2. Dak Prescott Goes Off for Season Highs in Passing
Look, it hasn't been a great start to the year for Dak Prescott. With the team securing three blowout victories, he hasn't been asked to do as much in winning efforts. Meanwhile, he's struggled to show up when Dallas has been trailing, causing plenty of discourse around his long-term viability as a franchise quarterback.
With the electric Chargers on tap, Prescott will need to lead his offense to emerge with a win on Monday night. The good news for him: this is a mouth-watering matchup.
Los Angeles' secondary has been one of the league's worst to begin the 2023 season. Brandon Staley's squad ranks No. 1 in passing yards allowed, and by a good margin. Their mark of just under 300 yards allowed per contest outpaces truly dismal teams like the Chicago Bears (286.0) and Denver Broncos (268.0), speaking to their struggles.
This is the exact kind of unit that provides Prescott with a major bounce-back opportunity. His receiving corps with the likes of CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Jake Ferguson should have no problems finding holes in this vulnerable secondary. Meanwhile, the Chargers' lackluster coverage could also help veteran Brandin Cooks finally break out, or lead to a big gain for rising playmaker KaVontae Turpin.
With Tony Pollard nursing a shoulder injury, too, Dallas has even more incentive to lean on Prescott in this one. I think he sets season highs in passing yards (currently 261) and touchdowns (currently two) on MNF.