Things got going at Arrowhead Stadium and immediately saw the Kansas City Chiefs land battles in all three phases of the game – which quickly stopped the Dak Prescott and Dallas Cowboys on their first offensive possession of the day before marching down the field to take the first blood with a touchdown. The TD also lacked no pizzazz, with All-Pro tight-end Travis Kelce taking a direct snap into the end zone from 4 yards out. Things have not gotten much better for the Cowboys from there either.
Prescott saw a couple of rollovers mingle with receiving drops, penalties and missed blocks for a pot of luck with poor play with the head of a sack fumble by Frank Clark, which was recovered by Chris Jones – leading to a Chiefs field goal. To avoid any early talk of a possible shutout, however, the Cowboys were with a field goal on a drive that stalled due to a false start by starting right tackle La’el Collins, in a game that has seen Dallas play shaky throughout the first quarter.
The second session started much like the one before, where Mahomes drove his offensive down the field to enjoy another TD created by a trick game, but this time it was the returning Clyde Edwards-Helaire who took the snap and got thrown to Mahomes before. runs it by itself. With the ball back in their grip, the Cowboys again found ways to shoot themselves in the foot, and with many of the same aforementioned bullets – ie. drops, punish.
The Chiefs have full control at this point, but given that the Cowboys have seen it all before 2021, they can ill afford to do anything other than push the accelerator through the floor. If they peel back a bit and Prescott and / or the Cowboys defense go on fire, the tide will turn quickly in the second half. Micah Parsons’ sack fumble on Mahomes late in the second quarter serves as a warning, though Prescott threw an interception to Charvarius Ward not long after to end the half.
Do not touch the dial of the people, for the other half will be one to see.