SAN DIEGO– The staff writers of DallasCowboys.com shared their initial feelings of the Cowboys’ 30-21 loss here at Qualcomm Stadium.
My gut feeling from a game like that is confusion. What happened? The Cowboys ran the ball well, but the offense couldn't find any sort of rhythm. The defense played well enough to win in the first half, and then the wheels came off after the break. It seemed like Phillip Rivers and the Chargers knew exactly how they wanted to attack the Cowboys, while the Cowboys were still trying to figure it out late into the game. When Antonio Gates scored to give San Diego a 30-21 lead, Dallas had run just 15 second half plays.
Going into this matchup, I did not feel like Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano would allow
It turns out it’s harder to get out of that .500 play than I had imagined. It had the makings of a shootout going in, but the Chargers’ offensive simply was better. I thought this would be a week
I wasn't surprised with how things started or how the Cowboys kicked it in high gear in the second quarter. But after
Here we're the gut feelings for staff writers Nick Eatman, Bryan Broaddus, David Helman and Rowan Kavner, posted Saturday afternoon.
Take one look at the Chargers’ injury report, and you feel like the Cowboys should win this game comfortably. San Diego won’t have receiver Malcolm Floyd, and starting guards Jeromey Clary and Chad Rhinehart are listed as doubtful. Rookie tackle D.J. Fluker is probable, but he’s attempting to bounce back from a concussion. The Cowboys won’t have
A lot’s been made of the Chargers sitting in last in passing defense, and rightfully so. The Cowboys have managed to get a different offensive player as the focal point every week, with Jason Witten getting two touchdowns in the opener, Dez Bryant going off a week later and
The Cowboys could dominate this game in similar fashion as last week – but they won’t. Yes, San Diego is beat up on the line and you look at their offensive weapons around Philip Rivers and no one really scares you. You can look at their 31st ranked defense and think the Cowboys will exploit that all day. But something tells me it won’t be that easy – or easy at all. I see the Chargers grabbing an early 10-point lead in the first half, probably some long touchdown by someone we’ve barely heard of. But I do think the Cowboys will rise up and rally. It’ll be a close finish but Romo and the guys pull through in the clutch.
As much as I want to believe that these Cowboys receivers are due for a big day against this Chargers secondary, I feel it the tight ends that will cause the majority of the damage. I have said this all week, that John Pagano is not going to allow Tony Romo sit in the pocket and put his secondary under attack. They have struggled for the first three games of the season giving up yards and Pagano knows he has to bring pressure in order to help his coverage. This is where Jason Witten,