TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 29, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
Weather: Low 62, High 88
Line: Dallas (-1)
Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys are sitting at 2-1 through two weeks, yet they still have plenty of room for improvement. While the rushing attack was the most criticized and questionable, DeMarco Murray ramped up his play against the St. Louis Rams, turning one of the worst rushing offenses in the league into a middle-of-the-pack one. Romo leads a passing attack that averages 242.7 yards per game with his favorite target in Dez Bryant checking in with 17 catches for 201 yards and two scores. Dallas can score a lot of points, but its offense as a whole needs some improvement as it ranks in the middle of the league in most categories.
The San Diego Chargers sit at 1-2 with two heartbreaking late-game losses in the first three weeks. Philip Rivers has been playing well this season, completing 70 percent of his passes for 798 yards and eight touchdowns while hitting Eddie Royal 12 times for 148 yards and five of Rivers’s eight touchdowns. Antonio Gates, however, proves once again to be the favorite target of the veteran quarterback. Gates has 15 catches for 228 yards and one touchdown to begin the season — proving himself as one of the best tight ends in the league still.
Defensively, the Chargers are easily one of the lowest-ranked units in the NFL. San Diego ranks 31st in the league in yards allowed with 470 — the only reason they aren’t last is because the Washington Redskins are on a record pace. Also, the Chargers are dead-last in the league in terms of passing yards allowed per game with 340. On the other hand, the Cowboys are in the top-half of teams in terms of points allowed per game and total yards allowed with 341. It won’t be long before Romo is shredding the Chargers’ defense.
PREDICTION: Cowboys 31, Chargers 24