With last Sunday's heart-breaking 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans hopefully in the rearview mirror, the San Diego Chargers get the NFC East leading Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in San Diego. So, will the Bolts be able to make it 2-0 against the NFC East (beat Philadelphia 33-30) when all is said and done come Sunday?
Leading the Titans on the road last weekend with less than a minute to go, the Chargers watched Tennessee QB Jake Locker hit Justin Hunter on a 34-yard TD pass with :15 remaining, allowing the Titans to go to 2-1, sending San Diego (1-2) on a long plane ride home.
Awaiting the Chargers Sunday is a Cowboys team that leads the NFC East by a game over Philadelphia. The fact that Dallas (2-1) is at the top of the division to date is not saying much, given that the division is a combined 3-9 (New York and Washington are both winless).
If the Chargers are to come away victorious Sunday, they will have to deal with the likes of quarterback Tony Romo (771 yards passing, 6 TD's), running back DeMarco Murray (286 yards rushing, one TD) and wide receiver Dez Bryant (201 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns).
On the defensive side of the ball, Dallas is paced by linebacker Bruce Carter (15 solo tackles) and safety Barry Church (17 tackles).
With a win Sunday, the Chargers could go into next Sunday's meeting with the rival Oakland Raiders 2-2.
A loss this Sunday, and the Bolts could be starting at a hill that may be too large for them to climb in order to break their three-year playoff drought.
Lastly, the Chargers announced over the weekend that they had signed tackle Nick Becton (Virginia Tech) to the active 53-man roster from the team’s practice squad.
As a result of the signing, San Diego released running back and kick returner Fozzy Whittaker.
Contest - Dallas at San Diego
Network - FOX
Spread - Cowboys are 2-point favorites
Series History - Cowboys lead 6-3
Prediction - Cowboys 24-17