By: Edward Egros

October 2019

Eagles at Cowboys Preview

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This is the 12th time in Cowboys history they have started 3-3. 3/11 of those previous teams made the playoffs with only two having won the division: 1996 and 2018.

Since 1990, 74/213 teams that started off 3-3 made the playoffs with 34/74 teams having won the division.

The Eagles are 3-3 for the 18th time in franchise history. 9/17 of those teams made the playoffs with four of those teams having won the division.

In the history of the NFC East, 21/55 teams that started 3-3 made the playoffs with 8/21 having won the division. All eight teams had a winning percentage inside the division between .625 and .833.

This is the 16th-straight season a game from the Dallas-Philadelphia series will be in prime time, making it the longest prime time streak in current NFL rivalries.

This is the 26th prime time game the Cowboys will play against the Eagles. It is the second-most against a divisional opponent in Dallas history but the most against any divisional opponent in Philadelphia history.

The Cowboys have only ever opened up their series against the Eagles with a win 32/59 times. 14/27 of those initial wins came in Dallas.

The Cowboys are 18-15 against the Eagles in October with a 12-3 record at home.

The Cowboys are 25-37 against the Eagles at home, including playoffs. Here is a breakdown by venue:

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


The Cowboys’ 5-6 record against the Eagles, including playoffs, at AT&T Stadium is their worst against any divisional opponent:
Washington: 7-3
New York: 6-5
Philadelphia: 5-6

DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (5)

Prescott is tied with Matt Ryan and Daniel Jones for the third-most interceptions chucked on first down with three.

Prescott has thrown for the 11th-most first downs on third down with 21.

Prescott is tied with Kirk Cousins for the third-highest yards per attempt in the NFL at 8.9.

Prescott’s average depth of target is 9.6, tied with Deshaun Watson for the fourth-most in the NFL.

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


CARSON WENTZ FACTS (5)

Wentz has the ninth-highest passer rating on third down among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1 at 106.9.

Wentz has thrown for the most first downs on third down with 29.

Wentz is tied with Jacoby Brissett for the second-most third down conversions on the ground for a quarterback with six. Only Lamar Jackson has more with nine.

Wentz is tied with Patrick Mahomes and Matt Ryan for the most touchdowns thrown on third down with five.

Wentz is tied with Jameis Winston for the fourth-most “bad throws,” according to Pro Football Reference, with 43.

EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (5)

Elliott is tied with Christian McCaffrey with the most third down rushing attempts for a running back with 11. Elliott has more yards with 78 and two touchdowns to McCaffrey’s 61.

Elliott is tied for the most third down conversions on the ground with Lamar Jackson with nine.

Elliott has 258 yards before contact, the fifth-most in the league.

Elliott has 233 yards after contact, the 10th-most in the NFL.

Elliott is tied with Mark Ingram for the second-most rushing attempts inside the 10-yard line with 14.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (14)

Garrett has a 35-19 record against the NFC East with a 15-12 record on at home.

Since taking over as interim coach in 2010, Garrett’s 15-12 record at home in the NFC East is tied for the best in the division since Nov. 14, 2010:

Jason Garrett: 15-12
Philadelphia: 15-12
New York: 12-16
Washington: 10-17


Garrett owns a 10-8 record against the Eagles. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches where applicable:

Tom Landry: 36-20
Barry Switzer: 6-3
Wade Phillips: 5-2
Jason Garrett: 10-8
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Jimmy Johnson: 5-6
Bill Parcells: 3-5
Dave Campo: 0-6


Garrett is 3-6 against the Eagles at home. Here is how that compares to the rest of the NFC East:
Washington: 6-3
New York: 6-3
Philadelphia: 3-6

Garrett is currently 42-37 without Tony Romo under center.

Garrett is 21-17 on the road without Romo under center.

Garrett is 5-5 against Philadelphia without Romo. Here is how that compares to other divisional opponents:
Washington: 8-2
New York: 6-3
Philadelphia: 5-5

Garrett is 12-13 against Super Bowl-winning head coaches.

Garrett is 18-9 in the first games of a series against NFC East foes with a 9-7 record at home.


Garrett owns a 24-22 record in prime time, including playoffs, with a 15-9 at home.

Garrett is 14-18 in October with a 7-9 record at home.

Garrett is 10/20 when it comes to snapping a team out of a losing streak.

Since 2016, Garrett is less likely to go for it on fourth down in an NFC East game with a 39.6% go-for-it rate compared to 55.7% in non-divisional games.

Garret is 22/43 on challenges for his career with a 1/2 record in 2019.



DOUG PEDERSON FACTS (10)

Pederson has won the opening contest of a division series 6/10 times since becoming Eagles head coach with 3/6 of those wins coming on the road.

Pederson is 12-7 against the NFC East with a 5-4 record on the road.

Pederson is 12-16 against playoff-winning head coaches with an 3-11 record at on the road.

Pederson is 11-5 in prime time games with a 6-3 record on the road.

Pederson is 2-4 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: 2-4
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 joins Jerry Williams, Ed Khayat, and Marion Campbell as the only Eagles head coaches to have once played for the Eagles.


Pederson’s first ever career win was against the Dallas Cowboys, a 13-10 win on Oct. 10, 1999 at Veterans Stadium, which was Andy Reid’s first career win and also Michael Irvin’s last game.


The Cowboys are 1/3 teams Pederson defeated while a quarterback. The other two were the Bears and the Patriots.

Pederson is less likely to go for it on fourth down in a division game at 43.6% compared to 52.1% in non-NFC East contests.

Pederson is 12/25 on challenges in his career with a 0/2 ledger in 2019. Both of his challenges were regarding pass interference.

BROADCAST FACTS (13)

This is the 11th-straight year the Cowboys and Eagles have played each other on
Sunday Night Football, the longest streak between two opponents in the package.

This is the 43rd NFC East game on
Sunday Night Football since 2006.

Dallas is 26-21 on
NBC Sunday Night Football, including playoff games and NFL Specials.

The Eagles are 19-19 on
NBC Sunday Night Football, including playoff games and NFL Specials.

This will be Al Michaels’ 22nd game in the series, second-most to Pat Summerall’s 24.

The Cowboys are 53-37 when Michaels calls their games.

The Eagles are 38-36 when Michaels does play-by-play.

This will be the 13th game in the series Cris Collinsworth will call. The most in the series is John Madden with 20.

The Cowboys are 27-22 when Collinsworth does color commentary for their games.

The Eagles are 29-22 when Collinsworth calls their games.

The Eagles have played on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday on NBC.

On KXAS, the NBC affiliate for Dallas-Fort Worth, the Cowboys are an all-time 52-36, including simulcast cable games from 1987-90.

The first regular season match-up between the Eagles and Cowboys on Sept. 30, 1960 – a Friday night – was not televised.



JEROME BOGER FACTS (12)

This week’s referee is Jerome Boger. The Cowboys have a 7-5 record with Boger. Here are the results:
2006 — @Titans, 45-14 – W
2006 — @ATL, 38-28 – W
2008 — @NYG, 14-35 – L
2009 — SEA, 38-17 – W
2010 — NO, 27-30 – L
2011 — BUF, 44-7 – W
2013 — @KC, 16-17 – L
2013 — @NO, 17-49 – L
2014 — NYG, 31-21 – W
2014 — @WAS, 44-17 – W
2016 — PHI, 29-23 – W-OT
2017 — Chargers, 6-28 – L


The Cowboys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 6/12 times with Boger:
2006 — Titans: 5/55; DAL: 5/61
2006 — ATL: 8/68; DAL: 4/32
2008 — NYG: 8/65; DAL: 9/55
2009 — SEA: 6/53; DAL: 5/43
2010 — NO: 4/30; DAL: 4/19
2011 — BUF: 3/12; DAL: 8/74
2013 — KC: 10/45; DAL: 5/27
2013 — NO: 6/44; DAL: 11/82
2014 — NYG: 6/40; DAL: 6/46
2014 — WAS: 9/101; DAL: 7/48
2016 — PHI: 5/40; DAL: 11/84
2017 — Chargers: 5/56; DAL: 7/60


Boger is tied for the seventh-highest home team winning percentage in the NFL:
Brad Allen: .800
Scott Novak: .750
Alex Kemp: .667
Brad Rogers: .600
Clete Blakeman: .600
John Hussey: .500
Jerome Boger: .400
Carl Cheffers: .400
Adrian Hill: .400
Ron Torbert: .400
Bill Vinovich: .400
Craig Wrolstad: .400
Walt Anderson: .333
Shawn Smith: .333
Tony Corrente: .200
Clay Martin: .167
Shawn Hochuli: .167


Boger is tied for the second-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Scott Novak: 1.000
Jerome Boger: .800
Clete Blakeman: .800
Shawn Hochuli: .667
John Hussey: .667
Alex Kemp: .667
Ron Torbert: .600
Bill Vinovich: .600
Tony Corrente: .600
Shawn Smith: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Clay Martin: .500
Brad Allen: .400
Carl Cheffers: .400
Brad Rogers: .400
Adrian Hill: .200
Craig Wrolstad: .000


The Eagles are 4-5 when Boger referees their games. Here are the results:

2007 – MIA, 17-7 – W 2008 – ATL, 27-14 – W
2008 – @WAS, 3-10 – L
2009 – @SD, 23-31 – L
2011 – NE, 20-38 – L
2014 – Titans, 43-24 – W
2015 – @WAS, 23-20 – L
2016 – @DAL, 23-29 – L
2017 – NYG, 27-24 – W


Philadelphia has had fewer penalties than the opposition 4/9 times:

PHI: 4/40; MIA: 3/15
PHI: 7/70; ATL: 6/51
PHI: 3/20; WAS: 3/25
PHI: 9/70; SD: 3/31
PHI: 10/60; NE: 3/20
PHI: 9/69; Titans: 7/56
PHI: 8/72; WAS: 10/110
PHI: 5/40; DAL: 11/84
PHI: 9/103; NYG: 10/137


Boger’s games see the seventh-most sacks per game on average:
Vinovich: 7.4
Rogers: 6.6
Allen: 6.0
Hill: 5.8
Corrente: 5.4
Martin: 5.2
Boger: 5.0
Smith: 5.0
Anderson: 4.8
Kemp: 4.7
Blakeman: 4.6
Wrolstad: 4.6
Cheffers: 4.0
Hochuli: 4.0
Novak: 4.0
Hussey : 3.7
Torbert : 3.4


Boger calls the seventh-fewest offensive holding calls per game:
Torbert: 5
Cheffers: 4.8
Rogers: 4.4
Corrente: 4.4
Hochuli: 4.3
Allen: 4.2
Kemp: 3.7
Anderson: 3.5
Hill: 3.4
Blakeman: 3.4
Boger: 3.2
Novak: 3.0
Wrolstad: 3.0
Martin: 2.7
Hussey : 2.7
Smith: 2
Vinovich: 1.6

Dallas has yet to lose a challenge when Boger goes under the hood (5/5). Additionally, opponents are 0/3 on challenges, and Replay Assistant is 1/2 with just one of those verdicts benefiting the Cowboys.


The Eagles are 1/2 when challenging Boger’s calls with opponents going 2/2. Replay Assistant is 0/5 with three of those calls favoring Philadelphia.


Boger has the fifth-lowest challenge overturn rate in the NFL:
Kemp: .667 (2/3)
Novak: .571 (4/7)
Vinovich: .500 (4/8)
Hussey : .500 (3/6)
Corrente: .500 (2/4)
Anderson: .400 (2/5)
Blakeman: .400 (2/5)
Cheffers: .333 (1/3)
Allen: .286 (2/7)
Rogers: .250 (1/4)
Hochuli: .250 (1/4)
Torbert: .200 (1/5)
Boger: .143 (1/7)
Martin: .125 (1/8)
Smith: .000 (0/3)
Hill: .000 (0/4)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/4)


Boger has been challenged twice to overturn the ruling/non-ruling of pass interference and has upheld the original decision every time:
Cheffers: 1.000 (1/1)
Vinovich: .400 (2/5)
Hill: .000 (0/1)
Hussey: .000 (0/1)
Kemp: .000 (0/1)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Boger: .000 (0/2)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/2)
Novak: .000 (0/2)
Blakeman: .000 (0/2)
Rogers: .000 (0/2)
Hochuli: .000 (0/2)
Corrente: .000 (0/2)
Allen: .000 (0/3)
Torbert: .000 (0/3)
Martin: .000 (0/6)



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (26)

The Cowboys are tied with the Texans, 49ers, and Seahawks for the second-most first down runs in the NFL with 105.

The Cowboys’ 105 first-down runs through the first six games are actually more than they ran last year through the first six weeks (97).

The Cowboys are tied for the 15th-most yards gained on first down at 5.8.

Dallas is tied with Buffalo for the most first downs gained on first down with 40.

The Cowboys gain the most yards on second down at 8.0.

Dallas has the second-most second down conversions in the NFL with 61. Only Baltimore has more with 65.

On average, the Cowboys have 7.5 yards to go on second down, tied for the fifth-lowest in the league.

The Cowboys pass on second down 87 times, tied with the Falcons and Texans for the fifth-most in the NFL.

Eagles receivers DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor are tied for the fourth-most touchdowns caught on third down with two apiece.

The Cowboys and Eagles defenses are tied with the Cardinals for the 14th-most in the NFL with 14.

The Eagles are second in the NFL with 23 QB knock-downs.

The Eagles and Cowboys both are tied along with the Patriots, Broncos, and Washington for the eighth-most QB hurries in the league with 31 apiece.

The Cowboys defense is tied with the Colts for the sixth-fewest blitzes this year with 48.

Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham is tied with Cameron Jordan and Preston Smith for the second-most third down sacks in the league with 4.0.

Graham is tied for the seventh-highest tackles for loss in the NFL with six.

Graham is tied with Marcus Davenport for the sixth-highest quarterback hurries in the NFL with 10.

Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett has produced the fourth-most QB knockdowns with seven.

Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn is tied for the eighth-most sacks in the league with 5.0.

Philadelphia linebacker Nathan Gerry is 1/15 defensive players so far to have recorded a pick-six.

The Eagles defense has the 13th-highest opposing passer rating in the NFL at 94.5.

The Cowboys defense is smack in the middle in terms of opposing passer rating at 90.0.

The Eagles defense has surrendered the second-lowest rushing yards in the NFL at 3.3.

The Dallas defense is tied with the Patriots, Giants, and Titans for the 12th-lowest yards per carry surrendered in the league at 4.2.


The Cowboys are 4-3 on Oct. 20. Here are the results:
1963 – @NYG, 21-37 – L
1968 – @MIN, 20-7 – W
1974 – PHI, 31-24 – W
1985 – @PHI, 14-16 – L
1996 – ATL, 32-28 – W
2002 – @CRD, 6-9 – L-OT
2013 – @PHI, 17-3 – W


The Eagles are 4-6 on Oct. 20. Here are the results:
1940 – WAS, 17-34 – L
1946 – @CHI, 14-21 – L
1957 – CLE, 17-7 – W
1963 – @CLE, 7-37 – L
1968 – CHI, 16-29 – L
1974 – @DAL, 24-31 – L
1985 – DAL, 16-14 – W
1996 – MIA, 35-28 – W
2002 – TB, 20-10 – W
2013 – DAL, 3-17 – L


The Cowboys have three birthdays to celebrate on Oct. 20:
1962 – Ray Childress, DT, 1996
1964 – Manny Hendrix, CB, 1986-91
1965 – Chad Hennings, DT, 1992-2000
1972 – Dexter Coakley, LB, 1997-2004
1988 – Mario Butler, CB, 2012

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SERIES FACTS (13)

The Cowboys are 3-2 for the 16th time in franchise history. 10/15 of those previous teams made the playoffs with seven of those teams having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last reformatted, 124/247 teams that started 3-2 made the playoffs.

The Jets are 0-4 for the seventh time in team history. None of those teams ever made the playoffs.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, there have been 92 teams to start 0-4. Only the 1992 San Diego Chargers rebounded from a 0-4 start to make the playoffs.

The Cowboys are 7-4 against the Jets with a 5-2 record on the road.

The Cowboys are 5-2 against the Jets on the road. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Shea Stadium: 2-0
Giants Stadium: 3-1
MetLife Stadium: 0-1

The Cowboys are 1-0 against the Jets in October. That lone contest was in 1987 in a 38-24 win at Giants Stadium.

The Cowboys are 128-111-2 in October with a 54-70-1 record on the road.

The Cowboys are 146-146-1 in the Eastern Time Zone with a 29-33 record in the late afternoon time slot.

The Jets are 4-7 against the Cowboys. It is their second-best against current NFC East teams: Giants: 5-8
Dallas: 4-7
Washington: 3-8
Philadelphia: 0-11

The Cowboys’ 7-4 mark against the Jets is their second-best against current AFC East teams:
Bills: 8-4
Jets: 7-4
Patriots: 7-5
Dolphins: 8-7

Formerly known as the New York Titans, the Jets are 1/8 current teams to have had a different mascot.

For the third straight game in the series, the Cowboys and Jets will be starting two different quarterbacks than the previous encounter. The last time this happened in series history was during the three games between 1978 and 1990.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (15)

Prescott is tied for the second-most touchdown passes in the NFL with 11. Only Russell Wilson has thrown more with 12.

Prescott’s six interceptions are the fifth-most in the league and the most thrown through the first five games by a Dallas quarterback since Tony Romo’s nine in 2012.

Prescott still has the fifth-highest passer rating at 106.0.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott’s 69.6 completion percentage is the fourth-highest in the NFL.

Prescott is tied with Patrick Mahomes for the highest yards per attempt in the NFL at 9.4.

Prescott’s 13.5 yards per completion are the third-highest in the league.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game and not had a bye, Prescott is tied with the Colts’ Jacoby Brissett for the fewest sacks with six.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game and not had a bye, Prescott is tied with Brissett for the second-fewest hurried throws in the league with 13.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game and not had a bye, Prescott has been blitzed the fewest at 33 times.

Prescott has taken 16 hits so far, the sixth-most in the league.

Prescott’s throws have been subjected to 11 drops, tied with Carson Wentz and Jared Goff for the most in the NFL. Goff is tied for second-most interceptions with seven, Prescott fifth with six, and Wentz with just two on the season.

Prescott has the fourth-most third down conversions on the ground by a quarterback with four.

Prescott has thrown five red zone touchdowns, tied for the ninth-most in the league.

Prescott is one of 10 quarterbacks in the NFL to have thrown 19 red zone passes without an interception.

Prescott is 7/16 in completing a fourth quarter comeback.


SAM DARNOLD FACTS (10)

Darnold is the 25th quarterback taken from USC and the seventh taken in the first round.

Darnold’s final stat line from the Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills was 28-of-41 for 175 yards, a touchdown, four sacks, an 84.9 passer rating, and rushed one time for no gain.

Last season, Darnold had the eighth-lowest yards per pass attempt in the league at 6.9.

Last year, Darnold threw 15 interceptions, tied with Andrew Luck and Case Keenum for the second-highest in the league.

Last season, Darnold actually engineered a fourth quarter comeback and a game-winning drive.

A win would join Darnold with Ken O’Brien, Ray Lucas, Mark Sanchez, and Ryan Fitzpatrick as the only Jets quarterbacks to defeat the Cowboys.

Darnold is 2-5 at home with an 88.5 passer rating.

In 2018, Darnold was tied with Baker Mayfield for the fourth-highest average depth of target at 9.3 yards.

In 2018, Darnold was tied with Derek Carr for the ninth-most hurried throws with 69.

Among quarterbacks with at least 100 third down pass attempts, Darnold had the sixth-lowest passer rating at 83.5.

EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (15)

The Cowboys are 2-4 when Elliott has 15 or fewer carries in a game.

The Cowboys are 12-2 when Elliott has a 5.0 or better yards per carry.

Elliott has a 4.5 yards per carry and 7.1 yards per reception through the first five games. The yards per carry are his second-worst through the first five games, and the yards per reception are tied for the worst of his career through the same span.

Elliott’s 24 first downs are tied with Derrick Henry for the third-most in the league.

Elliott gains 199 yards before contact, the seventh-most in the league.

Elliott gains 187 yards after contact, the 10th-most in the NFL.

Elliott’s two broken tackles are the fewest among running backs with at least 80 attempts this season.

Elliott and Christian McCaffrey are tied for the most red zone rushing attempts in the league with 17. However, both have four red zone rushing touchdowns, tied for the fourth-most in the NFL.

Elliott is in the middle of the pack in terms of seeing eight-man boxes, according to Next Gen Stats, with a 16.47% incident rate, the 19th-fewest in the NFL.

According to Next Gen Stats, Elliott’s 2.67 second spent behind the line of scrimmage are the 11th-fewest on average.

Elliott’s 4.79 yards per carry on second-down are the ninth-most in the NFL among backs with at least 15 second-down carries.

Elliott is tied for the 11th-most second-down conversions in the league with nine.

Elliott has the sixth-highest first-down yards per attempt in the NFL among backs with at least 50 carries at 4.07.

Elliott is tied with Leonard Fournette and Todd Gurley for the sixth-most first downs rushing on first down with eight.

Elliott has 58 first down rushing attempts, the third-most in the NFL.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Garrett is 3-2 for the first time in his career.

Garrett is 1/3 Cowboys head coaches to have lost to the Jets. The other two are Jimmy Johnson and Chan Gailey.

Garrett owns the most losses to the Jets in the franchise with two.

Garrett is 4-5 against the AFC East with a 1-3 record on the road.

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

Garrett is 14-17 in October with a 7-8 record on the road.

Garrett is 28-17 in the Eastern Time Zone with a 14-6 record in the early afternoon time slot.

Garrett is 10/19 when it comes to snapping a team out of a losing streak.

Garret is 22/43 on challenges for his career with a 1/2 record in 2019.

The Cowboys have the fourth-highest red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 68.8%. However, they are tied for the 14th-most red zone trips with 16.


ADAM GASE FACTS (10)

Gase is the first Jets coach since Lou Holtz in 1976 to start 0-4.

A win would join Gase with Bruce Coslet, Bill Parcells, Rex Ryan, and Todd Bowles as the only Jets coaches to defeat the Cowboys.

Gase is the first retread coach in Jets history since Parcells to have any postseason coaching experience as a head coach.

Gase, like Garrett, is a “son” of Nick Saban’s. From 2000-02, Gase spent a season as a graduate assistant and then two years as a recruiting assistant for the LSU Tigers then coached by Saban.

Gase is 1/6 coaches to have been employed by two different franchises in the AFC East as a head coach.

Until the hiring of Joe Douglas, Gase was the fifth Jets coach to also double up as general manager.

Gase and Mike McCoy are the only two of the five former offensive coordinators of Peyton Manning’s to get head coaching gigs.

Gase is the first offensive-minded coach hired by the Jets for head coach since Rich Kotite in 1995.

Gase was an offensive assistant with the Detroit Lions from 2005-06 and later quarterbacks coach in 2008. This ties him with Dallas defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who was the head coach of the Lions from 2006-08.

Gase is 4/10 on challenges for his career with a 0/3 overturn rate in 2019.


BROADCAST FACTS (6)

Since CBS took over the AFC package, the Dallas Cowboys are 24-15 on that network. Overall, the Cowboys are 291-192-6 on CBS.

The Cowboys are 20-12 when Nantz calls their games, playoffs included.

Dallas is 2-2 when Romo calls the action.

Romo is 1/11 ex-Cowboys to call Dallas games 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 Jason Witten.

This is the seventh game in the series to be broadcast on CBS, the most in the series. Dallas has a 5-1 advantage.

The last game in New York in the series to be broadcast on CBS was on Dec. 18, 1993. The Cowboys prevailed 28-7.



BRAD ROGERS FACTS (10)

This week’s referee is Brad Rogers. As a rookie referee, neither the Cowboys nor the Jets have had a game with him to date.

Rogers is tied for the fifth-highest home team winning percentage in the NFL:
Brad Allen: .750
Scott Novak: .700
John Hussey: .600
Alex Kemp: .600
Brad Rogers: .500
Clete Blakeman: .500
Jerome Boger: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Adrian Hill: .500
Bill Vinovich: .500
Walt Anderson: .400
Shawn Smith: .400
Ron Torbert: .400
Craig Wrolstad: .400
Tony Corrente: .200
Shawn Hochuli: .200
Clay Martin: .000


Rogers is tied for the third-lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Scott Novak: 1.000
Shawn Hochuli: .800
John Hussey: .800
Alex Kemp: .800
Clete Blakeman: .750
Bill Vinovich: .750
Jerome Boger: .750
Walt Anderson: .600
Ron Torbert: .600
Tony Corrente: .600
Clay Martin: .600
Shawn Smith: .400
Carl Cheffers: .250
Brad Allen: .250
Brad Rogers: .250
Adrian Hill: .000
Craig Wrolstad: .000


Rogers’ games feature the second-highest number of sacks per game:
Vinovich: 7.8
Rogers: 7.5
Allen: 6.5
Hill: 6.5
Martin: 5.6
Corrente: 5.4
Smith: 5.0
Boger: 5.0
Blakeman: 4.8
Anderson: 4.6
Hochuli: 4.6
Wrolstad: 4.6
Cheffers: 4.5
Hussey: 4.2
Novak: 4.2
Kemp: 4.0
Torbert : 3.4


Rogers has called the sixth-highest number of offensive holding calls this season:
Cheffers: 5.5
Torbert : 5.0
Allen: 4.8
Hochuli: 4.6
Corrente: 4.4
Rogers: 4.0
Kemp: 3.6
Anderson: 3.6
Blakeman: 3.5
Hill: 3.3
Boger: 3.3
Novak: 3.2
Wrolstad: 3.0
Martin: 2.8
Hussey : 2.6
Smith: 2.0
Vinovich: 1.5


Rogers is tied for the sixth-lowest challenge overturn rate in the NFL:
Kemp: .667 (2/3)
Novak: .500 (3/6)
Hussey: .500 (3/6)
Corrente: .500 (2/4)
Hochuli: .500 (1/2)
Vinovich: .429 (3/7)
Allen: .400 (2/5)
Cheffers: .333 (1/3)
Anderson: .250 (1/4)
Blakeman: .250 (1/4)
Rogers: .250 (1/4)
Boger: .200 (1/5)
Smith: .200 (1/5)
Martin: .167 (1/6)
Hill: .000 (0/2)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/4)


Rogers has not overturned a pass interference challenge this season:
Cheffers: 1.000 (1/1)
Vinovich: .400 (2/5)
Hill: .000 (0/1)
Boger: .000 (0/1)
Hussey : .000 (0/1)
Kemp: .000 (0/1)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/2)
Novak: .000 (0/2)
Allen: .000 (0/2)
Blakeman: .000 (0/2)
Corrente: .000 (0/2)
Rogers: .000 (0/2)
Torbert : .000 (0/3)
Martin: .000 (0/5)


Rogers was the field judge for the Cowboys games against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017 and the Indianapolis Colts in 2018.

This is the first Jets game Rogers will work in any capacity.

Rogers got his start in officiating refereeing Texas high school football games, and currently lives in Lubbock, Texas.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (3)

Amari Cooper has the second-most receiving yards in the NFL with 512.

Cooper is tied with D.J. Chark for the second-most touchdown catches with five.

The Jets defense has given up 53 passes to receivers, the seventh-lowest in the NFL.

The Jets defense is tied for the eighth-fewest touchdown catches surrendered to receivers with four.

The Jets defense has created 33 quarterback pressures, the fourth-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys defense is tied with the Texans, Browns, and Jaguars for the second-most missed tackles in the NFL with 46.

The Jets defense is tied with the Bears for the third-lowest yards per carry in the NFL at 3.4

The Jets blitz as often as the Patriots with 63 instances, tied for the seventh-most in the league.

The Cowboys are 7-2 on Oct. 13. Here are the results:
1963 – DET, 17-14 – W
1968 – PHI, 34-14 – W
1974 – @CRD, 28-31 – L
1985 – PIT, 27-13 – W
1991 – CIN, 35-23 – W
1996 – CRD, 17-3 – W
1997 – @WAS, 16-21 – L
2002 – CAR, 14-13 – W
2013 – WAS, 31-16 – W

The Jets are 0-6 on Oct. 13. Here are the results:
1963 – @SDG, 20-24 – L
1968 – DEN, 13-21 – L
1974 – NE, 0-24 – L
1991 – OTI, 20-23 – L
1996 – @JAX, 17-21 – L
2013 – PIT, 6-19 – L


The Cowboys have three birthdays to celebrate on Oct. 13:
1942 – Jerry Jones, owner, 1989-present
1952 – Charley Young, RB, 1974-77
1977 – Quincy Carter, QB, 2001-03

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SERIES FACTS (10)

This is the 23rd time the Cowboys have started 3-1. 16/22 of those previous teams won the playoffs with 11/16 of those teams having won the division.

This is the 29th time the Packers have started 3-1. 14/28 of those previous teams made the postseason.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 145/226 teams that started 3-1 made the playoffs with 90/145 playoff qualifiers winning the division.

Since 1970, the Cowboys are 166-120 in late afternoon games with a 107-56 record at home.

Since 1970, the Packers are 69-66-1 in late afternoon games with a 35-48-1 record on the road.

The Cowboys are 128-110-2 in October all-time with a 74-40-1 record at home.

The Cowboys are 6-7 in late afternoon games with the Packers.

The Cowboys are 4-7 against the Packers in October.

Dallas is 12-8 against Green Bay at home, including playoffs. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Cotton Bowl: 1-3
Texas Stadium: 11-2
AT&T Stadium: 0-3

This is the fifth time the Cowboys and Packers will meet with the same record. Dallas has prevailed 4/4 times.

DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (15)


Prescott has a 113.7 passer rating, 9.0 yards per pass attempt, and taken three sacks. Through four games last season, Prescott had an 85.2 passer rating, 6.6 yards per attempt, and taken 14 sacks.

Prescott is tied with Jameis Winston, Carson Wentz, and Matthew Stafford the most touchdown passes in the NFL with nine.

Prescott’s 9.0 yards per pass attempt is the second-highest in the NFL. Only Patrick Mahomes’ 9.7 is better.

Prescott’s 113.7 passer rating is the third-highest in the NFL among starting quarterbacks who have played since Week 1.

Prescott’s three sacks are tied with Tom Brady for the fewest among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1.

Prescott leads the NFL in air yards per pass attempt at 5.6.

Prescott has the third-highest air yards per completion in the NFL at 7.8.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott is tied for the third-fewest hurried throws in the NFL with 11.

Prescott’s average depth of target is 9.6 yards, the seventh-highest in the NFL.

Prescott’s 50 passes for first downs are tied with Andy Dalton for the ninth-highest in the NFL.

Prescott’s passes have been dropped seven times, tied for the eighth-highest in the NFL.

Among quarterbacks who have started every game since Week 1, Prescott’s been blitzed 29 times, tied for the second-fewest in the NFL.

Prescott is tied for the third-most red zone touchdowns in the NFL with five.

Prescott has a 73.3 completion percentage in the red zone. Among quarterbacks with at least 10 passes, Derek Carr has a higher percentage at 78.6%.

Prescott is now 7/16 in completing a fourth quarter comeback.


AARON RODGERS FACTS (4)

Rodgers is tied with Russell Wilson, Jacoby Brissett, and Patrick Mahomes for the 14th-most third down conversions by pass with 14.

Among quarterbacks with at least 25 third down passes, Rodgers has the 16th-highest third down passer rating at 82.8.

Rodgers has the ninth-most throws on first down with 58.

On Dec. 25, 2011, Rodgers posted a 142.7 passer rating against the Bears in a 35-21 win. The passer rating was the highest against Rod Marinelli in his time in Chicago. The five touchdowns were also the most against a Marinelli-led defense in that span. Overall, Rodgers is 12-2 against Marinelli.

EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

Elliott is tied with Carson Wentz for the most third down conversion runs with six.

With a minimum of five rushing attempts, Elliott has the highest yards per carry on third down at 9.3.

Elliott has the second-highest third down rushing yards in the NFL with 56, bested only by Dak Prescott’s 57.

Elliott has the fifth-highest yards before contact in the league at 176.

Among running backs with at least 70 carries, Elliott is tied with Marlon Mack for the fewest broken tackles with two.

Elliott is tied for the third-most rushing attempts on first down with 49.

Elliott is tied with Christian McCaffrey for the 14th-highest yards per carry on first down at 3.9.

Elliott has the ninth-highest first downs rushing on first down with five.

Elliott is tied for the 10th-most second conversions by rush in the NFL with eight.

With at least 15 attempts, Elliott has the seventh-highest yards per carry on second down with 4.53.

JASON GARRETT FACTS (7)

Garrett is 1-5 against the Packers. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

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


When coaching against playoff-winning quarterbacks, Garrett is 33-38 and currently on a four-game winning streak.

Garrett is 11-14 against rookie coaches with a 7-8 record at home.

Garrett is 8-10 against the NFC North with a 6-5 record at home.

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

Garrett is 21/37 in preventing a losing streak.

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



MATT LAFLEUR FACTS (11)

LaFleur is facing the Cowboys for the first time. Here is how other Packers coaches fared in their initial encounters with Dallas:
Vince Lombardi: 1-0
Phil Bengtson: 1-0
Dan Devine: 1-0
Bart Starr: 1-0
Forrest Gregg: 0-1
Lindy Infante: 1-0
Mike Holmgren: 0-1
Ray Rhodes: 0-1
Mike Sherman: 1-0
Mike McCarthy: 0-1

LaFleur is the first Packers rookie coach to face the Cowboys since Bart Starr in 1975, who defeat Dallas on the road 19-17 for his first career win.

LaFleur joins Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi, and Ray Rhodes as the only Packers coaches to lead the club to a 3-1 start.

Among the rookie coach class of 2019, LaFleur and the Bears’ Vic Fangio are the only two who had playoff-winning quarterbacks on the roster.

LaFleur is the fifth consecutive Packers head coach to inherit a Super Bowl-winning starting quarterback.

The Packers are tied with the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, and Houston Texans for the 13th-fewest penalties in the NFL with 28.

The Packers have the 11th-highest red zone conversion rate in the NFL at 64.3%.

Green Bay has the sixth-worst third-down conversion rate in the NFL at 31.9%.

LaFleur has won challenges 2/5 times. He is 0/2 when challenging pass interference.

Thus far, LaFleur is 1-0 against playoff-winning coaches with that win coming against Mike Zimmer in Week 2. Jason Garrett is his first road test. On the 2019 slate, presuming none get replaced by interims, LaFleur is set to have five more games after Week 5 against playoff-winning coaches.

LaFleur is an alumnus of Saginaw Valley State, same as Cowboys safety Jeff Heath.


BROADCAST FACTS (5)

Sunday will mark the 15th time that FOX has broadcast a game in this series. Here is how their number, adjusted for Sunday, compares to the other networks that have telecast Dallas-Green Bay:

CBS: 18
FOX: 15
NBC: 2
ABC: 1


Dallas is 138-123 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Cowboys are 40-42 when Joe Buck does play-by-play for their games.

Dallas is 46-48 when Troy Aikman does color commentary for their games.

Pat Summerall called the most games in the series with 10 total with his first game being the 1967 NFL Championship, otherwise known as the “Ice Bowl.” Troy Aikman on Sunday will become the second with nine.


RON TORBERT FACTS (12)

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

2015 – CAR, 14-33 – L
2016 – NYG, 19-20 – L
2017 – @SF, 40-10 – W
2018 – WAS, 31-23 – W


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

2015 – CAR: 8/53; DAL: 8/40
2016 – NYG: 4/40; DAL: 6/50
2017 – SF: 2/22; DAL: 5/36
2018 – WAS: 4/25; DAL: 4/30


Torbert is tied for the sixth-highest home team winning percentage in the NFL:
John Hussey: .750
Brad Rogers: .667
Clete Blakeman: .667
Brad Allen: .667
Scott Novak: .625
Ron Torbert: .500
Alex Kemp: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Bill Vinovich: .500
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Adrian Hill: .333
Jerome Boger: .333
Shawn Hochuli: .250
Shawn Smith: .250
Tony Corrente: .000
Clay Martin: .000



Torbert’s games are second-highest for the home team winning the penalty battle: Scott Novak: 1.000
Ron Torbert: .750
Shawn Hochuli: .750
John Hussey: .750
Alex Kemp: .750
Bill Vinovich: .750
Clete Blakeman: .667
Jerome Boger: .667
Tony Corrente: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Clay Martin: .500
Shawn Smith: .500
Brad Allen: .333
Carl Cheffers: .250
Adrian Hill: .000
Brad Rogers: .000
Craig Wrolstad: .000


The Packers are 2-2 with Torbert. Here are the results:
2016 – @CHI, 30-27 – W
2017 – @MIN, 10-23 – L
2018 – @RAM, 27-29 – L
2018 – @NYJ, 44-38 – W-OT


The Packers have had fewer penalties with Torbert 2/4 times:
2016 – CHI: 6/40; GNB: 8/64
2017 – MIN: 7/65; GNB: 8/92
2018 – RAM: 2/15; GNB: 2/10
2018 – NYJ: 16/172; GNB: 10/86


Torbert’s games have featured the absolute fewest sacks per game through four weeks:
Vinovich: 7.8
Rogers: 7.0
Allen: 6.7
Corrente: 5.8
Smith: 5.8
Hill: 5.0
Hochuli: 5.0
Novak: 5.0
Wrolstad: 4.8
Hussey: 4.8
Boger: 4.7
Cheffers: 4.5
Martin: 4.5
Anderson: 4.3
Blakeman: 4.0
Kemp: 3.8
Torbert: 3.0



Torbert calls the third-highest offensive holding calls in the NFL:
Allen: 5.7
Cheffers: 5.5
Torbert: 5
Hochuli: 4.8
Corrente: 4.5
Kemp: 4.3
Anderson: 3.8
Hill: 3.6
Novak: 3.5
Hussey : 3.3
Boger: 3.3
Rogers: 3.0
Wrolstad: 3.0
Blakeman: 2.7
Martin: 2.5
Smith: 1.8
Vinovich: 1.5


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


The Packers are 1/2 on challenges under Torbert while opponents are 1/1. Replay Assistant has not been a factor.


Torbert is one of six referees to not overturn a challenge in 2019:
Allen: .667 (2/3)
Hochuli: .500 (1/2)
Corrente: .500 (2/4)
Anderson: .500 (1/2)
Blakeman: .500 (1/2)
Kemp: .500 (1/2)
Novak: .500 (1/2)
Vinovich: .429 (3/7)
Hussey: .400 (2/5)
Rogers: .250 (1/4)
Cheffers: .333 (1/3)
Hill: .000 (0/1)
Smith: .000 (0/2)
Boger: .000 (0/2)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/3)
Torbert: .000 (0/3)
Martin: .000 (0/4)


Torbert has been challenged twice relative to pass interference calls/no-calls. Here are the results and how they fare with his peers (where applicable):
Cheffers: 1.000 (1/1)
Vinovich: .400 (2/5)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/1)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Novak: .000 (0/1)
Allen: .000 (0/1)
Boger: .000 (0/1)
Hussey : .000 (0/1)
Kemp: .000 (0/1)
Torbert: .000 (0/2)
Corrente: .000 (0/2)
Rogers: .000 (0/2)
Martin: .000 (0/4)


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (26)


This is the 3/5 time since 2015 the Cowboys are catching the Packers coming off of a 10-day rest.

The Packers gain 5.1 yards per first down play, the eighth-lowest in the NFL.

The Cowboys are tied with the Panthers and Texans for the 10th-lowest yards per first down play at 5.3.

In the first half of games, the Cowboys have run 35 times and passed 24 on first down. The rushes are tied for the third-most in the NFL.

The Cowboys’ 24 passes on first down in the first half are tied with New Orleans and San Francisco for the sixth-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys gain the most yards on average on second down with 7.9.

The Cowboys and Packers are tied with the Giants for the sixth-lowest yards to go on second down with 7.5.

Dallas has thrown on second down the eighth-highest times in the league with 56.

The Packers are tied for the ninth-most throws on second down with 55.

Green Bay running back Aaron Jones has the third-highest red zone rushing touchdowns in the league with four, higher than Ezekiel Elliott’s three.

Jones is tied for the sixth-highest broken tackles after receptions in the league with four.

Jones is tied for the fifth-highest second down conversions by rush in the NFL with nine.

Packers tight end Jimmy Graham and Cowboys tight end Jason Witten are tied for the second-most red zone touchdowns by tight ends with two.

Both of Witten’s touchdown catches came on first down, tying them for the fourth-most first down touchdowns in the league.

Packers receiver Davante Adams is tied for the fifth-most red zone targets in the NFL with six. However, he has just three catches for 20 yards to show for it.

Adams is tied for the fifth-highest third down conversion catches with seven.

Adams has the fourth-most first downs receiving with 20.

The Packers have the fourth-lowest opposing passer rating in the league at 73.2.

The Cowboys have the 10th-lowest opposing passer rating in the NFL at 86.1.

The Cowboys defense has the third-fewest tackles for loss with.

Green Bay’s defense is tied with Washington for the fourth-fewest tackles for loss with 13.

Dallas receiver Amari Cooper has caught all three of his red zone targets for touchdowns, tied for the fourth-most in the NFL.

Cooper is tied for the sixth-most drops in the league with three.

The Cowboys are 4-4 on Oct. 6. Here are the results:
1963 – @PHI, 21-24 – L
1968 – @CRD, 27-10 – W
1974 – MIN, 21-23 – L
1975 – @DET, 36-10 – W
1985 – @NYG, 30-29 – W
1991 – @GB, 20-17 – W
2002 – NYG, 17-21 – L
2013 – DEN, 48-51 – L


The Packers are 7-4 on Oct. 6. Here are the results:
1929 – CRD, 9-2 – W
1935 – PIT, 27-0 – W
1946 – RAM, 17-21 – L
1957 – DET, 14-24 – L
1963 – RAM, 42-10 – W
1968 – @ATL, 38-7 – W
1974 – BUF, 7-27 – L
1985 – DET, 43-10 – W
1991 – DAL, 17-20 – L
1996 – @CHI, 37-6 – W
2013 – DET, 22-9 – W

The Cowboys have four birthdays to celebrate on Oct. 6:
1928 – LB Wayne Hansen, 1960
1942 – LB Russell Wayt, 1965
1964 – OT Louis Cheek, 1990
1966 – K Ken Willis, 1990-91