By: Mark Lane

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Seahawks at Cowboys

WILDCARD FACTS (17)

This is the Cowboys’ 33rd postseason appearance, breaking a tie with the New York Giants for the most in league history.

This is the Cowboys’ 62nd postseason game, the most in league history. The Pittsburgh Steelers are second with 61.

The Cowboys are tied with the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots for the second-most postseason wins in NFL history with 34.

Dallas is 1/8 teams to have never participated in an overtime playoff game. The other seven teams are Detroit, Washington, Tampa Bay, Houston, Jacksonville, Cincinnati, and Baltimore.

This will be the Cowboys’ 30th home playoff game, tying them with the San Francisco 49ers for the second-most in NFL history. Only the Steelers have more with 32.

The Cowboys are 20-9 at home in the playoffs. The 20 wins are fourth-most in league history. The losses are tied with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants for the second-most in NFL history.

Dallas is 11-7 against the NFC West in the postseason with a 5-3 record at home.

Since 1990, this is the seventh time out of the Cowboys’ 10 wildcard weekend appearances that they will play on Saturday.

AT&T Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, and Heinz Field are just 3/13 venues opened since 2000 to have hosted a playoff game in their first year.

The Cowboys are 7-1 at home. There have been nine previous Cowboys team to only suffer one loss at home. 6/9 of those teams won their opening home playoff games.


Seattle is 3-11 in road playoff games.

Dallas is 0-1 against Seattle in January. That lone game was the 2006 NFC wildcard at then-Qwest Field when the Seahawks edged Dallas 21-20.

The Cowboys are 7-5 in the wildcard round with a 6-2 record at home.

The Seahawks are 8-4 in the wildcard round with a 2-2 record on the road.

Dallas is 1-2 in night playoff games, not including Super Bowls, with a 1-0 record at home.

Seattle is 5-0 in night playoff games with all of them having been played at home, never on the road.

The Seahawks are 0-3 all-time indoors in the playoffs.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (5)

With a minimum of 30 passes to qualify, Prescott’s 100.1 passer rating in December was tied with Troy Aikman in 1990 for the 15th-best in Cowboys history.

Prescott had a 7.67 yards per pass attempt in the final five games of 2018, which were ninth-most in the NFL. Patrick Mahomes was tied for seventh place at 7.77.

Over the final five weeks of the season, among starting quarterbacks, Prescott had the absolute best third down passer rating at 124.9, a full 6.5 points better than second place Patrick Mahomes.

No one picked up more cumulative first downs (throwing and rushing) than Prescott in the final five weeks with 29.

Prescott finished 2018 as the second-most sacked quarterback with 56 sacks. Third-most sacked was Russell Wilson with 51.


RUSSELL WILSON FACTS (4)

Wilson’s 110.9 passer rating is the highest single-season passer rating of his career.

2018 was the first year where Wilson did not rush for a touchdown.

Wilson’s 67 rushes were the lowest of his career.

Wilson is 3-0 in the wildcard round of the playoffs with a 93.2 passer rating. On the road, he is 2-0 with a 78.1 passer rating.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (9)

With Marvin Lewis parting ways with the Cincinnati Bengals, Garrett is now the longest-tenured head coach to have not coached in a conference championship game.

Jason Garrett is 2-4 against the Seattle Seahawks. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

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

Garrett is 38-36 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 20-15 record at home.

When coaching against playoff-winning quarterbacks, Garrett is 29-38.

A win would join Garrett with Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson, and Barry Switzer as the only Cowboys head coaches to have won two playoff games.

A win would also join Garrett with the aforementioned trio to have won two home playoff games.

A win would join Garrett with Tom Landry as the only Dallas coaches to have two wildcard round wins.

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.


PETE CARROLL FACTS (10)

Carroll is 17-6 against the NFC East in his coaching career.

Pete Carroll has a 5-2 record against the Dallas Cowboys. As head coach for Seattle, Carroll is 4-2. Here is how he compares to other Seattle coaches:

Mike Holmgren: 4-2
Pete Carroll: 4-2
Chuck Knox: 1-1
Tom Flores: 0-1
Jim Mora, Jr.: 0-1
Dennis Erickson: 0-1
Jack Patera: 0-2

Carroll is 4-1 in the wildcard round with a 1-1 record on the road.

Carroll is 2-5 on the road in the playoffs.

The Seahawks finished with 111 penalties, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 15th-most in 2018.

The Seahawks’ 111 penalties were tied with the 1992 team for the 11th-most in team history.

The Seahawks had the eighth-best red zone conversion percentage in the NFL at 65.5 percent.

The Seahawks went for it 14 times on fourth down in 2018, tied with the Steelers and Patriots for the seventh-fewest in the NFL.

Carroll is 38/77 on challenges for his career with a 4/5 record in 2018.

Carroll is 2/3 on challenges in the postseason.



EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (15)

Elliott is the first rushing champion since Freeman McNeil in the strike-shortened year of 1982 to win the NFL rushing title and rush for six or fewer touchdowns.

Elliott’s 1,434 rushing yards are the third-fewest to win a rushing title in a complete 16-game season.

Elliott’s 125 rushing yards against the Green Bay Packers in the 2016 NFC divisional playoffs tied with Calvin Hill for the eighth-most in Cowboys playoff history. The 125 yards were also the third-most by a Cowboy in his first ever playoff game.

Among running backs with at least 100 first down carries, Elliott’s 5.07 yards per carry were the sixth-highest in 2018, and the third-highest among playoff-qualifying running backs.

Among running backs with at least 60 second down carries, Elliott’s 4.64 yards per carry were the 10th-most in 2018, and the third-highest among playoff-qualifying running backs.

Elliott’s 26 second down conversions by rushing are the third-most among playoff-qualifying running backs. Only Jordan Howard (29) and Todd Gurley (28) have more.

Elliott converted the most third downs on the ground with 19.

No doubt Elliott won the NFL rushing title. However, he joins Gurley and Seattle’s Chris Carson as the only top-10 rushing yards leaders to make the playoffs. Comparatively, in 2004, six running backs from the top-10 were on playoff-qualifying teams.

The Cowboys are 16-4 when Elliott achieves a 4.5 yards per carry compared to 11-9 when he does not.

The place on the field where Elliott has the highest yards per carry is between the minus-21-yard line and the 50. Elliott has a 5.1 yards per carry.

No surprise that Elliott has his best yards per carry at 4.8 when Dallas is ahead. However, when Dallas is trailing, his yards per carry is 4.7.

Elliott has an 8.8 yards per carry when Dallas is trailing with 2:00 or less to play.

Elliott has a 5.6 yards per carry against the Seahawks.

Elliott has a 112.0 yards per game versus the Seahawks, his sixth-highest against an opponent he has faced multiple times.


BROADCAST FACTS (13)

This is the 13th game in the series to be broadcast on FOX. Here is the breakdown by network:
FOX: 12
NBC: 4 (1 playoff)
CBS: 2
ABC: 1

This is the fifth time in the series Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will call a game in the series. The Seahawks lead 3-1.

This is the third prime time game in the series, playoffs or otherwise, and Dallas and Seattle are even 1-1.

This is the first time FOX will broadcast a Saturday wildcard game.

The Cowboys are 4-7 on FOX in the postseason.

The Seahawks are 7-6 on FOX in the postseason.

The Cowboys are 1-4 when Buck calls their playoff games.

The Seahawks are 5-3 when Buck calls their playoff games.

Dallas is 1-4 when Aikman calls their postseason contests.

Seattle is 5-3 when Buck calls their postseason contests.

This is Buck and Aikman’s 60th postseason game together, the most by any NFL on FOX team. Summerall and Madden are second with 27.

Pat Summerall called the most Cowboys postseason games with 29.

In every one of the Cowboys’ 11 previous postseason games on FOX, they have always drawn the A-team.


WALT ANDERSON FACTS (12)


This week’s referee is Walt Anderson, a native of Sugar Land, Texas. Anderson has refereed 18 Cowboys games in his career. Dallas is 9-9. 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 – @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
2018 – @CAR, 8-16 – L
2018 – NO, 13-10 – W

*Playoff game


The Cowboys have won the penalty battle 8/18 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
2018 – CAR: 9/80; DAL: 10/85
2018 – NO: 5/48; DAL: 8/80

*Playoff game



Anderson had the third-lowest home team winning percentage in 2018:
John Hussey: .867
Carl Cheffers: .800
Tony Corrente: .750
Shawn Hochuli: .667
Walt Coleman: .625
Jerome Boger: .600
Alex Kemp: .600
Clay Martin: .600
Craig Wrolstad: .600
John Parry: .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 seventh-highest 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
John Parry: .333
Ron Torbert: .333
Carl Cheffers: .333
Alex Kemp: .333
Clay Martin: .333


The Seahawks are 8-6 with Anderson. Here are the results:
2003 – @CIN, 24-27 – L
2005 – @CRD, 33-19 – W
2006 – MIN, 13-31 – L
2006 – DAL, 21-20 – W
2007 – @CAR, 10-13 – L
2010 – @DEN, 14-31 – L
2011 – ATL, 28-30 – L
2012 – @SF, 6-13 – L
2014 – @CRD, 35-6 – W
2015 – @SF, 20-3 – W
2015 – PIT, 39-30 – W
2016 – BUF, 31-25 – W
2017 – @CRD, 22-16 – W
2018 – @DET, 28-14 – W




The Seahawks have had fewer penalties 8/14 times with Anderson:

2003 – CIN: 7/60; SEA: 5/30
2005 – CRD: 9/78; SEA: 6/52
2006 – MIN: 5/45; SEA: 5/30
2006 – DAL: 8/74; SEA: 3/15
2007 – CAR: 5/54; SEA: 3/15
2010 – DEN: 3/35; SEA: 7/64
2011 – ATL: 4/35; SEA: 6/40
2012 – SF: 5/40; SEA: 3/20
2014 – CRD: 1/5; SEA: 11/97
2015 – SF: 4/33; SEA: 6/50
2015 – PIT: 6/65; SEA: 8/76
2016 – BUF: 11/115; SEA: 10/75
2017 – CRD: 9/58; SEA: 12/108
2018 – DET: 4/32; SEA: 7/111



Anderson’s games were tied for the fourth-most 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



Anderson’s games featured the second-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


The Cowboys are 5/5 on challenges under Anderson while opponents are 2/6. Replay Assistant is 3/5 with none of those decisions having favored the Cowboys.


The Seahawks are 2/5 when challenging Anderson with opponents going 7/9. Replay Assistant is 2/4 with two of those decisions benefiting Seattle.


Anderson had the second-highest challenge overturn rate, and he reviewed the most 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)


Home teams are 6-3 in Anderson’s playoff games with home teams have fewer penalties 4/9 times.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (15)

The Seahawks have four players with at least 375 rushing yards. They are the ninth time since 1940 to achieve this feat. Only 1/8 of those previous teams won a playoff game: the 2001 Steelers.

Seahawks running back Chris Carson’s nine rushing touchdowns are tied for the seventh-most in the NFL and the third-most amongst playoff-qualifying running backs.

The Cowboys defense has the highest opposing passer rating among playoff teams at 95.7, which was the 11th-highest in the NFL.

The Seahawks defense has the second-highest opposing passer rating among playoff teams at 94.3, which is the 14th-highest in 2018.

The Cowboys defense has the absolute lowest interceptions for a playoff team with nine, tied for sixth-lowest in 2018. The only other playoff team are the Eagles with 10, which was eighth-lowest in the league.

The Dallas defense has the third-lowest yards per carry among playoff teams at 3.8, which was the fourth-lowest in 2018. Only the Texans (3.4, first), Saints (3.6, second), Ravens (3.7, third) had lower.

The Seahawks defense is tied with the Patriots for the third-highest yards per carry at 4.9, which is also tied for the third-highest among playoff teams.

The Dallas defense allows 94.6 rushing yards per game, the fifth-lowest in the NFL and the fifth-lowest among playoff teams.

Seahawks DE/LB Frank Clark produced four forced fumbles, tied for sixth-most in 2018.

Clark tallied 14.0 sacks, the sixth-most in 2018.

Clark also had 27 quarterback hits, the eighth-most in the NFL.

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner produced 138 tackles, the fourth-most in the NFL.


The Cowboys are 0-2 on Jan. 5, all being divisional playoff games. Here are the results:
1991 – @DET, 6-38 – L
1996 – @CAR, 17-26 – L


The Seahawks are 1-0 on Jan. 5 with a 35-14 win over Washington at home in the 2007 NFC wildcard.


The Cowboys have birthdays to celebrate on Jan. 5:
1978 – Michael Wiley, RB, 2000-02
1980 – Derek Ross, CB, 2002-03
1985 – Tra Battle, S, 2008

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SERIES FACTS (11)

The Cowboys are 7-5 for the ninth time in franchise history. 2/8 of those previous teams made the playoffs (1991, 1996) with only one of them (1996) having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 65/121 teams that started 7-5 made the playoffs with 23 of them having won the division.

The Eagles are 6-6 for the fourth time in team history. 1/3 of those previous teams made the playoffs, the 2006 team, which also won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 33/114 teams that started 6-6 made the playoffs with 12 of those teams having won the division.


The Cowboys are 17-16 against the Eagles in December with an 8-9 record at home.


The Cowboys are 37-24 against the Eagles at home, including playoffs. Here is a breakdown by venue:

Cotton Bowl: 7-4
Texas Stadium: 26-14
AT&T Stadium: 4-6


This is the fourth late afternoon game in the series at AT&T Stadium. Here are the results for Dallas:
2009 – 24-0 – W
2011 – 7-20 – L
2014 – 10-33 – L


The Cowboys are 118-100-1 all-time in December with a 58-43 record at home.

Since 1940, the Eagles are 134-122-4 in December with a 57-66-3 record on the road.

Since 1970, the Eagles are 79-82 in late afternoon games with a 44-56 record on the road.

Since 1970, the Cowboys are 179-132 in late afternoon games with a 114-61 record at home.



DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (11)

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott is tied with Case Keenum for the second-fewest touchdown passes with 14.

Prescott has the fourth-lowest interception percentage in the NFL at 1.4. Only Aaron Rodgers (0.2), Drew Brees (0.8), and Matt Ryan (1.1) are better.

Prescott has the 13th-lowest yards per pass attempt in the NFL at 7.3.

Prescott’s 11.0 yards per completion is tied with Brock Osweiler and Eli Manning for the eighth-lowest in the NFL.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott’s 222.9 passing yards per game are the lowest in the league.

Prescott’s 95.4 passer rating is the 17th-lowest in the NFL. Tom Brady is 16th at 96.8.

Prescott is the most-sacked quarterback in the NFL with 45. Since 1982, when sacks became an official statistic, Drew Bledsoe took 49 in 2005 for the Cowboys.

Prescott has the most red zone rushing touchdowns by a quarterback this season with five.

Prescott has thrown the fourth-most red zone interceptions in the NFL with two.

Prescott has the fifth-lowest red zone completion percentage in the NFL at 45.8 percent.

Prescott and Carson Wentz each have two fourth quarter comebacks, tied for the sixth-most in the NFL this season.



CARSON WENTZ FACTS (10)

Wentz is tied with Philip Rivers, Derek Carr, and Dak Prescott for the 13th-most red zone passes in the NFL with 53.

Wentz has the fifth-highest completion percentage in the league at 69.6 percent.

Wentz is tied for the 20th-most thrown interceptions in the league with seven.

Wentz is tied with Mitchell Trubisky and Brady for the 11th-highest yards per pass attempt at 7.7.

Wentz is tied with Ryan Tanehill for the 11th-lowest completion percentage in the league at 11.1.

Wentz has the ninth-highest passing yards per game at 284.6.

Wentz has the eighth-highest passer rating in the NFL at 100.6.

Wentz has taken 29 sacks through 10 games this season, the 11th-most in the NFL.

Wentz is tied with Kirk Cousins and Baker Mayfield for the 11th-most red zone touchdown passes with 15.

Wentz is tied with C.J. Beathard and Andy Dalton for the 15th-most third down sacks in the league with 10.



EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

Elliott has gained 96 rushing yards in the red zone, the fourth-most in the NFL.

Elliott has the ninth-most red zone rushing touchdowns with five.

Elliott has taken 31 red zone rushing attempts, which reflect 60.8 percent of the team’s red zone carries.

Elliott has taken the most carries in the NFL with 240.

Elliott’s 4.8 yards per carry is the fourth-highest among running back with at least 175 carries this season.

Elliott’s 95.8 rushing yards per game are the second-most in the NFL.

Elliott has six rushing touchdowns on the season, tied with David Johnson and Isaiah Crowell for the 12th-most in the NFL. Johnson and Crowell play for the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets, respectively, and both have been eliminated from the playoffs.

Elliott, Johnson, and Adrian Peterson are the only running backs with 200-plus touches who have fewer than 10 total touchdowns this season.

Among running backs with a minimum of 100 first-down carries, Elliott’s 5.14 yards per carry is the best in the NFL.

Elliott has gained 19 first downs on first-down carries, tied for the sixth-most in the NFL.



JASON GARRETT FACTS (14)


This is the 28th week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett is 31-20 against the NFC East.

Garrett is 13-12 against the NFC East at home.

Garrett has completed a series sweep 8/14 times since taking over as the Cowboys head coach in 2010.

Garrett has completed the series sweep 3/7 times at home with only one coming against the Eagles in 2012.

Garrett owns an 8-8 record against the Eagles. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches where applicable:

Tom Landry: 36-20
Barry Switzer: 6-3
Wade Phillips: 5-2
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Jason Garrett: 8-8
Jimmy Johnson: 5-6
Bill Parcells: 3-5
Dave Campo: 0-6



Garrett is 2-6 against Philadelphia at home. Here is how that compares to other NFC East foes:
Washington: 6-3
NY Giants: 5-3
Philadelphia: 2-6



Garrett’s 18-15 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:

Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 18-15
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 has a 6-8 record at home in December. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 32-18
Jimmy Johnson: 7-2
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Dave Campo: 3-3
Jason Garrett: 6-8
Barry Switzer: 3-4
Bill Parcells: 3-4
Wade Phillips: 1-3

Garrett is 10-12 against Super Bowl-winning head coaches.

The Cowboys have committed 68 penalties, tied with the Minnesota Vikings for the fifth-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys’ 68 penalties are tied with the 1969, 1973, and 2017 teams for the 12th-fewest in team history.

The Cowboys are the seventh-worst team in the red zone with a 48.6 percent conversion rate.

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


DOUG PEDERSON FACTS (12)


Pederson is 10-6 against the NFC East.

Pederson is 4-3 on the road in the NFC East.

Pederson has staved off a series sweep 1/3 times but has never done so on the road.

Pederson is on a four-game winning streak on the road in the NFC East.

Pederson is 4-3 in late afternoon games with a 2-2 record on the road.

Pederson is 5-5 in December games with a 2-3 record on the road.

Pederson is 11-12 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 3-7 record on the road.

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

Andy Reid: 17-12
Buddy Ryan: 8-2
Nick Skorich: 4-2
Buck Shaw: 1-0
Joe Kuharich: 5-5
Chip Kelly: 3-3
Doug Pederson: 2-2
Marion Campbell: 1-5
Mike McCormack: 2-4
Rich Kotite: 2-7
Ray Rhodes: 3-6
Dick Vermeil: 4-10
Ed Khayat: 0-3
Jerry Williams: 0-5


The Eagles are tied with the Detroit Lions for 10th-fewest penalties in the NFL with 73.

The Eagles’ 73 penalties are tied with the 1992 team for the 39th-fewest in franchise history since 1940.

The Eagles are ranked 19th in the red zone with a 55.8 percent conversion rate.

Pederson is 10/20 on challenges for his career with a 1/3 rate in 2018.



BROADCAST FACTS (8)

Dallas is 131-121 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

Since 1970, this is the 24th late afternoon game in the series. Dallas holds a 15-8 advantage.

A win Sunday will ensure the Cowboys finish with the 12th-most single-season wins on FOX with five.

The Cowboys have completed a series sweep of a NFC East opponent 22/41 times on FOX.


Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are calling Sunday’s action for FOX. This will be the 11th game between the two teams the broadcasters have done. Here are the results:


2003 – Cowboys at Eagles – 36-10 PHI
2004 – Cowboys at Eagles – 12-7 PHI
2005 – Eagles at Cowboys – 33-10 DAL
2006 – Cowboys at Eagles – 38-24 PHI
2007 – Eagles at Cowboys – 10-6 PHI
2008 – Cowboys at Eagles – 44-6 PHI
2009 – Eagles at Cowboys – 24-0 DAL
2011 – Eagles at Cowboys – 20-7 PHI
2012 – Cowboys at Eagles – 38-23 DAL
2014 – Eagles at Cowboys – 33-10 PHI
2015 – Eagles at Cowboys – 20-10 DAL


The Cowboys are 36-41 when Joe Buck does play-by-play for their games.

Dallas is 42-47 when Troy Aikman does color commentary for their games.


Pat Summerall has called the most games between Philadelphia and Dallas with 24 over his career with CBS and FOX.




CLETE BLAKEMAN FACTS (15)


This week’s referee is Clete Blakeman, who last refereed the Cowboys-Titans game in Week 9. The Cowboys are 3-5 when he referees their games. 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
2017 – Rams, 30-35 – L
2018 – OTI, 14-28 – L



The Cowboys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 4/8 time with Blakeman:

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
2017 – Rams: 7/41; DAL: 4/45
2018 – OTI: 3/20; DAL: 6/52



Blakeman has the second-lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL:
Tony Corrente: .833
Carl Cheffers: .818
John Hussey: .818
Clay Martin: .750
Walt Coleman: .750
Alex Kemp: .727
Shawn Hochuli: .727
Bill Vinovich: .636
Jerome Boger: .583
Craig Wrolstad: .583
John Parry: .546
Brad Allen: .546
Walt Anderson: .546
Pete Morelli: .455
Ron Torbert: .455
CLETE BLAKEMAN: .363
Shawn Smith: .227


Blakeman is tied for the fifth-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Craig Wrolstad: .917
Pete Morelli: .727
Shawn Hochuli: .636
Tony Corrente: .583
CLETE BLAKEMAN: .546
Bill Vinovich: .546
John Hussey: .546
Brad Allen: .546
Walt Coleman: .500
Jerome Boger: .500
Alex Kemp: .455
Walt Anderson: .455
Shawn Smith: .455
Ron Torbert: .367
Clay Martin: .333
John Parry: .273
Carl Cheffers: .182



Blakeman has refereed 10 Eagles games with the club earning an 8-2 record. Here are the results:

2010 – @DET, 35-32 – W
2010 – @WAS, 59-28 – W
2011 – NYJ, 45-19 – W
2012 – @NO, 13-28 – L
2013 – @TB, 31-20 – W
2014 – NYG, 27-0 – W
2014 – @DAL, 33-10 – W
2016 – NYG, 24-19 – W
2017 – SF, 33-10 – W
2018 – CAR, 17-21 – L


Philadelphia has won the penalty battle 8/10 times under Blakeman:

2010 – DET: 9/51; PHI: 9/75
2010 – WAS: 6/41; PHI: 6/35
2011 – NYJ: 11/93; PHI: 7/62
2012 – NO: 4/35; PHI: 7/58
2013 – TB: 8/72; PHI: 3/31
2014 – NYG: 10/75; PHI: 3/25
2014 – DAL: 6/42; PHI: 4/20
2016 – NYG: 5/50; PHI: 1/5
2017 – SF: 6/69; PHI: 4/35
2018 – CAR: 5/78; PHI: 4/35

Blakeman’s games have featured the fourth-lowest sacks per game on average:
Cheffers: 6.9
Anderson: 5.9
Martin: 5.8
Kemp: 5.6
Allen: 5.4
Hochuli: 5.3
Coleman: 5.1
Smith: 5.1
Hussey: 5.0
Torbert: 4.9
Wrolstad: 4.8
Corrente: 4.8
Morelli: 4.6
BLAKEMAN: 4.5
Vinovich: 4.4
Parry: 3.9
Boger: 3.8


Blakeman’s crew is tied for the fourth-highest offensive holding calls on average:
Hochuli: 4.6
Wrolstad: 3.6
Cheffers: 3.1
BLAKEMAN: 2.6
Parry: 2.6
Boger: 2.5
Smith: 2.5
Martin: 2.3
Morelli: 2.1
Anderson: 3.0
Kemp: 3.0
Torbert: 3.0
Allen: 2.0
Coleman: 1.8
Corrente: 1.6
Hussey: 1.6
Vinovich: 1.0



NFC East home teams are 2-2 when Blakeman referees. Here are the results:

2010 – Philadelphia at Washington – 59-28 Philadelphia
2014 – NY Giants at Philadelphia – 27-0 Philadelphia
2014 – Philadelphia at Dallas – 33-10 Philadelphia
2016 – NY Giants at Philadelphia – 24-19 Philadelphia



Home teams are 2/4 when it comes to having fewer penalties in NFC East games with Blakeman:
2010 – WAS: 6/41; PHI: 6/35
2014 – NYG: 10/75; PHI: 3/25
2014 – DAL: 6/42; PHI: 4/20
2016 – NYG: 5/50; PHI: 1/5



With Blakeman under the hood, the Cowboys are 2/4 on challenges with the opposition going 1/5 while Replay Assistant is 3/9 with only one call benefitting Dallas.


The Eagles are 3/4 on challenges with Blakeman with the opposition going 2/6 while Replay Assistant is 2/5 with four calls benefiting Philadelphia.


Blakeman has the fifth-highest overturn rate on coach’s challenges this season:
Allen: .800 (4/5)
Anderson: .636 (7/11)
Hussey: .625 (5/8)
Parry: .571 (4/7)
Torbert: .500 (3/6)
Cheffers: .500 (3/6)
BLAKEMAN: .500 (2/4)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Coleman: .400 (2/5)
Corrente: .375 (3/8)
Hochuli: .333 (1/3)
Smith: .250 (1/4)
Wrolstad: .222 (2/9)
Vinovich: .200 (1/5)
Kemp: .167 (1/6)
Martin: .167 (1/6)
Boger: .143 (1/7)



Blakeman is an attorney, specializing in personal injury for Carlson & Burnett in Omaha, Nebraska.


Blakeman was a backup quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1984-87.



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (9)


Cowboys rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch has the fourth-most combined tackles in the NFL with 103.

Vander Esch is tied for the fourth-most pass breakups by a linebacker with seven.

Opposing quarterbacks have compiled a 95.4 passer rating against the Cowboys, the 15th-highest in the NFL.

The Eagles defense is tied with the Buccaneers, Dolphins, and Raiders for the fifth-highest yards per carry allowed at 5.0.

Philadelphia surrenders 103.7 rushing yards per game, the 10th-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys are 5-3 on Dec. 9. Here are the results:

1962 – @CRD, 20-52 – L
1972 – WAS, 34-24 – W
1973 – WAS, 27-7 – W
1984 – WAS, 28-30 – L
2001 – NYG, 20-13 – W
2007 – @DET, 28-27 – W
2012 – @CIN, 20-19 – W
2013 – @CHI, 28-45 – L


The Eagles are 5-5 on Dec. 9. Here are the results:

1945 – Boston Yanks, 35-7 – W
1951 – NYG, 7-23 – L
1956 – @WAS, 17-19 – L
1962 – PIT, 17-26 – L
1973 – NYJ, 24-23 – W
1984 – NE, 27-17 – W
1990 – @MIA, 20-23 – L-OT
2001 – SDG, 24-14 – W
2007 – NYG, 13-16 – L
2012 – @TB, 23-21 – W


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

1964 – Gerald White, RB, 1987
1971 – Chris Boniol, K, 1994-96
1979 – Andrew Davison, DB, 2003
1988 – Korey Toomer, LB, 2014


The Cowboys also have a death to remember in guard John Wilbur. Born May 21, 1943, Wilbur played for the Cowboys from 1966-69. He died Dec. 9, 2013, the day the Cowboys were demolished by the Chicago Bears 45-28 on Monday Night Football at Solider Field.

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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 (9)

This is the eighth time in franchise history the Cowboys started 5-5. 1/7 of those previous teams made the playoffs (1999) with none of them having won the division.

Since 1990, 37/140 teams that started 5-5 made the playoffs with 14 of those teams having won the division.

This is the 15th time Washington has started 6-4. 4/14 of those teams made the playoffs with two of them having won the division.

Since 1990, 87/143 teams that started 6-4 made the playoffs with 34 of them having won the division.

One cliché thrown around heading into a Dallas-Washington game is how the respective records need to be thrown out. However, team records are still very predictive:

Dallas with winning record: 29-18-1
Washington with winning record: 23-13
Both teams with same records (Dallas perspective): 19-13-1

This is the first time since 2015 Washington has had a better record than Dallas ahead of both of their match-ups.

The Cowboys are 28-9-1 against Washington in November with a 16-2-1 record at home.

Dallas is 38-16-2 against Washington at home. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Cotton Bowl: 6-3-2
Texas Stadium: 26-10
AT&T Stadium: 5-4

Washington is 7-12 all-time on Thursdays with a 3-11 record as the visiting team.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Prescott’s 7.0 yards per pass attempt is tied for the sixth-lowest in the NFL.

Prescott’s has the 12th-lowest completion percentage in the NFL at 64.6 percent.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott’s 2,138 passing yards are second-fewest in the NFL. Only Sam Darnold’s 1,934 yards are lower, though he had a bye in Week 11.

Prescott’s 1.6 interception percentage is actually tied for the fifth-lowest in the NFL this season.

Prescott is tied with Cam Newton for the eighth-lowest yards per completion in the NFL at 10.9.

Prescott’s 213.8 passing yards per game are the lowest on average among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1.

Prescott’s 90.3 passer rating is the 12th-lowest in the NFL this season.

Prescott’s 34 sacks are the second-most in the NFL behind Eli Manning’s 36.

Prescott has engineered three game-winning drives this season, tied with Case Keenum for the fifth-most in the NFL.

In games where Prescott fails to throw a touchdown but manages to avoid even a fumble, the Cowboys are 4-2.

COLT MCCOY FACTS (10)

The last win of McCoy’s career was against Dallas on Monday Night Football on Oct. 27, 2014 when he led Washington to a 20-17 overtime win. McCoy completed 25/30 for 299 yards and an interception along with taking three sacks and rushing seven times for 16 yards and a touchdown.

Prior last week’s game versus Houston, McCoy’s last extended action was on Jan. 3, 2015 when he relieved starter Kirk Cousins in a 34-23 win over Dallas, going 7/11 for 128 yards, one touchdown, and took one sack.

McCoy is about to start in his fifth game for Washington in his five seasons with the franchise.

McCoy’s career high for passing yards occurred with Washington on Nov. 30, 2014 when he threw for 392 in a 49-27 loss at the Indianapolis Colts.

The game against the Colts in 2014 was also the game wherein McCoy threw for a career-high three passing touchdowns.

McCoy’s highest single-game passer rating occurred on Oct. 19, 2014 when he filled in for an injured Cousins and completed 11/12 for 128 yards, a touchdown, and took two sacks.

The most sacks McCoy has taken was in the aforementioned Colts game in 2014 when he took six.

The most interceptions McCoy has thrown is three when he led the Cleveland Browns to a 41-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Jan. 2, 2011.

The lowest single-game passer rating of McCoy’s career was 27.0 when he was a Cleveland Brown and lost to the Baltimore Ravens 20-10 on Dec. 26, 2010.

McCoy has had the longest career for a drafted Texas Longhorn quarterback (nine seasons) since Bobby Layne.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (13)

This is the fourth time in Garrett’s career he has started 5-5. Neither of the previous seasons resulted in postseason berths (2012-13, 2017).

Garrett owns the most 5-5 starts in Cowboys history.

This is the ninth Thanksgiving game of Garrett’s coaching tenure. Here is how his teams have performed in the pre-Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving games:

2010 – DET(W), NO (L)
2011 – @WAS (W-OT), MIA (W)
2012 – CLE (W-OT), WAS (L)
2013 – @NYG (W), RAI (W)
2014 – @NYG (W), PHI (L)
2015 – @MIA (W), CAR (L)
2016 – RAV (W), WAS (W)
2017 – PHI (L), SDG (L)


Garrett is 3-5 on Thanksgiving. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches on Turkey Day:

Tom Landry: 14-6-1
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Barry Switzer: 3-1
Wade Phillips: 3-0
Bill Parcells: 2-2
Jason Garrett: 3-5
Chan Gailey: 1-1
Dave Campo: 1-2


All-time, as a player and a coach, Garrett is 11-5 on Thanksgiving.

Garrett is 22-14 in November with an 11-10 record at home.

Garrett is 12-12 against the NFC East at home.

Garrett is 5-3 against Washington at home. Here is how that compares to other NFC East foes:
Washington: 5-3
NY Giants: 5-3
Philadelphia: 2-6


Garrett has staved off a series sweep by NFC East opponents 6/10 times.

The Cowboys are tied for the third-fewest penalties in the NFL with 56.

The Cowboys’ 56 penalties through 10 games are the third-fewest in club history.

The Cowboys’ 51.7 percent red zone conversion rate is the ninth-worst in the NFL.

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


JAY GRUDEN FACTS (14)

A win would join Gruden with Tom Coughlin, Chip Kelly, and Mike McCarthy as the only coaches with three or more wins against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.


A loss would make Gruden the first Washington head coach to sustain three consecutive losses at AT&T Stadium.


Gruden is 1-4 on Thursdays. Here is how he compares to other Washington head coaches where applicable:

Joe Gibbs: 2-1
Ray Flaherty: 1-0
George Allen: 1-1
Steve Spurrier: 1-1
Mike Shanahan: 1-2
Jay Gruden: 1-4
Otto Graham: 0-1
Jack Pardee: 0-1
Norv Turner: 0-1
Jim Zorn: 0-1



Gruden is 3-6 against the Cowboys all-time. Here is how he compares to other Washington head coaches:

Joe Gibbs: 16-16
Bill McPeak: 4-4-2
Mike Nixon: 1-0
Richie Petitbon: 1-1
George Allen: 7-8
Norv Turner: 4-9
Mike Shanahan: 3-5
Otto Graham: 2-4
Jack Pardee: 2-4
Jay Gruden: 3-6
Steve Spurrier: 1-3
Jim Zorn: 1-3
Terry Robiskie: 0-1
Vince Lombardi: 0-2
Bill Austin: 0-2
Marty Schottenheimer: 0-2



On the road, Gruden is 6-7 against the NFC East on the road.

Gruden has a 7-12 record in November, his second-worst month:
September: 7-9
October: 11-9-1
November: 7-12
December: 8-8
January: 1-2

Gruden is 2-8 on the road in November.

Gruden is 2-2 against Dallas at AT&T Stadium.

Gruden has completed a series sweep 2/5 times with having secured the sweep on the road 2/3 times.

Washington has 70 penalties, the 11th-most in the NFL.

Washington’s 70 penalties through 10 games are tied for the 23rd-fewest in franchise history going back to 1940.

Washington’s 55.2 red zone conversion rate is ranked 20th in the NFL.

Gruden is 11/25 on challenges for his career with a 2/3 record in 2018.

Gruden is 3/6 coaches from the 2014 hiring class to have led their teams to the playoffs. However, Bill O’Brien and Mike Zimmer are the only ones who have won playoff games.


THANKSGIVING FACTS (10)

Since 2006, when Thursday NFL games ramped up, home teams are 89-69 on Thursdays, including Thanksgiving games.

Only the Detroit Lions have played more Thursday games (78) than the Dallas Cowboys (54). However, the Lions only have one more wins on Thursday than the Cowboys (36).

The Dallas Cowboys are 30-19-1 on Thanksgiving. Here is a breakdown by decade:

1960s: 3-0-1
1970s: 5-3
1980s: 6-4
1990s: 7-3
2000s: 6-4
2010s: 3-5


Washington is 4-7 on Thanksgiving.


Here’s a list of Cowboys quarterback Thanksgiving records:

Most Touchdowns: 5 (Romo, ’06)
Most Passing Yards: 455 (Aikman, ’98)
Most Completions: 37 (Romo, ’12)
Most Attempts: 62 (Romo, ’12)
Best Completion Percentage: 77.4 (White, ’83)
Most INTs: 3 (Morton, ‘69; White, ’87; Aikman, ’89; Carter, ’03; Romo, ‘15)
Best Passer Rating: Tony Romo, 148.9
Worst Passer Rating: Roger Staubach, 1.7
Youngest Starter: Troy Aikman, 23 years, 2 days
Oldest Starter: Jon Kitna, 38 years, 65 days


Here’s a list of the Top 10 Cowboys Passer Ratings on Thanksgiving:
1. Tony Romo — 148.9 (2006)
2. Roger Staubach — 141.4 (1971)
3. Tony Romo — 121.2 (2009)
4. Tony Romo — 113.7 (2008)
5. Troy Aikman — 113.0 (1995)
6. Don Meredith — 110.0 (1967)
7. Jason Garrett — 109.6 (1994)
8. Danny White — 109.2 (1983)
9. Dak Prescott — 108.9 (2016)
10. Danny White — 108.2 (1985)


In 1975 and 1977, the St. Louis Cardinals replaced the Cowboys as a Thanksgiving game host with unfavorable results. Even St. Louis-area high school football was a bigger draw than the Cardinals on Thanksgiving, thus moving the game back to Dallas.

The longest Thanksgiving winning streak the Cowboys had was from 1980 to 1985. Their longest losing streak is from 1986 to 1989.

The Cowboys’ biggest Thanksgiving win was a 51-7 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

The Cowboys were shutout by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1989 and then pitched their own against the Miami Dolphins in 1999. Aikman started both contests.


BROADCAST FACTS (13)


This is the 33rd game in the Dallas-Washington series that FOX will broadcast, and that alone is a little over half the games CBS broadcast in the series with 59 total.

Dallas-Washington has been played on 5/7 possible broadcast networks. Here is a breakdown of the Cowboys’ record against their arch rival by network:

CBS: 32-24-2
FOX: 22-10
NBC: 4-2
ABC: 7-7
ESPN: 4-1

Dallas is 129-121 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

Washington is 126-162-1 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Cowboys are 34-41 when Joe Buck calls their games.

Dallas is 40-47 when Aikman calls their games.

The Cowboys are 7-5 on FOX on Thanksgiving. Here is how they fare on all networks involved since 1966:

CBS: 18-8-1
FOX: 7-5
NBC: 5-6


The Detroit Lions are 5-6 on FOX on Thanksgiving. Here is how they have performed on all networks involved:

NBC: 11-4
Dumont: 2-0
ABC: 1-0
FOX: 5-6
CBS: 11-22-2


Troy Aikman was the first former Cowboys player to cover a Thanksgiving game on Nov. 28, 2002 when he was with FOX. Dallas beat Washington 27-20.

The Cowboys have the most Thanksgiving game awards with 26. Here is a breakdown by network:

CBS (All-Iron): 11 – Dexter Coakley, Tony Romo (3), Chris Canty, DeMarcus Ware, Terence Newman, Miles Austin, Jason Witten, DeMarco Murray, and Lance Dunbar.

CBS (Madden Turkey Leg): 7 – Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, and the Dallas offensive line

FOX (Galloping Gobbler): 6 – Emmitt Smith, Julius Jones, Tony Romo, DeMarcus Ware, Dak Prescott (2016), Ezekiel Elliott (2016)

FOX (Madden Turkey Leg): 2 – Emmitt Smith and Jason Garrett



RON TORBERT FACTS (12)

This week’s referee is Ron Torbert. The Cowboys have a 1-2 record in his games:

2015 – CAR, 14-33 – L
2016 – NYG, 19-20 – L
2017 – @SF, 40-10 – W


Dallas has never had fewer penalties than the opposition in all three of his games:

2015 – CAR: 8/53; DAL: 8/40
2016 – NYG: 4/40; DAL: 6/50
2017 – SF: 2/22; DAL: 5/36


Torbert is tied for the third-lowest home team winning percentage among referees this season:

Carl Cheffers: .800
John Hussey: .800
Shawn Hochuli: .778
Tony Corrente: .750
Clay Martin: .700
Bill Vinovich: .667
Alex Kemp: .667
Brad Allen: .667
Walt Coleman: .600
Jerome Boger: .600
John Parry: .556
Pete Morelli: .500
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Walt Anderson: .444
Ron Torbert: .444
Clete Blakeman: .333
Shawn Smith: .278


Torbert is tied for the fifth-lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:

Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Pete Morelli: .700
Shawn Hochuli: .667
Bill Vinovich: .667
John Hussey: .600
Brad Allen: .556
Alex Kemp: .556
Walt Coleman: .500
Tony Corrente: .500
Jerome Boger: .500
Walt Anderson: .444
Clete Blakeman: .444
Ron Torbert: .444
Clay Martin: .400
Shawn Smith: .333
John Parry: .333
Carl Cheffers: .200


Washington is 4-1 in games where Torbert is the referee:

2014 – JAX, 41-10 – W
2015 – @NYG, 21-32 – L
2015 – @CHI, 24-21 – W
2016 – @RAV, 16-10 – W
2017 – @SEA, 17-14 – W


Washington has had fewer penalties than the opposition 3/5 times with Torbert:

2014 – JAX: 6/44; WAS: 11/98
2015 – NYG: 8/67; WAS: 7/58
2015 – CHI: 7/79; WAS: 8/63
2016 – RAV: 9/65; WAS: 4/46
2017 – SEA: 16/138; WAS: 7/62


Torbert’s games are tied for the fourth-fewest sacks in the NFL:

Cheffers: 6.8
Anderson: 5.7
Hochuli: 5.7
Martin: 5.7
Smith: 5.7
Kemp: 5.6
Coleman: 5.4
Allen: 5.3
Corrente: 5.1
Morelli: 4.8
Hussey: 4.7
Wrolstad: 4.6
Blakeman: 4.6
Torbert: 4.6
Vinovich: 4.3
Boger: 3.9
Parry: 3.6



Torbert’s crew calls the third-most offensive holding calls on average:

Hochuli: 4.1
Wrolstad: 3.2
Torbert: 3
Cheffers: 2.8
Anderson: 2.8
Kemp: 2.6
Smith: 2.6
Blakeman: 2.1
Boger: 2.1
Martin: 2.1
Parry: 2.1
Allen: 2
Morelli: 2
Hussey: 1.7
Corrente: 1.6
Coleman: 1.2
Vinovich: 0.8



The Cowboys are 0/1 on challenges under Torbert while opponents are 1/1. Replay Assistant has yet to challenge one of Torbert’s calls.

Washington has only challenged Torbert’s calls once, and lost on the challenge. Opponents have not and neither has Replay Assistant.



This season, Torbert has a .500 overturn rate on coaches’ challenges, tied for sixth-highest in the NFL:

Allen: 1.000 (3/3)
Parry: .667 (4/6)
Hussey: .625 (5/8)
Anderson: .625 (5/8)
Cheffers: .600 (3/5)
Torbert: .500 (3/6)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Hochuli: .500 (1/2)
Blakeman: .500 (2/4)
Coleman: .400 (2/5)
Corrente: .375 (3/8)
Vinovich: .250 (1/4)
Wrolstad: .200 (1/5)
Martin: .200 (1/5)
Boger: .167 (1/6)
Smith: .000 (0/2)
Kemp: .000 (0/5)



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (10)

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has the second-most rushing yards with 953.

Elliott’s seven total touchdowns are tied with Adrian Peterson and three others for the 14th-most in the NFL.

Elliott has the same yards per carry as Todd Gurley and Marlon Mack at 5.0, the eighth-highest in the NFL.

Elliott’s 95.3 rushing yards per game are actually the most in the NFL.

Elliott’s 19.1 rushing attempts per game are tied with Gurley for the most in the NFL.

Dallas cornerback Byron Jones is tied with Kansas City cornerback Steven Nelson for the seventh-most pass deflections in the NFL with 10.

Cowboys rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is tied for the third-most interceptions by a linebacker this season with two.


The Cowboys are 9-6 on Nov. 22. Here are the results:

1964 – @WAS, 16-28 – L
1970 – @WAS, 45-21 – W
1973 – MIA, 7-14 – L
1979 – OTI, 24-30 – L
1981 – WAS, 24-10 – W
1984 – NE, 20-17 – W
1987 – MIA, 14-20 – L
1990 – WAS, 27-17 – W
1992 – CRD, 16-10 – W
1998 – SEA, 30-22 – W
2001 – DEN, 24-26 – L
2007 – NYJ, 34-3 – W
2009 – WAS, 7-6 – W
2012 – WAS, 31-38 – L
2015 – @MIA, 24-14 – W


Washington is 6-7 on Nov. 22. Here are the results:

1936 – Brooklyn Dodgers, 30-6 – W
1942 – Brooklyn Dodgers, 23-3 – W
1953 – @NYG, 24-21 – W
1959 – @GB, 0-21 – L
1964 –
DAL, 28-16 – W
1970 – DAL, 21-45 – L
1973 – @DET, 20-0 – W
1981 – @DAL, 10-24 – L
1990 – @DAL, 17-27 – L
1998 – CRD, 42-45 – L
2009 – @DAL, 6-7 – L
2012 – @DAL, 38-31 – W
2015 – @CAR, 16-44 – L



The Cowboys have seven birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 22:

1934 – Don McIhenny, RB, 1960-61
1962 – Steve Deossie, LB, 1984-88
1963 – Mike Zentic, C, 1987
1968 – Darryl Hardy, LB, 1995 & 1997
1975 – Ryan Neufeld, TE, 1999
1979 – Keith Adams, LB, 2001-02
1989 – Tyrone Crawford, DL, 2014-present