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Cowboys Offensive Line Gets Throttled by Chiefs Defense

The fell short Sunday in their trip to Arrowhead stadium. The was able to dominate the Cowboys' all day and, and the offense could never get anything going.

The Dallas was a glaring issue in this contest and a big reason Dak and company struggled to move the ball. The Chiefs ended up with five on the day and eight knockdowns. Prescott was under duress all afternoon and never could get comfortable in the pocket.

Dak Prescott finished the game with 5.02 yards per pass attempt, 2.93 adjusted yards gained per pass attempt, and an average completed air yards of 2.1. These numbers are a glaring indictment of the pass protection that Dak Prescott received on Sunday afternoon. Prescott didn't play well, but the offensive line play didn't give him much chance to succeed.

The poor play by the offensive line started early and never recovered. On the game's second possession, let get a free run at Prescott, which resulted in a strip-sack and a turnover. Steele was starting with sidelined for the third straight game with an ankle issue.

There is little clarity yet on whether Smith will return for the Day matchup against the Raiders. said yesterday, “If he's ready, he's ready.” And he followed that up by adding, “If he's not, he's not. So, hopefully, he'll be ready to go on Thursday.”

And VP added on Monday, “barring some unforeseen setback this week, he should be ready to play this Thursday.” But, they said he would play against Kansas City too until he didn't.

On Sunday, the offensive line also had a new piece as replaced at left .

When asked about the switch and whether or not continuity of the offensive line was affected, McCarthy responded, “We had a full week of practice. I just think [the Chiefs] played well. They were able to rush today and played better . But for the most part, it was tough going. We'll be better the next time we have to play in this environment.”

, the Chiefs star-, dominated from start to finish. He finished the game with 3.5 sacks.

All-Pro , who struggled himself, said after the game, “We didn't execute great upfront, and I don't think we did a great job of giving Dak time and letting him be comfortable back there.”

Martin added, “That's on us, and we've got to go look at the tape and have a short memory.”

The Dallas offensive line also did little to make any running lanes for . He only averaged 3.6 yards per carry in the game. The lack of a also contributed to the Chiefs' front four being able to tee off on Prescott.

It was a poor performance all around for the Cowboys on the offensive side of the ball. They will have a short week to try and patch things up on offense before they take on a slumping team.

Kevin Rice
Kevin Rice
I'm a 32 year old life long Cowboys fan from New York. It's fun growing up in enemy territory. College basketball and March Madness fanatic. Lover of thrillers and comedies. Follow me on twitter @CowboysCC9

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