By Alex Al-Kazzaz
After being embarrassed by San Francisco, it's evident that Dallas is desperate to get back on track. On Monday, the Cowboys will be in Los Angeles to take on Justin Herbert and the Chargers. Herbert & Company are coming off a bye week and are on a two-game winning streak. Dallas is 3-2, and Los Angeles is 2-2.
The damage may be done for Dallas. Last week, they suffered their most significant loss in ten years by losing 42-10 to the 49ers. Although since 2021, the Cowboys are 9-1 after a loss, their game against the Chargers won't be anything to take lightly. Interestingly enough, the Cowboys are squaring off against their former offensive coordinator, Kellen Moore. So far, with Mike McCarthy calling the offensive plays, it's shifted from average to above average, especially since Dallas has not excelled against any challenging opponents.
Herbert and the Chargers want to do precisely what Purdy and the 49ers did. If Herbert and his offense easily drive down the field and score, things will again quickly go downhill for Dallas. The Dallas defense was pushed all over the turf last week, while the offense had little to almost nothing to offer. Facing the Chargers offense is just another challenge for the Dallas defense, but from here on out, there's no more fun and games. From now on, it's do or die.
First and foremost, Dallas must play defense, which means they must sack the quarterback and force turnovers. And the Dallas offense must turn the turnovers into points: six points. Dak Prescott needs a strong game against the Chargers. Prescott needs to find the ability to be consistent, but not only him but the running game needs to be effective. If Dallas has to rely on passing heavily, that's an automatic disadvantage because of the issues concerning the offensive line. If the offense repeatedly sputters and the defense is quickly worn out, the Chargers will take advantage and will not let up.
Although the Cowboys are favorites in this one, the Chargers have the edge. The Chargers are well-rested and can make yet another example out of Dallas. LA is 2-2, but if Dallas decides to underestimate them, fate will only repeat itself. Based on how bad Dallas was last week, LA could be in for quite an exciting day, so it appears that the Chargers will sparkle, and Dallas will sizzle.