After a Week 5 embarrassment, the Dallas Cowboys will look to redeem themselves in primetime. Dallas is set to take on the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football in Week 6, pitting two high-powered offenses and star-studded defenses against each other.
With this much talent involved and an extra day of rest/preparation, anything could happen on MNF. Here are three bold predictions for Cowboys vs. Chargers.
1. Khalil Mack Goes Sackless
Even the best pass-rushers in the league fail to average a sack per game over an entire season, so it's not exactly "bold" to predict an EDGE to go sackless in a contest. That being said, after what Khalil Mack did in Week 5, it would be a surprise to see him post a goose egg.
Mack had a chance to pay his former team, the Las Vegas Raiders, some revenge prior to LA's bye. He relished the opportunity, making Raiders quarterback Aiden McConnell's day a living nightmare. The seven-time Pro Bowler racked up a whopping 6.0 sacks, tying him with two other players (Adrian Clayborn and Asi Umenyiora) for the second-most sacks in a game in NFL history.
That gives him plenty of positive momentum, but this outing may have just been an outlier. Mack went sackless over the first three games of the season, and he recorded only two QB hits during this stretch, showing some struggles getting to the quarterback.
Yes, the Cowboys did give up three sacks in Week 5, but that's honestly an accomplishment against a ravenous San Francisco 49ers pass rush. That was also the first game Dallas' current preferred starting five has ever played together, so there were some kinks to work out.
The Cowboys already rank top 10 in fewest sacks allowed per game, and I think this unit gets even better in Week 6, so it could be a quiet day for the three-time First Team All-Pro.