Lots of buzz this week about how the Cowboys could get “surprised” in Kansas City this Sunday – here’s one example from a good writer – but scanning the web it doesn’t seem like a Chiefs win would really surprise anyone.
Dallas enters Arrowhead this weekend as Las Vegas underdogs, getting 2.5 points from a team that won all of two games last year. From the media elite, to the Vegas oddsmakers, to the Cowboys locker room, the line is much the same.
Head Coach Jason Garrett spent his Thursday presser gushing about Andy Reid’s leadership and KC’s young talent. Jason Witten marveled at the film of KC’s Week 1 win. Tony Romo drew favorable comparisons – as many have this week – between this year’s Chiefs and last year’s Seahawks.
The comparison is an interesting one. In fact, in each of the past two seasons, the Cowboys have been surprised in Week 2:
Two years ago the Cowboys narrowly escaped San Francisco with a Week 2 overtime win (the day Tony Romo became my guy forever). No one saw San Francisco coming after going 6-10 the year before, but the Niners won eight straight games following their Week 2 loss to the ‘Boys and finished 13-3, earning a berth in the NFC Championship Game.
Last season in Week 2, the ‘Boys faced a Seattle team that was 7-9 the year before. They were starting a rookie quarterback and had just lost the season opener to the lowly Arizona Cardinals. No one saw the ‘Hawks coming either: After they shut down Dallas 27-7, they went on to finish the season 11-5 and win a playoff game.
I can remember being dejected after both those games: Barely beating the Niners felt like a loss, and getting crushed by the Seahawks was a shock. In both games, I accused the Cowboys of underperforming, but it turns out those were damn good playoff teams, and no one knew it yet.