Chargers at Cowboys: Who has the edge?
By Jack Wang
CHARGERS (4-6) at COWBOYS (5-5)
When: Thursday, 1:30 p.m. PT
Where: AT&T Stadium
Line: Chargers by 2
TV/Radio: Ch. 2; 640-AM, 980-AM (Spanish)
CHARGERS OFFENSE vs. COWBOYS DEFENSE
The Chargers scored 54 points last Sunday, their highest-point total since Philip Rivers became their quarterback. But the offense only accounted for four of the team’s six touchdowns, and got an average starting field position six yards shy of midfield. Given how much the Chargers have struggled to find an offensive rhythm, it’s still to early to declare whether or not their blowout of the Bills was the start of a turnaround, or a blip in a season-long trend.
The Cowboys rank top 10 in the league with 28 sacks — but bottom 10 with a 96.3 passer rating allowed to opposing quarterbacks. The absence of Sean Lee, ruled out again this week with a hamstring injury, could help the Chargers stay locked in. Dallas has allowed an average of 379 yards in three games without its Pro Bowl linebacker, compared to just over 311 when he plays. EDGE: EVEN
CHARGERS DEFENSE vs. COWBOYS OFFENSE
The Cowboys have given up 12 sacks in the last two games — although left tackle Tyron Smith could return from a groin injury this week, the All-Pro offensive lineman may not be at 100 percent. Either way, Dallas will have to contend with a defense that looks like one of the best in the league. The Chargers’ pass rush has looked great all season, and now they’re getting even more help from the secondary. Cornerback Casey Hayward is in Pro Bowl form, and he and safety Tre Boston have combined for seven of the team’s 12 interceptions.
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