The Dallas Cowboys fell in embarrassing fashion on the road to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 11, and there are some painful takeaways from the contest.
Last Sunday started the clock on the most strenuous part of the Dallas Cowboys‘ 2021 season. In the next 12 days, Dallas must take the field three times, two of which coming on the road.
Unfortunately, Week 11 not only started this arduous stretch off on the wrong foot but also evoked more frustration and questions. Facing arguably the stiffest test since Week 1, the Cowboys once again laid a huge egg under the brightest of lights. For the second time in three weeks, the Dallas offense, once again, failed to show anything close to their potential.
The Cowboys faced off against the Kansas City Chiefs and could not muster a single touchdown, losing 19-9 in an extremely frustrating three-hour display of football. Coming into the game, the Cowboys led the league in total yards per game as well as total points per game.
Once the final second ticked off the clock, Dallas tallied the fewest yards of any game this season as well as the least amount of points scored. To make matters worse, both of Dallas’ NFC East division rivals, the Philadephia Eagles and Washington Football Team, won and subsequently closed the gap within the division.
Before we look forward to Thanksgiving Day against the Las Vegas Raiders, let’s take one last look back and review the good, bad, and ugly from a disappointing loss to the Chiefs.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Kansas City Chiefs: The good
At this point in the season, linebacker Micah Parsons is a shoo-in to win Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Thankfully for the Cowboys, he is showing no signs of resting on his laurels.
After a first quarter that looked like the Chiefs’ offense was going to go wild on the Dallas defense, Parsons led a spirited effort to do everything possible to keep the game close. Though he only was credited with four tackles, two of those were sacks, three other times, Parsons was credited with a quarterback hit.
The versatility to vacillate back and forth from linebacker to defensive end, play coverage or be a beast in blitz packages makes him the ultimate Swiss Army knife. No other player had multiple tackles for loss or pressures on Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Few players stood out from this loss, and Parsons certainly was one of, if not the star of this game.