Coming off a close loss to the defending Super Bowl champs, the Dallas Cowboys are ready for a tough Week 2 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers and hoping to come away with a big win. After a big performance by Dak Prescott in his highly anticipated return to the Cowboys, it’s looking like he’s back and better than ever, especially with the depth and firepower this offense currently possesses.

Looking to bounce back in Week 2 and knock off this explosive Chargers squad, Dallas has a tall task ahead of them. With the Cowboys now hoping to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole, let’s now take a look at who the two major X-Factors will be for them heading into Sunday’s matchup against LA.

Cowboys X-Factors vs. Chargers

1. Ezekiel Elliot 

Even though the Cowboys were thriving offensively all game long, Ezekiel Elliott didn’t have the most productive night. With just 33 yards rushing on 11 carries and six yards receiving on two receptions, it’s safe to say that Zeke has had better games. Now that he’ll have a clean slate to work with against the Chargers, there’s no doubt that he’ll come back better this Sunday and put up some big numbers.

As one of the best dual-threat backs in the game, Zeke will definitely put the Chargers on notice and run them right out of SoFi stadium on Sunday afternoon. His experience, skill, and high football IQ will propel the Cowboys and give LA all kinds of headaches on defense. In Week 2, Ezekiel Elliot will be ready to bounce back and look to have an immediate impact.

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2. Leighton Vander Esch 

With just two tackles in the Cowboys’ season debut against the Buccaneers, Leighton Vander Esch will be back with a vengeance in Week 2 and ready to make some big plays against the Chargers. As one of their best defensive players and an emerging talent in the NFL, Vander Esch will be crucial for Dallas.

Not to mention this Chargers offense will wind up being very problematic for them as one of the league’s most potent groups with Justin Herbert under center, so Vander Esch better bring his A-game and be ready to make a huge impact for them. This Cowboys team is hoping for a big boost from their defense in the hopes of coming away with a big road win and getting their first win of the 2021 NFL season. So, Leighton Vander Esch must be up for the challenge.


With so much riding on the Cowboys’ success this season, they will need all the help they can get to come away with a win in this crucial matchup against the Chargers. Ezekiel Elliott and Leighton Vander Esch are vital to the success of this team and will both need to step their game up this Sunday in order for the Cowboys to power through for a big win. The Chargers better be ready for what’s coming their way, because these Cowboys are ready and determined and will come out of the gates firing on all cylinders.