Winners/Losers: Chiefs Vs Cowboys

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It was a great Sunday for the Chiefs, as just about every game went our way, including ours, of course. When the Chiefs beat a 7-2 team by double digits, you know there’s going to be winners, but there are a couple losers too.


The Defense

I’ll get into specifics in a bit, but this was a huge game for a defense the started the season so badly. The Cowboys are one of the top offenses in the NFL, and while it’s true they were missing some players, to hold them to 9 points is an incredible achievement for any defense, but especially for one like ours that needed to prove themselves.

Chris Jones

Jones had a monster statistical game, with 3.5 sacks and a tipped pass that lead to the game-ending interception, Dak will have nightmares about number 95 for life. And with this production coming from the interior, it will likely kill the Chris Jones: Defensive End experiment for good.

Frank Clark

While Clark didn’t have quite the same statistical dominance as Jones, he still showed up all game. He had a strip sack early to set up the offense with a short field, forced a hold on 3rd down, and got pressure on Dak on another 3rd down to ruin the play. It’s nice that he’s finally starting to play to the level we’re paying him for.


Sneed only got the one interception at the end of the game, but he was all over the field and made it difficult for Dak to overcome the pressure he was facing.

Tyrann Mathieu

There was concern about him as he apparently had knee swelling before the game that unexpectedly put him on the injury report, but he showed up and played well anyway. He was a big reason the Cowboys were held under double digits, and doing that while not at 100% is worthy of being listed as a winner.


The Offensive Line

I could list them individually, but the unit as a whole struggled. Micah Parsons was a menace all day, and not just against the backup tackle. Orlando Brown gave up his fair share of pressures as well.

On top of that, both guards had costly penalties. Joe Thuney got a hold, while Trey Smith got two holds and an unsportsmanlike conduct because he complained after one of his holds, which killed one of the Chiefs’ drives. To be fair, I agree with him that those holds were questionable to say the least, but you can’t make it worse (especially when the refs had already shown that they weren’t in a good mood that day).

The Refs

Complaining about the refs in a loss is the lamest things sports fans do, but since we won, you know it wasn’t just sour grapes.

Now to be fair in terms of calling things like pass interference and the like they were mostly fine, and they did seem to do better in the 2nd half, but there were two areas where it was egregious in the 1st half.

First, the aforementioned holds. It is one thing if they were calling it tight all game, but it seemed like they just called those two against Smith and let everybody else play.

But the bigger issue was the unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Sure the taunting, while annoying, is technically correct and the refs are just doing what their bosses said. But when Fenton got his helmet ripped off they first called the penalty on him for complaining about it, and only after discussion did they also add a penalty for the helmet (although even then it just became offsetting). And that wasn’t even the only one!

It’s a good thing the Chiefs were so much better on the day that the penalties didn’t matter, but something like that could cost a team a game for nothing.

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11/22/2021 3:53 pm

Loser: Second half play calling – sort of got away from a mix. They had no real pressure on Mahomes until then.

11/22/2021 12:22 pm

Winner – Arrowhead’s acoustics. Fans were loud throughout the whole night, and that clearly messed with several plays the Cowboys tried.
Winner – Bottled water manufacturers and retailers. After screaming that loud and (I’m sure) many drinks consumed, whoever sells bottled water in KC today is making a fortune.
Winner – Fans on Monday morning. Not only did we get a treat with our defensive showdown yesterday, but today we get to see all the Dallas-loving media astonished at how good our team actually is.
Winner – Chris Jones. Not only was he completely on fire last night, but as it turns out, Jerry Jones also must have given Chris Jones some stock or something, because he clearly owned the Cowboys last night.

Loser – The Fox sports crew. Watching the game on tv was like tuning into the Cowboy’s tv network. With Aikman and Joe Buck, there was clearly a bias for Dallas.

Reply to  3rdnlong
11/22/2021 12:24 pm

Have you tried muting the TV picture and finding the Chiefs radio stream online? That’s what I do and it usually works (though, depending where you are, it may not sync up correctly). Plus, as an added bonus, you don’t have to listen to the dregs of sports commentary that we usually get with the TV.

Reply to  Nasrani
11/22/2021 12:26 pm

I’ve tried it and have not been able to get it to work right.

Reply to  Nasrani
11/22/2021 12:50 pm

I do this whenever possible. The KC guys are SO much better.

11/22/2021 11:40 am

I would add that Sneed was also not at 100%; if I remember right wasn’t he listed as “questionable” until either game day/about 10 minutes before the game?

11/22/2021 11:38 am

Anyone who fumbles or otherwise allows a turnover gets a mention on the “Loser” list until this gets under control. Two more yesterday? Patrick & Travis, come on down

Reply to  NovaChiefs
11/22/2021 1:35 pm

I love Mahomes but he isn’t a track star and needs to know who’s on his tail. I knew he was going to lose the ball before he was taken down. I get he wanted to make a throw but two hands on that ball and he most likely would have kept it. Kelce did the classic run before securing the catch thing and unfortunately, Mahomes takes the INT for his mistake.

11/22/2021 11:29 am

The only positive in regards to the officiating was that they mostly just ignored any PI from either side. If you’re going to be shit at your job, at least be shit across the board.

11/22/2021 11:21 am

Can anyone post a video of the un-sportsman on Trey Smith I missed that whole series?

Reply to  ArrowFan
11/22/2021 11:28 am

If I can remember right, it was a stupid penalty.

Smith probably told the ref where to stick it after that holding call and the ref didn’t like that.

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Reply to  Nasrani
11/22/2021 11:30 am

Basically. All they showed was him walking away shaking his head and then the flag was thrown

Reply to  Maw423
11/22/2021 11:39 am

If I remember, they showed him come off the field and talking with a coach and he seemed to gesture towards his legs, so I wonder if there was some cutting action he took exception to. I don’t remember a good replay of it.

11/22/2021 11:20 am

If the refs don’t want players complaining to them then they shouldn’t make bad calls. Fenton did cross the line I would have been upset as well had that happened to me. But after he had cleared the Cowboys he should have made the refs bring him his helmet to the Cheifs sideline.

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