The Dallas Cowboys and their battles with the Denver Broncos go back to the early 1970s. The Cowboys won the first three meetings which included a 27-10 beatdown in Super Bowl XII. However, things have been fairly one-sided for the Broncos since that time. They have won eight of their 10 games against the Cowboys since the 1977 season.
1995 was the last time the Cowboys beat the Broncos which was also the last year they won a Super Bowl. The Broncos began a string of six consecutive wins against the Cowboys in 1998 when they were well on their way to back-to-back Super Bowl titles. The Cowboys will have the better team on the field this Sunday, but they need to keep the focus that has gotten them six consecutive wins to end this losing streak against the Broncos.
Coming into this game the Broncos defense ranks 10th against the pass (224.9). This makes for an intriguing matchup with the Cowboys' third-ranked passing offense that will feature the return of Quarterback Dak Prescott from a calf injury. That isn't the only situation where it will be strength against strength as the Broncos' ninth-ranked rush defense tries to slow down Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard who have led the way for the NFL's second-ranked rushing offense.
When the Broncos have the ball their offensive line will be a weak spot with 25 sacks given so far in 2021. The Cowboys, however, don't generate a lot of sacks with just 12 on the season, and nearly half of those have come from edge rusher Randy Gregory (5). Nonetheless, the Cowboys have a chance to make some plays rushing the passer with starting Left Tackle Garret Bolles out with an ankle injury and starting Guard Graham Glasglow questionable with a hip injury.
For the Cowboys, this game is about taking care of business against a team they should beat and keeping pace atop the NFC as they are one of four teams with just one loss. It's their first home game in a month, and they'll look to remain undefeated for the season under the bright lights of AT&T Stadium.