Juwan: There’s a bit of a different feeling around this team than the one we left with following their season opener against Tampa Bay. Between injuries and suspensions, there is for sure an argument that the odds are stacked against Dallas. I was never under the impression that this was a must-win game for the Cowboys, but I do see Dallas pulling this one out. Yes, they’re down a couple of offensive pieces, but we saw how they performed without Zack Martin in week one. Gallup’s production will be spread amongst Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard and the tight ends. Defensively, their ability to rush Micah Parsons and Jaylon Smith may not completely offset the loss of DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory but it will help. Malik Hooker adds an instinctive player in the secondary against a still young quarterback. Give me Dallas in another offensive game 28-24.
Corey: My gut feeling for this game is it’s going to be a high-scoring affair. Before the injury to Tank Lawrence, I thought the Cowboys would win a close high scoring game. The Lawrence injury definitely makes things more difficult from a defensive standpoint. But I still think the Cowboys have the better offense and should be able to outscore Los Angeles.
Nate: This game just felt like a loss going in, and then the DeMarcus Lawrence news came down. These are two very good offenses going against very compromised defenses. I anticipate a high-scoring affair because the Chargers’ secondary is almost as banged up as the Dallas pass rush. This isn’t the must-win game it normally would be given the 17-game schedule, but it would be really nice to head into the easier portion of the schedule 1-1. I don’t think Dallas’ defense will be able to get enough stops against a very good Chargers’ offense. This should be one of the best games on the Sunday slate, and I think the Chargers win in a close one. Score prediction: Chargers 28, Cowboys 27.
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