It seems that the Cowboys have a tough start to their preseason this year. First, against the Denver Broncos with their new super bowl winning QB, and then a team that looks to take revenge and seeks a playoff spot in this year's postseason. That team is the Los Angeles Chargers.
With this wild start to the preseason, we can only hope that it will make the Cowboys a stronger team for the regular season.
Lots of hype has been around the Chargers this upcoming year due to a last-second field goal that sent the Raiders to the playoffs, not the Chargers at the end of last year's regular season. Fans are stating that this could be a turning point for them and their opportunity at the postseason is only a season away.
With this in mind, we can look at the QB match-up that could take place here. Justin Herbert vs Dak Prescott. However, like in most preseason games, the second-stringers will more likely have more snaps.
While lots of people look at how great the Chargers' offense is, it is easy to ignore their defense. The Chargers defense was 26th in the league last season and had the third worst rushing defense in the NFL.
With that in mind, the Chargers must focus on making sure that their defense is ready to go. The play-off-contender offense is there, the defense is not. I'm sure this will be a game focused on stopping the Cowboys' running backs and covering their receivers.
The Cowboys on the other hand will have a great chance to work with their secondary in this game. With a super talented QB such as Justin Herbert, this is the time to try some new coverage zones for the Dallas defense.
This is a chance for lots of lessons to be taught on defense, which is something that Dallas lacked last season. I think if Cowboys cornerbacks can better understand passing plays in this game it will rapidly help them during the season, win or lose.
It will surely be a game focused on how each defense can perform. Whichever team can cover the passing better will be the victor of this game. Either way, this game looks to be a learning experience for both sides of the field on how to understand another team's offense.