If this was the benchmark game, everyone said it was, then the Kansas City Chiefs have found good reason to believe they remain a legitimate Super Bowl challenger, while the Dallas Cowboys have a legitimate reason to wonder.
How else can one get away from Sunday’s 19-9 Kansas City win over Dallas without believing that Andy Reid’s team has found a championship defense, while Mike MacCarthy’s team, which is so skilled offensively all year round, has plenty of work to do .
Chiefs blew the Cowboys out in a defensive way.
As with five sacks.
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As with two interceptions by Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott.
As if the Cowboys are not getting into the goal zone.
“Our defense brought it every time,” Reid said.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, did not show up as attackers. And it’s a misdemeanor that came into the game leading NFL in both points and yards per. match.
The Cowboys’ offense had scored at least two touchdowns in every game this season. They scored no one in this match.
Reid was so excited afterwards that he wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving and talked about his holiday plans during his team’s upcoming farewell.
“I cook,” Reid said. “Glad I can contribute both ways.”
This victory marked the fourth game in a row the Chiefs have allowed less than 20 points. It is not without precedent. They did that the last four weeks of the 2019 season.
This is the year they won the Super Bowl.
That was great stuff from the Chiefs in defense Sunday. If these are the ones they are in defense, the opportunities are pretty good.
“It was hard to get in rhythm, throw the ball, run the ball,” Prescott said. “None of them worked for us early or really any time of the night. When you play away and you struggle to do that, I think it’s hard to win.”
The Chiefs, meanwhile, scored on each of their first three possessions to start the match.
It was a nightmare early and late for Prescott, but the early matches set the tone for the match.
Some of these matches included:
Prescott toppled receiver Michael Gallup, who was open deep down the sideline at the first possession.
There was a sack-fumble at the other possession.
Recipient Cedrick Wilson had two drops to lead the Cowboys, who had four in the afternoon. Yes, a day to forget.
Even after Micah Parson caused a Patrick Mahomes fumbling to give Dallas a great opportunity just before the break, Prescott threw an interception in the end zone, which was a terrible decision because the receiver was well covered and a bad throw because he submitted it.
Prescott finished with a quarterback rating of 57.9.
“I’m mad when I’m not playing well, the team is not playing, or the offense is not playing well for tonight, in general,” Prescott said. “Especially when you have a chance to get out and play a team that has been in the Super Bowl the last two years and really prove it to ourselves, prove to each other what we are capable of … “
The dagger came as Chris Jones tipped a Prescott pass at the line and L’Jarius Sneed intercepted it in the final minute of the match.
“It’s a shame, but we’re a confident group,” Prescott insisted. “The defense did plenty enough for us to come and win this fight. The attack did not get the job done and it starts with me and it starts with the way we communicated and executed. I have great confidence in this. Group, and we are a robust group and no worries about what our future brings. “
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For the bosses, it certainly feels right. To cowboys?
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