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

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5. Let Jared Cook...cook

Rob Gronkowski lit up the Cowboys' defense last week for eight receptions, 90 yards, and two touchdowns. Last season, Gronkowski only had at least 90 receiving yards once in 16 games.

In the second half of the win over Washington, Herbert and Cook seemed to build up a really good relationship during the game. Cook finished with five receptions for 56 yards.

The Chargers should be using Cook regularly in the middle of the field, red zone, and end zone. The Cowboys' coverage linebackers are far from great and with the absence of the aforementioned Lawrence, Micah Parsons will need to be used much more as a rusher in this game. I'll certainly take my chances with Cook trying to beat Leighton Vander Esch level linebackers.

This just feels like one of those games where the Cowboys will be so focused on Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and all of the rest of the weapons that naturally, they won't be able to clamp them all down. The Chargers can also mix in players like Stephen Anderson and Donald Parham to throw the Cowboys off Cook's scent with disguised plays.

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If the Cowboys really do struggle with covering the middle of the field again, this could be a huge day for Cook.