Originally Published: November 23, 2017 5:10 a.m.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-6) at DALLAS COWBOYS (5-5)
Thursday, 2:30 p.m., CBS
OPENING LINE — Cowboys by 3 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Chargers 5-4-1, Cowboys 5-5
SERIES RECORD — Cowboys lead 6-4
LAST MEETING — Chargers beat Cowboys 30-21, Sept. 29, 2013
LAST WEEK — Chargers beat Bills 54-24; Cowboys lost to Eagles 37-9
AP PRO32 RANKING — Chargers No. 16, Cowboys No. 15
CHARGERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (25), PASS (13)
CHARGERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (22), RUSH (32), PASS (8)
COWBOYS OFFENSE — OVERALL (14), RUSH (4), PASS (26)
COWBOYS DEFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (22), PASS (13)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Chargers in first Thanksgiving game since 1969, fifth overall, first against Cowboys, who are making 50th appearance (30-18-1). ... Both franchises debuted in 1960, Chargers in AFL, Cowboys in NFL. Cowboys’ 10 meetings with Chargers are their fewest among teams in existence since then. ... Chargers’ last Thanksgiving game also in Texas, 21-17 AFL victory at Houston year before merger. ... Chargers last played at $1.2 billion AT&T Stadium in debut season of 2009, winning 20-17. ... Chargers DE Joey Bosa was third overall pick in 2016, one spot ahead of former Ohio State teammate and suspended Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott. It’s third game of Elliott’s six-game ban over alleged domestic violence. ... Chargers QB Philip Rivers, making Thanksgiving debut in 14th season, was 35 of 42, 401 yards, three TDs in last Dallas meeting. He has 17 TDs, four INTs in eight career Thursday games. ... RB Melvin Gordon has eight touchdowns (five rushing, three receiving) in past six games vs. NFC. ... WR Keenan Allen had season highs with 12 catches, 159 yards, two TDs against Bills. ... Bosa has six-game sack streak and 21 sacks in 22-game career. ... CB Casey Hayward had third career multi-interception game against Bills (two). ... LB Korey Toomer returned first career INT for TD against Buffalo. ... Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, 0-2 with fellow 2016 rookie sensation Elliott, coming off first three-interception game. He has six passing TDs, no interceptions and three rushing TDs in three career home games against AFC. Prescott leads NFL QBs with five rushing touchdowns. ... RB Alfred Morris ran for 121 yards, TD in only game against Chargers with Washington in 2013. ... WR Dez Bryant, in four-game touchdown drought, has 10 TDs in past nine at home vs. AFC. ... TE Jason Witten has 73 career Thanksgiving catches, most in NFL history. Witten needs 26 yards receiving to pass former Lions WR Herman Moore (834 yards) for another Thanksgiving record. ... DE DeMarcus Lawrence tied for NFL lead with career-high 11 1/2 sacks. ... Long snapper Louis-Philippe Ladouceur set for 200th career game. ... Fantasy Tip: Gordon best bet for big game because Cowboys have allowed 181 yards rushing per game without 2016 All-Pro linebacker Sean Lee, expected to miss second straight game, fourth overall with hamstring injury.