After a historic offensive day by the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs, it’s fair to speculate if the 2020 Dallas Cowboys could mirror that explosiveness.
Whenever the Dallas Cowboys miss the playoffs, watching them is, at times, difficult. Still, when you love football, it’s hard not to tune in and see the best of the best in that given season.
Offensively, it’s impossible to argue that the best performance over the weekend belonged to the Kansas City Chiefs. After taking the first quarter off, the Chiefs’ offense became unstoppable.
Scoring on eight straight possessions, seven of which being touchdowns, Kansas City turned a 24-0 deficit into a 51-31 laugher to advance to the AFC Championship. The outburst of offensive wizardry tied or set several records, however, it was something else that caught my eye.
As I watched the Chiefs go up and down the field at will, all I could think about this. Why couldn’t the Dallas Cowboys do something similar next season?
As with everything these days, it starts at the quarterback position. Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes is unquestionably one of the two or three best in the game at this stage in his career. The Dallas Cowboys, however, have their own top-notch signal-caller.
If you were to give a ranking, from 1-10 on both quarterbacks, it would be fair to say Mahomes would get a 9 or 9.5. Dak Prescott? He’s probably a 7.5. Regardless, Prescott is more than capable of leading a big day or two for his team.
Even with Mahomes going over 300 yards passing with five touchdowns through the air, the receivers were not as big of a factor as you might think. Sammy Watkins, Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, and Demarcus Robinson combined for just eight catches for 140 yards and no touchdowns.
Maybe the Dallas Cowboys do not have burners like Hill and Hardman, but they do have accomplished receivers of their own. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Randall Cobb all have the ability to destroy defenses down the field. Without bias, I would probably take the Cowboys group over the Chiefs here.
Both offensive lines are great in their own right, even though they go about their business in different ways. The real differences in the two teams come at running back and tight end.
The Chiefs’ Travis Kelce is likely the best tight end in all of football. His 10-134-3 stat line did nothing to disprove that statement. Here’s another truth regarding Kelce. The Dallas Cowboys have nothing even remotely close to him.
At running back, the Chiefs primarily use Damien Williams. Williams is a decent back, but just like the Cowboys have no way to replicate what Kelce gives Kansas City, the Chiefs have no one like Ezekiel Elliott.
Even in what many considered a “down” year, Elliott put up over 1,350 yards rushing with 12 touchdowns. Seven times, Elliott eclipsed 100+ yards on the ground. He added 54 receptions and 420 yards receiving to this “down” year. All of these numbers far surpass the output that Williams could be counted on to provide.
As you can see the pieces are in place to put together as an unstoppable offense as the one Kansas City owns. In 2020, what could put it all together is the change in coaching.
One of the records that Chiefs tied on Sunday afternoon belonged to the 2007 Green Bay Packers. In scoring seven straight touchdowns, the Chiefs joined Green Bay as the only two teams to do so in the postseason. Does anyone want to guess who was the coach of that 2007 Packers squad?
Yep, you guessed it. It was none other than new Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy.
If anyone can get this offense humming like those other two historic teams, why not employ one of the men who actually did so? Maybe the Cowboys go out and add a speedster to stretch teams vertically? Maybe they just utilize backup running back Tony Pollard as a game-wrecking multi-faceted weapon? Either way, most, if not all of the pieces are already in place.
Can the 2020 Dallas Cowboys mirror that explosiveness Kansas City is capable of weaponizing? Now that the director of a previously dangerous offense is in tow, it’s entirely possible. Hopefully, that gets you through the rest of these playoffs.