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The Dallas Cowboys’ 62 wins against the Washington Redskins is not only the most wins against a singular opponent in franchise history, but for the Washington Redskins, it is the third-most losses to an opponent. The Eagles have 72 wins over the Redskins and the Giants have 92.

The Dallas Cowboys are 8-10 in October against the Washington Redskins.

The Dallas Cowboys have waited until October to have their first encounter with the Redskins on 17 occasions. Only 5/17 have been held in Dallas, and Dallas has gone 7-10 in the October encounters that have begun the season series. Dallas’ record at home has been 2-3 with a 5-7 record in Washington.

The last time the Dallas Cowboys played the Washington Redskins in the month of October to begin the series was on 10/15/01, coincidentally in prime time with Al Michaels calling the game. Dallas won 9-7.

Since 2009, when the NFL honored October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month with pink accessories, the Dallas Cowboys are 4-12. The Washington Redskins are 6-11 in the month of October since 2009.

The Dallas Cowboys are 18-6 against opponents who are coming out of their bye week, including a 3-1 mark against the Redskins coming out of their bye week.

The Dallas Cowboys are 2-3 for the third straight season and the tenth time in franchise history. The previous seasons they started 2-3 were 1965, 1988, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2011, and 2012. Only 1996 ended in a playoff berth.

2-3 is the Dallas Cowboys’ third-most common start after five games. Their second-most is 4-1, and their most common is 3-2.

December 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins defensive players line up against Dallas Cowboys offensive players in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Since 1990, when the playoffs were last tinkered with, only 41 out of the 276 playoff teams (14.9%) had records of 2-3 at one point during their playoff run.

This is the first time ever the Dallas Cowboys will have hosted the Denver Broncos only to have hosted the Washington Redskins the next week. Either the Cowboys have gone on the road to play the Broncos, as was the case in 1973, 1986, and 1992, or after playing the Broncos at home, Dallas played in Washington the next week (2001).

In coming off of losses to Denver and playing the Redskins, the Cowboys are 2-0.

Last year, the Washington Redskins earned their first victory in AT&T Stadium after four tries. It took the Redskins six tries to win in the old Cotton Bowl (1966) and only five to win in Texas Stadium (1975).

The Washington Redskins are 1/6 teams to have never lost to Dallas in the playoffs. The other five teams are Baltimore (Colts), Carolina, Arizona, Seattle, and the New York Giants. Of those six teams, only the Redskins and Panthers can say they have beat Dallas on multiple postseason occasions without reprise (twice each).

This is the first time the Redskins will play in a Cowboys home venue that has been renamed. Washington played in D.C. Stadium and Jack Kent Cooke Stadium. When those stadiums were renamed to RFK Stadium and FedEx Field respectively, the Cowboys won the first of those contests.

The Cowboys’ highest points scored in the series is 45 points; their lowest is 5 points. The Redskins’ highest points scored is 41; their lowest is 0 points.

The Dallas Cowboys have 16 sweeps in the series with their first coming n 1968. Conversely, the Redskins only have 5 sweeps with their first coming in 1984.

In coming off of a sweep by the Redskins, the Dallas Cowboys are 3-1, with their lone loss coming in an October matchup with Washington, the first of the year and also played in Dallas (1988).

From 1997-02, the Dallas Cowboys won 10 straight contests against Washington, and went 14-1 from 1997-04. The closest Washington has ever come is 4 straight wins from 1986-88 and a 9-6 record from 1983-90.

The Dallas Cowboys own all 4 shutouts in the series with three of them coming on the road.

Since 1999, the Dallas Cowboys have had 5 head coaches (Gailey, Campo, Parcells, Phillips, Garrett) and 1 interim (Garrett) to the Redskins’ 6 head coaches (Turner, Schottenheimer, Spurrier, Gibbs, Zorn, Shanahan) and 1 interim (Robiskie).

There have only been 3 overtime contests in the series (’75, ’99, ’11) with the Cowboys having a 2-1 record. However, there are also 2 ties (’61 and ’62) in the series because the NFL did not institute regular season overtime until 1974.

Dan Snyder is in his fifteenth year owning the Redskins. Comparatively, when Jerry Jones was in his fifteenth year, he had already won three Super Bowls and was in the midst of Bill Parcells’ first season as Cowboys head coach.

The Redskins have only won two playoff games since 1991. In that span, they have had two different owners (Jack Kent Cooke and Dan Synder) and three different general managers (Charley Casserly, Vinny Cerrato, Bruce Allen).

Legendary head coach Vince Lombardi had a 5-2 record against the Dallas Cowboys. His two losses came in 1969 when he was Washington’s head coach and the Cowboys swept the Redskins.

The Dallas Cowboys have had 9 quarterbacks between their Super Bowl-winning quarterback (Aikman) and their present quarterback (Romo). The Washington Redskins have had 19 quarterbacks between their Super Bowl-winning quarterback (Mark Rypien) and their present quarterback (Griffin III).

None of the Redskins’ Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks were first round picks. However, Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh did help the Redskins win two NFL Championship games over the Chicago Bears in 1937 and 1942.

The Washington Redskins have taken 12 first round quarterbacks (six since 1960) compared to the Dallas Cowboys’ two (Craig Morton and Troy Aikman).

Since 1994, the Washington Redskins have taken 4 first round quarterbacks with none of them having won a playoff game. It is the most first round quarterbacks taken in that span and tied for worst in the league for playoff success for first round quarterbacks in that span.

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