Week 11 Game of the Week: Dallas Cowboys vs Kansas City Chiefs

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The Ninety-Nine Yards team are back with Belushi’s for the NFL’s Week 11 Preview. This time our contributor is Stuart Anderson, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan since 2012.

In week 11, the game of the week pits two Divisional Leaders against one another; the Dallas Cowboys who currently are sitting on top of the NFC East visit the new leaders of the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Coming into form

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It’s just over the halfway stage of the season as every win and loss carries extra significance.

The Kansas City Chiefs are hoping to make it three Super Bowl appearances in a row. Over the previous two seasons, the Chiefs have been virtually unstoppable in the American Football Conference. The dominant side in the AFC, the Chiefs were expected to carry on in a similar vein in 2022. Kansas have suffered somewhat of a Super Bowl 55 hangover as they have been mediocre at best so far this season. Despite a spluttering first half of the season, Kansas is now leading their division and are currently on a three-game winning streak after blowing away Divisional rivals, the Raiders, in Las Vegas in week 10 as Quarterback Patrick Mahomes produced his best performance of the season. Pre-season favourites to return to the Super Bowl, the Chiefs are coming into form at the right time.

Living up to their billing

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With Kansas being right in their prime, the exact opposite can be said about their Week 11 counterparts, the Dallas Cowboys. America’s Team have done very little in the past 25 years. Three Super Bowl wins out of four in the early nineties are a distant memory as the Cowboys haven’t even managed to get past the Divisional Round in the playoffs since their last Lombardi trophy. Despite Dallas’ lack of recent success, they are always one of the NFC favourites coming into the season. This year is slightly different to previous years; the Dallas Cowboys are actually living up to their billing.

Success is in the quarterbacks

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This week 11 match-up between the Chiefs and Cowboys is in Arrowhead Stadium. Arrowhead Stadium owns the record for the noisiest stadium, so expect it to be rocking on Sunday Evening.

So where does success to this match-up lie? Put simply, the Quarterbacks. Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Dak Prescott is back. Fully recovered from his gruesome ankle injury last season and his shoulder injury earlier this season, Prescott is a prime contender for Comeback Player of the Year. In the eight games he has played in so far this season, he has thrown 20 TD’s and has 5 out of 8 games where he has thrown three or more touchdown passes. Of course, Prescott can’t catch his own passes and he has been ably supported by Wide Receivers CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper. With Wide Receiver Michael Gallup returning from injury, the Cowboys will soon have their top three Wideouts fully fit. It is worth pointing out that Dallas is not an all-out passing team and with the Running Back tandem of Ezekiel Elliot and Tony Pollard already having combined for over 1100 yards rushing, the Cowboys can beat you both in the air and on the ground.

NFL MVP: Patrick Mahomes

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Patrick Mahomes is the Chiefs’ Superman. The perennial NFL MVP contender has had a rocky first half of the season. Throughout the previous two seasons, Mahomes had a total of 11 interceptions, however, so far this season, the Chiefs QB currently has 10 interceptions in his first 10 games. The 5th year Quarterback had a run of seven successive games where he gave the ball away to the opposition which was by far the worst run of his NFL career. With only one interception in his last three games, the Chiefs No.15 is back to taking care of the ball as Kansas have started to roll. Mahomes has two main targets, Wide Receiver Tyreek Hill, and Tight End Travis Kelce. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers demonstrated to perfection in Super Bowl 55 how to stop the Kansas City Chiefs; double team their top two targets and try and keep Mahomes in the pocket.

Predicting a close-call

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With both teams being able to put up points on the board seemingly at will, the result of this game could well come down to who has possession of the ball last. A Sunday night cross-conference blockbuster between two play-off contenders both looking for a statement win. This contest has all the makings of a classic and it’s why it’s America’s - and Belushi’s - game of the week.

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