JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass in the first half of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 12, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images)

The slumping Dallas Cowboys look to get back on track against the always-intriguing Los Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving Day.

 

Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) at Dallas Cowboys (5-5)

History

  • Chargers make their first appearance in Dallas since ’09 (20-17 win).
  • Cowboys own 6-4 series lead but Chargers have prevailed in last two meetings dating back to ’09, including a 30-21 triumph in ’13 at San Diego in teams’ last meeting.
  • Chargers 2-2 lifetime at Dallas dating back to ’80.

Chargers By The Numbers

  • Defeated Bills, 54-24, in Week 11.
  • QB Philip Rivers: 33 TD passes, 24 turnovers (21 INT, three lost fumbles) in last 17 games dating back to ’16 (17 TD passes, seven INT, three lost fumbles in first nine games in ’16).
  • 55-67 record dating back to ’10; 46-18 from 2006-09, four straight AFC West titles.
  • 17 takeaways in 10 games in ’17 (28 takeaways in ’16, 20 takeaways in ’15, 18 takeaways in ’14).
  • Outscored 63-31 in the first quarter in 10 games in ’17.
  • 11-27 record in last 38 games dating back to ’15 (opened 2-2 in ‘15).

Cowboys By The Numbers

  • Lost to Eagles, 37-9, in Week 11.
  • 5-5 record in ’17 (13-3, won NFC East in ’16).
  • 30-18-1 lifetime on Thanksgiving.
  • 12 takeaways in 10 games in ’17 (20 takeaways in ’16, NFL-low 11 takeaways in ’15).
  • 14 turnovers in 10 games in ‘17 (15 turnovers in ‘16).
  • Cowboys: 294 attempts, 1,404 rushing yards in 10 games in ’17 (499 attempts, 2,396 rushing yards in ‘16).
  • Including playoffs, 15-16 at home, 20-10 on road dating back to ’14.
  • Scored 242 points, allowed 242 points in 10 games (5-5 record) in ’17.
  • Allowed 66 points in 5 wins, 176 points in 5 losses in ‘17.

Things To Look For

Watching the Los Angeles Chargers forced six turnovers and score 54 points against the Bills and then three hours later seeing the Dallas Cowboys smothered by the Eagles in a 37-9 loss last Sunday would seem to indicate this has blowout written all over it. But keep in mind that no team in the league has given up more rushing yards in the league than the Bolts. It’s anyone’s guess who comes out on top but it’s still hard not to lean Dallas in what could be an interesting affair.

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