After a dominating performance against the Rams, the Cowboys will go on the road to face the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers are 1-2 and lost to the Tennessee Titans last week in a close match up. The Cowboys are currently in first place in the NFC East. If they beat the Chargers tomorrow, they will hold a commanding lead early in the season.
The Chargers are a very dangerous team despite being 1-2. In all three games they played, the score was decided by three points in all of them. They were also all decided in the fourth quarter, so don’t be surprised if the game is a close one in San Diego.
There were not many expectations for the Chargers in 2013. However, in the first three weeks of the season, they are turning some heads. Philip Rivers look to have return to his old form. So far he has thrown for 798 yards, 8 touchdowns, 1 interception, and has a passer rating of 116.2. Out of all starting quarterbacks, Rivers is currently second in the league in passer rating. The only player that he trails is Peyton Manning. Tony Romo has the fifth highest passer rating in the league, and this should mean a very fun QB duel on Sunday.
The key to the game will be in the trenches. The Cowboys dominated the Rams because both their offensive line and defensive line were dominant. This week I’ll be keeping an eye on George Selvie and his matchup against rookie first round pick, D.J. Fluker. Fluker did not play against the Titans last week, and there’s a chance that he won’t play against the Cowboys either. No matter what, I expect Selvie to continue to shine. Selvie has stepped up as a starter and already has 2 sacks for the season. If he faces Fluker’s backup, he could field a great day.
Another player to watch out for the Cowboys is Sean Lee. With all of the injuries to the Chargers wide receivers, the Chargers will need to rely more on Antonio Gates. This is where Sean Lee will shine. Lee is outstanding in coverage, and with Gates going down the middle, Sean Lee will get more opportunities to make plays and hopefully force turnovers. If Sean Lee can shut down San Diego’s primary receiving option, the Cowboys can roll over the Chargers
The Chargers are a rising team desperate for a win. The Cowboys looked dominant last week against the Rams, but can they beat a hungry Chargers team?