So on Sunday the Cowboys are going to be out there looking good. Of course the most important looking good for them needs to be on the football field. Their opponent this week is off to a 1-2 start. Luckily for the Cowboys that win was against their Division rival the Philadelphia Eagles. You can’t pin the two losses on normal Chargers scapegoat, Phillip Rivers though. Currently Rivers is the 2nd rated NFL QB behind next week’s opponent, Peyton Manning. Rivers has thrown 8 TDs and only 1 INT in 2013.
If we’ve learned anything so far in the very young 2013 it is that the Cowboys need to take the ball away. Well, up to now Rivers isn’t obliging. Not only has he thrown only the one pick, he hasn’t fumbled. Enter the mind games of Rod Marinelli to the picture. The Cowboys D-line Svengali deposited gifts to his players in the Cowboys locker room this week. It was a small foam football with a note that it was time for sack fumble scores. Now, wouldn’t that be amazing if his players stepped up to the task and delivered?
If DeMarcus Ware and company get to Phillip Rivers on Sunday in their blues and give him the blues, it might open up the Cornerbacks for some picks. Rivers does have a tendency to force throws into coverage if he is pressured. That really isn’t any revelation, all QBs do that on occasion trying to make a play. But on Sunday Rivers is facing the team in second place in the NFL for sacks (this without the now shelved Anthony Spencer), and they will do it with a very banged up Offensive Line. Both of the Chargers starting Offensive Tackles have been dealing with concussions, and their best Guard has a turf toe injury.
I think it is safe to say the relentlessly attacking Cowboys are licking their chops as the Chargers are licking their wounds. I caution fans not to get too optimistic about this M*A*S*H report. On many occasions I’ve seen backup players come in for injured starters, scared to death, and simply play outstanding. Dallas isn’t going to have a walk in the park to disrupt Rivers, they’re going to have to earn it.