A dominate pass rush led to an cruising Sunday victory over the NFC East leading Cowboys.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was under a lot of duress in Week 11. Prescott was sacked five times and threw two interceptions in their 10-point loss.
One key contributor to the defensive line was Chris Jones. No. 95 was awarded AFC defensive player of the week, rightfully so after a 3.5 sack performance with a recovered fumble.
Jones began this year lined up more at the defensive end, but has gotten back to his more natural role. With that, the defense has seen a night-and-day difference to it.
The trio of Frank Clark, Jarran Reed, and Jones has started to come together strongly. All three got to Prescott last Sunday and created consistent pressure to force mistakes. Including his two key interceptions in Chiefs territory.
Clark and Reed appear to be getting back to their old Seattle days of production. The two combined for 23.5 sacks in 2018 for the Seahawks.
An impressive defensive showing even despite the Cowboys being without wide receiver Amari Cooper and left tackle Tyron Smith. The Chiefs still held one of the best scoring offenses out of the endzone for the whole game.
When playing the Chiefs, settling for field goals has not shown to be a realistic way to beat a Patrick Mahomes Chiefs team. The defense has certainly made it difficult over the last month of football.
The Chiefs’ defense is in a groove as of late, allowing a league-low average of 11.8 points per game during their four-game winning streak. This has been a huge plus for a team that previously relied on the offense to carry the workload and win shootout games.
The Chiefs will need this production to stay consistent. The Chiefs have six games remaining, four of those games against divisional opponents.
As it currently stands the Chiefs sit at 7-4, the Chargers behind them at 6-4, while the Raiders and Broncos both sit at .500 through 10 games. These late-season matchups are going to be vital for the AFC West to see who represents the division this year.