Lets overreact to NFL Week 11: Worry about the Cowboys? Who is the AFCs best team? Should Baker be shut down?

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Game of the week? More like lame of the week, amirite?

Cowboys-Chiefs was supposed to be a fireworks show. Instead it was a mud-wrestling match. Dak Prescott and Patrick Mahomes faced off in the high-profile quarterback matchup of the season, and neither threw a single touchdown pass. The final score was a weird-looking (though, not a Scorigami) 19-9, and the story of the game was about how Steve Spagnuolo’s Chiefs defense smothered the Cowboys’ high-powered (albeit short-handed) offense all night. Kansas City confused Prescott with coverages and blitzes and the sheer individual might of Chris Jones (3.5 sacks), and Dallas headed home with its lowest single-game point total since last November’s infamous Ben DiNucci game.

This game was always made to lead the overreactions column, so why delay the inevitable? After a performance like this against a team that has played in the past two Super Bowls, the only logical way to begin this week is with …

The Cowboys are in trouble

Dallas has now lost two of its past three games after a 6-1 start and is showing cracks in the veneer. What’s worse, the Cowboys have to play again Thursday, and they are likely to be significantly short-handed for their traditional Thanksgiving game. Top wideout Amari Cooper is on the reserve/COVID-19 list and won’t be cleared in time for Thursday. Fellow top wideout CeeDee Lamb is in concussion protocol as a result of a hard landing in Sunday’s game, and it’s tough to clear concussion protocol in four days.

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