By: Edward Egros


Cowboys at Giants Preview

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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