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Stat Pack: Dak’s Numbers Starting To Heat Up

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Here is a deeper look at five statistics from the Cowboys’ 22-19 victory over the Falcons:  

• 10 – It can’t really be this simple, can it? In the five Cowboys victories this season, they haven’t turned the ball over once. Conversely, they’ve turned the ball over at least once in all five of their losses, totaling 10 giveaways overall. Right now, Dallas is on pace to commit 16 turnovers this season, which would be their fewest since surrendering 15 in 1998.

• 12 – Don’t look now, but over his last seven games, quarterback Dak Prescott has been putting together a pretty nice run. He’s topped 200 yards through the air in six of those outings while totaling 12 touchdowns (nine passing, three rushing) and just three interceptions. The victory over Atlanta also marked the seventh fourth-quarter comeback win of his career, which is the sixth-most in team history, and his 12th career game-winning drive, fifth all-time.

• 62 – Ezekiel Elliott piled up 201 yards from scrimmage against the Falcons: 122 rushing yards and 79 receiving yards. That was 62 percent of the Cowboys’ total offensive yards in the game. For the season, he has now provided 39.6 percent of the team’s offensive yards (1,294 of 3,270). That’s a higher percentage than the NFL’s other leading rushers: the Rams’ Todd Gurley (31.0%), Pittsburgh’s James Connor (29.4%), the Chargers’ Melvin Gordon (29.2%), Washington’s Adrian Peterson (26.9%), Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt (25.8%) and Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon (23.1%).

• 76.3 – Yes, Cole Beasley dropped a sure-fire touchdown in the game against Atlanta, but those miscues are few and far between. He came into the day owning a 76.3 catch percentage for the season, ranking sixth among NFL wide receivers. For his career, he has a 70.7 percent mark, which is first in Cowboys history among receivers with at least 20 career catches with the team.

• 13 – The Cowboys put points on the board on three of their four fourth-quarter possessions against the Falcons. This comes after also earning points on two of three possessions in the fourth quarter the week before against the Eagles, a 71.4 percent success rate in their last two games. For the season, Dallas has added to their point total on 15 of 31 fourth-quarter series, a percentage of 48.4. In all, they’ve scored 81 points in the fourth quarter this season, easily their highest for any frame. That is also the eighth most in the NFL behind the Saints (101), Panthers (100), Falcons (94), Colts (93), Giants (91), Buccaneers (81) and Patriots (84).

Milestones

Team Notes

·      The win snapped a three-game losing streak against Atlanta and improved Dallas’ series record to 17-11.

·     It also gave the Cowboys an 8-7 record when playing the Falcons in Atlanta, and their first win there since 2006.

·     Dallas improved its record against the NFC South to 56-32, and upped its overall record in the NFC in 2018 to 4-3.

·     The Cowboys defense did not allow a single rusher over 100 yards for the seventh week in a row and for the ninth time in 10 games.

·     The Cowboys held Atlanta to under 100 net rushing yards (80).

Cole Beasley

·     Cole Beasley five receptions gave him 299 for his career and allowed him to break a tie with Daryl Johnston (294) for 12th on the team’s all-time receptions list. 

Amari Cooper

·     Amari Cooper made his 50th career start and caught three passes for 36 yards.

Tyrone Crawford

·     Tyrone Crawford reached 200 career tackles.

Ezekiel Elliott

·     Ezekiel Elliott rushed 23 times for 122 yards and a touchdown and led the team with a career-high tying seven receptions for 79 yards for 201 total scrimmage yards.

·     It marked the fourth time Elliott has accumulated at least 100 rushing yards and 50 receiving in a single game in his career. He is now tied with Emmitt Smith, Tony Dorsett and Herschel Walker (all with four) for the most such games in Cowboys history.

·     It was Elliott’s fourth career game with 200 scrimmage yards to tie Emmitt Smith and DeMarco Murray for the most by a Dallas Cowboy.

·     Elliott has the most games with at least 200 scrimmage yards by any NFL player since 2016.

·     Elliott has eclipsed 100-plus scrimmage yards 24 times in his career (since 2016), including today, which is the most in the NFL over that span and is tied for the third-most in a player’s first 35 career games since 1950.

·     Elliott’s career 4,550 scrimmage yards and 32 touchdowns allow him to join Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James as the only players in NFL history with at least 4,500 scrimmage yards and 30 touchdowns in their first 35 career games:

·     Elliott’s 122 rushing yards gave him 3,567 for his career and allowed him to top Julius Jones (3,484) and Herschel Walker (3,491) for ninth on the club’s all-time rushing yards list.

·     It was Elliott’s 17th career 100-yard rushing game in the regular season, and he broke a tie with Calvin Hill for sole possession of fourth all-time in team history behind only Emmitt Smith (76) Tony Dorsett (43) and DeMarco Murray (19).

·     Dallas moved to 14-3 when Elliott tops 100 yards on the ground.

·     Elliott has back-to-back 100-yard rushing games for the second time this season (Seattle/Detroit).

·     By totaling 23 carries, Elliott had his 25th career game with at least 20 carries to break a tie with DeMarco Murray for sole possession of the third-most games with at least 20 carries in team history behind Emmitt Smith (115) and Tony Dorsett (57).

·     With the win, the Cowboys improved to 19-6 in games in which Elliott rushes for 20-or-more carries.

·     Elliott’s rushing touchdowns allowed him to tie Herschel Walker (27) for 10th on the club’s all-time list.

·     Elliott’s 27 rushing touchdowns since 2016 are the second-most in the NFL during that time, behind only Todd Gurley (32).

Byron Jones

·     Byron Jones reached 300 career tackles.

DeMarcus Lawrence

·     DeMarcus Lawrence recorded 1.5 sacks to mark his seventh career multi-sack game, second of the 2018 season. He broke a tie with Chad Hennings for sole possession of ninth for the most multi-sack games in team history. DeMarcus Ware leads the way with 28.

·     Lawrence reached 150 career tackles.

Dak Prescott

·     Dak Prescott’s rushing score was the 16th of his career and allowed him to break a tie with Don Meredith (15) for sole possession of second place for the most career rushing touchdowns by a Cowboys quarterback in team history.

·     Prescott became the seventh quarterback in team history to reach 9,000 career passing yards (9,129).

Leighton Vander Esch

·     Leighton Vander Esch’s tackle total allowed him to become the sixth Cowboys rookie to reach 100 tackles in a season.

·     Vander Esch also topped Anthony Hitchens (100 in 2014) for the fifth-highest tackle total by a rookie in team history.

·     With his interception against the Falcons in the third quarter, Vander Esch became the first Cowboys defender since Jeff Heath (Nov. 30 and Dec. 10, 2017 with interceptions in consecutive games. He is also the first linebacker since Sean Lee accomplished the feat Oct. 20 and 27, 2013.

·     Vander Esch’s two interceptions on the season are tied with Anthony Dickerson (1980) and Sean Lee (2010) for the second-most picks by a rookie linebacker in a season in team history. Lee Roy Jordan hold the rookie record with three (1963).

·     Vander Esch is the only rookie linebacker in the NFL this season with at least two interceptions.

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