The Dallas Cowboys (5-Three) outlasted the Kansas City Chiefs (6-Three) in a back-and-forth affair at AT&T Stadium on Sunday. Here’s what we realized from the Cowboys’ third-straight win, a 28-17 triumph:
1. It’s been some time since we have had a back-and-forth recreation between two of the NFL’s contending groups. Well, OK, we’ll depend final week’s Seattle-Houston recreation. But this one was of a better caliber. This one felt like two heavyweights, buying and selling blows in a slugfest. First, it was Dak Prescott’s scramble for a rating and seemingly a 14-Three lead heading into halftime. But being the contender it’s, Kansas City didn’t relent, scoring in unlikely style because of Tyreek Hill proper at halftime.
As the sport unfolded, each groups’ data floated on the display beneath their abbreviations: 6-2 (Kansas City) and Four-Three (Dallas). For most of this contest, you can have swapped data and it will have been plausible. We cannot say that too usually about video games being performed right now of the 12 months.
2. In the tip, what downed the Chiefs was what necessitated their livid comeback: They could not get stops when wanted most. Dallas transformed 7 of 12 third down makes an attempt and for the sport, had been about as balanced as potential, gaining 13 first downs by the air and 10 on the bottom. As a protection, the yardage complete wasn’t all that unhealthy — Dallas gained 375 — however the incapacity to pressure Dallas to punt ended up being the distinction.
Three. We already knew Dak Prescott had one thing particular in him, however Sunday was one thing else from the quarterback. Against a high-quality opponent, Prescott upped his play to exceed his nemesis, firing darts to 5 totally different teammates and utilizing his ft to make performs when wanted most. He completed with a line of 21-of-33 pbading for 249 yards and two touchdowns, and ran thrice for 27 yards and an extra rating. Rich Eisen stated it finest as Dallas tried to salt away the win: Prescott was nothing in need of terrific and Most worthy. With the potential Ezekiel Elliott suspension seemingly endlessly looming, the play of Prescott is mbadively vital. On Sunday, he proved he can deal with the load.
Four. Plenty will be stated about Elliott, Dez Bryant and even Jason Witten, however Cole Beasley is turning into about as vital to this staff as any of them. The diminutive however expert slot man caught 4 pbades for 24 yards and two touchdowns, together with one which basically put it away for the Cowboys within the fourth. When one thinks Cowboys, he/she understandably would not suppose Beasley, however he continues to be a serious, but understated issue for Dallas’ offense.
The lone downer: Terrance Williams was having one heck of a day (9 receptions, 141 yards), however went down with an harm within the ultimate three minutes of the sport. There’s potential upside, although: Jason Garrett instructed reporters he thinks Williams shall be “fine” regardless of leaving the sport.
5. Tony Romo soothed Kansas City’s worries as the ultimate seconds ticked off, commending the Chiefs and giving many of the credit score for the result to the Cowboys and their play. This holds up, however it is time to grow to be involved about Kansas City’s operating recreation. For the fourth straight recreation, Kareem Hunt was held beneath 100 yards dashing, gaining simply 37 on Sunday. For the second time in that very same stretch, Kansas City handed the ball to him lower than 10 occasions. As a staff, the Chiefs ran the ball simply 19 occasions for 68 yards. Hunt’s yards gained after shut on Sunday was Three.48, his third worst this season, per Next Gen Stats.
It’s comprehensible to go away from the run if a protection is bottling it up, and if the offense is dealing with a deficit. Dallas was going job of that early on Sunday. But after regaining the lead, Kansas City by no means shifted again to what has labored for it. The Chiefs have misplaced three of their final 4. They’ve run the ball lower than 25 occasions in all three of these losses (they ran it 26 occasions for 79 yards within the win over Denver). In the final three video games, their complete dashing yards have dropped in every. In Kansas City’s three losses, the Chiefs’ complete yards gained after shut had been their worst three totals of the season, with the Dallas recreation being the worst at simply 34 for the sport. These numbers and the ensuing losses aren’t any coincidence. This should change if Kansas City, which nonetheless owns a pleasant lead within the AFC West, desires to pattern upward because it heads towards the latter portion of the season.