Cowboys vs Chargers bold predictions: Dallas backup has career night

The Dallas Cowboys look to put a tough loss behind them as they face Kellen Moore and his Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football
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3. Dan Quinn out duels Kellen Moore

In 2021 and 2022, it was a tale of two coordinators for America's Team. Dan Quinn came in to replace Mike Nolan and instantly became a folk hero. He turned one of the worst defenses in the league into a powerhouse. Not only that but for the first time in more than a decade, he found a way to create turnovers for a defense that seemed to be allergic to the football.

On the other side, there was Kellen Moore. The former backup quarterback ascended to offensive coordinator after just one season as the quarterback coach and didn't receive a warm greeting at all. He then proved to be a talented play-caller and helped Dallas boast one of the top offenses in the league for years.

While Quinn was praised for his turnaround, Moore was blamed when the team fell short. It didn't matter if their offense dropped 30 points, if Dak Prescott was unable to make a play in the clutch, Moore took the heat. Eventually, it led to his departure as Mike McCarthy took control of the offense.

Heading into this one, Moore again has a top-five offense and Justin Herbert is lighting it up with 1,106 yards and seven touchdowns against just one pick. On top of that, he's completed 71 percent of his attempts this season.

As impressive as that is, he will be facing a defensive coordinator who knows him and his tendencies incredibly well. Throw in the fact that this defense was just humiliated on national television and Quinn will surely have their attention as they look to save face on Monday Night Football. That's why this bold prediction is that Quinn gets the best of Moore, holding the offense under 20 points while forcing Herbert into his first multi-interception game of the season.