By: Edward Egros

September 2019

Cowboys at Saints Preview

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SERIES FACTS (12)

The Cowboys are 3-0 for the 16th time in franchise history. 14/15 of those previous teams made the playoffs. The lone team that didn’t was the most recent: 2008.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 104/141 teams that started 3-0 made the playoffs.

The Saints are 2-1 for the 11th time in franchise history. 5/10 of those previous teams made the playoffs and three of them had quarterback Drew Brees playing for the full season.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last revised, 164/304 teams that started 2-1 made the playoffs.

Dallas is 6-8 in New Orleans with their last win coming on Dec. 19, 2009. Here are the results by venue:
Tulane Stadium: 3-1
Mercedes-Benz Superdome: 3-7

The Cowboys are 5-1 against the Saints in September with a 2-1 record on the road.


The Cowboys are 68-70-1 in their blue jerseys.

The Cowboys are wearing their blue jerseys for the second time in New Orleans since 2015. Prior to that, they had not worn their blue jerseys in New Orleans since 1971, ending a 45-season drought. The city with the longest blue jersey drought is Pittsburgh at 51.


The Cowboys are 2-2 in their blue jerseys against the Saints with a 0-1 record in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.


The Saints are the only NFC team the Cowboys have not played in the postseason. Comparatively, Dallas is among four NFC teams that New Orleans hasn’t faced in the playoffs. The other three are Tampa Bay, New York, and Washington.


From 1967-69, the Cowboys amassed five wins over the expansion Saints. This ties with the Falcons for the Cowboys’ second-best start against an expansion team. Franchise first place is over the Buccaneers with six straight wins.


The Saints are one of four teams to have once been division opponents with Dallas for more than a season. The other three teams are the Cardinals, Browns, and Steelers.



DAK PRESC
OTT FACTS (12)

Pres
cott is 7-3 on Sunday Night Football with a 2-2 record on the road.

Last year was the first time Prescott faced Dennis Allen’s defense. Prescott went 24-of-28 for 249 yards, a touchdowns, took seven sacks, and rushed five times for 22 yards in a 13-10 win over the Saints on Nov. 29, 2018.

Prescott is 18-8 against 4-3 defenses with an 88.8 passer rating and a 4.6 yards per carry. His average stat line is 19-of-30 for 217 yards, one touchdown, an interception, taking three sacks, and rushing four times for 18 yards.

Prescott’s 32 first-down passes rank 24th in the NFL.

Among quarterbacks with at least 30 passes, Prescott’s 8.7 yards per pass attempt on first down is tied with Matthew Stafford for the seventh-highest in the NFL.
Prescott has not been sacked on first down this season. Last year through the first three games, he took five sacks, tied with Eli Manning and Jimmy Garoppolo for the most in the NFL.

Prescott has the highest passer rating in the NFL on second down at 148.7. Second-highest is Kyle Allen at 132.5. Jacoby Brissett is third with 132.0.

Prescott’s second down conversions by pass are tied with Keenum for the most in the NFL with 22.

Prescott’s 10.2 yards per pass attempt on second down are the most in the NFL among starting quarterbacks.

Among quarterbacks with at least 10 pass attempts, Prescott’s 84.62 completion percentage in the red zone is the highest in the NFL.

Prescott’s five red zone passing touchdowns are tied with Case Keenum, Russell Wilson, and Matt Ryan for the second-most in the NFL. Jacoby Brissett has the most with seven.

Prescott is tied with Brissett, Ryan, and Keenum for the most passing touchdowns inside the 10-yard line with four.


TEDDY BRIDGEWATER FACTS (12)

Last week was one of Bridgewater’s five career games where he did not sustain a sack.

Bridgewater is 7-9 when he gets sacked three-plus times compared to 11-3 when he is sacked twice or fewer.

The last quarterback to start in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome not named Drew Brees was, in fact, Bridgewater on Dec. 30, 2018, in a 33-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Bridgewater’s 70.37 completion percentage in Seattle was tied for the ninth-highest of his career.

Bridgewater has an 85.7 completion percentage on play-action.

Bridgewater has the third-shortest “time to throw” last week, according to Next Gen Stats, with at 2.44 seconds.

According to Next Gen Stats, Bridgewater had the absolute lowest “intended air yards” at 3.3 yards.

Bridgewater, according to Next Gen Stats, had the lowest “air yards to sticks” in Week 3 at minus-6.7 yards. In other words, Bridgewater was throwing 6.7 yards behind the sticks on average.

According to Next Gen Stats, Bridgewater had the sixth-lowest “aggressiveness” with his passes in Week 3 at 7.4.

Bridgewater is the first quarterback not named Drew Brees to start in a prime tim
e game for New Orleans. On Dec. 12, 2005, Aaron Brooks started for the Saints on Monday Night Football in Atlanta in a 36-17 losing effort.

Bridgewater is 1/4 backup quarterbacks on active rosters this season who were once Pro Bowlers.

Bridgewater is the only Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year since 2011 to still not be with his original draft team.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Garrett is 3-0 for the first time in his career. He now joins Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer, Chan Gailey, and Wade Phillips as the only Cowboys coaches to start 3-0.


Against head coaches who used to coach him or be his offensive coordinator, Garrett is 3-3:

2010 – NO (Sean Payton), 27-30 – L
2011 – BUF (Chan Gailey), 44-7 – W
2013 – NO (Sean Payton), 17-49 – L
2014 – NO (Sean Payton), 38-17 – W
2015 – @NO (Sean Payton), 20-26 – L-OT
2018 – NO (Sean Payton), 13-10 – W


Garrett is 20-10 in September with an 8-7 record on the road.

Garrett owns a 25-22 record in prime time, including playoffs, with a 10-12 record on the road.


Garrett is 15-14 on NBC Sunday Night Football, including NFL specials, with a 4-9 record on the road. Here is how Garrett’s overall SNF record, including playoffs and NFL specials, compares to other qualifying Cowboys coaches:
Bill Parcells: 2-3
Wade Phillips: 9-3
Jason Garrett: 15-14


Garrett’s 2-4 record is the worst record against the Saints since Bill Parcells. Here is how other Cowboys coaches have fared against New Orleans:

Tom Landry: 11-2
Barry Switzer: 1-0
Wade Phillips: 1-0
Jimmy Johnson: 2-1
Jason Garrett: 2-4
Chan Gailey: 0-2
Bill Parcells: 0-3


Garrett is 8-10 against the NFC South with a 3-6 record on the road.

Garrett’s 3-6 record against the NFC South on the road is his worst against other divisions in the conference sans the NFC East:
NFC West: 6-5
NFC North: 3-4
NFC South: 3-6


Garrett is 12-12 against Super Bowl-winning head coaches and on a three-game winning streak.

Jason Garrett was a member of the 1989 and 1990 Saints. Against teams Garrett once was on the roster for (Saints, Giants, Buccaneers, Dolphins), he holds a 21-11 record.


SEAN PAYTON FACTS (9)

Payton is now 1-3 with backup quarterbacks.

Sean Payton has the most wins against the Dallas Cowboys than any other head coach in Saints history:
Tom Fears: 0-5
J.D. Roberts: 1-0
John North: 0-1
Hank Stram: 0-1
Dick Nolan: 0-1
Bum Phillips: 0-3
Jim Mora: 2-3
Mike Ditka: 2-0
Jim Haslett: 2-0
Joe Vitt: 1-0
Sean Payton: 4-3


All of Sean Payton’s professional coaching experience came as an assistant in the NFC East. Here is his record against NFC East teams:
New York: 5-1
Philadelphia: 6-2
Dallas: 4-3
Washington: 3-3


Payton leads all New Orleans coaches with a 28-17 record in prime time, including playoffs. Here is how he fares with other Saints coaches:
J.D. Roberts: 0-1
John North: 0-2
Dick Nolan: 0-2
Bum Phillips: 1-2
Jim Mora, Sr.: 11-11
Rick Venturi: 0-1
Mike Ditka: 1-2
Jim Haslett: 4-7
Sean Payton: 28-17
Aaron Kromer: 1-0
Joe Vitt: 1-2

The Saints are eighth in the NFL scoring on 41.4% of their drives.

The Saints are tied for the eighth-fewest first downs in the NFL with 12.

The Saints and Lions are smack in the middle as a red zone offense with a 57.1% conversion rate apiece.

Payton is 49/112 on challenges for his career with a 2/2 overturn rate in 2019. He has not yet challenged pass interference.

Payton was the first among six assistant coaches on the 2005 Cowboys staff to be hired as a head coach. The other four were the late Tony Sparano (2008 Dolphins), Todd Haley (2009 Chiefs), Mike Zimmer (2014 Vikings), Todd Bowles (2015 Jets), and Anthony Lynn (2017 Chargers). Payton, Zimmer, and Lynn are still in their original posts, and are also the only ones to have won a playoff game.


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (11)

Among running backs with at least 50 carries, Elliott has the third-highest yards per carry in the NFL at 5.3.

Elliott’s 289 rushing yards through the first three games are the 11th-most in Cowboys history.

Elliott’s 5.25 yards per carry through the first three games are actually lower than his 5.71 through the first three games of 2018, which were the best of his career.

Elliott is tied with San Francisco’s Matt Brieda and New England’s Rex Burkhead for the sixth-most yards before contact in the NFL at 3.0.

Elliott has the second-most first downs rushing in the NFL with 16. Only the Colts’ Marlon Mack has more with 22.

According to Next Gen Stats, Elliott sees an eight-man box 18.18% of the time, ranking 20th-most in the NFL.

According to Next Gen Stats via NFLSavant.com, on first down, Elliott has run the most behind center Travis Frederick the most this season with nine attempts. Second-most is right guard Zack Martin with eight.

According to Next Gen Stats via NFLSavant.com, 45 of Elliott’s 203 rushing yards gained on first down have come behind left tackle Tyron Smith.

According to Next Gen Stats via NFLSavant.com, 34 of Elliott’s 82 second-down rushing yards have been gained behind Frederick, the most behind any Cowboys offensive lineman.

Elliott has the most rushing yards on third down with 56 and the most first downs by rushing with six. Second-most third down rushing yards belongs to Dak Prescott.

Elliott has the second-most rushing yards (12) and second-most rushing yards (45) inside the red zone. However, his two rushing touchdowns inside the red zone are tied with 10 other players for the sixth-most in the NFL.


BROADCAST FACTS (11)

The Saints began playing in 1967 and have appeared in 96 prime time games. Since 1995, the Cowboys have appeared in 107.

Dallas and New Orleans have played nine prime time games in their series with the Cowboys holding a 5-4 advantage:
1973 – Saints-Cowboys – ABC – 40-3 Cowboys
1984 – Saints-Cowboys – ABC* – 30-27 Cowboys
1988 – Cowboys-Saints – ABC – 20-17 Saints
1994 – Cowboys-Saints – ABC – 24-16 Cowboys
2006 – Saints-Cowboys – NBC – 42-17 Saints
2009 – Co
wboys-Saints – NFLN – 24-17 Cowboys
2013 – Cowboys-Saints – NBC – 49-17 Saints
2014 – Sain
ts-Cowboys – NBC – 38-17 Cowboys
2015 – Cowboys-Saints – NBC – 26-20 Saints
2018 – Saints-Cowboys – FOX/NFL Network – 13-10 Cowboys
*Sunday night special, delayed 9:45 p.m. Central due to Reagan-Mondale presidential debate

Thursday’s game makes the 11th prime time game in the series. This series has seen 16 early games and 3 late games. Here’s the Cowboys’ records for each time slot:
Early games: 9-7
Late games: 2-1
Prime time: 6-4

The Cowboys are 53-36 when Michaels calls their games.

New Orleans is 20-14 when Al Michaels calls their games

The ledger favors the Saints at 4-2 when Al Michaels calls a game in this series.

The Cowboys are 27-21 when Collinsworth does color commentary for their games.

The Saints are 15-5 when Cris Collinsworth calls their games.

On KXAS, the NBC affiliate for Dallas-Fort Worth, th
e Cowboys are an all-time 52-35, including simulcast cable games from 1987-90.

Since their 1964 inception, the Cowboys are 10-14 in their road blue jerseys in prime time and on a two-game losing streak.

Dallas is 3-1 in their blue jerseys on Sunday Night Football.


CARL CHEFFERS FACTS (12)

This week’s referee is Carl Cheffers. The Cowboys are 5-4 when he referees their games. Here are the results:


2009 – Raiders, 24-7 – W
2010 – @Texans, 27-13 – W
2010 – DET, 35-19 – W
2013 – Rams, 31-7 – W
2015 – SEA, 12-13 – L
2016 – @NYG, 7-10 – L
2017 – NYG, 19-3 – W
2018 – @SEA, 13-24 – L
2018 – @CLT, 0-23 – L


Dallas has had fewer penalties than the opposition 5/9 times with Cheffers:
2009 – Raiders: 7/70; DAL: 6/48
2010 – @Texans: 5/32; DAL: 8/49
2010 – DET: 10/76; DAL: 6/39
2013 – Rams: 5/41; DAL: 6/52
2015 – SEA: 5/40; DAL: 5/40
2016 – NYG: 7/50; DAL: 5/54
2017 – NYG: 6/55; DAL: 5/50
2018 – SEA: 10/67; DAL: 7/55
2018 – CLT: 6/55; DAL: 9/74


Cheffers is tied for the third-lowest home team winning percentage this season:
John Hussey: 1.000
Brad Rogers: 1.000
Scott Novak: .833
Walt Anderson: .667
Ron Torbert: .667
Craig Wrolstad: .667
Clete Blakeman: .667
Adrian Hill: .500
Brad Allen: .500
Jerome Boger: .333
Shawn Hochuli: .333
Alex Kemp: .333
Shawn Smith: .333
Bill Vinovich: .333
Carl Cheffers: .333
Clay Martin: .000
Tony Corrente: .000


Cheffers is tied for the fifth-lowest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties this season:
John Hussey: 1.000
Scott Novak: 1.000
Ron Torbert: .667
Walt Anderson: .667
Clete Blakeman: .667
Jerome Boger: .667
Alex Kemp: .667
Shawn Hochuli: .667
Bill Vinovich: .667
Shawn Smith: .333
Clay Martin: .333
Tony Corrente: .333
Carl Cheffers: .333
Brad Allen: .000
Adrian Hill: .000
Brad Rogers: .000
Craig Wrolstad: .000


The Saints are 12-1 with Cheffers. Here are the results:
2009 – @WAS, 33-30 – W-OT
2011 – TB, 27-16 – W
2012 – SDG, 31-24 – W
2013 – TB, 42-17 – W
2014 – TB, 37-31 – W-OT
2014 – @CHI, 31-15 – W
2015 – TB, 19-26 – L
2015 – @CLT, 27-21 – W
2016 – @CRD, 48-41 – W
2017 – CHI, 20-12 – W
2018 – WAS, 43-19 – W
2018 – PHI, 48-7 – W
2018 – PHI, 20-14 – W


The Saints have had fewer penalties than the opposition 5/12 times with Cheffers:
2009 – WAS: 2/15; NO: 7/102
2011 – TB: 9/80; NO: 8/63
2012 – SDG: 7/56; NO: 10/99
2013 – TB: 8/78; NO: 9/94
2014 – TB: 15/113; NO: 6/50
2014 – CHI: 9/74; NO: 3/25
2015 – TB: 11/90; NO: 10/115
2015 – CLT: 7/42; NO: 12/100
2016 – CRD: 7/52; NO: 5/46
2017 – CHI: 4/31; NO: 7/51
2018 – WAS: 6/38; NO: 4/45
2018 – PHI: 6/49; NO: 8/69
2018 – PHI: 4/30; NO: 11/84


Cheffers’ games feature the fifth-highest sacks per game:
Vinovich: 7.7
Rogers: 7.5
Allen: 6.5
Novak: 6.3
Cheffers: 6.0
Corrente: 5.7
Martin: 5.7
Hochuli: 5.0
Smith: 5.0
Boger: 4.7
Hussey : 4.7
Wrolstad: 4.7
Anderson: 4.3
Blakeman: 4.0
Kemp: 4.0
Hill: 3.0
Torbert: 2.3



Cheffers is tied for the second-highest offensive holding calls per game in 2019:
Allen: 6.5
Cheffers: 5.7
Hochuli: 5.7
Corrente: 5.3
Hill: 5.0
Torbert : 5.0
Anderson: 4.7
Novak: 4.0
Rogers: 4.0
Hussey : 3.7
Kemp: 3.7
Boger: 3.3
Martin: 3.3
Wrolstad: 3.0
Blakeman: 2.7
Vinovich: 2.0
Smith: 1.3


Dallas has not challenged Cheffers’ calls. However, opponents are 2/2. Replay Assistant is 1/2 on its challenges with one of those benefiting the Cowboys.

New Orleans is 0/6 when challenging Cheffers’ calls. Opponents are 1/3, and Replay Assistant is 2/8 with five of those decisions benefiting the Saints.

Cheffers is tied for the seventh-highest challenge overturn rate in the NFL:
Anderson: 1.000 (1/1)
Vinovich: .500 (3/6)
Kemp: .500 (1/2)
Blakeman: .500 (1/2)
Novak: .500 (1/2)
Hussey : .400 (2/5)
Cheffers: .333 (1/3)
Corrente: .333 (1/3)
Rogers: .250 (1/4)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/1)
Allen: .000 (0/1)
Hochuli: .000 (0/1)
Smith: .000 (0/2)
Boger: .000 (0/2)
Martin: .000 (0/2)
Torbert : .000 (0/3)


Cheffers is the only referee this season to have a perfect overturn rate on pass interference challenges:
Cheffers: 1.000 (1/1)
Vinovich: .500 (2/4)
Allen: .000 (0/1)
Boger: .000 (0/1)
Hussey : .000 (0/1)
Kemp: .000 (0/1)
Novak: .000 (0/1)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Corrente: .000 (0/2)
Martin: .000 (0/2)
Rogers : .000 (0/2)
Torbert : .000 (0/2)


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (11)

The Saints have had three ex-Cowboys assistants as head coaches: Dick Nolan, Mike Ditka, and Sean Payton. Nolan is the only one who did not get a win against the Cowboys.

Cowboys pro scouting director Alex Loomis is the son of Saints general manager Mickey Loomis.

The late Tom Benson bought the New Orleans Saints in 1985. Along with Jerry Jones, they are two of six current owners who began their tenures in the 1980s. The other four owners are Virginia Halas McCaskey (1983), the late Alex Spanos (1984), the late Pat Bowlen (1984), and the late Dan Rooney (1988).


Not even a year into his NFL ownership, Jerry Jones led a group known as the Chicago 11 to block the installation of then-Saints GM Jim Finks as Commissioner Pete Rozelle’s replacement. Ultimately, Paul Tagliabue succeeded Rozelle thanks to Jones and the Chicago 11.

Saints running back Alvin Kamara has the third-highest yards after catch in the NFL at 177, which is second-highest among running backs. The Chargers’ Austin Ekeler has the most at 226.

Kamara is tied with Duke Johnson and Le’Veon Bell for the most broken tackles on receptions in the NFL with six.

Saints tight end Jared Cook and Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper are tied with Bears running back Tarik Cohen for the fourth-most drops with three apiece.

Saints receiver Michael Thomas is tied with Giants tight end Evan Engram and Broncos receiver Courtland Sutton for the fourth-most first downs in the NFL with 14.

The Cowboys are 6-2 on Sept. 29. Here are the results:

1963 – @WAS, 17-21 – L
1968 – @PHI, 45-13 – W
1974 – NYG, 6-14 – W
1985 – @OTI, 17-10 – W
1986 – @CR
D, 31-7 – W
1991 – NYG, 21-16 – W
2002 – RAM, 13-10 – W
2013 – @SDG, 21-30 – L


The Saints are 3-3 on Sept. 29. Here are the results:

1968 – CRD, 20-21 – L
1974 – ATL, 14-13 – W
1985 – @SF, 20-17 – W
1991 – @ATL, 27-6 – W
1996 – @RAV, 10-17 – L
2002 – @DET, 21-26 – L


The Cowboys have four birthdays to celebrate on Sept. 29:

1935 – QB Buddy Humphrey, 1961
1966 – LB Ken Norton, Jr., 1988-93
1974 – WR Dedric Ward, 2004
1987 – CB Bryan McCann, 2010

Dolphins at Cowboys Preview

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SERIES FACTS (13)

This is the 26th time the Cowboys have started 2-0. 20/25 of those teams made the playoffs with 17 of those teams having won the division.

Since playoff formats were last tinkered with in 1990, 144/245 that started 2-0 made the playoffs.

This is the 12th time the Dolphins have started 0-2. 2/11 of those teams finished with a winning record with the 2008 team winning the division and the 2016 team qualifying as a wild-card.

Since playoff formats were last reformatted in 1990, 39/238 that started 0-2 finished with a winning record.

Ahead of the 15th game in the series, this is the sixth time the Cowboys will have a better record than the Dolphins. Dallas is 4-1 when this is so.

Dallas is wearing their Color Rush jerseys versus the Dolphins. The Cowboys are 3-1 in their Color Rush jerseys, and this is the first time they will wear them on a Sunday.

The Cowboys are 1-0 against the Dolphins in September with that lone game played on the road on Sept. 16, 2007 in 37-20 win.

The Cowboys are 3-5 against the Dolphins at home. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Texas Stadium: 2-5
AT&T Stadium: 1-0

The Cowboys are 26-20 against current AFC East teams with a 13-10 record at home.
Dolphins: 3-5
Bills: 4-1
Patriots: 4-2
Jets: 2-2

This is the second early afternoon game in the series with the record split between the two sides 1-1.

Since 1970, the Cowboys are 150-112 in early afternoon games with a 70-39 record at home.

The Dolphins are 38-36 in the Central Time Zone, including postseason.

The Dolphins are 12-14 in the state of Texas, including postseason.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (20)

Prescott has an 82.3 completion percentage through the first two weeks, the best in the NFL among qualifiers.

Prescott’s completion percentage is the highest in the NFL among quarterbacks since 1950 through the first two weeks of the season.

Prescott is third in the NFL with 674 yards. In the past three seasons, his yardage totals were 519 (2016), 506 (2017), and 330 (2018).

Prescott’s seven passing touchdowns are tied with Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes for the most in the NFL.

To match seven touchdowns in 2018, it took Prescott six games to throw seven touchdowns.

Prescott has the second-highest touchdown percentage in the NFL at 11.3. Only Jackson’s 12.3 is higher.

Among the three passers tied for the most touchdowns, Prescott is the only one to have thrown an interception.

Prescott has the highest yards per attempt in the NFL at 10.9. Mahomes is second at 10.7 and Jackson is third at 10.5.

Prescott’s lowest yards per attempt through the first two weeks was in 2017 when it was 5.69.

Prescott’s passing yards per game are the third-most in the NFL at 337.0.

Only Jackson has a higher quarterback rating than Prescott: 145.2 to 142.9.

Prescott never eclipsed 100.0 passer rating through the first two games of his previous three seasons: 83.1 (2016), 78.2 (2017), and 87.7 (2018).

Prescott has taken one sack through the first two games. Last season, he took six.

Prescott is a perfect 100.0% in the red zone. He is tied for the ninth-most passes in the red zone with nine.

Prescott is tied for the second-most red zone touchdown passes in the NFL with three.

Prescott is tied with Carson Wentz for the ninth-shortest “time to throw” in the NFL at 2.56, according to Next Gen Stats.

According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott has the 12th-longest “completed air distance” in the NFL at 50.8 yards.

Next Gen Stats has Prescott as ninth in terms of “air yards to the sticks” at 0.1. In other words, Prescott’s throws are 0.1 yards beyond the line to gain on average.

Prescott is 18-8 against 4-3 defenses with a 90.2 passer rating.

A win against the Dolphins would join Prescott with Roger Staubach, Danny White, and Tony Romo as the only Cowboys quarterbacks to defeat Miami in his first try.



JOSH ROSEN FACTS (7)

A win over the Cowboys would join Rosen with Dan Marino, Steve DeBerg, and Jay Fiedler as the only Dolphins quarterbacks to defeat Dallas in their first encounter.

A win would make Rosen the first UCLA quarterback taken after Troy Aikman to defeat the Cowboys.

Rose’s two interceptions passes are the most by a quarterback who has yet to start a game this season.

Rosen’s 21 passes are the third-most by a quarterback who has yet to start a game this season.

Rosen’s 102 passing yards are the fourth-most from a quarterback who has yet to start a game this season.

Rosen’s four sacks are the most by a quarterback who has to start a game this season.

Rosen is one of eight quarterbacks this season to have thrown a pass inside the red zone.


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (11)

According to Next Gen Stats, Elliott sees eight-man boxes on 27.78% of his runs in 2019, the 10th-most in the NFL.

According to Next Gen Stats, Elliott’s 2.64 seconds behind the line of scrimmage are the sixth-most in the league.

Elliott has the eighth-most rushing yards in the NFL with 164. Strangely, these are the most rushing yards he has tallied through the first two games of a season.

Elliott’s 4.6 yards per carry are the 12th-most in the NFL among running backs with at least 25 carries.

Elliott’s 4.6 yards per carry through the first two games is tied with 2018 for his career best.

Elliott is tied with Aaron Jones and Sony Michel for the fourth-most rushing attempts in the NFL with 36.

Elliott is tied with Todd Gurley for the most third down conversions on the ground with four. Only Marlon Mack has more with five.

Elliott is 1/6 running backs this season to have scored a touchdown on third down.

Elliott is tied for the fourth-most third-down carries in the league with four. Only Marlon Mack (six), Todd Gurley (five), and Josh Jacobs (five) have more.

Elliott has taken four carries for 47 yards and scored a touchdown on his third down carries this season.

Elliott has the second-most third-down rushing yards in the NFL with 47. Dak Prescott has the most with 50.

JASON GARRETT FACTS (5)

Garrett is 2-0 against the Dolphins. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys coaches:
Tom Landry: 2-4
Jimmy Johnson: 0-2
Barry Switzer: 1-0
Chan Gailey: 1-0
Bill Parcells: 0-1
Wade Phillips: 1-0

Garrett is 3-5 against the AFC East with a 2-2 record at home.

Garrett’s 2-2 home record against the AFC East is tied for his worst against any AFC division:
AFC North: 4-0
AFC South: 3-1
AFC West: 2-2
AFC East: 2-2


Garrett is 10-14 against rookie coaches with a 6-8 record at home.

Garrett is 19-10 in September with an 11-3 record at home.


BRIAN FLORES FACTS (2)

Flores joins George Wilson, Cam Cameron, Tony Sparano, and Adam Gase as the only Dolphins coaches to start their tenures with 0-2 records.

A win Sunday would join Flores with Wannstedt as the only Dolphins head coaches to have defeated the Cowboys in an initial encounter. Shula, Johnson, Cameron, Sparano, and Campbell are a combined 0-5.



BROADCAST FACTS (10)

This is the second time the Cowboys have played their first three games on FOX. The other time was 2014.

This is the sixth time the Cowboys have started out 2-0 in their FOX games.

This is the third cross-flexed game the Cowboys will play in. Dallas is 0-2 in such games. Here are the results:
2015 – CAR, 14-33 – L
2018 – @WAS 17-20 – L

FOX will air its fourth game in the series between these two teams. Here is the Cowboys’ record broken down by network:

CBS: 3-2
FOX: 3-0
NBC: 1-3
ABC: 0-1
ESPN: 0-1


This week’s commentators are Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis. While it is Davis’ first game in the series, because of the cross-flex, Burkhardt will join Greg Gumbel as the only TV play-by-play to call consecutive games in the series. Burkhardt called the last game between the two teams in 2015, and Gumbel called the two teams’ consecutive meetings in 1999 and 2003 on CBS.

Dallas is 26-18 when Kevin Burkhardt calls their games, including radio.

The Cowboys are 7-1 when Charles Davis does color commentary for their games

The Dolphins have a 29-19 record on FOX.

Dallas is 137-123 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Cowboys are 21-21 against the AFC on FOX.


ADRIAN HILL FACTS (7)

Hill is 1/3 rookie referees this season alongside Brad Rogers and Scott Novak. Last season, there were four rookie referees: Shawn Hochuli, Shawn Smith, Alex Kemp, and Clay Martin.

Hill is one of seven referees who has not had a home team win in one of his games through two weeks:

Walt Anderson: 1.000
John Hussey: 1.000
Brad Rogers: 1.000
Ron Torbert: 1.000
Craig Wrolstad: 1.000
Scott Novak: .500
Clete Blakeman: .500
Brad Allen: .500
Shawn Smith: .500
Bill Vinovich: .500
Jerome Boger: .000
Carl Cheffers: .000
Tony Corrente: .000
Shawn Hochuli: .000
Alex Kemp: .000
Clay Martin: .000
Adrian Hill: .000


Hill is one of four referees to have not yet had a home team have fewer penalties in one of his games:
Walt Anderson: 1.000
John Hussey: 1.000
Scott Novak: 1.000
Alex Kemp: .500
Shawn Hochuli: .500
Clay Martin: .500
Shawn Smith: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Bill Vinovich: .500
Clete Blakeman: .500
Jerome Boger: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Tony Corrente: .500
Brad Allen: .000
Brad Rogers: .000
Craig Wrolstad: .000
Adrian Hill: .000


Sacks per game:
Rogers: 9
Novak: 8
Corrente: 7
Vinovich: 7
Allen: 6.5
Kemp: 5.5
Hussey : 5
Martin: 5
Smith: 5
Boger: 5
Blakeman: 4.5
Torbert: 3.5
Cheffers: 3
Anderson: 3
Hochuli: 3
Hill: 2
Wrolstad: 2



Hill calls the second-most offensive holding calls per game:
Corrente: 8
Hill: 7
Cheffers: 6.5
Allen: 6.5
Torbert : 6
Anderson: 5.5
Novak: 4.6
Hochuli: 4.5
Kemp: 4
Rogers: 4
Hussey: 3.5
Blakeman: 3.5
Boger: 3.5
Wrolstad: 3.5
Vinovich: 3
Martin: 2.5
Smith: 1.5

Hill has not been challenged so far. Nonetheless, here is how other referees have gone relative to overturn rates:
Anderson: 1.000 (1/1)
Kemp: 1.000 (1/1)
Vinovich: .500 (2/4)
Cheffers: .500 (1/2)
Corrente: .500 (1/2)
Novak: .500 (1/2)
Hussey: .333 (1/3)
Allen: .000 (0/1)
Hochuli: .000 (0/1)
Martin: .000 (0/1)
Smith: .000 (0/1)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/1)
Torbert: .000 (0/2)
Rogers: .000 (0/2)
Boger: .000 (0/2)


Cheffers is the only referee who has called pass interference after a challenge. Here are the results:
Cheffers: 1/1
Vinovich: 1/2
Allen: 0/1
Boger: 0/1
Corrente: 0/1
Martin: 0/1
Novak: 0/1
Rogers: 0/1
Torbert: 0/1



MISCELLAENOUS FACTS (25)

The Cowboys defense is one of nine teams to have not forced an interception.

The Cowboys have generated two sacks, tied with the Chargers, Eagles, and Washington for the second-fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys defense has given up 273 passing yards, the seventh fewest in the NFL.

The Cowboys defense has surrendered 16 passes to tight ends, tied for the third-most in the NFL.

Dallas has given up 164 receiving yards to tight ends, tied with the Buccaneers for third-most in the NFL.

Cowboys safety Jeff Heath is tied for the seventh-most pass breakups in the NFL with three.

Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is one of seven players to have a forced fumble and a fumble recovery so far.

Dallas has given up 527 passing yards, the 12th-most in the NFL.

Opposing quarterbacks have a 69.4 completion percentage against Dallas, the 11th-highest in the league.

The Cowboys defense gives up 5.8 yards per carry, tied with the Packers for the third-highest in the NFL.

The Dolphins defense has given up the worst passer rating in the NFL at 155.9.

The Dolphins defense has produced five quarterback hits through two games, the second-fewest in the league.

The Dolphins defense is tied with the Giants for the fewest tackles for loss produced on passing plays. The Cowboys are the worst with two.

The Dolphins are tied with the Giants for the second-highest yards per completion surrendered at 15.0.

The Dolphins defense has tipped away four passes, tied for the fifth-fewest in the NFL.

The Dolphins defense has given up the most passing touchdowns in the NFL with eight.

The Dolphins defense has given up the most rushing yards per game at 195.5.

The Dolphins defense has a 59.1% third down conversion rate, the second-highest in the NFL. Washington has the highest at 64.3%.

In his career, Witten has helped the Cowboys to a 3-1 record over Miami. On average, he catches four passes for 39 yards.

The Dolphins are 1/7 NFL teams against whom Witten has not scored a touchdown.

Since 1996, Dallas and Miami have faced each other six times, and in all six encounters either the Dolphins or the Cowboys have had a different head coach than the last time they faced each other.

6/12 of the Dolphins head coaches have been ex-Cowboys whether as head coaches (Jimmy Johnson), assistants (Dave Wannstedt, Jim Bates, Tony Sparano, Todd Bowles), or players (Dan Campbell).

The Cowboys are 4-3 on Sept. 22. Here are the results:
1963 – CLE, 24-41 – L
1968 – CLE, 28-7 – W
1985 – CLE, 20-7 – W
1991 – @CRD, 17-9 – W
1996 – @BUF, 7-10 – L
2002 – @PHI, 13-44 – L
2013 – RAM, 31-7 – W


The Dolphins are on 5-1 Sept. 22. Here are the results:
1974 – @BUF, 24-16 – W
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975 – RAI, 21-31 – L
1985 – KC, 31-0 – W
1991 – GB, 16-13 – W
2002 – NYJ, 30-3 – W
2013 – ATL, 27-23 – W


The Cowboys have six birthdays to celebrate on Sept. 22:
1932 – DE Nate Borden, 1960-61
1939 – DT Guy Reese, 1962-63
1949 – WR Harold Carmichael, 1984
1952 – G Gene Killian, 1974
1958 – LB Godfrey Myles, 1991-96
1993 – S Darian Thompson, 2018-present