Biggest Defensive Winner: Desmond King
The entire defense showed up last Thursday, from the pass rush to the pass coverage. I’m going to single out Desmond King, though, for a couple reasons. First, the rookie out of Iowa has been having a very solid season up to this point and will be a nice piece of this defense for years to come. Second, in this game he had five tackles, a pass deflection and an interception returned for a touchdown.
Third, King just might be a psychic:
My first INT will be a pick 6 I'm calling it now
— Desmond E. King II (@blaqbadger14) April 21, 2017
Biggest Defensive Loser: Not Available
This isn’t a cop out. Legitimately, there weren’t any defenders who I thought deserved a loser label in this game. Sure, Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram didn’t have any sacks. Yeah, Jatavis Brown only had one tackle. Yes, the Cowboys running backs not named Ezekiel Elliott (Rod Smith and Alfred Morris) still averaged 4.3 yards per carry against this run defense. If we count Kaser as defense, he did go 1/3 on extra points and miss the kicking net on the sidelines, but that is him as a kicker. As a punter, he didn’t even play.
Against a strong offensive line, a Pro Bowler and reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year at QB and talent at the skill positions, the Chargers’ defense held them to six points to go along with two sacks and two takeaways. That seems like a win for the whole unit.