In 2012, the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs had disappointing seasons. In 2013, both teams are looking to have a bounce-back year.
The Chiefs were one of the worst teams in the NFL, winning just two games. The Cowboys had a .500 record, but missed a chance to make the playoffs by losing the Washington Redskins in Week 17. They finished the season in third place.
After Week 1, each team is at 1-0. In Week 2, the two clubs will face off in Kansas City. The game will air on FOX at 1 p.m. ET. Viewers can watch a live stream online with a subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Kansas City may have had the most impressive win last week. They beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-2, with the only points they allowed coming on a safety off of a blocked punt. No other NFL team had a larger margin of victory.
A year ago, the Chiefs may have had the worst collection of quarterbacks in the league. Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn combined to throw eight touchdowns and 20 interceptions. In his first game as KC’s new signal caller, Alex Smith engineered three touchdown drives, finishing the contest with a 94.4 passer rating.
Dallas has returned most of their offensive players from last season, with Tony Romo at the helm. They almost blew their Week 1 game against the New York Giants, even though their NFC East rivals turned the ball over six times.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys, they’ll have to worry about stopping Jamaal Charles. The running back injured his quad in the second half of last week’s game, but he’s expected to suit up. No rusher has been as efficient as Charles since he entered the league. Last year, he averaged 5.3 yards per carry to go along with a 5.8 average over his career.
The Cowboys running back was a big reason for their Week 1 victory. DeMarco Murray had 125 total yards against the Giants. Tony Romo looked for Jason Witten in the red zone, hitting his tight end two times for scores.
Betting Line: Kansas City-3, 45.5
Prediction: Kansas City 24, Dallas 17