Dallas - San Diego Preview

The San Diego Chargers come in to Texas Stadium next Sunday after blistering the Redskins 30-3 the opening week of the season. With former TCU standout LaDanian Tomlinson in the backfield, it will be imperative that the Cowboys stop the run, and force QB Doug Flutie to win the game with his arm.

The Chargers enter Sunday's game as 4 point favorites over the Cowboys, and why not?

San Diego looked quite impressive in their opening game 30-3 rout of the Washington Redskins. The offense moved the ball efficiently behind Doug Flutie and LaDanian Tomlinson, the special teams scored a touchdown on a punt return (courtesy Tim Dwight), and the defense returned to its form of a year ago in holding the Redskins to 3 points.

Tomlinson finished the game with 113 yards on 36 carries, and two touchdowns. He became San Diego's first 100-yard rusher in 17 games. The San Diego defense was able to hold the punchless Redskins to 161 total yards.

The Cowboys will have their work cut out for them Sunday afternoon, especially with the loss of DE Ebenezer Ekuban. Ekuban and Ellis, "The North Carolina" connection was starting to gel on the defensive line. Just ask Tampa Bay RB Warrick Dunn who finished last week's game with just 56 yards on 22 carries.

Offensively, great strides will have to be made after only scoring 6 points against the Bucs.

Look for Emmitt to get more than 13 touches, and also look for more routes being ran down the field by Joey Galloway and Rocket Ismail. Tampa Bay's stingy secondary forced Dallas into a lot of quick patterns which resulted in a weak passing game. San Diego will probably play a little softer on the corners and that should open up some passing lanes for Quincy Carter.

I also expect to see Troy Hambrick get some more opportunities this weekend. He brings a different sort of style to the backfield and the Cowboys might use him to pick up some tough yards.

Speaking of QC, he seems to be back on track after his thumb injury last week and he should be close to 100% come game time. If not, Anthony Wright has been taking enough snaps in practice over the last few days to come in and do a good job.

And now speaking of Anthony Wright, need I remind you that he has looked extremely crisp and poised in throwing the football over the last few days.

The week off should help the Dallas secondary. Free safety George Teague and cornerback Izell Reese both were questionable for Sunday's game, but the extra rest likely will have them closer to 100% this weekend.

Without question, this game will ultimately be another defensive struggle. San Diego's blitz of the Redskins in week one has a lot to do with the entire Washington organization- which is in disarray right now. Don't be too quick to think that the Chargers are now legitimate playoff contenders. I expect Dallas to have a great shot at winning this football game.

Just don't expect a lot of offensive fireworks.

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