Prior to the Dallas Cowboys’ week to match up with the Kansas City Chiefs, I used player stat projections that predicted a final score of right around 20-19, Kansas City. The Chiefs did indeed take home a one-point victory with a 17-16 final score.
The Cowboys just couldn’t get anything going offensively, and, unlike in their season-opening win over the New York Giants, the takeaways weren’t there to save them. It’s not that the defense played poorly, but if you’re on the wrong end of the takeaway spectrum, it’s going to be tough to win games.
The only saving grace for Dallas is that division rivals Philadelphia, Washington and New York all went down as well, meaning the Cowboys are still tied with the Eagles for first place in the NFC East. That doesn’t change the fact that, if the Cowboys can’t start to win close games like this one, they’re not going to find their way into the postseason.