Before the schedule was even set, this was a game that many Chiefs fans were anticipating, regardless of these teams records. The Chiefs have been getting healthy and come into this game with a good chance to have a good team showing, usually stepping up in games like this. The Cowboys are looking as focused as they have been all season though, and they are also not usually a team that disappoints in games like these. These teams have a similar type of style, getting after the quarterback on defense, even though they give up their share of points and yards. Both teams are similar on offense as well, as they can beat you in many ways, whether it’s a long, grinding drive, or throwing it up for a big catch.
With this being an interconference matchup, we don’t get to see this matchup often. There have been some exciting games in the past, as the last four meetings all finished as a one possession game, with each team going 2-2. That is dating back to 1998, and the Chiefs had went to Dallas just one time in that four game span. The last meeting in Dallas was a 31-28 Cowboys victory in December of 2005. All time the Cowboys hold a 6-4 lead in the Chiefs-Cowboys series, and the Cowboys are 4-1 when being the host team in this matchup.
Will we see Zeke or no Zeke?
While the Chiefs were playing Denver last week, the news broke that Ezekiel Elliott’s six game suspension was reinstated. Although, the NFLPA’s request for an administrative stay was granted by United States Court of Appeals, allowing Elliott to play this week. Not only have the Cowboys been at their best recently, so has Elliott. Elliott has recorded 373 scrimmage yards and 5 total touchdowns during the Cowboys’ mini two game winning streak. The Chiefs are in the bottom five in most defensive run metrics, so the defense will need to just stand tall as much as they can. Last week, all of the Broncos running backs averaged over five yards per carry, except for Jamaal Charles who finished just under at 4.9 yards per carry. The Chiefs prepared all week for Elliott, just in case Elliott was cleared to play. He will be ready and the Chiefs defense will try and contain him.
Room to Roam
As much as the Chiefs defense gives up some big plays, the Cowboys do it just as much. Just because Elliott is playing, doesn’t mean the Cowboys should forget about Kareem Hunt and this high volumed Chiefs offense. The Chiefs did not finish as strong last week, as they may have wanted, but they beat the number defense on multiple plays. The Cowboys are good at getting after the quarterback and getting sacks, ranking fifth in the league with 25. Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence also leads all players with 10.5 sacks for Dallas. But, the Chiefs are good about getting the passes out quickly and have their misdirection set when needed. The Chiefs have a good chance to score some points in this one, as they have scored 24 or more points in all but one game this season.
Alex vs Dak
This is an intriguing matchup in a quarterback driven league, as these two quarterbacks have a similar style of play in their throwing efficiencies and mobility. It has been Alex Smith’s best season so far. Smith has been playing with no fear and has yet to throw an interception with 16 touchdown passes. Dak is not too far behind Alex in touchdown passes with 14, and he has also thrown 4 interceptions. The big story from this week was that Dak had said that he watched a lot of Alex Smith film in college. He said that he knows a lot from Smith’s game, and these two are still somewhat underappreciated in aspects of their game. This game has the potential to be a shootout and the better quarterback could be the reason to why their team will win.
Even though this has a very good chance of being a tight game, these teams have gotten here by different paths. The Chiefs are 6-2, even though they have faced the 3rd toughest schedule so far. The Cowboys are 4-3 and have faced the 4th easiest schedule. Wish this game was on Thanksgiving, but either way many fans in the midwest will be excited to watch this one.
Braden Holecek is a writer for cover32 Chiefs. You can follow him on Twitter here.