NFL Game of the Week: Kansas City looks to get back in the “playoff hunt,” against a very talented Dallas Cowboys team.

By Jordy McElroy

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The Game of the Week will take place in the heart of Arrowhead Stadium when the Dallas Cowboys come to blows with the Kansas City Chiefs. Last week’s 41-14 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders was evidence that the Chiefs are no longer a broken mess. They covered easily as 2.5-point favorites on the road, and the Cowboys did the same as 8.0-point favorites in a 43-3 shellacking of the Atlanta Falcons. This will be the first meeting ever between Patrick Mahomes and Dak Prescott.

Dallas fighting fire with fire

The anticipation for Sunday’s game has the feel of a big heavyweight boxing match. You have these two imposing forces that are both capable of landing a knockout blow—basically, a real-life version of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots to see which one falls first.

After a weird loss to the Denver Broncos, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys cut through the Atlanta Falcons like a hot knife through butter. That 43-3 victory served as a statement performance ahead of this matchup with Patrick Mahomes and the surging Chiefs.

The porous passing defense for Kansas City seems to have come around a bit, but I wouldn’t hold my breath on that unit avoiding another come-apart at some point. What better time than when facing the fourth-ranked passing offense in the league?

Like the Chiefs, Prescott has options all over the board at receiver. However, unlike the Chiefs, he also has an elite running game to gash opposing defenses. Ezekiel Elliot and Tony Pollard are combining for an average of 123.1 rushing yards per game. Their ability to establish balance could have the Chiefs defense on wobbly legs by the second-half.

But man, it won’t be fun for the Cowboys defense to defend Mahomes. That stadium will be sounding like a rock concert if they start letting him scramble around and heave up bombs downfield. Yes, the Chiefs might be snapping out of their funk, but the Cowboys still need to force them to methodically move the ball down the field. No home run plays!

It’s important to note that offensive tackle Tyron Smith has been a limited participant in practice this week with an ankle injury.

Are the Chiefs back?

We all knew the Chiefs would find their way back to being competitive at some point.

Patrick Mahomes is too talented of a quarterback to just fall off a cliff so suddenly. There are also too many elite playmakers on that offense to just close the book on them this season.

The 41-14 road victory over the Las Vegas Raiders might someday be looked back on as the turning point of the Chiefs’ 2021 season. They went on the road and absolutely rolled on a tough division rival.

And the good news keeps coming. The team could potentially have starting running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire back in the lineup in time for Sunday’s game. It’s not a guarantee by any stretch, but his health is improving and nearing good enough for him to make a return.

But Sunday’s game should be a continuation of patience from Mahomes. If he can’t get the home run passes, then he needs to stay disciplined in getting the ball to the shorter and safer options, which is typically either a running back or tight end Travis Kelce.

Mahomes is going to need to score a bunch of points because the Chiefs defense could implode at the snap of a finger. Sure, they’ve been playing better in recent weeks, but they weren’t facing the No. 1-ranked offense in total yards. This Cowboys team is taking whatever it wants, and the Chiefs could be without cornerback L’Jarius Sneed, who is still working his way through an injury.

Confidence will be riding at an all-time high for a Chiefs team that stomped all over the Las Vegas Raiders on the road last week. It was just one of those performances where everything was clicking. Patrick Mahomes is settling in more to the idea of taking whatever the defense gives him. When he’s consistently patient enough, there will come opportunities to take some of his trademark home run passes downfield to one of his speedy receivers.

This game will be more of the same with Mahomes sticking with the body blows with short passes to Travis Kelce and the running backs. Also, don’t sleep on the Chiefs’ running game.

Whether it’s Darrel Williams or Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the Chiefs will clearly have opportunities to move the ball on the ground against the same Cowboys defense that got gouged for 190 rushing yards and two touchdowns by the Denver Broncos nearly two weeks ago.

But I’m not doubting Mahomes here after the performance he had last week—406 passing yards and five touchdowns. He’ll come into this game with that same swagger we’re accustomed to seeing and beat Dak Prescott in one of the best offensive shootouts we’ll see all year. I’m laying the points and taking Kansas City.

Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5)

Written By Jordy McElroy , “Jordy”

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast, and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he’s a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you’d have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY, and There are no beaches where he comes from — just rolling hills, green valleys, and all the Sun Drop you can drink.