By: Edward Egros

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Cowboys Season Finale

Pasted Graphic 1SERIES FACTS (10)

The Cowboys are 7-8 for the fifth time in franchise history. 1/4 of those previous teams made the playoffs: 1999.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last altered, 9/99 teams that finished 8-8 made the playoffs.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 1/96 teams that finished 7-9 made the playoffs: the 2010 Seattle Seahawks, who had to win the NFC West to qualify.

Washington is 3-12 for the second time in franchise history. The last time, 2014, netted the St. Louis Rams the second overall pick, which they used to draft tackle Greg Robinson, who is now with the Cleveland Browns.

The Cowboys are going for their 20th series sweep of Washington. 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 Cowboys are 19-14 against Washington in December with an 11-5 record at home.

Dallas is 39-16-2 against Washington at home. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Cotton Bowl: 6-3-2
Texas Stadium: 26-10
AT&T Stadium: 6-4

One cliché thrown around heading into a Dallas-Washington game is how the respective records need to be thrown out. However, team records are still very predictive:

Dallas with winning record: 30-18-1
Washington with winning record: 22-14
Both teams with same records (Dallas perspective): 19-13-1

Since 1970, the Cowboys are 167-125 in late afternoon games with a 108-58 record at home.

Since 1970, Washington is 93-95 in late afternoon games with a 54-70 record on the road.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (15)

Prescott needs to throw for 305 yards to break Tony Romo’s single-season passing yards record in Cowboys history with 4,903 set in 2012.

Prescott is tied with Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz for the fifth-most passing touchdowns with 26.

Prescott has thrown for the second-most first downs with 216.

Prescott is tied with Jameis Winston for the fourth-highest yards per pass attempt with 8.2.

Among quarterbacks who have started at least 10 games, Prescott’s 20 sacks are the third-fewest in the NFL.

Prescott is the only quarterback this season to have started every game and yet failed to engineer a fourth quarter comeback and/or a game-winning drive.

Prescott’s 5,222 intended air yards are the second-most in the league.

Prescott has benefited from 1,781 yards after the catch, the 10th-highest in the NFL.

33 of Prescott’s incomplete passes have been dropped, the most in the NFL.

Prescott has had 425 on target throws, the most in the NFL.

Prescott has been hit 54 times, tied with Winston for the third-most in the league.

Prescott is 1/8 quarterbacks this season who has thrown at least 40 red zone passes without an interception.

Among quarterbacks with at least 100 third down passes, Prescott’s 8.1 yards per pass attempt are the seventh-highest in the league.

Prescott is tied with Matt Ryan for the fifth-highest third down conversions by pass with 60.

Prescott’s 94.1 passer rating on third down is the 10th-highest among quarterbacks with at least 100 third down pass attempts.


CASE KEENUM FACTS (2)

Keenum has the highest passer rating among Washington starting quarterbacks this season at 96.2.

Keenum would become the first Washington quarterback to play each game in the Cowboys series since Kirk Cousins in 2017.

EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (15)

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

Elliott has the fourth-most rushing yards in the league with 1,235.

Elliott has gained 73 first downs by rush, the second-most in the league.

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

Elliott has gained 611 yards before contact, the third-most in the league.

Elliott has gained 624 yards after contact, the sixth-most overall and third-highest among Pro Bowl running backs.

Elliott is tied with Phillip Lindsay, Ronald Jones, and David Montgomery for the seventh-most broken tackles overall with 23.

Elliott has the most red zone rush attempts (57) and red zone rushing yards (157).

Elliott has taken the most first down rush attempts in the NFL with 179.

Elliott is tied with Derrick Henry for the most first downs gained off first down runs with 27.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Garrett’s 22-18 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:
Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 22-18
Jimmy Johnson: 13-7
Bill Parcells: 8-9
Barry Switzer: .467
Wade Phillips: 5-7
Dave Campo: 4-9
Chan Gailey: 3-5


Garrett has a 9-8 record at home in December. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 32-18
Jimmy Johnson: 7-2
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Jason Garrett: 9-8
Dave Campo: 3-3
Barry Switzer: 3-4
Bill Parcells: 3-4
Wade Phillips: 1-3


Garrett is 40-41 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 23-16 record at home.


Garrett has a 37-20 record against the NFC East with a 16-12 record at home.

Garrett is 6-3 against Washington at home. Here is how that compares to other NFC East foes:
Washington: 6-3
NY Giants: 6-3
Philadelphia: 4-6

Garrett has completed a series sweep 11/18 times since taking over as Cowboys head coach.

Garrett has executed a series sweep 4/9 times at home 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.

Garrett is 4-5 in season finales. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 15-14
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Chan Gailey: 2-0
Jason Garrett: 4-5
Wade Phillips: 1-2
Barry Switzer: 1-3
Dave Campo: 0-3
Bill Parcells: 0-4


BILL CALLAHAN FACTS (4)

Callahan is the second interim coach in the Dan Snyder ownership.

Callahan is 7/24 on challenges for his career with a 1/5 record in 2019.

Callahan has made a challenge related to pass interference once this season and he lost.

A win would lead Washington to a 4-12 record, which is the same record Callahan posted in his final season with the Oakland Raiders in 2003.


BROADCAST FACTS (8)

Dallas is 140-127 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

Washington is 128-175-1 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Cowboys have completed a series sweep of a NFC East opponent 24/44 times on FOX.

This is the ninth time FOX will have broadcast both games in the season series. Dallas has execute a sweep 4/8 previous times.

Dallas-Washington has been played on 5/7 possible broadcast networks. Here is a breakdown of the Cowboys’ record against their arch rival by network:

CBS: 32-24-2
FOX: 24-10
NBC: 4-2
ABC: 7-7
ESPN: 4-1


The Cowboys are 41-46 when Joe Buck does play-by-play for their games.

Dallas is 47-52 when Troy Aikman does color commentary for their games.

This is the 45th late afternoon game in the series. Dallas holds a 28-16 advantage.


CRAIG WROLSTAD FACTS (14)

This week’s referee is Craig Wrolstad. The Cowboys have a 5-2 record with Wrolstad. Here are the results:

2014 – Cardinals, 17-28 – L
2015 – NYJ, 16-19 – L
2016 – CHI, 31-17 – W
2016 – WAS, 31-26 – W
2017 – @Cardinals, 28-17 – W
2017 – WAS, 38-14 – W
2018 – @ATL, 22-19 – W



The Cowboys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 5/7 times with Wrolstad:

2014 – Cardinals: 6/62; DAL: 5/33
2015 – NYJ: 8/61; DAL: 6/54
2016 – CHI: 6/45; DAL: 4/45
2016 – WAS: 3/30; DAL: 3/25
2017 – Cardinals: 6/50; DAL: 9/76
2017 – WAS: 7/43; DAL: 3/25
2018 – ATL: 2/15; DAL: 2/20


Wrolstad is in the middle of the pack in terms of home team winning percentage:
Brad Allen: .643
Clete Blakeman: .643
John Hussey: .643
Walt Anderson: .600
Carl Cheffers: .571
Tony Corrente: .571
Alex Kemp: .571
Scott Novak: .567
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Shawn Hochuli: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Jerome Boger: .467
Shawn Smith: .429
Brad Rogers: .429
Adrian Hill: .429
Bill Vinovich: .357
Clay Martin: .357


Wrolstad is also in the middle of the pack in percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Scott Novak: .800
Clete Blakeman: .714
Shawn Smith: .643
John Hussey: .643
Brad Allen: .643
Clay Martin: .643
Jerome Boger: .600
Craig Wrolstad: .571
Brad Rogers: .571
Tony Corrente: .571
Alex Kemp: .500
Adrian Hill: .500
Shawn Hochuli: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Walt Anderson: .467
Ron Torbert: .429
Bill Vinovich: .429


Washington is 1-3 with Wrolstad, including 0-1 against Dallas:
2016 – PIT, 16-38 – L
2016 – @DAL, 26-31 – L
2017 – GB, 31-17 – W
2018 – PHI, 0-24 – L


Washington is 2/4 in having fewer penalties with Wrolstad:
2016 – PIT: 4/81; WAS: 9/55
2016 – DAL: 3/25; WAS: 3/30
2017 – GB: 11/115; WAS: 6/66
2018 – PHI: 5/25; WAS: 2/15


Wrolstad’s games have the fourth-lowest sacks per game in the NFL:
Smith: 6.2
Anderson: 6.1
Hill: 5.9
Vinovich: 5.8
Martin: 5.4
Rogers: 5.1
Corrente: 5.1
Allen: 5.0
Novak: 5.0
Boger: 4.9
Kemp: 4.9
Cheffers: 4.8
Blakeman: 4.5
Wrolstad: 4.4
Torbert: 4.3
Hussey: 4.1
Hochuli: 3.6


Wrolstad is tied for the fifth-highest offensive holding calls per game:
Cheffers: 4.5
Torbert : 3.6
Corrente: 3.2
Hill: 3.2
Wrolstad: 3.0
Anderson: 3.0
Boger: 3.0
Hochuli: 3.0
Rogers: 3.0
Allen: 2.9
Kemp: 2.9
Blakeman: 2.6
Smith: 2.6
Martin: 2.4
Novak: 2.3
Hussey : 1.7
Vinovich: 1.6


Dallas is 0/2 when challenging Wrolstad while opponents are 2/2. Replay Assistant is 0/1 with none of those calls benefiting the Cowboys.

Washington is 1/2 in challenging Wrolstad. Opponents are 1/1 while Replay Assistant has not challenged anything in a Washington game yet.


Wrolstad has the lowest challenge overturn rate in the NFL:
Blakeman: .588 (10/17)
Kemp: .546 (6/11)
Novak: .500 (7/14)
Vinovich: .467 (7/15)
Corrente: .444 (4/9)
Rogers: .417 (5/12)
Anderson: .389 (7/18)
Smith: .375 (3/8)
Torbert: .375 (3/8)
Cheffers: .363 (4/11)
Boger: .333 (4/12)
Hussey: .333 (4/12)
Hill: .300 (3/10)
Allen: .267 (4/15)
Martin: .154 (2/13)
Hochuli: .143 (1/7)
Wrolstad: .083 (1/12)


Wrolstad 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)
Hussey: .000 (0/3)
Novak: .000 (0/4)
Hochuli: .000 (0/4)
Rogers: .000 (0/5)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/5)
Martin: .000 (0/8)


Wrolstad was a field judge on Ed Hochuli’s crew on Jan. 9, 2010 when Dallas defeated Philadelphia 34-14 to win their first playoff game in 13 years.

Away from pro football, Wrolstad is a high school athletic director for Seattle Christian Schools in Tukwila, Washington.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (22)

The Cowboys and Rams are the only teams with two 1,000-yard receivers this season. Neither club is slated to make the playoffs entering Week 17.

Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper is still tied for the eighth-most touchdown receptions with eight.

Dallas receiver Michael Gallup’s 77.6 receiving yards per game is the ninth-most in the NFL.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (29.1, third) and Dallas Cowboys (25.8, eighth) are the only teams in the top-10 in points who are currently slated to miss the playoffs.

The Cowboys have missed 10 field goals on the season. If they had converted them, they would have 417 points and overtake the New Orleans Saints for fifth-most points for in the NFL.

Comparatively, opponents have missed just six field goals against the Cowboys. If those would have converted, the Cowboys would fall to 13th in fewest points allowed with 323, knocking out the Tennessee Titans.

The Cowboys offense’s average drive starts at the 25.6-yard line, which is the second-worst field position in the NFL. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 25.4 is worse. The Cowboys and Tennessee Titans (27.9-yard line, ninth) are the only teams in the bottom-10 in playoff scenarios this week.

Washington’s defense gives up a 100.1 opponent passer rating, the sixth-highest in the league.

Washington’s defense has generated 43 sacks this season, the ninth-most in the league.

Washington is tied with the Denver Broncos for the ninth-fewest blitzes with 139.

Washington’s defense gives up 4.6 yards per carry, tied with the Houston Texans for the seventh-most in the league.

The Cowboys defense has missed 114 tackles, the seventh-most in the NFL. The only other teams in the top-10 who are slated to be in the playoffs or have scenarios are the Seattle Seahawks (115, sixth) and Houston Texans (109, tied-ninth).

Washington has only given up 19 turnovers this season, tied with the Jaguars for 14th-fewest in the league.

Washington’s offense gains 4.4 yards per carry, tied for the 16th-lowest in the NFL.

Washington cornerback Quinton Dunbar is tied for the ninth-most interceptions with four.

Washington linebacker Ryan Anderson has generated five forced fumbles, tied with Khalil Mack for the fourth-most in the NFL.

With 10.5 sacks, Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn has produced the second-most in a single season for his career (2012, 2014).

Dallas linebacker Jaylon Smith has 133 total tackles, the seventh-most in the league.

The Cowboys are 1-2 on Dec. 29. Here are the results:
1991 – @CHI, 17-13 – W*
2002 – @WAS, 14-20 – L
2013 – PHI, 22-24 – L


Washington is 1-1 on Dec. 29. Here are the results:
2002 – DAL, 20-14 – W
2013 – NYG, 6-20 – L


The Cowboys have four birthdays to celebrate on Dec. 29:
1967 – Tony Tolbert, DE, 1989-97
1977 – Louis Mackey, LB, 2001-02
1977 – Clint Stoerner, QB, 2000-01
1981 – Shaun Suisham, K, 2005-06, 2009
1991 – Joseph Randle, RB, 2013-15


The Cowboys have a death to remember in Woodley Lewis, who played defensive back for the 1960 team. Woodley died in 2000.

Cowboys at Eagles Title Preview

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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.

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The Cowboys are 6-7 for the third time in franchise history. None of those previous teams (1990, 1997) made the playoffs and also finished with losing records.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last reformatted, 23/112 that started 7-7 made the playoffs with six of them having won the division.
Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 4/105 that started 6-8 made the playoffs with two of them having won the division.

The Rams are 8-5 for the fifth time in franchise history. 3/4 of those teams made the playoffs and none of them won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 56/112 teams that started 8-6 made the playoffs with 19/56 having won the division.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last reorganized, 98/106 teams that started 9-5 made the playoffs with 53/98 of those teams having won the division.

The Cowboys are 9-9 against the Rams at home. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Cotton Bowl: 0-2
Texas Stadium: 6-6
AT&T Stadium: 3-1

The Cowboys are 3-6 against the Rams in December with a 2-4 record at home.

The Rams are 3-4 in Central Time Zone games since moving back to Los Angeles.

Dallas is 25-26-1 against West Coast teams that visit the Metroplex.




DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (14)

Prescott leads the NFL with 4,122 passing yards.

Prescott’s 24 passing touchdowns are tied with Kirk Cousins and Deshaun Watson for the fifth-highest in the league.

Prescott is tied with Daniel Jones, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Sam Darnold for the eighth-most interceptions in the NFL with 11.

Prescott has the second-most first downs by pass in the NFL with 196.

Prescott is tied with Garoppolo and Patrick Mahomes for the fourth-highest yards per pass attempt at 8.3.

Among quarterbacks with at least 10 starts, Prescott’s 18 sacks are the second-fewest in the NFL.

Prescott and Tom Brady still are the only quarterbacks to have started every game since Week 1 and have yet to register either a fourth quarter comeback or a game-winning drive.

Prescott has the fourth-highest intended air yards per pass attempt at 9.4.

Prescott has benefited from 1,554 yards after the catch, the ninth-highest in the NFL.

Prescott has attempted 113 play-action passes, the seventh-most in the league.

Prescott has the fourth-highest passing yards off play-action at 1,046.

Prescott has run 43 run-pass option plays, the 10th-most in the NFL.

Prescott has taken the second-most hits in the league with 55.

Prescott has had 27 passes dropped, the second-most in the league.


JARED GOFF FACTS (14)

Goff has the fourth-most passing yards in the NFL with 3,712.

Goff has benefited from the most yards after catch in the NFL at 1,821.

Goff has the third-lowest touchdown percentage in the NFL at 3.1%.

Goff’s 14 interceptions are the fourth-most in the league.

Goff has thrown the sixth-most first downs by pass in the NFL with 170.

Goff’s 84.8 passer rating is the eighth-lowest in the league.

Goff’s 3.8 sack percentage is the fourth-lowest in the NFL.

Goff is tied with Kyler Murray for the second-most passes batted away with 15.

Goff is tied with Jimmy Garoppolo for the seventh-most passes dropped with 23.

Goff has been blitzed 168 times, the sixth-most in the NFL.

Goff is tied with Jacoby Brissett and Russell Wilson for the eighth-most times hit with 42.

Goff has the second-most passes off play-action in the NFL with 135. As such, he has the most passing yards off play-action with 1,137.

Goff is 1/9 quarterbacks to have thrown at least 40 red zone passes without an interception.

Among quarterbacks with at least 20 red zone pass attempts, Goff’s 62.96% red completion percentage is tied with Case Keenum for the eighth-highest in the NFL.


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (9)

Elliott is the first Cowboys running back since DeMarco Murray to string together consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

Elliott untied himself with Calvin Hill and Murray for the third-most such seasons in Cowboys history with three.

Elliott’s 4.4 yards per carry are tied with Leonard Fournette and Marlon Mack for the sixth-highest among running backs with at least 200 carries this season.

Elliott is tied with Lamar Jackson and Dalvin Cook for the second-most third downs by rush in the NFL with 59.

Elliott’s 550 yards before contact are the second-most for a running back in the league.

Elliott’s 521 yards after contact are the seventh-most in the NFL.

Of the Cowboys’ 43 run-pass option plays, none of them have featured Elliott.

Elliott leads the NFL with 175 first down carries.

Elliott has gained the third-most first downs on first down with 34.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

This is the 42nd week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett is 11/22 when it comes to snapping a team out of a losing streak.

Garrett’s 21-17 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:
Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 21-17
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 has an 8-8 record at home in December. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 32-18
Jimmy Johnson: 7-2
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Jason Garrett: 8-8
Dave Campo: 3-3
Barry Switzer: 3-4
Bill Parcells: 3-4
Wade Phillips: 1-3


Garrett is 40-40 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 22-16 record at home.


Garrett is 3-2 against the Rams franchise. Here is how other Cowboys head coaches have done against the Rams:

Tom Landry: 11-11
Jason Garrett: 3-2
Dave Campo: 1-0
Wade Phillips: 1-1
Jimmy Johnson: 1-2
Bill Parcells: 0-1


Garrett is 10-10 against the NFC West with a 4-5 record at home.

Garrett’s 4-5 record against the NFC West at home is his worst against other divisions in the conference sans the NFC East:
NFC South: 5-4
NFC North: 6-7
NFC West: 4-5


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.


SEAN MCVAY FACTS (10)

McVay is 3-3 against the NFC East, including playoffs, with a 1-3 record at home.

McVay is 2-0 against the Cowboys. Here is how he compares to other Rams coaches by chronological order:

Bob Waterfield: 1-1
George Allen: 0-2
Tom Prothro: 1-0
Chuck Knox: 4-2
Ray Malasavi: 4-3
John Robinson: 4-3
Mike Martz: 0-1
Joe Vitt: 1-0
Scott Linehan: 0-1
Jim Haslett: 1-0
Steve Spagnoulo: 0-1
Jeff Fisher: 0-1
Sean McVay: 2-0

Last year, McVay became the first Rams coach since Ray Malavasi to lead the team to two consecutive division titles in his first two seasons.

Last season, McVay became the first Rams coach since Mike Martz to lead the team to consecutive top-2 finishes in points in his first two seasons.

A win would make McVay the first Rams coach since Martz to lead the Rams to three consecutive winning seasons and to do so in his first three seasons.

McVay is 8-4 in December with a 6-1 record on the road.

McVay is 3-2 in the Central Time Zone with a 1-1 mark in late afternoon games.

McVay is 7/18 on coaches challenges with a 1/4 overturn rate in 2019.

McVay threw a challenge flag related to pass interference on Sept. 22 versus the Browns and lost. He has not thrown such a challenge flag since.

McVay is the 27th different NFC coach to have appeared in an NFC Championship Game since the Dallas Cowboys last made it.



BROADCAST FACTS (5)

FOX is broadcasting the 10th game in the series. Here is the breakdown by network:
CBS: 19
FOX: 10
ABC: 6
ESPN: 1


Dallas is 139-126 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Rams are 153-202-1 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Cowboys are 40-45 when Joe Buck does play-by-play for their games.

Dallas is 46-51 when Troy Aikman does color commentary for their games.


WALT ANDERSON FACTS (12)

This week’s referee is Walt Anderson, a native of Sugar Land, Texas. Anderson has refereed 21 Cowboys games in his career. Dallas is 12-9. Here are the results:

2005 – @NYG, 10-17 – L 2006 – TB, 38-10 – W 2006* – @SEA, 20-21 – L 2007 – Rams, 35-7 – W 2007 – WAS, 28-23 – W 2008 – WAS, 24-26 – L 2008 – NYG, 20-8 – W 2009 – @DEN, 10-17 – L 2009* – @MIN, 3-34 – L 2011 – @NYG, 31-14 – L 2012 – CHI, 34-18 – L 2012 – @WAS, 18-28 – L 2013 – WAS, 31-16 – W
2013 – @NYG, 24-21 – W
2015 – @WAS, 19-16 – W
2017 – @WAS, 33-19 – W
2017 – @NYG, 30-10 – W
2018 – @CAR, 8-16 – L
2018 – NO, 13-10 – W
2018* – SEA, 24-22 – W
2019 – NYG, 35-17 – W

*Playoff game


The Cowboys have won the penalty battle 10/21 times with Walt Anderson:

2005 – NYG: 6/44; DAL: 7/46 2006 – TB: 5/55; DAL: 2/19 2006* – SEA: 3/15; DAL: 8/74 2007 – Rams: 7/50; DAL: 2/10 2007 – WAS: 3/71; DAL: 7/58 2008 – WAS: 5/30; DAL: 3/15 2008 – NYG: 7/40; DAL: 11/108 2009 – DEN: 7/70; DAL: 10/81 2009* – MIN: 8/50; DAL: 2/10 2011 – NYG: 3/28; DAL: 7/43 2012 – CHI: 4/25; DAL: 2/10 2012 – WAS: 2/20; DAL: 1/6 2013 – WAS: 12/104; DAL: 7/80
2013 – NYG: 11/81; DAL: 11/85
2015 – WAS: 9/73; DAL: 8/70
2017 – WAS: 5/32; DAL: 8/89
2017 – NYG: 7/69; DAL: 8/51
2018 – CAR: 9/80; DAL: 10/85
2018 – NO: 5/48; DAL: 8/80
2018* – SEA: 5/36; DAL: 6/36
2019 – NYG: 8/70; DAL: 6/47

*Playoff game


Anderson is in the middle of the pack in terms of home team winning percentage:
Carl Cheffers: .667
Alex Kemp: .667
Tony Corrente: .583
Clete Blakeman: .583
Brad Allen: .583
John Hussey: .583
Ron Torbert: .583
Scott Novak: .577
Walt Anderson: .538
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Brad Rogers: .500
Jerome Boger: .462
Shawn Smith: .462
Adrian Hill: .417
Shawn Hochuli: .417
Bill Vinovich: .417
Clay Martin: .385


Anderson has the lowest percentage of home teams with fewer penalties:
Scott Novak: .846
Clete Blakeman: .667
Clay Martin: .615
Shawn Smith: .615
Brad Rogers: .583
Alex Kemp: .583
John Hussey: .583
Tony Corrente: .583
Brad Allen: .583
Jerome Boger: .538
Adrian Hill: .500
Ron Torbert: .500
Craig Wrolstad: .500
Bill Vinovich: .417
Carl Cheffers: .417
Shawn Hochuli: .417
Walt Anderson: .385


The Rams are 6-6 with Anderson. Here are the results:
2005 – JAX, 24-21 – W
2007 – @DAL, 7-35 – L 2007 – PIT, 24-41 – L
2008 – @ATL, 27-31 – L
2010 – ATL, 17-34 – L
2011 – NO, 31-21 – W
2015 – DET, 21-14 – W
2016 – SF, 21-22 – L
2017 – @MIN, 7-24 – L
2017 – @OTI, 27-23 – W
2018 – @SF, 39-10 – W
2019 – NO, 27-9 – W

The Rams have had fewer penalties 4/12 times with Anderson:
2005 – JAX: 4/25; RAM: 9/59
2007 – DAL: 2/10; RAM: 7/50
2007 – PIT: 2/36; RAM: 3/20
2008 – ATL: 3/14; RAM: 3/14
2010 – ATL: 3/30; RAM: 7/54
2011 – NO: 5/32; RAM: 9/64
2015 – DET: 5/45; RAM: 5/48
2016 – SF: 11/100; RAM: 5/45
2017 – MIN: 7/65; RAM: 8/60
2017 – OTI: 5/54; RAM: 5/44
2018 – SF: 2/10; RAM: 1/10
2019 – NO: 11/87; RAM: 8/65


Anderson is tied for the third-highest sacks per game:
Smith: 6.5
Vinovich: 6.5
Anderson: 6.2
Hill: 6.2
Kemp: 5.5
Martin: 5.5
Corrente: 5.3
Allen: 5.3
Boger: 5.1
Cheffers: 5.0
Rogers: 4.9
Novak: 4.8
Torbert : 4.4
Blakeman: 4.3
Hussey: 4.3
Wrolstad: 4.3
Hochuli: 3.6



Anderson is tied for the eighth-most offensive holding calls per game:
Cheffers: 4.6
Blakeman: 4.0
Wrolstad: 4.0
Torbert : 3.8
Corrente: 3.5
Rogers: 3.4
Anderson: 3.3
Hochuli: 3.3
Hill: 3.2
Allen: 3.1
Boger: 3.1
Kemp: 3.1
Smith: 2.6
Martin: 2.4
Novak: 2.2
Hussey: 1.9
Vinovich: 1.8


The Cowboys are 5/5 on challenges under Anderson while opponents are 2/7. Replay Assistant is 3/5 with none of those decisions having favored the Cowboys.


The Rams are 0/4 on challenges under Anderson while opponents are 6/7. Replay Assistant is 2/3 with two of those decisions benefiting the Rams.


Anderson has the fourth-highest challenge overturn rate:
Blakeman: .667 (10/15)
Kemp: .600 (6/10)
Novak: .500 (6/12)
Anderson: .467 (7/15)
Cheffers: .444 (4/9)
Smith: .429 (3/7)
Torbert : .429 (3/7)
Vinovich: .429 (6/14)
Corrente: .375 (3/8)
Hill: .375 (3/8)
Hussey: .364 (4/11)
Boger: .364 (4/11)
Rogers: .333 (3/9)
Allen: .214 (3/14)
Martin: .154 (2/13)
Hochuli: .143 (1/7)
Wrolstad: .100 (1/10)


Anderson is tied for the second-highest challenge overturn rate related to pass interference:
Cheffers: .500 (1/2)
Anderson: .400 (2/5)
Vinovich: .400 (2/5)
Hill: .333 (1/3)
Kemp: .200 (1/5)
Blakeman; .000 (0/2)
Boger: .000 (0/2)
Smith: .000 (0/2)
Torbert : .000 (0/3)
Novak: .000 (0/3)
Corrente: .000 (0/3)
Hussey: .000 (0/3)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/4)
Hochuli: .000 (0/4)
Rogers: .000 (0/4)
Allen: .000 (0/8)
Martin: .000 (0/8)




MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (16)

Rams defensive end Aaron Donald has the seventh-most sacks in the NFL with 11.0.

Donald has the most tackles for loss in the league with 18.

Rams linebacker Corey Littleton has the eighth-most tackles in the league with 112.

Rams linebacker Dante Fowler is tied for the sixth-most tackles for loss in the NFL with 13.

The Rams are tied with the New Orleans Saints for the fourth-most sacks in the NFL with 43.

The Rams defense has the 10th-lowest opposing passer rating overall at 86.3.

The Rams are tied for the ninth-fewest interceptions in the NFL with nine.

The Rams defense is tied with the Steelers and Giants for the fourth-lowest rushing yards per attempt at 3.8.

The Rams defense is tied for the ninth-fewest rushing touchdowns surrendered at nine.

The Rams’ defense gives up the fifth-highest red zone conversion percentage at 61.0%.

The Cowboys defense is tied with Detroit for the fewest interceptions with five.

The Cowboys defense is tied with the Cleveland Browns for the third-most missed tackles with 104.

Dallas linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is tied for the eighth-most missed tackles in the league with 14. The nearest Rams player is safety Marqui Christian with eight, and there are four Cowboys in between (Sean Lee, Jaylon Smith, Chidobe Awuzie, Xavier Woods).

The Cowboys are 5-3 on Dec. 15. Here are the results:
1963 – @CRD, 28-24 – W
1968 – @NYG, 28-10 – W
1980 – @RAM, 14-38 – L
1985 – NYG, 28-21 – W
1991 – @PHI, 25-13 – W
1996 – NE, 12-6 – W
2002 – @NYG, 7-37 – L
2013 – GB, 37-36 – L


The Rams are 7-4 on Dec. 15. Here are the results:
1957 – CLT, 37-21 – W
1963 – @CLT, 16-19 – L
1968 – CLT, 24-28 – L
1974 – BUF, 19-14 – W
1980 – DAL, 38-14 – W
1985 – CRD, 46-14 – W
1991 – @MIN, 14-20 – L
1996 – @ATL, 34-27 – W
2002 – CRD, 30-28 – W
2013 – NO, 27-16 – W
2016 – @SEA, 3-24 – L


The Cowboys have three birthdays to celebrate on Dec. 15:
1956 – Aaron Mitchell, CB, 1979-80
1971 – Eric Bjornson, TE, 1995-99
1993 – Anthony Brown, CB, 2016-present

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Pasted GraphicSERIES FACTS (5)

The Cowboys are 6-6 for the fifth time in franchise history. Only the 1999 team made the playoffs.

The Bears are 6-6 for the ninth time in franchise history. None of those previous teams made the playoffs.

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, 35/121 teams that started 6-6 made the playoffs with 12 of them having won the division.

The Cowboys are 7-6 against the Bears on the road with a 2-2 record in prime time.

The Cowboys are 4-2 against the Bears in December with a 2-1 record on the road.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (15)

Prescott has the most play-action passing yards in the NFL with 1,031.

Prescott has the eighth-most passing yards off run-pass option with 308.

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

Prescott and Tom Brady have had the most passes dropped this season with 26.

Prescott leads the NFL with on target throws at 351.

Prescott has benefited from 1,492 yards after the catch, the seventh-most in the NFL.

Prescott’s intended air yards per pass attempt are the fifth-highest in the NFL at 9.3

Prescott is one of eight quarterbacks who has thrown at least 40 red zone passes without an interception.

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

Prescott is tied with Deshaun Watson and Kirk Cousins for the third-most passing touchdowns in the league with 23

Prescott is tied with Daniel Jones and Ryan Fitzpatrick for the sixth-most interceptions with 11.

Prescott’s 8.5 yards per pass attempt is tied with Patrick Mahomes and Kirk Cousins for the third-most in the NFL.

Prescott has the absolute highest passing yards per game at 315.7.

Prescott has thrown the fourth-most third down conversions with 51.

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


MITCH TRUBISKY FACTS (10)

Trubisky is tied for the second-lowest time in the pocket at 2.3 seconds.

Trubisky is tied with Jameis Winston and Jimmy Garoppolo for the ninth-most passes dropped in the league with 19.

Trubisky’s 84.4 passer rating is the sixth-lowest among quarterbacks who have started at least 10 games.

Among quarterbacks who have started at least 10 games, Trubisky’s 199.6 yards per game are the fewest in the league.

Trubisky’s 6.1 yards per pass attempt is the absolute lowest in the league.

Trubisky, Jared Goff, and Kyler Murray are the only quarterbacks this season to have started at least 11 games yet not reached 15 passing touchdowns.

Among quarterbacks with at least 50 third down passes, Trubisky’s 68.2 passer rating is the sixth-lowest in the NFL.

Trubisky is tied with Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, Gardner Minshew, and Mason Rudolph for the ninth-most interceptions thrown on third down with three.

Trubisky has taken the second-most sacks on third down with 15.

Trubisky is one of 10 quarterbacks this year to have at least two game-winning drives and two fourth quarter comebacks.


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

Elliott’s seven rushing touchdowns are tied with Josh Jacobs, Nick Chubb, and Lamar Jackson for the eighth-most in the NFL.

Elliott’s 82.5 rushing yards per game are the seventh-most in the NFL.

Among rushers with at least 900 rushing yards, Elliott’s 30-yard run against the Bills is the lowest of all. Second-lowest is a 47-yard run from Lamar Jackson.

Elliott’s 54 first downs rushing are the fourth-most overall.

Elliott’s 527 yards before contact are the third-most in the league.

Elliott has gained 463 yards after contact, the seventh-most overall.

Elliott is tied with Josh Jacobs for the eighth-most red zone rushing touchdowns with seven.

The Bears were the first team that Elliott hurdled on Sept. 25, 2016, on Sunday Night Football.

Elliott has taken the most red zone rushing attempts in the NFL with 46.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

This is the 41st week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

Garrett is 11/21 when it comes to snapping a team out of a losing streak.

Garrett’s 21-16 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:

Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 21-16
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 13-8 on the road in December. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Landry: 28-22-1
Garrett: 13-8
Johnson: 6-5
Parcells: 5-5
Phillips: 4-4
Switzer: 4-4
Campo: 1-6
Gailey: 0-4

Garrett is 2-2 against the Bears. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:
Tom Landry: 8-6
Jimmy Johnson: 2-0
Bill Parcells: 1-0
Jason Garrett: 2-2
Wade Phillips: 1-1
Barry Switzer: 1-1
Chan Gailey: 0-1


Garrett’s 2-2 record against the Bears is his third-best against an NFC North opponent:
Lions: 4-2
Vikings: 2-1
Bears: 2-2
Packers: 1-6

Garrett is 9-12 against the NFC North with a 4-4 record on the road.

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

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.


MATT NAGY FACTS (7)

Nagy is facing the Cowboys for the first time. Only 3/9 of Bears head coaches since 1960 have defeated the Cowboys in their first meeting: George Halas, Dave Wannstedt, and Marc Trestman.

Nagy is 2-2 against the NFC East with a 1-0 record at home.

Nagy is 4-3 in prime time games with a 3-1 record at home.

Nagy is 2-1 on Thursdays with an 0-1 record at home.

Nagy has a 4-7 record against playoff-winning coaches with a 3-3 record at home.

Nagy is 2/6 on challenges for his career with a 2/3 rate in 2019.

Nagy has not challenged anything related to pass interference this season.


BROADCAST FACTS (4)

The Cowboys have never lost a Thursday night game broadcast on NFL Network (5-0), though they have lost three Saturday night games (4-3).

Dallas is 139-125 all-time on FOX, including postseason.

The Cowboys are 40-44 when Joe Buck does play-by-play for their games.

Dallas is 46-50 when Troy Aikman does color commentary for their games.


BRAD ROGERS FACTS (10)

The Cowboys have had the rookie referee once already this season. In Week 6, the Cowboys had Rogers as they lost 24-22 at the New York Jets. The Cowboys had fewer penalties: 9/68 to 8/105.

Rogers is tied for the third-lowest home team winning percentage in the NFL:
Alex Kemp: .667
Brad Allen: .636
Carl Cheffers: .636
John Hussey: .636
Ron Torbert: .636
Clete Blakeman: .546
Tony Corrente: .546
Scott Novak: .500
Jerome Boger: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Shawn Smith: .500
Bill Vinovich: .455
Craig Wrolstad: .455
Adrian Hill: .455
Brad Rogers: .455
Shawn Hochuli: .364
Clay Martin: .333


Rogers is in the middle of the pack in terms of the percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Scott Novak: .833
Clay Martin: .667
Clete Blakeman: .636
Tony Corrente: .636
Shawn Smith: .583
Alex Kemp: .583
Brad Rogers: .546
John Hussey: .546
Ron Torbert: .546
Craig Wrolstad: .546
Brad Allen: .546
Adrian Hill: .546
Jerome Boger: .500
Bill Vinovich: .455
Walt Anderson: .417
Carl Cheffers: .364
Shawn Hochuli: .364


Rogers has also worked a Bears game earlier this season. In Week 8, Rogers refereed the Chargers-Bears game at Solider Field in which Chicago lost 17-16. The Bears had fewer penalties: 5/42 to 8/53.

Rogers’ games are also average in terms of sacks per game:
Vinovich: 6.8
Smith: 6.5
Hill: 6.4
Anderson; 6.3
Allen: 5.6
Corrente: 5.6
Kemp: 5.5
Martin: 5.3
Boger: 5.2
Cheffers: 5.2
Rogers: 5.0
Novak: 4.8
Wrolstad: 4.4
Blakeman: 4.2
Hussey: 4.1
Torbert : 4.1
Hochuli: 3.5


Rogers calls the third-most offensive holding penalties this season:
Cheffers: 4.9
Torbert: 4.1
Rogers: 3.7
Corrente: 3.6
Anderson: 3.5
Hochuli: 3.4
Kemp: 3.4
Boger: 3.3
Hill: 3.3
Allen: 3.2
Wrolstad: 3.1
Blakeman: 3
Smith: 2.7
Martin: 2.5
Novak: 2.3
Hussey: 2.1
Vinovich: 1.7


Rogers has the fifth-lowest challenge overturn rate in the NFL:
Blakeman: .692 (9/13)
Kemp: .600 (6/10)
Novak: .546 (6/11)
Cheffers: .500 (3/6)
Smith: .429 (3/7)
Torbert : .429 (3/7)
Vinovich: .429 (6/14)
Anderson: .429 (6/14)
Corrente: .375 (3/8)
Hill: .375 (3/8)
Hussey: .364 (4/11)
Boger: .333 (3/9)
Rogers: .250 (2/8)
Allen: .214 (3/14)
Martin: .154 (2/13)
Hochuli: .143 (1/7)
Wrolstad: .100 (1/10)


Pass interference challenges:
Cheffers: 1.000 (1/1)
Anderson: .400 (2/5)
Vinovich: .400 (2/5)
Hill: .333 (1/3)
Kemp: .200 (1/5)
Blakeman; .000 (0/2)
Boger: .000 (0/2)
Novak: .000 (0/2)
Smith: .000 (0/2)
Torbert : .000 (0/3)
Corrente: .000 (0/3)
Hussey; .000 (0/3)
Wrolstad: .000 (0/4)
Hochuli: .000 (0/4)
Rogers: .000 (0/4)
Allen: .000 (0/8)
Martin: .000 (0/8)


Rogers teaches at both Lubbock Christian and Texas Tech in Lubbock, where he resides.

Rogers has officiating experience in the Southeastern Conference and Conference USA.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (29)

Bears wideout Allen Robinson is tied with Jarvis Landry for the ninth-most targets in the NFL with 108.

Robinson is ninth in the NFL with 71 catches.

Dallas receiver Amari Cooper has the fifth-most receiving yards with 971.

Cooper is tied with Mike Evans, Darren Fells, Austin Ekeler, and Mark Andrews for the fifth-most receiving touchdowns with seven.

Cooper has the ninth-highest yards per target in the league at 10.6.

Cooper’s 80.9 receiving yards per game are the sixth-highest in the NFL.

The last time the Cowboys went four games without procuring a takeaway was from Weeks 3-7 of 2015 when they failed to get takeaways against the Falcons, Saints, Patriots, and Giants.

The Cowboys are tied with the Colts for the 16th-most sacks in the NFL with 32.

Dallas is tied with the Jets for the 10th-most quarterback hits with 73.

The Bears defense has the ninth-lowest opposing passer rating overall at 86.4.

Dallas is tied with the Jets for the 12th-fewest pass breakups with 50.

The Cowboys defense has the absolute fewest interceptions in the NFL with four.

Chicago is tied for the eighth-fewest interceptions overall with eight.

The Bears defense gives up the third-lowest yards per completion at 10.1.

Chicago’s defense is tied with the Texans for the sixth-lowest tackles for loss with 43.

Chicago’s defense gives up the seventh-fewest rushing yards per game at 97.5.

The Bears defense is tied with the Rams for the third-lowest yards per carry at 3.7.

The Bears defense gives up the fourth-fewest points per game at 17.3.

The Dallas defense gives up the eighth-fewest points per game at 19.7.

Strangely, the Dallas defense has the third-lowest third down conversion rate in the league at 32.5%.

Opponents are starting at their own 31-yard line against the Bears, the second-best field position in the league.

Bears linebacker Khalil Mack is tied with T.J. Watt and Chandler Jones for the second-most forced fumbles with five.

Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn is tied for the ninth-most sacks in the league with 9.5.

Dallas linebacker Jaylon Smith has the fourth-most tackles in the NFL with 112.

The Bears have given up the fifth-most receptions to tight ends with 70.

The Cowboys are 4-1 on Dec. 5. Here are the results:
1965 – @PHI, 21-19 – W
1976 – @PHI, 26-7 – W
1982 – @WAS, 24-10 – W
1999 – @NE, 6-13 – L
2010 – @CLT, 38-35 – W-OT


The Bears are on Dec. 5. Here are the results:
1920 – @CRD, 10-0 – W
1925 – @Frankford Yellow Jackets, 14-7 – W
1937 – @CRD, 42-28 – W
1948 – @DET, 42-14 – W
1954 – @CRD, 29-7 – W
1964 – GB, 3-17 – L
1965 – @CLT, 13-0 – W
1970 – @MIN, 13-16 – L
1971 – @DEN, 3-6 – L
1976 – @SEA, 34-7 – W
1982 – NE, 26-13 – W
1988 – @RAM, 3-23 – L
1993 – GB, 30-17 – W
1999 – GB, 19-35 – L
2004 – MIN, 24-14 – W
2010 – @DET, 24-20 – W


The Cowboys have two birthdays to celebrate on Dec. 5:
1959 – Vince Courville, WR, 1987
1987 – Kevin Ogletree, WR, 2009-12

The Cowboys also have three deaths to remember on Dec. 5. The first is LB Mike Dowdle, who played for the club from 1960-62 and died in 1993. The second is DB Otto Brown, who played in 1969 and died in 2006. The third is “Dandy” Don Meredith, who played quarterback for Dallas from 1960-68 and died in 2010.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



JOSH ALLEN FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (8)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

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

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

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

This is the ninth Thanksgiving game of Garrett’s coaching tenure. Here is how his teams have performed in the pre-Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving games:

2010 – DET(W), NO (L)
2011 – @WAS (W-OT), MIA (W)
2012 – CLE (W-OT), WAS (L)
2013 – @NYG (W), RAI (W)
2014 – @NYG (W), PHI (L)
2015 – @MIA (W), CAR (L)
2016 – RAV (W), WAS (W)
2017 – PHI (L), SDG (L)
2018 – @ATL (W), WAS (W)


Garrett is 4-5 on Thanksgiving. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches on Turkey Day:

Tom Landry: 14-6-1
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Barry Switzer: 3-1
Wade Phillips: 3-0
Bill Parcells: 2-2
Jason Garrett: 4-5
Chan Gailey: 1-1
Dave Campo: 1-2


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



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

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

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

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


SEAN MCDERMOTT FACTS (10)

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

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

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

McDermott is 9-13 on the road.

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

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

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

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

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

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


THANKSGIVING FACTS (10)

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

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

The Dallas Cowboys are 31-19-1 on Thanksgiving. Here is a breakdown by decade:

1960s: 3-0-1
1970s: 5-3
1980s: 6-4
1990s: 7-3
2000s: 6-4
2010s: 4-5


Buffalo is 3-4-1 on Thanksgiving.


Here’s a list of Cowboys quarterback Thanksgiving records:

Most Touchdowns: 5 (Romo, ’06)
Most Passing Yards: 455 (Aikman, ’98)
Most Completions: 37 (Romo, ’12)
Most Attempts: 62 (Romo, ’12)
Best Completion Percentage: 77.4 (White, ’83)
Most INTs: 3 (Morton, ‘69; White, ’87; Aikman, ’89; Carter, ’03; Romo, ‘15)
Best Passer Rating: Tony Romo, 148.9
Worst Passer Rating: Roger Staubach, 1.7
Youngest Starter: Troy Aikman, 23 years, 2 days
Oldest Starter: Jon Kitna, 38 years, 65 days


Here’s a list of the Top 10 Cowboys Passer Ratings on Thanksgiving:
1. Tony Romo — 148.9 (2006)
2. Roger Staubach — 141.4 (1971)
3. Dak Prescott — 121.6 (2018)
4. Tony Romo — 121.2 (2009)
5. Tony Romo — 113.7 (2008)
6. Troy Aikman — 113.0 (1995)
7. Don Meredith — 110.0 (1967)
8. Jason Garrett — 109.6 (1994)
9. Danny White — 109.2 (1983)
10. Dak Prescott — 108.9 (2016)


In 1975 and 1977, the St. Louis Cardinals replaced the Cowboys as a Thanksgiving game host with unfavorable results. Even St. Louis-area high school football was a bigger draw than the Cardinals on Thanksgiving, thus moving the game back to Dallas.

The longest Thanksgiving winning streak the Cowboys had was from 1980 to 1985. Their longest losing streak is from 1986 to 1989.

The Cowboys’ biggest Thanksgiving win was a 51-7 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

The Cowboys were shutout by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1989 and then pitched their own against the Miami Dolphins in 1999. Aikman started both contests.


BROADCAST FACTS (13)

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

CBS: 18-8-1
FOX: 8-5
NBC: 5-6


The Detroit Lions are 5-6 on FOX on Thanksgiving. Here is how they have performed on all networks involved:

NBC: 11-4
Dumont: 2-0
ABC: 1-0
FOX: 5-6
CBS: 11-22-2


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

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

Dallas is 2-3 when Romo calls the action.

Troy Aikman was the first former Cowboys player to cover a Thanksgiving game on Nov. 28, 2002 when he was with FOX. Dallas beat Washington 27-20.

The Cowboys have the most Thanksgiving game awards with 27. Here is a breakdown by network:

CBS (All-Iron): 11 – Dexter Coakley, Tony Romo (3), Chris Canty, DeMarcus Ware, Terence Newman, Miles Austin, Jason Witten, DeMarco Murray, and Lance Dunbar.

CBS (Madden Turkey Leg): 7 – Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, and the Dallas offensive line

FOX (Galloping Gobbler): 6 – Emmitt Smith, Julius Jones, Tony Romo, DeMarcus Ware, Dak Prescott (2016), Ezekiel Elliott (2016)

FOX (Madden Turkey Leg): 2 – Emmitt Smith and Jason Garrett

FOX (Game Ball): 1 – Amari Cooper


BILL VINOVICH FACTS (14)

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

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



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

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


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


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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (5)

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

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

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


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


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

Cowboys at Patriots Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (16)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


TOM BRADY FACTS (11)

Brady leads the NFL with 26 passes thrown away.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (15)

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

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

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

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

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

Elliott leads the NFL with 43 red zone rushing attempts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elliott has taken just one fourth down carry this season.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BILL BELICHICK FACTS (10)

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

Belichick has a 5-1 record against the Cowboys.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Belichick has not challenged anything related to pass interference.



BROADCAST FACTS (6)

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

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

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

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

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

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


SCOTT NOVAK FACTS (8)

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

Novak used to work as a Big 12 game official.

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


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



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


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



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


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





MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

Cowboys at Lions Preview

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

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

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

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

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


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (15)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JEFF DRISKEL FACTS (5)

Driskel is the sixth ever quarterback drafted from Louisiana Tech.

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

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

Driskel is 1-1 over his career.

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

EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (15)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JASON GARRETT FACTS (11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MATT PATRICIA FACTS (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BROADCAST FACTS (8)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


TONY CORRENTE FACTS (13)

This week’s referee is Tony Corrente. The Cowboys are 8-7 when he referees their games:

2000 — MIN, 15-27 – L
2001 — @SEA, 3-29 – L
2004 — NO, 13-27 – L
2005 — Rams, 10-20 – L
2006 — WAS, 27-10 – W
2009 — CAR, 21-7 – W
2010 — @WAS, 7-13 – L
2010 — @PHI, 14-13 – W
2013 — NYG, 36-31 – W
2014 — WAS, 17-20 – L-OT
2015 — @PHI, 20-10 – W
2016 — CIN, 28-14 – W
2016 — @MIN, 17-15 – W
2016* — GB, 31-34 – L
2018 — JAX, 40-7 – W

*Playoff game


Since 2000, the Cowboys have had fewer penalties than their opponents 5/15 times. Here is the breakdown:

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

*Playoff game


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



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


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


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

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


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

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

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



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


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

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


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


KIRK COUSINS FACTS (11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JASON GARRETT FACTS (11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MIKE ZIMMER FACTS (11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BROADCAST FACTS (11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SHAWN HOCHULI FACTS (10)

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

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


This is the first Vikings game Hochuli will referee.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (13)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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SERIES FACTS (11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (14)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DANIEL JONES FACTS (12)

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

Jones has a 100.4 passer rating on third down.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (4)

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

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

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

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


JASON GARRETT FACTS (16)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Garrett is 10-11 as a coach when his team wears their road blues. Garrett is 1-0 as a starter in the road blues, having defeated Washington 31-10 on Oct. 4, 1998.


Garrett’s 10-11 record when his team is wearing the “cursed blues” ranks him middle of pack with other Cowboys coaches:

Tom Landry: 37-33-1
Jason Garrett: 10-11
Wade Phillips: 6-2
Jimmy Johnson: 6-8
Barry Switzer: 3-5
Chan Gailey: 2-2
Dave Campo: 2-5
Bill Parcells: 3-7


Garrett is 4-4 after the bye week. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches:
Barry Switzer: 4-0
Chan Gailey: 2-0
Bill Parcells: 3-1
Wade Phillips: 3-1
Jason Garrett: 4-4
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Dave Campo: 1-2

Here is how Garrett’s post-bye record compares to all head coaches in the NFC East since 1990:
Andy Reid: 13-1
Tom Coughlin: 7-5
Barry Switzer: 4-0
Bill Parcells: 4-1
Norv Turner: 5-2
Buddy Ryan: 3-0
Wade Phillips: 3-1
Chan Gailey: 2-0
Pat Shurmur: 1-0
Marty Schottenheimer: 1-0
Ben McAdoo: 1-1
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Rich Kotite: 3-2
Joe Gibbs: 4-3
Jason Garrett: 4-4
Joe Bugel: 2-2
Vince Tobin: 2-2
Jay Gruden: 3-2
Ray Rhodes: 2-2
Doug Pederson: 1-2
Steve Spurrier: 1-1
Chip Kelly: 2-1
Dave Campo: 1-2
Mike Shanahan: 1-3
Dan Reeves: 1-4
Jim Fassel: 1-6
Dave McGinnis: 0-1
Richie Petitbon: 0-2
Jim Zorn: 0-2
Ray Handley: 0-2


Jason Garrett is 4-4 on ESPN Monday Night Football. Here are other Cowboys head coaches’ records on ESPN:
Wade Phillips: 3-1
Jason Garrett: 4-4
Jimmy Johnson: 1-1
Chan Gailey: 1-1
Tom Landry: 0-2
Dave Campo: 0-3
Bill Parcells: 0-4 (one MNF game)

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

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


PAT SHURMUR FACTS (7)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BROADCAST FACTS (21)

WFAA will simulcast the game in Dallas-Fort Worth, and are the fifth Metroplex station to do so since 1987. Here is a list of the other stations that have simulcast Cowboys cable games and the Cowboys’ records:

KXAS (1987-90): 1-2
KTXA (1991-12): 13-15
KTXD (2013): 0-1
WFAA (2014): 0-1
KTVT (2014): 1-0
WFAA (2015): 1-0
KTVT (2015): 0-1
WFAA (2016) 1-0
WFAA (2017) 1-0
WFAA (2018) 0-1


The Cowboys are 48-36 on WFAA, including simulcast games.

The Nov. 13, 1988, ESPN Sunday Night Football game between Minnesota and Dallas was blacked out in Dallas-Fort Worth, and probably for good reason. The Vikings handed the Cowboys their largest margin of defeat on ESPN with a 43-3 beat down.

The only quarterback the Cowboys have faced on both of ESPN’s telecasts is Eli Manning, who remains a perfect 3-0 against the Cowboys having played them in three different venues (2004: Giants Stadium; 2006: Texas Stadium; 2010: AT&T Stadium).

Going back to 2000, the Cowboys have had four rushers go over 100 yards in an ESPN telecast: Troy Hambrick (2001), Julius Jones (2004), Felix Jones (2011), DeMarco Murray (2014), and Ezekiel Elliott (2016).

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has recorded the most sacks in an ESPN game with three last season at the Arizona Cardinals. DeMarcus Ware’s 7.5 sacks is the most for a Cowboys career on ESPN.

Bill Parcells holds the distinction as being the only NFL head coach to have coached on ESPN Sunday Night Football and ESPN Monday Night Football in the same calendar year (1/1/06 and 10/23/06)

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

ESPN only showed Sunday night games during the second half of the season from 1987-97. From 1990-97, TNT carried the first half of the season’s Sunday night contests. The Cowboys actually had a better record of 3-1 on TNT than their 2-12 record on ESPN Sunday Night Football.

The Cowboys have kicked off ESPN’s telecasts for the year only twice: 1989 and 1990. While many remember the Cowboys’ infamous Week 1 loss to the expansion Houston Texans, this was not ESPN’s first telecast of the season. That was three days prior on Sept. 5 when Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann, and Paul Maguire called the 49ers-Giants matchup, which became the basis for the NFL’s Kickoff Special.

Dallas has played on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday on ESPN.

For ESPN telecasts since 1987, September is the most-played month for the Cowboys, who hold a 4-3 record. Here is the Cowboys’ record in the other months in which they have played on ESPN:

September: 4-3
October: 1-5
November: 1-5
December: 3-4
January: 0-2


The Cowboys have been on both sides of one-point contests on ESPN. The first was a 31-32 loss to the Cardinals on Sept. 10, 2000, while their victory was the 25-24 thriller in Buffalo on Oct. 8, 2007.

L.P. Ladouceur and Jason Witten are the only remaining Cowboys to have played on both ESPN Sunday Night Football and ESPN Monday Night Football.

Andy Reid and Tom Coughlin are the only two coaches to have faced the Cowboys on both of ESPN’s NFL packages. However, Coughlin is the only coach to have defeated the Cowboys on both packages.

Parcells and Wade Phillips are the only two Cowboys head coaches to have coached against their former teams on ESPN telecasts (Parcells: Patriots in ’03 and Giants in ’06; Phillips: Bills in ’07). Only Phillips defeated his former team.

Joe Tessitore and Anthony “Booger” McFarland return as the talent for ESPN Monday Night Football. Here is the Cowboys’ record for all talent that participated in ESPN’s coverage of Dallas Cowboys football since 1987:

Mike Patrick: 2-12
Roy Firestone: 0-1
Joe Theismann: 2-12
Paul Maguire: 1-9
Solomon Wilcots: 1-4
Suzy Kolber: 4-8
Mike Tirico: 5-5
Tony Kornheiser: 2-1
Michele Tafoya: 3-2
Jon Gruden: 5-4
Ron Jaworski: 4-1
Ed Werder (2011, Cowboys sideline): 1-0
Lisa Salters: 3-3
Sean McDonough: 2-0
Joe Tessitore: 0-1
Anthony McFarland: 0-1
Jason Witten: 0-1

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

Jason Witten is the 11th former Cowboy to call a Dallas game on television. The other 10 are John Roach, Eddie LeBaron, Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Daryl Johnston, Brian Baldinger, Troy Aikman, Deion Sanders, Charles Davis, and Tony Romo. Here are the results of their first Cowboys games called:

Roach: Sept. 19, 1965 – NYG, 31-2 – W
LeBaron: Sept. 15, 1968 – DET, 59-13 – W
Meredith: Nov. 16, 1970 – Cardinals, 0-38 – L
Staubach: Oct. 12, 1980 – SF, 59-14 – W
Johnston: Nov. 12, 2000 – CIN, 23-6 – W
Baldinger: Dec. 3, 2000 – @TB, 7-27 – L
Aikman: Nov. 4, 2001 – @NYG, 24-27 – L-OT
Sanders: Dec. 16, 2006 – @ATL, 38-28 – W
Davis: Nov. 1, 2009 – SEA, 38-17 – W
Romo: Nov. 5, 2017 – KC, 28-7 – W
Witten: Nov. 5, 2018 – OTI, 14-28 – L


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


CLAY MARTIN FACTS (11)

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

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



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


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


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



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


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


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


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



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

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


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (4)

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

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


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

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

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

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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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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