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Stats-eye view of Cowboys-Saints

IRVING, Texas -- Here is a stats-eye view of the Dallas Cowboys' game against the New Orleans Saints at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, thanks to the fine ESPN Stats & Information folks.

At the quarter pole: Since 1990, 123 of the 194 teams that started a season 3-1 went on to make the playoffs. Last year it did not mean as much. Four of the five teams that started 3-1 did not reach the playoffs.

The Cowboys haven’t been 3-1 to start the year since 2008 ... and they missed the playoffs.

A hot start: According to Elias, Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is the fifth player in NFL history with at least 100 rush yards and a rushing touchdown in each of his team's first three games of a season. It's the longest streak since Curtis Martin began the 2004 season also with three straight games for the New York Jets.

The last Cowboys runner to open a season with four straight 100-yard game was Emmitt Smith in 1995.

Top of the charts: This game features three of the most productive receivers in the NFL since 2011 in Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant.

Wrong kind of streak: The Saints have won four straight games in Dallas. Prior to this win streak there, the Saints were 0-9 all-time on the road against the Cowboys. The Saints have won three in a row and eight of nine overall against the Cowboys.