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Stats-eye look at Cowboys-49ers

9/4/2014

IRVING, Texas -- Here’s a look at the Dallas Cowboys’ season opener against the San Francisco 49ers through the eyes of ESPN’s Stats & Information:

Saying hello: The Cowboys have won the past three head-to-head games, while the 49ers last win in the series came in Week 14 of the 2002 season at Texas Stadium.

Romo for starters, closers: Tony Romo is 5-2 on opening-day starts with 16 touchdown passes and five interceptions. He also has five 300-yard passing games in Week 1 in his career.

Since 2011, Romo leads quarterbacks with 32 touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, is second in completion percentage (65.5%) and third in touchdown-to-interception ratio (3.2) and fifth in Total QBR (75.1)

Romo is 3,378 yards away from passing Troy Aikman as the franchise's all-time leader in pass yards.

On a streak: Dez Bryant has a touchdown catch in five straight regular-season games, which is the longest active streak in the NFL and two shy of his career-high set between Weeks 10-16 of 2012. Since the start of the 2011 season Bryant has 34 touchdown catches, the most of any receiver. Only New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (36) has more in that span.

Can it be worse? The Cowboys defense gave up 6,645 yards last season, which was the third-highest total allowed in NFL history behind the 2012 Saints (7,042) and 1981 Colts (6,793). They have yet to play a regular-season game, and the defense has been decimated by injuries (Sean Lee), free-agent movement (DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher) and suspensions (Orlando Scandrick).

That doesn’t take into account that defensive tackle Henry Melton and Morris Claiborne didn’t take a preseason snap, left defensive end George Selvie has a banged up shoulder, and the linebacker trio is not yet set.