Some football games just scream “classic” before the ball is even kicked off. That seems to be the case for next Sunday’s clash between the Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs. Two high-powered offenses going at it for 60 minutes in late November. Although none would be considered a “favorite” by most, no one would fully rule them out for being in the Super Bowl in February.

But first things first. The Cowboys and the Chiefs aim to get a statement win. A victory that tells the rest of the league that they’re for real. Even though the context is quite different for each franchise.

The Chiefs came into the season as one of the top teams in the league. Despite not being a top-tier team defensively, an elite offense would surely have them in contention for the AFC’s #1 seed. But the defense has been worse than expected this season. And that hasn’t been the only issue. Offensively, they’re the team with the second-most giveaways in the NFL.

Some have concerns that the Kansas City Chiefs aren’t the same team anymore.

On the other hand, the Dallas Cowboys are the opposite. They don’t have any recent history to look back to that would make you say “Well, it’s the Cowboys. They’re always in the mix.” In Mike McCarthy’s second season with the franchise, the Cowboys are aiming to make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2018.

Some have concerns that the Dallas Cowboys aren’t “for real.”

But a win against the other would solidify the public’s perception of each of these teams. It’s funny how the NFL works from time to time.

The Cowboys have one big advantage over the Chiefs

The main reason why this game will be must-watch TV is that both these teams boast high-powered offenses. The total sits at 56 points as the markets expect both teams to flirt with the 30-point mark. The Cowboys rank 1st in the league with 31.6 points per game while the Chiefs rank 10th, but are coming off a “get-right” win over the Raiders in which they put up 41 points.

There’s one particular stat that makes things very interesting for the Cowboys and Chiefs, though. Ben Baldwin noted on Twitter the key stat of the percentage of series that result in a first down or a touchdown.

Judging by it, the Chiefs have the #1 offense in the NFL, and the Cowboys trail at #2. Not bad for a Week 11 game.

But here’s where things get even more interesting. If we take a look at the defensive series results, the Dallas Cowboys are a Top 4 defense! And in this stat, the Chiefs are not really close as they sit all the way down at #31. Only above the New York Jets and the Atlanta Falcons.

To be fair, the Chiefs haven’t allowed over 20 points over their past three games. Although they’ve played a poor schedule in that span, there are still real reasons for that improvement. They’re getting healthier, plus Frank Clark is playing significantly better. That has allowed Chris Jones to slide to the inside and generate QB pressure at DT.

But it’s one thing if the Chiefs have improved on defense. Being able to stop the Dallas Cowboys, arguably the best offense in the NFL is a whole different conversation.

For more on this advantage for the Dallas Cowboys, check out Wednesday’s A to Z Sports Dallas Primetime! 

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