Cowboys 100: Facts and stats for Week 6 matchup versus Patriots

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The Dallas Cowboys won the first seven games played all-time against New England but the Patriots have stormed back with six wins in a row since 1999.
DALLAS — The Dallas Cowboys made use of a rare NFL homestand where they won three games in a row at AT&T Stadium to move their record to 4-1 on the year. Now, atop the NFC East, the Cowboys will venture out to the Northeast where they will take on the New England Patriots.

The Patriots aren't the Tim Brady era squad of old any longer at 2-3 but they are still coached by Bill Belichick which makes them dangerous every Sunday. That's especially true at their home stadium in Foxborough, Mass. where Belichick has gone 135-31 during his tenure in New England.

With that in mind, here are 100 facts and stats as the Cowboys get set to play in what is technically the 17th game added to their schedule for the first time:

Series Facts

This is the fourth time in series history that the Cowboys will have a better record than the Patriots ahead of the matchup. The other three instances were in 1971, 1975, and 1981 with Dallas prevailing in all three encounters.

The Cowboys are 4-1 for the 17th time in franchise history. 14 of those previous 16 teams made the playoffs with 10 of those teams having won the division.

Since 1990, 91 of 108 (84.3%) teams that started 5-1 made the playoffs with 66 of those teams having won the division.

Since 1990, 143 of 225 (63.6%) teams that started 4-2 made the playoffs with 74 of those teams having won the division.

The Patriots are 2-3 for the 15th time in franchise history. 4 of those previous 14 teams made the playoffs with two of those teams having won the division.

Since 1990, 76 of 223 (34.1%) teams that started off 3-3 made the playoffs with 36 of 76 teams having won the division.

Since 1990, 19 of 186 (10.2%) teams that started 2-4 made the playoffs with 9 of 19 having won the division.

The Cowboys are 7-6 against the Patriots with a 3-4 record on the road. Here is the breakdown by venue:

Foxboro Stadium: 3-1

Gillette Stadium: 0-3

The Cowboys are 1-3 against the Patriots in October with an 0-1 record on the road.

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