With a long list of defensive starters out for the Cowboys, the offense needed to start strong with Justin Herbert and the Chargers offense licking their chops. Dallas received the ball after Los Angeles deferred and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore picked up right where he left off in Tampa Bay.
After running the ball on a rare occasion in Week 1, running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard combined for nine carries on the first drive and helped move down the field and chew almost seven minutes off the clock. After a pair of big catches by tight end Blake Jarwin and wide receiver Amari Cooper, Pollard punched it in to the endzone on a jet sweep for the first score of the game.
Quarterback Dak Prescott was 5-for-6 on the first drive and right tackle Terence Steele did a good job of limiting pass-rusher Joey Bosa. After a strong first drive for the offense, the Dallas defense gets to work with a 7-0 lead.