By: Mark Lane

Tennessee

Titans at Cowboys

SERIES FACTS (14)

The Cowboys are 67-69-1 in their blue jerseys with a 3-0 record against the Titans franchise.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 32/173 teams that started 3-4 made the playof
fs.

The Cowboys are 3-4 for the eighth time in franchise history. None of those teams made the playoffs.

This is the 11th time in franchise history the Titans have started 3-4. Only 2/10 of those previous teams made the playoffs.

The Cowboys are 3-4 against the Titans at home. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Cotton Bowl: 1-0
Texas Stadium: 3-3
AT&T Stadium: 0-1

The Titans are 1/7 franchises to have an undefeated record at AT&T Stadium. The other six are the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Los Angeles Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, and San Francisco 49ers.

The Cowboys are 1-4 against the Titans franchise in November with a 0-3 record at home.

The Cowboys are 1-1 against the Titans franchise in prime time with all of the games being on the road.

The Cowboys have had a prime time game after a bye seven times in team history: 1992, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2014, and 2016. Dallas is 6-1.

The Cowboys have gone on to play at home following their bye week 10/30 times: 1990, 1996-97, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2009-10, 2016

Dallas has faced a divisional opponent 17 times after a bye week 1990, 1992-94, 1996, 1998-01, 2004-05, 2007-08, and 2013-16.

Since the bye week’s institution in 1990, the Cowboys have had 17 October. The Cowboys are 2-1 at home coming out of an October bye. Here is the Cowboys’ breakdown of bye weeks by month, including years and records after the bye:

September – 6-1 – 1992-94, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2006
October – 9-7 – 1991, 1993, 1995-96, 1998, 2000-01, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010-12, 2015-18
November – 4-1 – 2002, 2005, 2008, 2013, 2014
December – 1-0 – 1990

In games after their bye, the Cowboys are 20-9. Here is how they fare against the rest of the NFC East:

Philadelphia: 21-8
Dallas: 20-9
Washington: 14-15
New York: 11-18

Dallas faced Detroit, Arizona, and Washington three times before the bye, the most for any opponent. Here is a look at the rest of the Cowboys’ opponents, including records:

Arizona: 3-0
Washington: 3-0
Philadelphia: 2-0
Jacksonville: 2-0
San Francisco: 1-0
Atlanta: 1-0
Carolina: 1-0
Houston: 1-0
Kansas City: 1-0
San Diego: 1-0
Cincinnati: 1-0
Minnesota: 1-0
Green Bay: 1-1
New Orleans: 1-1
NY
Giants: 1-1
New England
: 0-1
Chicago: 0-2
Detroit: 0-3


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (12)

Prescott’s 87.4 passer rating is the fifth-worst in the NFL among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1.

Prescott is tied for the sixth-fewest interceptions among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1 with four.

Prescott’s eight touchdowns are tied for the fewest among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1.

Prescott’s 1,417 passing yards are the fewest among starting quarterbacks who have started since Week 1.

Among quarterbacks with at least five starts this season, Prescott is tied with Cam Newton and Marcus Mariota for the eighth-lowest yards per pass attempt in the NFL at 6.9.

Prescott is tied with Kirk Cousins for the fourth-most sacks in the NFL with 23.

Prescott is tied for the second-fewest red zone touchdowns in the NFL with five among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1.

Prescott’s 3.04 “time to throw,” according to Next Gen Stats, is the second-most among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1.

Prescott has the eighth-highest “intended air yards” at 8.6 among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, according to Next Gen Stats.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott has the fourth-lowest “longest completed air distance,” according to Next Gen Stats, at 45.3 yards.

Prescott throws for a half yard behind the sticks on average, according to Next Gen Stats.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Wee
k 1, Prescott’s 11.1 yards per completion are tied for the eighth-lowest in the NFL.


MARCUS MARIOTA FACTS (9)

Mariota’s 78.5 passer rating is the fourth-worst among quarterbacks with at least five starts this season.

Mariota has thrown three touchdowns this season, the second-fewest among quarterbacks with five starts in 2018.

Mariota’s passing yards of 1,030 are the third-fewest among quarterbacks with at least five starts.

Mariota’s 10.4 yards per completion are the second-lowest among quarterbacks with at least five starts this season.

Mariota is the 13th-most sacked quarterback in the NFL with 19 takedowns.

According to Next Gen Stats, Mariota has the third-shortest “time to throw” at 2.58 seconds.

According to Next Gen Stats, Mariota has the fourth-fewest “completed air yards” at 4.5.

According to Next Gen Stats, Mariota has the eighth-lowest
“intended air yards” at 7.2.

According to Next Gen Stats, Mariota throws 1.2 yards behind the sticks.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (18)

With a 3-4 record this season, Garrett owns the most 3-4 starts in club history with three.

Garrett is 20-13 in November with a 10-8 record at home.

Garrett is 5-1 against the AFC South with a 3-1 record on the road.

Garrett’s 2-0 home record against the AFC South is tied for his best against any AFC division:
AFC South: 2-0
AFC North: 2-0
AFC West: 2-2
AFC East: 2-2

Garrett is 1-0 against the Titans. Here is how other Cowboys coaches have fared against the Titans franchise:

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


Garrett is 9-8 as a coach when his team wears their road blues. Garrett is 1-0 as a starter in the road blues, having defeated Washington 31-10 on Oct. 4, 1998.


Garrett’s 9-8 record when his team is wearing the “cursed blues” ranks him middle of pack with other Cowboys coaches:

Tom Landry: 37-33-1
Jason Garrett: 9-8
Wade Phillips: 6-2
Jimmy Johnson: 6-8
Barry Switzer: 3-5
Chan Gailey: 2-2
Dave Campo: 2-5
Bill Parcells: 3-7


Jason Garrett is 2-6 before the bye week. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches:

Jimmy Johnson: 5-0
Bill Parcells: 4-0
Barry Switzer: 3-1
Wade Phillips: 3-1
Dave Campo: 2-1
Chan Gailey: 1-1
Jason Garrett: 2-6

Garrett is 4-3 after the bye week. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches:

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


Here is how Garrett’s pre-bye record compares to all head coaches in the NFC East since 1990:

Tom Coughlin: 7-5
Jimmy Johnson: 5-0
Bill Parcells: 5-0
Dan Reeves: 4-1
Jim Fassel: 5-2
Joe Gibbs: 5-2
Barry Switzer: 3-1
Wade Phillips: 3-1
Ray Handley: 2-0
Chip Kelly: 2-1
Marty Schottenheimer: 1-0
Dave McGinnis: 1-0
Ben McAdoo: 1-1
Doug Pederson: 3-0
Dave Campo: 2-1
Rich Kotite: 2-2
Ray Rhodes: 2-2
Mike Shanahan: 2-2
Chan Gailey: 1-1
Andy Reid: 6-8
Norv Turner: 3-4
Jason Garrett: 2-6
Buddy Ryan: 1-2
Vince Tobin: 1-3
Jay Gruden: 2-2-1
Pat Shurmur: 0-1
Steve Spurrier: 0-2
Jim Zorn: 0-2
Richie Petitbon: 0-2
Joe Bugel: 0-4


Here is how Garrett’s post-bye record compares to all head coaches in the NFC East since 1990:

Andy Reid: 13-1
Tom Coughlin: 7-5
Barry Switzer: 4-0
Bill Parcells: 4-1
Norv Turner: 5-2
Buddy Ryan: 3-0
Wade Phillips: 3-1
Chan Gailey: 2-0
Marty Schottenheimer: 1-0
Ben McAdoo: 1-1
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Rich Kotite: 3-2
Joe Gibbs: 4-3
Jason Garrett: 4-3
Joe Bugel: 2-2
Vince Tobin: 2-2
Jay Gruden: 3-2
Ray Rhodes
: 2-2
Doug Pederson: 1-1

Steve Spurrier: 1-1
Chip Kelly: 2-1
Dave Campo: 1-2
Mike Shanahan: 1-3
Dan Reeves: 1-4
Jim Fassel: 1-6
Dave McGinnis: 0-1
Richie Petitbon: 0-2
Jim Zorn: 0-2
Ray Handley: 0-2


Jason Garrett is 4-3 on ESPN Monday Night Football. Here are other Cowboys head coaches’ records on ESPN:

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


Garrett is currently 31-31 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 14-18 at home without Romo under center.

The Cowboys have the sixth-fewest penalties in the NFL with 43.

Dallas’ 43 penalties through the first seven games are the 21st fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys offense is right in the middle for red zone conversions in the NFL at 55.6 percent.

Garrett is 20/39 on challenges for his career with a 1/3 record in 2018.


MIKE VRABEL FACTS (10)

Vrabel is the five head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Since 1999, when the Oilers became the Titans, the Cowboys have also had five different head coaches.


Vrabel is facing the Cowboys for the first time as Titans coach. Here are how other coaches in franchise history fared against Dallas:

Wally Lemm: 0-1
Sid Gillman: 0-1
Bum Phillips: 1-0
Ed Biles: 0-1
Hugh Campbell: 0-1
Jerry Glanville: 1-0
Jack Pardee: 1-1
Jeff Fisher: 3-2



Vrabel is 3-2 against playoff-winning coaches with a 1-1 record on the road.


Vrabel is the first Titans coach since Jeff Fisher to come from a defensive background.

Vrabel is the first coach since Gary Kubiak with the 2015 Denver Broncos to take over a team that went to the playoffs the year prior.

Vrabel is 1/6 head coaches in the NFL who won a Super Bowl ring as a player. He is 1/3 coaches to have won multiple Super Bowls.

Vrabel is 0/3 on chall
enges this season.

The T
itans have the absolute lowest penalties in the NFL with 34.

Tennessee’s 34 penalties are tied with the 1972 team for the fifth-lowest penalties through the first seven games.

The Titans have the fourth-worst red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 43.8 percent.


CLETE BLAKEMAN FACTS (12)

This week’s referee is Clete Blakeman. The Cowboys are
3-4 when he referees their games. Here are the results:

2010 – JAX, 17-35 – L
20
12 – 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


The Cowboys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 4/7 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


Blakeman has the second-lowest ho
me team winning percentage in the NFL:

Shawn Hochuli: 1.000
Tony Corrente: .786
John Hussey: .750
Alex Kemp: .714
Clay Martin: .714
Brad Allen: .714
Carl Cheffers: .714
Jerome Boger: .625
Walt Anderson: .571
Bill Vinovich: .571
Craig Wrolstad: .571
John Parry: .571
Ron Torbert: .571
Walt Coleman: .429
Pete Morelli: .429
Clete Blakeman: .286

Shawn Smith: .214


Blakeman is tied for the fifth-lowest percentage of the home team having fewer penalties:

Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Tony Corrente: .857
Pete Morelli: .857
Shawn Hochuli: .714
Bill Vinovich: .714
John Hussey: .625
Walt Anderson: .571
Alex Kemp: .571
Jerome Boger: .500
Walt Coleman: .429
Clay Martin: .429
Brad Allen: .429
Clete Blakeman: .429
Carl Cheffers: .286
John Parry: .286
Ron Torbert: .286
Shawn Smith: .286

The Titans have
a 2-7 record with Blakeman as referee:

2010 – DEN, 20-26 – L
2010 – @HTX, 0-20
– L
2011 – RAV, 26-13 – W
2012 – @GB, 7-55 – L
2014 –
@JAX, 13-21 – L
2015 – @HTX
, 6-20 – L
2015 – @CLT, 24-3
0 – L
2016 – @HTX, 20-27 – L
2017 – HTX, 24-13 – W



The Titans have had fewer penalties 4/9 times with Blakeman:

2010 – DEN: 6/74; OTI: 10/111
2010 – HTX: 6/68; OTI: 10/79
2011 – RAV: 7/44; OTI: 6/70
2012 – GB: 1/10; OTI: 5/35
2014 – JAX: 3/25;
OTI: 7/47
201
5 – HTX: 7/85; OTI: 6/45
2016 – CLT: 6/71; OTI: 6/60
2016 – HTX: 6/59; OTI: 11/93
2017 – HTX: 11/85; OTI: 7/63


Blakeman’s games have the second-lowest average for sacks per game:

Cheffers: 6.7
Hochuli: 6.3
Smith:
5.9
Allen: 5
.7
Martin: 5.6
Anderson: 5.4
Coleman: 5.3
Kemp: 5.1
Corrente: 4.9
Vinovich: 4.9
Wrolstad: 4.7
Torbert: 4.7
Morelli: 4.6
Hussey: 4.5
Boger: 4.3
Blakeman: 3.4
Parry: 3.3


Blakeman is tied for the seventh-lowest instance of offensive holding calls per game:

Hochuli
: 4.3
Wrolstad: 3.4

Kemp: 3.3
Cheffers: 2.7
Smith: 2.7
Torbert: 2.4
Morelli: 2.3
Martin: 2.1
Parry: 2.1
Corrente: 2.1
Blakeman: 2.1
Anderson: 2
Hussey: 1.9
Boger: 1.9
Allen: 1.6
Coleman: 1.3
Vinovich: 0.9


Challenging Blakeman this season is a 50-50 proposition for coaches:
Allen: 1.000 (1/1)
Hussey: .667 (4/6)
Cheffers: .600 (3/5)
Parry: .600 (3/5)
Anderson: .500 (3/6)
Torbert: .500 (3/6)
Morelli: .500 (1/2)
Blakeman: .500 (1/2)
Hochuli: .500 (1/2)
Vinovich: .333 (1/3)
Corrente: .333 (1/3)
Martin: .250 (1/4)
Wrolstad: .200 (1/5)
Boger: .200 (1/5)
Kemp: .000 (0/3)

Smith: .000 (0/2)
C
oleman: .000 (0/2)


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


With Blakeman under the hood, the Titans are 0/4 on challenges with the opposition a perfect 1/1. Replay Assistant has yet to challenge one of Blakeman’s calls.


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


BROADCAST
FACTS (20)

WFAA will sim
ulcast the game in Dallas-Fort Worth, and are the fifth Metroplex station to do so since 1987. Here is a list of the other stations that have simulcast Cowboys cable games and the Cowboys’ records:

KXAS (1987-90): 1-2
KTXA (1991-12): 13-15
KTXD (2013): 0-1
WFAA (2014): 0-1
KTVT (2014): 1-0
WFAA (2015): 1-0
KTVT (2015): 0-1
WFAA (2016) 1-0
WFAA (2017) 1-0


The Cowboys are 48-35 on WFAA, including simulcast games.

The Nov. 13, 1988 ESPN Sunday Night Football game between Minnesota and Dallas was blacked out in Dallas-Fort Worth, and probably for good reason. The Vikings handed the Cowboys their largest margin of defeat on ESPN with a 43-3 drumming.

The only quarterback the Cowboys have faced on both of ESPN’s telecasts is Eli Manning, who remains a perfect 3-0 against the Cowboys having played them in three different venues (2004: Giants Stadium; 2006: Texas Stadium; 2010: AT&T Stadium).

Going back to 2
000, the Cowboys have had four rushers go over 100 yards in an ESPN telecast: Troy Hambrick (2001), Julius Jones (2004), Felix Jones (2011), DeMarco Murray (2014), and Ezekiel Elliott (2016).

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has recor
ded the most sacks in an ESPN game with three last season at the Arizona Cardinals. DeMarcus Ware’s 7.5 sacks is the most for a Cowboys career on ESPN.

Bill Parcells holds the distinction as being the only NFL head coach to have coached on ESPN Sunday Night Football and ESPN Monday Night Football in the same calendar year (1/1/06 and 10/23/06)

On ESPN Monday Night Football, the Dallas has worn only their white jerseys. However, they had occasions to wear their “cursed blues” on ESPN Sunday Night Football. Here’s their record in their blue and white jerseys:

White: 8-13
Blue: 1-4

ESPN only showed Sunday night games during the second half of the season from 1987-97. From 1990-97, TNT carried the first half of the season’s Sunday night contests. The Cowboys actually had a better record of 3-1 on TNT than their 2-12 record on ESPN Sunday Night Football.

The Cowboys have kicked off ESPN’s telecasts for the year only twice: 1989 and 1990. While many remember the Cowboys’ infamous Week 1 loss to the expansion Houston Texans, this was not ESPN’s first telecast of the season. That was three days prior on Sept. 5 when Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann, and Paul Maguire called the 49ers-Giants matchup, which became the basis for the NFL’s Kickoff Special.

Dallas has played on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday on ESPN.

For ESPN telecasts since 1987, September is the most-played month for the Cowboys, who hold a 4-3 record. Here is the Cowboys’ record in the other months in which they have played on ESPN:

September: 4-3
October: 1-5
November: 1-4
December: 3-4
January: 0-2


The Cowboys have been on both sides of one-point contests on ESPN. The first was a 31-32 loss to the Cardinals on Sept. 10, 2000, while their victory was the 25-24 thriller in Buffalo on Oct. 8, 2007.

L.P. Ladouceur is the only remaining Cowboy to have played on both ESPN Sunday Night Football and ESPN Monday Night Football.

Andy Reid and Tom Coughlin are the only two coaches to have faced the Cowboys on both of ESPN’s NFL packages. However, Coughlin is the only coach to have defeated the Cowboys on both packages.

Parcells and Wade Phillips are the only two Cowboys head coaches to have coached against their former teams on ESPN telecasts (Parcells: Patriots in ’03 and Giants in ’06; Phillips: Bills in ’07). Only Phillips defeated his former team.

Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, and Anthony McFarland are the rookie talent for ESPN Monday Night Football. Here is the Cowboys’ record for all talent that participated in ESPN’s coverage of Dallas Cowboys football since 1987:

Mike Patrick: 2-12
Roy Firestone: 0-1
Joe Theismann: 2-12
Paul Maguire: 1-9
Solomon Wilcots: 1-4
Suzy Kolber: 4-8
Mike Tirico: 5-5
Tony Kornheiser: 2-1
Michele Tafoya: 3-2
Jon Gruden: 5-4
Ron Jaworski: 4-1
Ed Werder (2011, Cowboys sideline): 1-0
Lisa Salters: 3-3
Sean McDonough: 2-0


Lisa Salters is former running back Tony Dorsett’s cousin.

Jason Witten will become the 11th former Cowboy to call a Dallas game on television. The other 10 are John Roach, Eddie LeBaron, Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Daryl Johnston, Brian Baldinger, Troy Aikman, Deion Sanders, Charles Davis, and Tony Romo. Here are the results of their first Cowboys games called:

Roach: Sept. 19, 1965 – NYG, 31-2 – W
LeBaron: Sept. 15, 1968 – DET, 59-13 – W
Meredith: Nov
. 16, 1970 – Cardinals, 0-38 – L
Staubach: Oct
. 12, 1980 – SF, 59-14 – W
Johnston: Nov. 12, 2000 – CIN, 23-6 – W
Baldinger: Dec. 3, 2000 – @TB, 7-27 – L
Aikman: Nov. 4, 2001 – @NYG, 24-27 – L-OT
Sanders: Dec. 16, 2006 – @ATL, 38-28 – W
Davis: Nov. 1, 2009 – SEA, 38-17 – W
Romo: Nov. 5, 2017 – KC, 28-7 – W


Another quoted statistic going into this game is how
the Cowboys have the second-most Monday Night Football appearances with 79. The Dolphins have 84. The reality behind that statistic is in 2006 the NFL moved its marquee game from Monday Night Football to Sunday Night Football. The truth is the Dolphins have had 13 MNF appearances since 2006 versus the Cowboys’ 12. However, since 2006, the Cowboys have had 45 SNF appearances versus the Dolphins’ two. So, actually, the correct way to look at this statistic is the Cowboys lead the league with 157 marquee game appearances versus the Dolphins’ 127.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (5)

The Titans defense has the absolute best red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 33.3 percent.

Dallas took Texas defensive tackle Scott Appleton with their first round pick in the 1964 NFL Draft, as did the Houston Oilers in the AFL Draft. Appleton chose the Oilers over the Cowboys and went on to play five seasons in the AFL for Houston (1964-66) and San Diego (1967-68).


The Cowboys are 4-4 on Nov. 5. Here are the results:

1961 – Cardinals, 17-31 – L
1967 – ATL, 37-7 – W
1972 – @Chargers, 34-28 – W
1978 – @MIA, 16-23 – L
1989 – @WAS, 13-
3 W
2000 – @PHI, 13-16 – L-OT
2006 – @WAS, 19-22 – L
2017 – KC, 28-17 – W


The Titans franchise is 7-3 on Nov. 5. Here are the results:
1961 – @DEN, 55-14 – W
1967 – @NE, 7-18 – L
1972 – @CLE, 0-20 – L
1978 – CLE, 14-10 – W
1979 – @MIA, 9-6 – W
1989 – DET, 35-31 – W
1995 – @CLE, 37-10 – W
2000 – PIT, 9-7 – W
2006 – @JAX, 7-37 – L
2017 – RAV, 23-20 – W


The Cowboys have four birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 5:

Danny Villanueva, K, 1965-67 – 11/5/1937
Filip Filipovic, P, 2002 – 11/5/1977
Cha-ron Dorsey, T, 2001-02 – 11/5/1978
Nick Folk, K, 2007-09 – 11/5/1984