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FBO: Analyzing Chargers vs. Cowboys

San Diego's rising without LT; Dallas is falling, still, because of the run

Updated: December 16, 2009, 5:24 PM ET
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders
Getty ImagesLe sigh.

Each Tuesday, Vince Verhei of Football Outsiders looks back at a key upset in the NFL that weekend and analyzes what it means for each team involved as they move forward. The Week 14 edition below focuses on the San Diego Chargers going on the road and defeating the December-swoon-prone Dallas Cowboys. What should we take from this? Read on.

Three-point favorites lose all the time in the NFL. The Chargers' upending of the Cowboys deserves extra notice, though, because it showed that the league's best passing attack can win on its own -- even though San Diego's Hall-of-Fame running back is washed up.


Wait, what? LT is declining? What does FBO mean? How can they prove it? And is Dallas in swoon? What must they do to turn it around? For all this analysis and more, you must be an ESPN Insider.