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E44: Pocket Protectors [Kansas City Recap + Dallas Preview]

Eric Eager joins Jayson Brown to discuss what went wrong in Kansas City and to preview our upcoming matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.

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In this episode:

Eric Eager joins Jayson Brown to discuss what went wrong in Kansas City and to preview our upcoming matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.

Chiefs Recap

Chris Jones is a stud but poor against the run

Derrick Nnadi and Khalen Saunders clogged up the interior

Dalvin Cook had zero yards before contact

Vikings defense was generally good outside of a handful of plays

Vikings were inefficient on early downs and were playing behind the sticks

Playing behind the chains limits personnel choices for the Vikings

WR depth was exposed

Bisi Johnson and Laquon Treadwell played too prominent a role

KC run defense has been trending up the previous 2 weeks

8 hurries, 1 sack, and 1 QB hit from the interior OL

Edge pressure is typically more damaging

Overall data says Kirk Cousins is neutral when under pressure

KC forced Vikings into poor situations

Chris Jones wrecked the game in passing situations 6 pressure, 5 hurries, and 5 stops in the run game

Charvarius Ward, Morris Clairborne, and Breshad Breeland weren’t tested as they should have been

Hard to justify “running more” when you have zero yards before contact

Need to see more passing to Dalvin Cook

Kirk Cousins was off

Between 0 - 9 yards, only 7/14 (50%) on gimme throws

4/16 on pressured dropbacks

Vikings are profoundly unpredictable

Every game is a coin flip

“KC has scored 26 or more in all but one game that Patrick Mahomes has started”

Previewing Dallas Cowboys Game

PFF says Vikings (6th) are a better team than the Cowboys (11th)

Kirk Cousins at his best is better than Dak Prescott at his best.

Dallas are 3 points favorites

Dallas had one of the easiest schedules to start the season and one of the hardest to close the season

Dak’s rushing is the x factor in this game

Check out Eric’s article here.