The LA Chargers will look to make it two wins in a row when they play the Dallas Cowboys in their 2021 home opener. Dallas played well against Tampa Bay in the Thursday Night season opener in Week 1 but ultimately fell short of upsetting the defending Super Bowl Champions.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys, the momentum they had from that Week 1 near-win has been overshadowed by some high profile absences. This past week, DE DeMarcus Lawrence broke his foot in practice while RT La'el Collins received a five game suspension for missing a drug test. In addition to the pass rush missing Lawrence, defensive end Randy Gregory remains in the COVID protocol.
Still, don't underestimate Dallas. They still have Dak Prescott and plenty of offensive talent for him to work with like Ezekiel Elliott, CeeDee Lamb, and Amari Cooper. Despite their injuries, suspensions, and COVID cases, they can stay in the game with the Chargers
The keys for the LA Chargers to beat the Dallas Cowboys:
1. Taking advantage of the right tackle conundrum
Our own Jason Reed talked about the potential matchup between Joey Bosa and backup RT Terence Steele. Bosa will be able to switch in this defense between taking on the LT and RT. It probably goes without saying almost that he'd prefer going against Steele over LT Tyron Smith.
Jerry Jones did say that it would be Steele at RT, but head coach Mike McCarthy was more hesitant to make an official announcement. In all likelihood, Steele will start the game for the Cowboys. That doesn't necessarily mean he'll finish it. If Steele is struggling with Bosa or the Chargers' pass rush in general, the Cowboys can kick RG Zack Martin out to tackle.
If Martin does go to the outside, then it'll be up to the Chargers to take advantage of the interior made up of Connor Williams, Tyler Biadasz, and Connor McGovern. Whatever solution the Cowboys come up with for their right tackle conundrum, they're likely taking a setback on at least one offensive line spot at any given time.
Steele will be the first man out at RT, but Chargers fans should look at all of the adjustments Dallas can make before or during the game.