Game Preview: Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs

The Dallas Cowboys made it through week one with their victory over the New York Giants at home, 36-31.  Not only did they break the curse that the Giants had with their victories at AT&T Stadium, but they also enjoyed seeing karma wreaking havoc on the Giants.  Last year, Tony Romo struggled in their game while Eli Manning had a good game in gaining their victory over the

Sep 8, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) pumps his fist on his way to the locker room after the game against the New York Giants at AT

Sep 8, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) pumps his fist on his way to the locker room after the game against the New York Giants at AT

Cowboys, 29-24.  This time around it was Manning who had the trouble as he threw three interceptions while the Giant’s committed three more turnovers.

Now the question is, can they have an improved performance from the Cowboy secondary?  And can the offense NOT repeat their performance in from last week?  The defense had 6 total turnovers.  Despite that fact, they still allowed thirty-one points thrusting them to be ranked number thirty in the league.  Dallas still gave up 428 yards passing while only 50 yard rushing.  The secondary showed too many weaknesses during the game, allowing Manning to pass with ease getting the Giants downfield.  Defensively, the Kansas City Chiefs are ranked number one.  That’s right folks.  They have the number one rated defense in the NFL.  You don’t usually see those two words together, number one and Kansas City, but this is after all the first week of play.  Kansas City surrendered a whopping two points in their NFL season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Chief’s allowed 178 total offense.  So it seems that Andy Reid’s stamp on this team has been put on it.  How that stamp holds throughout the season considering the Chief’s past, we shall see how it all works out.

Offensively, the Cowboys need to step it up.  There were too many times that the punter was out there after yet another failed drive.  As far as turnovers, we had one interception that was due to a blown assignment by rookie WR Terrance Williams.  The passing game netted 244 yards while the rushing game only was able to

produce 87 yards.  Demarco Murray wasn’t the dominant running back he should have been.  Romo had a scare during the last part of the 2nd quarter as he had the wind knocked out of him.  X-rays came back negative so he will be ready to play.  Dez Bryant also had his sprained foot checkout.  Those results came back negative as well.  The big go to man of the night was not Bryant but Miles Austin.  Austin had 10 catches for 72 yards.  Austin is returning to the stadium that put his name of the NFL map as he set a team record for receiving yards in a game at 250 from 10 catches.  For Austin, it was his first start and perhaps the most memorable especially considering he scored the winning touchdown.  The Chief’s offense is much the Cowboys.  They sputtered through despite scoring 28 points.  It was the defense that provided the much needed punch while the offense only mustered 171 yards passing and 120 yards rushing.  Jamaal Charles is the spark plug the Cowboys need to focus on.

Overall, this game should be a good one.  Of course, the Cowboys should win this game.  Andy Reid may know the tendencies of Dallas from his years in Philadelphia.  Reid doesn’t have the talent he had in Philly and will be hard pressed to stop Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.  Consider the fact that Kansas City opened the season with already lowly Jacksonville; Dallas should be able

December 11, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; New England Patriots guard Brian Waters (54) lines up against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

December 11, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; New England Patriots guard Brian Waters (54) lines up against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

to score easily and often.  Our defense played well against the run and should be able to shut Charles down.  If our secondary doesn’t get their act together, former San Francisco 49er Alex Smith may double his passing yards at the end of the day.   Murray should have a better time running as Brian Waters might make his debut as RG, a weak point for the Dallas offense.

If Dallas plays at the caliber of last week with the offense improving themselves and the secondary stepping it up, I predict that Dallas will win this game 34-7.  If not, I foresee a 35-34 game.  Either way, Dallas will win this game and knock the Chief’s out of their short-lived number one ranking atop the NFL defensive rankings.  Kickoff is set for 12:00 PM on FOX from Arrowhead Stadium.  Post your predictions and comments below.

Topics: Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, NFL

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  • Pam

    Not at Arrowhead on the home opener! Chiefs win this one!

  • ……ChiefsFan……

    I especially like how he covered his prediction. So no matter how the game turns out, the Chiefs apparently have no impact. I’m not guaranteeing a Chiefs W, but I think this D is legit, and Dallas is in for a battle.

  • Cnorton

    Your top corner was our second best corner and now we have replaced him with someone better.

    • sidibeke

      Actually, one better (arguable; Carr’s a hell of a CB…miss him but wasn’t going to pay him and Flowers) AND one solid player. A 2-fer deal.

      • Cnorton

        Don’t get me wrong. I hated losing Carr, but am very happy with smith/Robinson so far

    • jayhwk01

      No. Carr is very good but Claiborne is better but keep swinging!

      • Cnorton

        Oh, mr. Jayhawk, the beauty is I don’t have to “keep swinging”, punt again or even take another shot. That’s the beauty of professional sports. Talk all you want until Sunday afternoon. How quickly will you disappear and lick your wounds Sunday night? If Dallas considered Carr their second best corner, they will have him cover Avery. My guess is they will put him on Bowe. We “delusional” chiefs fans know how that will turn out.

        How delusional are the Dallas fans who think Romo is going to take the cowboys to the Super Bowl? As delusional as Jerry jones? I.e. Al Davis Jr.?

        • jayhwk01

          Ummm probably won’t be disparaging from the Landry Hat win or lose. How about you? As far as Super Bowls and Romo go may never happen. Very possible. I will take Romo over Alex Smith any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

          • Cnorton

            Me? I will be in the same state of mind I am in now. We “delusional” chiefs fans realize the chiefs beat a bad team last week, but saw some promise from the squad. What Dallas fans, like the idiot who wrote the article I responded to, fail to realize is, the giants played so bad and the game was still close! Now this guy is saying 34-7! The chiefs gave the cowboys a run for their money when they had Matt Cassel as qb.

            Say what you want about Alex smith, but he is much better than romo. Doesn’t choke in big games. Is smarter with the ball. You can keep romo. He is one sack away from Orrin being your qb for a few weeks anyway.

          • ……ChiefsFan……

            I accidentally down voted trying to click read more. Sorry:)

          • Cnorton

            I have done that a few times. The comments format for the iPhone kind of stink!

          • ……ChiefsFan……

            Yep I’m on my Iphone

  • Curtis

    34-7? C’mon man. You played a team last week that was giving you every opportunity to beat them and you took advantage of that. The Chiefs aren’t going to make offensive mistakes (interceptions) and Romo is going to have Houston hitting him to the ground throughout the game. You really think the Cowboys who squeaked out a victory last with (with all those turnovers) is going to score that easily IN Arrowhead against a defense like the Chiefs?!

    • ……ChiefsFan……

      If not Houston, there is Hali, Poe, DJ, Berry, and even T Jax. I can’t remember the last time I was so excited for a chiefs game.

  • Brad05

    Maybe you should stick to Semi Pro football..

  • Logan Grace

    This just goes to show how much better arrowhead addict is then other nfl fan sided pages. What a terrible analysis!

  • jayhwk01

    Dallas fan living in KC for last twenty years. It gets not more delusional than Chiefs nation. Local radio and fans here are already talking playoffs, easy wins, and Dallas sucks and this game will be a cakewalk. Chefs are vastly improved and that cannot be argued. Reality is they played the Jags. Outside of Hali and Johnson you really don’t know what you have this year. Giants did not play well no doubt but their D is legit and Dallas moved the ball on them and had a fumble on the two or score would have been not as close. This will be a great game and the Chiefs are catching Dallas at a great time. Chiefs home opener Dallas gets off the snide by beating NY at home…Classic trap game for the Cowboys but if Chefs nation think this is an easy game as locally I hear constantly you have lost your minds. This game is much bigger for KC than Dallas (which is a worry as a Dallas fan) Every team gets up for Big D. Local media is proving that in spades. Prediction: Dallas 27- Chefs 24. It should be a great early season contest

    • ……ChiefsFan……

      Of course local fans are pumped up. This is probably the best Chiefs team in a decade. As for CHIEFS NATION being delusional, I suggest you take some time and read through some of the articles here at AA, then go and compare to what you find at TLH. If you still think CHIEFS NATION is the most delusional fan base I will be surprised. My prediction for the game is 27-17 CHIEFS. BRING IT!

      • jayhwk01

        As I said I have lived in KC for twenty years and yes, the Chiefs fan base and local media is the most delusional fan base in football. Year after year I hear fans and locals like Bob Fescoe, Kevin Keitzman, Shawn Levine, Danny Parkinson and so forth talk like the Chefs are some nationally beloved and followed franchise competing for Super Bowls every year when it just is not so. I have lived here long enough to have a pretty fair pulse on the delusion in KC when it comes to the Chiefs.

        However, to this specific game as I stated I expect it to be a good game by two teams probably fairly closely matched. Arrowhead when rocking is as good a venue as anywhere and because it is Dallas and the fans care again here it will be loud. Then again Dallas gets that each and every week. I understand that does not happen for the Chiefs each week. That is not a slap in the face just facts. I am lifelong Royals fan so I see both sides. Lets face it when the Royals come Cleveland in baseball for example, it is not the same as the Yankees. My point is Arrowhead being amped for the Cowboys will be nothing new and not nearly the factor KC fans tend to think.
        On another note I hope the Cowboys players try some really good BBQ while in town because in KC we have the best Q on the planet and that is a fact. That crap they have in Dallas just is not going to get it done up here. See I have my KC loyalties too!

        • Curtis

          34-7 is about as delusional as it comes. It ignores all facts and rationale. I’m not saying the Chiefs will win, but they sure as hell won’t lose by that much. Don’t know if it gets a whole lot more delusional than a 34-7 prediction on this game.

        • RepOurChiefs

          I suppose you went out of town during the banner flying and stadium blackouts?.. smh

          • jayhwk01

            LOL not at all. I enjoyed watching last years Chefs implosion. It was a sight to behold. Best Monday morning sports talk radio in years. Especially Bob Fescoe on 610. Mr. Meltdown himself.

            I give your Chiefs a lot of credit. The cleaned house and have made huge strides in a short amount of time. Be glad Clark Hunt is in charge because Lamar would never have pulled that trigger so fast.

    • ……ChiefsFan……

      Also you keep saying “everyone gets up for big d”. Dallas hasn’t been a relevant team for basically as long as KC.

      • jayhwk01

        Not so much. No doubt Dallas has been down by Cowboy standards but “basically as long as KC” not even close. The Chiefs last playoff victory was 1994 and Dallas has had one in the last 6 years (Which is awful btw) Dallas is the most valuable sports franchise in the United States. If you doubt their relevancy check the attendance records of the teams they play the week before and then week after they play in opposing stadiums. Numbers don’t lie. Down by winning standards….no doubt. Arguing relevancy is a losing argument.

        • ……ChiefsFan……

          Fair enough. For me, the fact they are playing Dallas doesn’t add anything. I see your basis for argument based on attendance numbers. I was speaking in terms of post-season success. And by that standard Dallas is slightly more relevant. Here’s to a good game this Sunday.

    • sidibeke

      I don’t know too many Chiefs fans who are knowledgeable who are talking easy wins. Dallas will be a good test as it is a good team. We will have a better idea of what this KC team has after next Sunday.

      It’s a bigger game for KC because it’s their home opener; same as Dal’s last weekend. And a 2nd game of the year a trap game? Come on. Anyway, it ought to be a good game, and I strongly doubt Dal will score easily and often.

      Go Jayhawks!

      • jayhwk01

        Trap game because they beat the Giants and that had been over their heads for awhile. Let down is a danger and because of KC 2-14 record last year is why I consider it trap game.

  • Roc

    This should be a good test for the Chiefs D. I disagree with your prediction that Dallas will blow them out, Dallas will not score more than two TD’s and Bowe will have a big game Sunday against the cowboys secondary

  • Corey Evans

    34-7? I’m familiar with the term ‘homer’ but goodness gracious Romo and Garrett combine for some pretty abismal mistakes. Too much talent on Kc’s side to be any sort of blowout like that.

  • CowboysFan!

    I guarantee a win for the Boys. The Cowboys’ defense is much improved then that of last year, and the 6 takeaways show that. Note that Eli Manning is a far better quarterback than Alex Smith, and we took the ball away from Eli on three different occasions, one of which WAS your “second best” corner, who also returned it for a touchdown. Brandon Carr OBVIOUSLY knows Dwayne Bowe, so he will be shut-out completely. Smith is going to have a hard time trying to keep the pass rush away, and is going to make a lot of bad decisions from throwing on the run. 34-7 is not an inaccurate prediction at all. The Cowboys’ offense CANNOT have a show like last week though, as the article states.

    • tim

      How can you guarantee that which you have no control over? Stupid comment!

    • ……ChiefsFan……

      First of all 34-7 is not an inaccurate prediction, as a prediction is an opinion and everyone is entitled to their own. I agree Eli Is a far better quarterback, except in one category, which is turnovers. Eli has historically been bad in this category, while It is AS’s strongest characteristic. And all chiefs fans know what you guys have in B Carr. He certainly will not be “shutting-down” D-Bowe. It should be a good game and I look forward to seeing what each team is really made of.

    • Doug

      No one has scored on the Chiefs #1s yet on D. That includes the 49ers, Saints, and Steelers in the preseason. Most of them could not even get a first down! Yes, I know it was pre-season, but they continued the shut out last week. Say what you will about the Jags, they do have a couple really good tackles and an above average RB in Drew, but it was like he was hitting a brick wall each time he got the rock.

      I don’t think it is going to be the EZ day that most cowgirl fans seem to think. Should be a GOOD one!

      • ……ChiefsFan……

        Lets also not forget that Jacksonville’s players get paid too. No team is a pushover in the NFL.

        On a different note I hope what we have seen from Poe continues. This guy is playing lights out (no Merriman reference implied)

    • Luke Haines

      Tomahawk chop that dream. Another W for KC ;-)

  • Timothy Thacker

    What game did you watch? 34-7? in the words of Keyshawn C-mon MAN! Terrible analysis…will not even justify this piece with any more comment.

  • sidibeke

    Wow, Jeff. Do you know any players on the Chiefs? Should be able to score easily and often? You should do some research, bro.

    • jayhwk01

      Chefs have one of the best LB nobody knows about in Johnson. That kid can flat play. If he played in another market he would get a lot more hype. It’s the Jeter affect. As a Royals fan I know Escobar is 5 times the SS Jeter is but everybody is still all over the Yankee. Kind of the same thing.

      • ……ChiefsFan……

        The chiefs have a lot of good defenders nobody has ever heard of, and I don’t think Johnson is tops on the list.

  • RepOurChiefs

    I thought the chargers had the worst homers…i stand corrected. #morekoolaidplease

    • jayhwk01

      Did you just hash tag on a blog? Anyway, worst homers anywhere are usually found around Camarohead. Except last year of course. Even the drunks were to sober to enjoy last years offering in KC.

      • RepOurChiefs

        That just happened!! #REALITY…LOL ..anyway,i was just merely pointing out the the biased opinion of the writer is all. Didnt mean to offend you or anyone chief. Enjoy the game.

  • CHIEFS4LIFE

    Kill all the TALK seem like thats all the cowgirls an fans do, on the other hand we ready to play #CHIEFS

  • Luke Haines

    Looks like your predicted blowout was a fairy tail dream when in reality Cowboy found with a arrowhead between the eyes and a tomahawk in the neck, go Chiefs. Looks like you won’t write us off again

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