Cowboys 100: Facts + Figures for Buccaneers

For the third straight week the Cowboys will play in prime time with a chance to clinch the NFC East. Terry McAulay, the worst referee in terms of home-team winning percentage, has been moved on this game. But does he have a trend with either team? And just how bad - and good - has Dak Prescott been? We have that and more, so check out our facts.

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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS FACTS

 

This is the fourth time in the series the two teams have met each other with winning records. Dallas has prevailed all three previous times.

 

This is the seventh time in Cowboys history the club has started 11-2. 5/6 of those previous teams won the division. Here are the final fates of those six teams:

Wildcard loss: 1/6

Divisional loss: 2/6

Conference championship loss: 1/6

Super Bowl win: 2/6

 

 

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last realigned, 33/33 teams that started 11-2 won their division with 32/33 of those teams earning a first-round bye. That lone team to not get the bye was the 2012 Texans. Here are the final fates of those 33 teams:

Divisional loss: 9/33

Conference championship loss: 10/33

Super Bowl loss: 6/33

Super Bowl win: 7/33

 

 

Since 1990, when playoff formats were last realigned, 76/112 teams that started 8-5 made the playoffs with 33/76 of those teams having won the division.

 

Since 2002, when the NFC South was formed, there have been six teams to start 8-5 with 4/6 of those teams making the playoffs and 2/4 of those teams having won the South.

 

The Cowboys can clinch the NFC East and a first-round bye with a win and a Giants loss or tie, or they can clinch and secure with a tie and a Giants loss.

 

The Cowboys can clinch home-field advantage with a win and a tie in the Giants-Lions game.

 

The Buccaneers are 12-28 against the NFC East on the road.

 

The Cowboys are 10-1 against the Buccaneers at home. Here is the breakdown by stadium:

Texas Stadium: 9-1

AT&T Stadium: 1-0

 

 

The Cowboys are 1-1 against the Buccaneers in December.

 

 

 

DAK PRESCOTT FACTS

 

Despite Prescott’s rookie slump since Thanksgiving, he is still third in the NFL in passer rating at 102.7.

 

Prescott has the 11th-best third-down passer rating at 88.2 among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1.

 

In the last three games, Prescott has posted a 57.9 passer rating on third down. Among starting quarterbacks in that stretch, only Philip Rivers has done worse at 39.7.

 

Prescott is tied with Andy Dalton and Ryan Tannehill for the third-most fumbles in the NFL with nine.

 

Prescott’s nine third down conversions in the past three weeks are the 13th-fewest among active quarterbacks.

 

Prescott has been sacked three times on third downs the past three weeks, which is tied for the 11th-most in the NFL.

 

With two interceptions last week, Prescott joins Don Meredith, Craig Morton, Danny White, Troy Aikman, Steve Walsh, Quincy Carter, and Chad Hutchinson as the only Cowboys rookie quarterbacks to have done so.

 

Even with a two-pick game last week, Prescott’s four interceptions are the fewest by a quarterback who has started every game since Week 1.

 

Prescott is the only quarterback this season to have thrown for 35 or more passes but post a less than 50 percent completion percentage in two or more games.

 

Prescott now has the most games by a Cowboys rookie quarterback where he threw for 35 or more passes and posted a less than 50 percent completion percentage.

 

 

 

JAMEIS WINSTON FACTS

 

Among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1, Winston has the third-highest completion percentage on third down with 70.0.

 

Winston has the second-highest third down conversions in the NFL with 22.

 

Winston’s 99.7 passer rating on third down is the eighth-best among quarterbacks who have started since Week 1.

 

Winston, along with Drew Brees, Brock Osweiler, and Aaron Rodgers, is the only quarterback to just sustain one sack in the past three games on third down.

 

Winston’s 23 touchdowns through the first 13 games is the second-most by a Buccaneers quarterback. The most is 25 by Josh Freeman in 2012.

 

Winston is five touchdown passes away from surpassing Freeman’s mark for most touchdowns by a Buccaneers quarterback in a single season.

 

Winston is tied with Joe Flacco, Carson Wentz, and Ryan Tannehill for the eighth-most interceptions thrown with 12.

 

Winston is the first Tampa Bay quarterback since Josh Freeman in 2010 to win eight games.

 

Winston is 1-0 against Rod Marinelli’s defenses. Last year on Nov. 14 against Dallas, Winston led Tampa Bay to a 10-6 win and posted a 55.9 passer rating. He went 22/39 for 264 yards, two interceptions, and took two sacks.

 

Winston is the fourth Florida State quarterback to have played for the Buccaneers. The other three were Gary Huff (1977-78), Casey Weldon (1993-96), and Brad Johnson (2001-04).

 

Last year, Winston set the Buccaneers franchise record for wins by a rookie quarterback with six.

 

 

EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS

 

With a 100-yard game last week against New York, Elliott surpassed Darren McFadden’s number of 100-yard games with six.

 

Among running backs who have played since Week 1, only Mark Ingram’s 5.1 yards per carry bests Elliott’s 4.9.

 

Elliott leads the NFL still in rushing yards per game with 107.1.

 

Elliott still trails LeGarrette Blount for most rushing touchdowns in the NFL with 12 to Blount’s 14.

 

Elliott is 257 yards ahead of the second-best rushing yards leader, DeMarco Murray, and his 1,135 yards.

 

Elliott leads the NFL for the most first downs gained on third-and-1 with nine.

 

Over the next three games, Elliott would need to average 138 yards per game to best Eric Dickerson’s rookie rushing mark of 1,808.

 

Elliott is on pace for 353 carries. If that holds, he would be tied for the 56th-most in a single-season since 1950. It would also be the seventh-most in Cowboys history and the most in club history by a rookie.

 

Elliott is tied with Le’Veon Bell, David Johnson, and Chris Ivory for the most fumbles in the NFL with four.

 

Elliott is behind Johnson and Blount for the third-most total touchdowns in the NFL with 13.

 

 

JASON GARRETT FACTS

 

This is the 25th week of Garrett’s career that the Cowboys have been in undisputed first place in the NFC East.

 

Garret joins Barry Switzer (1994), Jimmy Johnson (1992), and Tom Landry (’68, ’76, ’77, ’83) as the only Cowboys head coaches to have started 11-2.

 

Garrett is 2-1 against Tampa Bay. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

 

Tom Landry: 6-0

Jimmy Johnson: 2-0

Wade Phillips: 2-0

Jason Garrett: 2-1

Bill Parcells: 1-1

Dave Campo: 0-2

 

 

Garrett is 6-8 against rookie head coaches.

 

Garrett’s 13-14 December record is tied with Jimmy Johnson’s for the second-most wins in club history:

 

Tom Landry: 63-43-1

Jimmy Johnson: 13-7

Jason Garrett: 13-14

Bill Parcells: 8-9

Barry Switzer: 7-8

Wade Phillips: 5-7

Dave Campo: 4-9

Chan Gailey: 3-5

 

Once a Buccaneer in the 2004 preseason, Garrett is 2-1 against his former team.

 

Garrett is 4-8 against the NFC South with a 2-4 record at home.

 

Garrett has never defeated an NFC South team without Tony Romo under center.

 

Garrett has staved off a losing streak 14/25 times.

 

Garrett is 15-20 in prime time games with an 8-8 record at AT&T Stadium.

 

 

DIRK KOETTER FACTS

 

Koetter is facing the Cowboys for the first time as Tampa Bay’s head coach. 3/7 of those coaches walked away with wins: Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden, and Lovie Smith.

 

Koetter is 6-4 against playoff-winning head coaches.

 

Koetter is the first Buccaneers head coach to lead Tampa Bay to an 8-5 record in his first year as head coach.

 

Koetter joins Tony Dungy (2000), Jon Gruden (2007), and Raheem Morris (2010) as the only Buccaneers head coaches to lead their squads to 8-5 starts.

 

Koetter is 1-1 so far in prime time games. He and Jon Gruden are the only Buccaneers head coaches to do this in their first years with the team.

 

Koetter has the Buccaneers with a 5-1 record on the road through Week 14. Only John McKay (1979), Tony Dungy (1997), Jon Gruden (2005), and Raheem Morris (2010) have ever accomplished this feat.

 

Koetter is the seventh Tampa Bay head coach to have come from an offensive coaching background.

 

As an offensive coordinator, Koetter faced the Cowboys twice with Jacksonville (2010) and Atlanta (2012). His teams put up an average of 27 points.

 

Koetter’s team is tied with San Diego and New Orleans for the 14th-fewest penalties in the NFL with 102.

 

Koetter is 1/2 on challenges so far.

 

 

 

BROADCAST FACTS

 

This is the second ever prime time game in the series. The Cowboys are 1-0 against the Buccaneers with that match having come on Dec. 17, 2011 in a 31-15 rout. Coincidentally, that game also came after a three-point loss to the Giants on Sunday Night Football on Dec. 11.

 

Sunday night is also the second time the Buccaneers will have played on NBC Sunday Night Football. This will be the Cowboys’ 40th appearance, including playoffs and NFL Specials.

 

The Cowboys are 57-39 on NBC, including postseason play.

 

The Buccaneers are 14-30 on NBC.

 

If Dallas were to win Sunday night, it would be the first time in franchise history they won four times on NBC in one season.

 

The Cowboys are 48-34 when Al Michaels calls their games.

 

The Buccaneers are 10-6 when Michaels calls their games.

 

The Cowboys are 21-19 when Cris Collinsworth calls their games.

 

The Buccaneers are 8-4 when Collinsworth calls their games.

 

On KXAS, the NBC affiliate for Dallas-Fort Worth, the Cowboys are an all-time 47-33, including simulcast cable games from 1987-90.

 

 

TERRY MCAULAY FACTS

 

This week’s referee is Terry McAulay who Dallas saw in San Francisco on Oct. 2 in a 24-17 win. The Cowboys are now 12-6 when McAulay referees their games. Here are the results:

 

2001 – PHI, 3-36 – L 
2002 – WAS, 27-20 – W 
2003 – @DET, 38-7 – W 
2004 – @SEA, 43-39 – W 
2005 – @SEA, 10-13 – W 
2005 – @CAR, 24-20 – W 
2006 – @WAS, 19-22 – L 
2007 – @MIA, 37-20 – W 
2008 – PHI, 41-37 – W 
2009 – @NO, 24-17 – W 
2010 – PHI, 27-30 – L 
2011 – SEA, 23-13 – W 
2011 – @TB, 31-15 – W 
2013 – DEN, 48-51 – L 
2013 – @CHI, 28-45 – L

2014 – SF, 17-28 – L

2014 – @PHI, 38-27 – W

2016 – @SF, 24-17 – W

 

 

 

Under McAulay, the Cowboys have had fewer penalties than the opposition 9/18 times:

 

 

2001 – PHI: 3/22; DAL: 10/81 
2002 – WAS: 6/56; DAL: 6/48 
2003 – DET: 9/96; DAL: 6/65
 
2004 – SEA: 6/44; DAL: 6/49 
2005 – SEA: 9/83; DAL: 9/81 
2005 – CAR: 6/49; DAL: 5/44 

2006 – WAS: 5/41; DAL: 11/153 
2007 – MIA: 7/57; DAL: 11/101 
2008 – PHI: 5/44; DAL: 10/108 
2009 – NO: 4/30; DAL: 6/49 
2010 – PHI: 6/59; DAL: 5/40 
2011 – SEA: 10/88; DAL: 7/82
 
2011 – TB: 6/46; DAL: 2/15 
2013 – DEN: 5/55; DAL: 9/81 
2013 – CHI: 2/15; DAL: 4/50

2014 – SF: 11/78; DAL: 10/72

2014 – PHI: 8/95; DAL: 11/79

2016 – SF: 5/32; DAL: 6/45

 

 

 

McAulay has the absolute worst home team winning percentage in 2016:

 

Walt Anderson: .917

John Parry: .750

John Hussey: .692

Bill Vinovich: .667

Jerome Boger: .667

Carl Cheffers: .654

Walt Coleman: .600

Gene Steratore: .583

Tony Corrente: .583

Brad Allen: .583

Jeff Triplette: .538

Craig Wrolstad: .500

Ron Torbert: .500

Clete Blakeman: .462

Pete Morelli: .461

Ed Hochuli: .385

Terry McAulay: .250

 

 

McAulay has the sixth-highest rate of the home team having fewer penalties in 2016:

 

Tony Corrente: .883

Walt Coleman: .800

John Parry: .750

Carl Cheffers: .692

Ed Hochuli: .615

Terry McAulay: .600

John Hussey: .538

Brad Allen: .500

Walt Anderson: .500

Gene Steratore: .500

Craig Wrolstad: .500

Jeff Triplette: .462

Pete Morelli: .458

Ron Torbert: .417

Bill Vinovich: .417

Clete Blakeman: .385

Jerome Boger: .333

 

 

 

 

 

The Buccaneers are 8-12 when McAulay referees their games:

 

2002 – @Ravens, 25-0 – W

2002 – @PHI, 27-10 – W

2003 – @ATL, 31-10 – W

2003 – NYG, 19-13 – W

2004 – @WAS, 10-16 – L

2004 – SF, 35-3 – W

2005 – BUF, 19-3 – W

2006 – @PIT, 3-20 – L

2007 – Cardinals, 17-10 – W
2008 – GB, 30-21 – W

2008 – @ATL, 10-13 – L

2009 – @PHI, 19-33 – L

2010 – @ATL, 21-27 – L

2010 – DET, 20-23 – L

2011 – @SF, 48-3 – L

2011 – DAL, 15-31 – L

2012 – @DEN, 23-31 – L

2014 – @CLE, 17-22 – L

2014 – GB, 3-20 – L

2016 – Raiders, 24-30 – L-OT

 

 

 

The Buccaneers have had fewer penalties than the opposition 6/20 times with McAulay:

 

 

2002 – Ravens: 3/25; TB: 10/74

2002 – PHI: 5/45; TB: 3/16

2003 – ATL: 5/35; TB: 10/123

2003 – NYG: 9/71; TB: 5/45

2004 – WAS: 3/23; TB: 6/44

2004 – SF: 4/30; TB: 5/50

2005 – BUF: 3/20; TB: 13/99

2006 – PIT: 2/15; TB: 5/40

2007 – Cardinals: 8/64; TB: 9/70

2008 – GB: 7/74; TB: 8/70

2008 – ATL: 3/20; TB: 11/76

2009 – PHI: 10/111; TB: 4/30

2010 – ATL: 4/53; TB: 5/30

2010 – DET: 7/57; TB: 9/65

2011 – SF: 3/30; TB: 9/96

2011 – DAL: 2/15; TB: 6/46

2012 – DEN: 8/75; TB: 11/80

2014 – CLE: 7/44; TB: 4/33

2014 – GB: 5/40; TB: 3/30

2016 – Raiders: 23/200; TB: 6/64

 

 

 

 

The Cowboys are 3/7 on challenges under McAulay while opponents are 1/4. Replay Assistant is 2/8 on challenges with seven decisions benefiting the Cowboys.

 

The Buccaneers are 6/11 on challenging McAulay with opponents going 3/7. Replay Assistant is 1/8 with three of those calls benefiting the Buccaneers.

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS FACTS

 

The Buccaneers defense is the absolute best in the NFL on third down with a 34.0 percent conversion rate. They are the third-worst in yards surrendered on first down with 6.04 and 10th-worst in the league on second down with 5.61 yards gained.

 

The Buccaneers are tied with the Chargers, Chiefs, and Ravens for the most takeaways in the NFL with 25.

 

Tampa Bay has the seventh-best turnover differential with plus-6.

 

The Buccaneers have the sixth-best points off takeaways in the league with 74.

 

Conversely, the Buccaneers offense is the eighth-worst in the NFL with 64 points surrendered off giveaways.

 

The Buccaneers defense is the 11th-worst in the red zone with a 59.5 conversion rate.

 

Tampa Bay has the seventh-fewest false starts in the NFL on the road with five.

 

Mike Evans has the third-most catches in the NFL with 80.

 

Evans leads the NFL with 146 targets.

 

Evans has the fifth-highest receiving yards in the NFL with 1,100.

 

Evans is third in the NFL with 10 touchdown catches.

 

Evans has yet to fumble this year.

 

Last year against the Cowboys, Evans caught eight passes for 126 yards.

 

Witten has only ever faced Tampa Bay defensive coordinator once: Sept. 10, 2006 when Smith held the same job for Jacksonville. Witten caught three passes for 33 yards in a 24-17 loss.

 

Romo is 4-0 against the Buccaneers with a 125.1 passer rating. On average, he goes 22/31 for 298 yards, three touchdowns, and takes two sacks.

 

The Buccaneers are 1/9 teams that Romo has defeated multiple times without sustaining a loss.

 

Roger Staubach leads the Cowboys with the most games with 35 or more passes thrown but a 50 percent or less completion percentage posted with five such games.

 

The Cowboys are 4-2 on Dec. 18. Here are the results:

 

1966 – @NYG, 17-7 – W

1971 – Cardinals, 31-12 – W

1977 – DEN, 14-6 – W

1988 – PHI, 7-23 – L

1993 – @NYJ, 28-7 – W

2005 – @WAS, 7-35 – L

 

 

Tampa Bay is 4-1 on Dec. 1. Here are the results:

1977 – Cardinals, 17-7 – W

1983 – @DET, 20-23 – L

1988 – DET, 21-10 – W

1994 – @WAS, 17-14 – W

2000 – Rams, 38-35 – W

 

 

The Cowboys have four birthdays to celebrate on Dec. 18:

 

Doug Dennison, RB, 1974-78 – 12/18/1951

Kirk Timmer, LB, 1987 – 12/18/1963

Evan Oglesby, CB, 2007 – 12/18/1981

Patrick Watkins, S, 2006-09 – 12/18/1982

 

 

The Cowboys also have a death to remember on Dec. 18, that of former linebacker Ken Hutcherson who played with the club in 1974.

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