Kickoff: Noon, Arrowhead Stadium
TV: Noon, FOX
Radio: 9 a.m., 105.3 FM
Series: Dallas leads, 6-3
Last meeting: Dallas, 26-20 OT (2009, in Kansas City)
Betting line: Kansas City -2.5
Weather: 84 degrees, 30% chance of rain
These teams once shared the Cotton Bowl for three seasons
and now they will once again share the field this Sunday afternoon. Though these teams have only played twice in this century, Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid is a familiar foe. During his 12 years with the Eagles, Reid went 17-12 against the Cowboys, including winning six straight in the 2000-02 seasons. Let's see how these two teams match up.
Dallas offense vs. Kansas City defense
Against the Giants, the offensive line showed promise, but still relinquished two sacks and Doug Free allowed Romo to be sandwiched late in the first half leading to his bruised ego ribs. There is talk of veteran Brian Waters playing Sunday against his former team and he might come in useful against a Kansas City front that sacked Blaine Gabbert six times in Week 1. The Chiefs defense didn't allow a single point against the Jaguars (Jags scored two points via special teams), but Romo and Co. will be a significant upgrade over a Jaguars offense missing second-year receiver Justin Blackmon due to suspension.
Dallas defense vs. Kansas City offense
The good for the Cowboys defense last week was creating five turnovers, but the bad was allowing nearly 500 yards of offense and 31 points at home to a one-dimensional team in the Giants. The Chiefs have an elite running back in former Longhorn Jamaal Charles and a very solid bus driver in quarterback Alex Smith. Smith was efficient last week as he threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns while only being sacked once. Charles scored a touchdown while rushing for 77 yards on only 16 carries. The KC offense only scored 21 points last week, but it was more than enough against the lowly Jags. This week they will need to do more if they want to beat this Dallas team. Monte Kiffin's ballhawks look to continue their stripping ways in Arrowhead.
Key matchup -Dallas offensive line vs. Kansas City front seven
Does Waters make his Cowboy debut? This line will need the depth against this KC front seven which caused havoc in the Jaguars backfield last week. With Tony Romo still banged up, he needs protection from his big boys up front to be able to play the entire game. Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick have been solid, but the other guys need to step up and buy Romo some time to find his targets.
Dwayne Harris was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after his stellar performance on kickoff and punt coverage against the Giants. Dan Bailey was perfect last week on three field goal attempts and might be one of the five best players on this Cowboys team. Kansas City features the explosive Dexter McCluster on kickoff and punt returns. The Chiefs' lone mistake last week was a blocked punt that led to a Jaguars safety.
This is the ultimate matchup: Texas brisket vs. Kansas City burnt ends. I haven't had the luxury of experiencing KC barbeque so I will leave this one up to the reader. You decide and let us know who has the best barbeque, Texas or Kansas City?
The Chiefs were 1-7 at home last season with their lone win coming against Carolina late in the season (27-21). Arrowhead Stadium does not provide the home field advantage that it used to, but Head Coach Andy Reid is one of the best and should breathe life support into this storied franchise. The Cowboys cannot rely on the defense to score two touchdowns and grab five turnovers (another on special teams) every week. When the defense does secure turnovers, the offense needs to be able to turn them into touchdowns. Dallas must be better in the redzone (2-4 with TD opportunities last week) if they are going to make the playoffs.
Prediction: Dallas 31, Kansas City 27
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