The Los Angeles Chargers added to the Dallas Cowboys recent anguish on Thursday, exploding for 25 points in the second half on their way to a 28-6 road victory.
The Cowboys just aren’t the same without Ezekiel Elliott, but the Chargers certainly didn’t feel bad for them. Philip Rivers had what was easily his best game of the season, completing 27 of 33 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns.
For the second game in a row, Keenan Allen could not be contained. He followed up his huge performance against the Buffalo Bills with one that was equally impressive, catching 11 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown.
But the Chargers just didn’t need much offense to win this one as the Cowboys couldn’t get out of their own way. The Cowboys had just 247 yards of total offense, compared to 515 for the Chargers. Dak Prescott also threw two critical interceptions, including one that ended up being the final dagger.
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Trailing 22-6 in the fourth quarter, Prescott had his team moving the ball down to the Chargers’ 13-yard line. But one first down, he threw a terrible pass intended for Cole Beasley and Desmond King just stepped in front of it and raced 90 yards the other way for a touchdown.
The only thing that went wrong for the Chargers was at the placekicker position. Nick Novak missed a 35-yard field goal on the Chargers’ first drive. He came out of the game with what was called a back/groin injury. Punter Drew Kaser began to warm up. However, a hilarious replay showed him actually miss the kicking net on one attempt.
Tony Romo on Drew Kaser: “Just a bit outside.” pic.twitter.com/IlZiRRoQQS
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) November 23, 2017
The Chargers clearly saw this as well and decided to try Novak again, but he had a terrible missed on a extra point attempt following the Chargers’ first touchdown. Kaser eventually came in and was even worse. Granted, he’s a punter by trade, but he missed two extra points that weren’t even close.
It looks like the team may have to address the kicker position again.
The other bad news of the day came when rookie Mike Williams left early in the game and did not return. He’s missed much of this season with injuries and it looks like he might be in line to miss more of it.
WR Mike Williams is being carted into the locker room.
— Ricky Henne (@ChargersRHenne) November 23, 2017
The Chargers improve to 5-6 on the season with the victory and will now get 10 days rest before facing the currently winless Cleveland Browns.