The Dallas Cowboys seemed to have one weapon the Kansas City Chiefs had no answer for Sunday in Dez Bryant. The wide receiver caught nine passes for 141 yards and a touchdown. If not for dropping a long pass down the right sideline, he may have been the hero in a Cowboys win.
But other than Bryant, the Chiefs defense controlled the game. On the ground, in the air and everywhere in between.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett talked after the game about Bob Sutton’s unit.
“I don’t think we had great rhythm on offense, didn’t really have the balance that we wanted,” Garrett said. “We weren’t able to run the ball as well as we’d like to. They’re a pressure oriented team that can challenge you a lot of different ways.”
Mainly stuffing any idea of a running game. Led by DeMarco Murray’s 25 yards on 12 carries, the Cowboys managed just 37 yards on the ground. Their 2.3 yards per carry is more than a yard and a half less than they were able to put up last week against the New York Giants.
There was also the pressure on QB Tony Romo, who was sacked three times, including one by reserve cornerback Ron Parker that led to a fumble and Chiefs recovery.
The Cowboys did put a drive together late in the fourth quarter as they tried to take the lead, but stopped at the Chiefs 35-yard line when Romo missed on three straight passes.
“The last play we had a play that was designed to beat the coverage that they had been playing previously,” Romo said. “They changed it up and they came after us. They were breaking our protection down. The guy was going to come free, so we threw a hot throw.”
After settling for their third field goal of the day, Dallas only touched the ball one more time, a desperation play from their own four-yard line in the final seconds.
So far through two games, the Chiefs have a top five defense that has given them a chance to get off to a quick start. Now they move onto a Philadelphia Eagles team that has posted the second most yards in the league.