 142.7 passer rating against the Bears in a 35-21 win. The passer rating was the highest against Marinelli in his time in Chicago. The five touchdowns were also the most against a Marinelli-led defense in that span.

Rodgers is 15-7 against the NFC East with a 6-5 record on the road.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (9)

Garrett is 1-4 against the Packers. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Barry Switzer: 6-1
Chan Gailey: 1-0
Jimmy Johnson: 2-2
Wade Phillips: 2-2
Tom Landry: 5-8
Jason Garrett: 1-4
Bill Parcells: 0-1


When coaching against playoff-winning quarterbacks, Garrett is 23-29 and currently on a two-game winning streak.

Garrett is 21-17 against Super Bowl-winning head coaches with a 12-9 record at home.

Garrett is 7-9 against the NFC North with a 5-4 record at home.

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



Garrett is 16/28 in preventing a losing streak.

With 26 penalties, the Cowboys have the fourth-lowest number of penalties through the first four games in the Garrett era.

The Packers are 1/5 teams that Garrett has defeated both as a player and as a head coach. The other four teams are the Giants, Cardinals, Panthers, and Washington.

Garrett is 21-22 without Tony Romo under center.


MIKE MCCARTHY FACTS (10)

McCarthy is 19-11 against the NFC East with an 8-6 record on the road.

Since 2006, among active head coaches, only Bill Belichick has more division titles than McCarthy’s seven.

McCarthy is the second-longest tenured Packers head coach behind Curly Lambeau.

Mike McCarthy is 6-3 against the Dallas Cowboys. Here is how he compares with other Green Bay Packers head coaches:

Mike McCarthy: 6-3
Vince Lombardi: 5-0
Lindy Infante: 2-1
Mike Sherman: 1-0
Dan Devine: 1-0
Phil Bengston: 1-1
Bart Starr: 1-3
Forrest Gregg: 0-1
Ray Rhodes: 0-1
Mike Holmgren: 1-7


McCarthy is 116-60 when he has his starting quarterback compared to 3-5-1 without.

McCarthy is 30-12 in October with a 13-6 record on the road.

The Packers’ 102 points scored in the first four weeks is the seventh-most in the McCarthy era.

Green Bay’s 29 penalties are tied for the seventh-fewest through the first four weeks in the McCarthy era.

Last postseason, McCarthy surpassed Holmgren and Lombardi for the most postseason victories in team history with 11.

McCarthy is 62-38 against playoff-winning head coaches.


BROADCAST FACTS (8)

Sunday will mark the 14th time that FOX has broadcast a game in this series. Here is how their number, adjusted for Sunday, compares to the other networks that have telecast Dallas-Green Bay:

CBS: 18
FOX: 13
NBC: 2
ABC: 1


Dallas is 0-2 thus far on FOX. The last time the Cowboys started 0-2 on FOX was 2004 when they finished 6-10 overall with a 3-7 record on FOX.

The Cowboys are 123-116 all-time on FOX.

The Cowboys are 33-37 when Buck calls their games.

The Packers are 50-33 when Buck calls their games.

Dallas is 38-43 when Aikman calls their games.

Green Bay is 46-29 when Aikman calls their games.

Pat Summerall called the most games in the series with 10 total with his first game being the 1967 NFL Championship, otherwise known as the “Ice Bowl.”


TERRY MCAULAY FACTS (11)

This week’s referee is Terry McAulay. The Cowboys are 13-6 with McAulay. Here are the results:


2001 – PHI, 3-36 – L
2002 – WAS, 27-20 – W
2003 – @DET, 38-7 – W
2004 – @SEA, 43-39 – W
2005 – @SEA, 10-13 – W
2005 – @CAR, 24-20 – W
2006 – @WAS, 19-22 – L
2007 – @MIA, 37-20 – W
2008 – PHI, 41-37 – W
2009 – @NO, 24-17 – W
2010 – PHI, 27-30 – L
2011 – SEA, 23-13 – W
2011 – @TB, 31-15 – W
2013 – DEN, 48-51 – L
2013 – @CHI, 28-45 – L
2014 – SF, 17-28 – L
2014 – @PHI, 38-27 – W
2016 – @SF, 24-17 – W
2016 – TB, 26-20 – W



Dallas has had fewer penalties 9/19 times with McAulay:

2001 – PHI: 3/22; DAL: 10/81
2002 – WAS: 6/56; DAL: 6/48
2003 – DET: 9/96; DAL: 6/65
2004 – SEA: 6/44; DAL: 6/49
2005 – SEA: 9/83; DAL: 9/81
2005 – CAR: 6/49; DAL: 5/44
2006 – WAS: 5/41; DAL: 11/153
2007 – MIA: 7/57; DAL: 11/101
2008 – PHI: 5/44; DAL: 10/108
2009 – NO: 4/30; DAL: 6/49
2010 – PHI: 6/59; DAL: 5/40
2011 – SEA: 10/88; DAL: 7/82
2011 – TB: 6/46; DAL: 2/15
2013 – DEN: 5/55; DAL: 9/81
2013 – CHI: 2/15; DAL: 4/50
2014 – SF: 11/78; DAL: 10/72
2014 – PHI: 8/95; DAL: 11/79
2016 – SF: 5/32; DAL: 6/45
2016 – TB: 3/35; DAL: 8/91



McAulay is tied with two other referees for the fourth-lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL:

John Hussey: 1.000
Pete Morelli: 1.000
Gene Steratore: 1.000
Terry McAulay: .750
John Parry: .750
Ron Torbert: .750
Brad Allen: .667
Walt Anderson: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Walt Coleman: .500
Tony Corrente: .500
Jeff Triplette: .500
Ed Hochuli: .333
Bill Vinovich: .250
Clete Blakeman: .250
Jerome Boger: .250
Craig Wrolstad: .250




McAulay is tied for third-lowest in terms of home teams having fewer penalties:

Pete Morelli: 1.000
Walt Anderson: .750
Clete Blakeman: .750
Gene Steratore: .750
Bill Vinovich: .750
Ron Torbert: .750
Carl Cheffers: .750
Brad Allen: .667
John Hussey: .667
Walt Coleman: .500
John Parry: .500
Jeff Triplette: .500
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Tony Corrente: .500
Terry McAulay: .500
Jerome Boger: .375
Ed Hochuli: .000



The Packers are 8-6 when McAulay referees their games:

2006 – @MIN, 23-17 – W
2007 – WAS, 17-14 – W
2007 – NYG, 20-23 – L-OT
2008 – @TB, 21-30 – L
2010 – @CHI, 17-20 – L
2010 – @CHI, 21-14 – W
2011 – @DET, 27-15 – W
2012 – @NYG, 10-38 – L
2013 – @NYG, 13-27 – L
2014 – @CHI, 38-17 – W
2014 – @TB, 20-3 – W
2015 – @SF, 17-3 – W
2015 – @Cardinals, 8-38 – L
2016 – @PHI, 13-27 – W



Green Bay has had fewer penalties 6/14 times with McAulay:

2006 – MIN: 7/49; GB: 5/34
2007 – WAS: 7/53; GB: 4/35
2007 – NYG: 6/50; GB: 7/37
2008 – TB: 8/70; GB: 7/74
2010 – CHI: 5/38; GB: 18/152
2010 – CHI: 9/89; GB: 6/40
2011 – DET: 11/82; GB: 7/54
2012 – NYG: 4/24; GB: 8/49
2013 – NYG: 3/30; GB: 5/38
2014 – CHI: 6/46; GB: 9/70
2014 – TB: 3/30; GB: 5/40
2015 – SF: 4/30; GB: 8/65
2015 – Cardinals: 10/119; GB: 7/59
2016 – PHI: 7/42; GB: 7/51



McAulay’s games feature 5.8 sacks per game, tied for fourth-most in the NFL:

Parry: 7.3
Corrente: 6.8
Vinovich: 6
McAulay: 5.8
Coleman: 5.8
Cheffers: 5.5
Steratore: 5.5
Allen: 5.3
Anderson: 5
Wrolstad: 4.8
Blakeman: 4.5
Triplette: 4.5
Hochuli: 4
Boger: 3.8
Torbert: 3.5
Morelli: 3
Hussey: 2.7




McAulay averages the sixth-fewest offensive holding calls per game:


Morelli: 4.5
Corrente: 4.3
Hussey: 4.3
Coleman: 3.5
Parry: 3.5
Torbert: 3.3
Cheffers: 3
Wrolstad: 3
Anderson: 2.5
Steratore: 2.5
Vinovich: 2.5
McAulay: 2.3
Hochuli: 2
Blakeman: 1.8
Allen: 1.7
Triplette: 1.5
Boger: 1



The Cowboys are 3/7 on challenges under McAulay with opponents going 1/4. Replay Assistant is 2/8 on challenges with seven decisions benefiting the Cowboys.

Green Bay is 0/2 when challenging McAulay’s calls with the opposition going 5/11. Replay Assistant is 2/6 with four of those decisions benefiting the Packers.


Cleveland fans remember McAulay fondly. In Week 15, 2001, McAulay was the official in the infamous “Bottlegate” game between the Jaguars and Browns. McAulay declared the game over after incensed Cleveland fans threw objects onto the playing surface in protest of an overturned completed Browns catch. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue overrode McAulay’s call and sent the players back onto the field to complete the final 48 seconds of regulation. Cleveland lost 10-15.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (25)

Through the first four games of this season, Ezekiel Elliott has had 39 carries for 3.92 yards per carry in the first half compared to last season when it was 48 carries for 4.02 yards per carry.

Through the first four games last season, Elliott had 46 carries for 4.76 yards per carry in the second half. This season, he rushed 37 times for 3.35 yards per carry.

On first down, Elliott has gained 2.84 yards per carry on first down. Last season through the first four games, he gained 4.75 yards on first down.

On second down, Elliott has gained 4.31 yards per carry through the first four games. Last season through the first four games, Elliott gained 4.07 yards per carry on second down.

Last season, six percent of Elliott’s touches were from passes (6/100). This season, 21 percent of Elliott’s touches have come from passes (16/76).

Through the first four games of this season, Elliott has scored three rushing touchdowns, the same number of touchdowns he scored through the first four games of 2016.

Last year, Elliott rushed for 157 yards against the Packers in the Oct. 16 regular season encounter and later for 125 yards in the divisional playoffs. He is the first running back since Matt Forte in 2013 to rush for over 100 yards in his two games against Green Bay in the same season.

Last season, Alfred Morris had an average of six carries per game in the first four games. This season, Morris has appeared just twice (Giants, Rams) and yet gained just 18 yards fewer (77 to 95).

The Packers offense has the seventh-lowest yards per carry in the NFL at 3.5.

Green Bay’s offense has the fifth-lowest yards per game in the NFL with 74.5 yards per game.

The Packers offense is tied with the Browns and Raiders for the fifth-fewest rushing attempts in the NFL with 84 carries.

Green Bay has scored the eighth-most points in the NFL with 102 points. 10 of those 13 touchdowns were from passes, tied with the New England Patriots for the most passing touchdowns to this point in the season.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby has attempted four field goals through four games, tied for the fourth-fewest in the NFL.

Dallas and Green Bay are tied for 12th place in terms of drives ending in scores at 38.6 percent.

The Packers have the 10th-worst average starting field position with drives starting at the 26.8-yard line.

Dallas is tied with Oakland for the fifth-best starting field position in the NFL with the average drive beginning at the 30.2-yard line.

Only 6.8 percent of the Cowboys’ drives this season have ended in turnovers, good for ninth-best in the league.

The Packers are the sixth-best in the NFL in terms of points per drive with 2.34 scored per possession. Immediately seventh are the Cowboys with 2.16 points scored per drive.

Green Bay receiver Jordy Nelson currently leads the NFL with five touchdown receptions. Last season, he also had five touchdowns through the first four games.

Packers receiver Geronimo Allison has recorded the seventh-longest reception of the season with a 72-yard reception in overtime to help setup Mason Crosby’s 27-yard game-winning field goal against Cincinnati.

Green Bay receiver Trevor Davis has the sixth-best punt return yardage in the NFL with 9.4 yards per punt return.

Opposing quarterbacks have a 92.1 passer rating against the Packers this season, the 16th-best in the league.

Opposing quarterbacks have a 96.5 passer rating against the Cowboy this year, the 13th-worst in the league.

Dallas has amassed 12 sacks through the first four games, tied with five other teams for the third-most in the NFL.

The Cowboys defense is giving up 6.7 yards per attempt, the 11th-fewest in the NFL.

Green Bay’s defense is surrendering 7.3 yards per attempt, the 16th-most in the league.

Teams have thrown against the Cowboys 154 times this season, the second-most in the NFL.

Dallas and Philadelphia have given up the most pass completions in the league with 101 apiece.

The last time the Cowboys played the Packers after they came off a 10-day rest from playing on Thursday night, Green Bay defeated Dallas 28-7 on Dec. 13, 2015 at Lambeau Field.

The Cowboys are 6-3 on Oct. 8. Here are the results:

1961 – @MIN, 28-0 – W
1967 – @WAS, 17-14 – W
1972 – PIT, 17-13 – W
1973 – @WAS, 7-14 – L
1978 – NYG, 24-3 – W
1989 – @GB, 13-31 – L
1995 – GB, 34-24 – W
2006 – @PHI, 24-38 – L
2007 – @BUF, 25-24 – W

The Packers are 8-6 on Oct. 8. Here are the results:

1922 – Racine Legion, 6-10 – L
1933 – Portsmouth Spartans, 17-0 – W
1939 – Cardinals, 27-20 – W
1944 – Card-Pitt, 34-7 – W
1950 – NY Yankees, 31-44 – L
1955 – Colts, 20-24 – L
1961 – Colts, 45-7 – W
1967 – @DET, 27-17 – W
1972 – CHI, 20-17 – W
1978 – CHI, 24-14 – W
1989 – DAL, 31-13 – W
1995 – @DAL, 24-34 – L
2000 – @DET, 24-31 – L
2006 – Rams, 20-23 – L

Dallas has four birthdays on Oct. 8, including that of assistant OL coach Marc Colombo:

Jay Saldi, TE, 1976-82 – 10/8/1954
Billy Cannon, Jr., LB, 1984 – 10/8/1961
Marc Colombo, T, 2005-10 – 10/8/1978
Jacques Reeves, CB, 2004-07 – 10/8/1982