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Cowboys notes: Witten moves up to second in receiving yards for a TE

TEAM NOTES

· The win over the Giants today improved Dallas’ 2014 record to 6-1, the first time since the 2007 team started 6-1, and the 10th time overall

· Today’s win also upped the Cowboys current win streak to six games, the longest win streak of Jason Garrett’s head coaching tenure and the longest since the team had seven straight wins in 2007 (10/21 - 12/9)

· The victory today was Jason Garrett’s 35th win as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys (35-28), allowing him to break a tie with Bill Parcells and Wade Phillips (both have 34 wins) for the fourth-most regular season wins by a head coach in team history:

Most Regular Season Wins by a Dallas Cowboys Head Coach

Coach Years Won Loss Tied Pct

Tom Landry

1960-88 250 162 6 .605

Jimmy Johnson

1989-93 44 36 0 .550

Barry Switzer

1994-97 40 24 0 .625

Jason Garrett

2010-14 35 28 0 .556

Bill Parcells

2003-06 34 30 0 .531

Wade Phillips

2007-10 34 22 0 .607

Chan Gailey

1998-99 18 14 0 .563

Dave Campo

2000-02 15 33 0 .313

· The win against New York marked the third straight victory over the Giants, the longest streak in the series since 2006-07

· The Cowboys offense produced 423 total net yards today to mark the fourth consecutive game with 400-or-more yards following 445 yards against New Orleans (9/28), 456 yards against Houston (10/5) and 401 yards at Seattle (10/12) – tying the longest streak in team history. It is only the second time in team history a Dallas offense has posted a streak of four games with at least 400 total net yards during a single season since the 1976 team did it (445 vs. Philadelphia, 9/12; 423 at New Orleans, 9/19; 457 vs. Baltimore, 9/26; 411 at Seattle, 10/3)

· After scoring seven points in the third quarter and 10 points in the fourth quarter, 2014 is the first time in team history the Dallas Cowboys scored in the third and fourth quarters of each of the first seven games of a season. In 1968, the club scored in the third and fourth quarters in each of the first six games of the season

· The Cowboys offense controlled the clock for 33:49 marking the fourth consecutive game with at least 33:00 minutes to mark the first time a Cowboys offense has held the ball for 33:00 minutes-or-more in four consecutive games since 1980 (Sept. 21-Oct. 12)

DEZ BRYANT

· Dez Bryant caught nine passes for 151 yards – third-most of his career - to mark his 12th career 100-yard receiving game to tie for seventh in team history

· Six of Bryant’s nine catches went for first downs, tying for the fourth-most in a single game of his career

GAVIN ESCOBAR

· Gavin Escobar posted career-highs in receptions (three), receiving yards (65), long catch (26) and touchdowns (two) in today’s game

· Escobar’s two touchdowns marked his first career multi-touchdown game

DEMARCO MURRAY

· DeMarco Murray had 128 yards on 23 attempts and one touchdown

· After rushing for 118 yards against San Francisco (9/7), 167 yards at Tennessee (9/14), 100 yards at St. Louis (9/21), 149 yards against New Orleans (9/28), 136 yards against Houston (10/5), and 115 yards at Seattle (10/12), Murray’s 128 yards against the N.Y. Giants (10/19) allowed him to become the first rusher in NFL history to record a streak of seven consecutive games to open the season with 100 rushing yards:

Most Consecutive 100-Yard Rushing Games To Open a Season, NFL

Player Year Games Dates

DeMarco Murray 2014 7 9/7-10/19

Jim Brown 1958 6 9/28-11/2

O.J. Simpson 1973 5 9/16-10/14

O.J. Simpson 1975 5 9/21-10/20

James Wilder 1985 4 9/8/-9/29

Emmitt Smith 1995 4 9/4-9/24

Terrell Davis 1997 4 8/31-9/21

Stephen Davis 2003 4 9/7-10/5

· Murray’s 913 rushing yards through the first seven games of the season are the most in team history and the sixth-most in NFL history:

Dallas Cowboys Most Individual Rushing Yards Through Games 1-7

Player Yards Year

DeMarco Murray 913 2014

Emmitt Smith 812 1995

Tony Dorsett 772 1981

Emmitt Smith 733 1992

Emmitt Smith 701 1991

Most Individual Rushing Yards Through Games 1-7, NFL History

Player Yards Year

O.J. Simpson 1,025 1973

O.J. Simpson 1,005 1975

Terrell Davis 1,001 1998

Jamal Lewis 977 2003

Jim Brown 971 1963

DeMarco Murray 913 2014

Barry Sanders 889 1994

Walter Payton 875 1984

Terrell Davis 861 1997

Eric Dickerson 860 1986

Walter Payton 858 1977

Eric Dickerson 851 1983

Larry Brown 841 1972

Stephen Davis 839 2003

Priest Holmes 833 2004

Chris Johnson 824 2009

· Murray logged 128 rushing yards to reach 3,595 career rushing yards to top Julius Jones (3,484) and Herschel Walker (3,491) for eighth on the team’s all-time rushing yards list

· Murray’s 28 carries in today’s contest marked the 18th time of his career that he’s had 20-or-more carries, and with the win today, the club improved to 17-1 when Murray has 20-or-more carries

· Murray’s 28 carries were his seventh consecutive game with 20-or-more carries this season, establishing a career-high, while also tying the fifth-longest streak in team history:

Consecutive Games with 20+ Carries – Dallas Cowboys

Player Games Dates

Julius Jones 11 11/21/04 – 10/2/05

Emmitt Smith 9 10/16/94 – 12/10/94

Emmitt Smith 9 9/4/95 – 11/6/95

Emmitt Smith 8 11/24/91 – 9/20/92

Herschel Walker 7 11/6/88 – 12/18/88

Emmitt Smith 7 9/12/99 – 10/31/99

DeMarco Murray 7 9/7/14 – 10/19/14

Emmitt Smith 6 12/18/93 – 9/19/94

Emmitt Smith 5 10/10/93 – 11/14/93

TONY ROMO

· Tony Romo made his 115th career start to pass Roger Staubach (114) for the second-most quarterback starts in team history. Troy Aikman owns the top spot with 165 career starts

· Romo completed nine-of-nine passes in the second half for 166 yards and one touchdown. It marked the fourth time in his career he completed 100% of his second half passes, and the first since a win against Oakland (11/28/13)

· Amongst NFL all-time passing yards leaders, Romo threw for 279 yards to up his career passing yardage to 31,354 and move into 36th place over Steve McNair (31,304)

· With three touchdown passes today, Romo improved his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown to 35 games – the longest streak in franchise history, the sixth-longest in NFL history and the second-longest active streak:

Consecutive Games with a TD Pass - NFL

Player Games

Drew Brees (2009-12) 54

Tom Brady (2010-13) 52

Johnny Unitas (1956-60) 47

Peyton Manning (2010-14) 45*

Brett Favre (2002-04) 36

Tony Romo (2012-14) 35*

Dan Marino (1985-87) 30

Ben Roethlisberger (2012-14) 30

· Romo’s three touchdowns upped his franchise best total of multi-touchdown games to 71 and was his 34th career game with three-or-more scoring tosses – a franchise-best

· Romo had 17 completions to reach 2,587 for his career and pass Phil Simms (2,576) for 35th on the NFL’s all-time completions list

· Romo had 23 attempts to reach 3,989 for his career and pass Jeff George (3,967) for 48th all-time amongst league passers

TERRANCE WILLIAMS

· Terrance Williams’ 18-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter marked his sixth scoring catch of the year, establishing a single-season career-high above the five he caught as a rookie last season

JASON WITTEN

· Jason Witten had 27 yards to move his career receiving yards to 10,065 to pass Shannon Sharpe (10,060) for the second-most receiving yards by an NFL tight end and the 40th all-time amongst NFL receivers

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