By: Edward Egros


Cowboys Season Finale

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.