By: Edward Egros

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Eagles at Cowboys Preview

Pasted GraphicSERIES FACTS (10)

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