By: Edward Egros

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Rams at Cowboys Preview

Pasted GraphicSERIES FACTS (10)

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