Chargers getting ready to tackle tough Cowboys offense
The Cowboys’ so far this season put them somewhere in the middle of the league, ranking in No. 15 on the offense with 348.3 yards per game, 18th in rushing with 105.7 yards per game and at finishing No.18 with 242.7 passing yards per game. For the most important part, they have 27.7 points per game average.
Romo has much to do with the Cowboy’s thriving offense. The Cowboys’ starting quarterback has a completion rate of 72.2 percent – which is the second highest in the league – and a passer rating of 103.9 to finish fifth along with four touchdowns to end up with the sixth spot among NFL quarterbacks.
“They’re good. Their quarterback is playing at a high level. They’ve got a great running back in Murray that makes people miss. It gives our defense a big challenge of being able to tackle him,” Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano said. “Their skill guys are tops in the league. Jason Witten is still doing amazing things and Miles Austin. (Bryant) is a game wrecker. He is big, he’s physical and he goes after the football. He changes games, and we understand that.”
“We’ve got to be aware of that,” Pagano added on the Chargers’ approach to Bryant. “He’s somebody at the top of his game, and Tony’s doing a great job of getting the ball to him. And that’s a big challenge for us this week because they’re a really good football team.”
Chargers head coach Mike McCoy did say that the strong Dallas offense would definitely pose a challenge for his teams’ defense.
“(They’re) a very well coached team. (Head Coach) Jason (Garrett) has done a great job with them the time he’s been there,” McCoy said. “(Offensive Coordinator) Bill Callahan on offense has done a great job with Tony and he’s slinging the ball around, doing a nice job of getting the ball out of his hand.”
“Obviously they had a great running game last week,” he added, “something that Bill’s always done an extremely good job with, of being an effective running team and believing in the run game and sticking with it and that’s what he’s done there.”
The area of tackling is one that the Chargers really need to work on. Not only will they be needing it against the Cowboys, they really need to work on it too.