Cowboys vs. Chargers Preview

Dallas Cowboys @ Los Angeles Charger (-3, 55.5)

September 19, 2021

4:25pm EST on CBS

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The Dallas Cowboys went toe-to-toe with the defending Super Bowl champions in week one, only to fall on a last second field goal, 31-29. The Los Angeles Chargers are coming off a hard-fought 20-16 road win against Washington in their opener. The Chargers are a 3 ½ - point favorite with an over/under of 55.  They have won the last three games between the teams, covering the spread each time.

The most impressive part about the Cowboys in the opener was the relative ease they had moving the ball against a tough Tampa Bay defense. They racked up over 450 yards from scrimmage and 30 first downs.  The combination of Dak Prescott to Amari Cooper was unstoppable, connecting 13 times for 139 yards and two scores. In addition, CeeDee Lamb added over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.  What must improve in this week’s game is the output of Ezekiel Elliott, who gained a meager 33 yards on 11 carries.

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As great as the offense was, that’s how inept the defense was against Tom Brady. Despite intercepting him twice, Dallas failed to record a sack and allowed 379 yards passing and four touchdown strikes.  On a positive note, Anthony Brown was all over the field, recording a team-high 11 tackles.

In Washington, the Chargers fell behind by three early in the second half.  Los Angeles answered with 11 minutes remaining with a touchdown pass from Justin Herbert to Mike Williams. Herbert was very effective, completing 31-of-47 for 337 yards and a score. Keenan Allen was the top target, hauling in nine for 100 yards.

This game has all the making of another shootout.  The Redskins have a considerably stronger defense than the Cowboys, yet still allowed Herbert to dice them up for nearly 340 yards.  For Dallas, what can be expected from them offensively, particularly with the loss of Michael Gallup. They still have plenty of weapons in which to attack the Chargers’ defense.

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One aspect not to overlook is the extra three days' rest that the Cowboys had, which is basically a mini-bye week after the first game of the season. On the flip side, they are on the road and will be in three cities in a span of just a week and a half. The Chargers will be in the friendly confines of their own home and stadium, a factor that makes an impact.

The Cowboys clearly have an offense that is dangerous in its own right, but the Chargers are overall more explosive. In addition, keep an eye on the right side of the Dallas offensive line. They are missing a key component there, which could allow Joey Bosa to create havoc and create much needed pressure on Dak Prescott.

Look for a wild, high scoring game, which could be the highest point total of the week.


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