Since the league added two extra regular season games in 1978, the Dallas Cowboys are 11-6 against teams with losing records in Week 16.
Since 1978, teams with 3-11 records are 16-32 in Week 16 games with a 10-12 record at home. Of those 10 teams who lost in the 3-11 club’s home venue, 6/10 of them had records of .500 or better. 4/6 teams ended up missing the playoffs due to that loss in Week 16.
Going back to 2000, 6/10 of the 3-11 home teams have won.
The Washington Redskins’ chances of winning out and going 5-11 are 12.5%, for only 6/48 3-11 teams have ever won out since 1978.
Since playoff formats were last tinkered with in 1990, only 18/276 (6.5%) of the past playoff qualifiers had 7-7 records. Of those 18, only 4/18 were division winners. Of those 4, only 3/4 won a playoff game. Of those 3 who won a playoff game, only 1/3 advanced to the conference championship game: the 2011 New York Giants.
The Dallas Cowboys have been 7-7 four times in franchise history: 1965, 1986, 1990, and 1999. Only the 1999 team earned a playoff berth. Interestingly, they fell to 7-8 before doing so.
The Dallas Cowboys are 11-6 against teams with .500 or worse records in Week 16 with a 6-3 record on the road.
The Dallas Cowboys have not trailed in a divisional game this season — special thanks to @HostileCowboy for that fact.
The Dallas Cowboys are beating the Washington Redskins 2,425 to 2,060. It would take Washington six straight 59-0 victories to surpass the Cowboys.
The Washington Redskins have a losing record in this rivalry in every decade since its 1960 inception.
The Dallas Cowboys are 16-13 against the Redskins in the month of December.
The only other time the Dallas Cowboys have swept the Redskins in the fourth year in the decade was 2003, where they did go to FedEx Field in December to complete the series sweep.
The Dallas Cowboys have swept the Redskins 16 times to the Redskins’ 5.
The Dallas Cowboys are 26-17 in their 15th game of the season, including playoffs, with a 12-6 record on the road.
The Washington Redskins are 20-19 in their 15th game of the season, including playoffs, with a 10-4 record at home.
Having only two road wins this late in the season, the 2013 Dallas Cowboys are at a crossroads. If they lose, their 2-6 road record will be among the top 15 worst in franchise history and the worst since 2004. If they win and go 3-5 on the road, they will tie for 15th worst road record and the worst since 2011.
Having only two home wins this late in the season, the 2013 Washington Redskins are also at a crossroads. If they lose, their 2-6 home record will be one of the top 10 worst in franchise history and the worst since 2011. If they win and go 3-5 at home, it will still be one of the top 20 worst home records.
The Washington Redskins are 67-69-1 at FedEx Field with a 24-30-1 record against the NFC East. Here is the breakdown by team:
Arizona Cardinals: 4-1
Dallas Cowboys: 7-9
New York Giants: 7-9-1
Philadelphia Eagles: 6-11
FedEx Field is the site for most Dallas Cowboys wins in a current divisional venue. Here is the breakdown by current NFC East stadiums:
FedEx Field: 9-7
Lincoln Financial Field: 6-5
MetLife Stadium: 3-1
This is the fifth game on natural grass the Dallas Cowboys will play Sunday. This season, the Cowboys are 1-3 on natural grass with their lone win coming in Philadelphia.
The Dallas Cowboys have not worn their “cursed blues” in Washington since 12/27/09 when Jim Zorn was the coach and Jason Campbell the quarterback. Interestingly that was also a penultimate game.
The Dallas Cowboys have 9 players on injured reserve to the Washington Redskins’ 7.
This is the first time since 1990 that the Washington Redskins have ridden a 6-game losing streak into a matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.
The Dallas Cowboys have not had five wins against the NFC East in a season since 2003. They have not had a five-game winning streak against the NFC East since 1998.
Temperatures for Sunday’s game could be in the lower seventies. This would be the first December Cowboys-Redskins game in Washington to be played in such conditions.
Since 1970, the Dallas Cowboys are 16-10 in early games against the Redskins with a 10-7 record in Washington.
The Dallas Cowboys have played the Washington Redskins across three different venues in the Beltway. Here is the breakdown by stadium:
Griffith Stadium: 0-1
D.C. Stadium/RFK Stadium: 18-20
Jack Kent Cooke Stadium/FedEx Field: 9-7
The Dallas Cowboys have responded to a Redskins sweep with a sweep of their own only once. After Washington swept Dallas in 1984, the Cowboys swept the Redskins en route to an NFC East crown.
This season, the Dallas Cowboys are 2-1 in the Eastern Time Zone compared to 0-3 in road games in the Central Time Zone.
A win Sunday would put the Dallas Cowboys at 3-1 in the Eastern Time Zone, their best mark since the 2010 season.
This season, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles have had identical results on 8/12 possible weeks. 4/8 have been losses. Here are the results:
Week 1: Cowboys win/Eagles win
Week 2: Cowboys lose; Eagles lose
Week 3: Cowboys win; Eagles lose
Week 4: Cowboys lose; Eagles lose
Week 5: Cowboys lose; Eagles win
Week 6: Cowboys win; Eagles win
Week 8: Cowboys lose; Eagles lose
Week 9: Cowboys win; Eagles win
Week 10: Cowboys lose; Eagles win
Week 13: Cowboys win; Eagles win
Week 14: Cowboys lose; Eagles win
Week 15: Cowboys lose; Eagles lose