When the Dallas Cowboys travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs, they will not be greeted quite as warmly as they were in Week 1. The New York Giants offense played the part of Oprah in one of those shows where she throws gifts at people. The Giants basically told the Cowboys, “You get a turnover! And you get a turnover! And you get a turnover!” all the while, Dallas fans freaked out with joy just like an Oprah audience.
If they were facing the 2012 Chiefs, the Cowboys could expect a similar result to the six turnovers they received from New York, but it is highly unlikely Kansas City will repeat with the NFL’s worst turnover ratio in 2013. The addition of QB Alex Smith was about the best cure for protecting the ball KC could have made, and they started the season off right with no giveaways against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Dallas will need to play much better than there sloppy performance in Week 1 if they hope to come away with a win. They will be dealing with a ravenous Arrowhead crowd that is starving for watchable football and ready to be one of the loudest in the league again. A major key to victory for the Cowboys will be minimizing mistakes in the face of a very aggressive defense and extremely hostile crowd.
From the opposite perspective, the KC defense will face a much bigger challenge in Week 2 with Tony Romo and all of his weapons. Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Jason Witten and Demarco Murray are much scarier threats than anything the Jags had to offer. We will learn a lot about the legitimacy of the Chiefs’ defense on Sunday.
On offense, Kansas City must continue to protect the ball and win the turnover battle. On top of that, the receivers need a better showing than they had against Jacksonville. There were way too many dropped balls in Week 1, and better competition will make you pay for such mistakes.
Granted it was against a weaker opponent, but the Chiefs looked like a much more organized team than the Cowboys. On the road and without as many gifts, I think Dallas is going to struggle. The crowd and defense should be the big difference for KC and will help take pressure off of the offense. I expect the Chiefs to be up for the tougher competition, and take down the Cowboys 27-21.