Dallas Cowboys 100: Facts + Figures for New York Giants II - Starring Dez Bryant's Monkey

The Cowboys are finished with the bye week blues to take on Big Blue, and we've got all the facts! Ref John Parry is officiating the game -- does he call holding? How does Matt Cassel do in first starts with new teams? How does Garrett fare on the road in the division? We have that and a lot more ... including Dez monkey news!

The Cowboys are leaving a day early for New York to visit Ground Zero. They are checking the readiness of Dez Bryant, who is busying himself with rehab, not being "ruled out'' in advance of Sunday, according to coach Jason Garrett in his Thursday am presser (leaving open the slight possibility of Dez pulling a "Willis Reed'') and ...


Dealing with a pet monkey named "Dallas Bryant.'' 

They are anticipating full health otherwise,  allowing a running back competition to continue to unfold, and preparing for inclement weather both at Valley Ranch now and in New York on Sunday.

Meanwhile ... Cowboys 100!



This is the 11th time in club history the Cowboys have started 2-3. Only 1/10 of those previous teams made the playoffs, and coincidentally they won the NFC East: 1996.


Since 1990, when playoff formats were last tinkered with, only 45/205 teams that started 2-3 made the postseason.


This is the 19th time since 1933 the Giants have started 3-3. Only 5/18 of those teams made the postseason, and only 1/5 of those playoff teams won the NFC East.


Since 1990, 65/178 teams that started off 3-3 made the playoffs.


In the history of the NFC East (which was founded in 1970), there have only ever been 57 teams that started 2-3. 11/57 of those teams made the playoffs. 6/11 of those teams won the division.


In the history of the NFC East, there have been 48 teams that started 3-3. 18/48 of those teams ended up making the postseason with 7/18 of those teams winning the division. One of those teams was the New York Giants in 1997.


The Cowboys and the Giants are tied for the most postseason appearances in NFL history with 31 apiece.


The Cowboys are currently on a six-game winning streak against the NFC East on the road that began with a win in Philadelphia on Oct. 20, 2013. The last time this occurred was 1993-94, and also 1982-83. The franchise record is seven set from 1976-78.


The Cowboys are 13-11-1 against the Giants in October.


Dallas is going for their 21st sweep of the Giants in series history. With 20 sweeps so far, it is the most sweeps against a divisional foe in Cowboys history. For the Giants, only the Eagles with 22 sweeps own the most against the club since 1960.


According to our friend, Marcus Mosher, since 2014, teams that played on Monday Night Football on the road are 14-25 the following week.


The Giants haven’t lost back-to-back division games since last year when the Eagles shut them out 27-0 on Oct. 12 on Sunday Night Football and then went on the road to lose to Dallas 31-21.


The Cowboys have not had a four-game losing streak since 2010 when they dropped five straight en route to Wade Phillips’ firing and Jason Garrett’s tenure as interim head coach.


This is the fifth consecutive season the Cowboys will play a road game after the bye week, which is now the longest such streak in team history.


The Cowboys’ 2-3 record has occurred before a bye twice previously in club history: 1996 and 2000. The '96 Cowboys compiled an 8-3 post bye record while the '00 Cowboys sputtered going 3-8.



The Cowboys have gone on to play on the road following their bye week 18/27 times: 1991-95, 1998, 2000, 2002-03, 2005-08, 2011-15.



The Cowboys have faced a divisional opponent 16 times after a bye week 1990, 1992-94, 1996, 1998-01, 2004-05, 2007-08, and 2013-15.



From 1990-2014, the Dallas Cowboys have had a bye in between a home and road game. Here are the results: in between road games 7/24 times: 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2008, and 2014. Here are the results:


1991: W-L

1992: W-L

1994: L-OT-W

2005: W-W

2006: W-W

2007: W-W

2011: L-L

2012: L-L



Since the bye week’s institution in 1990, the Cowboys have had 14 October bye weeks, the most common in club history. Here is the Cowboys’ breakdown of bye weeks by month, including years and records after the bye:


September – 6-1 – 1992-94, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2006

October – 7-6 – 1991, 1993, 1995-96, 1998, 2000-01, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010-12, 2015

November – 3-1 – 2002, 2005, 2008, 2013

December – 1-0 – 1990



In games after their bye, the Dallas Cowboys are 18-8. Here is how they fare against the rest of the NFC East:


Philadelphia: 19-7

Dallas: 18-8

Washington: 12-14

New York: 10-16



Dallas is 12-3 against divisional opponents after the bye week.



The Dallas Cowboys are 28-23-1 against the New York Giants on the road. Here is the record broken down by venue:


Yankee Stadium: 7-3-1

Yale Bowl: 2-0

Shea Stadium: 1-0

Giants Stadium: 14-19

MetLife Stadium: 4-1



Since 2004, the Giants have rolled out two different starting quarterbacks (Kurt Warner, Eli Manning) while Dallas has started six (Vinny Testaverde, Drew Bledsoe, Tony Romo, Brad Johnson, Jon Kitna, Matt Cassel).





Cassel will be the sixth different quarterback Dallas has started against the Giants in the Eli Manning era. Here is how that compares to other teams in the division:

Washington: 9

Philadelphia: 8

Dallas: 6


Cassel is the first Cowboys quarterback in club history to make his franchise debut on the road against the Giants.


In initial starts for a franchise, Cassel is 3-1.


The last time the Cowboys started three different quarterbacks in the same season was 2010 when Romo started out the season with six games, Kitna started the next nine, and Stephen McGee started and won the season finale in Philadelphia on Jan. 2, 2011.


Cassel is 20-20 against 4-3 defensive fronts with an 80.5 passer rating. On average, he goes 19/31 for 201 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.


Cassel has only played the Giants once in his career: a 27-16 loss on Oct. 4, 2009 as the Chiefs starting quarterback. Cassel went 15/32 for 127 yards, two touchdowns, a 78.5 passer rating, and took five sacks.


Cassel has faced Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo twice when Spagnuolo was the head coach of the St. Louis Rams and defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints. Cassel is 2-0 and has a 72.4 passer rating. On average, he goes 21/37 for 216 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and takes three sacks.


For the first time since 2001 the Cowboys will roll out a different starting quarterback after the bye in Matt Cassel. Nonetheless, Romo is 5-3 after the bye. Here is how he compares to other Dallas quarterbacks:

Troy Aikman: 9-3

Tony Romo: 5-3

Drew Bledsoe: 2-0

Clint Stoerner: 1-0

Quincy Carter: 1-0

Chad Hutchinson: 0-1

Vinny Testaverde: 0-1



This is the seventh year the Cowboys have had two or more different quarterbacks start before the bye week. The previous years were 1998, 2000-02, 2008, and 2014. Dallas made the playoffs in 2/6 of those seasons.


Cassel is the seventh player in franchise history to wear #16. The other six players were Steve Pelluer (1984-88), Damon Hodge (2000), Ryan Leaf (2001), Vinny Testaverde (2004), Matt Baker (2006), and Jesse Holley (2009-11).




This is the third time in Manning’s career he has only tossed four interceptions through six games. The other two seasons were 2005 and 2008, seasons where the Giants won the division.


This is the sixth time in Manning’s career he has thrown 11 touchdowns through the first six games. The most is 13 (2006) and the second-most is 12 (2005).


Manning’s 94.0 passer rating is the fourth-highest in his career through six games.


In the teams’ first meeting, Manning failed to throw a touchdown, making it the fourth time he had failed to throw a touchdown against Dallas. His record is 2-2 in such games.


Since 2013, the Cowboys have sacked Manning eight times through five games with the most being three on Sept. 8, 2013. Dallas won narrowly 36-31.


Since 2013, the Eagles have sacked Manning the most with 11 sacks through six games. Cowboys are second with eight through five games, but the Carolina Panthers are third with seven through just one game. Greg Hardy was responsible for three of those sacks.


Manning was sacked three times last week against the Eagles. The Giants are 10-28 when Manning gets sacked three or more times.


Manning threw two interceptions last week. The Giants are 15-35 when he throws two or more interceptions.


If Manning is sacked three or more times and throws two or more interceptions, the Giants are 1-14.


Manning is 1-5 against the Cowboys when he is sacked three or more times. The lone win was on Nov. 2, 2008 when Dallas started Brad Johnson for an injured Tony Romo.


The most Manning has been sacked in a single game is eight times, a feat that has occurred three times in his career. One of those instances came from the Dallas defense on Dec. 14, 2008 in a 20-8 loss in Dallas.


Manning’s home record against Dallas is 5-6 at home with a 93.2 passer rating. His worst record comes against the Eagles at 3-8, but the 93.2 passer rating is the best against a divisional opponent at home.


Through five games from 2009-11, the Cowboys only sacked Manning twice, or put it this way, 2/195 dropbacks. The Giants went 4-1 in that span with an average margin of victory of 4.5 points.


Manning has staved off Dallas sweeping him 2/5 times with a 1/4 ledger when the second game is in New York. In the wins, Manning was sacked only once per game. In the losses, Manning was dropped an average of 3.5 times.


Overall, Manning is 4/12 when it comes to staving off a sweep.




This is the fourth time Garrett has gone 2-3, the most such starts for a head coach in Cowboys history.


Garrett has completed a series sweep 5/7 times since taking over as the Cowboys head coach in 2010.


A sweep against the Giants would be only Garrett’s second, but would tie the most number of sweeps he has against a divisional opponent. The other team is Washington.


In completing a sweep on the road, Garrett has done so 4/4 times.


Garrett’s five sweeps in the NFC East through 77 regular season games is tied for second-best in franchise history:

Barry Switzer: 6

Jimmy Johnson: 5

Chan Gailey: 5

Jason Garrett: 5

Bill Parcells: 4

Wade Phillips: 3

Dave Campo: 2

Tom Landry: 0



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Garrett is 12-3 against the NFC East on the road.


With a seven-game winning streak in road games in the NFC East, Garrett joins Tom Landry as the only head coach in team history to accomplish this feat. Landry owns the seven-game road winning streak set from 1976-78.


Garrett is 4-1 against the Giants on the road.


Garrett has swept the Giants twice before: 2013-14, tied with Washington as the club he has swept most since taking over as head coach in 2010.


Garrett has started out 2-0 only once: 2013, the same year Dallas won five-straight division games before falling at home on Dec. 29, 2013 against the Eagles.


Garrett is 14-13 in late afternoon games with an 8-5 record on the road and a 6-1 record on the East Coast.


Jason Garrett is 2-2 after the bye week. Here is how he compares to other Dallas Cowboys coaches:


Barry Switzer: 4-0

Bill Parcells: 3-1

Wade Phillips: 3-1

Jimmy Johnson: 3-2

Chan Gailey: 2-0

Jason Garrett: 2-2

Dave Campo: 1-2



Here is how Jason Garrett compares to all head coaches in the NFC East since 1990:


Andy Reid: 13-1

Tom Coughlin: 7-4

Barry Switzer: 4-0

Bill Parcells: 4-1

Norv Turner: 5-2

Buddy Ryan: 3-0

Wade Phillips: 3-1

Chan Gailey: 2-0

Marty Schottenheimer: 1-0

Jimmy Johnson: 3-2

Rich Kotite: 3-2

Joe Gibbs: 4-3

Joe Bugel: 2-2

Jason Garrett: 2-2

Vince Tobin: 2-2

Ray Rhodes: 2-2

Steve Spurrier: 1-1

Chip Kelly: 1-1

Dave Campo: 1-2

Mike Shanahan: 1-3

Dan Reeves: 1-4

Jim Fassel: 1-6

Dave McGinnis: 0-1

Jay Gruden: 0-1

Richie Petitbon: 0-2

Jim Zorn: 0-2

Ray Handley: 0-2



Here are the bye week records of present NFC East coaches with their past stops included for an absolute bye record:


Chip Kelly – pre-bye: 8-0; post-bye: 7-1

Tom Coughlin – pre-bye: 12-7; post-bye: 12-7

Jason Garrett – pre-bye: 1-4; post-bye: 2-2

Jay Gruden – pre-bye: 0-1; post-bye: 0-1





Coughlin has been 3-3 two other times in his coaching career: once with Jacksonville in 2002 and once with the Giants in 2014.


In the Coughlin era, when the Giants have held the NFC East lead at the end of October, they have ultimately won the division 4/7. Since 2009, the rate has been 1/3.


In Coughlin’s NFL career, he has staved off a series sweep 11/24 times.


Coughlin is 16-14 against the NFC East at home.


Coughlin is 7-11 in late afternoon games with the Giants and a 17-16 record overall.





This is the ninth-straight year the NFL on FOX’s A-team is calling a game in the Cowboys-Giants series. In 2011, NBC aired both games in the series and FOX had no opportunity.


The only other game the NFL on FOX A-team has called with Matt Cassel was on Oct. 11, 2009 when the Cowboys defeated the Chiefs 26-20 in overtime at Arrowhead Stadium.


The last time Buck and Aikman called a late afternoon home game for the Giants was on Nov. 24, 2013 when Dallas beat New York 24-21.


The Cowboys are 5-9 against the Giants on the road on FOX.


The Cowboys have started off with 1-1 records on FOX 13 other times since the network started broadcasting NFL games in 1994. 7/13 of those seasons saw Dallas make the postseason.


The Cowboys have had five former players serve as TV commentators in the series: Eddie LeBaron (CBS), Roger Staubach (CBS), Troy Aikman (FOX), Daryl Johnston (FOX), and Brian Baldinger (FOX).


The first Cowboys game for which Aikman did color was at New York on Nov. 4, 2001. The Giants prevailed 27-24 in overtime.


Here is a look at the Cowboys’ post-bye TV commentator pairings and TV networks:


1990 – CBS: James Brown and Randy Cross

1991 – CBS: Verne Lundquist and Dan Fouts

1992 – ABC: Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, and Dan Dierdorf

1993 – CBS: Verne Lundquist and Dan Fouts

1993 – CBS: Jim Nantz and Randy Cross

1994 – FOX: Dick Stockton and Matt Millen

1995 – FOX: Pat Summerall and John Madden

1996 – FOX: Pat Summerall and John Madden

1997 – FOX: Pat Summerall and John Madden

1998 – ABC: Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf, and Boomer Esiason

1999 – FOX: Pat Summerall and John Madden

2000 – FOX: Dick Stockton and Matt Millen

2001 – FOX: Ray Bentley and Jeff Lageman

2002 – FOX: Pat Summerall and Brian Baldinger

2003 – FOX: Dick Stockton, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa

2004 – FOX: Dick Stockton, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa

2005 – ABC: Al Michaels and John Madden

2006 – FOX: Dick Stockton, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa

2007 – NBC: Al Michaels and John Madden

2008 – NBC: Al Michaels and John Madden

2009 – FOX: Thom Brenneman and Troy Aikman

2010 – CBS: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms

2011 – FOX: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman

2012 – FOX: Thom Brenneman and Brian Billick

2013 – FOX: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman

2014 – NBC: Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth







This week’s referee is John Parry. The Cowboys are 5-6 in Parry refereed-games. Here are the results:

2003 – @TB, 0-16 – L

2005 – @WAS, 7-35 – L

2007 – GB, 37-27 – W

2008 – @Rams, 14-34 – L

2008 – SEA, 34-9 – W

2009 – @WAS, 17-0 – W

2010 – NYG, 35-41 – L

2011 – DET, 30-34 – L

2012 – @ATL, 13-19 – L

2013 – @PHI, 17-3 – W

2014 – @JAX, 31-17 – W




Dallas has had fewer penalties than their opponents 6/11 times. Here are the results:



2003 – TB: 3/15; DAL: 1/5

2005 – WAS: 7/55; DAL: 9/56

2007 – GB: 9/142; DAL: 10/65

2008 – Rams: 5/32; DAL: 8/56

2008 – SEA: 5/46; DAL: 5/38

2009 – WAS: 4/33; DAL: 4/21

2010 – NYG: 6/46; DAL: 5/42

2011 – DET: 10/75; DAL: 7/33

2012 – ATL: 2/15; DAL: 7/50

2013 – PHI: 5/33; DAL: 12/75

2014 – JAX: 2/19; DAL: 9/65




Parry has the third-best home team winning percentage in the NFL through the first six weeks:


Bill Vinovich: 1.000

Ed Hochuli: 1.000

John Parry: .833

Carl Cheffers: .800

Walt Coleman: .800

Jerome Boger: .667

Gene Steratore: .500

Terry McAulay: .500

Jeff Triplette: .500

Ron Torbert: .500

Tony Corrente: .400

Pete Morelli: .400

Walt Anderson: .400

Brad Allen: .400

Clete Blakeman: .333

Craig Wrolstad: .200

John Hussey: .000



However, in terms of having fewer penalties, home teams are 50-50 with Parry:


Brad Allen: .800

Bill Vinovich: .800

Craig Wrolstad: .800

Terry McAulay: .667

Clete Blakeman: .667

Carl Cheffers: .600

Jeff Triplette: .600

Pete Morelli: .600

Ed Hochuli: .600

John Parry: .500

Walt Coleman: .400

Tony Corrente: .400

Walt Anderson: .400

Jerome Boger: .333

Gene Steratore: .333

John Hussey: .200

Ron Torbert: .000



The Giants are 4-5 when Parry referees their games. Here are the results:


2008 – @CLE, 14-35 – L

2009 – Raiders, 44-7 – W

2009 – PHI, 38-45 – L

2010 – @DAL, 41-35 – W

2010 – PHI, 31-38 – L

2011 – NE, 21-17 – W

2012 – @SF, 26-3 – W

2013 – @CHI, 27-21 – L

2014 – Cardinals, 14-25 – L



The Giants have had fewer penalties than their opponents 6/9 times:


2008 – CLE: 10/55; NYG: 5/38

2009 – Raiders: 7/67; NYG: 4/37

2009 – PHI: 6/45; NYG: 7/54

2010 – DAL: 5/42; NYG: 6/46

2010 – PHI: 5/30; NYG: 4/35

2011 – NE: 5/28; NYG: 4/24

2012 – SF: 6/35; NYG: 2/20

2013 – CHI: 5/51; NYG: 4/31

2014 – Cardinals: 7/71; NYG: 9/70



Through the first six weeks, Parry’s games have had the seventh-highest rates for sacks. Here are the results of how many sacks occur per game:


Jeff Triplette: 5.8

Ron Torbert: 5.6

Terry McAulay: 5.2

Clete Blakeman: 5

Carl Cheffers: 5

Walt Anderson: 4.8

John Parry: 4.7

John Hussey: 4.6

Tony Corrente: 4.6

Walt Coleman: 4.4

Jerome Boger: 4.2

Gene Steratore: 4.2

Craig Wrolstad: 4

Pete Morelli: 3.4

Ed Hochuli: 3.4

Brad Allen: 3.6

Bill Vinovich: 2.8



Parry leads the league in offensive holding calls per game:


John Parry: 5.2

Jeff Triplette: 5

Terry McAulay: 4.5

John Hussey: 4.4

Tony Corrente: 4.2

Craig Wrolstad: 3.8

Jerome Boger: 3.7

Walt Anderson: 3.6

Carl Cheffers: 3.6

Pete Morelli: 3.4

Ed Hochuli: 3.4

Walt Coleman: 3.2

Ron Torbert: 3

Bill Vinovich: 2.6

Clete Blakeman: 2.3

Gene Steratore: 2.2

Brad Allen: 2



Under John Parry, the Cowboys are 0/4 on challenges while their opponents are 6/8. Replay Assistant is 2/4 with none of the calls benefiting the Cowboys.



With Parry, the Giants are 2/3 on challenges while the opposition is a cumulative 1/5. Replay Assistant is 2/9 with six of those decisions benefiting New York.







Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett played for them from 2000-03 as did running backs coach Gary Brown from 1998-99.


Cowboys tight ends coach Mike Pope was the team’s tight ends coach from 1983-91 and also 2000-13. He is the only coach to have his name inscribed on all four of the franchise’s Lombardi Trophies.


Tom Coughlin and Giants strength and conditioning coach Joe Palmieri both were a part of the 1995 Jacksonville Jaguars along with Cowboys secondary coach Joe Baker. Baker (assistant special teams) and Palmieri (strength and conditioning) both worked under Coach Coughlin.


Giants offensive line assistant Lunda Wells was actually an offensive line intern under then-Cowboys offensive line coach Hudson Houck in 2010.


Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnoulo coached the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11. His offensive line coach was assistant Cowboys offensive line coach Steve Loney.


New York cornerbacks coach Tim Walton and Cowboys passing game coordinator Scott Linehan worked together in Detroit from 2009-12. Walton was the DB coach as Linehan was the offensive coordinator.


Walton is also connected to Cowboys wide receivers coach Derek Dooley through the 2003 LSU Tigers. Walton coached the secondary as Dooley coached running backs and special teams.


New York special teams assistant Larry Izzo is connected to Cowboys Assistant Director of Pro Scouting Judd Garrett. On the 2000 Miami Dolphins, Izzo played linebacker as Garrett served as an offensive assistant.





Cowboys running back Christine Michael’s career game came last year against the Giants on Nov. 9, 2014. He carried the ball four times for 71 yards, including a 45-yard run, in the Seahawks’ 38-17 victory at home.


Jason Witten will be playing with his 10th new quarterback in Matt Cassel Sunday. Witten catches five passes for 56 yards on average and has a 4-5 record.


Witten has the most catches (134), yards (1,405), and touchdowns (13) against the Giants since 2003 than any other player in the league.


Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar has 22 catches for 263 yards and seven touchdowns. Seven of those catches, 85 of those yards, and three of those touchdowns have come against the Giants.


In the past six games against New York, a Cowboys tight end has caught a touchdown pass.


Greg Hardy amassed three sacks and 12 tackles in three career games against the Giants with the Panthers. Carolina was 1-2. Both of the losses had Hardy failing to sack Manning.


Last week, Hardy dropped Tom Brady twice. In his career, Hardy has followed up a multi-sack performance with at least a sack the next game 3/5 times.


The last Cowboy to have a multi-sack game against the Giants was Jason Hatcher on Nov. 24, 2013.


Sean Lee has not been a part of a turnover against the Giants since Sept. 5, 2012 when he forced a fumble from running back David Wilson. He has not been a part of any Dallas turnovers since Oct. 27, 2013 when he intercepted Detroit’s Matt Stafford for a 74-yard return.


Through two games against the Giants, Rolando McClain has 15 tackles.


Odell Beckham, Jr. has at least five catches through the first six games of 2015. The last Giants receiver to match that feat was Victor Cruz in 2012 amid a seven-game streak with at least five or more receptions.


Against Dallas in the teams’ first meeting, Beckham was targeted eight times for five receptions for 44 yards, all of which have been season lows except for the yards. The Buffalo Bills held Beckham to 38 yards receiving.


Since 2002, when divisions were last realigned, 7/13 of the NFC East leaders in October won the division. 4/6 of those teams were the Giants while 2/6 were the Cowboys.


The longest winning streak of post-bye games in the NFC East is 13 games set by the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-11.



The longest losing streak of post-bye games in the NFC East is five games, tied three separate times by New York (1991-94; 2001-05) and Washington (1992-95).


Here is a list of how Super Bowl winners since 1990 fared before and after bye weeks:


1990 New York Giants: W-W

1991 Washington Redskins: W-W

1992 Dallas Cowboys: W-L

1993 Dallas Cowboys: W-W; W-W

1994 San Francisco 49ers: W-W

1995 Dallas Cowboys: W-W

1996 Green Bay Packers: W-W

1997 Denver Broncos: W-L

1998 Denver Broncos: W-W

1999 St. Louis Rams: W-W

2000 Baltimore Ravens: W-W

2001 New England Patriots: W-W

2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: W-W

2003 New England Patriots: W-W

2004 New England Patriots: W-W

2005 Pittsburgh Steelers: L-W

2006 Indianapolis Colts: W-W

2007 New York Giants: W-L

2008 Pittsburgh Steelers: W-W

2009 New Orleans Saints: W-W

2010 Green Bay Packers: W-W

2011 New York Giants: W-W

2012 Baltimore Ravens: L-W

2013 Seattle Seahawks: W-W

2014 New England Patriots: W-W



Since the bye week’s 1990 inception, 15/25 of the Super Bowl champions’ bye weeks occurred in October. Here is the breakdown by month:


September: ’93 Cowboys, ’04 Patriots,


October: ’90 Giants, ’91 Redskins, ’93 Cowboys, ’94 49ers, ’95 Cowboys, ’96 Packers, ’97 Broncos, ’98 Broncos, ’99 Rams, ’05 Steelers, ’06 Colts, ’08 Steelers, ’09 Saints, ’11 Giants, ’12 Ravens


November: ’02 Buccaneers, ’03 Patriots, ’07 Giants, ’10 Packers, ’13 Seahawks, '14 Patriots


December: ’00 Ravens, ’01 Patriots



Dallas is 5-2 on 10/25. Here are the results:


1964 – @Cardinals, 31-13 – W

1970 – @KC, 27-16 – W

1981 – MIA, 28-27 – W

1987 – @PHI, 20-37 – L

1992 – @Raiders, 28-13 – W

2009 – ATL, 37-21 – W

2010 – NYG, 35-41 – L


The Cowboys have neither birthdays to celebrate nor deaths to remember on Oct. 25.

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