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Chargers’ next opponent: Philadelphia Eagles scouting report

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Rams’ next opponent: Dallas Cowboys scouting report

The Dallas Cowboys still aren’t a particularly dynamic team on offense, but they’re efficient. In Monday’s victory over Arizona, the Cowboys totaled just 273 yards of offense, but they needed just 45 plays to score four touc...

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