DALLAS – San Diego’s starters built a 10-point halftime lead for the second consecutive game.
The Chargers left no room for a fourth-quarter comeback this time, defeating Dallas, 20-7, Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.
“The two days of practice (with Dallas) were outstanding. I thought that was extremely productive for us,” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “It’s important that we continue to emphasize starting fast. I thought we did in the game. I know we went three-and-out in the first drive, but after that we moved the ball,” Head Coach Norv Turner said.
Another efficient effort by
Mathews jump-started the Chargers’ running game in the second quarter with three carries for 25 yards, the latter a 15-yard meandering touchdown dash through several would-be tacklers. Initially ruled down at the 1-yard line, Turner’s second replay challenge revealed Mathews snuck the ball inside the pylon on his way out of bounds.
“Just make sure you’ve got the ball and go for the pylon,” Mathews said. “As soon as the ball crosses that plane and you’re still in, you’re good, so as long as you’ve got control of the ball and don’t stumble, you’ll be straight.”
McMichael made the catch of the night on the other touchdown. Starting in place of
Dallas tight end Jason Witten matched his counterpart on the next drive, catching a 6-yard touchdown pass with 8:48 left in the second quarter, the first points scored against San Diego’s starting defense this season.
The Chargers did force three turnovers. One play after the Cowboys reached Chargers territory to the 49-yard line, the first time an opponent crossed midfield against the Bolts’ starters this preseason,
The Chargers appeared to extend the lead to 23-7 in the third quarter as
For the second time in as many games, a downfield catch by
Jackson caught a 29-yard pass moving away from the left hashmark, leading to a Kaeding field goal. The Chargers have scored first in each of their two preseason games.