Katz: No Zeke. How much of a problem is this? Can Dak carry the Cowboys here? Will Tyreek Hill be anything more than a glorified decoy for the Chiefs?
RC: I think the hidden story of this game will be Dallas potentially exposing the Chiefs as a kinda ‘good team fraud’. Partly, because Dallas is secretly great. If Dallas wins this game, and I think they will…the world is going to turn on KC/Andy Reid and fall in love with falling in love with Dak and the Dallas D. This is the game where Dallas arrives and ever football person realizes they ‘missed it’ on Dallas and double-time it to show how much they love them now. This is one of the seminal games of 2017.
If Dallas loses…’shoulder shrug’, no Ezekiel or Dan Bailey. If Dallas wins, everyone will lose their minds.
Katz: Last week was an absolute must win at Washington. Just not a game a great team can lose. This game is one where I feel like Dallas has nothing to lose. They already lost Zeke and the public perception is that Zeke makes this team great and without him, they're just average, when in reality, it's Dak, the pass rush, and the o line. If the Cowboys lose, well no big deal, the Chiefs are really good and the Cowboys had just lost Zeke. Except the Cowboys are still the better team and now have all the pressure gone. Meanwhile, Andy Reid still has chains on his offense, which could be elite if he let it. He won't. Tyreek will finish with 3 catches for 35 yards and run the jet sweep 8 times as a decay. Cowboys win.
Rabbitt: I was pretty unimpressed with the Chiefs dismantling of Denver. If that is the best they can muster, Dallas wins this game easy.
Savage: I haven't really been impressed by the Chiefs since week 1 or 2. I have Dallas as my best bet. KC's run D has been dominated by Pittsburgh and Denver in recent weeks, so Dallas shouldn't have an issue getting Zeke going. KC has traditionally had a good redzone defense, but redzone efficiency is one of Dak's many strong suits. KC's offense has struggled all year against zone defenses, which is what Rod Marinelli likes to run. I see this as "advantage Dallas" in every facet of the game except kicker and punter.
Katz: Half of this discussion was premised upon Zeke not playing. With him back, it only helps. The Chiefs struggle against the run and their defense just isn't very good in general. This should feature a lot of points. If not, it will be the Cowboys defense stepping up. I'm actually growing more confident by the minute.
RC: With Elliott back, besides kicker…the Chiefs are not better at any position except kicker. Tyreek Hill is never used, so that neutralizes WR comps. Marcus Peters plays too far off WRs to be a monster vs. Dak’s quick/short skills. I’ve thought this is a best bet play all week because KC is overvalued by their hot start and the media has been calling for Dallas to ‘fall back to earth’ since Dak took over.
I always marvel at KC’s/Alex Smith’s record as a starter – 18-6 since 2016 season. Dak is 17-6 in that same span (didn’t play/matter Week 17 v PHI last season). They are two disrespected QBs.
Dallas wins here and I think it finally is the game everyone in the football media hops onboard how exceptional they are.
Skolman: I left this out of my Blazing Five because of the Elliott drama. I like Dal at home with Sean Lee playing, not a fan of this defense at all without him. Chiefs and Eagles are very soft top teams. Here’s to hoping a big game means T. Hill takes a week of from being a decoy...and Witten gets fed a couple of TDs. DAL 31, KC 24
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