Chiefs Host Cowboys, Looking for First WinOctober 8th, 2009 by Lee Eldridge
Some times it’s not who you play, but when you play them. A few weeks ago, this looked like a sure loss to a much better team. Now this looks like an opportunity for the Chiefs to grab their first win.
The Cowboys come to Arrowhead with a 2-2 record, and clearly struggling. In particular, their defense is ranked #26 in yards allowed, and #29 is passing yards allowed. The offense has put up some points, but struggled badly last week scoring only 10 points in Denver. Tony Romo has become the whipping boy for the problems in Dallas. It will be interesting to see how he responds. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Wade Phillips is a fine defensive coordinator, but a poor choice for a head coach.
The Chiefs must find a way to successfully run the ball on Sunday, and to give quarterback Matt Cassel more time in the pocket. And they must start converting on third downs in order to sustain some drives. The Cowboys are vulnerable to the pass, but the Chiefs better have some success running the ball first. Haley’s play calling last week was certainly questionable when they got inside the 10 yard line, where he completely gave up on the running game. First and goal from the 1, I would hand it off to Johnson repeatedly and let him get that yard.
Without Terrell Owens, there’s little to worry about from the Cowboys passing game. Tony Romo has been inconsistent throughout his career. But the Chiefs have been vulnerable to the tight end up the middle of the field. They need to limit Jason Witten’s touches. In the backfield, it looks like the Cowboys will be without Felix Jones. Expect Marion Barber to play, but he was limited in the second half against the Broncos because of a quad injury. The Chiefs defense has shown some flashes this year. This could be the game we start seeing some consistency from them.
Prediction: Chiefs 20, Cowboys 17