Los Angeles Chargers
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Chargers feel they have positive momentum
Game day is around the corner for the Los Angeles Chargers and just where did this week go?
Welcome to playing the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.
The Chargers (4-6), fresh off a pasting of the Buffalo Bills, face the Cowboys (5-5) on Thursday.
"You just try and not do too much," head coach Anthony Lynn said on Tuesday. "The worst thing you can do in a short week is put too much mentally on the players. You got to let them go play fast and physical and see what happens."
The Chargers would love a repeat of last week when they sprinted past the Bills, 54-24. An offense that spun its wheels for most of the year took advantage of six turnovers to spin the scoreboard in an impressive fashion.
The win also put a little pep in the Chargers' step as they continue to inch closer to AFC West-leader Kanas City.
"I think momentum is very important and very real in football and we got some going right now," Lynn said. "The guys feel good."
They will need to play well against Dallas, which is looking to snap a two-game losing streak. The NFL's worst run defense won't have to tangle with a suspended Ezekiel Elliott. But with Dallas' blockers, getting production from a back might not be a tall task.
"They have Alford and are using a committee right now," Lynn said. "As long as you have that offensive line in front of you, I believe the committee of backs can get the job done. We still have to worry about the run."
And a passing game led by the shifty Dak Peterson.
"That's a big-time challenge," Lynn said. "He can extend plays with his legs, especially on third downs. He is a versatile threat. He has plays that you just can't prepare for."
Some were ready to bury the Chargers when they stumbled from the gate 0-4. But they got back on track and just might be revved for a late-season playoff run considering the tepid AFC West.
"This is the time of year someone is going to break out," Lynn said. "So I told the guys, 'Heck, it might as well be us.'"
SERIES HISTORY: 11th regular-series meeting. Cowboys lead series, 6-4 although four of those wins came in San Diego. The game should be close as six of the 10 games were decided by six points or less and the other four decided by no more than two touchdowns. The Chargers have won the last two meetings. Philip Rivers threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-21 victory at home in 2013. In their last visit to Dallas in 2009, they won 2017. Los Angeles has never faced the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, a day in which they are 31-18-1.