Only 1.4 percent of teams to start 3-6 or worse since 1990, when the postseason expanded to 12 teams, made the playoffs (1994 Patriots, 1995 Lions, 1996 Jaguars). Neither the Cowboys nor the Eagles, who are both 3-5 this season, have ever made the playoffs after a 3-6 start.
Here are three other statistical areas to watch Sunday:
•The Eagles’ red-zone offense has been unable to take flight this season. They scored no touchdowns on five red-zone possessions in Week 9 against the Saints (two field goals, two turnovers, turnover on downs). The only other team to go 0 for 5 in the red zone in a game this season is the Cleveland Browns, who also did it Week 9 against the Baltimore Ravens. The Eagles have scored a touchdown on 37.0 percent of their red-zone possessions this season, which is 30th in the NFL, and are last in goal-to-go touchdown percentage (38.9 percent).
•Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who has a league-leading 13 interceptions this season, has thrown an interception when under duress in all but one of the Cowboys’ losses this season (Week 9 at Falcons). Romo has thrown the ball away just 5.6 percent of his attempts when under duress, the third-lowest rate in the NFL. The Eagles have allowed opponents to go 6-for-8 on throws 15 yards or more downfield since firing defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. Romo has not thrown an interception on such throws on the road this season and has completed nearly 58 percent of those passes. Romo’s interception total could actually be higher as well. Romo has had four potential interceptions dropped by defenders, tied for most in the NFL.
•Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has been sacked at least twice in 10 straight games dating to last season and has been sacked 27 times this season, tied for third most in the NFL. The 10-game sack streak is the longest active streak in the league and the longest such streak of Vick’s career. No quarterback has been under duress at a higher rate than Vick this season too, which has led to a league high 17 thrown-away passes. The Cowboys have sacked or put opposing quarterbacks under duress 24.9 percent of the time this season, the fifth-highest rate in the NFL.