____WASHINGTON REMATCH FACTS____
One cliché thrown around heading into a Dallas-Washington game is how the respective records need to be thrown out. However, team records are still very predictive:
Cowboys with winning record: 28/46 (one tie)
Redskins with winning record: 22/32
Both teams with same records: 14/31 (one tie)
When Washington has a three-game win margin or greater over Dallas, the Cowboys have won 5/6 times with 2/5 of those wins coming on the road. Comparatively, when Dallas has had a three-game win margin or more over Washington, they have an 18-6 record.
This is the first time in the series since 1987 that Washington will be playoff bound while Dallas is destined for the couch.
This is the first time in club history the Cowboys are 4-11.
As it stands currently, Dallas is slated to pick fourth overall. The only time Dallas ever picked fourth overall was in 1964 when they selected defensive tackle Scott Appleton out of Texas. Appleton instead went to play for the AFL’s Houston Oilers.
This is the fifth time in Washington history the club has posted an 8-7 record but just the 2/5 time that they have made the postseason.
A loss would make Washington the first NFC East division champion to post a .500 record. A win would tie them with the 2011 Giants for the current worst record of 9-7.
A win over Washington would be the fourth time in club history the Cowboys swept their arch rival in a losing season. It would also be the first time Dallas did so while Washington was bound for the playoffs.
The only other time the Cowboys played Washington in January was the 1982 NFC Championship game on Jan. 22, 1983. Dallas lost 31-17.
The Cowboys are 4-6 against Washington in season finales with a 3-1 record at home.
____DARREN MCFADDEN FACTS____
Sunday will make the third-most games McFadden has started in a single season with 10.
This is the second time in McFadden’s career he has played in all 16 regular season games.
At 997 rushing yards, McFadden should easily eclipse the century mark. Nonetheless, he is 160 yards away from his career high in a single season with 1,157 set in 2010 through 13 games played.
With a minimum of 10 games played in a season, McFadden’s 4.4 yards per carry are the second-highest average of his career. His highest is 5.2 set in 2010.
McFadden has already achieved a career high in number of attempts in a season with 227. Any additional carries against Washington will only extend this number.
McFadden and San Diego’s Danny Woodhead are the only running backs from the 2008 draft class to play in all 16 regular season games in 2015.
In McFadden’s last game with Washington, he fumbled twice on 14 carries. It was the only game of his career he fumbled twice in one game.
If McFadden obtains the 1,000-yard mark rushing against Washington, he will be the eighth player in club history to do so.
If McFadden gets his 1,000 yards or more rushing Sunday, he will notch the 26th 1,000-yard season in team history.
If McFadden reaches 1,000 yards rushing Sunday, it will be the first time in Cowboys history that the club has had consecutive 1,000-yard rushers but it be two different players.
If McFadden were to get three rushing yards and no more against Washington, his perfect 1,000 mark would be the lowest 1,000-yard mark in franchise history.
____KELLEN MOORE FACTS____
Moore will be the second starting quarterback to face Washington in a season. The last time this happened was in 2010 when Dallas sent Tony Romo to start at FedEx Field on Sept. 12, 2010 and then started Jon Kitna in his absence on Dec. 19.
Moore’s 45.5 passer rating is the 10th-lowest in franchise history for a passer with a minimum of 20 attempts in a season.
Out of the 68 quarterbacks to play in 2015, Moore’s 45.5 passer rating is the third-lowest in the league.
Moore will be the 21st Cowboys quarterback to start against Washington. Here is how other Dallas starters have fared in their initial starts:
Eddie LeBaron: 0-1
Don Meredith: 0-0-1
Craig Morton: 1-0
Roger Staubach: 1-0
Danny White: 1-0
Gary Hogeboom: 0-1
Steve Pelluer: 0-1
Troy Aikman: 0-1
Steve Walsh: 1-0
Wade Wilson: 0-1
Jason Garrett: 1-0
Randall Cunningham: 1-0
Anthony Wright: 1-0
Quincy Carter: 1-0
Chad Hutchinson: 1-0
Vinny Testaverde: 1-0
Drew Bledsoe: 0-1
Tony Romo: 0-1
Jon Kitna: 1-0
Matt Cassel: 1-0
Moore is the first quarterback since Aikman in 1992 to post passer ratings below 55.0 in consecutive games.
Moore’s 45.5 passer rating is the lowest rating of the season among all quarterbacks with a minimum of 20 attempts.
Moore’s 50 percent completion percentage is tied for the second-lowest in the league among quarterbacks with a minimum of 20 attempts.
Moore is just 1/4 quarterbacks to have thrown just one touchdown in 2015.
Moore is the third different Cowboys quarterback to start for Dallas in a season finale. The last time this happened was 1999-2006 when they started eight different quarterbacks.
Currently, Moore and Browns quarterback Austin Davis are the only starting quarterbacks to remain winless in 2015.
____KIRK COUSINS FACTS____
With a win over Philadelphia last Saturday, Cousins joined Bill Kilmer, Joe Theismann, Jay Schroeder, Mark Rypien, Brad Johnson, Mark Brunell, and Robert Griffin III as the only Washington quarterbacks to win the NFC East.
Cousins’ 26 times sacked are the ninth-fewest in team history since sacks were an official stat in 1982.
Cousins’ 99.2 passer rating is the fourth-highest through 15 games in Washington history since 1960.
Cousins’ 26 passing touchdowns are the fifth-most in team history since 1960.
Sitting at 3,990 passing yards, Cousins is just 119 yards from tying Jay Schroeder’s mark for most passing yards in a single season set in 1986.
Cousins’ 11 interceptions are tied for the sixth-fewest in club history.
With 528 passing attempts, Cousins just needs 14 more to break Schroeder’s mark set in 1986.
Cousins already owns the franchise record for most completions in a single season with 367, breaking Jason Campbell’s mark of 327 set in 2009.
Cousins’ three game-winning drives this season are tied for the 10th-most in Washington history for a single season.
Cousins is the fourth quarterback drafted out of Michigan State to lead his team to the playoffs. The other three were Tony Banks, Jim Miller, and Earl Morrall.
Cousins actually leads Washington in rushing touchdowns with five.
____JASON GARRETT FACTS____
A loss Sunday makes Garrett either the first Cowboys head coach to lead them to a 4-12 finish while a win would join him with Dave Campo as the only Dallas head coaches to post 5-11 records.
Garrett is already in company with Campo in the area of starting four different quarterbacks in one season. Campo also accomplished that feat in 2001.
Garrett has completed a series sweep 5/9 times since taking over as the Cowboys head coach in 2010.
Garrett has completed a series sweep at home only 1/4 times. That lone sweep was against the Eagles in 2012, which is also his lone win against the Eagles at AT&T Stadium.
Garrett’s five sweeps in the NFC East through 87 regular season games is tied for third-best in franchise history:
Barry Switzer: 6
Jimmy Johnson: 6
Chan Gailey: 5
Jason Garrett: 5
Bill Parcells: 4
Wade Phillips: 3
Dave Campo: 2
Tom Landry: 0
Garrett is 7-9 against the NFC East at home. As bad as it appears, the ledger is on par with the rest of the NFC East’s records at home since 2010:
New York: 8-9
Garrett is 3-2 against Washington at home, his best record against an NFC East opponent in AT&T Stadium:
New York: 3-3
Garrett has a 2-1 record against Jay Gruden. Here is it compares to other head coaches who were or are in the division:
Tom Coughlin: 7-4
Mike Shanahan: 5-2
Jay Gruden: 2-1
Chip Kelly: 3-3
Andy Reid: 3-3
Garrett is 16/27 lifetime on coaches challenges with a 2/6 mark in 2015.
Garrett has a 12-13 December record with a 4-7 record at home.
Against teams with winning records, Garrett is 4-13 at home.
Heading into the season finale, the Cowboys are 1-6 at home. The last time Dallas was 1-6 at home was 2010 also under Garrett (with help from Wade Phillips’ 0-4 mark before dismissal).
Washington is 1/3 franchises that Garrett has defeated both as a player and as a starting quarterback. The other two teams are Carolina and NY Giants.
Sunday will be the sixth game this season to feature a head coach that Garrett either played for, played with, or coached with in his career.
____JAY GRUDEN FACTS____
With a division title in 2015, Gruden joins Ray Flaherty, Dutch Bergman, Dudley DeGroot, and Geroge Allen as the only Washington head coaches to have led the club to the postseason in either their first or second season.
A win would join Gruden with Joe Gibbs (1992, 2007) and Norv Turner (1996) as the only Washington head coaches to post a 9-7 record.
A loss would join Gruden with Norv Turner/Terry Robiskie (2000), Marty Schottenheimer (2001), and Jim Zorn (2008) as the only Washington head coaches to go 8-8.
Gruden is 2/3 in avoiding a sweep since taking over as Washington’s head coach in 2014.
Gruden has already joined Mike Zimmer of the Vikings and Bill O’Brien of the Texans as the only three head coaches in the 2015 playoffs to get their teams to the postseason in just their second year of NFL head coaching.
Gruden has a 4-4 December record with a 1-2 record on the road.
Gruden is 3-2 in division rematches.
Gruden is 3/12 on challenges for his career with a 2/4 record in 2015.
If Gruden leads Washington to a win, it will give his team their first season finale victory since 2012 when Washington beat Dallas 28-18 to win the NFC East.
Jay has won the division in just his second year as an NFL head coach. It took his brother Jon three seasons to lead Oakland to a division title.
Chris Myers and Ronde Barber will call this game for FOX. It is the third Cowboys game for which Myers will do play-by-play and the first for Barber.
Dallas is 1-1 when Myers calls their games.
Washington is 2-6 when Myers calls their games.
Washington is 1-4 when Barber calls their games.
This is the 45th game Barber will call as a color commentator.
Dallas is 117-110 on FOX, including playoffs.
The Cowboys are currently 2-7 on FOX for the year. A win will only tie them with their current fewest win total set in 2000, 2002, and 2004. A loss will set a new fewest win total on the network.
This is the 29th game in the Dallas-Washington series that FOX will broadcast, and that alone is still not even half the games CBS broadcast in the series with 59 total.
This is the third straight season that FOX has assigned someone other than their A-team to call a Dallas-Washington game.
This is the ninth time since 1994 that FOX has not sent their A-team to cover a game in the Dallas-Washington series.
This is the 14/22 time that FOX will broadcast the Cowboys season finale.
This is the fifth time that FOX will broadcast an inconsequential Dallas season finale. The other four previous occasions were 1997, 2001, 2002, and 2010. Dallas went 1-3.
____JOHN PARRY FACTS____
Before we return to Parry, we have to issue a correction. We included two of Parry’s games as a side judge as part of his record as a referee for Cowboys games. In actuality, including this year’s rematch with the Giants, Parry is 5-5. Here are the results:
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
2015 – @NYG, 20-27 – L
Dallas has had fewer penalties than their opponents 5/10 times. Here are the results:
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
2015 – NYG: 3/13; DAL: 7/46
Parry has the absolute best home team winning percentage in the NFL:
John Parry: .857
Bill Vinovich: .786
Ed Hochuli: .667
Gene Steratore: .643
Carl Cheffers: .643
Walt Coleman: .571
Tony Corrente: .571
Ron Torbert: .571
Terry McAulay: .571
Jerome Boger: .571
Clete Blakeman: .500
Craig Wrolstad: .429
Jeff Triplette: .400
Walt Anderson: .385
Brad Allen: .357
Pete Morelli: .357
John Hussey: .357
However, in terms of the home team having fewer penalties, Parry is second-best in the NFL:
Jeff Triplette: .667
John Parry: .643
Terry McAulay: .643
Brad Allen: .643
Craig Wrolstad: .643
Ron Torbert: .571
Walt Anderson: .538
Jerome Boger: .536
Bill Vinovich: .500
Pete Morelli: .500
Ed Hochuli: .467
Carl Cheffers: .464
Clete Blakeman: .429
Gene Steratore: .357
Walt Coleman: .357
Tony Corrente: .357
John Hussey: .357
Washington is 3-6 with Parry:
2007 – PHI, 25-33 – L
2008 – @DET, 25-17 – W
2009 – DAL, 0-17 – L
2010 – Colts, 24-27 – L
2011 – NYJ, 19-34 – L
2012 – Ravens, 31-28 – W
2013 – SF, 6-27 – L
2014 – @Colts, 27-49 – L
2015 – NO, 47-14 – W
Washington has won the penalty battle 2/9 times with Parry:
2007 – PHI: 5/38; WAS: 11/74
2008 – DET: 7/51; WAS: 8/67
2009 – DAL: 4/21; WAS: 4/33
2010 – Colts: 3/15; WAS: 7/53
2011 – NYJ: 6/40; WAS: 6/50
2012 – Ravens: 8/56; WAS: 8/70
2013 – SF: 4/25; WAS: 4/30
2014 – Colts: 10/94; WAS: 10/78
2015 – NO: 7/50; WAS: 5/26
Parry is tied with Clete Blakeman for the absolute average of sacks per game at 4.6:
Terry McAulay: 5.3
Walt Coleman: 5.2
Jeff Triplette: 5.2
Ron Torbert: 5
John Hussey: 4.9
Gene Steratore: 4.9
Carl Cheffers: 4.8
Tony Corrente: 4.7
John Parry: 4.6
Clete Blakeman: 4.6
Ed Hochuli: 4.5
Walt Anderson: 4.5
Pete Morelli: 4.4
Jerome Boger: 4.1
Craig Wrolstad: 3.9
Bill Vinovich: 3.6
Brad Allen: 3.4
Parry calls the sixth-most offensive holding calls per game:
Carl Cheffers: 4.6
Jerome Boger: 4.4
Ron Torbert: 4.2
Jeff Triplette: 4.1
Terry McAulay: 3.9
John Parry: 3.6
Brad Allen: 3.6
John Hussey: 3.5
Tony Corrente: 3.5
Craig Wrolstad: 3.4
Ed Hochuli: 3.3
Pete Morelli: 3.2
Walt Coleman: 3.1
Bill Vinovich: 3.1
Walt Anderson: 2.8
Clete Blakeman: 2.6
Gene Steratore: 2.1
Under John Parry, the Cowboys are 0/3 on challenges while their opponents are 6/7. Replay Assistant is 2/4 with none of the calls benefiting the Cowboys.
Under Parry, Washington has won 1/3 challenges with opponents winning 2/4. Replay Assistant is 1/1 with that lone call favoring Washington.
This is the first time since 2010 that the Cowboys will start two different quarterbacks against Washington.
Sunday will be the first time since 2006 that Dallas has started two different quarterbacks in the season series while Washington has remained with just one starter.
A loss Sunday would make it the first time since 1965 that Dallas had two different starting quarterbacks post winless starting records.
Washington’s 3.6 yards per carry is tied for the fifth-lowest total through 15 games since the 16-game format was initiated in 1978.
Washington’s 3.6 yards per carry is the second-worst total in the league this season.
Washington’s 3.6 yards per carry is the second-lowest total for Bill Callahan as an offensive line coach in his career.
DeSean Jackson’s 17.6 yards per carry is the fourth-highest of his career.
Jackson has yet to post a rushing attempt this season. If he does not against Dallas, it will be the first time in his career he didn’t have a rushing attempt.
The Cowboys have had at least a takeaway in their past five games against Washington.
The last time Dallas played without Dez Bryant and Tony Romo against Washington was Dec. 19, 2010. Dallas beat Washington 33-30 at Cowboys Stadium.
Dallas is 2-2 on 1/3, including playoffs. Here are the results:
1970 – @SF, 17-10 – W
1983 – @MIN, 27-31 – L
2004 – @CAR, 10-29 – L
2009 – PHI, 24-0 – W
The Cowboys have only the birthday of defensive end Danny Stubbs to celebrate on Jan. 3. Stubbs played for the club from 1990-91 and played 25 games with Dallas starting in 15 of them. He recorded 8.5 sacks, 67 tackles, forced three fumbles, and recovered two others.