Jakes Takes: Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers Preview

Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Chris Givens (13) fumbles the ball while surrounded by Dallas Cowboys during the third quarter of the game at AT

This game will be the story of two of the most embattled Quarterbacks in recent history.  Phillip Rivers and Tony Romo are both really good Quarterbacks who have yet to win the big one.

I look at this Chargers team and I see a team that has come up just short of being 3-0, much like the Cowboys.  They will play with some desperation, and leave it all on the field.  After all they probably know that 1-3 is not an easy hole to dig out of.

San Diego will bring with them the 3-4 Defense and a brand new Head Coach in Mike Mccoy.  They have the capability to put some pressure on the opposing QB with Dwight Freeney and the under-achieving Melvin Ingram rushing from the edges.  I think the Cowboys should be able to continue running the ball against the Chargers, opening up some big-plays down the field.

Rivers does not have a plethora of weapons in his arsenal, so the Cowboys need to continue their strong play against the run and keep close tabs on Antonio Gates.  I could see San Diego pulling out all the stops in this one so the Cowboys need to be ready for anything and everything.

I’m looking for the Cowboys defense to just keep getting better and have another strong showing.  Ware seems to be playing with anger this season and he has been unrelenting.  You have to figure Tony Romo’s interceptions are coming let’s just hope they don’t come in bunches against the Chargers.

Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT

With Spencer likely out for the season and Miles Austin nursing a hamstring injury, Selvie and the rest of the young guys have to continue their strong play.  The Cowboys are familiar with this situation, being 2-1 in each of the past two seasons.  If they want this season to be different then they have to find a way to win this game.  These next few games are crucial to Dallas if they want to build a cushion in this division.  Anyone who thinks the Cowboys are going to breeze through their division games is kidding themselves.  No matter the record, those games will be tough and Dallas will for sure lose a couple of them. So the time is now to get some momentum going.

Key Player: Dez Bryant, with Austin hurting, Dez Bryant has to take over this game.

Prediction: Cowboys win 34-20

Topics: Antonio Gates, Dallas Cowboys, Demarcus Ware, George Selvie, Jason Hatcher, Miles Austin, Phillip Rivers, Tony Romo

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