Cowboys 100: Facts + Figures For Bears

IRVING -- Get the bad taste of Thanksgiving out of your mouth with our patented facts and figures! How is Dallas in Thursday night games, anyhow, and on the NFL Network? What about cold-weather games? Is there a weak spot to the Bears that the Cowboys defense could exploit? Read our facts and get ready for Thursday night ... oh, and join us in helping Jesse Holley's Christmas project!



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COWBOYS-BEARS FACTS

The Cowboys are 8-4 for the 14th time in club history. 12/13 of the other teams qualified for postseason play. The only one that didn’t were the 2008 Cowboys, who went 1-3 down the stretch for a 9-7 finish.



Since 2000, only 11/51 8-4 teams failed to qualify for postseason. 4/11 of those teams finished with 10-6 records.



The Dallas Cowboys are 3-2 in the month of December against the Chicago Bears.



Since 2000, the Cowboys are 6-8 in their initial December games with a 5-7 record on the road.



The Dallas Cowboys are 5-6 at Soldier Field.



The Cowboys have played in two other Thursday games that did not coincide with Thanksgiving. The first was on 10/26/78 in a 21-10 home loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The second was on 11/29/07 in a 37-27 home win over the Green Bay Packers.



The last Cowboys team to sweep December were the 1993 Cowboys, who went 3-0 and then 1-0 in January to secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs.



Temperatures for Thursday night is expected to be around 33 degrees. The Cowboys are 19-24 all-time when the temperature is less than 33 degrees.


TONY ROMO FACTS

Tony Romo's eight interceptions through 12 games is the second-fewest he has tossed to start a season.



Not since 2010 has Romo followed up a multi-pick game with another.



After multi-INT outings at home, Romo has gone out on the road to compile a 92.4 passer rating and a 5-6 record. On average, Romo goes 24/35 for 256 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.



To open December, Romo holds a 3-4 record. On average, he is 25/37 for 267 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and a 97.8 passer rating.



Since 1997, the Cowboys are 15-26 in December games without Romo compared to 12-17 with him in the lineup.



In Romo’s 29 December games played, he has been sacked 72 times, averaging to 2.5 per game.



Romo has a 107.6 passer rating in Soldier field. He has completed 33/55 passes for 433 yards, five touchdowns, one interception, and taken five sacks.



Romo’s road passer rating is 95.6, which is the eighth-best passer rating on the road since 2006.



In temperatures 33 degrees or colder, Romo has a 74.2 passer rating and a 1-2 record. His average stats are 18/31 for 163 yards, two touchdowns, an interception, and three sacks.


JAY CUTLER FACTS

Jay Cutler has a 13-17 December record and has lost three “win and get in” games.



Cutler’s passer rating against the Cowboys is 138.2, the highest passer rating of any quarterback starting multiple games against Dallas since 2010.



For Chicago, Cutler has an 87.5 passer rating at Soldier Field compared to an 81.3 passer rating on the road.



Cutler is second in the league with 14 interceptions behind only Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles.



Cutler is 1 of 58 players since 1940 to have thrown 25 or more interceptions in a season. He and Hall of Famer Sid Luckman are the only Chicago Bears to do so.



Despite having a penchant for picks, Jay Cutler has not thrown one against the Cowboys.



Cutler has thrown five touchdown passes against the Cowboys, which is the sixth-most passes against Dallas by a single player since 2010.



The Cowboys are 1 of 7 teams Cutler is undefeated against.



This is the fourth time in Cutler’s career that he has sustained seven or more losses in a season. Among active quarterbacks with playoff wins, only Drew Brees (seven), Eli Manning (six), Philip Rivers (five), and Matt Hasselbeck (five) have more.



Cutler has been the beneficiary of three roughing the passer penalties, tied for third-most in the league.


DeMARCO MURRAY FACTS

DeMarco Murray had 18 carries for 146 yards last year against the Bears. Until that time, the Cowboys were 11-0 when Murray rushed 18 or more times in a game. Since then, Dallas is 20-6.



Since 2011, the Cowboys are 4-7 with Murray in the lineup in December compared to 1-1 when he is absent.



Murray’s yards per carry in December is 4.61, and his average yards per game is 74.6.



Murray’s December stats are 178 carries for 820 yards and five touchdowns. The Cowboys are 4-1 in December when Murray scores a rushing touchdown. They are 1-7 when he doesn’t.



Murray only has one rushing touchdown in a five-game stretch. The last time this happened was from Weeks 1-6 of 2012. The only other time it has happened is Weeks 10-14 of 2011.



This season, only the Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell has rushed for more yards on the road than Murray (610 to 603).



This season, the Cowboys are 7-2 when Murray carries the ball 20 or more times compared to 1-2 when he does not.


JASON GARRETT FACTS

Garrett is 1-2 in post-Thanksgiving games with the lone win a 38-33 decision at home against Philadelphia in 2012.



Garrett’s 3-2 December record in 2012 was the first winning December record for a Cowboys head coach since 2001 when Dave Campo went 3-2 in December.



Garrett’s 7-10 December is among many of his predecessors who finished their Dallas tenures with losing December records. Here is how Garrett’s December record fares in team history:



Tom Landry: 63-43-1

Jimmy Johnson: 13-7

Barry Switzer: 7-8

Chan Gailey: 3-5

Dave Campo: 4-9

Bill Parcells: 8-9

Wade Phillips: 5-7

Jason Garrett: 7-10



Jason Garrett is 0-2 against the Chicago Bears. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:



Tom Landry: 8-6

Jimmy Johnson: 2-0

Barry Switzer: 1-1

Chan Gailey: 0-1

Bill Parcells: 1-0

Wade Phillips: 0-2

Jason Garrett: 0-2



Garrett is 19-9 against teams with losing records with a 7-5 record on the road.



On the road in general, Garrett is 15-14 since 2011, which ranks as the seventh-best road winning percentage in the league.



In the final four games of the season, Garrett is 4-4, which is tied for eighth-best in the NFL.



Garrett’s teams have only played two games in less than 33-degree weather. He is 1-1. Here is how he compares to the rest of the Cowboys’ coaches:



Landry: 15-11

Johnson: 2-4

Switzer: 1-3

Campo: 0-1

Parcells: 0-3

Phillips: 0-1

Garrett: 1-1



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The Bears are 1 of 3 teams in the NFC team that Garrett has faced in multiple attempts and failed to beat. The other two are Detroit and Arizona.



MARC TRESTMAN FACTS

Marc Trestman is one of four head coaches to defeat the Dallas Cowboys in his first attempt. The other three coaches are George Halas (1960), Jim Dooley (1971), and Dave Wanndstedt (1996).



Since the Trestman era began in 2013, the Bears have been 30th in points allowed. Never during the Lovie Smith era did the Bears finish bottom-10 in points allowed.



Trestman’s 13-15 start through 28 games is the worst for a Bears head coach since Dick Jauron’s 9-19 from 1999-00.



Since Trestman took over, the Bears have the 19th-best home winning percentage in the league at .538.



Under Trestman, the Bears are 6-2 in prime time with a 2-0 record at home.



Trestman is 2-2 against the NFC East with all of his wins having come at Soldier Field.



The Bears are 3-1 under Trestman in temperatures 33 degrees or colder. All of the games have been played in cities by a Great Lake (Chicago, Cleveland).



In the Canadian Football League, coaching the Montreal Allouettes from 2008-12, Trestman was never 5-7 after 12 games. Here are the results:



2008 – 8-4

2009 – 10-2

2010 – 9-3

2011 – 7-5

2012 – 8-4



Trestman joins Lovie Smith, Dick Jauron, Dave Wanndstedt, Mike Ditka, Paddy Driscoll, and George Halas as the only other Bears head coaches to start a season 5-7.



BROADCAST FACTS

The Cowboys are currently 2-1 in prime time games, which ties their best prime time start in the Garrett era (2013).



Thursday will be the first time Jim Nantz has called a Cowboys game with an NFC opponent since the 1993 NFC Divisional playoffs between Dallas and Green Bay.



The Cowboys are 15-8 when Jim Nantz calls their games, including postseason.



Chicago is 5-6 when Jim Nantz calls their games, including playoffs.



Dallas is 16-14 when Phil Simms calls their games, including postseason.



The Bears are 7-4 when Phil Simms calls their games, including playoffs.



This is the first Cowboys game with an NFC opponent that Phil Simms will call.



Dallas and Chicago have each had Phil Simms call a Super Bowl (Dallas: Super Bowl XXX; Chicago: Super Bowl XLI).



Dallas is 5-2 on NFL Network.



The Bears are 3-3 on NFL Network.



Pat Summerall and John Madden (CBS and FOX) have called the most matches between Dallas and Chicago than any other commentating team with eight.



Thursday will mark the Cowboys’ eighth appearance on NFL Network, the most by any team in NFL Network history.



The Cowboys have never lost a Thursday night game broadcast on NFL Network, though they have lost two Saturday night games.



The Indianapolis Colts are the only undefeated team on NFL Network with a whopping 7-0 record.



ED HOCHULI FACTS

This week’s referee is the renowned Ed Hochuli, unofficial arch-referee of the NFL. He has officiated memorable Cowboys games, from the 1993 Thanksgiving game with Miami to the 1995 NFC Championship game, Dallas’ last conference championship game appearance. Dallas is 12-6 when he referees. Here are the results since 1999:



1999 – @NO, 24-31 – L

2000 – CIN, 23-6 – W

2000 – @Titans, 0-31 – L

2001 – WAS, 9-7 – W

2001 – NYG, 20-13 – W

2002 – Titans, 21-13 – W

2002 – PHI, 3-27 – L

2003 – CAR, 24-20 – W

2004 – CLE, 19-12 – W

2004 – PHI, 21-49 – L

2005 – DET, 20-7 – W

2007 – NYG, 45-35 – W

2008 – Ravens, 24-33 – L

2009 – PHI, 34-14 – W

2011 – WAS, 18-16 – W

2011 – @WAS, 27-24 – W-OT

2012 – CLE, 23-20 – W-OT

2013 – @SD, 21-30 – L



Since 1999, when Ed Hochuli has refereed a Cowboys game, Dallas has won the penalty battle 7/18 of the contests:



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1999 – NO: 6/32; DAL: 11/86

2000 – CIN: 7/94; DAL: 13/100

2000 – Titans: 7/51; DAL: 7/51

2001 – WAS: 7/60; DAL: 3/22

2001 – NYG: 2/15; DAL: 6/45

2002 – Titans: 6/55; DAL: 2/15

2002 – PHI: 10/67; DAL: 7/69

2003 – CAR: 11/68; DAL: 10/123

2004 – CLE: 6/31; DAL: 11/120

2004 – PHI: 9/59; DAL: 7/50

2005 – DET: 17/129; DAL: 5/40

2007 – NYG: 4/45; DAL: 7/55

2008 – Ravens: 3/19; DAL: 10/86

2009 – PHI: 9/116; DAL: 14/112

2011 – WAS: 4/35; DAL: 6/55

2011 – WAS: 6/59; DAL: 9/48

2012 – CLE: 12/129; DAL: 9/92

2013 – SD: 7/85; DAL: 5/33



Hochuli has the highest home team winning percentage in the league:

Ed Hochuli: .818

Gene Steratore: .750

Jerome Boger: .667

Walt Anderson: .667

Tony Corrente: .636

Jeff Triplette: .636

Bill Vinovich: .583

Craig Wrolstad: .545

John Parry: .545

Pete Morelli: .545

Terry McAulay: .545

Carl Cheffers: .545

Brad Allen: .500

Clete Blakeman: .455

Walt Coleman: .455

Bill Leavy: .455



However, in the penalty battle, Hochuli has the fifth-lowest home team winning percentage in that category:



Tony Corrente: .900

Terry McAulay: .818

Brad Allen: .750

Jerome Boger: .750

Jeff Triplette: .727

Bill Vinovich: .667

Walt Coleman: .636

Craig Wrolstad: .600

Walt Anderson: .583

Carl Cheffers: .500

Pete Morelli: .500

Ed Hochuli: .364

Gene Steratore: .333

Bill Leavy: .200

Clete Blakeman: .182

John Parry: .182



The Bears are 10-10 when Hochuli referees their games. Here are the results since 1999:



1999 – @Raiders, 17-24 – L

1999 – @SD, 23-20 – W

2000 – @MIN, 27-30 – L

2000 – Colts, 27-24 – W

2001 – GB, 12-20 – L

2001 – @WAS, 20-15 – W

2002 – GB, 21-34 – L

2003 – @NO, 13-20 – L

2003 – @GB, 21-34 – L

2004 – PHI, 9-19 – L

2005 – Ravens, 10-6 – W

2006 – @NYG, 38-20 – W

2007 – @PHI, 19-16 – W

2008 – Titans, 14-21 – L

2009 – Cardinals, 21-41 – L

2010 – @DET, 24-20 – W

2011 – ATL, 30-12 – W

2011 – SEA, 14-38 – L

2012 – CAR, 23-22 – W

2013 – MIN, 31-30 – W



Since 1999, Chicago has won the penalty battle 9/20 times under Hochuli. Here are the results:



1999 – Raiders: 9/85; CHI: 17/121

1999 – SD: 5/40; CHI: 8/56

2000 – MIN: 4/20; CHI: 5/45

2000 – Colts: 7/81; CHI: 8/58

2001 – GB: 7/50; CHI: 1/5

2001 – WAS: 6/38; CHI: 1/6

2002 – GB: 5/49; CHI: 7/65

2003 – @NO: 6/35; CHI: 5/86

2003 – @GB: 8/57; CHI: 5/45

2004 – PHI: 10/73; CHI: 4/36

2005 – Ravens: 11/100; CHI: 9/60

2006 – @NYG: 10/96; CHI: 9/80

2007 – @PHI: 5/32; CHI: 7/51

2008 – Titans: 8/55; CHI: 3/20

2009 – Cardinals: 2/15; CHI: 9/89

2010 – @DET: 6/42; CHI: 4/25

2011 – ATL: 9/65; CHI: 8/56

2011 – SEA: 6/36; CHI: 5/45

2012 – CAR: 3/21; CHI: 5/40

2013 – MIN: 3/25; CHI: 4/35



Under Hochuli, the Cowboys have won 1/3 challenges while the opponents have won 4/8 challenges. Replay Assistant is 0/7 with only three decisions favoring Dallas.



Under Hochuli, the Bears are 2/6 on challenges with opponents going 1/5. Replay Assistant is 1/6 with all decisions favoring Chicago.



MISCELLANEOUS FACTS

Bears running backs coach Skip Peete was the running backs coach for the Cowboys from 2007-12. In his six seasons with the club, he never had a rusher break 1,000 yards.



Since 2006, opposing quarterbacks in December against the Cowboys have a 91.9 rating in the 29 December games Romo has played. On average, the opposing quarterbacks go 21/34 for 244 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and take three sacks.



Since 2006, the Cowboys are 13-6 in December when a running back scores a touchdown versus 1-14 when a running back fails to rush for a touchdown.



Through 14 December games, Dez Bryant has 72 catches for 1,091 yards and 13 touchdowns. Still, Dallas has a 6-8 record.



Dez has caught a touchdown in eight of his last nine December games.



Bryant’s 224 yards receiving, a career high, was set on 12/23/12 against New Orleans.



Bryant’s average December-game stats are five catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.



Jason Witten has a touchdown in three of his last four games with Chicago.



Bears running back Matt Forte has scored a receiving touchdown in two of his past three encounters with the Cowboys.



Forte leads the 2008 draft class in career catches for 419.



Chicago tight end Martellus Bennett’s 270 receptions for 2,968 yards are the most by a tight end in the 2008 draft class.



Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey is tied Indianapolis’ T.Y. Hilton for most receiving touchdowns in the 2012 draft class with 17.



Jeffrey is 1 of 12 members of the 2012 draft class to go to a Pro Bowl.



Bears defensive tackle Jay Ratliff has 4.5 sacks, the most he has recorded since 2009 when he had 6.0.



Chicago’s offense commits a turnover on 16.8 percent of their drives, ranking third-highest in the league.



The Bears defense surrenders a score on 44.8 percent of their drives, ranking the highest in the NFL.



Average starting field position for Bears opponents is their own 32.6 yard line, ranking second-best in the NFL.



Opposing quarterbacks have combined for a 101.1 passer rating against the Bears in 2014.



The last time the Bears finished bottom-3 in points allowed was 1997 when they finished 4-12 and 29th in the entire 30-team league.



The Bears surrender 10.4 yards per punt return, and have given up a touchdown. Six other teams have a worse yards per punt return average, including the Cowboys at 10.7 (fifth-worst).



Chicago has given up 18.7 yards per kickoff return, ranking the second-fewest in the league.



The Cowboys’ average drive lasts 2:54 with 39.1 percent of those drives ending in scores.



The Cowboys have won 136 regular season games in November in franchise history. When December comes, the regular season win total plummets to just 96.



Since 1951, when Hall of Fame quarterback Sid Luckman retired, the Bears have spent five first-round picks on quarterbacks. Each spent an average of five years in Chicago, less than half the tenure of Luckman (1939-50).



The Dallas Cowboys are 5-3-1 on 12/4. Here are the results:



1960 – @NYG, 31-31 – T

1966 – Cardinals, 31-17 – W

1971 – NYJ, 52-10 – W

1977 – PHI, 24-14 – W

1983 – @SEA, 35-10 – W

1988 – @CLE, 21-24 – L

1994 – @PHI, 31-19 – W

2005 – @NYG, 10-17 – L

2011 – @Cardinals – 13-19 – L-OT



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