The Dallas Cowboys dismantled the Atlanta Falcons in their Week 10 matchup to push their record to 7-2 on the season. In Week 10, they will be facing a much stiffer test in the form of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Dallas will be traveling to Arrowhead for what will be one of the more intriguing matchups of the week. Kansas City enters the game on a three-game winning streak as they are beginning to find their groove once again.
They have taken advantage of a soft part of their schedule, defeating the New York Giants, Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers and reeling Las Vegas Raiders. Dallas will present them with some issues in what will make for a great game for fans to take in.
This is an excellent measuring stick game for the Cowboys. If they want to be considered among the elite in the NFL, this is as good of an opportunity to prove that as any. Here are four reasons the Cowboys will defeat the Chiefs in Week 11.
4. Tyron Smith’s Return To The Lineup
Tyron Smith has not been in the lineup for the Dallas Cowboys since Halloween in Week 8 when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings. But, there is a real shot that he returns to the lineup this weekend for the matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Getting Smith back in the lineup would be a huge boost for the Cowboys’ offense as a whole. He has struggled with injuries but is still one of the better tackles in the NFL when he is out there. Keeping a clean pocket and opening up running lanes for Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard will go a long way to helping the Cowboys win this game.
3. Ground Game To Control The Clock
The Dallas Cowboys have an explosive offense and part of the reason things run so smoothly is because of their ground game. Dallas has a legitimate two-headed rushing attack with Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard leading the way.
Elliott looks healthy and spry once again after a down 2020 season. He is averaging a healthy 4.7 yards per carry and is on pace to surpass the 1,000-yard mark again. Pollard has been even more explosive, averaging 5.4 yards per carry in a change of pace role.
That rushing game will help the Cowboys control the game. They can limit the crowd impact by successfully running the ball, churning up yardage for first downs, keeping the Chiefs’ explosive offense on the sidelines.
Winning the time of possession battle is key in tough road environments and the Cowboys have the pieces to make that happen.
2. Secondary Pieces To Slow Down Travis Kelce
After struggling at times early in the season, the Kansas City Chiefs offense is starting to show signs of life. Patrick Mahomes has now gone two consecutive games without throwing an interception and is coming into this matchup after a masterful performance against the Las Vegas Raiders.
One of the ways to slow down the Chiefs passing game is taking Travis Kelce out of the equation. The New York Giants did it successfully and almost pulled off the upset a few weeks ago.
Dallas has some options when it comes to slowing down Kelce. They can use Trevon Diggs as they did last week against Kyle Pitts. If Diggs is left to chase down Tyreek Hill, Malik Hooker and Jayron Kearse could be tasked with slowing down Kelce.
Scheming your defense to take him out of the mix will slow down the Chiefs offense as long as you can corral Hill’s otherworldly athleticism on the perimeter.
1. Three-Headed Monster Back At Wide Receiver
The Kansas City Chiefs defense has been beatable throughout the season. While they have looked better recently, who they have matched up with needs to be taken into consideration.
The New York Giants offense has been stuck in the mud for years. Jordan Love was making his first career start for the Green Bay Packers. The Las Vegas Raiders have been in a tailspin since Jon Gruden resigned and Henry Ruggs II drunk driving incident and subsequent release.
The Dallas Cowboys offense led by Dak Prescott is a big step up from that. Dallas will also have their full allotment of weapons as Michael Gallup returned to the lineup last week. Along with Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, the Cowboys have a lot of firepower at the wide receiver position.
Slowing down those three is hard enough, but Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz are also capable of exploiting the defense. With so many options to turn to, Dallas’s offense will keep pace in what could turn into a shootout.