By: Edward Egros

Cowboys at Jets Preview

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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