Cowboys Will Play Their 22nd Game on Sunday Night Football

Somehow, "I Hate Myself for Loving You" became "I've Been Waiting All Day for Sunday Night." Sigh.

Somehow, “I Hate Myself for Loving You” became “I’ve Been Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.” Sigh.

Hard to believe that football returned to NBC seven years ago as NBC Sunday Night Football. The Dallas Cowboys played in the second regular season game on this program, beating the Washington Redskins 27-10 on September 17, 2006.

The Cowboys will appear on Sunday Night Football for the 22nd time on November 10. It is also the third time this season for Dallas to play in primetime.

Including the two previous games this year, the Cowboys have a combined record of 12-9 in the previous 21 games. Here are a few trivia items about those games:

  • The Cowboys have played division opponents on Sunday Night Football 15 times, including 5 games against the Redskins, 4 games against the Eagles, and 6 games against the Giants.
  • The only AFC team the Cowboys have faced on Sunday night since 2006 were the Jets in 2011.
  • The Cowboys had a 10-2 record on Sunday night between 2006 and 2009. However, after the Cowboys lost to the Redskins to open the 2010 season, the Cowboys lost 7 straight between 2010 and 2012.
  • The Cowboys’ first loss on Sunday night was against the Saints, who the Cowboys play this Sunday. That was a matchup between Bill Parcells and his former assistant, Sean Payton. New Orleans destroyed Dallas, 42-17.
  • ESPN (and for some time, TNT) aired games on Sunday night from 1987 through 2005. The Cowboys appeared on Sunday night 17 times during those years and had a total record of 5-12.

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In the Saints’ win over the Cowboys in 2006, one player for New Orleans scored 3 touchdowns.

In his career, this player scored a total of 7 touchdowns.

Who was it?

 

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Cowboys Set a Low Mark in Rushing Attempts

Many teams like to run the ball. The Cowboys, in fact, used to like to run the ball. They didn't on Sunday.

Many teams like to run the ball. The Cowboys, in fact, used to like to run the ball. They didn’t on Sunday.

The Dallas Cowboys abandoned the run on Sunday like they never have before.

During the time that Tom Landry coached the Cowboys, the team never had fewer than 16 rushing attempts in a single game. Between 1960 and 1988, the Cowboys played 64 games in which they ran the ball 25 or fewer times. The team’s record in those games was 11-53.

Since 1989, the Cowboys have played 24 games in which they rushed 15 or fewer times in a game. Until Sunday, the team had a combined record of 0-23 in those games. Thanks to Sunday’s game, the team’s record in those games is 1-23.

The team’s previous low in rushing attempts was 10, set in 1989 in a 28-0 loss to New Orleans and again in 2011 in a 34-7 loss to Philadelphia.

Dallas became the second team in 2013 to have only 9 rushing attempts. The other team was Baltimore, which ran the ball 9 times for 24 yards in a 23-20 loss at Buffalo. Teams that have ran the ball 15 or fewer times have a combined record of 4-16. The Cowboys’ previous low this year was 14 attempt in the 51-48 loss to Denver.

Here is a chart showing games in which Dallas has ran the ball 15 or fewer times:

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The Cowboys had only 36 rushing yards on Sunday. That number did not set a franchise low, however.

Dallas has rushed for 36 or fewer yards in 15 games. The team’s combined record in those games is 2-13.

The previous win game in 1987, when Dallas ran the ball 24 times for 26 yards in a 33-24 win over the New York Giants. Tony Dorsett had one of the worst games of his career, gaining just 3 yards on 14 carries. He lost his starting job two weeks later.

 

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If Jerry was going for the creepy-old-man look, he nailed it next to Selena Gomez, who will perform at halftime on Thanksgiving.

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A trivia question I could not answer: name one song that Selena Gomez sings.

Of course, my daughter might watch football on Thanksgiving this year. Thanks, Jerry!

 

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