Cowboys vs. Chargers: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
After missing the playoffs three years in a row, the Dallas Cowboys have an opportunity to start the season 3-1 with a road win against the San Diego Chargers in Week 4.
Dallas' impressive 31-7 victory at home in Week 3 against the St. Louis Rams was punctuated by a breakout performance by running back DeMarco Murray, who rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown.
Heading into San Diego, the Cowboys appear to be a team bound for postseason play.
Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense will test Monte Kiffin's defense, however.
Rivers appears to be rejuvenated under new head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Through three games, he's thrown eight touchdown passes with just one interception.
San Diego's defense has fallen apart in its two losses, though, allowing fourth-quarter comebacks by the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans.
Here's what you need to know about this upcoming contest.
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, at 4:25 p.m. ET
Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 46.5 pts.
- Spread: San Diego (+2)
Cowboys Injury Report (via DallasCowboys.com)
Chargers Injury Report (via Chargers.com)
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Will DeMarco Murray Have Another Monster Game?
It's been a long time since the Cowboys have had a consistent running game.
DeMarco Murray looked like he might change that when he burst onto the scene midway through the 2011 season, but he's had trouble with consistency—as have Dallas' offensive play-callers.
New offensive coordinator Bill Callahan wants to establish a physical brand of football this year, and he finally got it in Week 3 when Murray owned St. Louis' defense for four quarters.
The Cowboys dominated the line of scrimmage, and the effective running game Murray provided allowed quarterback Tony Romo time in the pocket to make proper reads on passing plays.
If Murray can have another big game against the Chargers, the Cowboys should win their third game of the season.
San Diego's defense is a real problem.
The secondary is highly exploitable, and the front seven has been atrocious against the run, allowing 5.1 yards per carry this year.
The Cowboys have too many talented playmakers on offense to not take advantage.
Which team will win?
On the other side, Dallas' defensive front has been playing outstanding football. DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher have been terrorizing opposing quarterbacks, while Bruce Carter is blossoming into a Pro-Bowl caliber player in Kiffin's 4-3 scheme.
The Cowboys should win this game.
Cowboys win 31-27
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