October 07, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) is hit by Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe (92) while throwing in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Ravens won 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

“Hi, I’m Dontari Poe. Nice To Eat You, Travis.”

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The Kansas City Chiefs’ defense was dominant last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This week, the Chiefs have a much stiffer test at home against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys beat the New York Giants on the Sunday night game,  36-31, in what was a truly unwatchable and sloppy contest. There were seven turnovers and I know for all Addicts how painful it was to see one of our favorite former players, Brandon Carr, get a pick-six while wearing the blue and silver of Dallas.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo played well enough, hitting on 36 of 49 pass attempts for 263 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His offensive line was decent, giving up just two sacks for 19 yards and six hits on the quarterback. In comparison, the Chiefs defense had six sacks and 10 QB hits against the Jaguars.

The key match-up for this home opener may be Chiefs’ nose tackle Dontari Poe against Cowboys’ rookie center Travis Frederick. Frederick was the Cowboys’ first round pick and 31st overall pick in this year’s 2013 NFL Draft. He played for the Badgers of the University of Wisconsin and was the consensus, highest-rated center available. The matchup numbers are favorable for Poe, however. In the NFL Combine, Frederick ran a 5.58 in the forty yard dash, the second slowest among all offensive lineman. Two years ago, Poe ran a 4.98 and he outweighs Frederick by thirty pounds. It gets worse. Frederick had only 21 repetitions in the 225 lb. bench press. Poe had 44 reps, or more than twice as many as Frederick.

As we all saw last week, Poe is on his way to having a dominant season, which may or may not be related to removing barbeque from his diet. He embarrassed Jaguar center and longtime veteran Brad Meester. I”m afraid that Poe may literally eat Travis Frederick on Sunday, like a really fast whale swallows krill as it inhales water moving forward towards, well, Tony Romo (this may be the first time the young Travis Frederick has been compared to krill).

The offensive line was one of the biggest concerns for the Cowboys this offseason, so much so that they have brought in former Chiefs legend Brian Waters to play guard (I’ll never say a bad word, ever, about Waters). The Cowboys are most certainly sweating, figuring out how to gameplan for Poe. They will likely double-team him with some combination of a running back, Waters, current right guard starter Mackenzy Bernadeau, left guard Ronald Leary (who started for the first time in his career last week) or all of the above.

This scenario is exactly what new Chiefs Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton was hoping for. If Poe and the defensive front three of the Chiefs can get into the backfield, opposing teams will be forced to double team up the middle, leaving lanes wide open for inside linebackers Derrick Johnson and Akeem Jordan; defensive ends Mike DeVito and Tyson Jackson; and of course outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.

There’s no better way to slow down Romo, running back DeMarco Murray and receivers Miles Austin and Dez Bryant (although Bryant may be out with a bum ankle) then to disrupt Romo’s timing and make him hate his offensive line. Each and every Cowboy fan already has a love/hate relationship with Romo. If Poe and company apply pressure right up the gut, then we can all see the Romo we like: the one throwing interceptions. Those interceptions start that wonderful blame-and-shame spiral, where fans start booing Romo, Romo plays the sullen martyr, Head Coach Jason Garrett gets that “angry-but-I-don’t-know-what-to-do” look and owner Jerry Jones (the Al Davis of the NFC) starts looking like he’s going to fire somebody, or better yet, start stockpiling overrated, over-the-hill free agents.

If Dontari Poe eats the Cowboys’ center, look out for another stellar showing by the Chiefs’ defense. I know I’ll be watching every snap to see if Frederick is moving forwards or backwards. Addicts, do you think Poe will turn Frederick into a plate of burnt ends?!!

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    The rook’s going to have his hands full on Sunday.

    • David Fritch

      At this point do you think Poe was worth his high pick or do you think we should have gone with Luke Kuechly? I was severely disappointing when we passed on him but if Poe lives up to his pick I suppose we needed a NT more. What do you think?

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Kuechly’s certainly been the better player to this point, but Poe’s come around at a position where we had a bigger need. I think it all worked out.

  • Roc

    I think the defense will be top 5 in the league if Poe plays every game like he did last week

  • RepOurChiefs

    Im hoping that will be the case. Analyst are showing our def no respect by saying they will easily beat the chiefs by double digits. Time to make them respect whats respectable. Shrugs*

    • berttheclock

      Well, there are so-called “analysts” such as the ESPN guy who predicted the Redskins would beat the Eagles 41 to Zip, and the Nevada odds makers who installed the Chiefs as a 2 and half point favorite, and the line has moved to a steady 3 with the over/unders bouncing between 46 and a half to 47 and back to 46.5.

  • WORLDCHAMPSPURS

    I played this game in my mind last night while running. It ALL starts with Poe.

    We need to dominate both lines. Hit Romo, hard and often, and the odds exponentially favor us!

  • berttheclock

    Understand that Oklahoma Joe’s is considering adding a new sandwich to their menu.
    Smoked Romo on Texas Toast, ala Poe.

    • DoubleD

      Wouldn’t that sandwich need to be called a Poe Boy?
      Like maybe the “Toasted Tony Poe Boy”? Or for the ladies, the “Shredded Cowgirl Poe Boy”?

      • Joe Myers

        Love it !!!!

  • Chris Tarrants

    I like Waters just as much as the next guy but that isn’t going to work either. One rook and an aging vet are not going to be enough to stop Tony Danza out there Sunday. The kid is a beast who will not stop moving until the whistle blows

    • Michael Anthony Dine

      Tony danza?

      • Chris Tarrants

        Dontari “the boss” Poe. I feel old if I need to explain who Tony Danza is.

        • kcpauly

          Wow really Tony Danza? “Who’s the Boss”…ya hit me right up side the head with that one, from left field….Kinda like Poe will be hitting Romo
          Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!

        • Calchiefsfan

          A Tony Danza reference, just awesome, too funny Chris.

  • Perch

    GET IN MY BELLY

    • Chief Hokie

      Mmmm everyone likes their own brand

  • Joe Myers

    Truely I don’t care for carr he’s a Dallas douche bag he played hard for us but never truely want to play for us like berry

  • Deaudrey Dre-Mac MacDonald

    I do agree that it starts with Poe, if he forces the double team then look out. Tyson Jackson didn’t look bad either cause he showed his butt…literally!! Lol but it opens up the lanes you need to force Romo to be uncomfortable in the pocket for either a sack or turnover. I like the Chiefs in this game 27-21

    • David Fritch

      Tyson is getting better and exposing Cracks in the offensive line!!

  • Joe Myers

    http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=dallas-cowboys&id=4714749 . Romo knows he’s going to lose he knows this game is all about the chiefs its on !!!! He seems kinda scared .

    • micah stephenson

      Yup he sound scared to me. Lol

  • freshmeat62

    As I was reading this piece I was thinking what you later stated. Because Poe will almost certainly have to be double teamed, and possibly even tripled, this should be a game for the ILB’s. Maybe some stunts by the OLB’s and safety blitz.

    Come on Arrowhead crowd and do your thing. I haven’t been this excited about the Chiefs D since Neil Smith and DT were applying the clamps.

  • freshmeat62

    If I hear Romo bark out the signals at any time over the Arrowhead crowd noise, I’m going to be very disappointed.

  • micah stephenson

    Im glad we finally drafted a good NT. Poe is a beast. I can’t say enough good things about this defense. Lets go CHIEEEEEEFS!!!!

  • GDL40

    I sure hope it plays out JUST-LIKE-THAT !!!!!

  • antony555

    To hell with the East coast media, ESPN, and sport center, said nothing about our win last week not once, and now not a chance against Dallas. We had a bad season last year but sent 6 players to the Pro bowl not Dallas. I do hope all of everything the media has said is taped up on the walls of our locker room. And in other words we get no respect is being given to the Red and Gold, the coaches and fans and our city. Hit hard and often and do it all day in our house. Go Chiefs Go!!!!