What it means: This was the kind of game the Chiefs might look back on at the end of the year as the point where their season turned. If nothing else, they have the experience of winning a game when not everything is working well. They were outplayed for much of the game but still found a way to survive. They were struggling to handle Dallas’ pass rush, struggling to run the ball and struggling to cover Dez Bryant and the rest of Tony Romo’s receivers. But they rallied from a 13-7 deficit in the third quarter.
Stock watch: Cornerback Brandon Flowers was assigned to Bryant for much of the game, and he had a tough time. Early in the game, the 5-foot-9 Flowers had trouble covering the 6-2 Bryant down the field and allowed a couple of long gains. Later, he backed off and Bryant successfully made his way underneath. Bryant also dropped a pass that would have gone for a big gain. Rookie tackle Eric Fisher was among the offensive linemen who struggled with Dallas’ pressure and also to create some room in the running game. Quarterback Alex Smith was among those who played well. He was under constant pressure but was able to improvise, often by scrambling from trouble for big yardage.
Red zone success: The Chiefs scored a touchdown on each of their trips inside the Dallas 20. The Chiefs ran five plays from inside the Cowboys’ 20 and gained 30 yards. The Chiefs were 3-for-3 inside the red zone in their opener against the Jaguars.
What’s next: The Chiefs head to Philadelphia for the Andy Reid Bowl, pitting their head coach against his successor, Chip Kelly, and the team he coached for the past 14 seasons. The game is on Thursday night, giving the Chiefs a very short week to prepare for the Eagles’ fast-paced offense.