Some random trivia items focusing on yesterday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs:
The Dallas Cowboys have played 862 regular-season and playoff games. I have no idea what the actual odds of this happening are, but how possible is it for the Cowboys to play back-to-back games with final scores unique to any of the other 860 games?
Last week, the Cowboys beat the Giants 36-31, marking the first time the Cowboys have ever played in a game with that particular score.
Yesterday, the Cowboys lost a game with a final score of 17-16 for the first time ever. The Cowboys had previously played in one game with a score of 17-16, but that was in a win over the New York Giants on October 29, 1961.
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KC quarterback Alex Smith frustrated the Cowboys with his running yesterday, leading all rushers with 57 yards on 8 carries. Andy Reid apparently found a read-option quarterback where one did not previously exist.
Smith’s previous high rushing mark before yesterday was 49 yards against Buffalo in 2012. He has gained 30 or more yards only 7 times during his career.
Smith had faced the Cowboys only once previously in 2011. He had only 21 rushing yards for the 49ers then.
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Reid coached the Philadelphia Eagles for 14 seasons. He faced the Cowboys 29 times during that period, including the playoffs.
During that time, the Eagles had some athletic quarterbacks, including Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, and Jeff Garcia.
Also during that time, a total of 22 Eagles rushed for 57 or more yards against the Cowboys.
How many of those players were quarterbacks?
Just one. McNabb rushed for 67 yards in a 2002 game and 58 yards in a 2000 game.
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Jason Witten now ranks second on the all-time list of receptions by a tight end.
Few doubt that Witten is the greatest tight end in franchise history. Of course, he plays in a different era than the likes of Billy Joe DuPree, Doug Cosbie, and Jay Novacek, but Witten’s numbers are amazing even considering that he plays in such a pass-happy league now.
Consider this: DuPree, Cosbie, and Novacek combined to catch 906 passes for 10,869 yards. Witten’s current numbers include 817 receptions for 9,030 yards.
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During five seasons dating back to 1997, the Cowboys have won their season opener only to lose their second game of the season.
The good news? In each of those five seasons, the Cowboys have won their third game. A review:
1997: Beat Pittsburgh, lost to Arizona, beat Philadelphia.
1998: Beat Arizona, lost to Denver, beat N.Y. Giants.
2005: Beat San Diego, lost to Washington, beat San Francisco.
2009: Beat Tampa Bay, lost to N.Y. Giants, beat Carolina.
2012: Beat N.Y. Giants, lost to Seattle, beat Tampa Bay.