If this was the measuring stick recreation everybody billed it as then the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs have discovered an ideal motive to imagine they continue to be a reputable Tremendous Bowl contender whereas the Dallas Cowboys have a reputable motive to marvel.
How else to come back away from Sunday’s 19-9 Kansas Metropolis victory over Dallas with out believing Andy Reid’s workforce has discovered a championship protection whereas Mike MacCarthy’s workforce, so proficient offensively all 12 months lengthy, has a lot of work to do.
The Chiefs blew out the Cowboys in a defensive type of manner.
As in with 5 sacks.
As in with two interceptions of Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott.
As in with the Cowboys not getting in the long run zone.
“Our protection introduced it each snap,” Reid mentioned.
The Cowboys, in the meantime, didn’t present up on offense. And that’s an offense that got here into the sport main the NFL in each factors and yards per recreation.
The Cowboys offense had scored no less than two touchdowns in each recreation this season. They scored none this recreation.
Reid was so thrilled afterward he wished everybody a Pleased Thanksgiving and talked about his vacation plans throughout his workforce’s upcoming bye.
“I’m cooking,” Reid mentioned. “Glad I can contribute, in each methods.”
This victory marked the fourth consecutive recreation the Chiefs have allowed fewer than 20 factors. That’s not unprecedented. They did that the ultimate 4 weeks of the 2019 season.
That’s the 12 months they received the Tremendous Bowl.
It was nice stuff from the Chiefs on protection Sunday. If that’s who they’re on protection, the chances are fairly good.
“It was powerful to get in rhythm, throwing the ball, operating the ball,” Prescott mentioned. “Neither had been working for us early or, actually, any level of the evening. Whenever you’re taking part in on the highway and also you’re struggling to try this, I imply, it’s powerful to win.”
The Chiefs, in the meantime, scored on every of their first three possessions to begin the sport.
It was a nightmare early and late for Prescott however the early struggles set the tone for the sport.
A few of these struggles included:
Prescott overthrowing receiver Michael Gallup who was open deep down the sideline on the primary possession.
There there was a sack-fumble on the second possession.
Receiver Cedrick Wilson had two drops to steer the Cowboys, which had 4 for the afternoon. Yeah, a day to overlook.
Even after Micah Parson brought about a Patrick Mahomes fumble to present Dallas a giant alternative simply earlier than halftime, Prescott threw an interception in the long run zone that was a horrible resolution as a result of the receiver was nicely coated and a foul throw as a result of he underthrew it.
Prescott completed with a 57.9 quarterback ranking.
“I’m pissed after I don’t play nicely, the workforce doesn’t play, or the offense doesn’t play nicely for the actual fact of tonight, typically,” Prescott mentioned., “particularly when you have got an opportunity to come back out and play a workforce that’s been within the Tremendous Bowl the final two years and actually show it to ourselves, show to at least one one other what we’re able to …”
The dagger got here when Chris Jones tipped a Prescott go on the line of scrimmage and L’Jarius Sneed intercepted it within the ultimate minute of the sport.
“It sucks however we’re a assured group” Prescott insisted. “The protection did lots sufficient for us to come back and win this recreation. The offense didn’t get the job finished and it begins with me and it begins with the way in which we communicated and executed. I’ve acquired a variety of confidence on this group and we’re a resilient group and no worries on what our future holds.”
For the Chiefs that positively feels appropriate. For the Cowboys?