Chiefs struggling mightily

Chiefs struggling mightily

The Chiefs are 0-4 for a reason. Simply put, they have the league's 31st-ranked offense and 29th-ranked defense.

They don't do anything well. What the Cowboys do well is run the ball, so look for them to get back to doing that in Kansas City. Plays can be made in the passing game, but the Cowboys must commit themselves to grinding it out first against the Chiefs.

The Chiefs' offense doesn't have anyone who should scare the Cowboys, although receiver Dwayne Bowe can make a play in a late-game situation. The Chiefs will certainly try to run the ball with Larry Johnson and hopefully make it a four-quarter game. If the Cowboys control Johnson, who looks nothing like the Pro Bowl runner of a few years ago, then they should feast on the Chiefs' suspect passing game.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Chiefs G Brian Waters vs. Cowboys NT Jay Ratliff. Waters is the Chiefs' best offensive lineman. He is strong at the point of attack. The Chiefs make a living running behind him. Ratliff is the Cowboys' best interior lineman and has been very good against the run so far this season. He is also a pass-rushing threat. He is quick and disruptive.

Cowboys wide receivers vs. Chiefs secondary. The Chiefs have the NFL's 29th-ranked pass defense. They can't get to the quarterback and they can't cover. They are the perfect tonic for an ailing Cowboys passing game. Quarterback Tony Romo can get more comfortable and try to make some plays downfield to a receiver corps that has not produced through four games. Roy Williams and Patrick Crayton have 11 catches each.

INJURY UPDATES: Cowboys: WR Roy Williams (bruised ribs) did not practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he still hopes to play Sunday against the Chiefs.

* C Andre Gurode (sprained knee) practiced Thursday and will play Sunday against the Chiefs. Gurode sat out practice Wednesday for precautionary reasons.

* RB Felix Jones (sprained knee) still has not returned to practice and will not play until after the bye week. Jones has not played since the Carolina game. He missed the Denver game and will miss Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

* SS Gerald Sensabaugh underwent surgery to repair a broken plate in his right thumb. He is expected to be out until after the bye week.

* SS Mike Hamlin won't return until after the bye week. He has already missed four games after fracturing his wrist in the preseason.

Chiefs: Right now the Chiefs are not dealing with any major injury issues. There are plenty of bumps and bruises and various starters are at less than 100 percent: Cassel and Bowe on offense, with Demorrio Williams, Corey Mays, Derrick Johnson and Brandon Flowers on defense. But the Chiefs had all 53 players on their active roster practicing this week.

GAME NOTES: The birth of the Chiefs and Cowboys was in the same nursery, as these teams were born with the creation of the American Football League. Lamar Hunt announced the league in early August 1959, including his Dallas Texans. Within a month NFL owners were talking about an expansion team in Dallas. That came true in January 1960 when the creation of the Rangers, who later took the name Cowboys.

* The Texans and Cowboys shared the Cotton Bowl in Dallas for three seasons (1960-62). At the time, the Texans were the best product on the field, going 26-17 and winning the 1962 AFL Championship Game against the Oilers. The Cowboys were 9-28-3 during those three seasons. Team attendance figures for those seasons show the Cowboys at 452,946 fans, with the Texans drawing 449,909.

* The series between these teams featured one major upset, when in 1975 the Chiefs went to Texas Stadium for a Monday night game and won 34-31, beating a Cowboys team that would end up in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs that season were 5-9, but got a big game from RB Ed Podolak, who scored a pair of touchdowns while rushing for 88 yards. It's the only victory the Chiefs have enjoyed in Dallas since the franchise left after the 1962 season.

* The winner of this game will receive the Preston Road Trophy, a traveling trophy that was created by the late Lamar Hunt. It is presented to the winning owner whenever the Chiefs and Cowboys play each other, be it regular season or preseason. Both Jerry Jones and his family and the Hunts lived in the same Dallas neighborhood where the major artery is Preston Road. Lamar's widow Norma still lives there. Jones currently holds the trophy due to the Cowboys victory over the Chiefs back in the 2005 season.

* The Chiefs will wear throwback uniforms of the 1962 AFL champion Texans. That includes helmets that will feature the map of Texas, and a star where Dallas is located. It will be a unique football moment and probably would be better suited to be played in Dallas than in Kansas City. The throwback uniforms the Chiefs will wear are not very different from what they currently wear, as Hunt was against major changes to the jersey and pants worn by his players. The Cowboys will wear the uniforms of the franchise's first team in 1960.

* During halftime of the Cowboys-Chiefs game, the Chiefs will honor their Super Bowl IV winning squad on the 40th anniversary of their 1969 season that ended with a victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. All but one of the team's living Hall of Fame members from that season are expected to attend: Len Dawson, Jan Stenerud, Bobby Bell and Willie Lanier. Missing will be Emmitt Thomas, who is an assistant coach with the Atlanta Falcons, and the late Buck Buchanan.

BY THE NUMBERS: 0 -- The number of rushing touchdowns the Chiefs have after four games. They are one of three teams in the league without a score on the ground, joined by Buffalo and St. Louis.

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