Comparing the LA Chargers offense and the Dallas Cowboys offense:
I rarely do this in these roster breakdowns as it is kind of a cop-out but I can't pick Justin Herbert nor Dak Prescott over one another. Both are among the top seven quarterbacks or so in the league and chances are most people would rank them next to each other on a list.
In our Bolt Beat consensus quarterback rankings, Herbert ranked eighth and Prescott ranked seventh, although Dak got one ranking in the top five while Herbert did not.
Most of that is simply because Dak has had more time to establish himself whereas Justin Herbert has only made 16 career starts. When it comes to overall talent, these two have a razor-thin difference.
Running backs: Advantage, Dallas Cowboys
Austin Ekeler is a beast and like Dak and Herbert, he should be ranked right up there with Ezekiel Elliott as one of the best running backs in the league. That being said, Dallas' depth is slightly better than the Chargers.
Tony Pollard is better than any second option the Bolts have, which swings the balance in their favor.
Wide receivers: Advantage, LA Chargers
This too is a toss-up, which shows how similar the offenses are to each other. There are two factors that put this in favor of the Bolts. First is that Michael Gallup is hurt and will not be playing in this game. Second is that Keenan Allen is the best receiver of either team, which makes the difference.
I would probably take Ceedee Lamb and Amari Cooper over Mike Williams but Williams is not that far behind. I also like the depth of Jalen Guyton and Joshua Palmer more.
Tight ends: Advantage, LA Chargers
The Cowboys have some solid tight ends in Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin but the Chargers are right there with them and are much deeper. The Bolts have three legitimate contributors in Jared Cook, Donald Parham and Stephen Anderson and a rookie in Tre' McKitty who has not gotten his chance.
Offensive line: Advantage, LA Chargers
The LA Chargers allowed the lowest pressure rate in the entire league last week. You read that right: the Chargers allowed the lowest pressure rate at just 12% against arguably the best front seven in the league.
While we should not expect the best numbers every week, it is a testament to who the team brought in the building as well as the game plan to get the football out quicker.
Dallas still has a really solid offensive line but not having right tackle La'el Collins is MASSIVE.