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Week six of the NFL concludes with an interesting matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Chargers. It’s been a rough few weeks for the Cowboys after starting out as one of the teams to beat in the NFL, while the Chargers have faced a lot of injury issues.
Dallas is coming into this game fresh off an embarrassing loss last Sunday night to the 49ers. This was the Cowboys' second season loss, with the other coming to the Cardinals in week three.
The Chargers, who have been without Austin Ekeler and Mike Williams due to injuries, have started out 2-2 and can’t seem to get in rhythm. However, Ekeler is expected to be back for this highly contested Monday night matchup against Dallas.
The Cowboys had one of the most high-powered offenses in the league before last week's game against San Francisco. CeeDee Lamb has been and will continue to be Dak Prescott's favorite option.
Lamb has averaged 71.6 receiving yards per game, and Prescott will have to throw the ball to get a win on Monday night. Prescott has never had a problem airing it out to his favorite receiver but seems to struggle against better teams.
Look for Lamb to get open and give Prescott every possible opportunity to make a big play against the worst passing defense in the league.
The Chargers give up just under 300 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks, which is by far the worst passing defense in the league. Los Angeles has given up almost two passing touchdowns a game through four contests, so they’re known for creating shootouts.
We expect Lamb to get at least ten targets and have over 100 yards in a game that both teams need to win to stay in playoff contention.
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The Chargers have made Austin Ekeler the biggest part of their offense in the past few years. He’s been a prominent pass catcher and of course, is great in the run game.
Ekeler has been out since week one with an ankle injury he suffered against the Dolphins. This week in press conferences, he mentioned that there is a 99% chance of him being on the field.
In Ekeler's only game this season, he had over 150 rushing and receiving yards. In a tightly contested matchup with Dallas, it shouldn't be hard to get a little over half of what he got in week one.
The Cowboys' defense gives up about 117 rushing yards per game, which isn’t bad compared to some of the other units in the league.
However, it doesn’t seem to matter how good a defense is when Ekeler gets his hand on the ball. He should produce regardless of the situation.
Before the 2023 season started, Josh Jacobs held out for a new contract. This holdout seemed like it may have extended into the regular season until they agreed on a one-year, $12 million dollar deal.
This came as a surprise to many that the Raiders were neglecting to pay him, given the fact he led the league in rushing in 2022.
We know that Prescott has only hit this over once this season, but this Chargers defense presents many scoring chances for Dallas. Prescott has been through a rough go lately.
He’s also been struggling with turnovers once again after leading the league just a season ago in the interception department.
This season, Prescott is averaging just over 200 passing yards per game. There are 27 other quarterbacks in the NFL with higher averages.
The Chargers defense has given up the most yards and the fourth most passing touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. Because this Los Angeles pass defense is so bad, Prescott should will have the opportunity to surpass 1.5 passing touchdowns.
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Tanner Kern has been working in the betting industry since 2020. He currently is a social media content creator at DraftKings and contributes to multiple sites in addition to WSN, including Forbes and VSiN. He is also the cohost of the podcast Ride the Line at WSN.More info on Tanner Kern
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