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The Dallas Cowboys are 2-2 for the thirteenth time in franchise history. Since 1990, when the current playoff format came into being, only 28% of the qualifying teams were 2-2.

Of the 76 2-2 teams since 1990 that have qualified for the playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys have fielded 5 of those teams (’91, ’93, ’98, ’02, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’09, ’11, ’12), which ties Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, New England, and Philadelphia for the most since 1990.

Of the Dallas Cowboys’ twelve prior 2-2 teams (’65, ’88, ’91, ’93, ’98, ’02, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’09, ’11, ’12), only five of them made the playoffs: ’91, ’93, ’98, ’06, ‘09.

The Denver Broncos have started the season 4-0 on 6 previous occasions. Here is when those teams lost their first game:

1977, Week 7 – Raiders, 14-24

1986, Week 7 – @NYJ, 10-22

1997, Week 8 – @Raiders, 25-28

1998, Week 15 – @NYG, 16-20

2003, Week 5 – @KC, 23-24

2009, Week 8 – @Ravens, 7-30

Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) reacts to getting a record setting sack against the St. Louis Rams at AT

The Dallas Cowboys trail the season series 5-6.

The Dallas Cowboys have not defeated the Denver Broncos since 9/10/95 when Dallas beat Denver 31-21 in Texas Stadium.

It has been 18 seasons since the Dallas Cowboys have last defeated the Denver Broncos, which is the current longest drought against an opponent, including the Ravens, who the Cowboys have never beaten.

The Denver Broncos vanquished the Dallas Cowboys in Texas Stadium in 2001 and 2005. The Broncos are tied with the Bears, Lions, and Chargers for second-most unanswered victories in Dallas. The Saints lead this category with 4.

The Dallas Cowboys are 0-2 against the Broncos in October. However, both of those encounters occurred in Denver.

Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson, and Barry Switzer won their first contests with the Broncos. Chan Gailey, Dave Campo, Bill Parcells, and Wade Phillips did not.

Tom Landry is the only Cowboys head coach to face the Broncos on more than one occasion. Meanwhile, Red Miller, Dan Reeves, and Mike Shanahan all coached against the Dallas Cowboys more than once.

Denver is one of six teams the Cowboys have faced in the Super Bowl. They are also one of two teams to have a winning record against the Cowboys in regular season play despite losing to them in the Super Bowl (6-4). The Miami Dolphins are the other team (7-5).

The Denver Broncos’ 4-game winning streak against the Dallas Cowboys is the best in the series. The Cowboys’ largest winning streak against Denver was three games from 1973-77, one game of which was Super Bowl XII.

Starting in October, the NFL adorns team uniforms with pink accessories to raise awareness for breast cancer. Since this campaign started in 2009, the Dallas Cowboys are 4-11 in the month of October while the Broncos are 7-8.

The Dallas Cowboys’ first game wherein they wore pink for breast cancer awareness was a 10-17 loss in Denver in 2009.

At home wearing attire to honor breast cancer awareness, the Dallas Cowboys are 2-6.

On the road wearing attire to honor breast cancer awareness, the Denver Broncos are 4-4.

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