Cowboys 100: Facts + Figures for Packers

The Cowboys go to Green Bay where they have a 1-9 record in franchise history. How is that possible? Is referee Brad Allen a good sign for the Pack and ominous for the Boys? How good is this Packers run defense? It's the 'Cowboys 100'!



This is the 16th time in Cowboys history the club has started 4-1. 13/15 of those previous teams made the playoffs and 8/13 of those teams won the division.


Since 1990, when playoff formats were last altered, 105/138 of those teams made the playoffs and 71/105 of those qualifiers won the division.


This is the 30th time in franchise history the Packers have started 3-1. 14/29 of those previous teams won the division.


Since 1990, when playoff formats were last amended, 131/216 teams that started 3-1 made the playoffs and 80/131 of those teams won the division.


After 2014 when both Green Bay and Dallas went undefeated at home and on the road respectively, Green Bay has gone 7-3 at home since and Dallas 5-5 on the road.


This is the 17th time the Cowboys have had a better record than the Packers. Dallas is 10-6 when having a better record than Green Bay.



The Packers are tied with the Patriots and Broncos for the longest winning streak against the Cowboys at five games.


The Cowboys are 4-11 against the Packers on the road. Here is the breakdown by venue:


Milwaukee County Stadium: 3-2

Lambeau Field: 1-9



The Cowboys are 5-6 in late afternoon games with the Packers.


The Cowboys are 3-6 against the Packers in October.


Dallas has not defeated Green Bay in October since 1995.





Prescott is eight attempts away from breaking Tom Brady’s record of most passing attempts before the first interception.


Prescott will be the second Cowboys rookie quarterback to start at Lambeau Field. Steve Walsh was the first and lost 31-13.


Prescott will be the 19th quarterback in the NFL to start at Lambeau Field. Rookies are 6-12. Here is the list of the winners:


1967 – Kent Nix (PIT)

1968 – Virgil Carter (CHI)

1987 – Tod Hons (DET)

1988 – Chris Chandler (Colts)

1999 – Cade McNown (CHI)

2008 – Matt Ryan (ATL)



Prescott is fourth in the NFL with a 7.96 adjusted net yards per pass attempt.


Prescott gets sacked 4.3 percent of his dropbacks, good for sixth-least in the NFL.


Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Prescott has the third-best passer rating on third down at 107.4.


Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Prescott has the highest completion percentage on third down with 75.0 percent.


Prescott is tied with Joe Flacco for the second-most first downs on third down with 24.


Prescott is 2-0 after appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated.


A win Sunday would move Prescott into second place for most wins by a quarterback other than Tony Romo in the Jason Garrett era.






Rodgers is 29-31 when he gets sacked three or more times compared to 60-15 when he is not.


Rodgers is 37-3 at Lambeau Field when he has a passer rating above 100.0 compared to 14-11 when he does not.


Rodgers’ 87.7 passer rating is his lowest total through the first four games of the season in his career.


Rodgers’ 876 passing yards are also a career low through the first four games of the season.



Additionally, Rodgers’ 56.2 completion percentage is a career low through the first four games.


Rodgers’ 6.3 yards per pass attempt is the fourth-lowest in the NFL.


Rodgers has thrown three interceptions through the first four games, which is the second-most he has thrown in the first four games of a season.


Rodgers has surrendered the sixth-fewest sacks in the NFL with eight, which is the fourth-fewest sacks he has taken through Green Bay’s first four games of the season going back to 2008.


Rodgers is 8-1 against Marinelli-led defenses with a 104.0 passer rating. On average, he goes 23/34 for 268 yards, two touchdowns, one touchdown, and takes two sacks.


On Dec. 25, 2011, Rodgers posted a 142.7 passer rating against the Bears in a 35-21 win. The passer rating was the highest against Marinelli in his time in Chicago. The five touchdowns were also the most against a Marinelli-led defense in that span.


Rodgers is 12-5 against the NFC East with an 8-2 record at home.


Rodgers is 5-5 when facing rookie quarterbacks.






Garrett is now tied with Barry Switzer for the second-most 4-1 starts in franchise history with two. Tom Landry runs away with the record with nine.


The Cowboys offense’s 4.6 yards per carry is the second-highest yards per carry through the first five games of the Garrett era. Highest is 4.9 from 2014.


Garrett is 3-6 on the road in the Central Time Zone with a 0-1 record in late afternoon games.


Despite being 2-0 against Green Bay as a player, Garrett is 0-3 against the Packers, making them 1/4 teams he has yet to defeat. The other four teams are New England, Atlanta, and Arizona.


Garrett is 0-3 against the Packers. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:


Barry Switzer: 6-1

Chan Gailey: 1-0

Jimmy Johnson: 2-2

Wade Phillips: 2-2

Tom Landry: 5-8

Bill Parcells: 0-1

Jason Garrett: 0-3





When coaching against playoff-winning quarterbacks, Garrett is 18-27 and currently on an eight-game losing skid.


Garrett is 17-15 against Super Bowl-winning head coaches with a 7-8 record on the road.


Garrett has a 1-4 record against the NFC North on the road and a 4-3 record against them at home. It is his second-worst winning percentage against any other NFC division:


NFC West: 7-6

NFC North: 5-7

NFC South: 4-8



Garrett is 10-17 without Romo with a 6-6 record on the road.


Garrett is 2/3 when turning a four-game winning streak into a five-game winning streak. The failure was in 2011 and the two successes were in 2014.


With 29 penalties, the Cowboys have the lowest number of penalties through the first five games in the Garrett era. It is tied for the 16th-lowest such output in franchise history.


The last late afternoon game the Cowboys won against the Packers was Nov. 14, 1999 when Dallas beat Green Bay 27-13. Garrett was the starting quarterback that game.





McCarthy is 15-9 against the NFC East with a 9-4 record at home.


Since 2006, among active head coaches, only Bill Belichick has more division titles than McCarthy’s five.


McCarthy is the second-longest tenured Packers head coach behind Curly Lambeau.


Mike McCarthy is 5-2 against the Dallas Cowboys. Here is how he compares with other Green Bay Packers head coaches:


Vince Lombardi: 5-0

Mike McCarthy: 5-2

Lindy Infante: 2-1

Mike Sherman: 1-0

Dan Devine: 1-0

Phil Bengston: 1-1

Bart Starr: 1-3

Forrest Gregg: 0-1

Ray Rhodes: 0-1

Mike Holmgren: 1-7



McCarthy is 98-49 when he has his starting quarterback compared to 3-5-1 without.





Sunday will mark the 12th time that FOX has broadcast a game in this series. Here is how their number, adjusted for Sunday, compares to the other networks that have telecast Dallas-Green Bay:


CBS: 18

FOX: 11

NBC: 2

ABC: 1



The Cowboys are 119-112 on FOX.


During the MLB playoffs, Joe Buck leaves FOX’s A-team and Thom Brennaman fills in. Since 2009 when Brennaman and Troy Aikman have called Cowboys games together, Dallas is 4-4.



Sunday will mark the first time Thom Brennaman and Troy Aikman will broadcast a game in the series.


The Cowboys are 6-5 when Brennaman calls their games.


The Packers are 10-3 when Brennaman calls their games.


Dallas is 35-41 when Aikman calls their games.


Green Bay is 44-28 when Aikman calls their games.


Pat Summerall called the most games in the series with 10 total with his first game being the 1967 NFL Championship, otherwise known as the “Ice Bowl.”





This week’s referee is Brad Allen. The Cowboys are 0-2when he has officiated their games:


2015 – @NO, 20-26 – L-OT

2015 – @GB, 7-28 – L



However, they are 2/2 in having fewer penalties than their opponents:


2015 – NO: 8/64; DAL: 6/30

2015 – GB: 8/69; DAL: 6/30



Allen home team winning percentage is second-best in the NFL:


Walt Anderson: 1.000

Brad Allen: .750

John Hussey: .600

Tony Corrente: .600

Jeff Triplette: .600

Bill Vinovich: .600

Gene Steratore: .600

Pete Morelli: .600

Ron Torbert: .600

Jerome Boger: .500

John Parry: .500

Craig Wrolstad: .500

Walt Coleman: .500

Carl Cheffers: .400

Clete Blakeman: .400

Ed Hochuli: .200

Terry McAulay: .000




However, his rate of home teams having fewer penalties is middle of the pack:


Walt Coleman: 1.000

Gene Steratore: .800

Carl Cheffers: .800

Tony Corrente: .600

Ed Hochuli: .600

Bill Vinovich: .600

Terry McAulay: .500

Jerome Boger: .500

John Parry: .500

Brad Allen: .500

Clete Blakeman: .400

Craig Wrolstad: .250

John Hussey: .200

Jeff Triplette: .200

Pete Morelli: .200

Ron Torbert: .200

Walt Anderson: .000



Green Bay is 3-0 with Allen:


2014 – MIN, 42-10 – W

2015 – Rams, 24-10 – W

2015 – DAL, 28-7 – W



The Packers are 2/3 in having fewer penalties:


2014 – MIN: 9/91; GB: 5/30

2015 – Rams: 8/40; GB: 7/67

2015 – DAL: 6/30; GB: 8/69



The Cowboys have yet to challenge one of Allen’s calls and neither has Replay Assistant.


The Packers are 2/3 on challenges of Allen’s calls with opponents going 1/1. Replay Assistant has yet to challenge one of his calls.


The Packers are 1/5 teams that have yet to lose a game after multiple contests refereed by Allen. The other four teams are New England, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Houston.


The Cowboys are 1/5 teams that have yet to win a game after multiple contests refereed by Allen. The other four teams are the Jets, Giants, Beas, and Raiders.


Since 1990, the Cowboys lead the league in games where the opposition had exactly zero penalties with four games. Dallas is 1-3 in such games.






This is the third time in franchise history the Cowboys have 11 rushing touchdowns through the first five weeks.


This is the seventh time in NFL history a team has rushed for 11 touchdowns through the first five weeks of a season. 3/6 of those previous teams made the playoffs.


The Packers are renowned for their rush defense at 2.0 yards per carry. If the Minnesota Vikings and their last place 2.5 yards per carry are factored out, the Packers defense would surrender 2.2 yards per carry and still lead the NFL.


The Cowboys are eighth in the NFL with a 68.4 percent red zone conversion rate.


Green Bay’s defense is seventh in the NFL with a 44.4 percent red zone prevention rate.


The Dallas defense is tied with San Francisco for 17th in the NFL with a 58.3 red zone prevention rate.


The Packers are tied with the Lions for 11th in the NFL with a 60.0 percent red zone conversion rate.


The Cowboys are tied for ninth in the NFL with a plus-2 turnover differential.


The Cowboys are 16th in the NFL with 17 points of takeaways. Furthermore, they are dead even at zero having given up 17 points off giveaways.


The Packers are tied for 13th-worst in the NFL with a minus-1 turnover differential.


Green Bay is tied for eighth-best net turnover points in the NFL with 10.


Since 1960, only 14 rookie running backs have ever had five or more rushing touchdowns through the first five games. Ezekiel Elliott is part of that group.


Dez Bryant has been a part of a 0-4 mark against Green Bay since 2010. On average, Bryant catches six passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.


On Dec. 15, 2013, Bryant caught 11 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown in a 37-36 loss at AT&T Stadium. The catches and yards still stand as third-most for Bryant in a single game.


Cole Beasley still leads the league with a 100 percent catch rate on third down going 12/12.


Beasley leads the NFL with 10 first downs on third-down conversions.


Through five games, Beasley has as many catches (27) and touchdowns (one) as does Giants receiver Odell Beckham. All that separates the two wideouts is 27 yards (Beasley: 332; Beckham: 359).


Jason Witten, Doug Free, L.P. Ladouceur, Tony Romo, and Orlando Scandrick are the only Cowboys remaining from that 2008 team that helped Dallas earn its first franchise win at Lambeau Field. Only 4/5 of those players will be available Sunday.


Sean Lee has picked off three of the past six Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks. Rodgers is among the three Lee has yet to pick off.


Witten is 1-5 against Dom Capers, catching four passes for 50 yards on average.


Rod Marinelli is 0-1 against Packers offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett. Last year, the Packers scored 28 points and racked up 435 yards on Marinelli’s defense. Rodgers went 22/35 for 218 yards, two touchdowns, a 99.5 passer rating, and was sacked twice. The Packers rushing game averaged 5.2 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns.


The Cowboys defeated the Packers eight straight times from 1991-96, including playoffs. Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a worse losing streak against the Dallas Cowboys, losing eight straight, including playoffs, from 1977-90.


It took Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys 11 seasons and six games to defeat the Green Bay Packers, finally doing so on Nov. 26, 1970, a Thanksgiving game. Only the game streak is a franchise record, though Tom Landry and the Cowboys tied it with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Baltimore Ravens have since shattered the yearly record, going on 17 years that Dallas has not won their first game against them.


Romo is 2-3 against Green Bay with a 96.2 passer rating. On average, he goes 21/33 for 274 yards, two touchdowns, an interception, and takes three sacks.


Against Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers, Romo is 1-3 with a 91.2 passer rating. On average, he goes 21/34 for 247 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and takes two sacks.


Romo owns the franchise’s only career win in Lambeau Field when he helped the Cowboys beat the Packers 27-16 on Sept. 21, 2008.


The Cowboys are 26-12 when one of their active members has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, though they are on a four-game losing streak.



The Cowboys hold a 4-3-1 record on Oct. 16. Here are the results:


1960 – CLE, 7-48 – L

1966 – @Cardinals, 10-10 – T

1977 – WAS, 34-16 – W

1983 – PHI, 37-7 – W

1988 – @CHI, 7-17 – L

1994 – PHI, 24-13 – W

2005 – NYG, 16-13 – W-OT

2011 – @NE, 16-20 – L



The Packers are 8-2 on Oct. 16. Here are the results:


1927 – Cardinals, 13-0 – W

1932 – @CHI, 2-0 – W

1938 – Brooklyn Dodgers, 35-7 – W

1949 – Cardinals, 17-39 – L

1955 – Rams, 30-28 – W

1966 – @CHI, 17-0 – W

1972 – @DET, 24-23 – W

1977 – @DET, 6-10 – L

1988 – @MIN, 34-14 – W

2011 – Rams, 24-3 – W



The Cowboys have four birthdays to celebrate on Oct. 16:


Mike Connelly, C, 1960-67 – 10/16/1935

D.D. Lewis, LB, 1968-81 – 10/16/1945

Cal Peterson, LB, 1974-75 – 10/16/1952

Adrian Murrell, RB, 2003 – 10/16/1970


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