2021-11-21
Dallas Cowboys
Kansas City Chiefs
League : NFL

Kansas City Chiefs vs Dallas Cowboys Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The Dallas Cowboys, fresh off of a home trouncing of the Atlanta Falcons, head to Missouri to take on the defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs enjoyed a trouncing of their own as they dominated the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday night to take over sole possession of first place in the AFC West. Game time is scheduled for Sunday at 4:25pm EST.

 

Cowboy Up

America's Team appears to be back and, quite possibly, better than they've been in quite a long time. The Dallas Cowboys walk into Kansas City with a healthy Dak Prescott, a dynamic offense and a suddenly dynamic defense. All these elements were on full display last week as the Cowboys manhandled the Atlanta Falcons 43-3 in Dallas. Prescott ran for a touchdown and threw for two as he and his teammates recovered from a surprising home loss to the Broncos a week earlier.

 

“Last week just wasn't us,” said Prescott, who ran through linebacker Mykal Walker at the goal line on his 4-yard TD even though he already had the first down. “Everybody in our locker room knows that. It left a bad taste in our mouth. I think it's a taste we needed in a sense to understand how tough this game is.”

Dallas won the opening toss, took the ball and moved right down the field. After their lack of execution a week before, head coach Mike McCarthy was determined to set a tone in this one. The Cowboys converted two 4th down conversions in the first half, both on runs by Ezekiel Elliott.

“We had to go out there and set the tone,” said Elliott, who had just 41 yards on 14 carries but those included two rushing touchdowns. “You know we wanted the ball, we wanted to hit them in the mouth first, we wanted to go score first, and that’s what we did.”

Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was on the same field with the Falcons for the first time since they fired him last season. His defense played with the emotion expected of a team playing for its coach and a team that was embarrassed at home just the week before. The Cowboys defense finished with two sacks along with three interceptions including the league leading 8th interception by Trevon Diggs. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan gave credit to his old coach:

 

 

"Credit to him and credit to their defense," said Ryan after the game. "I thought he did a great job of putting those guys in position to be successful and their guys made plays."

 

Guess Whose Back?

The reports of the Kansas City Chiefs' demise were greatly exaggerated. After talk of a lost season, former league MVP Patrick Mahomes looked like an MVP once again in leading the Chiefs to a resounding 41-14 win at Las Vegas on Sunday night. Mahomes would finish the game with five touchdowns in returning to the form that has gotten Kansas City to three straight AFC championship games and two straight Super Bowls.

 

“We’ve done it before,” Mahomes said. “We’ve done it these last few seasons we were doing at the beginning of this season. We were moving the ball and making a lot of stuff happen. We were just turning the ball over. Then we kind of went through a little spell where we weren’t making these drives and we were still finding ways to win. I knew that we’re going to click back into it.”

Mahomes and the Chiefs looked dominant in dismantling the Raiders and dropping them to 5-4 on the season. The Chiefs QB threw touchdown passes to five different receivers on the day including his favorite target, speedy wideout Tyreek Hill.

“He’s a guy that never gets comfortable,” Hill said about Mahomes. “He’s always trying to get better. He’s always trying to find ways to improve himself, the team. Because without him, we go nowhere. He knows that.”

 

 

Lost in all Mahomes' heroics was a strong performance by the much-maligned Chiefs defense. They held the Raiders to 82 yards in the first half, their fewest in a home game in eight years, and contained the potent Raiders' attack to just 1 for 9 on third downs to fall down double digits in the first half for the fifth time this season. The Chiefs had two sacks, one interception and recovered a fumble in the dominating effort.







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