Saturday, August 20, 2011

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San Diego Chargers vs Dallas Cowboys: SD +.5 1st Half

If it wasn't for Steven McGee I would make this a full game play, but SD simply doesn't have the QB depth to reliably matchup.  McGee could certainly fall back to earth this week, but I feel much stronger about the first 30 minutes of this game. 

SD has been putting extra emphasis on their special teams play this preseason and things kicked off with a great start vs SEA.  New special teams coach Rich Bisaccia is well-respected among the players and he's determined to right the ship.   The number one offense and number one defense got off to a blazing start last week and all indications point to another huge year on both sides of the ball.  Last year camp was held hostage by the holdouts of Jackson and McNeill, but this year's group has contract harmony and everyone is on the same page.  Against DAL, Turner has come out and said that his first stringers will get close to a half (if not the whole half) and that they are treating it like a real regular season game.  They spent the week installing the most critical installations of the playbook. This is bad news for a DAL team that is still trying to regain their identity.

DAL is still experimenting on their O-line and the LG position is up for grabs.  Keep an eye on how well the pocket holds up against a top flight defense.  Munusky's defense is swarming and aggressive.  Austin is hobbled with a hamstring strain so it's unsure how much he'll play on Sunday.  In fact, the 1st stringers might not even play the whole half according to Garret.  He said they will play "into the 2nd quarter", but like most coaches he'll evaluate how the flow of the game is.  On defense, things are very much a work in progress.  The secondary got lit up against a trio of sub-par QB's in week 1 and that doesn't bode well when a guy named Rivers is coming to town.  Grab the half point and play the Super Chargers.  Prediction: Bank SD +.5 1st Half.