Game of the week? More like lame of the week, amirite?
Cowboys-Chiefs was supposed to be a fireworks show. Instead it was a mud-wrestling match. Dak Prescott and Patrick Mahomes faced off in the high-profile quarterback matchup of the season, and neither threw a single touchdown pass. The final score was a weird-looking (though, not a Scorigami) 19-9, and the story of the game was about how Steve Spagnuolo's Chiefs defense smothered the Cowboys' high-powered (albeit short-handed) offense all night. Kansas City confused Prescott with coverages and blitzes and the sheer individual might of Chris Jones (3.5 sacks), and Dallas headed home with its lowest single-game point total since last November's infamous Ben DiNucci game.
This game was always made to lead the overreactions column, so why delay the inevitable? After a performance like this against a team that has played in the past two Super Bowls, the only logical way to begin this week is with ...
The Cowboys are in trouble
Dallas has now lost two of its past three games after a 6-1 start and is showing cracks in the veneer. What's worse, the Cowboys have to play again Thursday, and they are likely to be significantly short-handed for their traditional Thanksgiving game. Top wideout Amari Cooper is on the reserve/COVID-19 list and won't be cleared in time for Thursday. Fellow top wideout CeeDee Lamb is in concussion protocol as a result of a hard landing in Sunday's game, and it's tough to clear concussion protocol in four days.