By: Edward Egros

Lions

Cowboys at Lions Preview

Pasted GraphicSERIES FACTS (5)

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.