Dallas Cowboys vs. San Diego Chargers
Two teams looking to get back to the playoffs this season face off on Sunday Night Football as the Dallas Cowboys host the San Diego Chargers in a week two preseason game. The Cowboys are -1 point favorites over the Chargers with an over/under point total set at 37.5.
The Dallas Cowboys eked out a win in week one of the NFL preseason but even so it is already apparent that Jason Garrett may have his work cut out for him if he hopes to put a winning product on the field this season. Stephen McGee came up big in week one of the preseason throwing for three touchdowns which is good news only if there is really bad news like something that keeps Tony Romo out of the lineup as Romo returned to the field playing sparingly and completing three of his five passes. With Felix Jones being the main man in the backfield this season he looked good in game one catching a pass for 19 yards and rushing three times for 23 yards. Dwayne Harris stole the show for the receivers catching five passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns but with Romo playing just a series we didn’t really see the first unit in action. Defensively Dallas still looks like a team that needs work as Denver moved the ball on them though they had to settle for field goals and in the second half when Denver needed a touchdown and Dallas needed a stop, the Cowboys reserves were simply carved up by journeyman QB Brady Quinn. We’ll get a better idea this week as the starters should go further in this one.
The San Diego Chargers didn’t hold on to win their first preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks but given the choice of having clearly been the better team in the first half and winning the game, this is one instance where they would take the first half. Phillip Rivers was razor sharp and as competitive as ever completing five of six passes including one for a touchdown while Billy Volek and Scott Tolzien split the rest of the time with Volek going six of 10 and Tolzien going five for 12. In the backfield it was by committee as we saw with most teams but what we saw is the Chargers are stacked in the backfield with Mike Tolbert catching the touchdown, last year’s number one pick Ryan Mathews, this year’s draftee Jordan Todman from UConn and the speedy Shawnbrey McNeal out of SMU. Vincent Jackson looks ready for the season catching two balls for 54 yards including one that went for 48 while Todman caught four passes out of the backfield. Ogemdi Nwagbuo recorded a sack and rookie Darryl Gamble had seven tackles and a sack. Rookie Corey Liuget had three tackles in his first action and Takeo Spikes had a a tackle and two assists as he works his way in with his new team.
The Chargers are simply a far superior team from top to bottom and despite missing the playoffs last year they were still one of the best teams in football statistically even missing Jackson, having Antonio Gates dinged up most of the year, and replacing the departed LaDanian Tomlinson who had been the focus of the offense for so long. The Cowboys had an out and an excuse for their poor performance when Romo was injured but truth be told they weren’t looking good even before the injury. The Chargers would roll the Cowboys in the regular season and should get at least a win here.
San Diego Chargers +1 Dallas Cowboys