Despite holding the high-powered Kansas City Cheifs offense to just 19 points, the Dallas Cowboys offense sputtered in a 19-9 loss. Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones was a force all game notching 3.5 sacks and tipping Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott’s final pass into the hands of a defender. Offensively the Cowboys mustered just 276 yards on 64 plays and turned the ball over three times. Making matters worse, receiver CeeDee Lamb and running back Ezekiel Elliott both were injured with Zeke coming back. Lamb did not return after landing hard on an interception at the end of the half. Below are the four biggest takeaways from tonight’s loss.
While Prescott didn’t have his best game, he also received little help from his receivers and line. Upfront, the unit allowed five sacks, the most Prescott has endured in three years, resulting in two fumbles. Tackle Terrance Steele was a virtual turnstile at times, missing blocks and getting beat. Out wide, the receivers dropped five passes and at times struggled to get open. More is needed from this unit in a short week.
Rookie end/linebacker Micah Parsons once again made his case for defensive rookie of the year. He finished tied for third with four tackles but lived in the backfield, sacking Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes twice and hitting him three times. His sack before the half led to a fumble recovery in Cheifs territory giving him nine on the season the most by a Cowboys rookie since DeMarcus Ware. At this rate, Parsons might be the favorite to not only win defensive rookie of the year, but the main award as well.
Defense Answers the Call
In the face of little offensive success, Dan Quinn’s unit kept them in the game the whole way. A variety of looks made Mahomes uncomfortable all game and the coverage forced several throw-aways. After a rough opening drive, the unit settled in, allowing just one touchdown, and two field goals. On the day, they held the Chiefs to 370 yards on 66 plays and just 4-of-12 on third downs. Efforts like these will result in wins more times than not.
Injuries Pile Up
With Lamb suffering a concussion and Elliott hobbled the injures are starting to mount. Left tackle Tyron Smith remains out and receiver Amari Cooper is still on the COVID list. With the crucial part of the season heating, the amount of injuries is something to keep an eye on.