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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2. Micah Parsons spends time at MLB, sacks Justin Herbert twice

Not only did Dallas get embarrassed on Sunday against the 49ers, but they also lost one of their top defenders. Starting middle linebacker Leighton Vander Esch suffered a neck injury which is a concerning injury for any player, but more so for LVE who has had issues since his collegiate days.

With him heading to the IR, the Cowboys signed former first-round pick Rashaan Evans, who had 159 tackles for the Atlanta Falcons in 2022. They were fortunate to have the chance to sign a starting-caliber player at this point in the season but it's not likely that he will be a huge factor on Monday night.

That means the Cowboys will lean heavily on Damone Clark and Markquese Bell against the Chargers — but they could also move Micah Parsons back to linebacker as well for certain packages.

This plan would allow them to put their best players on the field with DeMarcus Lawrence, Dorance Armstrong, Dante Fowler, and Sam Williams splitting time on the edge while Parsons can blitz from the MLB spot. In this bold prediction that happens and Parsons records two sacks on Justin Herbert as he does his part to get the defense back on track.