After their dominating win against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Dallas Cowboys must stay grounded to remain on the right path.
Going into Sunday’s matchup against the Kansas Chiefs and seeing how the Dallas Cowboys matched up on paper against their dangerous offense, you would have thought this would be a very difficult matchup for the Cowboys; especially on the defensive side of the ball. This looked like a game that was going to be hard fought and come down to the very end. In the end it turned out to be the exact opposite of that.
The Cowboys looked like a team that could do no wrong. The offense looked in-sync for majority of the game, quarterback Dak Prescott was extremely efficient with the football, and the offensive line was controlling the line of scrimmage up until the very last drive. Even wide receiver Terrance Williams had a big day which is something we have not been able to say very often.
Even with the success of the offense, this game belonged to the Cowboys defense which had, by far, their most dominant showing of the season. They controlled the flow of the game from the opening kickoff.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who many consider a MVP candidate thus far, was kept in check throughout the game and threw his first interception of the season. The NFL’s leading rusher, running back Kareem Hunt, was virtually nonexistent on the afternoon and held to just 37 yards.
With all that being said, the Cowboys need to move beyond this game and put it in the rear-view mirror. This was a great win to build on moving forward but they must do just that; move forward. Even with the dominant showing the defense put on against the Chiefs, can we say we trust this defense with two more very difficult matchups coming in the next two weeks? Not likely.
The Cowboys are on the road this week against the Atlanta Falcons who have had their fair share of struggles this year and do not resemble the team they were last year. However, they will pose some matchup problems for the Cowboys.
The Falcons offense consisting of reigning NFL MVP Matt Ryan, wide receiver Julio Jones, and running back Devonta Freeman can get hot at a moment’s notice. Not to mention the Falcons defense which has had success rushing the quarterback the last two seasons as the Cowboys could be without left tackle Tyron Smith this week.
The Cowboys need to stay focused on the short term and not get caught up on what they accomplished against the Chiefs. Most importantly they cannot get caught up in the hype that will be when they play the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles in two weeks. If they get stuck in a “trap game” scenario due to looking ahead, the Falcons are capable of making them regret it in a big way.