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Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Sep 9, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    <blockquote>Source: USA Today

    <strong>Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers</strong>

    Sunday, 4:15 ET, Fox

    <strong>Surface:</strong> Grass. Sheridan's line: San Diego by 4"½

    <strong>Keys to the game:</strong> RB Julius Jones is the focal point of the Cowboys offense, but new QB Drew Bledsoe is going to have to make some plays downfield. San Diego allowed 81.7 rushing yards a game last season, and its 3-4 defense is anchored by NT Jamal Williams. The Chargers' soft spot is their secondary, but can aging Cowboys WRs Terry Glenn and Keyshawn Johnson take advantage of it? The Chargers offense is hurt by the absence of TE Antonio Gates, who will serve the final game of a three-game suspension for not signing by a team-imposed deadline. However, RB LaDainian Tomlinson enters the season healthy, unlike in 2004, and he will hammer away at the Cowboys' new 3-4 defense. If NT Jason Ferguson can't shake an ankle injury to clog the middle, the Cowboys could have trouble getting off the field.

    <strong>Fast facts:</strong>Cowboys: Are NFC-best 30-14-1 (.682) record in season openers but have lost their last five. ... Won three of the previous four meetings in San Diego. Chargers: Tomlinson has a rushing touchdown in 12 consecutive games, one shy of the NFL record held by John Riggins and George Rogers. ... Marty Schottenheimer has 11 season-opening victories, the most among active coaches.

    TV announcers: </strong>Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver. </blockquote>
    <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2005-09-08-week1-preview_x.htm" target="_blank"><strong>
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