Tuesday Fast Facts: Defensive struggles, Elliott’s current pace, and more

Lets begin what will now become a new staple of Cowboys Blitz: Tuesday Fast Facts.

Every Tuesday we’ll post some interesting statistics and facts of particular interest to fans of America’s Team.

  • Despite early questions regarding a heavy workload, Ezekiel Elliott is on pace for more than 40 carries and 60 total touches less than DeMarco Murray’s 2014 season.
  • If the Cowboys win their final four games, they would be just the seventh team to finish 15-1 in NFL history. Dallas would be the first to do so with their one loss being by less than a field goal.
  • That’s not the only tidbit relying on whether the Cowboys win their final four games. If they keep up the pace and finish the season at 15-1, Dallas would join the 2007 New England Patriots as the only teams in NFL history to win 15 straight regular season games in a single season.
  • The Cowboys have intercepted four passes this season. If Dallas fails to intercept a pass in their final four games, they would set the record for fewest interceptions in a full NFL season (The Houston Oilers intercepted three passes in the strike-shortened 1982 season).
  • Speaking of defensive problems, Dallas has not scored a defensive touchdown all season. The Cowboys haven’t gone an entire season without a defensive touchdown since 2004.
  • Dallas’ next three opponents (Giants, Buccaneers, and Lions) will all be at or above .500 when the Cowboys play them. If Dallas wins all three of these matchups, they will join the 2007 and 2015 New England Patriots as the only teams in NFL history to win 10 regular season games against opponents of .500 or better.

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