Saturday, October 27, 2012
Stats & Info preview: Giants at Cowboys
By Jason York / ESPN Stats & Information
Zero. That is the number of wins the Dallas Cowboys have recorded against the New York Giants since Cowboys Stadium opened in 2009. The Cowboys beat the Giants 24-17 on the road in Week 1 this season and seek their first sweep of the Giants since 2007.
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Completing the season sweep will be a tall order especially if it's a close game. Giants QB Eli Manning has eight game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since the start of the 2011 season, which is two more than any other quarterback in the NFL. Over that span, Manning ranks first in touchdown passes (20), passing yards (2,247), and is third in Total QBR (80.7, minimum 50 action plays) in the fourth quarter.
Here are three other statistical areas to watch Sunday:
* Eli Manning did not have much success passing versus five or more pass rushers against the Cowboys in Week 1. Manning was just 3 for 7 on such pass attempts and did not throw a touchdown. Since the start of the 2008 season, however, no quarterback in the NFL has faced five or more pass rushers on as many dropbacks as Manning, who's seen such pressure on 963 of them. Manning’s success against added pass pressure, aside from Week 1, has been elite overall. Manning has the second-most touchdown passes (59) plus the most completions (493), first downs (346) and 30-yard pass plays (41).
Manning Mighty vs. Cowboys
Eli Manning has 32 career passing touchdowns in 16 regular-season games against the Cowboys, his most vs. any opponent and three behind Jim Hart's record 35 passing TDs against Dallas.
Most pass TD vs. Cowboys
-- ESPN Stats & Information
* Six of Tony Romo’s nine touchdowns against the Giants the last two seasons have come on throws made outside of the pocket, including two of his three in Week 1 against the Giants. Since the start of last season, no other quarterback has more than four total touchdown passes against the Giants. Romo went 2-for-2 with a touchdown on throws more than 20 yards downfield in Week 1 against the Giants. Since then, however, Romo has gone 3-for-17 (17.7 percent) with a touchdown and an interception on such throws. Last season, Romo had the second-best completion percentage more than 20 yards downfield (53.2 percent), including 4-for-7 with two touchdowns against the Giants.
* Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has been ruled out for the second straight week with a foot injury. Here's what the Cowboys are missing: Murray rushed for 131 yards, his season-high total, against the Giants in Week 1. Murray gained 66 yards after contact, which is the most the Giants have allowed to any player this season. Murray also gained 50 of his 66 yards after contact after being hit in the backfield.