Week nine — Sunday, November 5 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 3:30 PM CST, FOX
The Cowboys wrap up the first half of the regular season against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs won the AFC West Championship last season and took the AFC’s number two seed in the playoffs. Like the Cowboys though, they lost their Divisional Round game to make an earlier-than-expected playoff exit.
Despite a finish of 12-4 though, the Chiefs weren’t an overly-impressive team yardage-wise. They finished the 2016 regular season 20th in total offense and 24th in total defense. But they made their mark with discipline and play-making.
Kansas City tied for the lead among all NFL teams in giveaway-takeaway differential. They and the Oakland Raiders had a +16 in turnovers. In fact, their 18 interceptions tied the San Diego Chargers and the Baltimore Ravens for the most in the NFL. Plus, they led the league in fumble recoveries with 15. Their 17 giveaways made them tied for eighth-lowest number in the league.
For success, the Cowboys will have to be extra cautious with the ball and avoid turnovers. They’ll also have to play especially sharp on special teams.
The Chiefs were one of only two teams to get three combined kick/punt return touchdowns last season. Of course, that’s nothing new for the Chiefs, who have a history of great return men. The latest is wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who made all three of those return touchdowns last season. Considering he did it as a rookie shows just how much talent he has. The Dallas coverage teams will have their hands full with him all day long.
Oh and then of course, there’s one other possible storyline to this one. You know, the whole Tony Romo thing? Yeah, this could be his first time to cover the Cowboys from the booth. That could be awesome.