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Dallas Cowboys vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Live Grades and Analysis for Dallas

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 15:  Dwayne Harris #17 attempts to block out Brandon Flowers #24 of the Kansas City Chiefs as DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys runs down the sideline in the fourth quarter on September 15, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
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Christian BloodContributor IIISeptember 15, 2013

In Game: The Cowboys and the Chiefs battled through a Week 2 inter-conference matchup at Arrowhead Stadium.

Final Score:

Cowboys - 13

Chiefs - 17

 

Final Analysis for Dallas Cowboys

Pass Offense

Tony Romo´s first touchdown pass to Dez Bryant in the first half set the tone for a big day for the wide receiver. The fumble by Lance Dunbar on a short reception late in the third quarter was unfortunate as it would have gained a first down, and a Bryant drop in the second half killed a possible touchdown.

 

Run Offense

DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar were able to help move the chains and failed to compile many yards out of the backfield. The rushing attack must improve, or Dallas will be headed for another 8-8 season. Down the stretch, the Cowboys really never gave the running game a chance, despite never trailing by more than four points.

 

Pass Defense

After a dominant first half, Dallas allowed Alex Smith to drive Kansas City 80 yards on 10 plays, most of that in the air, for a go-ahead touchdown. A big gain by Donnie Avery on 3rd-and-long was a killer on the drive. Otherwise, Dallas' pass defense was acceptable.

 

Run Defense

Dallas' run defense continues to dominate opponents as Jamaal Charles gained just 10 yards on the ground through three quarters. Alex Smith´s early rushing efforts were shut down after the first quarter. The Chiefs did nothing to win this game on the ground.

 

Special Teams

Dan Bailey hit a 51-yard field goal to keep Dallas close early. A blocked field goal by Orlando Scandrick was gold just before halftime. Bailey´s 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter kept the ballgame competitive.

 

Coaching

Jason Garrett did a good job of not wasting timeouts in the first quarter. The relatively conservative game plan helped Dallas survive bad field position through the entire second quarter. The timeout called with 3:38 left was questionable. Burning another timeout before the two-minute warning made little sense, given Kansas City´s pedestrian offense. Amateur performance, yet again.

 

Halftime Analysis for Dallas Cowboys

Pass Offense

In the first quarter Dez Bryant was basically the Cowboys' entire pass offense, putting Dallas in position for its first 10 points while scoring his first touchdown of the season. Romo was sacked just once and Dallas held firm with bad field position through the second quarter.

  

Run Offense

DeMarco Murray was held to just 10 yards on six carries in the first quarter. The Cowboys can wear out this Kansas City defense with better field position in second half.

  

Pass Defense

DeMarcus Ware got his first sack of the season in the second quarter, which forced a punt. He got his second sack against rookie Eric Fisher in the second quarter. The Chiefs passing attack was not much of a threat, compiling only 127 yards.

  

Run Defense

Alex Smith ran wild during the Chiefs' first possession, leading them to a touchdown. Jamaal Charles was not a factor with only eight yards rushing on four carries.

  

Special Teams

Dan Bailey hit a 51-yard field goal to keep Dallas close early and the touchbacks continue. The blocked field goal by Orlando Scandrick was vital just before halftime.

 

Coaching

Jason Garrett did a good job of not wasting timeouts in the first quarter. The relatively conservative game plan helped Dallas survive bad field position through the entire second quarter.

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