Elias Says: November 24, 2017

Cowboys held below 10 points again

The Cowboys are the first NFL team since the 2009 Browns to score fewer than 10 points in each of three consecutive games. And Dallas’s minus-66 point differential in the second half over its last three games is the second-largest for any team since 1970. The Colts allowed 76 more second-half points than they scored over a three-game span in December 2015.

Those three games––in which Dallas lost to Atlanta (27–7), Philadelphia (37–9) and the LA Chargers (28–6), while being outscored 72–6 in the second half––immediately followed a stretch of six consecutive games in which the Cowboys scored at least 28 points.

No other team in NFL history had both a streak of five or more games scoring more than 25 points and three or more games scoring fewer than 10 points in the same season, let alone had one streak immediately follow the other.

Rivers passes for 434 yards

Philip Rivers threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers’ victory at Dallas. That is the third-highest passing-yardage total by a visiting player in a win against the Cowboys.

Billy Wade passed for 466 yards in the Bears’ win over the Cowboys at the Cotton Bowl in 1962, while Drew Brees threw for 446 yards in the Saints’ victory at Dallas in 2012 in the Cowboys’ current home stadium.

Manning’s 100th loss

Eli Manning completed 13 of 27 passes for only 113 yards in the Giants’ loss to the Redskins. Never before in his NFL career had Manning thrown at least that many passes in one game and produced so few yards. The defeat dropped Manning’s career record to 110–100 and made him the first quarterback in NFL history to lose 100 starts for one franchise.

Another long winning streak extended on Thanksgiving

For the third consecutive season a team entered a Thanksgiving game on a winning streak of at least six games and extended that run with a victory. The Panthers had won 14 in a row before defeating the Cowboys in 2015, the Cowboys were on a nine-game winning streak before downing the Redskins last year, and the Vikings successfully put their six-game winning streak on the line in their win over the Lions on Thursday.

Keenum keeps killing it

Case Keenum, who threw two touchdown passes on Thursday, has fashioned a passer rating above 100 in each of his last three games––117.0 at Washington, 100.8 versus the LA Rams, and 121.8 against Detroit. It is the longest single-season streak of 100-plus rating games for a Viking starting quarterback since Brett Favre had four in a row in November 2009, on the way to leading Minnesota to the NFC Championship Game.