Tuesday Fast Facts: Record-Breaking Rookies and Detroit’s Staunch Defense

After big time performances from Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott on Sunday night, this week’s Tuesday Fast Facts is loaded with NFL records that the Cowboys’ dynamic rookie duo could break.

So let’s dive into the stats and info that are relevant to Cowboys fans this week.

  • Let’s start with Ezekiel Elliott. On Sunday night, Elliott rushed for 159 yards, surpassing 130 for the fifth time this season. That ties Elliott with Eric Dickerson and Mike Anderson for the most in a rookie season.
  • Sunday was also the 13th consecutive game that Elliott surpassed 80 yards rushing. He’s now just two games away from tying Marcus Allen’s NFL record for the most consecutive 80+ yard rushing games (09/29/1985-09/14/1986).
  • Elliott surpassed 300 carries on the season Sunday night, becoming just the 18th rookie in NFL history to carry the ball 300+ times. Of the 18th, Elliott ranks first with a 5.0 yards per carry. Of the 222 NFL running backs that have ever carried the ball 300+ times in a season, Elliott’s yards per carry ranks 25th all time.
  • Elliott’s 13 rushing touchdowns are tied for the 10th most by a rookie in NFL history. With three more in the next two games, Elliott would move into sole possession of second place. Eric Dickerson presently owns the record with 18.
  • Elliott needs 258 rushing yards over his final two games (129 per game) to break Eric Dickerson’s rookie rushing record. Elliott needs 311 yards from scrimmage to break Dickerson’s yards from scrimmage record (2212).
  • As many of you already know, Dak Prescott’s 88.9% completion percentage on Sunday night was the second highest of all time with a minimum of 30 attempts. What you may not know is that Prescott set the rookie record for completion percentage with a minimum of 20 attempts. In fact, no rookie quarterback has ever produced a higher completion percentage with at least 16 attempts in a game.
  • Prescott has now completed 75% of his passes in five games this season, setting an NFL rookie record. The record was previously held by Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson.
  • Prescott’s completion percentage is currently 67.7% with two games to play. Ben Roethlisberger currently holds the NFL rookie record with 66.4%.
  • Prescott’s 21 first half completions are the most ever by an NFL rookie. Andrew Luck previously held the record with 20.

Some notes about the Lions…

  • Detroit has held opponents to 20 points or less in eight straight games. Only Minnesota has equaled that number this season, and it’s the first time the Lions have done it since 1961.
  • Of the 109 teams in the Super Bowl era to hold at least eight straight opponents to 20 points or less, the Lions have forced the fewest turnovers (10).
  • The Lions are one of only two teams (Houston) to allow more passing and rushing touchdowns than they’ve scored and still maintain a winning record.

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