Coming into the Kansas City Chiefs' Week 11 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, there were some serious questions surrounding the team's defense. The Chiefs' defense was, uh, not great. Going head-to-head against the best offensive team in the season right seemed like a recipe for disaster for this already-struggling unit.
However, Chiefs fans were pleasantly surprised when the game started. The once-vaunted defense found their form once again, harassing Dak Prescott and the Cowboys to only nine points and no touchdown score. While onlookers may be shocked with this performance, Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes certainly wasn't.
Whole defense went crazy! I been trying to tell these people the last few weeks! https://t.co/kjPucXgaWo
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) November 22, 2021
While Patrick Mahomes had a mediocre outing by his standards (23 of 37 passes completed, 260 passing yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT), his defense more than made up for it. They put on a defensive clinic against Prescott and co., as the Chiefs held Prescott to just 216 yards on 28 of 43 passes. They also had two interceptions on Prescott, leading to an absymal 57.9 passer rating for the Cowboys quarterback.
Chris Jones led the Chiefs' defensive stand, as the defensive tackle recorded 3.5 of the 5 sacks on Prescott. Last week, it seemed like Mahomes and co. have found their groove on offense against the ailing Raiders. Now, their defensive masterpiece against the best offense in the league proved that they can also win games when their star quarterback is struggling.
The Chiefs are heading into a bye week after their tough win over the Cowboys. With a full two weeks ahead of this, this is the perfect time for Mahomes and Kansas City to figure out what they did well and implement it over the final few weeks.