By: Edward Egros

Cowboys at Eagles Title Preview

Pasted GraphicSERIES FACTS (11)

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (15)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CARSON WENTZ FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JASON GARRETT FACTS (13)

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DOUG PEDERSON FACTS (12)

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

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

Pederson is 14-8 against the NFC East.

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

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

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

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

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

Pederson is 2-5 against the Cowboys. Here is how he compares to other Eagles head coaches:

Andy Reid: 17-12
Buddy Ryan: 8-2
Nick Skorich: 4-2
Buck Shaw: 1-0
Joe Kuharich: 5-5
Chip Kelly: 3-3
Mike McCormack: 2-4
Doug Pederson: 2-5
Rich Kotite: 2-7
Ray Rhodes: 3-6
Dick Vermeil: 4-10
Marion Campbell: 1-5
Ed Khayat: 0-3
Jerry Williams: 0-5


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

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

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

BROADCAST FACTS (7)

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

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

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


Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are calling Sunday’s action for FOX. This will be the 12th game between the two teams the broadcasters have done. Here are the results:


2003 – Cowboys at Eagles – 36-10 PHI
2004 – Cowboys at Eagles – 12-7 PHI
2005 – Eagles at Cowboys – 33-10 DAL
2006 – Cowboys at Eagles – 38-24 PHI
2007 – Eagles at Cowboys – 10-6 PHI
2008 – Cowboys at Eagles – 44-6 PHI
2009 – Eagles at Cowboys – 24-0 DAL
2011 – Eagles at Cowboys – 20-7 PHI
2012 – Cowboys at Eagles – 38-23 DAL
2014 – Eagles at Cowboys – 33-10 PHI
2015 – Cowboys at Eagles – 20-10 DAL
2018 – Eagles at Cowboys – 29-23 DAL (OT)


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

Dallas is 47-51 when Troy Aikman does color commentary for their games.

Pat Summerall has called the most games between Philadelphia and Dallas with 24 over his career with CBS and FOX.



TONY CORRENTE FACTS (12)

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

*Playoff game


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

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

*Playoff game

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


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


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

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




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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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