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This is Andy Reid’s 30th time (including one playoff game) to face the Dallas Cowboys, second-most in league history behind Joe Gibbs’ 32 (including one playoff game). For him to surpass Gibbs at his current post in Kansas City, barring Super Bowl appearances, Reid would need to stay in Kansas City for the next 12 seasons.

In 1999, when Andy Reid took over an Eagles team that had gone 3-13 the previous season, his team went winless for the first four games. Andy Reid’s first win ever came against the Dallas Cowboys.

Andy Reid’s first game against the Cowboys was an infamous 10/10/99 game where Michael Irvin suffered a career-ending injury.

Andy Reid’s Eagles won their first match with the Cowboys 8/14 times. Of those 8 times, 5 of them were in Philadelphia.

Though no longer the longest tenured coach in the league, Andy Reid has not stopped head coaching since 1999, the longest streak amongst active coaches.

Among current head coaches, Andy Reid has the second most conference title game appearances with 5 behind Bill Belichick’s 6. Tom Coughlin has third most with 4.

Andy Reid is one of 6 head coaches who has facial hair. The others are Chuck Pagano, Mike Tomlin, Mike Munchak, Bruce Arians, and Jeff Fisher.

Among active coaches, Andy Reid has the most assistants in head coaching jobs: Ron Rivera, Leslie Frazier, and John Harbaugh.

In 2009 when the Cowboys beat the Eagles in the NFC Wild Card, Andy Reid joined Mike Holmgren, Ray Rhodes, Rich Kotite, Mike Ditka, Rich McKay, Dick Nolan, Jack Pardee, Leeman Bennett, Bart Starr, Marv Levy, Bill Cowher, Red Miller, and Don Shula as the only head coaches to never defeat the Dallas Cowboys in the postseason.

Andy Reid has been beaten by three undrafted quarterbacks in the playoffs: Kurt Warner, Jake Delhomme, and Tony Romo.

Aug 29, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid on the sidelines during the first half of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Reid has only coached once on 9/15: a 37-41 loss on the road to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football in 2008.

Andy Reid has started the season 2-0 only two times in his 14-year career: 2004 and 2012. 2004 netted him a Super Bowl berth as Philadelphia’s head coach, while 2012 warranted him a 4-12 record and a dismal.

Andy Reid is one of 11 coaches to have coached for 10+ seasons in one location and then gone on to coach elsewhere. Here’s how the other qualifying coaches have fared:

Paul Brown – Cincinnati Bengals, 1968-75, 55-56-1 (0-3)

Mike Ditka – New Orleans Saints, 1997-99, 15-33 (no playoffs)

Jeff Fisher – St. Louis Rams, 2012-present, 7-8-1 (no playoffs)

Sid Gillman – Houston Oilers, 1973-74, 8-15 (no playoffs)

Curly Lambeau – Chicago Cardinals/Washington Redskins, 1950-53, 17-28 (no playoffs)

Jim Mora – Indianapolis Colts, 1998-01, 32-32 (0-2)

Marty Schottenheimer – Washington Redskins/San Diego Chargers, 2001-06, 55-41 (0-2)

Hank Stram – New Orleans Saints, 1976-77, 7-21 (no playoffs)

Mike Shanahan – Washington Redskins, 2010-present, 21-27 (0-1)

Dan Reeves – New York Giants/Atlanta Falcons, 1993-03, 80-92-1 (4-3)

This Sunday, Andy Reid makes his Arrowhead debut. Here’s a look at the Chiefs head coaches’ records in Arrowhead Stadium:

Hank Stram: 8-11-1
Paul Wiggin: 4-13
Tom Bettis*: 1-3
Marv Levy: 16-20
John Mackovic: 21-11
Frank Gansz: 7-8
Marty Schottenheimer: 64-20
Gunther Cunningham: 11-5
Dick Vermeil: 28-13
Herm Edwards: 9-15
Todd Haley: 10-3
Romeo Crennel: 2-8


John Mackovic, Frank Gansz, and Marty Schottenheimer are the only Kansas City head coaches to have won their home openers.

Since 1989, the Kansas City Chiefs have only had 2/7 head coaching hires who were original and not transplants from other clubs.

Marv Levy, of 1990’s Buffalo Bills Super Bowl fame, once coached the Kansas City Chiefs from 1978-82 yet didn’t lead them to even the playoffs. That puts the Kansas City Chiefs in with the Los Angeles Rams (George Allen), Cleveland Browns (Forrest Gregg and Bill Belichick), Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders (Mike Shanahan and Jon Gruden), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Tony Dungy), and Jacksonville Jaguars (Tom Coughlin) as teams who let a Super Bowl coach get away.



Jason Garrett is 2-2 against Andy Reid, the second-best for a Cowboys head coach. Wade Phillips currently leads at 5-2.

Jason Garrett has only won one game after defeating the New York Giants and that was a 35-19 contest against the Detroit Lions at home.

Jason Garrett is now 2-1 in Week 1 games. Here is how other Dallas Cowboys coaches fared after their first three season openers:

Tom Landry: 1-1-1

Jimmy Johnson: 2-1

Barry Switzer: 2-1

Chan Gailey: 1-1*

Dave Campo: 0-3

Bill Parcells: 1-3

Wade Phillips: 2-1

*did not coach three seasons

At this time, Jason Garrett is still with Bill Parcells and Dave Campo as the only Cowboys head coaches to have never started a season 2-0

On the road, Jason Garrett is 9-10 as head coach.

After facing the Chiefs this Sunday, only the Broncos, Raiders, Chargers, Vikings, Packers, Jaguars, Texans, and Titans remain as the only teams against whom Jason Garrett has not coached.

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