Advanced Stats Notebook: Washington At Dallas

The Cowboys have the opportunity to bury a division foe before the calendar turns to November. We take a look at the advanced metrics that spell out how difficult of a task it might be.

It’s funny how different things are a year later. In 2013, Dallas and Washington both entered the first matchup of the season as below .500 teams, searching for an identity. In 2014, Dallas might have forged the most identifiable identity of the NFC. Their upcoming opponents, however, are still searching for a starting quarterback, much less an identity. Washington benched Kirk Cousins in last week’s victory over the Tennessee Titans and have named for University of Texas star Colt McCoy as the starter until Robert Griffin is completely healed. Griffin is ramping up his practice reps and there remains an outside possibility that he may see action on Monday night. That makes this an interesting team to prepare for.

Kirk Cousins was a turnover factory in his time behind center. He was thought to be the perfect quarterback for Jay Gruden’s system and all reports out of Washington were that Gruden preferred Cousins to run it as opposed to the athletic, yet inexperienced-from-the-pocket Griffin. Be careful what you wish for. McCoy is hardly seen as a season-long solution to any teams quarterbacking needs; but with limited film on him in this system; one week of surprises could be all that’s needed to knock Dallas off their confident stride.

We all know the infamous take originally attributed to Henry Du Pré Labouchère, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." In sports, though, statistics are how we measure performance beyond just the wins and losses. In football, where sample sizes are so small, and the mean so cluttered, it behooves us to try to analyze things that have a higher correlation to winning than previous wins.

Fortunately, over the past several years, many statisticians a million times smarter than the author of this piece have spent countless hours devising formulas that they use to judge the quality of teams beyond the normal statistical measures. These advanced metrics allow us a glimpse into which teams are winning based on quality play, which ones are winning because of inept opponents and which ones have a horseshoe crammed up their chimneys.

So, let’s take a look at some of the statistical explanations for what kinds of team the 2014 Dallas Cowboys and 2014 Washington Washingtons have proven to be, and what might transpire on Monday Night.

Standard Statistics

Dallas Cowboys

Off Yds / GOff Pts / GDef Yds / GDef Pts / G
Total 402.1 28.0 343.9 21
Rank 3rd 5th 14th 9th

 

Washington Redskins

Off Yds / GOff Pts / GDef Yds / GDef Pts / G
Total 389.4 21.6 321.9 26.1
Rank 5th 23rd 7th 24th

What we have here is a failure to communicate… or actually a failure to translate yards into points for the Washington team. It’s actually a two-parter, as Washington's D doesn't give up a lot of yards, but gives up a lot of points. Probably because their special teams are still awful. Hopefully it will be a chance for Dwayne Harris and company to get on track.

Differential Rankings

We all know that it is a passing league, while running the football undoubtedly has an effect on the passing game, and more importantly how the opposition defends it. In the end, though, passing success is what leads to team success.

There are generally two stats that are easily calculated that seem to have a high correlation to predicting future success; Passer Rating differential and Adjusted Net Yards Per Passing Attempt differential. Both are calculated by simply finding the difference between what your offense achieves in each category and taking away what your defense gives up. Teams with the larger differentials are more likely to have future success (read: wins) than those teams with smaller, or negative differentials.

As my good friend and Stats Sensei One.Cool.Customer over at Blogging The Boys can attest to right here, these stats have shown to be the most closely correlated stat to winning and losing outside of scoring differential. (I think we all know why that one ranks so highly.) This is must read stuff.

Here’s a snippet from a few weeks ago :

The graph illustrates a fairly simple truth: the higher your passer rating differential, the higher the number of wins a team had last year. Conversely, the teams with the lowest number of wins had some of the worst passer rating differentials (PRD).

In statistics this relationship between wins and PRD is called a correlation. The strength of the correlation is measured by the "correlation coefficient". The correlation coefficient measures the relationship between two variables. This coefficient is often referred to as "r²" and is expressed as a number between 1 and -1. The closer the r² number is to 1 or -1, the stronger the relationship between the two variables. The closer it is to zero, the weaker the relationship.

R² between PRD and wins in 2013 was 0.71, an astonishingly high correlation. It is almost as good as scoring differential (0.89) at predicting the W/L record of an NFL team.

Rk TmGOff Passer RatingDef Passer RatingDifferential
1Green Bay Packers7113.27439.2
2Denver Broncos7118.682.336.3
3Indianapolis Colts71007921
4Dallas Cowboys7104.788.516.2
5Cincinnati Bengals692.376.915.4
6San Diego Chargers8109.594.515
7New York Giants797.282.714.5
8New England Patriots798.28513.2
9Detroit Lions787.976.411.5
10Baltimore Ravens797.286.810.4
11San Francisco 49ers794.38410.3
12Pittsburgh Steelers797.991.46.5
13Cleveland Browns687.683.14.5
14Chicago Bears794.591.62.9
15Miami Dolphins687.886.31.5
16Arizona Cardinals690.389.21.1
 Avg Team 90.190.10
17Seattle Seahawks6102.2103.9-1.7
18Kansas City Chiefs69194.8-3.8
19Buffalo Bills785.990.4-4.5
20Houston Texans788.493-4.6
21Carolina Panthers794.9100.3-5.4
22Atlanta Falcons790.897.5-6.7
23New Orleans Saints691.799.9-8.2
24Tennessee Titans781.391.1-9.8
25Washington Redskins791.3103.6-12.3
26Philadelphia Eagles68294.6-12.6
27St. Louis Rams691.9105.9-14
28Jacksonville Jaguars773.4100-26.6
29Oakland Raiders678.8106.9-28.1
30Minnesota Vikings762.794.4-31.7
31Tampa Bay Buccaneers679.2111.9-32.7
32New York Jets770.3108.3-38

Heading into the Saints game just a month ago, Dallas was ranked just 22nd in the league in passer rating differential. The change in just one month worth of games is remarkable, with the Cowboys now the 4th best team in the league. It’s not because their defense has improved greatly; they’ve gone from allowing 91.4 against to 88.5 against… basically no difference. The difference has been the performance of Tony Romo and the Cowboys passing game; moving up almost 20 points.

Adjusted Net Yards Per Pass Attempt, or ANY/A, comes in third when it comes to correlating to victory with an R2 coefficient of 0.69. What exactly is ANY/A?

ANY/A: Adjusted net passing yards per attempt = (Passing Yards + (Passing TDs)*20 - (INTs thrown)*45 - Sack Yards) / (Passing Attempts + Sacks)

It’s basically a formula that takes into account sacks and interceptions in qualifying how efficient a team is in the passing game. Here’s how the team’s square up in this metric.

Rk TmANY/A ForANY/A AllowedDifferential
1Denver Broncos9.15.14
2Green Bay Packers7.94.83.1
3Indianapolis Colts7.55.52
4Cincinnati Bengals7.15.41.7
5New England Patriots7.15.51.6
6San Diego Chargers8.16.61.5
7Cleveland Browns7.25.91.3
8Detroit Lions64.81.2
9Dallas Cowboys7.66.41.2
10Baltimore Ravens7.36.21.1
11San Francisco 49ers6.55.80.7
12Miami Dolphins5.75.40.3
13New York Giants6.56.30.2
14Carolina Panthers6.76.60.1
15Houston Texans6.76.60.1
16Arizona Cardinals6.86.70.1
 Avg Team6.46.40
17Pittsburgh Steelers6.96.90
18Buffalo Bills5.65.8-0.2
19Chicago Bears6.26.5-0.3
20Washington Redskins6.87.1-0.3
21Seattle Seahawks77.4-0.4
22Tennessee Titans5.76.2-0.5
23Kansas City Chiefs5.96.5-0.6
24Philadelphia Eagles66.6-0.6
25New Orleans Saints6.77.6-0.9
26Atlanta Falcons6.58.2-1.7
27St. Louis Rams6.38.2-1.9
28Oakland Raiders5.27.8-2.6
29Minnesota Vikings3.46-2.6
30Tampa Bay Buccaneers5.28.3-3.1
31Jacksonville Jaguars4.17.3-3.2
32New York Jets4.37.5-3.2

Dallas continues to move on up the rankings, now ranking fourth in the league with 7.6 ANY/A. This time, though, improvement by the defense is noticeable as well. Dallas is giving up almost a full yard less per pass play than they were a month ago (7.1 down to 6.4)

Week 4 DVOA Ratings

DVOA is a metric, devised by Football Outsiders, which measures success on each play as compared to league average based on "a number of variables including down, distance, location on field, current score gap, quarter, and opponent quality.” The metric is outputted in “percentage points better than average”.

COWBOYSOffense DVOADefense DVOAST DVOATotal DVOA
Value 16.5% 1.3% -1.6% 13.7%
Team Rank 3rd 19th 22nd 7th
REDSKINSOffense DVOADefense DVOAST DVOATotal DVOA
Value -3.0% 0.3% -7.1% -10.3%
Team Rank 20th 17th 29th23rd

DVOA clearly respects the Cowboys offensive efficiency, as it overcomes a slightly below defense and a troubling trend downward by their special team units.

Team EPA Per Game, Defense By Offense

Expected Points Added (EPA)

The value of a football play has traditionally been measured in yards gained. Unfortunately, yards is a flawed measure because not all yards are equal. For example, a 4-yard gain on 3rd down and 3 is much more valuable than a 4-yard gain on 3rd and 8. Any measure of success must consider the down and distance situation.

Suppose the offense has a 1st and 10 at midfield. This situation is worth +2.0 EP. A 5-yard gain would set up a 2nd and 5 from the 45, which corresponds to a +2.1 EP. Therefore, that 5-yard gain in that particular situation represents a +0.1 gain in EP. This gain is called Expected Points Added (EPA). Likewise, a 5-yard loss on 1st down at midfield would create a 2nd and 15 from the offense’s own 45. That situation is worth +1.2 EP, representing a net difference of -0.8 EPA.

Basically what your looking at in the above interactive chart is that teams with Good Offenses and Good Defenses exist in the upper right quadrant. The further to the right, the better your offense, and the further “north” the better your defense.

Washington is a decidedly average team, but look at how much better the Cowboys offense is than Washington's. Hover over each team in the interactive table above from AdvancedFootballAnalytics.com. For more information on this metric and it’s friend, Win Probability Added (WPA), I strongly recommend heading over to their website and checking out the glossary.

EPA Breakdowns

Success Rate simply determines the percentage of plays that lead to a positive EPA. In other words, the Cowboys “averageness” isn’t a result of being average play by play, it’s that they make crushing mistakes, also known as turnovers.
Note: because of the delay in posting the Notebook, Thursday night’s games are included in the rankings for Indy and Houston, skewing things a bit.

COWBOYSOffense EPASuccess RateRun EPAPass EPA
Value 77.4 49.6% -1.5 78.9
Team Rank 3rd 4th 13th 4th
REDSKINSOffense EPASuccess RateRun EPAPass EPA
Value 27.7 45.3% -3.6 31.2
Team Rank 15th 14th 17th 14th

What you are seeing here is how well each team is doing on a play by play basis by increasing their chances to score. One thing that jumps out immediately is that despite having the league’s leading rusher, and by a large margin, Dallas is middle of the road in Run EPA. The explanation is simple. Standard yardage stats don’t take into account DeMarco Murray’s fumbling habits, but Run EPA clearly does. That’s how detrimental turning the ball over can be, especially when one is returned for a touchdown like it was against San Francisco. Even moreso than any Romo interception, these fumbles are killing the Cowboys scoring outlook on the games. Without them, Dallas would likely lead the league in EPA

The Redskins offense is surprisingly middle of the pack despite their turnover proclivity.

COWBOYSDefense EPASuccess RateRun EPAPass EPA
Value 20.2 53.7% 6.4 13.8
Team Rank 11th 16th 25th 5th
REDSKINSDefense EPASuccess RateRun EPAPass EPA
Value 32.0 58.2% -17.5 49.6
Team Rank 19th 3rd 7th 24th

Washington’s defense looks a lot better under the lens of EPA. Their running game defense is top notch, however they just lost their best run defender in Brian Orakpo. Whetherh or not Trent Murphy, a rookie from Stanford, can fill the shoes of the veteran remain to be seen.

The fun stat here? The passing defense by each team shows a severe mismatch. Dallas has been superb against the pass, while Washington has been wanting.

Summary

Across most of these metrics, Dallas is clearly the superior team. With Dallas’ ability to run on some of the best run defenses in the league, combined with Brian Orakpo being lost for the year, it appears to be a mismatch worthy of the 10 point spread. Jason Hatcher has been filling his teammates in on the tendencies of the Cowboys O-Line, but it’s doubtful that would be enough. The one unknown in the game is Colt McCoy in the Jay Gruden offense, and Washington will have to rely on him coming out of nowhere in order to pull off the upset as there is no statistical evidence this game should be close.







CowboysHQ Top Stories

\r\n\r\n

\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n
Off Yds / GOff Pts / GDef Yds / GDef Pts / G
Total 402.1 28.0 343.9 21
Rank 3rd 5th 14th 9th
\r\n

 

\r\n

\r\n Washington Redskins \r\n
\r\n

\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n
Off Yds / GOff Pts / GDef Yds / GDef Pts / G
Total 389.4 21.6 321.9 26.1
Rank 5th 23rd 7th 24th
\r\n

What we have here is a failure to communicate… or actually a failure to translate yards into points for the Washington team. It’s actually a two-parter, as Washington's D doesn't give up a lot of yards, but gives up a lot of points. Probably because their special teams are still awful. Hopefully it will be a chance for Dwayne Harris and company to get on track.

\r\n

\r\n

Differential Rankings

\r\n

\r\n\r\nWe all know that it is a passing league, while running the football undoubtedly has an effect on the passing game, and more importantly how the opposition defends it. In the end, though, passing success is what leads to team success.

\r\nThere are generally two stats that are easily calculated that seem to have a high correlation to predicting future success; Passer Rating differential and Adjusted Net Yards Per Passing Attempt differential. Both are calculated by simply finding the difference between what your offense achieves in each category and taking away what your defense gives up. Teams with the larger differentials are more likely to have future success (read: wins) than those teams with smaller, or negative differentials.

\r\nAs my good friend and Stats Sensei One.Cool.Customer over at Blogging The Boys can attest to right here, these stats have shown to be the most closely correlated stat to winning and losing outside of scoring differential. (I think we all know why that one ranks so highly.) This is must read stuff.

\r\nHere’s a snippet from a few weeks ago :

\r\n

\r\n

The graph illustrates a fairly simple truth: the higher your passer rating differential, the higher the number of wins a team had last year. Conversely, the teams with the lowest number of wins had some of the worst passer rating differentials (PRD).

\r\nIn statistics this relationship between wins and PRD is called a correlation. The strength of the correlation is measured by the \"correlation coefficient\". The correlation coefficient measures the relationship between two variables. This coefficient is often referred to as \"r²\" and is expressed as a number between 1 and -1. The closer the r² number is to 1 or -1, the stronger the relationship between the two variables. The closer it is to zero, the weaker the relationship.

\r\nR² between PRD and wins in 2013 was 0.71, an astonishingly high correlation. It is almost as good as scoring differential (0.89) at predicting the W/L record of an NFL team.

\r\n

\r\n\r\n\r\n

\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n
Rk TmGOff Passer RatingDef Passer RatingDifferential
1Green Bay Packers7113.27439.2
2Denver Broncos7118.682.336.3
3Indianapolis Colts71007921
4Dallas Cowboys7104.788.516.2
5Cincinnati Bengals692.376.915.4
6San Diego Chargers8109.594.515
7New York Giants797.282.714.5
8New England Patriots798.28513.2
9Detroit Lions787.976.411.5
10Baltimore Ravens797.286.810.4
11San Francisco 49ers794.38410.3
12Pittsburgh Steelers797.991.46.5
13Cleveland Browns687.683.14.5
14Chicago Bears794.591.62.9
15Miami Dolphins687.886.31.5
16Arizona Cardinals690.389.21.1
 Avg Team 90.190.10
17Seattle Seahawks6102.2103.9-1.7
18Kansas City Chiefs69194.8-3.8
19Buffalo Bills785.990.4-4.5
20Houston Texans788.493-4.6
21Carolina Panthers794.9100.3-5.4
22Atlanta Falcons790.897.5-6.7
23New Orleans Saints691.799.9-8.2
24Tennessee Titans781.391.1-9.8
25Washington Redskins791.3103.6-12.3
26Philadelphia Eagles68294.6-12.6
27St. Louis Rams691.9105.9-14
28Jacksonville Jaguars773.4100-26.6
29Oakland Raiders678.8106.9-28.1
30Minnesota Vikings762.794.4-31.7
31Tampa Bay Buccaneers679.2111.9-32.7
32New York Jets770.3108.3-38
\r\n\r\n

Heading into the Saints game just a month ago, Dallas was ranked just 22nd in the league in passer rating differential. The change in just one month worth of games is remarkable, with the Cowboys now the 4th best team in the league. It’s not because their defense has improved greatly; they’ve gone from allowing 91.4 against to 88.5 against… basically no difference. The difference has been the performance of Tony Romo and the Cowboys passing game; moving up almost 20 points.

Adjusted Net Yards Per Pass Attempt, or ANY/A, comes in third when it comes to correlating to victory with an R2 coefficient of 0.69. What exactly is ANY/A?

\r\nANY/A: Adjusted net passing yards per attempt = (Passing Yards + (Passing TDs)*20 - (INTs thrown)*45 - Sack Yards) / (Passing Attempts + Sacks)

\r\nIt’s basically a formula that takes into account sacks and interceptions in qualifying how efficient a team is in the passing game. Here’s how the team’s square up in this metric.

\r\n

\r\n\r\n\r\n

\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n
Rk TmANY/A ForANY/A AllowedDifferential
1Denver Broncos9.15.14
2Green Bay Packers7.94.83.1
3Indianapolis Colts7.55.52
4Cincinnati Bengals7.15.41.7
5New England Patriots7.15.51.6
6San Diego Chargers8.16.61.5
7Cleveland Browns7.25.91.3
8Detroit Lions64.81.2
9Dallas Cowboys7.66.41.2
10Baltimore Ravens7.36.21.1
11San Francisco 49ers6.55.80.7
12Miami Dolphins5.75.40.3
13New York Giants6.56.30.2
14Carolina Panthers6.76.60.1
15Houston Texans6.76.60.1
16Arizona Cardinals6.86.70.1
 Avg Team6.46.40
17Pittsburgh Steelers6.96.90
18Buffalo Bills5.65.8-0.2
19Chicago Bears6.26.5-0.3
20Washington Redskins6.87.1-0.3
21Seattle Seahawks77.4-0.4
22Tennessee Titans5.76.2-0.5
23Kansas City Chiefs5.96.5-0.6
24Philadelphia Eagles66.6-0.6
25New Orleans Saints6.77.6-0.9
26Atlanta Falcons6.58.2-1.7
27St. Louis Rams6.38.2-1.9
28Oakland Raiders5.27.8-2.6
29Minnesota Vikings3.46-2.6
30Tampa Bay Buccaneers5.28.3-3.1
31Jacksonville Jaguars4.17.3-3.2
32New York Jets4.37.5-3.2
\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n

Dallas continues to move on up the rankings, now ranking fourth in the league with 7.6 ANY/A. This time, though, improvement by the defense is noticeable as well. Dallas is giving up almost a full yard less per pass play than they were a month ago (7.1 down to 6.4)

\r\n

\r\n

Week 4 DVOA Ratings

\r\n

\r\n

\r\nDVOA is a metric, devised by Football Outsiders, which measures success on each play as compared to league average based on \"a number of variables including down, distance, location on field, current score gap, quarter, and opponent quality.” The metric is outputted in “percentage points better than average”.

\r\n
\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n
COWBOYSOffense DVOADefense DVOAST DVOATotal DVOA
Value16.5%1.3%-1.6%13.7%
Team Rank3rd19th22nd7th
\r\n
\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n
REDSKINSOffense DVOADefense DVOAST DVOATotal DVOA
Value-3.0%0.3%-7.1%-10.3%
Team Rank20th17th29th23rd
\r\n

DVOA clearly respects the Cowboys offensive efficiency, as it overcomes a slightly below defense and a troubling trend downward by their special team units.

\r\n

\r\n

Team EPA Per Game, Defense By Offense

\r\n

\r\n
Learn About Tableau
\r\n

Expected Points Added (EPA)

\r\n

The value of a football play has traditionally been measured in yards gained. Unfortunately, yards is a flawed measure because not all yards are equal. For example, a 4-yard gain on 3rd down and 3 is much more valuable than a 4-yard gain on 3rd and 8. Any measure of success must consider the down and distance situation.

\r\nSuppose the offense has a 1st and 10 at midfield. This situation is worth +2.0 EP. A 5-yard gain would set up a 2nd and 5 from the 45, which corresponds to a +2.1 EP. Therefore, that 5-yard gain in that particular situation represents a +0.1 gain in EP. This gain is called Expected Points Added (EPA). Likewise, a 5-yard loss on 1st down at midfield would create a 2nd and 15 from the offense’s own 45. That situation is worth +1.2 EP, representing a net difference of -0.8 EPA.

\r\n

Basically what your looking at in the above interactive chart is that teams with Good Offenses and Good Defenses exist in the upper right quadrant. The further to the right, the better your offense, and the further “north” the better your defense.

Washington is a decidedly average team, but look at how much better the Cowboys offense is than Washington's. Hover over each team in the interactive table above from AdvancedFootballAnalytics.com. For more information on this metric and it’s friend, Win Probability Added (WPA), I strongly recommend heading over to their website and checking out the glossary.

\r\n\r\n

\r\n

EPA Breakdowns

\r\n

\r\n

Success Rate simply determines the percentage of plays that lead to a positive EPA. In other words, the Cowboys “averageness” isn’t a result of being average play by play, it’s that they make crushing mistakes, also known as turnovers.
Note: because of the delay in posting the Notebook, Thursday night’s games are included in the rankings for Indy and Houston, skewing things a bit.

\r\n
\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n
COWBOYSOffense EPASuccess RateRun EPAPass EPA
Value77.449.6%-1.578.9
Team Rank3rd4th13th4th
\r\n
\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n
REDSKINSOffense EPASuccess RateRun EPAPass EPA
Value27.745.3%-3.631.2
Team Rank15th14th17th14th
\r\n

What you are seeing here is how well each team is doing on a play by play basis by increasing their chances to score. One thing that jumps out immediately is that despite having the league’s leading rusher, and by a large margin, Dallas is middle of the road in Run EPA. The explanation is simple. Standard yardage stats don’t take into account DeMarco Murray’s fumbling habits, but Run EPA clearly does. That’s how detrimental turning the ball over can be, especially when one is returned for a touchdown like it was against San Francisco. Even moreso than any Romo interception, these fumbles are killing the Cowboys scoring outlook on the games. Without them, Dallas would likely lead the league in EPA

\r\n

The Redskins offense is surprisingly middle of the pack despite their turnover proclivity.

\r\n
\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n
COWBOYSDefense EPASuccess RateRun EPAPass EPA
Value20.253.7%6.413.8
Team Rank11th16th25th5th
\r\n
\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n
REDSKINSDefense EPASuccess RateRun EPAPass EPA
Value32.058.2%-17.549.6
Team Rank19th3rd7th24th
\r\n

Washington’s defense looks a lot better under the lens of EPA. Their running game defense is top notch, however they just lost their best run defender in Brian Orakpo. Whetherh or not Trent Murphy, a rookie from Stanford, can fill the shoes of the veteran remain to be seen.

The fun stat here? The passing defense by each team shows a severe mismatch. Dallas has been superb against the pass, while Washington has been wanting.

\r\n\r\n

\r\n

Summary

\r\n

\r\n

Across most of these metrics, Dallas is clearly the superior team. With Dallas’ ability to run on some of the best run defenses in the league, combined with Brian Orakpo being lost for the year, it appears to be a mismatch worthy of the 10 point spread. Jason Hatcher has been filling his teammates in on the tendencies of the Cowboys O-Line, but it’s doubtful that would be enough. The one unknown in the game is Colt McCoy in the Jay Gruden offense, and Washington will have to rely on him coming out of nowhere in order to pull off the upset as there is no statistical evidence this game should be close.

\r\n
\r\n
\r\n\r\n

\r\n\r\n

See what Cowboys fans are saying here!

\r\n\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n
\r\n","mobileBody":"

It’s funny how different things are a year later. In 2013, Dallas and Washington both entered the first matchup of the season as below .500 teams, searching for an identity. In 2014, Dallas might have forged the most identifiable identity of the NFC. Their upcoming opponents, however, are still searching for a starting quarterback, much less an identity. Washington benched Kirk Cousins in last week’s victory over the Tennessee Titans and have named for University of Texas star Colt McCoy as the starter until Robert Griffin is completely healed. Griffin is ramping up his practice reps and there remains an outside possibility that he may see action on Monday night. That makes this an interesting team to prepare for.

Kirk Cousins was a turnover factory in his time behind center. He was thought to be the perfect quarterback for Jay Gruden’s system and all reports out of Washington were that Gruden preferred Cousins to run it as opposed to the athletic, yet inexperienced-from-the-pocket Griffin. Be careful what you wish for. McCoy is hardly seen as a season-long solution to any teams quarterbacking needs; but with limited film on him in this system; one week of surprises could be all that’s needed to knock Dallas off their confident stride.

We all know the infamous take originally attributed to Henry Du Pré Labouchère, \"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.\" In sports, though, statistics are how we measure performance beyond just the wins and losses. In football, where sample sizes are so small, and the mean so cluttered, it behooves us to try to analyze things that have a higher correlation to winning than previous wins.

Fortunately, over the past several years, many statisticians a million times smarter than the author of this piece have spent countless hours devising formulas that they use to judge the quality of teams beyond the normal statistical measures. These advanced metrics allow us a glimpse into which teams are winning based on quality play, which ones are winning because of inept opponents and which ones have a horseshoe crammed up their chimneys.

So, let’s take a look at some of the statistical explanations for what kinds of team the 2014 Dallas Cowboys and 2014 Washington Washingtons have proven to be, and what might transpire on Monday Night.

 

What we have here is a failure to communicate… or actually a failure to translate yards into points for the Washington team. It’s actually a two-parter, as Washington's D doesn't give up a lot of yards, but gives up a lot of points. Probably because their special teams are still awful. Hopefully it will be a chance for Dwayne Harris and company to get on track.

We all know that it is a passing league, while running the football undoubtedly has an effect on the passing game, and more importantly how the opposition defends it. In the end, though, passing success is what leads to team success.

There are generally two stats that are easily calculated that seem to have a high correlation to predicting future success; Passer Rating differential and Adjusted Net Yards Per Passing Attempt differential. Both are calculated by simply finding the difference between what your offense achieves in each category and taking away what your defense gives up. Teams with the larger differentials are more likely to have future success (read: wins) than those teams with smaller, or negative differentials.

As my good friend and Stats Sensei One.Cool.Customer over at Blogging The Boys can attest to right here, these stats have shown to be the most closely correlated stat to winning and losing outside of scoring differential. (I think we all know why that one ranks so highly.) This is must read stuff.

Here’s a snippet from a few weeks ago :

Heading into the Saints game just a month ago, Dallas was ranked just 22nd in the league in passer rating differential. The change in just one month worth of games is remarkable, with the Cowboys now the 4th best team in the league. It’s not because their defense has improved greatly; they’ve gone from allowing 91.4 against to 88.5 against… basically no difference. The difference has been the performance of Tony Romo and the Cowboys passing game; moving up almost 20 points.

Adjusted Net Yards Per Pass Attempt, or ANY/A, comes in third when it comes to correlating to victory with an R2 coefficient of 0.69. What exactly is ANY/A?

It’s basically a formula that takes into account sacks and interceptions in qualifying how efficient a team is in the passing game. Here’s how the team’s square up in this metric.

Dallas continues to move on up the rankings, now ranking fourth in the league with 7.6 ANY/A. This time, though, improvement by the defense is noticeable as well. Dallas is giving up almost a full yard less per pass play than they were a month ago (7.1 down to 6.4)

DVOA is a metric, devised by Football Outsiders, which measures success on each play as compared to league average based on \"a number of variables including down, distance, location on field, current score gap, quarter, and opponent quality.” The metric is outputted in “percentage points better than average”.

DVOA clearly respects the Cowboys offensive efficiency, as it overcomes a slightly below defense and a troubling trend downward by their special team units.

Basically what your looking at in the above interactive chart is that teams with Good Offenses and Good Defenses exist in the upper right quadrant. The further to the right, the better your offense, and the further “north” the better your defense.

Washington is a decidedly average team, but look at how much better the Cowboys offense is than Washington's. Hover over each team in the interactive table above from AdvancedFootballAnalytics.com. For more information on this metric and it’s friend, Win Probability Added (WPA), I strongly recommend heading over to their website and checking out the glossary.

Success Rate simply determines the percentage of plays that lead to a positive EPA. In other words, the Cowboys “averageness” isn’t a result of being average play by play, it’s that they make crushing mistakes, also known as turnovers.

What you are seeing here is how well each team is doing on a play by play basis by increasing their chances to score. One thing that jumps out immediately is that despite having the league’s leading rusher, and by a large margin, Dallas is middle of the road in Run EPA. The explanation is simple. Standard yardage stats don’t take into account DeMarco Murray’s fumbling habits, but Run EPA clearly does. That’s how detrimental turning the ball over can be, especially when one is returned for a touchdown like it was against San Francisco. Even moreso than any Romo interception, these fumbles are killing the Cowboys scoring outlook on the games. Without them, Dallas would likely lead the league in EPA

The Redskins offense is surprisingly middle of the pack despite their turnover proclivity.

Washington’s defense looks a lot better under the lens of EPA. Their running game defense is top notch, however they just lost their best run defender in Brian Orakpo. Whetherh or not Trent Murphy, a rookie from Stanford, can fill the shoes of the veteran remain to be seen.

The fun stat here? The passing defense by each team shows a severe mismatch. Dallas has been superb against the pass, while Washington has been wanting.

Across most of these metrics, Dallas is clearly the superior team. With Dallas’ ability to run on some of the best run defenses in the league, combined with Brian Orakpo being lost for the year, it appears to be a mismatch worthy of the 10 point spread. Jason Hatcher has been filling his teammates in on the tendencies of the Cowboys O-Line, but it’s doubtful that would be enough. The one unknown in the game is Colt McCoy in the Jay Gruden offense, and Washington will have to rely on him coming out of nowhere in order to pull off the upset as there is no statistical evidence this game should be close.

See what Cowboys fans are saying here!

","skipOnMobile":true,"media":[{"id":"1416243","name":"/Media/Image/141/1416243","description":"","caption":"Screenshot from FootballOutsiders.com","mediaType":"jpg","mediaCategory":"Image","keywords":"Wk 7 Playoff Odds","category":"image/jpeg","height":223,"width":545,"size":132954,"hasThumb":true,"hasMediumThumb":true,"suppressForGallery":false,"siteId":112,"isActive":true,"nodes":[],"tags":[],"publishDate":"2014-10-26T10:06:58.837","createdBy":"2707276","mediaSource":"Scout"}],"dateOverride":"2014-10-21T10:13:00","authorOverride":"KD Drummond","role":"Senior Columnist","isPremium":false,"isHotNews":false,"isRumor":false,"syndicationFlag":true,"isClassified":false,"hotNamesLinked":true,"storyImage":"[MEDIA:1413228]","mainImage":{},"thumbnailImage":"[THUMBNAIL:1413228]","heroImage":{},"authorImage":"[MEDIA:1335166]","tags":[],"nodes":[],"isActive":true,"inActiveAndMemberHasPublishRights":false,"createdOn":"2014-10-21T10:27:52.467","createdById":"2707276","modifiedOn":"2014-10-26T17:32:11.8","modifiedBy":"2707276","imgs":[],"viewStats":[{"from":"2015-04-08T04:00:00","to":"2015-04-08T05:00:00","count":4},{"from":"2015-05-16T02:00:00","to":"2015-05-16T03:00:00","count":4},{"from":"2015-06-01T08:00:00","to":"2015-06-01T09:00:00","count":4},{"from":"2015-06-04T21:00:00","to":"2015-06-04T22:00:00","count":4},{"from":"2015-06-16T03:00:00","to":"2015-06-16T04:00:00","count":4},{"from":"2015-06-18T02:00:00","to":"2015-06-18T03:00:00","count":8},{"from":"2015-07-11T04:00:00","to":"2015-07-11T05:00:00","count":4},{"from":"2015-10-24T20:00:00","to":"2015-10-24T21:00:00","count":1},{"from":"2015-10-25T12:00:00","to":"2015-10-25T13:00:00","count":1},{"from":"2015-10-28T03:00:00","to":"2015-10-28T04:00:00","count":1},{"from":"2015-11-18T21:00:00","to":"2015-11-18T22:00:00","count":1}],"hasVideo":false,"brandUnsafe":false,"breakingNews":false},"editorsChoice":{"siteUrls":["http://www.scout.com/nfl/cowboys/story/1711147-5-fishtips-cowboys-winning-gameplan-review","http://www.scout.com/nfl/cowboys/story/1711174-dez-bryant-s-mri-jerry-s-cowboys-q-a","http://www.scout.com/nfl/cowboys/story/1711054-cowboys-rooks-shine-behind-battered-o-line","http://www.scout.com/nfl/cowboys/story/1711046-cowboys-ex-greg-hardy-arrested-on-drug-charge","http://www.scout.com/nfl/cowboys/story/1710703-cowboys-youth-key-in-31-17-win-over-bears","http://www.scout.com/nfl/cowboys/story/1710710-cowboys-top-bears-rise-bease"],"networkUrls":["http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1711260-scout-s-top-5-hs-recruit-highlights-week-6","http://www.scout.com/story/1710624-odell-beckham-jr-sideline-tantrum-backfires","http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1711551-best-coaching-fit-lsu","http://www.scout.com/nfl/story/1710816-watch-nfl-top-plays-of-week-3"],"topRibbonWidgets":[],"carouselStoryUrls":["http://www.scout.com/nfl/cowboys/story/1711147-5-fishtips-cowboys-winning-gameplan-review","http://www.scout.com/nfl/cowboys/story/1711174-dez-bryant-s-mri-jerry-s-cowboys-q-a","http://www.scout.com/nfl/cowboys/story/1711054-cowboys-rooks-shine-behind-battered-o-line","http://www.scout.com/nfl/cowboys/story/1711046-cowboys-ex-greg-hardy-arrested-on-drug-charge","http://www.scout.com/nfl/cowboys/story/1710703-cowboys-youth-key-in-31-17-win-over-bears"],"storyStreamUrls":[],"storyStreamBlacklistUrls":[],"videoStories":[]},"noteConfiguration":[{"id":"4","containerType":"TrendingForumSubThread","width":{"to":1},"height":2,"indexDateTimeUTC":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","tags":[],"statusCode":0},{"id":"0","containerType":"StorySummary","width":{"to":1},"height":1,"indexDateTimeUTC":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","tags":[],"statusCode":0},{"id":"1","containerType":"ForumSubThread","width":{"to":1},"height":1,"indexDateTimeUTC":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","tags":[],"statusCode":0},{"id":"2","containerType":"AdUnit","width":{"to":1},"height":1,"indexDateTimeUTC":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","tags":[],"statusCode":0},{"id":"3","containerType":"TrendingStorySummary","width":{"to":1},"height":1,"indexDateTimeUTC":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","tags":[],"statusCode":0}],"flags":[{"id":"show-club-activation-text","rule":"_.contains(['133', '138', '154', '155', '156'], siteId)"},{"id":"forums-editors-choice","rule":"true","ruleBool":true},{"id":"facebook-signin","rule":"true","ruleBool":true},{"id":"hide-clock","rule":"Date.now() >= new Date('2/4/2015')"},{"id":"proxy-api","rule":"true"},{"id":"disable-autoplay","rule":"(typeof(pagetype) != 'undefined' && pagetype == 'FrontPage' && [204, 143, 8, 73, 196, 194].indexOf(+siteId) == -1) || typeof(pagetype) != 'undefined' && pagetype == 'MessageBoard'"},{"id":"forum-comments","rule":"1","ruleFloat":1,"chance":1,"enabled":true},{"id":"one-domain","rule":"1","ruleFloat":1,"chance":1,"enabled":true},{"id":"warrior-tv","rule":"false","ruleBool":false},{"id":"outbrain","rule":"!_.contains(['532'], siteId)"},{"id":"block-ad-970x91-top","rule":"_.contains(['ForumTopics', 'Lobby', 'ForumTopicNew - new', 'ForumTopicNew - reply', 'ForumPrivateMailbox', 'ForumPrivateMessage', 'ForumPrivateMailboxSendTo', 'ForumPrivateMailboxReply'], viewType)"},{"id":"imgx-compression","rule":"true","ruleBool":true},{"id":"include-addthis","rule":"false","ruleBool":false},{"id":"vote-forums","rule":"true","ruleBool":true},{"id":"topic-embed-tool","rule":"screen == 'Desktop'"},{"id":"block-ads","rule":"_.contains(['333'], siteId)"},{"id":"forum-lobby-video","rule":"screen == 'Desktop' && [101, 64, 538, 228, 541, 25].indexOf(+siteId) > -1"},{"id":"block-ad-1x1","rule":"[143, 73, 75, 537, 532, 78, 12, 15, 540, 570, 156, 194, 238, 333, 14, 518, 106, 43, 10, 454, 334, 239, 6, 335, 44, 336, 165, 337, 455, 368, 512, 338, 166, 45, 340, 428, 341, 46, 148, 132, 342, 456, 429, 457, 430, 458, 167, 420, 47, 343, 459, 460, 168, 445, 546, 446, 16, 431, 164, 517, 433, 432, 135, 543, 241, 140, 130, 449, 219, 215, 205, 169, 461, 170, 462, 8, 171, 172, 173, 344, 48, 434, 345, 107, 347, 17, 415, 108, 174, 435, 350, 13, 348, 162, 175, 349, 176, 177, 136, 19, 463, 240, 204, 351, 203, 242, 464, 178, 564, 352, 465, 353, 179, 109, 354, 145, 146, 181, 515, 128, 182, 157, 210, 141, 425, 180, 444, 355, 436, 183, 438, 443, 439, 437, 356, 199, 513, 440, 357, 466, 184, 467, 358, 359, 18, 185, 187, 360, 186, 7, 110, 514, 511, 188, 361, 363, 202, 362, 364, 339, 346, 86, 365, 208, 366, 510, 189, 441, 190, 516, 191, 192, 147, 137, 468, 226, 159, 469, 193, 367, 442].indexOf(+siteId) == -1"},{"id":"premium-annual-member-check","rule":"true","ruleBool":true},{"id":"story-card-video","rule":"typeof(pagetype) != 'undefined' && pagetype == 'MessageBoard'"},{"id":"carousel-forum-lobby","rule":"!_.contains(['541'], siteId)"},{"id":"scout-widget-mobile","rule":"true"},{"id":"editors-choice","rule":"siteId != 542"},{"id":"new-recruiting-hq","rule":"true"},{"id":"use-classic-forums-link","rule":"false","ruleBool":false},{"id":"show-theme-classic-new-switch","rule":"[6,7,8,10,12,13,14,15,17,18,19,21,24,25,37,43,44,45,46,47,48,61,62,63,64,65,66,68,69,70,73,75,77,78,86,87,93,101,102,106,107,108,109,110,112,113,114,115,116,117,118,119,120,121,122,123,124,126,127,128,130,131,132,133,135,136,137,138,140,141,142,143,145,146,147,148,149,153,154,155,156,157,159,161,162,163,164,165,166,167,168,169,170,171,172,173,174,175,177,178,179,180,181,183,184,185,186,187,188,189,190,191,192,193,194,196,197,199,201,202,203,204,205,207,208,210,215,220,222,224,225,226,228,230,232,234,235,236,238,239,240,241,242,243,244,245,246,248,249,250,251,252,254,255,256,258,259,260,261,262,263,264,265,266,267,268,269,270,271,272,273,274,275,276,277,279,280,281,282,283,284,285,286,287,288,289,290,291,292,293,294,296,297,298,300,301,302,303,304,305,306,307,308,310,311,312,313,314,315,317,318,320,321,322,323,325,326,327,328,329,330,331,332,333,334,335,336,337,338,339,340,341,342,343,344,345,346,347,348,349,350,351,352,353,354,355,356,357,358,359,361,362,363,364,365,366,367,368,369,370,374,376,379,380,381,382,383,384,385,386,387,388,389,390,391,392,393,394,395,396,397,398,399,400,401,402,403,404,405,406,407,408,409,410,411,412,413,414,415,419,420,425,428,429,430,431,432,433,434,435,436,437,438,439,440,441,442,443,444,445,446,449,451,452,454,455,456,457,458,459,460,461,462,463,464,465,466,467,469,473,508,510,511,512,513,514,515,516,517,518,521,522,526,527,528,529,530,531,532,533,534,535,536,537,538,540,541,543,544,545,546,547,548,549,550,551,552,553,554,555,556,557,558,559,560,561,562,563,565,567].indexOf(+siteId) > -1"},{"id":"outbrain-footer","rule":"_.contains(['Lobby', 'ForumTopics', 'ForumThread', 'ForumThread - Message', 'ForumThread - ScrollTarget'], viewType) && _.contains(['Desktop', 'Tablet', 'Phone'], screen)"},{"id":"avery-strong","rule":"false","ruleBool":false},{"id":"updatebar","rule":"false","ruleBool":false},{"id":"new-nav-cider-network-menu","rule":"true","ruleBool":true},{"id":"enable-autoplay-carousel","rule":"(typeof(pagetype) != 'undefined' && _.contains(['FrontPage', 'MessageBoard'], pagetype) && screen == 'Desktop' && [6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, 73, 75, 77, 78, 101, 102, 106, 107, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 116, 117, 119, 120, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 135, 136, 137, 138, 140, 141, 143, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 153, 154, 155, 157, 159, 162, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 196, 197, 199, 204, 215, 219, 239, 240, 243, 244, 334, 336, 338, 341, 342, 357, 358, 359, 360, 361, 365, 430, 441, 468, 510, 532, 537, 538, 541, 545, 551, 565, 566, 567, 569, 573, 576].indexOf(+siteId) > -1)"},{"id":"spotlight-videos-stories-as-photo","rule":"0","ruleFloat":0,"chance":0,"enabled":false},{"id":"home-stream","rule":"true","ruleBool":true},{"id":"auto-editors-choice","rule":"(Math.random() < 0.2 || siteId == '143') && siteId != '78'"},{"id":"block-ad-970x91","rule":"!_.contains(['156', '537'], siteId)"},{"id":"editable-network-menu","rule":"true","ruleBool":true},{"id":"topic-finder-widget-force-spotlight","rule":"true"},{"id":"new-player-detail","rule":"true"},{"id":"player-quick-view","rule":"true"},{"id":"search-forums","rule":"true"},{"id":"search-news","rule":"true"},{"id":"story-bottom-share","rule":"true","ruleBool":true},{"id":"topic-finder-video","rule":"false","ruleBool":false},{"id":"autoplay-toggle","rule":"[6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, 73, 75, 77, 78, 101, 102, 106, 107, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 116, 117, 119, 120, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 135, 136, 137, 138, 140, 141, 143, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 153, 154, 155, 157, 159, 162, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 196, 197, 199, 204, 215, 219, 239, 240, 243, 244, 334, 336, 338, 341, 342, 357, 358, 359, 360, 361, 365, 430, 441, 468, 510, 532, 537, 538, 541, 545, 551, 565, 566, 567, 569, 571, 573, 576, 577].indexOf(+siteId) > -1"},{"id":"homepage-video","rule":"screen == 'Desktop' && [538, 532, 228, 541].indexOf(+siteId) > -1"},{"id":"forum-board-video","rule":"screen == 'Desktop' && [538, 532, 228, 541].indexOf(+siteId) > -1"},{"id":"spotlight-videos-stories","rule":"0","ruleFloat":0,"chance":0,"enabled":false},{"id":"player-detail-tags","rule":"1","ruleFloat":1,"chance":1,"enabled":true},{"id":"top-ribbon-widget","rule":"0","ruleFloat":0,"chance":0,"enabled":false},{"id":"new-story-page","rule":"1","ruleFloat":1,"chance":1,"enabled":true},{"id":"debug-cors","rule":"email == 'genebarrier@gmail.com'"},{"id":"update-avatar","rule":"true"},{"id":"video-only-carousel","rule":"false","ruleBool":false},{"id":"autoplay-mute","rule":"0","ruleFloat":0,"chance":0,"enabled":false},{"id":"upload-photos-enabled","rule":"[224].indexOf(+siteId) > -1","ruleBool":true,"sites":["7","8","14","15","16","18","46","109","145","146","162","168","175","177","179","181","204","215","224","355"]},{"id":"player-list-view-2","rule":"1","ruleFloat":1,"chance":1,"enabled":true},{"id":"partitioned-forums-index","rule":"true","ruleBool":true},{"id":"app-promo-interstitial","rule":"false","ruleBool":false},{"id":"forum-instertial-ads","rule":"true","ruleBool":true},{"id":"user-events","rule":"0.25","ruleFloat":0.25,"chance":0.25,"enabled":false},{"id":"merlin","rule":"1","ruleFloat":1,"chance":1,"enabled":true},{"id":"homestream-native-ad","rule":"!_.contains(['143','73','77','537', '570'], siteId)"},{"id":"upload-videos-enabled","rule":"[224].indexOf(+siteId) > -1","ruleBool":false,"sites":["224"]},{"id":"block-ad-970x91-superleaderboard-top","rule":"[571,572,570,204,73,196,8,194,143,155,567,197,545,77,168,171,219,48,107,17,175,146,183,188,110,190,148,532,243,25,61,62,112,127,75,541,537,565,551,14,106,43,334,239,44,336,165,338,166,341,46,342,430,167,47,16,164,135,140,215,169,170,172,173,174,13,162,176,136,19,240,178,109,145,181,128,182,157,141,180,199,357,184,358,359,18,185,187,360,186,7,12,365,510,189,191,192,566,147,137,468,193,153,138,154,538,126,123,149,101,113,115,63,125,64,65,66,68,69,70,120,71,156,551,530,177,15,6, 454].indexOf(+siteId) === -1"},{"id":"enable-autoplay-story","rule":"typeof(pagetype) != 'undefined' && _.contains(['StoryPage'], pagetype) && screen == 'Desktop'"},{"id":"forums-story-and-video-icons","rule":"true","ruleBool":true},{"id":"disable-get-story-threads","rule":"false","ruleBool":false},{"id":"march-madness","rule":"false","ruleBool":false},{"id":"get-verb-player-search","rule":"true"},{"id":"national-video-link","rule":"true"},{"id":"premium-user","rule":"!!isPM"},{"id":"double-native-ads","rule":"!_.contains(['143','73','77','537', '570'], siteId)"},{"id":"topic-quick-reply","rule":"true","ruleBool":true},{"id":"story-native-ad","rule":"true","ruleBool":true},{"id":"new-sidebar","rule":"true","ruleBool":true},{"id":"topstory","rule":"true","ruleBool":true},{"id":"new-login","rule":"true","ruleBool":true},{"id":"topstory-first-slot","rule":"false","ruleBool":false},{"id":"story-bottom-video","rule":"screen == 'Desktop' && [7, 8, 12, 13, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, 73, 75, 77, 86, 101, 102, 106, 107, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 116, 117, 119, 120, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 130, 135, 136, 137, 138, 140, 141, 143, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 153, 154, 155, 157, 159, 162, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 196, 197, 199, 204, 215, 219, 239, 240, 243, 244, 334, 336, 338, 341, 342, 355, 357, 358, 359, 360, 361, 365, 430, 441, 468, 510, 532, 537, 538, 541, 545, 551, 565, 566, 567, 569, 571, 573, 576, 577].indexOf(+siteId) > -1"}],"menu":{"key":"2676","name":"Site 112 Menu","url":"","weight":1,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"2677","name":"Forums\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/forums?s=[SiteID]","weight":0,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"2681","name":"News\n","url":"","weight":25,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"2682","name":"All\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/news?type=stories&start=0&sortBy=Date&site=[DomainName]","weight":1169,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"2683","name":"Draft\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/a.z?s=[SiteID]&p=4&cfg=draft","weight":1170,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"2684","name":"Free Agency\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/a.z?s=[SiteID]&p=4&cfg=fa","weight":1171,"external":false,"sectionHead":false}]},{"key":"9007","name":"Tickets\n","url":"http://tickets.[NETWORKHOST]/[SITEALIAS]-tickets?sid=[SUBDOMAIN]","weight":200,"external":true,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"2685","name":"Team Info\n","url":"","weight":1172,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"12941","name":"Upcoming Events","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/blip/upcoming-events","weight":1000,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"2686","name":"Roster\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/a.z?s=[SiteID]&p=8&c=2&nid=[FOOTBALLID]&yr=[YR_NFL_ROSTER]","weight":1173,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"2687","name":"Stats\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/a.z?s=[SiteID]&p=3&blipid=13727","weight":1174,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"2688","name":"Schedule\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/blip/schedule","weight":1175,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"2689","name":"Transactions\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/a.z?s=[SiteID]&p=3&blipid=13728","weight":1176,"external":false,"sectionHead":false}]},{"key":"2690","name":"Stats\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/a.z?s=[SiteID]&p=3&blipid=13716","weight":1177,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"2691","name":"Standings\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/a.z?s=[SiteID]&p=3&blipid=13718","weight":1178,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"2692","name":"Scoreboard\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/a.z?s=[SiteID]&p=3&blipid=13717","weight":1179,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"2693","name":"Team Stats\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/a.z?s=[SiteID]&p=3&blipid=13716","weight":1180,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"2694","name":"Player Stats\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/a.z?s=[SiteID]&p=3&blipid=13715","weight":1181,"external":false,"sectionHead":false}]},{"key":"2695","name":"Free Agency\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/a.z?s=[SiteID]&p=9&c=12&nid=83&lnid=83&yr=[YR_NFL_FREEAGENCY]","weight":1182,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"2696","name":"Draft\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/a.z?s=[SiteID]&p=9&c=12&nid=83&lnid=124&yr=[YR_NFL_DRAFT]","weight":1183,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"9694","name":"Rankings","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/[YR_NFL_DRAFT]-nfl-draft-rankings?s=[SiteID]","weight":100,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"9695","name":"Combine\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/a.z?s=[SiteID]&p=3&blipid=22749","weight":105,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"9696","name":"Senior Bowl\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST][Folder]/a.z?s=[SiteID]&p=3&blipid=22752","weight":110,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"9697","name":"Mock Muncher\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST]/nfl/blip/MDMPlayerListing","weight":115,"external":false,"sectionHead":false}]},{"key":"2697","name":"Fantasy\n","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST]/fantasy/","weight":1184,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"12320","name":"Shop","url":"http://scout.fanatics.com/NFL_Dallas_Cowboys/?utm_source=scoutcom_nav&utm_medium=bm_referral&utm_term=kw--Scout_NAV|cpn--no_coupon|offer--no_offer","weight":9999998,"external":true,"sectionHead":false}],"siteId":"112"},"networkMenu":{"key":"11863","name":"Network Menu","weight":-10,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"11864","name":"NCAA","url":"","weight":0,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"11881","name":"Teams","weight":0,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"12395","name":"Network - NCAA - Teams - Picker","weight":0,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"type":"team-picker","league":"ncaa"}],"index":0,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11882","name":"NCAA Football HQ","url":"http://www.scout.com/college/football/","weight":1,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":1,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11883","name":"FB Recruiting","url":"http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/","weight":2,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":2,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11884","name":"NCAA Basketball HQ","url":"http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/","weight":3,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":3,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11885","name":"BK Recruiting","url":"http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/recruiting/","weight":4,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":4,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11886","name":"Tailgating","url":"http://www.scout.com/home/tailgating/","weight":5,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":5,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"12740","name":"Stadiums","url":"http://www.scout.com/stadium-journey/ncaa-football-stadiums?sortBy=rating","weight":6,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":6,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false}],"index":0,"menu":"primary","isActive":false},{"key":"11865","name":"NFL","url":"","weight":1,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"11878","name":"Teams","weight":0,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"12396","name":"Network - NFL - Teams - Picker","weight":0,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"type":"team-picker","league":"nfl"}],"index":0,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11877","name":"NFL HQ","url":"http://www.scout.com/nfl/","weight":1,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":1,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11887","name":"Draft Rankings","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST]/nfl/[YR_NFL_DRAFT]-nfl-draft-rankings","weight":2,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":2,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11888","name":"Fantasy","url":"http://www.scout.com/fantasy/","weight":3,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":3,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11889","name":"Tailgating","url":"http://www.scout.com/home/tailgating/","weight":4,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":4,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"12741","name":"Stadiums","url":"http://www.scout.com/stadium-journey/nfl-stadiums","weight":5,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":5,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false}],"index":1,"menu":"primary","isActive":false},{"key":"11866","name":"MLB","url":"","weight":2,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"11891","name":"Teams","weight":0,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"12397","name":"Network - MLB - Teams - Picker","weight":0,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"type":"team-picker","league":"mlb"}],"index":0,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11890","name":"MLB HQ","url":"http://www.scout.com/mlb/","weight":1,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":1,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11892","name":"Transactions","url":"http://www.scout.com/mlb/rumors/","weight":2,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":2,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11893","name":"Scouting","url":"http://www.scout.com/mlb/scouting/","weight":3,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":3,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11894","name":"Top Prospects","url":"http://www.scout.com/mlb/a.z?s=243&p=9&c=12&nid=287&lnid=287&pid=88&yr=[YR_MLB_DRAFT]","weight":4,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":4,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"12742","name":"Stadiums","url":"http://www.scout.com/stadium-journey/mlb-stadiums","weight":5,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":5,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false}],"index":2,"menu":"primary","isActive":false},{"key":"11867","name":"Recruiting","weight":3,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"11896","name":"FB Recruiting HQ","url":"http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/","weight":0,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":0,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11897","name":"FB Prospects","url":"http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/[YR_CFB_RECRUITING]-football-prospects","weight":1,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":1,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11898","name":"FB Commits","url":"http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/[YR_CFB_RECRUITING]-football-commits","weight":2,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":2,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11899","name":"FB Team Rankings","url":"http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/a.z?s=73&p=9&c=14&yr=[YR_CFB_RECRUITING]","weight":3,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":3,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11900","name":"JC Football","url":"http://www.scout.com/junior-college-football/","weight":4,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"12430","name":"JUCO Rankings","url":"http://www.scout.com/junior-college-football/2017-football-prospects?league=JUCO","weight":0,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"12431","name":"JUCO Commits","url":"http://www.scout.com/junior-college-football/2017-football-commits?league=JUCO","weight":1,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"12432","name":"JUCO Visits","url":"http://www.scout.com/junior-college-football/2017-football-visits?league=JUCO","weight":2,"external":false,"sectionHead":false}],"index":4,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11902","name":"BK Recruiting HQ","url":"http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/recruiting/","weight":5,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":5,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11903","name":"BK Prospects","url":"http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/recruiting/[YR_CFB_RECRUITING]-basketball-prospects","weight":6,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":6,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11904","name":"BK Commits","url":"http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/recruiting/[YR_CFB_RECRUITING]-basketball-commits","weight":7,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":7,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11905","name":"BK Team Rankings","url":"http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/recruiting/a.z?s=75&p=9&c=14&cfg=bb&yr=[YR_CFB_RECRUITING]","weight":8,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":8,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"12423","name":"High School Sports","url":"http://www.scout.com/high-school/blip/front","weight":9,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":9,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false}],"index":3,"menu":"primary","isActive":false},{"key":"11868","name":"More Sports","weight":4,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"11879","name":"NBA","weight":0,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"12399","name":"Network - More Sports - NBA - Picker","weight":0,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"type":"team-picker","league":"nba"}],"index":0,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11880","name":"Golf","url":"http://www.scout.com/golf/","weight":1,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":1,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"12718","name":"Stadium Journey","url":"http://www.scout.com/stadium-journey","weight":3,"external":false,"description":"The authority for stadium reviews, rankings, and ratings.","sectionHead":false,"index":2,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"12533","name":"Cleveland Sports","url":"http://www.scout.com/cleveland-sports","weight":6,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":3,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false}],"index":4,"menu":"primary","isActive":false},{"key":"11869","name":"Fantasy","weight":5,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"12406","name":"Rankings","weight":0,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"12433","name":"2016 Top 200","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST]/fantasy/[YR_NFL_FANTASY]-fantasy-football-rankings","weight":0,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"12407","name":"QB Rankings","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST]/fantasy/[YR_NFL_FANTASY]-fantasy-football-quarterback-rankings","weight":1,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"12408","name":"RB Rankings","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST]/fantasy/[YR_NFL_FANTASY]-fantasy-football-running-back-rankings","weight":2,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"12409","name":"WR Rankings","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST]/fantasy/[YR_NFL_FANTASY]-fantasy-football-wide-receiver-rankings","weight":3,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"12410","name":"TE Rankings","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST]/fantasy/[YR_NFL_FANTASY]-fantasy-football-tight-end-rankings","weight":4,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"12411","name":"K Rankings","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST]/fantasy/[YR_NFL_FANTASY]-fantasy-football-kicker-rankings","weight":5,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"12412","name":"DEF Rankings","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST]/fantasy/[YR_NFL_FANTASY]-fantasy-football-defense-rankings","weight":6,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"12413","name":"DL Rankings","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST]/fantasy/[YR_NFL_FANTASY]-fantasy-football-defensive-lineman-rankings","weight":7,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"12414","name":"LB Rankings","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST]/fantasy/[YR_NFL_FANTASY]-fantasy-football-linebacker-rankings","weight":8,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"12415","name":"DB Rankings","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST]/fantasy/[YR_NFL_FANTASY]-fantasy-football-defensive-back-rankings","weight":9,"external":false,"sectionHead":false}],"index":0,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11876","name":"Fantasy HQ","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST]/fantasy/","weight":1,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":1,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"12400","name":"Tools","weight":2,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"12403","name":"Depth Charts","url":"http://fftoolbox.scout.com/football/depth-charts.cfm","weight":0,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"12402","name":"Bye Weeks","url":"http://fftoolbox.scout.com/football/byeweeks.cfm","weight":1,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"12401","name":"All Tools","url":"http://stage.scout.com/fantasy/story/1554317","weight":2,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"12404","name":"Strength of Schedule","url":"http://fftoolbox.scout.com/football/strength_of_schedule.cfm","weight":3,"external":false,"sectionHead":false},{"key":"12405","name":"Mock Draft Simulator","url":"http://fantasymockdraft.scout.com/simulator/","weight":4,"external":false,"sectionHead":false}],"index":2,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"12416","name":"Daily Fantasy","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST]/fantasy/news?type=stories&sortBy=Date&site=ScoutFantasy.com&query=DFS","weight":3,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":3,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"12417","name":"Forums","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST]/fantasy/forums","weight":4,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":4,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"12418","name":"Play","url":"http://www.playscoutfantasy.com/lobby.php","weight":5,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":5,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"12419","name":"Join","url":"http://www.[NETWORKHOST]/fantasy/story/1557795-join-us-at-scout-fantasy","weight":6,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":6,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false}],"index":5,"menu":"primary","isActive":false},{"key":"11870","name":"Military","weight":7,"external":false,"sectionHead":true,"children":[{"key":"11913","name":"Warrior","url":"http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/","weight":0,"external":false,"description":"The latest news and tech from the field of combat.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/sites/warrior.png","index":0,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11914","name":"Sniper's Hide","url":"http://www.scout.com/military/snipers-hide/","weight":1,"external":false,"description":"The #1 source of information for the world of long-range shooting and precision marksmanship.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/sites/snipershide.png","index":1,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11917","name":"Deadliest Blogger","url":"http://www.scout.com/military/deadliest-blogger/","weight":4,"external":false,"description":"Military history from ancient battles to modern warfare.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/2016/04/26/deadliestblogger.png","index":2,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false}],"index":6,"menu":"primary","isActive":false},{"key":"11872","name":"Fishing","weight":8,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"11921","name":"North American Fisherman","url":"http://www.scout.com/outdoors/fishing/","weight":0,"external":false,"description":"Fishing news and video from NAF.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/2016/04/26/fisherman.png","index":0,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11922","name":"Wired2Fish","url":"http://www.scout.com/outdoors/wired2fish","weight":1,"external":false,"description":"Gear reviews, guides, and how-to videos for serious anglers.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/sites/wired2fish_1.png","index":1,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"12546","name":"Fishhound","url":"http://www.scout.com/outdoors/fishhound/","weight":2,"external":false,"description":"Tracking all things fishing...all the time.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/2016/08/08/fishhound_tile.png","index":2,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11923","name":"Everything Smallmouth","url":"http://www.scout.com/outdoors/smallmouth-bass/","weight":2,"external":false,"description":"Everything you need to know to catch more smallmouth bass.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/2016/04/26/fishing_generic.png","index":3,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11924","name":"Fishulo","url":"http://www.scout.com/outdoors/fishulo","weight":3,"external":false,"description":"Where to go and what to use to catch more fish in Canada.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/2016/02/01/fishulo_gold.png","index":4,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11980","name":"YakFishTV","url":"http://www.scout.com/outdoors/kayak-fishing/","weight":5,"external":false,"description":"Showing the world what kayak fishing is all about.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/2016/01/02/YakFishTV%20Icon.png","index":5,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false}],"index":7,"menu":"primary","isActive":false},{"key":"11871","name":"Hunting","weight":9,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"11918","name":"North American Hunter","url":"http://www.scout.com/outdoors/hunting/","weight":0,"external":false,"description":"Hunting news, video, and gear reviews from NAH.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/sites/hunter_square_v2.png","index":0,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11919","name":"The Buck Advisors","url":"http://www.scout.com/outdoors/whitetail-deer/","weight":1,"external":false,"description":"Expert advice for whitetail deer hunters.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/sites/hunting_generic.png","index":1,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11920","name":"Backwoods Life","url":"http://www.scout.com/outdoors/backwoods-life/","weight":2,"external":false,"description":"The official home of the Backwoods Life® Crew.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/2015/12/30/backwoodslife_icon.png","index":2,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false}],"index":8,"menu":"primary","isActive":false},{"key":"11873","name":"Living","weight":10,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"children":[{"key":"11927","name":"Gear","url":"http://www.scout.com/gear/","weight":0,"external":false,"description":"News and reviews on the hottest gear, fastest cars, and latest tech.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/sites/gear2.png","index":0,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11928","name":"Build","url":"http://www.scout.com/home/build","weight":1,"external":false,"description":"Gear reviews and how-to guides for the handyman.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/sites/handy.png","index":1,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11931","name":"Tailgate","url":"http://www.scout.com/home/tailgating/","weight":2,"external":false,"description":"Recipes, games, and guides for American's fastest-growing sport.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/sites/tailgater.png","index":2,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"12719","name":"Stadium Journey","url":"http://www.scout.com/stadium-journey","weight":2,"external":false,"description":"The authority for stadium reviews, rankings, and ratings.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/2016/04/30/icon.png","index":3,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11930","name":"Garden","url":"http://www.scout.com/home/gardening/","weight":3,"external":false,"description":"Tips and tricks for landscaping and lawn care.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/sites/gardening.png","index":4,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false},{"key":"11929","name":"Cook","url":"http://www.scout.com/home/cooking/","weight":4,"external":false,"description":"Recipes and tutorial videos.","sectionHead":false,"icon":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/sites/cooking.png","index":5,"menu":"secondary","isActive":false}],"index":9,"menu":"primary","isActive":false},{"key":"12398","name":"Membership","url":"http://www.scout.com/membership","weight":11,"external":true,"sectionHead":true,"index":10,"menu":"primary","isActive":false},{"key":"11874","name":"Tickets","url":"http://tickets.scout.com/","weight":12,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":11,"menu":"primary","isActive":false},{"key":"11875","name":"App","url":"https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scout.com/id969228328","weight":13,"external":false,"sectionHead":false,"index":12,"menu":"primary","isActive":false}]},"taxonomyInfo":{"id":"194","name":"Dallas Cowboys","description":"","weight":0,"vocabulary":"scout","classificationNodes":[111],"forumIds":[1785,1786,1788,4466,1789,1787,5414,5435],"parentIds":["193"],"ancestorIds":["194","193","8"],"descendantIds":["194"],"mobile":true,"mobileType":"DoubleLevel","siteIds":["112"],"sites":[{"id":"112","name":"dal (s=112)","domainName":"CowboysHQ.com","description":"

Powered by CowboysHQ

\n","smallLogo":"http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/dallas_cowboys.png","appDfpHierarchy":"299643/ScoutApp/Sports/NFL/dal/","siteDfpHierarchy":"299643/Scout.com/Sports/NFL/dal/","siteBrand":"CowboysHQ"}]},"noteConfigMap":[["TrendingForumSubThread",{"id":"4","containerType":"TrendingForumSubThread","width":{"to":1},"height":2,"indexDateTimeUTC":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","tags":[],"statusCode":0}],["StorySummary",{"id":"0","containerType":"StorySummary","width":{"to":1},"height":1,"indexDateTimeUTC":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","tags":[],"statusCode":0}],["ForumSubThread",{"id":"1","containerType":"ForumSubThread","width":{"to":1},"height":1,"indexDateTimeUTC":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","tags":[],"statusCode":0}],["AdUnit",{"id":"2","containerType":"AdUnit","width":{"to":1},"height":1,"indexDateTimeUTC":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","tags":[],"statusCode":0}],["TrendingStorySummary",{"id":"3","containerType":"TrendingStorySummary","width":{"to":1},"height":1,"indexDateTimeUTC":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","tags":[],"statusCode":0}]]}; var nyneveErrors = []; if (console && console.error) { try { var errors = nyneveErrors; for (var i=0; i < errors.length; i++) { var error = errors[i]; console.error('Nyneve Request Error: ', error); } } catch (e) { console.error('JSON parse error. Nyneve Request Errors.', e); } }