The Dallas Cowboys vs. Kansas City Chiefs game this weekend looks to be a trap game for the Cowboys. However, ESPN reported on Sept. 13 that Anthony Spencer might be ready to return for the defense, helping improve an already solid unit.
Here are the five Cowboys players to watch in the Dallas vs. Kansas City game.
In week one, Austin exploded on offense with 10 receptions. That was because the New York Giants double covered Dez Bryant the entire game. With Bryant hobbled with a foot injury, Dallas will need Austin to continue his strong play. This is one of the first times that Austin has been healthy in years, so this could end up as a breakout season for Austin.
Last time Tony Romo played against the Kansas City Chiefs, he completed 20 passes and Miles Austin had his breakout game. Kansas City's defense looked great in week one, but that was against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Dallas is miles above the Jaguars, and Romo should be the main weapon for Dallas this game.
DeMarco Murray is the starting running back for Dallas, but he can't be expected to carry the load as a workhorse back. In week one, no one really stepped up other than Murray. Lance Dunbar returns from a foot injury this weekend and will be ready to serve as Murray's backup and a valuable third down back. If there is one sleeper player in the game, it is Dunbar.
DeMarcus Ware did not record a sack in week one and was pretty much held back. He did intercept a pass, but honestly, it just fell into his arms. This week, Ware will be needed to put pressure on Alex Smith. The quarterback makes few mistakes, but he is also a short yardage passer, so it will be up to Ware to get to him and force quick throws, or preferably to put him on the ground.
Brandon Carr played most of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs before joining Dallas last season. He led Dallas in interceptions in 2012 and already has a pick-six in 2013. Carr will look to disrupt his old team and hold Dwayne Bowe at bay. Expect Carr to be the shutdown corner that Dallas needs to force Kansas City to try to win on the ground.