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How the LA Chargers can defeat the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2

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2. Stopping Ezekiel Elliott (when he's running and when he's not)

Elliott caught a lot of flack from fantasy twitter and football fans at large with his performance against Tampa Bay. On paper, it's easy to see why. Elliott only rushed 11 times for 33 yards.

However, Elliott helped his team in a way that doesn't really appear on the stat sheet. While not usually a great pass blocker, he was fairly good against Tampa. Prescott was saved from a few sacks and ultimately given more time to throw on some plays.

One of the weaknesses in the Chargers' win over Washington was their performance against the run. Antonio Gibson averaged 4.5 yards per carry on 20 rushing attempts. Had he not fumbled near Washington's own goal line, we could be talking about a different result considering the efficiency of the Football Team rushing attack.

Dallas' Tony Pollard has also proven to be potent even if Elliott finds himself struggling in the running game. Justin Jones exited the game with cramps last week and the Chargers need him back for a game like this. The difference with him in the game was significant in regard first half vs. second half Washington run game. If Jones can't go, Linval Joseph, Eric Banks, Jerry Tillery, and Christian Covington will need to step up.