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San Diego Chargers (9-3) at Dallas Cowboys (8-4)
Sunday December 13th, 4:15PM Eastern
Betus.com betting line – Dallas -3, 48 ½ O/U
The Dallas Cowboys lost an important game last week to the New York Giants 31-24 which opened the door for both the Giants and Eagles to get back into the NFC East Division race. The Cowboys now turn their attention to the San Diego Chargers who will be coming to town this week as leaders in the AFC West. The Chargers are also in a division race as they try and hold off the Broncos who trail by just one game. Still, the Chargers will be in very good position to capture a playoff spot regardless of where they finish in the division. Dallas on the other hand is facing a tough stretch of games to close the season and the question on everybody’s minds is will there be another December collapse?
The Cowboys will end the season with the Chargers at home this week followed by the undefeated Saints, then the Redskins and Eagles. It is safe to say there is little room for mistakes with such a brutal end to the regular season and they will have to find a way to capture some wins. Of course a lot of pressure would be off the team if they could take advantage of playing at home against the Chargers this Sunday. The showdown will highlight two promising offenses as sparks are expected to fly. QB Tony Romo threw for 392 yards despite a loss last week to the Giants and is averaging 276 yards per game through the year. WR Miles Austin continues to be the biggest surprise as he edges in on the 1,000 yard receiving mark for the season. Austin along with TE Jason Witten has been the biggest contributors to the offense.
However, WR Roy Williams has caught 3 touchdown passes in the last 3 games and if he starts playing well the Cowboys offense will be very tough to defend. Still, the Cowboys offense will only take them so far. The Dallas run game has slowed in recent weeks, but they still have a trio of running backs who can come in with effectiveness. Marion Barber and Felix Jones are excellent backs even though their numbers may not reflect it. It seems like Dallas attempts to start games around their running game, but then fall back to the reliable passing game when they are desperate for a score. If they can stick to the running game this week and move the football, the Cowboys will keep Phillip Rivers and company off the field and win the ball game.
If not, Phillip Rivers will be throwing against a Dallas secondary that has been pretty vulnerable as of late. As for Rivers, he has thrown 4 straight games over 72% completion accuracy and nearly 700 yards combined over the past two outings. Also, the Chargers quarterback has not thrown a single pick in the last 4 games just to demonstrate how well he has been playing. Wide receivers Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson are two of the most lethal duo combinations on the corners giving Rivers plenty of options.
The Chargers running game has also seen a bit of a lift with LaDainian Tomlinson back into the picture. The running game was flat dead earlier this season, but Tomlinson has managed some respectable carries and at least kept defenses closer to the line of scrimmage. If the offense plays well as they have been, it will be really hard for the Cowboys to defeat them considering their own problems at scoring in recent weeks. Look for Rivers to have another good game and unless there are some turnovers they should improve to 10-3.
Pick – San Diego +3