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Chiefs lean on D to stuff Prescott, Cowboys in 19-9 win | Ap

TThe Kansas City Chiefs had played so terribly on defense earlier this season that the Dallas Cowboys and their senior offense were probably confident they could keep things going on Sunday night.

Chris Jones and the rest of the Chiefs made a contrary statement.

Jones stacked 31/2 sacks while forcing one fumble and regaining one, and Charvarius Ward and L’Jarius Sneed knocked out Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott at key points in the game, helping the AFC West leading chiefs to a 19-9 – Victory over the Cowboys in the noticeably noisy Arrowhead Stadium.

“We had a tough couple of weeks. We had a lot of injuries. It didn’t click, ”Jones admitted,“ but when you think about it, we were still able to keep up. And to have everyone back and build that chemistry, I think that’s a big part of our success right now. “

The defense helped save Patrick Mahomes, who had a 260 yard pass with an interception and a fumble. Clyde Edwards-Helaire added 63 yards of rushing and a touchdown for the Chiefs (7-4) on his return from the injured reserve.

“There have been many ups and downs for everyone throughout the season,” said Mahomes, whose team nevertheless beat NFC East 4-0 and have a four-game streak behind them. “We’ve had games where we got lots of points and played well and games we didn’t and we still found a way to win.”

Prescott was held at 216 yards and two interceptions for the cowboys, though he lacked a lot of help.

Left tackle Tyron Smith missed his third straight game with an ankle injury. Amari Cooper tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and his wide receiver CeeDee Lamb suffered a concussion just before halftime. And running back Ezekiel Elliott seemed to pinch his ankle early, despite finishing the game with nine carries for 32 yards.

“We had 48 healthy players ready to play,” said Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy. “We had a number of guys who couldn’t play in the game. This is the NFL. That’s the course of a season. “

The biggest bright spot for the Cowboys (7-3), Micah Parsons forced a fumble and got two more sacks as the NFL’s highest scoring offense was held at 5 of 15 in third place and 276 yards total.

“I’m never discouraged, but pissed off, yeah, sure,” said Prescott. “Especially when you have the opportunity to play against a team that has been in the Super Bowl for the past two years and we’ve had the chance to show what we’re capable of. But this is a resilient team that will keep fighting and getting better, I can tell you. “

The Chiefs did exactly the same after the rough first seven weeks of staying 3-4 and most recently at AFC West. They eliminated many of the ball losses and penalties that hampered their offensive, and a defense that was historically inept in September and October has turned into a ferocious, ball-throwing bunch in November.

Just ask Prescott, who spent much of Sunday running away.

Mahomes followed up a 406-yard, five-touchdown performance against the Raiders by rolling the Cowboys in the first half. He led Kansas City on an 86-yard march that ended with Travis Kelce snapping a direct snap for a touchdown, then a few minutes later led a 65-yard drive that ended with Edwards-Helaire’s brief TD- Run ended.

All the Cowboys could manage was Greg Zuerlein’s field goal and they were 16: 3 behind at break.

Zuerlein scored two more in the second half, and Harrison Butker added another field goal for Kansas City as the teams exchanged silly mistakes that kept them from reaching the end zone. Mahomes let a pass ricochet off Kelce’s hands for another interception, and the Cowboys had a promising drive after a false start penalty.

The chiefs made sure the cowboys never got possession the rest of the way.

“Every week is a big challenge and I talk about wins and losses, those ups and downs – teams are preferred and they are beaten. It’s crazy, ”said Chiefs trainer Andy Reid. “We just have to stay ahead and go down and take every game as it comes. We haven’t proven anything yet. You can talk about anything after the season; Find an island and tell everyone about it. But not so much at the moment. “

TEMPERATURE WALL

Teams nearly came to blows late in the first half when Kelvin Joseph tore off the helmet of the Cowboys Rashad Fenton, who in turn began to mock the Dallas sideline. Both players have been marked for offsetting penalties.

INJURIES

Cowboys: Lamb injured himself after a jump ball in the end zone towards the end of the first half. Ward picked it up and Lamb landed hard. He was helped into the locker room by coaches and did not return. … FS Donovan Wilson left in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury.

Bosses: Chiefs FS Tyrann Mathieu was put on the injury list as questionable about three hours before kick-off. But after working with coach Rick Burkholder before the game, the three-time all-pro agreed. … RB Jerick McKinnon injured his thigh in the first quarter. … Fenton injured his right knee in the fourth quarter.

NEXT

The Cowboys return home to play against the Raiders on Thanksgiving Day.

The Chiefs have a week off before they play the Broncos on December 5th.

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