Defending the pass didn't come easy for the Cowboys last season and so far the unit needs work after just one game. Three Giants receivers had 100-plus yards and combined for 333. Victor Cruz led the trio with three touchdown catches. Carr, Will Allen and DeMarcus Ware all had interceptions for a Dallas defense that registered six passes defensed.
Allen said alignments and lack of attention to detail hurt Dallas' defensive backfield. He was just happy for the win and the focus will now shift to the Chiefs.
"That's just one win under our belt," Allen said. "We've got Kansas City now. That's the mentality. It's over with. The six turnovers are over with. We've got to do it again."
For how poorly the Cowboys were in pass coverage, they managed to keep the Giants' running game grounded. David Wilson lost two fumbles and was even benched by head coach Tom Coughlin. Wilson is a dangerous runner in space, but was a non-factor Sunday night. Things could be a bit different with Charles this week.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant enter Arrowhead Stadium nicked up. Romo is dealing with bruised ribs and Bryant has a foot sprain. Both players underwent MRIs and results were negative. Expect Romo and Bryant to be in uniform Sunday.
The Cowboys lead the all-time series with Kansas City, 6-3, and have prevailed in four of the past five meetings. The last time Dallas and Kansas City met was on Oct. 11, 2009 in a 26-20 overtime win for the Cowboys, who are 2-2 as the visitor in this matchup. Miles Austin had career day in his first NFL start, catching 10 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning, 60-yard TD catch in overtime.
The Chiefs began life as the Dallas Texans and spent three years (1960-62) in the city before moving to the Show-Me State. Kansas City last started 2-0 back in 2010, when it won its first three games out of the chute. Dallas' last 2-0 start was a three-game winning streak to kick off 2008.
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The Chiefs' defense looked sharp on Sunday and held the Jaguars to 178 total yards. Granted the Chiefs were playing Jacksonville, it was still impressive for a Week 1 performance since the starters don't play four quarters in the preseason. Injuries usually rear their heads early on as players get adjusted and Kansas City was able to squeeze by unscathed.
Kansas City picked off Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert twice and recorded six sacks on the afternoon, three of which from linebacker Justin Houston, who has eight sacks in eight career games against teams from the NFC. Linebacker Tamba Hali returned an INT 10 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
"I thought defensively, the defense came out and played very good football. You take those first 13 drives and anytime you can hold a team to 70 yards total offense, is an achievement," Reid said. "You know pressuring the quarterback is a big thing in the National Football League, really able to do that and accumulating six sacks is a big thing."
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew was held to 45 yards on 15 carries. In games where Jones-Drew recorded at least 15 carries, that is the second-lowest rushing total of his career. The Chiefs are facing a true test Sunday and perhaps Reid's familiarity with the Cowboys will pay off. Last week's win boosted the confidence factor for the Chiefs.
"It gives us momentum going into next week," Chiefs wide receiver Junior Hemingway said. "There are some things we need to work on as a team, but getting this win raises the morale for us. It will help us tremendously, going into next week. We have to come out (Sunday) and play good football."