Five things to watch in Sunday’s Cowboys game against the Chiefs

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1A clean start

The Cowboys were in this situation a year ago — nice win to start, on the road to play a team coming off a down year. Then bam, the Seattle Seahawks pounced on a fumbled kickoff and a blocked punt. In a hostile road environment Sunday, the Cowboys don’t want to take themselves out of the game before its starts.

2Getting Dez going

Last week, the New York Giants bottled up Dez Bryant, holding him to four catches with constant double coverage. Coach Jason Garrett said it’s the world Bryant is going to live in now. If that’s true, he and the Cowboys are going to have to figure out a way to make plays in that world.

3Leaning on the run

The Chiefs’ new defensive coordinator is out of the Ryan defensive tree — he believes in attacking, attacking, attacking. How much do the Cowboys want Tony Romo dropping back against a team that had six sacks last week? Wouldn’t they rather see him hand off as much as possible?

4Attacking Claiborne

The Cowboys cornerback has a shoulder injury. It’s a separated shoulder from last week that is going to be sore for a while. Claiborne has to use it if he’s going to tackle like the Tampa 2 asks corners to tackle. He’ll have to play with pain and discomfort as much as possible.

5Increase

turnover total

After one week, the Cowboys have the league’s best turnover differential: plus-5. The Chiefs won’t wing it like the Giants. Jamaal Charles will take care of the ball better than David Wilson. The turnover opportunities figure to be fewer for the Cowboys this week. — Carlos Mendez

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