Last season the Dallas Cowboys were unable to string consecutive wins together until Week 10-11 against Philadelphia and Cleveland. By then a great deal of opportunities had slipped through their fingers and propelled Dallas to another 8-8 season.
Next up on the docket is a road matchup against the 1-2 San Diego Chargers. Their record does not fully tell the tale of who the Cowboys will be facing Sunday afternoon. After bracketing loses around their Week 2 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles, you would think Dallas would be set up to come away with an easy victory and move on to 3-1 on the season, but not so fast.
Chargers’ starting quarterback Philip Rivers is having a stellar year and will be playing in front of his home crowd. You can’t count a team out of it when their quarterback is completing 70 percent of his passes and has only been sacked six times in three games. The Cowboys’ defense surely has their work cut out for them this week, but in the end it will be the offense that will have to step up and propel Dallas to their first string of consecutive victories in the first half of the season since Week 2-3 in 2011.
To be fair the Chargers’ offense has been one of the better ones in the league to date. They rank 12th in league in passing and have no real number one receiver, and they rank 18th in rushing with a suspect offensive line and a fumble-happy running back in Ryan Matthews. Just think where they would be if they still had Vincent Jackson and a running back that didn’t like to give the ball away to opposing defenses?
The Chargers’ defense on the other hand is a polar opposite story. They have been the team’s demise so far, allowing opposing offenses 340+ yds/gm through the air, and 130 yds/gm on the ground. That’s good for 32nd and 28th in the league, respectively. There are matchups all over the field that Dallas can exploit.
San Diego has only sacked opposing quarterbacks six times in the first three weeks. In comparison, Dallas has done that in one game already, and has 13 sacks on the season. But to be fair, the Chargers don’t have the luxury of a DeMarcus Ware. With Dallas’ offensive line protecting Tony Romo better than they have in years, and DeMarco Murray coming off a confidence boosting performance last week against the St. Louis Rams, the Chargers’ defense has their work cut out for them.
If Romo can stay away from the silly mistakes, that seem to sprout up at the most inopportune times, and put points on the board regularly like they did last week, then this week’s game is a very winnable one.