Monday, December 20, 2010
Seven odds and ends from Sunday's game
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- Seven odds and ends from Sunday’s 33-30 win against Washington at Cowboys Stadium and even some good stuff. But we start with the head scratching stuff:
** For the first time since Jerry Jones took over the Cowboys in 1989, the Cowboys have allowed three four-touchdown pass games. Washington’s Rex Grossman joined the Giants’ Eli Manning and Jacksonville David Garrard with his four-TD effort Sunday. They Cowboys allowed two apiece in 2006 and 1989. And if you had money on Garrard and Grossman being part of such a feat, head directly to Vegas. It was the fifth game the Cowboys allowed at least three touchdown passes in a game, also a single-season mark in the Jones’ Era.
** The Cowboys have allowed 31 touchdown passes this season, two off the team record set in 1962. It is the third time the Cowboys have allowed 31 in a season (1963, 2004). The Cowboys have also allowed four quarterbacks to throw for more than 300 yards in a game – Grossman, Eli Manning (twice), Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.
** As Tim pointed out in his blog earlier, the Cowboys have become a scoring machine of sorts, even without Tony Romo. The Cowboys have scored at least 27 points in the six games since Jason Garrett took over as interim head coach. The last time they had such a streak came in 2007 in Weeks 9-14.
** Entering Sunday the Cowboys had seven sacks in their previous six games. They had five of Grossman on Sunday, which was the most the defense has had since going up against Baltimore in the Texas Stadium finale on Dec. 20, 2008.
** Gerald Sensabaugh became the first Cowboys defender to have a sack and interception in the same game since … Tony Dixon did it against Washington on Dec. 29, 2002. He is the seventh defensive back and 17th player to accomplish that feat in team history.
** With one sack in the last two games Orlando Scandrick would set a team record for sacks in a season by a cornerback. He has 2.5. Victor Scott had three in 1985.
** With 82 receptions, Jason Witten is only the second tight end in NFL history to have four-straight 80-catch seasons, joining the Raiders’ Todd Christensen. He is tied with Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez for most 80-catch seasons by a tight end with five.