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Week 11 Preview: Cowboys at Chiefs

The Dallas Cowboys (7-2) travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs (6-4). Dallas is coming off an utter dismantling of the and is riding high. The Chiefs are coming off a huge win of their own, taking down the 41-14. The Cowboys are 2.5-point underdogs in this game.

This game is going to tell us a lot about the Cowboys. It is perhaps the toughest matchup they’ve had since opening week against the . This matchup is not going under the radar for the Cowboys either. said, “It’s not any other game in Missouri I’ll tell you that.”

Jones also added, “I’m in Cowboy Country, I believe, in Missouri, but everybody’s so excited over this matchup and I am too. I have such respect for their coach, and I have such respect for their organization. And they’ve certainly had a lot of success these past several years. And it’s got all the matchups of going in the lion’s den, a great atmosphere.”

The matchup pits two of the best offenses in the NFL against each other. Both offenses rank in the top five for total yards, with Dallas ranked number one and Kansas City ranked number four.

A sign of a great is third-down efficiency and both teams rank in the top five in this category, too. The Chiefs are ranked number one, being the only offense in the NFL to convert more than 50% of their third downs at a clip of 53.3%

One thing that the Chiefs do struggle with is protecting the ball. The offense has 20 giveaways on the season. Ten of those are Patrick Mahomes interceptions. The 20 turnovers are second-worst in the NFL, ahead of only the .

The Cowboys’ needs to take advantage and win the as they have for much of the season. The Cowboys have 17 takeaways on the season, which ranks fourth in the NFL, and of those 17 turnovers, 14 are interceptions which is the second-most in the NFL.

So, there is no question that one of the most intriguing matchups on Sunday will be the opportunistic Cowboys defense against a turnover-prone Chiefs offense.

Defensively both teams have struggled during parts of the season, but much like both offenses, the teams are coming off stellar defensive performances.

It will be interesting to see how the Cowboys’ defense comes off their outstanding defensive performance against the Falcons. The defense has struggled at times on the road this season allowing 6.1 yards per play which is the third most yards per play on the road this season. The Cowboys also allow the sixth-most passing yards per game on the road at 271 per game.

Dallas will have their hands full with the likes of Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill.

One of the biggest matchups of the weekend will be how the Cowboys’ safeties fair against Kelce. Kelce is a security blanket for Patrick Mahomes and when those two are clicking their offense is very hard to stop.

Will we see on Kelce, or may we see some on Kelce like we saw last week when Lewis played marvelously against ?

The Chiefs’ defense will have their work cut out for them too. The defense was off to a horrendous start in their first seven games of the season but have started to turn it around. They have been doing it with their front seven with the likes of a healthy and . Derrick Nnadi has also been a contributor.

The Chiefs have six over their last three games and 17 hits. This has led to the Chiefs only allowing 38 points in that span.

It will be imperative for the Cowboys to keep Dak Prescott standing upright, and they have done a great job of that for most of the season. Prescott has only been sacked 11 times on the season and has been pressured on 16.2% of snaps.

The NFL game of the week should be fun and exciting as both these teams have aspirations to play deep into January, and possibly meet up again in February.

Cowboys win 28-27.

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Written by 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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4 Comments

  1. Has anybody noticed that as PM has signed the big contract the number of wins are starting to melt away? He is getting hit more this year than in years past so I hope our big dogs can eat come Sunday! Salaries go up on a few special players and wins go down!

  2. Would add that getting T Smith back would be a big boost to our offense. Collins has also had some time to knock the rust off. If we get a few turnovers and stops on defense, we should be able to outscore them.

    The fact that Mahomes had success last week, may lull him into reverting back to his old ways of throwing the ball up for grabs, thinking he can complete every pass. He has been very lucky in his career. No other QB completes more Ill advised passes than he does. His luck ran out some on him this year.

  3. Both teams are coming off big, lopsided wins. We have been more consistent overall, with just the close loss early and one unexpected clunker. KC has been more choppy, with PM turning the ball over at a higher rate than expected. DP has been playing at a fairly high level all year long, save the Bronco game.

    Agree with gary b, hopefully we can take advantage of PM’s “gunslinger” mentality and force some TOs, and if we can, I like our chances. Unfortunately we are catching him at a high point, as shown by his 5 TD passes vs LV. So he may be feeling more confident than earlier in the year.

    On our side, our D just played a very solid game v Falcons, allowing just 3 points. And our O has been very consistent pretty much all year long. If we minimize penalties and TOs, and pressure PM into some bad throws, we may win this tough game on the road. And if we win, our confidence level will soar to probably the highest point all year.

  4. Keep Mahomes in the pocket. He likes to break containment and take big shots down the field. He also throws into coverage alot, trying to make “hero” throws. This plays perfectly into our hands. Mahomes has been better recently not taking chances and checking down, but he’s a “gunslinger” at heart, so look for him to give us chance for turnovers.

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