The San Diego Chargers think the Cowboys offense lives and dies with Tony Romo. That is probably a fair assessment. So their key to success in their matchup against the Dallas Cowboys is to rattle Tony Romo and get him out of his element.
“We know that once he’s rattled and whatnot, it’s easy to take him out of the game,” Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget said, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
“It’s a simple offense,” Liuget said. “They don’t do too many plays. The key is to definitely hit Romo early and try to take Romo out of the game and put the ball in [DeMarco Murray's] hands.”
DeMarco and the Cowboys ground game has been inconsistent. Murray is coming off one of the biggest games of his career, he carried the ball 26 times for 175 yards against the St. Louis Rams.
The Chargers haven’t been particularly good on defense defending the pass or rush. They’re the 32nd ranked defense against the pass allowing 340.7 yards per game. They also are the 28th ranked defense against the run allowing 130 yards per game.
Stopping Romo and putting it in Murray’s hands isn’t a guarantee they’ll win. I’m not entirely convinced they can get to Romo, they’ve recorded 5 total sacks this season and no player has more than one sack on the season.