After losing their last two games to the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys look to turn things around this week against the Chargers.
In a marquee Thanksgiving Day matchup, Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett said he's well aware of the challenges the Bolts present.
"We think the Chargers are a good football team," Garrett said. "The world that we live in, we watch a lot of tape. What you see on tape is an aggressive, active defense. You see an offense that's orchestrated by one of the best quarterbacks in the league. There are playmakers all around him. Big-time runners, and an offense that can attack you in a lot of different ways. They have playmakers in the kicking game. We have great respect for their team, and how they play."
The same was said by Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott. In his second season, Prescott admitted the high motor of the Bolts' defense is what makes them so effective.
"It's a great defense," Prescott admitted. "They get after it. They've won four of the last six, and I think it's been from what they've been doing on defense and the ball production they've had. Obviously, you watch the film from last week (and you see) great ball production, getting to the quarterback (and) causing havoc. I think up front, they might not be the most talented we play, but they have the hardest motor and highest motor. They go after it every play. That's a great quality to have in this league."
Prescott has been sacked 12 times since the absence of left tackle Tyron Smith over the past two games. In comparison, he was sacked only 10 times through the team's eight games with Smith active. While Garrett admitted Smith will likely be a game-time decision against the Chargers, both he and Prescott know the offense will be tested by the dynamic duo of Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa.
"That high motor and that intensity to bring it every play and cause havoc not only in the run game, but in the pass game," Prescott said of the edge rushers. "I think they both do it truly well from inside (and) outside. They complement each other great."
"They're impact players because of their ability to rush the passer," added Garrett. "They're very athletic guys. Each one has a repertoire of moves, have a really good feel and instinct for the game on top of their athletic ability, and they play hard. So individually, they're awfully good, and when you put them together, it makes it that much more difficult to protect. It's hard to double-team each of those guys, so they're going to get some isolated looks, and they certainly know how to take advantage of those."