The Dallas Cowboys were surprisingly defeated by the San Diego Chargers at home on Sunday afternoon, 30-21. The Cowboys came into the game riding high from a 31-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams the week before. And the Chargers were reeling from a last second defeat to the Tennessee Titans. Yet, San Diego’s defense was able to stop Dallas from scoring in three of the game’s four quarters. All while their quarterback, Phillip Rivers, effectively picked apart the touted Dallas defense for over 400 yards passing. Here are ten more reasons the Cowboys lost to the Chargers on Sunday:
10. DeMarcus Ware Disappeared
Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Ware has reemerged this season as a dominant force in the pass rush. After injury had slowed down the future Hall of Famer last year, this season he appeared healthier and faster than ever.
In the Cowboys first game against the New York Giants, Ware recorded an interception on the very first play from scrimmage, setting a defensive tone for the season. In the last two games, Ware has constantly pressured the quarterback and recorded four sacks in that time.
In today’s game against the Chargers, Ware all but disappeared. He recorded just two tackles and his name was never mentioned once. He did suffer from two stingers in practice last week, which might account for his ineffectiveness. But Ware was supposed to thrive against a banged up Chargers offensive line. Instead, he got manhandled. Rivers was sacked just once in the game, and it was not by the Cowboys all-time sack leader.