By: Edward Egros

December 2019

Cowboys Season Finale

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The Cowboys are 7-8 for the fifth time in franchise history. 1/4 of those previous teams made the playoffs: 1999.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last altered, 9/99 teams that finished 8-8 made the playoffs.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 1/96 teams that finished 7-9 made the playoffs: the 2010 Seattle Seahawks, who had to win the NFC West to qualify.

Washington is 3-12 for the second time in franchise history. The last time, 2014, netted the St. Louis Rams the second overall pick, which they used to draft tackle Greg Robinson, who is now with the Cleveland Browns.

The Cowboys are going for their 20th series sweep of Washington. Here is where their sweeps of the Eagles compares to the rest of their NFC East opponents:
New York: 23
Philadelphia: 19
Washington: 19
Arizona: 15

The Cowboys are 19-14 against Washington in December with an 11-5 record at home.

Dallas is 39-16-2 against Washington at home. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Cotton Bowl: 6-3-2
Texas Stadium: 26-10
AT&T Stadium: 6-4

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: 30-18-1
Washington with winning record: 22-14
Both teams with same records (Dallas perspective): 19-13-1

Since 1970, the Cowboys are 167-125 in late afternoon games with a 108-58 record at home.

Since 1970, Washington is 93-95 in late afternoon games with a 54-70 record on the road.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (15)

Prescott needs to throw for 305 yards to break Tony Romo’s single-season passing yards record in Cowboys history with 4,903 set in 2012.

Prescott is tied with Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz for the fifth-most passing touchdowns with 26.

Prescott has thrown for the second-most first downs with 216.

Prescott is tied with Jameis Winston for the fourth-highest yards per pass attempt with 8.2.

Among quarterbacks who have started at least 10 games, Prescott’s 20 sacks are the third-fewest in the NFL.

Prescott is the only quarterback this season to have started every game and yet failed to engineer a fourth quarter comeback and/or a game-winning drive.

Prescott’s 5,222 intended air yards are the second-most in the league.

Prescott has benefited from 1,781 yards after the catch, the 10th-highest in the NFL.

33 of Prescott’s incomplete passes have been dropped, the most in the NFL.

Prescott has had 425 on target throws, the most in the NFL.

Prescott has been hit 54 times, tied with Winston for the third-most in the league.

Prescott is 1/8 quarterbacks this season who has thrown at least 40 red zone passes without an interception.

Among quarterbacks with at least 100 third down passes, Prescott’s 8.1 yards per pass attempt are the seventh-highest in the league.

Prescott is tied with Matt Ryan for the fifth-highest third down conversions by pass with 60.

Prescott’s 94.1 passer rating on third down is the 10th-highest among quarterbacks with at least 100 third down pass attempts.


CASE KEENUM FACTS (2)

Keenum has the highest passer rating among Washington starting quarterbacks this season at 96.2.

Keenum would become the first Washington quarterback to play each game in the Cowboys series since Kirk Cousins in 2017.

EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (15)

Elliott is tied with Derrick Henry for the fourth-most red zone rushing touchdowns with 11.

Elliott has the fourth-most rushing yards in the league with 1,235.

Elliott has gained 73 first downs by rush, the second-most in the league.

Elliott is tied with Nick Chubb for the fifth-fewest fumbles among 1,000-yard rushers this season with three.

Elliott has gained 611 yards before contact, the third-most in the league.

Elliott has gained 624 yards after contact, the sixth-most overall and third-highest among Pro Bowl running backs.

Elliott is tied with Phillip Lindsay, Ronald Jones, and David Montgomery for the seventh-most broken tackles overall with 23.

Elliott has the most red zone rush attempts (57) and red zone rushing yards (157).

Elliott has taken the most first down rush attempts in the NFL with 179.

Elliott is tied with Derrick Henry for the most first downs gained off first down runs with 27.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Garrett’s 22-18 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:
Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 22-18
Jimmy Johnson: 13-7
Bill Parcells: 8-9
Barry Switzer: .467
Wade Phillips: 5-7
Dave Campo: 4-9
Chan Gailey: 3-5


Garrett has a 9-8 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
Jason Garrett: 9-8
Dave Campo: 3-3
Barry Switzer: 3-4
Bill Parcells: 3-4
Wade Phillips: 1-3


Garrett is 40-41 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 23-16 record at home.


Garrett has a 37-20 record against the NFC East with a 16-12 record at home.

Garrett is 6-3 against Washington at home. Here is how that compares to other NFC East foes:
Washington: 6-3
NY Giants: 6-3
Philadelphia: 4-6

Garrett has completed a series sweep 11/18 times since taking over as Cowboys head coach.

Garrett has executed a series sweep 4/9 times at home since taking over as Dallas head coach.

Garrett is 23/44 on challenges for his career with a 2/3 rate in 2019.

Garrett is 0/1 on pass interference challenges and has not challenged one since Week 5.

Garrett is 4-5 in season finales. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

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


BILL CALLAHAN FACTS (4)

Callahan is the second interim coach in the Dan Snyder ownership.

Callahan is 7/24 on challenges for his career with a 1/5 record in 2019.

Callahan has made a challenge related to pass interference once this season and he lost.

A win would lead Washington to a 4-12 record, which is the same record Callahan posted in his final season with the Oakland Raiders in 2003.


BROADCAST FACTS (8)

Dallas is 140-127 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

Washington is 128-175-1 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Cowboys have completed a series sweep of a NFC East opponent 24/44 times on FOX.

This is the ninth time FOX will have broadcast both games in the season series. Dallas has execute a sweep 4/8 previous times.

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: 24-10
NBC: 4-2
ABC: 7-7
ESPN: 4-1


The Cowboys are 41-46 when Joe Buck does play-by-play for their games.

Dallas is 47-52 when Troy Aikman does color commentary for their games.

This is the 45th late afternoon game in the series. Dallas holds a 28-16 advantage.


CRAIG WROLSTAD FACTS (14)

This week’s referee is Craig Wrolstad. The Cowboys have a 5-2 record with Wrolstad. Here are the results:

2014 – Cardinals, 17-28 – L
2015 – NYJ, 16-19 – L
2016 – CHI, 31-17 – W
2016 – WAS, 31-26 – W
2017 – @Cardinals, 28-17 – W
2017 – WAS, 38-14 – W
2018 – @ATL, 22-19 – W



The Cowboys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 5/7 times with Wrolstad:

2014 – Cardinals: 6/62; DAL: 5/33
2015 – NYJ: 8/61; DAL: 6/54
2016 – CHI: 6/45; DAL: 4/45
2016 – WAS: 3/30; DAL: 3/25
2017 – Cardinals: 6/50; DAL: 9/76
2017 – WAS: 7/43; DAL: 3/25
2018 – ATL: 2/15; DAL: 2/20


Wrolstad is in the middle of the pack in terms of home team winning percentage:
Brad Allen: .643
Clete Blakeman: .643
John Hussey: .643
Walt Anderson: .600
Carl Cheffers: .571
Tony Corrente: .571
Alex Kemp: .571
Scott Novak: .567
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Shawn Hochuli: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Jerome Boger: .467
Shawn Smith: .429
Brad Rogers: .429
Adrian Hill: .429
Bill Vinovich: .357
Clay Martin: .357


Wrolstad is also in the middle of the pack in percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Scott Novak: .800
Clete Blakeman: .714
Shawn Smith: .643
John Hussey: .643
Brad Allen: .643
Clay Martin: .643
Jerome Boger: .600
Craig Wrolstad: .571
Brad Rogers: .571
Tony Corrente: .571
Alex Kemp: .500
Adrian Hill: .500
Shawn Hochuli: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Walt Anderson: .467
Ron Torbert: .429
Bill Vinovich: .429


Washington is 1-3 with Wrolstad, including 0-1 against Dallas:
2016 – PIT, 16-38 – L
2016 – @DAL, 26-31 – L
2017 – GB, 31-17 – W
2018 – PHI, 0-24 – L


Washington is 2/4 in having fewer penalties with Wrolstad:
2016 – PIT: 4/81; WAS: 9/55
2016 – DAL: 3/25; WAS: 3/30
2017 – GB: 11/115; WAS: 6/66
2018 – PHI: 5/25; WAS: 2/15


Wrolstad’s games have the fourth-lowest sacks per game in the NFL:
Smith: 6.2
Anderson: 6.1
Hill: 5.9
Vinovich: 5.8
Martin: 5.4
Rogers: 5.1
Corrente: 5.1
Allen: 5.0
Novak: 5.0
Boger: 4.9
Kemp: 4.9
Cheffers: 4.8
Blakeman: 4.5
Wrolstad: 4.4
Torbert: 4.3
Hussey: 4.1
Hochuli: 3.6


Wrolstad is tied for the fifth-highest offensive holding calls per game:
Cheffers: 4.5
Torbert : 3.6
Corrente: 3.2
Hill: 3.2
Wrolstad: 3.0
Anderson: 3.0
Boger: 3.0
Hochuli: 3.0
Rogers: 3.0
Allen: 2.9
Kemp: 2.9
Blakeman: 2.6
Smith: 2.6
Martin: 2.4
Novak: 2.3
Hussey : 1.7
Vinovich: 1.6


Dallas is 0/2 when challenging Wrolstad while opponents are 2/2. Replay Assistant is 0/1 with none of those calls benefiting the Cowboys.

Washington is 1/2 in challenging Wrolstad. Opponents are 1/1 while Replay Assistant has not challenged anything in a Washington game yet.


Wrolstad has the lowest challenge overturn rate in the NFL:
Blakeman: .588 (10/17)
Kemp: .546 (6/11)
Novak: .500 (7/14)
Vinovich: .467 (7/15)
Corrente: .444 (4/9)
Rogers: .417 (5/12)
Anderson: .389 (7/18)
Smith: .375 (3/8)
Torbert: .375 (3/8)
Cheffers: .363 (4/11)
Boger: .333 (4/12)
Hussey: .333 (4/12)
Hill: .300 (3/10)
Allen: .267 (4/15)
Martin: .154 (2/13)
Hochuli: .143 (1/7)
Wrolstad: .083 (1/12)


Wrolstad yet to overturn a call related to pass interference:
Cheffers: .500 (1/2)
Anderson: .400 (2/5)
Vinovich: .400 (2/5)
Hill: .250 (1/4)
Kemp: .200 (1/5)
Allen: .111 (1/9)
Boger: .000 (0/2)
Corrente: .000 (0/3)
Smith: .000 (0/3)
Blakeman; .000 (0/3)
Torbert : .000 (0/3)
Hussey: .000 (0/3)
Novak: .000 (0/4)
Hochuli: .000 (0/4)
Rogers: .000 (0/5)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/5)
Martin: .000 (0/8)


Wrolstad was a field judge on Ed Hochuli’s crew on Jan. 9, 2010 when Dallas defeated Philadelphia 34-14 to win their first playoff game in 13 years.

Away from pro football, Wrolstad is a high school athletic director for Seattle Christian Schools in Tukwila, Washington.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (22)

The Cowboys and Rams are the only teams with two 1,000-yard receivers this season. Neither club is slated to make the playoffs entering Week 17.

Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper is still tied for the eighth-most touchdown receptions with eight.

Dallas receiver Michael Gallup’s 77.6 receiving yards per game is the ninth-most in the NFL.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (29.1, third) and Dallas Cowboys (25.8, eighth) are the only teams in the top-10 in points who are currently slated to miss the playoffs.

The Cowboys have missed 10 field goals on the season. If they had converted them, they would have 417 points and overtake the New Orleans Saints for fifth-most points for in the NFL.

Comparatively, opponents have missed just six field goals against the Cowboys. If those would have converted, the Cowboys would fall to 13th in fewest points allowed with 323, knocking out the Tennessee Titans.

The Cowboys offense’s average drive starts at the 25.6-yard line, which is the second-worst field position in the NFL. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 25.4 is worse. The Cowboys and Tennessee Titans (27.9-yard line, ninth) are the only teams in the bottom-10 in playoff scenarios this week.

Washington’s defense gives up a 100.1 opponent passer rating, the sixth-highest in the league.

Washington’s defense has generated 43 sacks this season, the ninth-most in the league.

Washington is tied with the Denver Broncos for the ninth-fewest blitzes with 139.

Washington’s defense gives up 4.6 yards per carry, tied with the Houston Texans for the seventh-most in the league.

The Cowboys defense has missed 114 tackles, the seventh-most in the NFL. The only other teams in the top-10 who are slated to be in the playoffs or have scenarios are the Seattle Seahawks (115, sixth) and Houston Texans (109, tied-ninth).

Washington has only given up 19 turnovers this season, tied with the Jaguars for 14th-fewest in the league.

Washington’s offense gains 4.4 yards per carry, tied for the 16th-lowest in the NFL.

Washington cornerback Quinton Dunbar is tied for the ninth-most interceptions with four.

Washington linebacker Ryan Anderson has generated five forced fumbles, tied with Khalil Mack for the fourth-most in the NFL.

With 10.5 sacks, Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn has produced the second-most in a single season for his career (2012, 2014).

Dallas linebacker Jaylon Smith has 133 total tackles, the seventh-most in the league.

The Cowboys are 1-2 on Dec. 29. Here are the results:
1991 – @CHI, 17-13 – W*
2002 – @WAS, 14-20 – L
2013 – PHI, 22-24 – L


Washington is 1-1 on Dec. 29. Here are the results:
2002 – DAL, 20-14 – W
2013 – NYG, 6-20 – L


The Cowboys have four birthdays to celebrate on Dec. 29:
1967 – Tony Tolbert, DE, 1989-97
1977 – Louis Mackey, LB, 2001-02
1977 – Clint Stoerner, QB, 2000-01
1981 – Shaun Suisham, K, 2005-06, 2009
1991 – Joseph Randle, RB, 2013-15


The Cowboys have a death to remember in Woodley Lewis, who played defensive back for the 1960 team. Woodley died in 2000.

Cowboys at Eagles Title Preview

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The Cowboys are going for their 20th series sweep of the Eagles. Here is where their sweeps of the Eagles compares to the rest of their NFC East opponents:
New York: 23
Philadelphia: 19
Washington: 19
Arizona: 15

The Eagles being swept by the Cowboys is tied with New York for their most times being swept since 1960:
Dallas: 19
New York 19
Washington: 17
Arizona: 13


The Cowboys are 7-7 for the sixth time in franchise history. 1/5 of those previous teams made the playoffs: 1999.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, teams that started 8-7 made the playoffs 34/101 times with nine of them having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, teams that started 7-8 made the playoffs 6/116 times with only one of them having won the division: the 2008 Chargers.

The Eagles are 7-7 for the fourth time in franchise history. 1/3 of those previous teams made the playoffs: the 2018 team.

The Cowboys are 18-16 against the Eagles in December with a 9-7 record on the road.

The Dallas Cowboys are 30-27 against the Philadelphia Eagles on the road. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Franklin Field: 4-6
Veterans Stadium: 16-15
Lincoln Financial Field: 10-6


The Cowboys’ 10-6 record at Lincoln Financial Field is the best among NFC East opponents:
Dallas: 10-6
New York: 5-12
Washington: 7-10


The Cowboys are 122-102-1 in December games, including playoffs, with a 61-59-1 record on the road.

Since 1940, the Eagles are 139-124-4 in December games, including playoffs, with a 79-56-1 record at home.

DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (15)

Prescott’s 340 completions are higher than any NFC Pro Bowl quarterback.

Prescott’s 519 pass attempts are higher than any NFC Pro Bowl quarterback.

Prescott’s 4,334 passing yards are higher than any NFC Pro Bowl quarterback.

Prescott’s 204 first downs passing are more than any NFC Pro Bowl quarterback.

Prescott’s 8.4 yards per pass attempt is higher than any NFC Pro Bowl quarterback.

Prescott’s 12.7 yards per completion is higher than any NFC Pro Bowl quarterback.

Prescott’s 18 sacks are the fewest for quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1.

Prescott’s 26 passing touchdowns are two fewer than Russell Wilson’s 28, who has the most for an NFC Pro Bowl quarterback.

Prescott’s 11 interceptions are tied with Jimmy Garoppolo and Deshaun Watson for the 10th-most in the NFL.

Aaron Rodgers has the lowest passer rating for an NFC Pro Bowl quarterback at 100.4. Prescott’s passer rating is 99.3.

Prescott and Tom Brady are the only quarterbacks this season who have started every game since Week 1 and have failed to record a fourth quarter comeback or a game-winning drive.

Prescott is 1/8 quarterbacks to have thrown at least 40 red zone passes without an interception.

Prescott has the second-highest completed air yards in the NFL at 2,631.

Prescott has taken 51 hits this season, the fourth-most in the league.

Prescott has run 49 run-pass option plays this year, tied with Kyle Allen for the eighth-most overall.

CARSON WENTZ FACTS (10)

Wentz is tied with Kirk Cousins for the seventh-most touchdown passes with 25.

In the past four weeks, Wentz has a 67.4 completion percentage, the eighth-highest in the NFL.

Wentz is tied with Ryan Tannehill for the fourth-most touchdowns in the last four weeks with nine.

Wentz’s 94.0 passer rating is the 10th-highest in the NFL over the last four weeks.

Wentz’s 6.29 yards per pass attempt in the past four weeks is the 10th-lowest in the NFL.

Among starting quarterbacks over the past four weeks, Wentz’s 108.6 passer rating in the red zone is the 10th-best in the league.

All nine of Wentz’s touchdowns over the past four weeks have come in the red zone, the second-most in the league behind Lamar Jackson’s 11.
Wentz has run 70 run-pass option plays this season, the fourth-most in the league. 59 of those have been passes, also the fourth-most in the NFL.

Wentz has run play-action 139 times, the third-most in the NFL. However, his 758 passing yards from play-action are the 15th-fewest overall.

Wentz and Jimmy Garoppolo have had 25 of their passes dropped, tied for the seventh-most in the NFL.

EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

Elliott now has the fifth-most rushing touchdowns with 11.

Among the 10 1,000-yard rushers this season, Elliott has the lowest longest run of 31 yards. Second-lowest is Lamar Jackson’s 47-yard run.

Elliott is tied with Nick Chubb for the fourth-fewest fumbles among 1,000-yard rushers this season with three.

Elliott’s 69 first downs by rush are the second-most in the NFL. Only Chris Carson’s 73 are more.

Among 1,000-yard rushers, Elliott’s 4.4 yards per carry is tied with Carson for the second-lowest in the NFL. Leonard Fournette’s 4.3 yards per carry is lowest.

Elliott’s 587 yards before contact are the third-most in the league.

Elliott’s 601 yards after contact are the seventh-most in the NFL.

Elliott has 21 broken tackles on the season, the ninth-most in the NFL.

Elliott is tied with Derrick Henry for the third-most red zone rushing touchdowns with 11.

Elliott has the most 100-yard rushing games against the Eagles with four.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (13)

This is the 43rd week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett’s 22-17 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:
Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 22-17
Jimmy Johnson: 13-7
Bill Parcells: 8-9
Barry Switzer: 7-8
Wade Phillips: 5-7
Dave Campo: 4-9
Chan Gailey: 3-5


Garrett is 13-9 on the road in December. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Landry: 28-22-1
Garrett: 13-9
Johnson: 6-5
Parcells: 5-5
Phillips: 4-4
Switzer: 4-4
Campo: 1-6
Gailey: 0-4


Garrett is 13-14 against Super Bowl-winning head coaches with a 10-11 record on the road.


Garrett owns an 11-8 record against the Eagles. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches where applicable:

Tom Landry: 36-20
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Wade Phillips: 5-2
Barry Switzer: 6-3
Jason Garrett: 11-8
Jimmy Johnson: 5-6
Bill Parcells: 3-5
Dave Campo: 0-6

Garrett is 7-2 against the Eagles on the road. Here is how that compares to the rest of the NFC East:

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


Garrett’s 7-2 road record against the Eagles is the best by any NFC East team in the decade:
Garrett: 7-2
Washington: 4-6
New York: 2-8


Garrett has a 37-19 record against the NFC East with a 21-7 record on the road.

Garrett’s 21-7 road record in the NFC East is the best since Nov. 14, 2010, when he took over as interim coach of the Cowboys:

Philadelphia: 19-10
New York: 10-18
Washington: 9-19

Garrett has completed a series sweep 11/17 times since taking over as Cowboys head coach.

Garrett has executed a series sweep on the road 7/9 times since taking over as Dallas head coach.

Garrett is 23/44 on challenges for his career with a 2/3 rate in 2019.

Garrett is 0/1 on pass interference challenges and has not challenged one since Week 5.


DOUG PEDERSON FACTS (12)

If the Cowboys beat the Eagles, Pederson will become the first Eagles coach since Rich Kotite to sustain five consecutive losses to Dallas (Nov. 1, 1992 to Dec. 4, 1994).

Pederson has staved off a series sweep 1/4 times, and that lone instance was on Jan. 1, 2017, versus the Cowboys.

Pederson is 14-8 against the NFC East.

Pederson is 9-3 at home against the NFC East.

Pederson is on a four-game winning streak at home in the NFC East. His last home loss was against the Cowboys on Nov. 18, 2018.

Pederson is 6-6 in late afternoon games with a 2-2 record at home.

Pederson is 10-7 in December games with a 5-2 record at home.

Pederson is 13-19 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 10-7 record at home.

Pederson is 2-5 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
Mike McCormack: 2-4
Doug Pederson: 2-5
Rich Kotite: 2-7
Ray Rhodes: 3-6
Dick Vermeil: 4-10
Marion Campbell: 1-5
Ed Khayat: 0-3
Jerry Williams: 0-5


Pederson is 13/28 on challenges for his career with a 1/5 record in 2019.

Pederson has made challenges related to pass interference 4/5 times.

The Eagles are tied with the Packers for the eighth-fewest penalties in the NFL with 89.

BROADCAST FACTS (7)

Dallas is 140-126 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

Since 1970, this is the 25th late afternoon game in the series. Dallas holds a 16-8 advantage.

The Cowboys have completed a series sweep of a NFC East opponent 24/43 times on FOX.


Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are calling Sunday’s action for FOX. This will be the 12th 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 – Cowboys at Eagles – 20-10 DAL
2018 – Eagles at Cowboys – 29-23 DAL (OT)


The Cowboys are 41-45 when Joe Buck does play-by-play for their games.

Dallas is 47-51 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.



TONY CORRENTE FACTS (12)

This week’s referee is Tony Corrente. The Cowboys are 9-7 when he referees their games:
2000 — MIN, 15-27 – L
2001 — @SEA, 3-29 – L
2004 — NO, 13-27 – L
2005 — Rams, 10-20 – L
2006 — WAS, 27-10 – W
2009 — CAR, 21-7 – W
2010 — @WAS, 7-13 – L
2010 — @PHI, 14-13 – W
2013 — NYG, 36-31 – W
2014 — WAS, 17-20 – L-OT
2015 — @PHI, 20-10 – W
2016 — CIN, 28-14 – W
2016 — @MIN, 17-15 – W
2016* — GB, 31-34 – L
2018 — JAX, 40-7 – W
2019 — @DET, 35-27 – W

*Playoff game


Since 2000, the Cowboys have had fewer penalties than their opponents 6/16 times. Here is the breakdown:

2000 — MIN: 4/21; DAL: 5/45
2001 — SEA: 0/0; DAL: 6/70
2004 — NO: 9/136; DAL: 11/76
2005 — Rams: 7/40; DAL: 10/78
2006 — WAS: 11/117; DAL: 9/90
2009 — CAR: 6/60; DAL: 9/80
2010 — WAS: 5/42; DAL: 12/81
2010 — PHI: 4/40; DAL: 6/45
2013 — NYG: 6/52; DAL: 5/40
2014 — WAS: 6/45; DAL: 3/35
2015 — PHI: 8/60; DAL: 18/142
2016 — CIN: 6/49; DAL: 7/45
2016 — MIN: 8/57; DAL: 10/78
2016* — GB: 3/22; DAL: 6/50
2018 — JAX: 4/30; DAL: 3/25
2019 — DET: 11/89; DAL: 6/45

*Playoff game

Corrente is middle of the pack in terms of home team winning percentage:
John Hussey: .615
Carl Cheffers: .615
Brad Allen: .615
Clete Blakeman: .615
Alex Kemp: .615
Scott Novak: .607
Walt Anderson: .571
Tony Corrente: .538
Ron Torbert: .538
Jerome Boger: .500
Craig Wrolstad: .462
Brad Rogers: .462
Shawn Hochuli: .462
Shawn Smith: .429
Bill Vinovich: .385
Clay Martin: .385
Adrian Hill: .385


Corrente is tied for the fourth-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Scott Novak: .857
Clete Blakeman: .692
Shawn Smith: .643
Tony Corrente: .615
Brad Rogers: .615
Clay Martin: .615
Brad Allen: .615
John Hussey: .615
Jerome Boger: .571
Adrian Hill: .538
Alex Kemp: .538
Craig Wrolstad: .538
Carl Cheffers: .462
Ron Torbert: .462
Bill Vinovich: .462
Shawn Hochuli: .462
Walt Anderson: .429


The Eagles are 7-12-1 when Corrente referees their games. Here are the results:

1999 – @NYG, 15-16 – L
2000 – @GB, 3-6 – L
2001 – @SF, 3-13 – L
2004 – Ravens, 15-10 – W
2005 – @NYG, 17-27 – L
2008 – @CIN, 13-13 – T
2008 – @MIN, 26-14 – W
2009 – @CHI, 24-20 – W
2010 – DAL, 13-14 – L
2012 – @PIT, 14-16 – L
2012 – @NYG, 7-42 – L
2013 – Cardinals, 24-21 – W
2014 – WAS, 37-34 – W
2015 – DAL, 10-20 – L
2015 – CRD, 17-40 – L
2016 – WAS, 22-27 – L
2017 – @SEA, 10-24 – L
2018 – WAS, 28-13 – W
2018 – @CHI, 16-15 – W
2019 – DET, 24-27 – L




The Eagles have had fewer penalties than their opponents 12/20 times under Corrente:

1999 – NYG: 5/51; PHI: 6/35
2000 – GB: 5/31; PHI: 12/115
2001 – SF: 3/15; PHI: 11/109
2004 – Ravens: 6/91; PHI: 8/72
2005 – NYG: 6/58; PHI: 7/105
2008 – CIN: 4/35; PHI: 8/60
2008 – MIN: 4/25; PHI: 7/55
2009 – CHI: 7/64; PHI: 8/46
2010 – DAL: 6/45; PHI: 4/40
2012 – PIT: 9/106; PHI: 5/35
2012 – NYG: 1/5; PHI: 6/52
2013 – Cardinals: 6/55; PHI: 5/48
2014 – WAS: 10/131; PHI: 9/70
2015 – DAL: 18/142; PHI: 8/60
2015 – CRD: 1/10; PHI: 5/38
2016 – WAS: 5/86; PHI: 5/54
2017 – SEA: 5/46; PHI: 7/64
2018 – WAS: 10/69; PHI: 5/38
2018 – CHI: 3/52; PHI: 3/25
2019 – DET: 9/61; PHI: 4/30


Corrente has the sixth-highest sacks per game:
Smith: 6.2
Vinovich: 6.2
Hill: 6.0
Anderson: 5.9
Martin: 5.5
Corrente: 5.2
Kemp: 5.2
Rogers: 5.0
Allen: 4.9
Cheffers: 4.8
Novak: 4.8
Boger: 4.6
Blakeman: 4.4
Torbert : 4.3
Wrolstad: 4.2
Hussey: 4.1
Hochuli: 3.3


Corrente has the third-highest rate of offensive holding per game:
Cheffers: 4.6
Torbert : 3.8
Corrente: 3.4
Anderson: 3.2
Rogers: 3.2
Hochuli: 3.2
Wrolstad: 3.1
Hill: 3.1
Boger: 2.9
Allen: 2.9
Kemp: 2.8
Blakeman: 2.8
Smith: 2.6
Martin: 2.4
Novak: 2.1
Hussey: 1.8
Vinovich: 1.8


When Corrente has officiated Cowboys games, the Cowboys are 1/5 on coaches challenges compared to opponents being 2/2. However, while Replay Assistant is also 0/4, all of those calls benefited Dallas.

Under Corrente, the Eagles are 6/10 on coaches challenges while opponents are 3/7. Replay Assistant is 1/6 with only one call benefitting Philadelphia.


Corrente is middle of the pack in terms of challenge overturn rate:
Kemp: .600 (6/10)
Blakeman: .588 (10/17)
Novak: .500 (6/12)
Anderson: .438 (7/16)
Torbert : .429 (3/7)
Vinovich: .429 (6/14)
Cheffers: .400 (4/10)
Corrente: .375 (3/8)
Smith: .375 (3/8)
Boger: .364 (4/11)
Hussey: .364 (4/12)
Rogers: .333 (3/9)
Hill: .300 (3/10)
Allen: .267 (4/15)
Martin: .154 (2/13)
Hochuli: .143 (1/7)
Wrolstad: .083 (1/12)


Corrente has yet to overturn a call related to pass interference:
Cheffers: .500 (1/2)
Anderson: .400 (2/5)
Vinovich: .400 (2/5)
Hill: .250 (1/4)
Kemp: .200 (1/5)
Allen: .111 (1/9)
Boger: .000 (0/2)
Corrente: .000 (0/3)
Smith: .000 (0/3)
Blakeman; .000 (0/3)
Torbert : .000 (0/3)
Novak: .000 (0/3)
Hussey: .000 (0/3)
Hochuli: .000 (0/4)
Rogers: .000 (0/4)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/5)
Martin: .000 (0/8)


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (10)

The Cowboys are tied with the Chargers for the sixth-most missed tackles in the NFL with 108.

The average depth of target against the Eagles is 9.1 yards, tied with the Panthers for the fourth-highest in the league.

The Cowboys have blitzed 129 times, the seventh-fewest in the NFL.

The Eagles defense gives up 93.7 opposing passer rating, the 13th-highest in the NFL. The Cowboys’ opposing passer rating is 92.6, the 14th-highest.

The Eagles defense is tied with the Rams, Lions, and Titans for the sixth-lowest yards per carry at 4.0.

The Eagles’ red zone defense has allowed conversions 61.5% of the time, ninth-highest in the NFL.

The Cowboys offense has the highest third down conversion rate in the league at 48.6%. The Eagles have the second at 47.0%.

The Cowboys are 3-2 on Dec. 22. Here are the results:
1985 – @SF, 16-31 – L
1991 – ATL, 31-27 – W
1996 – @WAS, 10-37 – L
2007 – @CAR, 20-13 – W
2013 – @WAS, 24-23 – W


The Eagles are 5-1 on Dec. 22. Here are the results:
1985 – @MIN, 37-35 – W
1991 – WAS, 24-22 – W
1996 – CRD, 29-19 – W
2001 – @SF, 3-13 – L
2013 – CHI, 54-11 – W
2016 – NYG, 24-19 – W

The Cowboys have no birthdays to celebrate on Dec. 22.

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The Cowboys are 6-7 for the third time in franchise history. None of those previous teams (1990, 1997) made the playoffs and also finished with losing records.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last reformatted, 23/112 that started 7-7 made the playoffs with six of them having won the division.
Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 4/105 that started 6-8 made the playoffs with two of them having won the division.

The Rams are 8-5 for the fifth time in franchise history. 3/4 of those teams made the playoffs and none of them won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 56/112 teams that started 8-6 made the playoffs with 19/56 having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last reorganized, 98/106 teams that started 9-5 made the playoffs with 53/98 of those teams having won the division.

The Cowboys are 9-9 against the Rams at home. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Cotton Bowl: 0-2
Texas Stadium: 6-6
AT&T Stadium: 3-1

The Cowboys are 3-6 against the Rams in December with a 2-4 record at home.

The Rams are 3-4 in Central Time Zone games since moving back to Los Angeles.

Dallas is 25-26-1 against West Coast teams that visit the Metroplex.




DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (14)

Prescott leads the NFL with 4,122 passing yards.

Prescott’s 24 passing touchdowns are tied with Kirk Cousins and Deshaun Watson for the fifth-highest in the league.

Prescott is tied with Daniel Jones, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Sam Darnold for the eighth-most interceptions in the NFL with 11.

Prescott has the second-most first downs by pass in the NFL with 196.

Prescott is tied with Garoppolo and Patrick Mahomes for the fourth-highest yards per pass attempt at 8.3.

Among quarterbacks with at least 10 starts, Prescott’s 18 sacks are the second-fewest in the NFL.

Prescott and Tom Brady still are the only quarterbacks to have started every game since Week 1 and have yet to register either a fourth quarter comeback or a game-winning drive.

Prescott has the fourth-highest intended air yards per pass attempt at 9.4.

Prescott has benefited from 1,554 yards after the catch, the ninth-highest in the NFL.

Prescott has attempted 113 play-action passes, the seventh-most in the league.

Prescott has the fourth-highest passing yards off play-action at 1,046.

Prescott has run 43 run-pass option plays, the 10th-most in the NFL.

Prescott has taken the second-most hits in the league with 55.

Prescott has had 27 passes dropped, the second-most in the league.


JARED GOFF FACTS (14)

Goff has the fourth-most passing yards in the NFL with 3,712.

Goff has benefited from the most yards after catch in the NFL at 1,821.

Goff has the third-lowest touchdown percentage in the NFL at 3.1%.

Goff’s 14 interceptions are the fourth-most in the league.

Goff has thrown the sixth-most first downs by pass in the NFL with 170.

Goff’s 84.8 passer rating is the eighth-lowest in the league.

Goff’s 3.8 sack percentage is the fourth-lowest in the NFL.

Goff is tied with Kyler Murray for the second-most passes batted away with 15.

Goff is tied with Jimmy Garoppolo for the seventh-most passes dropped with 23.

Goff has been blitzed 168 times, the sixth-most in the NFL.

Goff is tied with Jacoby Brissett and Russell Wilson for the eighth-most times hit with 42.

Goff has the second-most passes off play-action in the NFL with 135. As such, he has the most passing yards off play-action with 1,137.

Goff is 1/9 quarterbacks to have thrown at least 40 red zone passes without an interception.

Among quarterbacks with at least 20 red zone pass attempts, Goff’s 62.96% red completion percentage is tied with Case Keenum for the eighth-highest in the NFL.


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (9)

Elliott is the first Cowboys running back since DeMarco Murray to string together consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

Elliott untied himself with Calvin Hill and Murray for the third-most such seasons in Cowboys history with three.

Elliott’s 4.4 yards per carry are tied with Leonard Fournette and Marlon Mack for the sixth-highest among running backs with at least 200 carries this season.

Elliott is tied with Lamar Jackson and Dalvin Cook for the second-most third downs by rush in the NFL with 59.

Elliott’s 550 yards before contact are the second-most for a running back in the league.

Elliott’s 521 yards after contact are the seventh-most in the NFL.

Of the Cowboys’ 43 run-pass option plays, none of them have featured Elliott.

Elliott leads the NFL with 175 first down carries.

Elliott has gained the third-most first downs on first down with 34.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

This is the 42nd week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett is 11/22 when it comes to snapping a team out of a losing streak.

Garrett’s 21-17 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:
Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 21-17
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 an 8-8 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
Jason Garrett: 8-8
Dave Campo: 3-3
Barry Switzer: 3-4
Bill Parcells: 3-4
Wade Phillips: 1-3


Garrett is 40-40 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 22-16 record at home.


Garrett is 3-2 against the Rams franchise. Here is how other Cowboys head coaches have done against the Rams:

Tom Landry: 11-11
Jason Garrett: 3-2
Dave Campo: 1-0
Wade Phillips: 1-1
Jimmy Johnson: 1-2
Bill Parcells: 0-1


Garrett is 10-10 against the NFC West with a 4-5 record at home.

Garrett’s 4-5 record against the NFC West at home is his worst against other divisions in the conference sans the NFC East:
NFC South: 5-4
NFC North: 6-7
NFC West: 4-5


Garrett is 23/44 on challenges for his career with a 2/3 rate in 2019.

Garrett is 0/1 on pass interference challenges and has not challenged one since Week 5.


SEAN MCVAY FACTS (10)

McVay is 3-3 against the NFC East, including playoffs, with a 1-3 record at home.

McVay is 2-0 against the Cowboys. Here is how he compares to other Rams coaches by chronological order:

Bob Waterfield: 1-1
George Allen: 0-2
Tom Prothro: 1-0
Chuck Knox: 4-2
Ray Malasavi: 4-3
John Robinson: 4-3
Mike Martz: 0-1
Joe Vitt: 1-0
Scott Linehan: 0-1
Jim Haslett: 1-0
Steve Spagnoulo: 0-1
Jeff Fisher: 0-1
Sean McVay: 2-0

Last year, McVay became the first Rams coach since Ray Malavasi to lead the team to two consecutive division titles in his first two seasons.

Last season, McVay became the first Rams coach since Mike Martz to lead the team to consecutive top-2 finishes in points in his first two seasons.

A win would make McVay the first Rams coach since Martz to lead the Rams to three consecutive winning seasons and to do so in his first three seasons.

McVay is 8-4 in December with a 6-1 record on the road.

McVay is 3-2 in the Central Time Zone with a 1-1 mark in late afternoon games.

McVay is 7/18 on coaches challenges with a 1/4 overturn rate in 2019.

McVay threw a challenge flag related to pass interference on Sept. 22 versus the Browns and lost. He has not thrown such a challenge flag since.

McVay is the 27th different NFC coach to have appeared in an NFC Championship Game since the Dallas Cowboys last made it.



BROADCAST FACTS (5)

FOX is broadcasting the 10th game in the series. Here is the breakdown by network:
CBS: 19
FOX: 10
ABC: 6
ESPN: 1


Dallas is 139-126 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Rams are 153-202-1 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Cowboys are 40-45 when Joe Buck does play-by-play for their games.

Dallas is 46-51 when Troy Aikman does color commentary for their games.


WALT ANDERSON FACTS (12)

This week’s referee is Walt Anderson, a native of Sugar Land, Texas. Anderson has refereed 21 Cowboys games in his career. Dallas is 12-9. 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
2018* – SEA, 24-22 – W
2019 – NYG, 35-17 – W

*Playoff game


The Cowboys have won the penalty battle 10/21 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
2018* – SEA: 5/36; DAL: 6/36
2019 – NYG: 8/70; DAL: 6/47

*Playoff game


Anderson is in the middle of the pack in terms of home team winning percentage:
Carl Cheffers: .667
Alex Kemp: .667
Tony Corrente: .583
Clete Blakeman: .583
Brad Allen: .583
John Hussey: .583
Ron Torbert: .583
Scott Novak: .577
Walt Anderson: .538
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Brad Rogers: .500
Jerome Boger: .462
Shawn Smith: .462
Adrian Hill: .417
Shawn Hochuli: .417
Bill Vinovich: .417
Clay Martin: .385


Anderson has the lowest percentage of home teams with fewer penalties:
Scott Novak: .846
Clete Blakeman: .667
Clay Martin: .615
Shawn Smith: .615
Brad Rogers: .583
Alex Kemp: .583
John Hussey: .583
Tony Corrente: .583
Brad Allen: .583
Jerome Boger: .538
Adrian Hill: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Bill Vinovich: .417
Carl Cheffers: .417
Shawn Hochuli: .417
Walt Anderson: .385


The Rams are 6-6 with Anderson. Here are the results:
2005 – JAX, 24-21 – W
2007 – @DAL, 7-35 – L 2007 – PIT, 24-41 – L
2008 – @ATL, 27-31 – L
2010 – ATL, 17-34 – L
2011 – NO, 31-21 – W
2015 – DET, 21-14 – W
2016 – SF, 21-22 – L
2017 – @MIN, 7-24 – L
2017 – @OTI, 27-23 – W
2018 – @SF, 39-10 – W
2019 – NO, 27-9 – W

The Rams have had fewer penalties 4/12 times with Anderson:
2005 – JAX: 4/25; RAM: 9/59
2007 – DAL: 2/10; RAM: 7/50
2007 – PIT: 2/36; RAM: 3/20
2008 – ATL: 3/14; RAM: 3/14
2010 – ATL: 3/30; RAM: 7/54
2011 – NO: 5/32; RAM: 9/64
2015 – DET: 5/45; RAM: 5/48
2016 – SF: 11/100; RAM: 5/45
2017 – MIN: 7/65; RAM: 8/60
2017 – OTI: 5/54; RAM: 5/44
2018 – SF: 2/10; RAM: 1/10
2019 – NO: 11/87; RAM: 8/65


Anderson is tied for the third-highest sacks per game:
Smith: 6.5
Vinovich: 6.5
Anderson: 6.2
Hill: 6.2
Kemp: 5.5
Martin: 5.5
Corrente: 5.3
Allen: 5.3
Boger: 5.1
Cheffers: 5.0
Rogers: 4.9
Novak: 4.8
Torbert : 4.4
Blakeman: 4.3
Hussey: 4.3
Wrolstad: 4.3
Hochuli: 3.6



Anderson is tied for the eighth-most offensive holding calls per game:
Cheffers: 4.6
Blakeman: 4.0
Wrolstad: 4.0
Torbert : 3.8
Corrente: 3.5
Rogers: 3.4
Anderson: 3.3
Hochuli: 3.3
Hill: 3.2
Allen: 3.1
Boger: 3.1
Kemp: 3.1
Smith: 2.6
Martin: 2.4
Novak: 2.2
Hussey: 1.9
Vinovich: 1.8


The Cowboys are 5/5 on challenges under Anderson while opponents are 2/7. Replay Assistant is 3/5 with none of those decisions having favored the Cowboys.


The Rams are 0/4 on challenges under Anderson while opponents are 6/7. Replay Assistant is 2/3 with two of those decisions benefiting the Rams.


Anderson has the fourth-highest challenge overturn rate:
Blakeman: .667 (10/15)
Kemp: .600 (6/10)
Novak: .500 (6/12)
Anderson: .467 (7/15)
Cheffers: .444 (4/9)
Smith: .429 (3/7)
Torbert : .429 (3/7)
Vinovich: .429 (6/14)
Corrente: .375 (3/8)
Hill: .375 (3/8)
Hussey: .364 (4/11)
Boger: .364 (4/11)
Rogers: .333 (3/9)
Allen: .214 (3/14)
Martin: .154 (2/13)
Hochuli: .143 (1/7)
Wrolstad: .100 (1/10)


Anderson is tied for the second-highest challenge overturn rate related to pass interference:
Cheffers: .500 (1/2)
Anderson: .400 (2/5)
Vinovich: .400 (2/5)
Hill: .333 (1/3)
Kemp: .200 (1/5)
Blakeman; .000 (0/2)
Boger: .000 (0/2)
Smith: .000 (0/2)
Torbert : .000 (0/3)
Novak: .000 (0/3)
Corrente: .000 (0/3)
Hussey: .000 (0/3)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/4)
Hochuli: .000 (0/4)
Rogers: .000 (0/4)
Allen: .000 (0/8)
Martin: .000 (0/8)




MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (16)

Rams defensive end Aaron Donald has the seventh-most sacks in the NFL with 11.0.

Donald has the most tackles for loss in the league with 18.

Rams linebacker Corey Littleton has the eighth-most tackles in the league with 112.

Rams linebacker Dante Fowler is tied for the sixth-most tackles for loss in the NFL with 13.

The Rams are tied with the New Orleans Saints for the fourth-most sacks in the NFL with 43.

The Rams defense has the 10th-lowest opposing passer rating overall at 86.3.

The Rams are tied for the ninth-fewest interceptions in the NFL with nine.

The Rams defense is tied with the Steelers and Giants for the fourth-lowest rushing yards per attempt at 3.8.

The Rams defense is tied for the ninth-fewest rushing touchdowns surrendered at nine.

The Rams’ defense gives up the fifth-highest red zone conversion percentage at 61.0%.

The Cowboys defense is tied with Detroit for the fewest interceptions with five.

The Cowboys defense is tied with the Cleveland Browns for the third-most missed tackles with 104.

Dallas linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is tied for the eighth-most missed tackles in the league with 14. The nearest Rams player is safety Marqui Christian with eight, and there are four Cowboys in between (Sean Lee, Jaylon Smith, Chidobe Awuzie, Xavier Woods).

The Cowboys are 5-3 on Dec. 15. Here are the results:
1963 – @CRD, 28-24 – W
1968 – @NYG, 28-10 – W
1980 – @RAM, 14-38 – L
1985 – NYG, 28-21 – W
1991 – @PHI, 25-13 – W
1996 – NE, 12-6 – W
2002 – @NYG, 7-37 – L
2013 – GB, 37-36 – L


The Rams are 7-4 on Dec. 15. Here are the results:
1957 – CLT, 37-21 – W
1963 – @CLT, 16-19 – L
1968 – CLT, 24-28 – L
1974 – BUF, 19-14 – W
1980 – DAL, 38-14 – W
1985 – CRD, 46-14 – W
1991 – @MIN, 14-20 – L
1996 – @ATL, 34-27 – W
2002 – CRD, 30-28 – W
2013 – NO, 27-16 – W
2016 – @SEA, 3-24 – L


The Cowboys have three birthdays to celebrate on Dec. 15:
1956 – Aaron Mitchell, CB, 1979-80
1971 – Eric Bjornson, TE, 1995-99
1993 – Anthony Brown, CB, 2016-present

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Pasted GraphicSERIES FACTS (5)

The Cowboys are 6-6 for the fifth time in franchise history. Only the 1999 team made the playoffs.

The Bears are 6-6 for the ninth time in franchise history. None of those previous teams made the playoffs.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 35/121 teams that started 6-6 made the playoffs with 12 of them having won the division.

The Cowboys are 7-6 against the Bears on the road with a 2-2 record in prime time.

The Cowboys are 4-2 against the Bears in December with a 2-1 record on the road.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (15)

Prescott has the most play-action passing yards in the NFL with 1,031.

Prescott has the eighth-most passing yards off run-pass option with 308.

Prescott has 2.6 seconds in the pocket, tied for the third-most in the NFL.

Prescott and Tom Brady have had the most passes dropped this season with 26.

Prescott leads the NFL with on target throws at 351.

Prescott has benefited from 1,492 yards after the catch, the seventh-most in the NFL.

Prescott’s intended air yards per pass attempt are the fifth-highest in the NFL at 9.3

Prescott is one of eight quarterbacks who has thrown at least 40 red zone passes without an interception.

Prescott is tied with Brady, Russell Wilson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jacoby Brissett, and Andy Dalton for the fourth-most red zone rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with three.

Prescott is tied with Deshaun Watson and Kirk Cousins for the third-most passing touchdowns in the league with 23

Prescott is tied with Daniel Jones and Ryan Fitzpatrick for the sixth-most interceptions with 11.

Prescott’s 8.5 yards per pass attempt is tied with Patrick Mahomes and Kirk Cousins for the third-most in the NFL.

Prescott has the absolute highest passing yards per game at 315.7.

Prescott has thrown the fourth-most third down conversions with 51.

Prescott and Brady are the only quarterbacks this season to have started every game since Week 1 yet failed to execute either a game-winning drive or fourth quarter comeback.


MITCH TRUBISKY FACTS (10)

Trubisky is tied for the second-lowest time in the pocket at 2.3 seconds.

Trubisky is tied with Jameis Winston and Jimmy Garoppolo for the ninth-most passes dropped in the league with 19.

Trubisky’s 84.4 passer rating is the sixth-lowest among quarterbacks who have started at least 10 games.

Among quarterbacks who have started at least 10 games, Trubisky’s 199.6 yards per game are the fewest in the league.

Trubisky’s 6.1 yards per pass attempt is the absolute lowest in the league.

Trubisky, Jared Goff, and Kyler Murray are the only quarterbacks this season to have started at least 11 games yet not reached 15 passing touchdowns.

Among quarterbacks with at least 50 third down passes, Trubisky’s 68.2 passer rating is the sixth-lowest in the NFL.

Trubisky is tied with Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, Gardner Minshew, and Mason Rudolph for the ninth-most interceptions thrown on third down with three.

Trubisky has taken the second-most sacks on third down with 15.

Trubisky is one of 10 quarterbacks this year to have at least two game-winning drives and two fourth quarter comebacks.


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

Elliott’s seven rushing touchdowns are tied with Josh Jacobs, Nick Chubb, and Lamar Jackson for the eighth-most in the NFL.

Elliott’s 82.5 rushing yards per game are the seventh-most in the NFL.

Among rushers with at least 900 rushing yards, Elliott’s 30-yard run against the Bills is the lowest of all. Second-lowest is a 47-yard run from Lamar Jackson.

Elliott’s 54 first downs rushing are the fourth-most overall.

Elliott’s 527 yards before contact are the third-most in the league.

Elliott has gained 463 yards after contact, the seventh-most overall.

Elliott is tied with Josh Jacobs for the eighth-most red zone rushing touchdowns with seven.

The Bears were the first team that Elliott hurdled on Sept. 25, 2016, on Sunday Night Football.

Elliott has taken the most red zone rushing attempts in the NFL with 46.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

This is the 41st week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett is 11/21 when it comes to snapping a team out of a losing streak.

Garrett’s 21-16 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:

Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 21-16
Jimmy Johnson: 13-7
Bill Parcells: 8-9
Barry Switzer: 7-8
Wade Phillips: 5-7
Dave Campo: 4-9
Chan Gailey: 3-5


Garrett is 13-8 on the road in December. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Landry: 28-22-1
Garrett: 13-8
Johnson: 6-5
Parcells: 5-5
Phillips: 4-4
Switzer: 4-4
Campo: 1-6
Gailey: 0-4

Garrett is 2-2 against the Bears. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:
Tom Landry: 8-6
Jimmy Johnson: 2-0
Bill Parcells: 1-0
Jason Garrett: 2-2
Wade Phillips: 1-1
Barry Switzer: 1-1
Chan Gailey: 0-1


Garrett’s 2-2 record against the Bears is his third-best against an NFC North opponent:
Lions: 4-2
Vikings: 2-1
Bears: 2-2
Packers: 1-6

Garrett is 9-12 against the NFC North with a 4-4 record on the road.

Garrett’s 4-4 road record against the NFC North is his second-best against a non-NFC East division:
NFC West: 6-5
NFC North: 4-4
NFC South: 3-7

Garrett is 23/44 on challenges for his career with a 2/3 rate in 2019.

Garrett is 0/1 on pass interference challenges and has not challenged one since Week 5.


MATT NAGY FACTS (7)

Nagy is facing the Cowboys for the first time. Only 3/9 of Bears head coaches since 1960 have defeated the Cowboys in their first meeting: George Halas, Dave Wannstedt, and Marc Trestman.

Nagy is 2-2 against the NFC East with a 1-0 record at home.

Nagy is 4-3 in prime time games with a 3-1 record at home.

Nagy is 2-1 on Thursdays with an 0-1 record at home.

Nagy has a 4-7 record against playoff-winning coaches with a 3-3 record at home.

Nagy is 2/6 on challenges for his career with a 2/3 rate in 2019.

Nagy has not challenged anything related to pass interference this season.


BROADCAST FACTS (4)

The Cowboys have never lost a Thursday night game broadcast on NFL Network (5-0), though they have lost three Saturday night games (4-3).

Dallas is 139-125 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Cowboys are 40-44 when Joe Buck does play-by-play for their games.

Dallas is 46-50 when Troy Aikman does color commentary for their games.


BRAD ROGERS FACTS (10)

The Cowboys have had the rookie referee once already this season. In Week 6, the Cowboys had Rogers as they lost 24-22 at the New York Jets. The Cowboys had fewer penalties: 9/68 to 8/105.

Rogers is tied for the third-lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL:
Alex Kemp: .667
Brad Allen: .636
Carl Cheffers: .636
John Hussey: .636
Ron Torbert: .636
Clete Blakeman: .546
Tony Corrente: .546
Scott Novak: .500
Jerome Boger: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Shawn Smith: .500
Bill Vinovich: .455
Craig Wrolstad: .455
Adrian Hill: .455
Brad Rogers: .455
Shawn Hochuli: .364
Clay Martin: .333


Rogers is in the middle of the pack in terms of the percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Scott Novak: .833
Clay Martin: .667
Clete Blakeman: .636
Tony Corrente: .636
Shawn Smith: .583
Alex Kemp: .583
Brad Rogers: .546
John Hussey: .546
Ron Torbert: .546
Craig Wrolstad: .546
Brad Allen: .546
Adrian Hill: .546
Jerome Boger: .500
Bill Vinovich: .455
Walt Anderson: .417
Carl Cheffers: .364
Shawn Hochuli: .364


Rogers has also worked a Bears game earlier this season. In Week 8, Rogers refereed the Chargers-Bears game at Solider Field in which Chicago lost 17-16. The Bears had fewer penalties: 5/42 to 8/53.

Rogers’ games are also average in terms of sacks per game:
Vinovich: 6.8
Smith: 6.5
Hill: 6.4
Anderson; 6.3
Allen: 5.6
Corrente: 5.6
Kemp: 5.5
Martin: 5.3
Boger: 5.2
Cheffers: 5.2
Rogers: 5.0
Novak: 4.8
Wrolstad: 4.4
Blakeman: 4.2
Hussey: 4.1
Torbert : 4.1
Hochuli: 3.5


Rogers calls the third-most offensive holding penalties this season:
Cheffers: 4.9
Torbert: 4.1
Rogers: 3.7
Corrente: 3.6
Anderson: 3.5
Hochuli: 3.4
Kemp: 3.4
Boger: 3.3
Hill: 3.3
Allen: 3.2
Wrolstad: 3.1
Blakeman: 3
Smith: 2.7
Martin: 2.5
Novak: 2.3
Hussey: 2.1
Vinovich: 1.7


Rogers has the fifth-lowest challenge overturn rate in the NFL:
Blakeman: .692 (9/13)
Kemp: .600 (6/10)
Novak: .546 (6/11)
Cheffers: .500 (3/6)
Smith: .429 (3/7)
Torbert : .429 (3/7)
Vinovich: .429 (6/14)
Anderson: .429 (6/14)
Corrente: .375 (3/8)
Hill: .375 (3/8)
Hussey: .364 (4/11)
Boger: .333 (3/9)
Rogers: .250 (2/8)
Allen: .214 (3/14)
Martin: .154 (2/13)
Hochuli: .143 (1/7)
Wrolstad: .100 (1/10)


Pass interference challenges:
Cheffers: 1.000 (1/1)
Anderson: .400 (2/5)
Vinovich: .400 (2/5)
Hill: .333 (1/3)
Kemp: .200 (1/5)
Blakeman; .000 (0/2)
Boger: .000 (0/2)
Novak: .000 (0/2)
Smith: .000 (0/2)
Torbert : .000 (0/3)
Corrente: .000 (0/3)
Hussey; .000 (0/3)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/4)
Hochuli: .000 (0/4)
Rogers: .000 (0/4)
Allen: .000 (0/8)
Martin: .000 (0/8)


Rogers teaches at both Lubbock Christian and Texas Tech in Lubbock, where he resides.

Rogers has officiating experience in the Southeastern Conference and Conference USA.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (29)

Bears wideout Allen Robinson is tied with Jarvis Landry for the ninth-most targets in the NFL with 108.

Robinson is ninth in the NFL with 71 catches.

Dallas receiver Amari Cooper has the fifth-most receiving yards with 971.

Cooper is tied with Mike Evans, Darren Fells, Austin Ekeler, and Mark Andrews for the fifth-most receiving touchdowns with seven.

Cooper has the ninth-highest yards per target in the league at 10.6.

Cooper’s 80.9 receiving yards per game are the sixth-highest in the NFL.

The last time the Cowboys went four games without procuring a takeaway was from Weeks 3-7 of 2015 when they failed to get takeaways against the Falcons, Saints, Patriots, and Giants.

The Cowboys are tied with the Colts for the 16th-most sacks in the NFL with 32.

Dallas is tied with the Jets for the 10th-most quarterback hits with 73.

The Bears defense has the ninth-lowest opposing passer rating overall at 86.4.

Dallas is tied with the Jets for the 12th-fewest pass breakups with 50.

The Cowboys defense has the absolute fewest interceptions in the NFL with four.

Chicago is tied for the eighth-fewest interceptions overall with eight.

The Bears defense gives up the third-lowest yards per completion at 10.1.

Chicago’s defense is tied with the Texans for the sixth-lowest tackles for loss with 43.

Chicago’s defense gives up the seventh-fewest rushing yards per game at 97.5.

The Bears defense is tied with the Rams for the third-lowest yards per carry at 3.7.

The Bears defense gives up the fourth-fewest points per game at 17.3.

The Dallas defense gives up the eighth-fewest points per game at 19.7.

Strangely, the Dallas defense has the third-lowest third down conversion rate in the league at 32.5%.

Opponents are starting at their own 31-yard line against the Bears, the second-best field position in the league.

Bears linebacker Khalil Mack is tied with T.J. Watt and Chandler Jones for the second-most forced fumbles with five.

Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn is tied for the ninth-most sacks in the league with 9.5.

Dallas linebacker Jaylon Smith has the fourth-most tackles in the NFL with 112.

The Bears have given up the fifth-most receptions to tight ends with 70.

The Cowboys are 4-1 on Dec. 5. Here are the results:
1965 – @PHI, 21-19 – W
1976 – @PHI, 26-7 – W
1982 – @WAS, 24-10 – W
1999 – @NE, 6-13 – L
2010 – @CLT, 38-35 – W-OT


The Bears are on Dec. 5. Here are the results:
1920 – @CRD, 10-0 – W
1925 – @Frankford Yellow Jackets, 14-7 – W
1937 – @CRD, 42-28 – W
1948 – @DET, 42-14 – W
1954 – @CRD, 29-7 – W
1964 – GB, 3-17 – L
1965 – @CLT, 13-0 – W
1970 – @MIN, 13-16 – L
1971 – @DEN, 3-6 – L
1976 – @SEA, 34-7 – W
1982 – NE, 26-13 – W
1988 – @RAM, 3-23 – L
1993 – GB, 30-17 – W
1999 – GB, 19-35 – L
2004 – MIN, 24-14 – W
2010 – @DET, 24-20 – W


The Cowboys have two birthdays to celebrate on Dec. 5:
1959 – Vince Courville, WR, 1987
1987 – Kevin Ogletree, WR, 2009-12

The Cowboys also have three deaths to remember on Dec. 5. The first is LB Mike Dowdle, who played for the club from 1960-62 and died in 1993. The second is DB Otto Brown, who played in 1969 and died in 2006. The third is “Dandy” Don Meredith, who played quarterback for Dallas from 1960-68 and died in 2010.