By: Edward Egros

November 2019

Bills at Cowboys Preview

Pasted GraphicSERIES FACTS (10)

This is the seventh time the Cowboys have started 6-5. 3/6 of those previous teams made the playoffs with the 2018 the lone one that won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 68/124 teams that started 7-5 made the playoffs with 24 of them having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 36/124 teams that started 6-6 made the playoffs with 13 of those teams having won the division.

This is the sixth time in Bills’ history the team has started 8-3. All five of those teams made the playoffs with two of them having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 79/81 teams that started 9-3 made the playoffs with 56 of them having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last reformatted, 83/102 teams that started 8-4 made the playoffs with 44 of those teams having won the division.

The Cowboys are 8-4 against the Bills, including Super Bowls, with a 4-1 record at home. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Texas Stadium: 3-1
AT&T Stadium: 1-0

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

The Cowboys are 27-22 against current AFC East teams with a 14-10 record at home.
Dolphins: 4-5
Bills: 4-1
Patriots: 4-2
Jets: 2-2

The Bills are 1/8 teams the Cowboys have not played on Thanksgiving. The others are the Falcons, Lions, Colts, Jaguars, Bengals, Ravens, and Texans.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

Prescott is tied with Kirk Cousins for the fourth-most touchdown passes in the NFL with 21.

Prescott’s 3,433 passing yards are the most in the NFL.

Prescott is tied with Matthew Stafford and Cousins for the third-highest yards per pass attempt overall at 8.6.

Stafford actually edges out Prescott for passing yards per game by 0.3 yards: 312.4 to 312.1.

Prescott’s 100.8 passer rating is the 10th-highest in the NFL.

Prescott’s 2.9 sack percentage is the lowest in the league.

Prescott is 1/7 quarterbacks to have thrown at least 40 red zone passes this season without an interception.

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

Prescott’s 45 third down conversions in the air are tied with Deshaun Watson for the fourth-most in the NFL.



JOSH ALLEN FACTS (10)

Allen has the most red zone rushing touchdowns by a quarterback this season with seven.

Allen is the 10th different Bills quarterback to face the Cowboys. Here is how the other nine fared, including postseason:

Dennis Shaw: 0-1
Gary Marangi: 0-1
Joe Ferguson: 0-1
Jim Kelly: 0-1
Todd Collins: 1-0
Drew Bledsoe: 0-1
Trent Edwards: 0-1
Ryan Fitzpatrick: 0-1
Tyrod Taylor: 1-0

Allen is the fourth quarterback drafted from Wyoming and the only one to play in an NFL game.

Allen is the first Bills quarterback since Jim Kelly in 1995 to lead the Bills to an 8-3 record and start all of the first 11 games.

Allen is tied with Jacoby Brissett, Derek Carr, Philip Rivers, and Tom Brady for the 14th-most touchdown passes with 15.

Allen is tied with Kyler Murray for the 10th-lowest yards per pass attempt in the league at 6.9.

Allen is tied with Deshaun Watson for the second-most fourth quarter comebacks in the NFL with three, and he is in sole possession of the second-most game-winning drives with four.

Allen has the third-most rushing yards for a quarterback this season with 387.

Allen is tied with Gardner Minshew and Jameis Winston for the second-most fumbles in the league with 11.

Allen’s seven rushing touchdowns are tied with running backs Nick Chubb, Josh Jacobs, Todd Gurley, and Ezekiel Elliott for the sixth-most in the NFL.

EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (8)

Elliott is 81 yards away from his third 1,000-yard rushing season. If he gets to that mark, he will join Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett as the only Cowboys running backs with three-plus seasons of 1,000 yards rushing.

Elliott hasn’t had a play go over 30 yards since Nov. 18, 2018, when he caught a 34-yard pass against the Atlanta Falcons. He hasn’t had a 30-plus or greater rush since Nov. 11, 2018, when he had two (35, 32) against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Elliott has the third-most carries this season with 215.

Elliott is tied with Carson Wentz for the fourth-most third down conversions on the ground with 11.

Among running backs with at least 15 third down carries, Elliott’s 5.80 yards per carry is the highest in the NFL.

Elliott has the second-highest rushing yards on third down with 87. Only Chris Carson’s 96 are higher.

Elliott has gained 18 first downs on first down carries, the fourth-most overall.

Elliott has the most first down carries in the NFL with 139.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

This is the 40th week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett is 4-7 against the AFC East with a 3-2 record at home.

Garrett’s 1-1 record against the Bills is his second-best record against an AFC East opponent:
Dolphins: 3-0
Buffalo: 1-1
Patriots: 0-3
Jets: 0-3

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)
2018 – @ATL (W), WAS (W)


Garrett is 4-5 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: 4-5
Chan Gailey: 1-1
Dave Campo: 1-2


All-time, as a player and a coach, Garrett is 12-5 on Thanksgiving.



Garrett is 26-16 in November with a 13-11 record at home.

Garrett owns the most 6-5 starts in team history with three.

Garrett kicks a field goal 82.5% of the time on fourth down in the red zone.

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


SEAN MCDERMOTT FACTS (10)

McDermott, Joe Collier, and Wade Phillips are the only Bills head coaches to lead their teams to the playoffs in their first seasons with the team.

McDermott is facing the Cowboys for the first time. Here is how other Bills coaches fared, including postseason:
Harvey Johnson: 0-1
Lou Saban: 0-1
Chuck Knox: 0-1
Kay Stephenson: 1-0
Marv Levy: 0-1
Gregg Williams: 0-1
Dick Jauron: 0-1
Chan Gailey: 0-1
Rex Ryan: 1-0

McDermott is 2-1 against the NFC East with a 1-0 record on the road.

McDermott is 9-13 on the road.

McDermott is 0-1 on Thursdays. His lone game was Week 9 of 2017 when the Bills lost 34-21 at the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football.

McDermott is 3/14 on challenges for his career with a 2/4 overturn rate in 2019.

McDermott challenged possible pass interference in Week 4 against the Patriots and lost. He has not challenged since.

The Bills are tied with the Los Angeles Rams for the ninth-most penalties in the league with 85.

McDermott is 1/10 former Andy Reid assistants who went on to become NFL head coaches.

McDermott is 1/7 former Reid assistants who have led their teams to the playoffs. He joins John Harbaugh and Matt Nagy as the only ones to do it in their first seasons.


THANKSGIVING FACTS (10)

Since 2006, when Thursday NFL games ramped up, home teams are 100-77 on Thursdays, including Thanksgiving games.

Only the Detroit Lions have played more Thursday games (79) than the Dallas Cowboys (56). However, the Cowboys have the most wins with 38.

The Dallas Cowboys are 31-19-1 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: 4-5


Buffalo is 3-4-1 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. Dak Prescott — 121.6 (2018)
4. Tony Romo — 121.2 (2009)
5. Tony Romo — 113.7 (2008)
6. Troy Aikman — 113.0 (1995)
7. Don Meredith — 110.0 (1967)
8. Jason Garrett — 109.6 (1994)
9. Danny White — 109.2 (1983)
10. Dak Prescott — 108.9 (2016)


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)

The Cowboys are 18-8-1 on CBS on Thanksgiving. Here is how they fare on all networks involved since 1966:

CBS: 18-8-1
FOX: 8-5
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


Since CBS took over the AFC package, the Dallas Cowboys are 24-16 on that network. Overall, the Cowboys are 291-193-6 on CBS.

The Cowboys are 20-13 when Nantz calls their games, playoffs included.

Dallas is 2-3 when Romo calls the action.

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 27. 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

FOX (Game Ball): 1 – Amari Cooper


BILL VINOVICH FACTS (14)

This week’s referee is Bill Vinovich. Dallas is 7-5 with Vinovich. Here are the results:

2004 – @CIN, 3-26 – L
2004 – WAS, 13-10 – W
2005 – PHI, 33-10 – W
2006 – Colts, 21-14 – W
2012 – @CIN, 20-19 – W
2013 – @DET, 30-31 – L
2014 – @NYG, 31-28 – W
2015 – NYG, 27-26 – W
2015 – @TB, 6-10 – L
2016 – @WAS, 27-23 – W
2017 – PHI, 9-37 – L
2018 – HTX, 16-19 – L-OT



The Cowboys have had fewer penalties than their opposition 7/12 times with Vinovich:

2004 – CIN: 4/20; DAL: 7/46
2004 – WAS: 8/69; DAL: 1/13
2005 – PHI: 8/54; DAL: 5/48
2006 – Colts: 5/35; DAL: 7/53
2012 – CIN: 8/70; DAL: 6/49
2013 – DET: 8/61; DAL: 2/31
2014 – NYG: 5/30; DAL: 7/63
2015 – NYG: 5/44; DAL: 3/35
2015 – TB: 7/62; DAL: 6/68
2016 – WAS: 8/51; DAL: 6/39
2017 – PHI: 3/30; DAL: 2/10
2018 – HTX: 5/25; DAL: 7/72


Vinovich is tied for the fifth-lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL:
Alex Kemp: .727
Carl Cheffers: .700
Brad Allen: .600
John Hussey: .600
Ron Torbert: .600
Jerome Boger: .600
Scott Novak: .591
Walt Anderson: .546
Shawn Smith: .546
Clete Blakeman: .500
Tony Corrente: .500
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Bill Vinovich: .500
Brad Rogers: .400
Adrian Hill: .400
Shawn Hochuli: .364
Clay Martin: .273


Vinovich is tied for the second-lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Scott Novak: .818
Clay Martin: .727
Tony Corrente: .700
Clete Blakeman: .600
Shawn Smith: .546
Alex Kemp: .546
Adrian Hill: .500
Brad Rogers: .500
Brad Allen: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Craig Wrolstad: .500
John Hussey: .500
Walt Anderson: .455
Jerome Boger: .400
Carl Cheffers: .400
Bill Vinovich: .400
Shawn Hochuli: .364

The Bills are 1-6 with Vinovich. Here are the results:
2005 – @NO, 7-19 – L
2012 – @HTX, 9-21 – L
2013 – @TB, 6-27 – L
2014 – @HTX, 17-23 – L
2016 – @RAI, 24-38 – L
2017 – @KC, 16-10 – W
2018 – @GB, 0-22 – L



The Bills have had fewer penalties with Vinovich 4/7 times:
2005 – NO: 4/26; BUF: 12/79
2012 – HTX: 7/42; BUF: 3/15
2013 – TB: 8/76; BUF: 11/114
2014 – HTX: 8/90; BUF: 8/40
2016 – RAI: 7/65; BUF: 8/73
2017 – KC: 6/50; BUF: 6/50
2018 – GB: 5/60; BUF: 3/20

Vinovich’s games have the highest sack average in the NFL:
Vinovich: 6.7
Hill: 6.5
Smith: 6.3
Anderson: 6.0
Allen: 5.8
Corrente: 5.5
Boger: 5.4
Kemp: 5.4
Rogers : 5.2
Martin: 5.2
Cheffers: 4.8
Hussey : 4.5
Blakeman: 4.4
Wrolstad: 4.8
Novak: 4.2
Torbert: 4.0
Hochuli: 3.5


Vinovich calls the lowest number of offensive holding calls per game:
Cheffers: 5.1
Torbert: 4.1
Rogers: 3.8
Corrente: 3.7
Hill: 3.5
Allen: 3.4
Hochuli: 3.4
Boger: 3.3
Anderson: 3.2
Wrolstad: 3.2
Kemp: 3.1
Smith: 2.9
Martin: 2.6
Novak: 2.5
Hussey: 2.1
Vinovich: 1.7

Under Vinovich, the Cowboys have won 2/7 of their coaches challenges compared to their opponents winning 3/6 coaches challenges. Additionally, Replay Assistant is 2/7 on challenges with only two of those rulings benefiting the Cowboys.

The Bills have won challenges 2/2 times under Vinovich with opponents going 0/1. Replay Assistant is 1/3 with two of those decisions favoring the Bills.

Vinovich has the sixth-highest challenge overturn rate in the league:
Kemp: .600 (6/10)
Blakeman: .600 (6/10)
Allen: .231 (3/13)
Anderson: .333 (4/12)
Novak: .600 (6/10)
Vinovich: .462 (6/13)
Corrente: .429 (3/7)
Torbert : .429 (3/7)
Smith: .400 (2/5)
Hussey : .400 (4/10)
Boger: .333 (1/3)
Cheffers: .333 (1/3)
Rogers: .250 (2/8)
Hill: .167 (1/6)
Hochuli: .143 (1/7)
Wrolstad: .111 (1/9)
Martin: .091 (1/11)


Vinovich is tied for the second-highest overturn rate on challenges related to pass interference:
Cheffers: 1.000 (1/1)
Vinovich: .400 (2/5)
Anderson: .400 (2/5)
Kemp: .200 (1/5)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Hill: .000 (0/2)
Hussey: .000 (0/2)
Novak: .000 (0/2)
Blakeman; .000 (0/2)
Boger: .000 (0/2)
Corrente: .000 (0/3)
Torbert : .000 (0/3)
Hochuli: .000 (0/4)
Rogers: .000 (0/4)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/4)
Allen: .000 (0/7)
Martin: .000 (0/8)


Vinovich has not only refereed a Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLIX), but also a NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament game in 2007 between Illinois and Virginia Tech.

Just before the ’07 season, a heart condition forced Vinovich to retire from being an on-field official and go upstairs and serve as Ed Hochuli’s replay official from 2007-11.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (5)

A sack would give Robert Quinn 10.5 for the year, the most since 2014 when he achieved that same figure for the St. Louis Rams.

The Bills defense has the third-lowest opposing passer rating at 76.8.

The Cowboys are 7-1 on Nov. 28. Here are the results:
1965 – @WAS, 31-34 – L
1968 – WAS, 29-20 – W
1974 – WAS, 24-23 – W
1985 – CRD, 35-17 – W
1991 – PIT, 20-10 – W
1996 – WAS, 21-10 – W
2002 – WAS, 27-20 – W
2013 – RAI, 31-24 – W


The Bills are 4-4 on Nov. 28. Here are the results:
1968 – @RAI, 10-13 – L
1971 – NE, 27-20 – W
1977 – @RAI, 13-34 – L
1982 – CLT, 20-0 – W
1993 – @KC, 7-23 – L
1999 – NE, 17-7 – W
2004 – @SEA, 38-9 – W
2010 – PIT, 16-19 – L-OT


The Cowboys have three birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 28:
1953 – Jim Jensen, RB, 1976
1963 – Loren Snyder, QB, 1987
1974 – Jason Ferguson, DT, 2005-07

Cowboys at Patriots Preview

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This is the sixth time in the series that the two teams have met while in first place of their respective divisions. In such matchups, the ledger goes to the Patriots 3-2.

Since 1996, the last time the Cowboys were defending Super Bowl champions, Dallas is 5-7 against defending Super Bowl champions.

The Cowboys are 6-4 for the 10th time in franchise history. 5/9 of those previous teams made the playoffs with three of them having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last reformatted, 94/133 teams that started 7-4 made the playoffs with 42 of those teams having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last reformatted, 58/135 teams that started 6-5 made the playoffs with 23 of those teams having won the division.

This is the second time in club history the Patriots have started 9-1. The last time was in 2004 when New England won Super Bowl XXXIX.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, all 26 teams that started 10-1 made the playoffs with 23/26 of those teams having achieved a first-round bye and 15/23 having secured home-field advantage.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 54/55 teams that started 9-2 made the playoffs with 45/54 teams having won the division, 37/45 having achieved a first-round bye, and 21/37 having secured a first-round bye.

The Cowboys are 7-5 against the Patriots with a 3-3 record on the road. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Foxboro Stadium: 3-1
Gillette Stadium: 0-2

The Cowboys are 3-1 against the Patriots in November with a 2-1 record on the road.

The Cowboys are 1/15 teams that has yet to win at Gillette Stadium. The Eagles and Giants are the only NFC East teams to have won at Gillette Stadium.

The Cowboys are 148-147-1 in the Eastern Time Zone, including playoffs, with a 29-34 record in the early afternoon time slot.

From 1970-99, the Patriots were 29-44 in the late afternoon time slot with a 12-8 record at home. Since 2000, the Patriots are 65-21 in the late afternoon time slot with a 34-8 record at home.

The Patriots have won 17 straight home games, their third streak with at least 17-plus home wins since 2000. The Cowboys franchise as a whole has one: Dec. 2, 1979 to Dec. 13, 1981.

DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (16)

Prescott will be making his first start against the Patriots as a Cowboys quarterback. Here are the records of other Dallas signal callers:

Roger Staubach: 3-0
Danny White: 3-0
Troy Aikman: 1-1
Quincy Carter: 0-1
Brandon Weeden: 0-1
Tony Romo: 0-2

Prescott leads the NFL with 3,221 passing yards. However, he is tied with Baker Mayfield for the 11th-most yards after the catch with 1,232.

22 of Prescott’s passes have been dropped, the second-most in the NFL. Only Mayfield’s 23 are more.

285 of Prescott’s passes have been “on target,” according to Pro Football Reference, the second-most in the NFL.

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

Prescott has taken 37 quarterback hits, the fourth-most in the NFL.

Prescott’s 3.2 sack percentage is the lowest in the NFL.

Prescott’s 8.8 yards per pass attempt is the highest in the NFL. Second is Patrick Mahomes at 8.7.

Prescott is tied with Carson Wentz for the sixth-most run-pass options with 39.

Prescott has passed 33 times out of his 39 run-pass options. Those 33 passes are tied with Mayfield for the seventh-most overall.

Prescott has attempted 99 play-action passes, the third-most in the league.

Prescott’s 886 passing yards off play-action are the second-most in the NFL. Only Kirk Cousins’ 938 are more.

Prescott is 1/10 quarterbacks to have thrown at least 30 red zone passes without an interception.

Prescott has thrown 852 passing yards on third down, the second-most overall.

Prescott’s 110.9 passer rating on third down is the sixth-highest among quarterbacks with at least 60 qualifying pass attempts.

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


TOM BRADY FACTS (11)

Brady leads the NFL with 26 passes thrown away.

Brady is tied with Jared Goff for having the sixth-most passes dropped with 19.

Brady has the third-most “on target” throws in the league with 283.

Brady has been blitzed 137 times in 2019, the third-most in the NFL.

Brady is tied with Josh Allen and Philip Rivers for the 10th-most hurries in the league with 36.

Brady has been hit 19 times, representing the fifth-fewest hits among quarterbacks who have started at least 10 games.

Brady has actually run 16 run-pass options this season, and he has passed every time.

Brady has the 10th-most play-action passes in the NFL with 80, and the seventh-most yards with 678.

Brady is 1/11 quarterbacks to have thrown at least two red zone interceptions in 2019.

Brady has thrown three interceptions on third down, tied for the sixth-most in the NFL.

The Cowboys are 1/5 teams to have never beaten Tom Brady in multiple attempts. The other four teams are the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, and Atlanta Falcons.


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (15)

Elliott’s 46 first downs rushing are the fourth-most in the NFL.

Elliott gains 458 yards before contact, the fifth-highest overall.

Elliott gains 375 yards after contact, the 10th-most in the NFL.

Elliott’s seven rushing touchdowns are tied with Todd Gurley, Josh Jacobs, and Josh Allen for the sixth-most in the league.

All seven of Elliott’s rushing touchdowns have come inside the red zone, tied for the fourth-most red zone rushing touchdowns overall.

Elliott leads the NFL with 43 red zone rushing attempts.

Elliott has been the subject of 52 red zone plays, tied with Dak Prescott for the most on the Cowboys.

Elliott’s 83.3 rushing yards per game are the eighth-most overall.

Elliott has the fifth-most rushing attempts with 194. However, he has the ninth-most yards with 833.

Elliott has taken the most first down carries in the red zone in the NFL with 25.

Elliott has gained the most yards on first down in the red zone with 89.

Elliott’s 3.56 yards per carry on first down in the red zone is the highest among ball carriers with at least 20 such attempts.

Elliott’s five first downs gained on first down runs in the red zone are tied for the third-most overall.

Elliott has taken six carries on third down in the red zone, tied with Sony Michel for the most in the NFL.

Elliott has taken just one fourth down carry this season.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

This is the 39th week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett is 0-2 against the Patriots all-time. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 6-0
Barry Switzer: 1-0
Chan Gailey: 0-1
Bill Parcells: 0-1
Wade Phillips: 0-1
Jason Garrett: 0-2

Garrett is 4-6 against the AFC East with a 1-4 record on the road.

Garrett’s 0-2 record against the Patriots is tied with the Patriots for his worst record against an AFC East opponent:
Dolphins: 3-0
Buffalo: 1-1
Patriots: 0-2
Jets: 0-3

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

Garrett is 26-15 in November with a 13-4 record on the road.

Garrett is 30-18 in the Eastern Time Zone with an 8-6 record on the road.

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

Garrett has challenged related to pass interference once and lost that challenge.

The Cowboys are tied with the Los Angeles Chargers for the 13th-most penalties with 75.


BILL BELICHICK FACTS (10)

Belichick hast not lost to the Cowboys since his first game with the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 1, 1991 in a 26-14 loss.

Belichick has a 5-1 record against the Cowboys.

For his career, Belichick is 20-7 against the NFC East, including playoffs, with an 8-3 record at home.

Belichick is 1/4 active head coaches hired in the 2000s and still with the same team. The other five coaches are John Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin, and Sean Payton.

For his career, Belichick is 58-33 in November with a 29-13 record at home.

For his career, Belichick is 65-23 in late afternoon games with a 29-8 record at home.

Since 2002, the opening of Gillette Stadium, 12/21 of the opponents that have won ended up making the playoffs.

The Patriots are tied with the San Francisco 49ers for the sixth-fewest penalties in the NFL with 62.

Belichick is 48/120 on challenges for his career with an 0/3 record in 2019.

Belichick has not challenged anything related to pass interference.



BROADCAST FACTS (6)

This is the fifth late afternoon game in the series and the second one at New England.

Dallas is 139-124 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Cowboys are 0-1 against the Patriots on FOX. Here is the breakdown by network:
NBC: 4-0
CBS: 2-2
ABC: 1-0
FOX: 0-1
ESPN: 0-2

The Cowboys are 40-43 when Joe Buck does play-by-play for their games.

Dallas is 46-49 when Troy Aikman does color commentary for their games.

The last time the Cowboys started out 3-1 in their FOX games was in 2016. It is the ninth time the Cowboys have started 3-1 in their FOX games.


SCOTT NOVAK FACTS (8)

The Cowboys have not had Novak this season nor have the Patriots.

Novak used to work as a Big 12 game official.

Novak is in the middle of the pack in terms of home team winning percentage this year:
Alex Kemp: .700
Carl Cheffers: .667
Brad Allen: .600
Walt Anderson: .600
John Hussey: .600
Ron Torbert: .556
Jerome Boger: .556
Craig Wrolstad: .556
Scott Novak: .550
Tony Corrente: .500
Shawn Smith: .500
Clete Blakeman: .444
Bill Vinovich: .444
Adrian Hill: .444
Brad Rogers: .333
Shawn Hochuli: .300
Clay Martin: .300


Novak has the highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Scott Novak: .800
Tony Corrente: .700
Clay Martin: .700
Clete Blakeman: .667
Alex Kemp: .600
Ron Torbert: .556
Brad Allen: .500
Shawn Smith: .500
John Hussey: .500
Bill Vinovich: .444
Jerome Boger: .444
Carl Cheffers: .444
Adrian Hill: .444
Craig Wrolstad: .444
Brad Rogers: .444
Shawn Hochuli: .400
Walt Anderson: .400



Novak is tied for the third-fewest sacks per game:
Smith: 6.5
Hill: 6.4
Vinovich: 6.4
Allen: 5.8
Anderson: 5.7
Corrente: 5.5
Boger: 5.4
Kemp: 5.3
Rogers: 5.2
Martin: 5.1
Wrolstad: 4.8
Blakeman: 4.7
Hussey: 4.5
Cheffers: 4.4
Novak: 4.4
Torbert: 4.2
Hochuli: 3.5


Novak calls the third-fewest offensive holding penalties per game:
Cheffers: 5.2
Torbert: 4.1
Rogers: 4.0
Corrente: 3.7
Hill: 3.6
Hochuli: 3.6
Anderson: 3.5
Allen: 3.4
Blakeman: 3.3
Boger: 3.2
Wrolstad: 3.1
Kemp: 3.1
Smith: 2.9
Martin: 2.7
Novak: 2.5
Hussey: 2.1
Vinovich: 1.6



Novak has the second-highest challenge overturn rate in the NFL:
Blakeman: .625 (5/8)
Novak: .600 (6/10)
Kemp: .500 (4/8)
Vinovich: .462 (6/13)
Torbert: .429 (3/7)
Corrente: .429 (3/7)
Smith: .400 (2/5)
Hussey: .400 (4/10)
Anderson. 364 (4/11)
Cheffers: .333 (1/3)
Rogers: .286 (2/7)
Boger: .250 (2/8)
Allen: .231 (3/13)
Hill: .167 (1/6)
Hochuli: .143 (1/7)
Wrolstad: .125 (1/8)
Martin: .100 (1/10)


Novak has been tasked to overturn calls related to pass interference two times without a reversal yet:
Cheffers: 1.000 (1/1)
Anderson: .500 (2/4)
Vinovich: .400 (2/5)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Novak: .000 (0/2)
Hussey : .000 (0/2)
Hill: .000 (0/2)
Blakeman: .000 (0/2)
Boger: .000 (0/2)
Torbert: .000 (0/3)
Corrente: .000 (0/3)
Rogers: .000 (0/3)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/4)
Hochuli: .000 (0/4)
Kemp: .000 (0/4)
Allen: .000 (0/7)
Martin: .000 (0/8)





MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (10)

In the 2009 NFL Draft, the Cowboys took Oklahoma receiver Manuel Johnson with the 229 pick in the seventh round. Three picks later, the Patriots took Julian Edelman. Johnson was out of football after Sept. 3, 2011 while Edelman has been a stable receiving presence with New England since his rookie year.

The Patriots defense is tied with the Dolphins for the third-highest average depth of target at 9.6.

The Patriots have dialed up the eighth-most blitzes in the league with 137.

The Patriots have missed 48 tackles this season, the third-fewest overall.

New England’s defense has the absolute lowest opposing passer rating in the NFL at 49.2. Second-lowest is San Francisco at 72.3.

New England’s defense has generated 37 sacks, the third-most in the NFL.

The Patriots defense is tied with Houston’s for the ninth-highest yards per carry at 4.6.

The Cowboys are 11-4 on Nov. 24. Here are the results:
1963 – @CLE, 17-27 – L
1966 – CLE, 26-14 – W
1968 – @CHI, 34-3 – W
1974 – @OTI, 10-0 – W
1983 – CRD, 35-17 – W
1985 – PHI, 34-17 – W
1988 – OTI, 17-25 – L
1991 – @WAS, 24-21 – W
1994 – GB, 42-31 – W
1996 – @NYG, 6-20 – L
2002 – JAX, 21-19 – W
2005 – DEN, 21-24 – L-OT
2011 – MIA, 20-19 – W
2013 – @NYG, 24-21 – W
2016 – WAS, 31-26 – W


The Patriots are 5-2 on Nov. 24. Here are the results:
1968 – MIA, 10-34 – L
1974 – @RAV, 27-17 – W
1985 – @NYJ, 13-16 – L-OT
1991 – BUF, 16-13 – W
1996 – CLT, 27-13 – W
2002 – MIN, 24-17 – W
2013 – DEN, 34-31 – W-OT


The Cowboys have three birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 24:
1946 – Thomas Stincic, LB, 1969-71
1970 – Lemanski Hall, LB, 1999
1976 – John Nix, DT, 2001-02

Cowboys at Lions Preview

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This is the 11th time in franchise history the Cowboys have started 5-4. 4/10 of those previous teams made the playoffs with only two having won the division (1970, 1996).

This is the sixth time in franchise history the Lions are 3-5-1. None of those previous teams made the playoffs nor did they finish with a winning record.

The Cowboys are 3-3 against the Lions in November with a 1-3 record on the road.

The Cowboys are 5-9 against the Lions on the road, including playoffs. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Tiger Stadium: 0-1
Pontiac Silverdome: 3-6
Ford Field: 2-1

The Cowboys were both the first and last opponent at the Pontiac Silverdome.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (15)

Prescott is tied with Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson for the third-most touchdown passes in the NFL with 18.

Prescott is tied with Matt Ryan, Sam Darnold, and Jared Goff for the fourth-most interceptions with nine.

Prescott’s 8.7 yards per pass attempt is the second-highest in the NFL. Mahomes’ 9.0 is the highest.

Prescott’s 308.6 passing yards per game are the third-highest in the league.

Prescott’s 102.4 passer rating is the ninth-highest.

Prescott’s 11 sacks are the absolute fewest among quarterbacks who have started every game this year.

Prescott’s 3.3 sack percentage is tied with Mahomes for the lowest in the league.

Prescott, Kirk Cousins, and Tom Brady are the only quarterbacks this season with five-plus wins and zero game-winning drives and/or fourth quarter comebacks.

Prescott has the fourth-most first downs by pass with 128.

Prescott’s average depth of target is 9.9 yards, the third-highest in the NFL.

20 of Prescott’s incomplete passes have been drops, the second-most in the league.

Prescott has taken 32 hits, tied with Russell Wilson and Jameis Winston for the third-most in the NFL.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game, Prescott’s eight red zone touchdowns are tied for the fifth-fewest in the league.

Prescott is 1/10 quarterbacks who have not thrown a red zone interception on a minimum of 40 red zone throws.

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


JEFF DRISKEL FACTS (5)

Driskel is the sixth ever quarterback drafted from Louisiana Tech.

Driskel was a member of the North Team for the 2016 Senior Bowl, coached by the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff.

Driskel’s two rushing touchdowns are the most by a drafted Louisiana Tech quarterback since Terry Bradshaw, who had 32 in his career.

Driskel is 1-1 over his career.

The last Lions quarterback to start at Ford Field not named Matthew Stafford was Shaun Hill on Jan. 2, 2011.

EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (15)

Elliott is tied with Marlon Mack for the fifth-most carries in the NFL with 178. However, he has the eighth-most rushing yards with 788.

Elliott’s six rushing yards are tied for the seventh-most overall.

Among running backs in the top-10 in rushing yards, Elliott’s longest rush of 27 yards is the fewest of the group. Next lowest is Oakland’s Josh Jacobs with 51 yards.

Elliott’s 4.4 yards per carry through the first nine games are the second-lowest of his career. The lowest is 4.1 from 2017.

Elliott’s 788 rushing yards are the second-lowest of his career through the first nine games. Next lowest is 783 from 2017.

Elliott’s 442 yards before contact are the fourth-highest in the NFL.

Elliott’s 346 yards after contact are the 10th-highest in the league.

Elliott has just six broken tackles this season, tied with Mack for the fewest among running backs in the top-10 in rushing yards.

Elliott has produced 16 first downs off his first down carries, the fourth-highest overall.

Elliott’s 4.27 yards per carry on first down is the eighth-highest among running backs in the top-10 in rushing yards.

Elliott is tied with Derrick Henry and Leonard Fournette for the eighth-most second down conversions on the ground with 17.

Elliott’s 49 carries on second down are the eighth-most overall.

Elliott’s six red zone rushing touchdowns are the seventh-most overall.

Elliott has taken 78.4% of the Cowboys’ red zone rushing attempts, the most on the team, and the fifth-most in the NFL.

Elliott has the most red zone rushing attempts in the NFL with 40.

JASON GARRETT FACTS (11)

This is the 38th week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett’s 3-2 record against the Lions is his second-best against an NFC North opponent:
Vikings: 2-1
Lions: 3-2
Bears: 2-2
Packers: 1-6

Garrett is 8-12 against the NFC North with a 3-4 record on the road.

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

Garrett is 11-6 against backup quarterbacks with a 5-3 record on the road.

Garrett is 27-19 against non-playoff qualifying head coaches.

Garrett is 25-15 in November with a 12-4 record on the road.

Garrett is 29-18 in the Eastern Time Zone with a 14-6 record in the early afternoon time slot.

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

Garrett challenged pass interference once so far. He lost in the Green Bay game in Week 5.

Garrett’s first home win came against the Lions on Nov. 21, 2010.


MATT PATRICIA FACTS (10)

Patricia is 0-1 against the Cowboys. Here is how he compares to other Lions coaches in their first bout with Dallas:
George Wilson: 1-0
Joe Schmidt: 0-1
Rick Forzano: 0-1
Tommy Hudspeth: 0-1
Monte Clark: 1-0
Darryl Rogers: 1-0
Wayne Fontes: 1-0
Marty Mornhinweg: 1-0
Steve Mariucci: 0-1
Rod Marinelli: 1-0
Jim Schwartz: 0-1
Jim Caldwell: 0-1
Matt Patricia: 0-1

Patricia joins Schmidt, Wilson, Gus Dorais, and Bill Edwards as the only Lions coaches to go 3-5-1.

Patricia is 2-1 against the NFC East with a 1-0 record on the road.

Patricia, Josh McDaniels, Brian Flores, and Bill O’Brien are the only Bill Belichick assistants who spent all of their NFL coaching years with Belichick before becoming head coaches.

Patricia is the only Belichick assistant to get his first career win against Belichick.

Among Belichick assistants that have become head coaches, defensive coordinator has been the most proficient in producing head coaches with four: Nick Saban, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Matt Patricia.

Patricia was the most recent Super Bowl-winning defensive coordinator to get a head coaching gig since Dan Quinn, who was the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl XLVIII, until the Miami Dolphins hired Flores.

Patricia is 3/9 on challenges for his career with an 0/2 record in 2019.

Patricia is 0/1 on challenges related to pass interference.

The Lions are tied with the Chiefs and Jaguars for the 11th-most penalties in the league with 70.

BROADCAST FACTS (8)

This week’s commentators are Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis, making it the first time since the 1991 NFC divisional playoffs and the 1992 regular season matchup that Cowboys-Lions will have returning commentators from the previous season’s game.

Dallas is 27-18 when Kevin Burkhardt calls their games, including radio.

The Cowboys are 8-1 when Charles Davis does color commentary for their games

The Lions are 0-3 when Burkhardt calls their games.

The Lions are 0-2 when Davis calls their games.

Dallas is 138-124 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

Detroit is 123-205-1 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

This is the 20th early afternoon game in the series.


TONY CORRENTE FACTS (13)

This week’s referee is Tony Corrente. The Cowboys are 8-7 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

*Playoff game


Since 2000, the Cowboys have had fewer penalties than their opponents 5/15 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

*Playoff game


Corrente is in the middle of the pack in terms of home team winning percentage in 2019:
Alex Kemp: .667
Brad Allen: .667
Carl Cheffers: .667
Jerome Boger: .625
Scott Novak: .611
Craig Wrolstad: .556
John Hussey: .556
Walt Anderson: .556
Ron Torbert: .556
Tony Corrente: .556
Bill Vinovich: .500
Adrian Hill: .500
Shawn Smith: .444
Brad Rogers: .375
Clete Blakeman: .375
Shawn Hochuli: .222
Clay Martin: .222



Corrente has second-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Scott Novak: .889
Tony Corrente: .778
Clete Blakeman: .750
Alex Kemp: .667
Clay Martin: .667
Shawn Smith: .556
John Hussey: .556
Brad Allen: .556
Ron Torbert: .556
Bill Vinovich: .500
Jerome Boger: .500
Adrian Hill: .500
Craig Wrolstad: .444
Shawn Hochuli: .444
Walt Anderson: .444
Carl Cheffers: .444
Brad Rogers: .375


The Lions are 5-16 with Corrente. Here are the results:
1999 – @MIN, 17-24 – L
2000 – @NO, 14-10 – W
2001 – @MIN, 26-31 – L
2001 – CHI, 0-24 – L
2002 – CHI, 17-20 – L-OT
2005 – @CHI, 6-38 – L
2007 – @RAI, 36-21 – W
2007 – NYG, 10-16 – L
2008 – @MIN, 10-12 – L
2009 – @CIN, 13-23 – L
2010 – @MIA, 34-27 – W
2011 – KC, 48-3 – W
2011 – @NO, 28-45 – L
2012 – @GB, 20-27 – L
2013 – @MIN, 13-14 – L
2014 – @NE, 9-34 – L
2015 – @SEA, 10-13 – L
2016 – @CHI, 14-17 – L
2016 – @NYG, 6-17 – L
2017 – MIN, 23-30 – L
2019 – @PHI, 27-24 – W


The Lions have had fewer penalties than the opposition 14/21 times with Corrente:
1999 – MIN: 7/45; DET: 4/47
2000 – NO: 12/89; DET: 8/74
2001 – MIN: 8/70; DET: 8/90
2001 – CHI: 7/68; DET: 5/50
2002 – CHI: 6/64; DET: 7/50
2005 – CHI: 6/40; DET: 3/30
2007 – RAI: 8/50; DET: 6/35
2007 – NYG: 6/47; DET: 7/40
2008 – MIN: 7/99; DET: 5/96
2009 – CIN: 9/75; DET: 7/45
2010 – MIA: 8/63; DET: 6/53
2011 – KC: 8/70; DET: 4/35
2011 – NO: 3/18; DET: 7/64
2012 – GB: 7/50; DET: 5/55
2013 – MIN: 4/25; DET: 6/52
2014 – NE: 11/89; DET: 9/54
2015 – SEA: 5/30; DET: 4/37
2016 – CHI: 8/55; DET: 10/76
2016 – NYG: 5/46; DET: 2/15
2017 – MIN: 9/74; DET: 8/54
2019 – PHI: 4/30; DET: 9/61

Corrente’s games are tied for the fifth-most sacks per game:
Vinovich: 6.5
Hill: 6.3
Smith: 6.3
Allen: 6.1
Corrente: 5.7
Anderson: 5.7
Rogers: 5.5
Boger: 5.1
Kemp: 5.0
Martin: 4.9
Hussey: 4.7
Wrolstad: 4.7
Blakeman: 4.6
Cheffers: 4.4
Torbert : 4.2
Novak: 4.1
Hochuli: 3.3


Corrente calls the fourth-most offensive holdings per game:
Cheffers: 5.2
Rogers: 4.1
Torbert : 4.1
Corrente: 3.9
Hochuli: 3.7
Hill: 3.6
Blakeman: 3.6
Anderson: 3.5
Allen: 3.3
Kemp: 3.3
Boger: 3.1
Wrolstad: 3.1
Smith: 2.7
Martin: 2.7
Novak: 2.4
Hussey : 2.2
Vinovich: 1.5

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.

The Lions are 4/7 when challenging Corrente with opponents going 2/9. Replay Assistant is 2/6 with only one of those calls benefiting the Lions.



Corrente is tied for the fifth-highest challenge overturn rate in the NFL:
Kemp: .571 (4/7)
Blakeman: .571 (4/7)
Novak: .556 (5/9)
Vinovich: .462 (6/13)
Corrente: .429 (3/7)
Torbert: .429 (3/7)
Hussey : .400 (4/10)
Smith: .400 (2/5)
Anderson: .333 (3/9)
Rogers: .333 (2/6)
Cheffers: .333 (1/3)
Boger. .250 (2/8)
Allen: .231 (3/13)
Hochuli: .167 (1/6)
Wrolstad: .125 (1/8)
Martin: .111 (1/9)
Hill: .000 (0/5)


Corrente has taken on three challenges related to pass interference and has not overturned the call on the field:
Cheffers: 1.000 (1/1)
Vinovich: .400 (2/5)
Anderson: .333 (1/3)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Novak: .000 (0/2)
Rogers: .000 (0/2)
Blakeman: .000 (0/2)
Boger: .000 (0/2)
Hill: .000 (0/2)
Hussey : .000 (0/2)
Corrente: .000 (0/3)
Kemp: .000 (0/3)
Hochuli: .000 (0/3)
Torbert: .000 (0/3)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/4)
Martin: .000 (0/7)
Allen: .000 (0/7)

In the 2011 season, Corrente underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments to treat his throat cancer. Corrente only missed Weeks 13-15 of the season.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (18)

The last time the Cowboys faced the Lions at Ford Field without Matthew Stafford quarterbacking the Lions was on Dec. 9, 2007, when Jon Kitna started against Dallas and was coached by Rod Marinelli.

The Cowboys have the sixth-highest scoring offense in the league at 27.9 points per game.

The Lions offense scores 24.1 points per game, the 14th-highest in the NFL.

Detroit’s offense has the 15th-lowest red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 56.0%. The next lowest is Dallas at 58.1%.

The Cowboys have the highest third down conversion rate in the league at 51.4%. Interestingly, the Cowboys are tied with the Ravens for the third-fewest third downs faced with 107.

The Dallas offense scores 2.61 points per drive, the second-highest in the league.

The Lions defense has an opposing passer rating of 100.0, the 10th-highest in the NFL.

The Lions defense is tied with the Jets and Broncos for the fifth-fewest sacks in the league with 19.

Detroit’s defense gives up 129.7 rushing yards per game, the seventh-highest overall.

Detroit’s defense also gives up 4.6 yards per carry, tied with Miami and San Francisco for the eighth-highest overall.

Detroit’s defense gives up 26.3 points per game, the ninth-most overall.

The Lions defense is tied with Atlanta for the fifth-highest red zone conversion rate at 62.9%.

The Detroit defense has blitzed just 46 times, not only the lowest in the NFL, but their 12.5% blitz rate is the lowest in the league.

The Cowboys defense has given up nine passing touchdowns, tied with Chicago and Baltimore for the fifth-most in the NFL.

The Cowboys are 2-4 on Nov. 17. Here are the results:
1963 – PHI, 27-20 – W
1968 – @WAS, 44-24 – W
1974 – @WAS, 21-28 – L
1985 – CHI, 0-44 – L
1991 – @NYG, 9-22 – L
2002 – @CLT, 3-20 – L


The Lions are 7-5 on Nov. 17. Here are the results:
1935 – GB, 20-10 – W
1940 – @PHI, 21-0 – W
1946 – GB, 0-9 – L
1957 – SF, 31-10 – W
1963 – RAM, 21-28 – L
1968 – MIN, 6-13 – L
1974 – NYG, 20-19 – W
1985 – MIN, 41-21 – W
1991 – RAM, 21-10 – W
1996 – SEA, 17-16 – W
2002 – NYJ, 14-31 – L
2013 – @PIT, 27-37 – L


The Cowboys have two birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 17:
1935 – Bobby Joe Conrad, WR, 1969
1938 – Ken Frost, DT, 1961-62


The Cowboys have a death to remember in Amos Marsh, who played running back from 1961-64, and died on Nov. 17, 1992.

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This is the 12th time in franchise history the Cowboys have started 5-3. 7/11 of those previous teams made the playoffs with five of them having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last altered, 99/136 teams that started 6-3 made the playoffs with 54 of them having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last realigned, 77/161 of teams that started 5-4 made the playoffs.

The Vikings are 6-3 for the fifth time in franchise history. Only 2/4 of those previous teams made the playoffs.

Since 1990, 99/119 teams that started 7-3 made the playoffs with 62 of those teams having won the division.

Since 1990, 87/145 teams that started 6-4 made the playoffs with 34 of them having won the division.

The Cowboys are 1-5 against the Vikings in November with a 1-4 record at home.

The Cowboys are 6-7 against the Vikings at home, including playoffs. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Cotton Bowl: 2-0
Texas Stadium: 3-7
AT&T Stadium: 1-0

The Vikings are 1/3 teams the Cowboys have faced in every round of the playoffs. The other two teams are the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams.

The Cowboys are 147-107-2 all-time in November with a 91-51-2 record at home.

The Vikings are 133-102-5 all-time in November with a 47-62-3 record on the road.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (11)

With a minimum of 50 pass attempts, Prescott’s 62.9 completion percentage on third down is the 10th-highest in the NFL.

With a minimum of 70 pass attempts on second down, Prescott’s 112.5 passer rating is the fifth-best in the league.

Half of Prescott’s eight interceptions have occurred on first down.

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

Prescott is 1/8 quarterbacks who has thrown at least 35 red zone passes without an interception.

Prescott is tied with Philip Rivers for the third-most hits taken with 28.

Prescott is tied with Baker Mayfield for the most pass attempts dropped with 19.

Prescott has the fifth-highest average depth of target at 9.6.

Prescott is tied with Patrick Mahomes, Matt Ryan, and Carson Wentz for the seventh-highest touchdown passes in the NFL with 15.

Prescott has the eighth-highest passer rating in the league at 102.5.

Prescott has an 8.7 yards per attempt, the third-highest in the NFL. Second-highest is Kirk Cousins at 8.8.


KIRK COUSINS FACTS (11)

Cousins’ 100.9 passer rating is the seventh-highest in the NFL on first down among quarterbacks with at least 100 passes.

Cousins’ five passing touchdowns on first down is tied for the sixth-highest in the league.

Cousins’ 68.8 completion percentage is the seventh-highest in the league.

Cousins’ 1.2 interception percentage is the fifth-lowest in the NFL.

Cousins’ three interceptions through the first nine games are the fewest of his career.

Cousins’ 112.0 passer rating is the third-highest in the NFL.

Cousins’ 112.0 passer rating is the highest of his career through the first nine games of his career.

Cousins has benefited from 1,114 yards after the catch, the sixth-highest in the league.

Cousins is tied with Jameis Winston and Derek Carr for the seventh-most red zone passing touchdowns with 10.

Cousins is tied for the 10th-most red zone interceptions in the league with one.

EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (11)

Elliott’s six rushing touchdowns are tied for the fifth-most in the NFL.

Among running backs with at least 100 rushes, Elliott’s 4.7 yards per carry is the eighth-highest in the league.

Elliott’s 92.6 rushing yards per game are the fourth-most in the NFL.

Elliott is tied with Dalvin Cook for the second-most first downs rushing with 43.

Elliott’s 405 yards before contact are tied with Nick Chubb for the third-most in the league.

Elliott’s 336 yards after contact are the ninth-most in the league.

Elliott’s six rushing touchdowns in the red zone are tied for the fourth-most in the league.

Elliott has been the target of 43 of the Cowboys’ 82 red zone plays.

Elliott has a 4.51 yards per carry on first down, tied with Marlon Mack for the seventh-most in the NFL among backs with at least 100 first down carries.

Elliott has 451 yards on first down, the seventh-most in the league.

Elliott has taken 44 second down carries, tied with Aaron Jones for the eighth-most in the NFL.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (11)

This is the 37th week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett is 2-4 against former Cowboys coordinator though all of those games were against Sean Payton.

Garrett’s 2-0 record against the Vikings is his best against an NFC North opponent:
Vikings: 2-0
Lions: 3-2
Bears: 2-2
Packers: 1-6

Garrett is 8-11 against the NFC North with a 6-6 record at home.

Garrett’s 6-6 home record against the NFC North is his best compared to the rest of the conference:
NFC South: 5-4
NFC North: 6-6
NFC West: 3-5

Garrett is 40-38 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 22-15 record at home and is currently on a five-game home winning streak.

Garrett is 25-14 in November with a 13-10 record at home.

Garrett is 1-6 in games immediately following Monday Night Football games with an 0-4 record at home.

Garrett is 8-8 against road teams from the Central Time Zone.

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

Garrett challenged pass interference once so far. He lost in the Green Bay game in Week 5.


MIKE ZIMMER FACTS (11)

Zimmer is the second Vikings head coach to have previously been a defensive coordinator.

This is Zimmer’s first time to face Dallas. 2/7 of Vikings head coaches who initially faced the Cowboys won: Jerry Burns and Mike Tice.

Zimmer is the ninth former Cowboys coordinator to face Dallas. Ex-Cowboys coordinators are 16-30-1 against their former team. Here is the list:
Sean Payton: 5-3
Dan Reeves: 5-8
Norv Turner: 4-9
Dave Wanndstedt: 1-2
Dick Nolan: 1-5-1
Butch Davis: 0-1
Dave Shula: 0-1
Tony Sparano: 0-1

Zimmer is 7-3 against the NFC East with a 2-3 record on the road.

Zimmer is 5-0 indoors this season with just road game indoors: Week 7 at Detroit.

Zimmer is 33-23-1 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 22-10 record at home.

Zimmer is 15/34 on challenges for his career with a 3/6 record in 2019.

Zimmer is 0/3 on pass interference challenges this season.

Zimmer is 5-2 on NBC Sunday Night Football with a 1-1 record on the road.

Zimmer is 12-8 in November with a 5-5 record on the road.

Zimmer is 6-9-1 as the road team in the Central Time Zone.


BROADCAST FACTS (11)

The Vikings are the 11th team the Cowboys will face on the NBC Sunday Night Football package, including playoffs.

The last time Dallas and Minnesota played on a Sunday night was in 1995 on TNT Sunday Night Football. The Cowboys beat the Vikings 23-17 in overtime in the Metrodome.

Cowboys-Vikings will be played on all three incarnations of Sunday Night Football:
1988 (ESPN)
1995 (TNT)
2019 (NBC)

Cowboys-Vikings has been televised on every available TV network. Here is the Cowboys’ record by network:
CBS: 11-4
FOX: 2-6
ABC: 1-4
ESPN: 0-1
NBC: 1-0
NFL Network: 1-0*

*simulcast of an NBC game on Dec. 1, 2016.

Dallas is 27-21 on NBC Sunday Night Football, including playoff games and NFL Specials.

Minnesota is 7-11 on NBC Sunday Night Football, including playoff games and NFL Specials.

The Cowboys are 54-37 when Al Michaels calls their games, including postseason.

The Vikings are 20-25 when Michaels calls their games, including postseason.

The Cowboys are 28-22 when Collinsworth does color commentary for their games.

The Vikings are 9-19 when Collinsworth does color commentary for their games.

On KXAS, the NBC affiliate for Dallas-Fort Worth, the Cowboys are an all-time 53-36, including simulcast cable games from 1987-90.


SHAWN HOCHULI FACTS (10)

This week’s referee is Shawn Hochuli. The Cowboys have a 2-0 record with the son of former unofficial arch-referee, Ed Hochuli. Here are the results:
2018 – TB, 27-20 – W
2019 – @WAS, 31-21 – W

The Cowboys have never had fewer penalties than the opposition under the younger Hochuli:
2018 – TB: 9/72; DAL: 10/67
2019 – WAS: 6/44; DAL: 8/67


This is the first Vikings game Hochuli will referee.

Hochuli is tied for the lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL:
Brad Allen: .750
Alex Kemp: .750
Scott Novak: .688
Carl Cheffers: .625
Jerome Boger: .571
Tony Corrente: .500
John Hussey: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Bill Vinovich: .500
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Adrian Hill: .500
Brad Rogers: .375
Shawn Smith: .375
Clete Blakeman: .375
Clay Martin: .250
Shawn Hochuli: .250


Hochuli is tied for the fourth-lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Scott Novak: .875
Clete Blakeman: .750
Tony Corrente: .750
John Hussey: .625
Alex Kemp: .625
Brad Allen: .625
Shawn Smith: .625
Clay Martin: .625
Jerome Boger: .571
Ron Torbert: .500
Bill Vinovich: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Adrian Hill: .500
Shawn Hochuli: .500
Craig Wrolstad: .375
Brad Rogers: .375
Carl Cheffers: .375


Hochuli has the lowest sacks per game rate in the NFL:
Vinovich: 6.5
Smith: 6.3
Hill: 6.3
Allen: 6.0
Corrente: 5.6
Rogers: 5.5
Anderson: 5.4
Boger: 5.1
Martin: 5.0
Wrolstad: 4.6
Blakeman: 4.6
Torbert : 4.4
Kemp: 4.4
Novak: 4.3
Hussey : 4.3
Cheffers: 4.1
Hochuli: 3.5


Hochuli is tied for the second-highest offensive holding calls per game in the NFL:
Cheffers: 5.4
Hochuli: 4.1
Rogers: 4.1
Torbert : 4.1
Corrente: 4.0
Hill: 3.6
Kemp: 3.6
Blakeman: 3.6
Allen: 3.4
Anderson: 3.4
Wrolstad: 3.1
Boger: 3.1
Novak: 2.8
Martin: 2.5
Hussey : 2.4
Smith: 2.1
Vinovich: 1.5


The Cowboys, nor their opponents, nor Replay Assistant has had to challenge Hochuli so far.


Hochuli is tied for the fifth-lowest challenge overturn rate in the NFL:
Blakeman: .571 (4/7)
Novak: .556 (5/9)
Kemp: .500 (3/6)
Hussey: .500 (4/8)
Vinovich: .462 (6/13)
Torbert : .429 (3/7)
Corrente: .429 (3/7)
Anderson: .375 (3/8)
Cheffers: .333 (1/3)
Rogers: .333 (2/6)
Smith: .250 (1/4)
Boger: .250 (2/8)
Hochuli: .167 (1/6)
Allen: .167 (2/12)
Martin: .111 (1/9)
Hill: .000 (0/5)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/6)


Hochuli is 1/14 referees this season who has not overturned decisions on the field related to pass interference:
Cheffers: 1.000 (1/1)
Vinovich: .400 (2/5)
Anderson: .333 (1/3)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Novak: .000 (0/2)
Blakeman: .000 (0/2)
Boger: .000 (0/2)
Hill: .000 (0/2)
Hussey: .000 (0/2)
Rogers: .000 (0/2)
Hochuli: .000 (0/3)
Corrente: .000 (0/3)
Kemp: .000 (0/3)
Torbert : .000 (0/3)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/3)
Martin: .000 (0/7)
Allen: .000 (0/7)


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (13)

The Vikings defense has allowed 38 missed tackles, the second-fewest in the NFL.

The Vikings have produced 28 sacks, the sixth-most this season.

The Vikings have broken up 49 passes, the second-most in the league.

Minnesota’s defense is tied for the sixth-most interceptions with eight.

The Vikings have tallied 47 tackles for loss, the fourth-most in the league.

The Vikings defense has allowed just two rushing touchdowns, the fewest in the NFL.

Vikings safety Anthony Harris’ three interceptions are tied for the fourth-most in the league.

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr has been sent on 55 blitzes this season, the 10th-most in the NFL.

Stefon Diggs’ 13.1 yards per target is tied with Kenny Stills for the most in the NFL. Amari Cooper is third with 12.3.

Diggs’ four fumbles are the most by a receiver this season.

The Cowboys are 3-5 on Nov. 10. Here are the results:
1963 – @SF, 24-31 – L
1968 – NYG, 21-27 – L
1974 – SF, 20-14 – W
1975 – KC, 31-34 – L
1985 – @WAS, 13-7 – W
1991 – @OTI, 23-26 – L-OT
1996 – @SF, 20-17 – W-OT
2013 – @NO, 17-49 – L


The Vikings are 1-4 on Nov. 10. Here are the results:
1963 – @GB, 7-28 – L
1968 – GB, 14-10 – W
1985 – GB, 17-27 – L
1996 – @SEA, 23-42 – L
2002 – NYG, 20-27 – L


The Cowboys have two birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 10:
1940 – Lance Poimbeouf, G, 1963
1982 – Chris Canty, DE, 2005-08

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SERIES FACTS (11)

The Cowboys are 4-3 for the 15th time in club history. 6/14 of the previous teams made the playoffs with 4/6 of those teams having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 94/209 teams that started 4-3 made the postseason with 41 teams having won the division.

The Giants are 2-6 for the sixth time in franchise history. None of those teams made the playoffs, and the 1974 team finished 2-12, and because they traded their 1975 first-round pick to the Cowboys, that pick became a second overall pick, which turned into Randy White.

The 1970 Cincinnati Bengals are the only team in the modern era to make the playoffs after a 2-6 start. The only other pro football team (NFL, AFL, AAFC) since 1940 to have a comparable record and make the playoffs were the 2-5-1 Buffalo Bills (no relation to the current incarnation).

Dallas is going for their 23rd sweep of the Giants in series history. With 22 sweeps so far, it is the most sweeps against a divisional foe in Cowboys history. This number also ties the Eagles for the most sweeps by a divisional opponent in Giants history since 1960.

Dallas is 30-25-1 against the New York Giants on the road. Here is the record broken down by venue:

Yankee Stadium: 7-3-1
Yale Bowl: 2-0
Shea Stadium: 1-0
Giants Stadium: 14-19
MetLife Stadium: 6-3

The Cowboys’ 6-3 record against the Giants at MetLife Stadium is the second-best among NFC East opponents:
Philadelphia: 7-2
Dallas: 6-3
Washington: 3-7

The Cowboys are 15-11 against the Giants in November with an 8-8 record on the road.

This is the 15th consecutive prime time game in the series and the 14th straight season Dallas-New York will be in prime time, the second-longest running series in prime time behind Dallas-Philadelphia with 16.

The Cowboys are 146-107-2 in November with a 55-56 record on the road.

The Giants are 158-161-9 in November with a 96-76-5 record at home.



DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (14)

Prescott has the fourth-highest completion percentage in the NFL at 70.6%.

Prescott’s 8.9 yards per pass attempt is the third-highest in the NFL.

Prescott’s 303.3 passing yards per game are the third-most in the league.

Prescott’s 102.6 passer rating is the eighth-highest in the NFL.

Prescott’s 4.0 sack percentage is tied with Tom Brady for the fifth-lowest in the league.

Prescott is tied with Lamar Jackson for the sixth-highest average depth of target in the NFL at 9.5.

Prescott is tied with Jameis Winston, Kyler Murray, and Matthew Stafford for the sixth-lowest yards after catch per completion at 4.7.

18 of Prescott’s passes have been subjected to drops, the highest in the NFL.

Prescott is tied with Matt Ryan and Jacoby Brissett for the eighth-most quarterback hits with 23.

Among quarterbacks Prescott is tied with Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, and Andy Dalton for the second-most red zone rushing touchdowns with three.

Prescott is tied with Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyler Murray for the fifth-most third down conversions rushing for a quarterback with six.

Prescott’s 10.4 rushing yards on third down are second to only Patrick Mahomes’ 11.3.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game, Prescott’s 9.0 yards per pass attempt on third down are the third-highest in the league.

Prescott is 7/17 in completing a fourth quarter comeback.


DANIEL JONES FACTS (12)

Jones is tied with Jacoby Brissett for the second-most third down conversions rushing by a quarterback with seven.

Jones has a 100.4 passer rating on third down.

Jones is tied for the ninth-most touchdown passes on third down with four.

Jones’ seven interceptions are tied for the sixth-most in the league.

Jones’ 75-yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram in the Sept. 22 win at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is tied for the sixth-longest pass this season.

Jones’ 6.8 yards per pass attempt are tied with Kyler Murray for the seventh-lowest in the NFL.

Jones’ 84.4 passer rating is the eighth-lowest in the league.

Jones is tied with Baker Mayfield for the seventh-most in the NFL.

Jones is actually 1/20 quarterbacks this season to have completed a fourth quarter comeback and led a game-winning drive.

Jones’ 5.6 air yards per completion are the 10th-lowest in the league.

Jones has taken the most quarterback hits in the NFL with 32.

Jones has scrambled out of pass attempts 14 times, the ninth-most in the NFL.


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (4)

Elliott gains 297 yards before contact, the fifth-most in the league.

Elliott gains 305 yards after contact, the eighth-most in the NFL.

Elliott has a 4.25 yards per carry on first down, the eighth-highest in the NFL among running backs with at least 60 carries.

Elliott is tied for the 11th-most second down conversions on the ground with 12.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (16)

This is the 34th week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett has a 36-19 record against the NFC East with a 20-7 record on the road.

Garrett’s 20-7 road record in the NFC East is the best since Nov. 14, 2010, when he took over as interim coach of the Cowboys:

Philadelphia: 18-10
New York: 10-17
Washington: 9-19

Garrett is 6-3 against the Giants on the road. Here is how that compares to other NFC East opponents:
Philadelphia: 7-2
Washington: 7-2
New York: 6-3

Garrett owns a 12-6 against the Giants. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:
Tom Landry: 35-16-2
Jason Garrett: 12-6
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Jimmy Johnson: 5-5
Barry Switzer: 4-4
Bill Parcells: 4-4
Wade Phillips: 3-5
Dave Campo: 1-5

Garrett has completed a series sweep 10/16 times since taking over as Cowboys head coach.

Garrett has executed a series sweep on the road 6/8 times since taking over as Dallas head coach.


Garrett is 26-17 against coaches who have yet to qualify for the playoffs with a 13-4 record on the road.

Garrett is 24-14 in November with a 12-5 record on the road.

Garrett is 10-11 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 10-11 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: 10-11
Wade Phillips: 6-2
Jimmy Johnson: 6-8
Barry Switzer: 3-5
Chan Gailey: 2-2
Dave Campo: 2-5
Bill Parcells: 3-7


Garrett is 4-4 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: 4-4
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Dave Campo: 1-2

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
Pat Shurmur: 1-0
Marty Schottenheimer: 1-0
Ben McAdoo: 1-1
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Rich Kotite: 3-2
Joe Gibbs: 4-3
Jason Garrett: 4-4
Joe Bugel: 2-2
Vince Tobin: 2-2
Jay Gruden: 3-2
Ray Rhodes: 2-2
Doug Pederson: 1-2
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 4-4 on ESPN Monday Night Football. Here are other Cowboys head coaches’ records on ESPN:
Wade Phillips: 3-1
Jason Garrett: 4-4
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 23/44 on challenges for his career with a 2/3 record in 2019.

Garrett has thrown one challenge flag relative to pass interference and he lost it.


PAT SHURMUR FACTS (7)

Shurmur risks becoming the first Giants coach since John McVay to start off his career by being swept in two straight seasons by the Cowboys.

Shurmur is 2/8 at staving off a series sweep.

Shurmur is 1/4 in staving off a series sweep at home.

Against playoff-winning coaches, Shurmur is 6-23 with a 4-10 record at home.

Shurmur is 8/22 on challenges for his career with a 0/5 mark in 2019.

Shurmur has thrown four challenges relative to pass interference and has lost all four.

The Giants are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the fifth-fewest penalties in the NFL with 47.


BROADCAST FACTS (21)

WFAA will simulcast 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
WFAA (2018) 0-1


The Cowboys are 48-36 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 beat down.

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 2000, 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 recorded 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)

The Cowboys are wearing their “cursed blue” jerseys on Monday Night Football. Here is their uniform breakdown by record on ESPN telecasts:
White: 8-13
Blue: 1-5

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: 1-5
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 and Jason Witten are the only remaining Cowboys 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 and Anthony “Booger” McFarland return as the 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
Joe Tessitore: 0-1
Anthony McFarland: 0-1
Jason Witten: 0-1

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

Jason Witten is 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
Witten: Nov. 5, 2018 – OTI, 14-28 – L


Another quoted statistic going into this game is how the Cowboys have the second-most Monday Night Football appearances with 80. The Dolphins have 85. 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 14 MNF appearances since 2006 versus the Cowboys’ 13. However, since 2006, the Cowboys have had 48 SNF appearances versus the Dolphins’ two. So, actually, the correct way to look at this statistic is the Cowboys lead the league with 162 marquee game appearances versus the Dolphins’ 128.


CLAY MARTIN FACTS (11)

The last time the Cowboys had Martin was on Dec. 30, 2018, at MetLife Stadium in a 36-35 win over the Giants. The Cowboys also had fewer penalties: 6/46 to 11/78.

Martin has the second-lowest home team winning percentage in the league:
Brad Allen: .714
Alex Kemp: .714
Scott Novak: .688
Jerome Boger: .571
Carl Cheffers: .571
Clete Blakeman: .429
Tony Corrente: .429
Walt Anderson: .429
Adrian Hill: .429
Brad Rogers: .429
Ron Torbert: .429
Bill Vinovich: .429
Craig Wrolstad: .429
John Hussey: .429
Shawn Smith: .375
Clay Martin: .286
Shawn Hochuli: .143



Martin is tied for the fifth-highest percentage of home teams with fewer penalties:
Scott Novak: .875
Clete Blakeman: .714
Alex Kemp: .714
Shawn Smith: .625
Clay Martin: .571
Tony Corrente: .571
Jerome Boger: .571
Brad Allen: .571
Shawn Hochuli: .571
John Hussey: .571
Bill Vinovich: .571
Brad Rogers: .429
Ron Torbert: .429
Adrian Hill: .429
Walt Anderson: .429
Craig Wrolstad: .286
Carl Cheffers: .286


The Giants are 1-1 with Martin. Here are the results:
2018 – CHI, 30-27 – W-OT
2018 – DAL, 36-35 – L


The Giants have never had fewer penalties than the opposition with Martin:
2018 – CHI: 8/58; NYG: 12/107
2018 – DAL: 6/46; NYG: 11/78



Martin is right in the middle in terms of sacks per game:
Vinovich: 6.7
Hill: 6.4
Smith: 6.3
Allen: 6.0
Rogers: 5.7
Corrente: 5.6
Anderson: 5.1
Boger: 5.1
Martin: 5.0
Blakeman: 4.6
Wrolstad: 4.3
Novak: 4.3
Cheffers: 4.3
Hussey: 4.1
Kemp: 4.1
Torbert : 4.0
Hochuli: 3.6


Martin is tied for the third-lowest offensive holding calls per game:
Cheffers: 5.9
Torbert : 4.4
Hochuli: 4.3
Rogers: 4.1
Corrente: 4.0
Hill: 3.9
Allen: 3.7
Blakeman: 3.7
Kemp: 3.4
Anderson: 3.3
Boger: 3.1
Wrolstad: 2.9
Novak: 2.8
Hussey : 2.4
Martin: 2.4
Smith: 2.1
Vinovich: 1.4


Neither the Cowboys, the Giants, their opponents, nor Replay Assistant has played a part in Martin’s games to date.


Martin has the third-lowest challenge overturn rate in the NFL:
Novak: .556 (5/9)
Vinovich: .500 (6/12)
Blakeman: .500 (3/6)
Hussey: .500 (3/6)
Anderson: .500 (3/6)
Kemp: .500 (2/4)
Corrente: .429 (3/7)
Rogers: .400 (2/5)
Torbert : .333 (2/6)
Cheffers: .333 (1/3)
Boger: .250 (2/8)
Smith: .250 (1/4)
Allen: .222 (2/9)
Hochuli: .200 (1/5)
Martin: .125 (1/8)
Hill: .000 (0/5)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/6)



Martin has seen the most pass interference challenges and has not overturned on yet:
Anderson: 1/1
Cheffers: 1/1
Vinovich: 2/5
Hussey: 0/1
Smith: 0/1
Blakeman: 0/2
Hill: 0/2
Hochuli: 0/2
Kemp: 0/2
Novak: 0/2
Rogers: 0/2
Boger: 0/2
Corrente: 0/3
Torbert: 0/3
Wrolstad: 0/3
Allen: 0/4
Martin: 0/6

Martin is a high school basketball coach in Jenks, Okla.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (4)

Jason Witten is the only NFL player to have been a color commentator on Monday Night Football and then resumed his NFL career and then played a game on MNF.

The Cowboys are 4-5 on Nov. 4. Here are the results:
1962 – @WAS, 38-10 – W
1973 – CIN, 38-10 – W
1979 – @NYG, 16-14 – W
1984 – NYG, 7-19 – L
1985 – @CRD, 10-21 – L
1990 – @NYJ, 9-24 – L
2001 – @NYG, 24-27 – L-OT
2007 – @PHI, 38-17 – W
2012 – @ATL, 13-19 – L


The Giants are 5-6 on Nov. 4. Here are the results:
1928 – Frankford Yellow Jackets – 0-0 – T
1934 – @CHI, 7-27 – L
1945 – RAM, 17-21 – L

1951 – NY Yanks, 37-31 – W
1956 – @PIT, 17-14 – W
1962 – CRD, 31-28 – W
1973 – @RAI, 0-42 – L
1979 – DAL, 14-16 – L
1984 – @DAL, 19-7 – W
1991 – @PHI, 7-30 – L
2001 – DAL, 27-24 – W-OT
2012 – PIT, 20-24 – L

The Cowboys have seven birthdays to celebrate on Nov. 4:
1947 – Ike Thomas, DB, 1971
1956 – Ron Springs, RB, 1979-84
1963 – Jesse Solomon, LB, 1989-90
1984 – Tony Hills, OT, 2014
1988 – Dez Bryant, WR, 2010-17
1988 – Andrew Gachkar, LB, 2015-16
1994 – Ryan Switzer, WR, 1994