Dallas at Kansas City
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, noon
Dallas leads the series 6-3
Last Meeting, Cowboys Win: Dallas 26, at Kansas City 20 (OT), Oct. 11, 2009
Series Streak: Dallas won the last two, and four of the last five games.
• The Cowboys have only faced three teams — Houston (three), Baltimore (four) and Jacksonville (five) — fewer than the nine times than they have faced the Chiefs.
• Dallas played the Chiefs four times in Kansas City and holds a 2-2 record when playing the Chiefs on the road.
• The Cowboys won back-to-back games against the Chiefs in 1992 and 1995 and again in 2005 and 2009 — the only time in the series either team won consecutive games.
• Prior to Dallas win in Kansas City in 2009, the home team has won the last six meetings, dating back to 1983.
A Cowboys Win Would…
• Improve Dallas’ series advantage to 7-3.
• Extend the Cowboys win streak over Kansas City to three games — the longest in the series.
• Give Dallas their 90th win over an AFC team since 1970.
• Allow the Cowboys to open the season 2-0 for the first time since 2008.
• Up Dallas’ current win streak over the AFC to four games.
AGAINST THE AFC: This week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs is the Cowboys first interconference
game of the season. Dallas faces the San Diego Chargers on the road in just a couple of weeks then hosts Denver on Oct. 6 before closing out its 2013 AFC schedule on Thanksgiving Day at AT&T Stadium against Oakland.
Last season, Dallas finished 3-1 while playing the AFC North. The Cowboys dropped the first contest at Baltimore, then beat Cleveland in overtime at home, Cincinnati on the road and Pittsburgh in overtime at home.
Since 1970, the Cowboys boast the NFC’s highest winning percentage (.571) when facing an AFC team. San Francisco is second (.558) and Philadelphia third (.548). Dallas’ 89 wins is second only to San Francisco’s 91.
Dallas won each of its last three and five of its last eight games against the AFC and hold a 7-5 mark since 2010.
AT ARROWHEAD: This week’s game at Kansas City is just the fourth time Dallas will play at Arrowhead Stadium with a 1-2 record. Below is a look at some of Dallas’ stats in previous trips to the landmark stadium: TEAM TOTALS Points 71 Total Net yards 1,027 Net Rushing yards 317 Net Passing yards 710 TEAM HIGHS Points 28 (Oct. 22, 1989) Total Net yards 498 (Oct. 11, 2009) Net Rushing yards 150 (Oct. 11, 2009) Net Passing yards 348 (Oct. 11, 2009) INDIVIDUAL HIGHS Passing yards 351 (Romo, Oct. 11, 2009) Rushing yards 92 (Tashard, Oct. 11, 2009) Receiving yards 250 (Austin, Oct. 11, 2009)
INSIDE THE SERIES: The Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs have faced each other nine times. Dallas leads the series 6-3.
In the nine games of the series there has been:
• Three games decided by double digits
• Three games decided by a field goal
• A 20-point win by Dallas — biggest series win (Nov. 20, 1983)
• An eight-point loss by Dallas — biggest series loss (Oct. 22, 1989)
• A Monday night game — a 31-34 Dallas loss (Nov. 10, 1975)
• A Thanksgiving Day game — a 24-12 Dallas win (Nov. 23, 1995)
• One overtime game — a 26-20 Dallas win (Oct. 11, 2009)
• 242 points scored by Dallas, 197 allowed
• 98 points scored by Dallas and 92 allowed in Kansas City
• A 2-2 Cowboys record while playing in Kansas City
FIRST TIME, LAST TIME: The first time these two clubs met, the Cowboys headed to Kansas City on oct. 25, 1970 looking to atone a 13-54 loss the previous week at Minnesota. The Cowboys accomplished their goal and handed the Chiefs a 27-16 loss in front of 51,158 fans.
The last time these two clubs met, the Cowboys travelled to Kansas on oct. 11, 2009 looking forward to the upcoming bye week. That did not serve as a distraction as the Cowboys managed a fourth quarter, come-from-behind 26-20 overtime in front of 71,214 fans. The day was highlighted by Miles Austin’s club record 250 receiving yards.
KANSAS CITY LAST WEEK: The Kansas City Chiefs opened up the 2013 season with a 28-2 home win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Alex Smith made his Chiefs debut, completing 21-of-34 passes for 173 yards with two touchdowns. Anthony Sherman led all pass catchers with 44 yards and tied Dwayne Bowe (four each) for the most receptions.
Jamaal Charles led the charges from the backfield, rushing 16 times for 77 yards (4.8) and a touchdown. After forcing a Jaguars punt on the opening series, the Chiefs went three-and-out but had a blocked punt go out of bounds in the end zone for a safety. After forcing a three-and-out themselves, Kansas City took just three plays to travel 24 yards for a Smith-to-Donnie Avery five-yard touchdown. The Chiefs took a 14-2 with 0:52 remaining in the opening frame when Smith found Junior Hemingway for a three-yard score. Charles added his score from two yards out at the 6:29 mark of the second quarter, giving the Chiefs a 21-2 halftime lead.
After a scoreless third period, Tamba Hali stepped in front of a Blaine Gabbert pass and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown and a final 28-2 margin.
DALLAS LAST WEEK: The Dallas Cowboys began the 2013 season with a 36-31 win at home over the New York Giants. Following a first quarter that saw the two teams trade field goals — Dallas’ Dan Bailey hit a 30-yarder and then New York’s Josh Brown countered with a 20-yarder — the Cowboys went on a 10-point run to grab a 13-3 lead in the second quarter. First, Bailey added his second field goal (38 yards) followed by a 15-yard Tony Romo-to-Jason Witten scoring hookup. Before the end of the half, the Giants answered with a 70-yard passing strike from Eli Manning-to-Victor Cruz that trimmed the lead to 13-10 at halftime.
On the Giants first drive of the second half, Nick Hayden stripped running back David Wilson and Barry Church recovered the fumble. He raced 27 yards for a touchdown that upped the Dallas lead to 20-10. The Cowboys increased their lead to 27-10 after Witten and Romo had another scoring connection (four yards). Later in the period, Manning again found Cruz (18 yards) for another passing touchdown to cut the lead to 27-17. Bailey hit his third field goal (45) of the night for Dallas early in the fourth quarter, putting the Cowboys up 30-17. New York answered once more with a 10-yard Manning-to-Cruz passing touchdown, bringing the deficit down to 30-24. With under 2:00 to go in the game, Brandon Carr intercepted Manning’s pass and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown, putting the Cowboys back up 36-24. The Giants scored once more on a four-yard pass Manning-to-Brandon Myers — bringing the score to 36-31, but New York’s onside kick attempt on the ensuing kickoff failed and Dallas held on for the win.