Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#423 Dallas Cowboys vs.
#424 Los Angeles Chargers
Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 10:00pm EDT
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Written by Mason Folz

This Saturday, the (0-1) Dallas Cowboys and the (0-1) Los Angeles Chargers will play their preseason week 2 game. This game will kick off at 10:00 PM EST inside SoFi Stadium. Both of these teams suffered a loss in the first week of the preseason, and they will both be looking to bounce back in this one.

The Dallas Cowboys are coming into this one after losing to the Denver Broncos, 17-7. The Cowboys struggled without their stars on the field and they continued to commit pointless penalties that came back to hurt them.

The Los Angeles Chargers are entering this one after falling to the defending Super Bowl Champions in the first week of the preseason. The Rams took it to them in the second half of this game, as they scored late to take the final lead. The Chargers will be looking to be better on the defensive side of the ball in this one.

 

Can the Cowboys Bounce Back

The Dallas Cowboys have to be happy that the first week of the preseason is over, as they continued to make little mistakes that came back to hurt them. The Broncos took advantage and did a great job of slowing down this Cowboy's offense. I don't expect to see many of the Cowboy's starters in this game either. They might play a series or two, just to get their feet wet, but the Cowboys can't risk losing any of their stud players. It doesn't seem like Mike McCarthy cares too much about winning these games either.

According to Walterfootball.com, Dallas is now (0-5) in their last five preseason games with McCarthy as the head coach. Get ready to watch Cooper Rush, Will Grier, and Ben DiNucci battle for the backup job behind Dak Prescott. Both guys looked capable of running this offense, but I'd have to give the nod to DiNucci. He went 9/16 for 112 yards and 1 touchdown. Cooper Rush only threw for 84 yards and he did commit a turnover. Without their starting receivers on the field, the Cowboys had a difficult time getting the ball into the end zone. They did put up 316 total yards of offense, though. The Cowboy's backups showed that they could move the ball, as the Broncos' defense tightened up once they got into the red zone. Watch for Dallas to lean on the run, as the Chargers gave up 109 rush yards to the Rams last week.

On the defensive side of the field, the Dallas Cowboys also had issues against the Broncos. They continued to commit little penalties that hurt them throughout this entire game. They also got lit up through the air, as the Bronco's backup QB, Josh Johnson shredded them in the first few quarters of this game. The Cowboys gave up 285 passing yards, as Denver's backup wide receivers continued to get open against the Cowboy's secondary. Their defense did look better in the second half, though. They shut down the Broncos third stringers, as they kept the Broncos off the scoreboard for the final 30 minutes of this game. The Cowboys did fail to create a turnover, as they will need to put more pressure on the Charger's quarterbacks in this one. I also expect the Cowboys to continue testing their depth, as they will have multiple backups coming in and out of this game. I wouldn't expect to see many starters on the field, as they can't risk losing any main guys before the regular season starts.

The Chargers' backups need to improve

The Los Angeles Chargers came up short in their first preseason game, but they will be looking to attack in this one. They showed that they had potential on offense, but surrendered too many points to the Rams' backups. I don't expect to see Justin Herbert or any of the Chargers stars on the field for more than a possession if they even get to play that much.

Expect see Easton Stick and Chase Daniel continue to battle for the backup QB job. Stick didn't look horrible last week, as he went 16/23 for 119 yards. He did end up throwing an interception, though. He will have to cut down on his turnovers if he wants any shot at having the backup job for the Chargers this season. Daniel has done this many times in preseason. He threw for 117 yards and two touchdowns, as he was dicing up the Rams secondary. He also has some regular-season experience, as he has been a backup in this league for a long time. He knows what he has to do and the preseason lights don't phase him at all. Head coach Brandon Staley has also struggled in the preseason, as he has gone 1-3 in his first four preseason games with the Chargers. I wouldn't expect to see any of the Charger's stars on the field in this one, as Los Angeles has their eyes set on the regular season.

On the defensive side of the field, the Chargers also struggled against the Rams. They failed to contain Bryce Perkins, as he continued to shred the Chargers' secondary throughout that game. Perkins finished this game with 133 yards and 2 touchdowns, as he threw a touchdown late to get the win over the Chargers. Los Angeles's secondary has to be better, but they also struggled against the run. They surrendered 109 rushing yards to the Rams' backup running backs, as the Charger's depth looked to be a problem on the defensive side of the field. I don't expect the Chargers to play many defensive starters in this game either, as they have dealt with injury problems over the past two seasons. Their number one goal is to get to the regular season healthy. They will also be looking to cut down on their penalties, as they continued to gift the Rams free yards. Even with the backups in, I expect them to be cleaner in this one.

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I will be riding with the Los Angeles Chargers (-3) in this preseason matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. I'm not expecting either team to play their starters for more than a possession if they even touch the field that much. I also trust the Charger's backup quarterbacks more than the Cowboys. Chase Daniel showed that he had regular season experience last week, as he continued to shred the Rams' secondary. He finished the game with 117 yards and 2 throwing touchdowns, as he had it rolling with the backups against the Rams defense. I see him showing up in this game, as well. The Cowboys' secondary looked horrible against the Broncos, as Johnson and the Denver backup wide receivers continued to scorch their secondary down the field.

The Chargers will now do the same, as I expect them to score a ton of points in this one. Easton Stick also looked solid, as he threw for 119 yards. Either QB will be able to move the ball down the field and the Cowboys will continue to commit little penalties that will come back to hurt them. I also don't believe in the Cowboy's back QBs, as DiNucci and Rush both struggled in week 1. They only scored seven points and Rush ended up throwing a pick, as well.

The Chargers have the better quarterbacks in this matchup and I don't believe the Cowboy's defense will be able to slow them down. Take the Los Angeles Chargers and lay the points (-3).

Prediction: Los Angeles Chargers -3

Full-Game Total Pick

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I will be taking the under (37.5) in this matchup, as it looks like the books finally adjusted the totals after the over went (14-3) in the first week of the preseason. The Dallas Cowboys struggled on offense without their star players in the game, and it looks like they will be without them again in this one. The Cowboys can't risk losing any starters, but they will continue to test their depth in this one. Because of that, I see the Charger's defense showing up in this one and holding the Cowboys when they have the ball. They struggled to move the ball in week 1 and they also threw an interception. I expect the Chargers to force a few more turnovers in this one, as they will give their offense more opportunities to score. I don't see the Chargers blowing this game open, either. They will have their backup QBs playing the majority of the snaps in this one, as Easton Stick will see time on the field. He looked solid last week, but I really only trust Chase Daniel to put up points. He will carry his team to victory, but the Chargers won't score enough points to push this total over (37.5).

Take the under (37.5) and expect both defenses to be better. I also don't believe the Cowboys will have enough success on offense to push this total over the number.

Prediction: Under 37.5
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Written By Mason Folz , "Mason Folz"

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