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Week 9 Cowboys vs Chiefs Staff Picks and Notes

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Week 9 Cowboys vs Chiefs Staff Picks and Notes
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Your Dallas Cowboys will host the Kansas City Chiefs this week at AT&T Stadium in Arlington for what looks to be another of those “tests” that could make or break Dallas’ season. The Chiefs currently sit at 6-2 and are tied atop the AFC with the Patriots and Steelers.

The biggest storyline going into this week was how would the Cowboys win this game without their number one rusher, Ezekiel Elliott. Then on Friday morning, the second circuit court handed down a stay that will allow Zeke to play this week. Elliott may have dominated the news cycle this week with the never-ending flip-flopping from playing to not playing to playing again, but Elliott deserves that spotlight for another reason. The Chiefs are horrible against the run.

Last week, the Chiefs gave up 157 yards on the ground to Denver’s running backs. The Broncos don’t have quite the same attack that the Cowboys do, splitting those yards among three backs with no more than 15 carries each, but the Steelers are a different story. Kansas City played the Steelers a few weeks back and allowed Le’Veon Bell to gash them to the tune of 179 yards and one touchdown.

The Chiefs have given up 131 rushing yards per game this season, with an average of 4.86 yards per attempt. That’s just good enough to rank them in the top 30 in the league.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys seem to have found their groove these last few weeks.

Ezekiel Elliott has run for more than 100 in his last three games, with two rushing touchdowns in each of his last two games. His average on the year is 4.2 yards on 164 carries, but since the bye he’s averaging 5.1 yards per carry on 59 touches for 297 yards. He’s also had two receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown since the bye week.

As the offensive line has gained stability with new additions, the Dallas Cowboys’ rushing game has begun to flourish. How long will we get to have Zeke in the backfield? Who knows. At this point, pick an answer out of hat.

But this week, against a team that is good enough to give the Cowboys fits, Zeke will play, and Zeke could ball out.

The injury report for the Cowboys this week isn’t too surprising. The only two players listed as out are–surprise, surprise–Dan Bailey and Chidobe Awuzie. Awuzie has been missing in action so that’s nothing new, and newly signed free agent kicker Mike Nugent wasn’t horrible filling in for Bailey. Nugent is no Bailey, but he was mostly reliable against the Redskins in week eight.

Before we get to the staff picks, here’s something many of our younger readers may not know. The first professional football team in Dallas, TX was the Dallas Texans. The Dallas Texans then moved to Kansas City and became the Chiefs several years before the Dallas Cowboys were added to the league. Google that history if you get a minute.

As always, I want to see your predictions for the game in the comments.

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Ezekiel Elliott’s Last Minute Availability Proves Invaluable

In no way does having Ezekiel Elliott available this week against the Kansas City Chiefs ensure a victory, but it absolutely improves their odds. The Chiefs defense is allowing 4.9 yards per carry this season, which should allow the Cowboys to control the clock and keep the Chiefs offense off the field as much as possible. I think this could end up being a shootout, but home-field advantage favors the Cowboys. Brian Martin – @BrianMartinNFL

Cowboys 27 – Chiefs 24

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Cowboys Win a Close Shootout

I think this will be a shootout in Dallas. I called the Cowboys to win this game before we knew Zeke was playing. So now, with their star running back on the field, I’m calling the Cowboys to put more than 30 points on the board. Mauricio Rodriguez – @PepoR99

Cowboys 31 – Chiefs 28

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Ezekiel Elliott Powers Team to Victory Over Chiefs

The roller coaster ride continues, but this time it falls in the Cowboys favor. After expecting Dallas to be without their star running back, we found out Friday that he will be eligible to play against the Chiefs on Sunday. This is huge news for the Cowboys seeing as the Chiefs have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. Look for the Cowboys to pound the rock, but also look for Dak Prescott to make a couple of big time throws to lead the Dallas Cowboys to victory. Connor Livesay – @connorx147

Cowboys 35 – Chiefs 28

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Putting on the Pressure at Home

We should all be excited about having Ezekiel Elliott on the field for another week, especially against a beatable Kansas City rushing defense. While I think that having him will certainly help the Cowboys offense control the game, I am more excited to see Rod Marinelli’s defense against the stiff challenge of the Chiefs’ balanced attack. I have Taco Charlton getting his first career sack and the Cowboys picking up a crucial third straight win. Sean Martin – @SeanMartinNFL

Cowboys 28 – Chiefs 24

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Chain Moving, Clock Burning Cowboys Offense Does It Again

When Elliott looked to be out I thought KC would win a shoot-out. With Elliott back Dallas’ ability to drain the clock makes the difference. Still a relatively high scoring game, but I dropped the score. Elliott continues his recent domination and the cowboys close out a close one, lucky to survive an encounter with Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill. The difference? The Chiefs defense can’t stop the Cowboys on third down. Christopher Wätjen – @SingForTheDay

Cowboys 37 – Chiefs 33

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Cowboys Good Times Keep Rolling

Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott have been on a roll offensively and it continues against the Chiefs as they get up early and hang on late to improve to 5-3. John Williams – @john9williams

Cowboys 31 – Chiefs 24

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Cowboys Keep Streaking

I liked Dallas to win even with Elliott out, but now that Zeke’s playing I think they fully exploit the Chiefs’ poor run defense and keep their offensive weapons off the field. KC is also giving up close to three sacks per game, which means DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving should make an impact as well. Jess Haynie – @CowboysAddicts

Cowboys 27 – Chiefs 20

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Points on Points

The return of Ezekiel Elliott from a four-day suspension will give the Cowboys the jolt they need to defeat Kansas City this week. I expect this game to be a shootout, and while the Chiefs do have a solid secondary, they have been very shaky against the run. If you’re betting, take the over. Kevin Brady – @KevinBrady88

Cowboys 33 – Chiefs 27

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5-3, Chance for NFC East Starts With the Chiefs

Every week matters when a division opponent is sitting on 1 loss halfway through the season, and this week is no different for the Cowboys. They want to have a shot at the NFC East title and must keep building their record to do it. The Chiefs are what we all know they are, but at least with Elliott cleared to play we can attack their biggest weakness, run defense. My bold prediction for the game is that three Cowboys will get sacks (Lawrence, Irving, and Collins). Bryson Treece – @BrysonTreece

Cowboys 31 – Chiefs 27

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Don’t let the hype fool you. Betting lines may have shifted with Zeke’s latest change, and the staff here at ITS is behind Dallas 100%, but the Chiefs are a good football team. Get’cha popcorn ready!

Share your game picks below and, as always, Go Cowboys!

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8 Comments
  • nick

    Dak and zeke both run a TD in, dez sets the franchise TD record with a TD catch and beasley snags a TD too. Nugent nails 2 field goals as well. The boys hold kelce in check, but hill beats them for 1 TD and hunt runs 2 in. There kicker knocks down 2 field goals as well but it’s not enough. Zeke wears them down in the 4th and grinds out another 100 + yard game.

    34-27 COWBOYS !!!

    • https://InsideTheStar.com/ Bryson Treece

      That 100+ yards for Zeke will be crucial, I think. If we don’t control the clock, they will.

  • Russ_Te

    Whereas it was Bad Moon Rising after the Packers loss, now it’s more like a new moon. You can see the offense coming together & they must be laughing at Goodell at this point.

    Then you add in a home game against a leaking Chiefs front 7, and it could be perfect storm time.

    Cowboys 38-24

    • https://InsideTheStar.com/ Bryson Treece

      Exactly! Thanks for reading.

  • Martin Downing III

    The Cowboys and Chiefs both entered their respective leagues in 1960. The Chiefs were called the Texans and were one of the original 8 AFL Teams and the Cowboys were the original expansion team for the NFL that same year. If you’re going to give a history lesson at least get it right.

    • https://InsideTheStar.com/ Bryson Treece

      Notice I did NOT write “NFL” or name the league at all? Also didn’t imply connection beyond location. Lot of kids will look it up with just a small teaser like that, learning there was football in Dallas before the Cowboys and the NFL. But the point is for them to look it up themselves. Too many young fans don’t even know the name Murchison.

      But since you mention it, the Kansas City Chiefs began in August 1959, the Dallas Cowboys began January 1960, though the Cowboys would have come a few years sooner if not for some difficulty with Washington on the league vote. Don’t bust my balls about bad info with bad info, dude. Enjoy the game, Martin! haha

    • tkbaines

      Gee whiz Martin…I was waiting all week for a truly earth moving, and highly relevant comment such as yours. The event to which you are referring occurred nearly 60 years ago, and weather or not Dallas Cowboys came about a year or several years after the Texans moved to Kansas is of no consequence or even interest to me. It’s a good article and you correcting a small error over which you are trying to establish your “expertise”; it’s like saying “you forgot to cross your t or dot you I” to an author. No one cares. And by the way, calling a writer names pretty much diminishes all credibility for your previous comments.

      • https://InsideTheStar.com/ Bryson Treece

        Some men just need to make themselves feel better by shitting on others. Gave him one response, but I’m enjoying that win too much for another. Thanks for the kind words, TK! Much appreciated.

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Takeaway Tuesday: Awuzie and Lewis Impress, Concerns Around Dez Bryant

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Takeaway Tuesday: Awuzie and Lewis Impress, Concerns Around Dez Bryant

The Dallas Cowboys headed to New York a couple of days ago with a mission: survive a potential trap game versus a 2-10 New York Giants team. Despite not getting most of the help they needed from other teams around the league, at least Dallas was able to do the job they could control.

Through three quarters, the Cowboys struggled a lot. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when they decided to have a touchdown party, outscoring the Giants 20-0 in the final eight minutes of the game.

What did we learn from the Cowboys’ seventh win of the season? Here is this week’s edition of Takeaway Tuesday! 

Dak Prescott Bounced Back

Although the Cowboys are a team that’s barely breathing in the playoff race, the truth is there’re a lot of ways that Dak has improved as a QB. It’s easy to look at a team lose football games and blame the QB without hesitating. That’s been the case most of the season.

It’s fair to say that Prescott hadn’t had an awesome game in a long time, though. But this time, he did just that.

Film Room: How Dak Prescott Beat The Giants' Blitz

Dak Prescott needed a performance like this one. He threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns last Sunday. He made some key throws and key reads during the game and managed to beat the Giants’ blitz with ease. Glad to see you hush the haters, 4.

Certainly a good thing to see when you need to go 3-0 in order to stay in the postseason conversation.

Concerns Around Dez Bryant Continue to Increase

Listen, I love Dez Bryant. He’s been one of my favorite players to ever watch. But at some point, you have to start admitting there is a problem. Yes, Dez Bryant has been struggling this season. Whether you want to blame Dak or Dez about it, it’s fair. I think they both are to blame.

The thing about Dez is that he can have quite a few bad plays and makes you forget about it when he  does something awesome. A perfect example of this is his 50-yard TD against the Giants last Sunday. It came at a perfect moment, but he had dropped some easy balls earlier in the game.

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Dez is getting paid like an elite WR, and despite some great moments on the field, he’s been having a lot of bad ones lately. If you have a $70M contract, you can’t frequently drop passes like that.

It may be about chemistry with his new QB, it may be about age, or it may be just about a couple of bad years for the guy. Whatever it is, as much as we hate to say it, Dez isn’t anywhere close to the “top receivers” conversation this year.

Sean Lee Proved to be Invaluable Once Again

Less Is More For Sean Lee And Cowboys' LBs?I’m constantly amazed by the difference the Cowboys’ veteran linebacker makes when he’s on the field. In his heroic return against the Giants, he finished the day with 18 total tackles, 10 of which were solo. With Sean Lee on the field, this defense has been able to be a headache for opposing offenses.

Sean Lee could easily be this team’s MVP. For Cowboys Nation, it’s been a season of constantly missing football players in Dallas. Out of everyone, I think Sean Lee is the player we missed the most. Including Ezekiel Elliott.

This defense transforms into a very capable one with Lee around. The Cowboys need Zeke back if they want to have success in their hunt for the playoffs, but without Lee, they wouldn’t stand a chance.

Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis Are Still Killing It

Coming into this game, one of the biggest question marks was the cornerback position for Dallas. Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis were going to get the start, and there’s always uncertainty around rookies going up against a QB like Eli Manning.

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Look at that coverage by Jourdan Lewis. Look at him turn his head around when the ball’s coming. The way this secondary will grow is exciting to think about. The Cowboys have something special in these two guys. They’ll make for an amazing CB duo for years to come, and I’m excited about what they bring to the table.

Chidobe Awuzie has played the last two games, and he’s been very impressive. Throughout the entire game, his converge was pretty impressive. Eli only targeted him 5 times in the ballgame and was able to complete just two passes against him.

Sean Lee ended up with the interception late in the fourth quarter, but it was perfectly set up by Chidobe Awuzie.

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It was a very fun fourth quarter for the Dallas Cowboys, and even though it looks difficult… this football team’s playoff hopes are still alive. Jason Garrett must keep this team focused in the Oakland Raiders for now, though.

Hope dies last, Cowboys Nation. Keep your head up.

Tell me what you think about “Takeaway Tuesday: Awuzie and Lewis Impress, Concerns Around Dez Bryant” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Forget Elliott For Now, Cowboys Must Focus On Raiders

Kevin Brady

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Despite looking dead to rights just two weeks ago, back to back wins have put the Dallas Cowboys into the playoff hunt with just three games remaining.

In order to even have a chance at sneaking in as the sixth seed, Dallas will need to win each of its remaining games to finish 10-6. In some ways, the playoffs started two weeks ago when Dallas took on the Washington Redskins. But even though this Sunday’s contest is another must-win, elimination game for the Cowboys, it’s also a classic “trap” or “look ahead” game as well.

Before the season started, most expected the Oakland Raiders to be competing for AFC supremacy. Like the Cowboys, Oakland bursted onto the scene in 2016 with a young quarterback, a dynamic offense, and an exciting roster. But, like the Cowboys, they have faltered a bit this season due to underperforming stars, injuries, and a somewhat undermanned defensive unit.

The Raiders are now 6-7, and while still alive in the AFC West race, saw their best shot at overtaking the division go up in a smoke last Sunday as they were demolished by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Simply put, the Raiders are not a very good football team right now. And though this will be a road game for the Cowboys, it is one they should win if they are truly a playoff team. In fact, it’s one they have to win if they want to keep their slim playoff chances alive.

The reason why this could potentially be a “trap” game of sorts is who the Cowboys are scheduled to play after traveling to Oakland. A team who has been a perennial playoff contender in the NFC, and a team directly in front of the Cowboys in the current NFC standings – the Seattle Seahawks.

Not only will that Seattle game be massively important to the Cowboys if they can sneak out of Oakland with a victory, it will also feature the return of star running back Ezekiel Elliott from his six game suspension.

December 24th will be a huge day in Dallas if the Cowboys can get to 8-6 this week, but they can ill-afford to look ahead to that potentially important showdown with the Seahawks. Because if they do and the Raiders upset them at the home in primetime, the Cowboys season will end before Elliott even gets the chance to come back.

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Film Room: How Dak Prescott Beat The Giants’ Blitz

Kevin Brady

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Film Room: How Dak Prescott Beat The Giants' Blitz

While much of Sunday’s victory over the New York Giants featured some ugly football from the Dallas Cowboys, the team continued to fight until completing a 20 point route of their division rivals.

Of course, stars emerged on both the offense and the defense throughout the game. Rod Smith had a breakout day, Dez Bryant made a couple of “vintage” plays, and Sean Lee returned to health and led the defense to a fantastic performance.

But as we all know, quarterbacks make the world go ’round. And no matter how great the other pieces play, it’s hard to win football games unless you can maintain high level quarterback play.

Dak Prescott returned to that high level against the Giants on Sunday.

Even if Prescott is missing throws or having accuracy issues, he had never lost his composure or made the wrong reads until that Atlanta Falcons debacle. I really believe that Dak lost faith in his protection, began abandoning clean pockets, and ended up having a few bad games in a row.

All seems right with Prescott now, as he threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns during the Cowboys’ big win. The area he was most impressive, was with those reads – specifically against the blitz.

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On his first touchdown pass of the game, Dak Prescott beats the blitz perfectly. Just before snapping the ball, Prescott notices the safety roll down into the box. You can see him subtly move his arm to point out the safety, while calling it out to his linemen as well.

As soon as he gets the snap, Dak knows exactly where to go. The Giants tried to beat him with a delayed safety blitz, but once that safety comes, Prescott knows he has Dez Bryant in man coverage on the perimeter.

His eyes immediately snap that way, and his throw replaces the blitzer quickly. This allows Bryant to do the rest, and the Cowboys to tie the game.

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Later in the game we see more of the same from Dak Prescott. With the game tied at 10 the Cowboys faced a critical third down backed up in their own territory. The Giants once again show blitz, bring the  blitz, and Dak burns them for it.

The Giants show man coverage across the board pre-snap, with safety Landon Collins on the near hash. Cole Beasley is in the near-slot, and while he technically has a man over him directly, the Giants show 2-over-1 in the slot pre-snap. This usually tips off a blitz, as the Giants plan to bring their slot defender off the edge, and allow Landon Collins to cover Beasley one on one.

Prescott notices this pre-snap once again, and makes the defense pay. He quickly replaces the blitzer with his throw, allowing Beasley to make the easy catch underneath and then do the rest after the catch.

This may not seem all the difficult to do to those analyzing the game the next morning, but these reads indicate high level quarterback-ing from the Cowboys’ franchise leader, Dak Prescott.

Last season against the Giants, their defense was able to bring more than the Cowboys could block on key third downs a few times. Too often, Prescott and the passing offense could not beat those blitzes.

That was not the case this week at all.

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