Thursday Notes & Quotes

A Cowboys win against the Redskins would give Dallas a 2-0 record for the first time since 1999, when the club opened the season 3-0.

* A Cowboys win against the Redskins would give Dallas a 2-0 record for the first time since 1999, when the club opened the season 3-0. It would give Dallas back-to-back home opening wins for the first time since 1998 and 1999. It would give the Cowboys 15 wins in their last 16 contests against Washington, tying their best 16-game run against any team (Dallas defeated the Cardinals 15 times in 16 games).

* After one week's worth of action in 2005, the Cowboys rank 20th in the NFL in kickoff returns with an average of 19.5 yards per runback.

Dallas is 22nd in the NFL in punt return average (2.0). On the coverage side, the Cowboys are ranked 25th in the league in punt coverage, after allowing the Chargers to average 12.5 yards per return. Dallas is 29th in the NFL in kickoff return coverage with an average of 32.4 yards allowed.

* After the season's first week, the Cowboys are ranked 21st (seventh in the NFC) in total offense with 301 yards. Dallas is ranked 11th in the NFL (fifth in the NFC) in rushing (109 yards vs. San Diego). With 192 passing yards against the Chargers, Dallas ranks 19th in the NFL in passing (seventh in the NFC).

* The Cowboys converted 7-of-11 third-down opportunities at San Diego (63.6%). That was the best third-down conversion rate in the NFL on opening day. It was the team's best third-down conversion rate since converting 11 of 17 (64.7%) in a home win over San Francisco on Dec. 30, 2001.

* Last Sunday's win at San Diego marked the Cowboys' first game without throwing an interception in five outings, dating to the Monday night win at Seattle on Dec. 6, 2004.

* Dallas finished Week 1 as the NFL's most productive offense in the red zone. The Cowboys scored touchdowns on all four possessions inside the San Diego 20-yard line.

* The Cowboys' 23 first downs in the opener were tied for third-best in the NFL after one game.

* The Cowboys are currently tied for eighth in the NFL (tied for seventh in the NFC) in total defense after giving up 291 yards to the San Diego Chargers in the season opener. In rushing defense, the Cowboys are 19th in the NFL (ninth in the NFC) after allowing 103 yards on the ground to the Chargers. Dallas is ninth in pass defense (seventh in the NFC) with 188 yards allowed through the air.

* In the opening-day win at San Diego, the Dallas defense had five new starters from the lineup that took the field for the team's final game of last season. The new starters are: DE Kenyon Coleman, MLB Bradie James, WLB DeMarcus Ware, CB Anthony Henry and FS Keith Davis.

* During his 17 seasons as an NFL head coach, Bill Parcells has faced the Washington Redskins 23 times. Parcells-coached teams are 15-8 against the Redskins, including a victory by his 1986 Giants team in the NFC Championship Game on their way to the Super Bowl XXI title. Parcells is 13-6 against Joe Gibbs teams.

BY THE NUMBERS: .585 - winning percentage for the Cowboys on Monday Night Football. With a 38-27 record, they need one win to tie Miami (39) for most wins on MNF.

* .727 - winning percentage for the Cowboys in home openers at Texas Stadium. Their record is 24-9.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think he proved something to everybody. He showed he can deliver the football if he is protected and he has guys around him that can make some plays. He will be the great quarterback that he is." -- Cowboys receiver Peerless Price on quarterback Drew Bledsoe.

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