The Chargers (1-0) open their home game lineup by hosting the Dallas Cowboys (0-1) at SoFi Stadium on Sunday at 1:25 p.m. PT. The game will be on CBS with former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo as color commentator, Jim Nantz will be play-by-play, and the sideline will be Tracy Wolfson.
The Cowboys have just finished a good opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The defense pulled off four turnovers against Tom Brady and Co., while the offense hit over 400 yards against one of the NFL’s best defenses.
The Chargers’ defense will face a tough attack led by quarterback Dak Prescott and the weapons that attack has. Edge rusher Joey Bosa knows the defense will have to contain him on Sunday.
“We know [Cowboys QB] Dak [Prescott] is a really talented quarterback, âsaid Bosa. âWe have to make sure we keep it in our pocket. It’s kind of the story of a D line every week, not letting the QB play with his feet, escaping from those big gaps. Our rushers are going to have to be solid. We are going to have to work together. Obviously they have weapons, but I think if you neutralize Dak he won’t be able to put the ball on those weapons.
The Chargers high school will be in the spotlight on Sunday because of Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb. They are a dangerous duo that totaled over 240 yards and three touchdowns. The secondary will need to be on guard, especially with cornerback Chris Harris Jr. with a shoulder injury.
Defensive player to watch
Joey Bosa. Cowboys don’t have a starting right tackle La’el Collins is suspended, so he won’t be playing. Terence Steele will start, so Bosa could lick his chops a bit. Last week Bosa had a good opening weekend adding a strip sack and could look for more on Sunday. Bosa moves on both sides, but he can stay more on the right side for the shift.
Offensive player to watch
Keenan Allen. The Cowboys’ secondary is improved from last season, but Allen could be the Tasmanian Devil on Sunday. He just finished a game of nine catches for 100 yards. He can exploit the Cowboys high school, especially if quarterback Justin Herbert throws dimes like he was last weekend. It could be a play that Allen puts a seal on the way he did on Thanksgiving night 2017.
The offensive line. The Chargers’ offensive line had a strong performance against Washington with rookie left tackle Rashawn Slater in the lead. The Cowboys have injuries on their defensive line, so the Bolts’ offensive line needs to give Herbert time. If the offensive line slows down the Cowboys’ defensive line, then Herbert will prepare for their high school.
Chargers are favored by -3.5 points. If both teams were healthy, this game could be very close and the result would be a draw. The Cowboys have more serious injuries and the Chargers are coming out of a strong game. They will seek to continue this on Sunday.
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