COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott had been shut friends since arriving as freshmen at Ohio Order in 2013. On Sunday, the used school roommates win themselves on reverse sidelines in a single in every of the highlight games of the Week 2 schedule.
Bosa and the Los Angeles Chargers play in entrance of fans at their palatial Inglewood, California, house for the major time when they host Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys.
The Chargers obtained their opener for the third straight season and are having a uncover to dawdle 2-0 for the major time in 9 years while the Cowboys are attempting to steer clear of their first 0-2 starting up in 11 years.
This is able to moreover be the major time Elliott and Bosa possess faced each other in the NFL. Elliott used to be serving an NFL suspension the final time the 2 teams met on Thanksgiving Day in 2017.
“It’ll be awesome. Final time we performed in opposition to each other used to be in teach (making ready for the 2016 Fiesta Bowl) and we didn’t bewitch it easy on each other then, so I am sure we obtained’t this weekend,” Bosa acknowledged. “We now possess got scheme a lengthy methodology from the dorm rooms support in 2013, so this will be cool to be accessible with him.”
Bosa and Elliott had been roommates in some unspecified time in the future of their first two years at Ohio Order, including the 2014 national championship season. Elliott acknowledged they had been able to spend some time with each other in Dallas in some unspecified time in the future of the offseason.
“Man, that’s my brother,” Elliott acknowledged. “I mean we went thru plenty together. I mean coming in, young, 17, rising up. Most often we came in on that campus together and we obtained a national championship right here in Dallas, so it used to be comely fun.
“I focus on we each had been messy. We each are big mama’s boys so we weren’t the most attention-grabbing cleaners. We each had our mother scheme enact our laundry on weekends when they came in town for the game.”
Each had been drafted in 2016 when Bosa went third total to the Chargers and Elliott used to be chosen one living later by the Cowboys. Each possess also had major impacts on the league.
Bosa’s 48 1/2 sacks over the past five-plus seasons tainted seventh in the league. His five-year contract extension final July also made him the league’s easiest-paid defensive participant until Pittsburgh’s T.J. Watt eclipsed that final week.
Elliott obtained the league rushing title two of his first three seasons, and his 8,341 scrimmage yards in his first five years had been eighth most in league history.
Each avid gamers even possess plenty to point out after the openers.
Elliott had only 33 yards on 11 carries in final week’s 31-29 loss at Tampa Bay, and spent the massive majority of his time in dawdle protection. Elliott fielded many questions about his lack of workload in opposition to the league’s top drag protection and used to be frustrated with the tone.
“If you already know football, whenever you’re on this building, you may per chance maybe moreover declare somebody can possess a stable sport without needing the most attention-grabbing statistics,” Elliott acknowledged. “If you’re the one who’s asserting that, then you in fact seemingly may per chance moreover merely silent watch a minute bit extra.”
Bosa and Chargers coach Brandon Staley inquire Elliott to uncover extra circulation in opposition to them. Los Angeles allowed 4.7 yards per elevate and 126 yards in opposition to Washington.
Staley faced Elliott final season when he used to be Rams defensive coordinator. Elliott scored two touchdowns, including one receiving, and scored each Dallas touchdowns in a 20-17 loss.
“My eyes declare me that this man is a top two to five support on this league. Taking half in in opposition to him final year, what used to be irregular is I may per chance moreover hear every little thing final year. There used to be no crowd, so I may per chance moreover hear the sound of each tackle,” Staley acknowledged. “I be aware going house and looking out on the TV reproduction with my accomplice. It used to be slack, nonetheless she stayed up and we watched it. You would moreover hear it; you may per chance maybe moreover hear the pads popping. He’s a bodily man. I silent focus on he’s a top class support.”
Bosa had a sack and two quarterback hits in final week’s 20-16 win over Washington. He also had a 60% win rate on beating an offensive lineman on push rushes, which according to Zebra Technologies used to be tops amongst edge defenders.
However Bosa also had a pair of roughing-the-passer penalties and acknowledged he needs extra clarification about; he opinion he didn’t enact anything else malicious.
“He has a form of dimension. True an glorious participant, astronomical figuring out, they’re transferring him round, they’re a extra than one defensive entrance football crew, so we purchased to be in fact comely at locating him and figuring out the put he is at all cases,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged.
Bosa acknowledged the largest notify for the Chargers and the line of defense is attempting to stop quarterback Dak Prescott from escaping out of the pocket and guaranteeing all americans is sound with their methodology.
“Clearly, they’ve some weapons, nonetheless I focus on whenever you neutralize Dak, then he obtained’t be able to assemble the ball to those weapons,” Bosa acknowledged. “It starts with us up entrance, being able to no longer bewitch these high rushers and originate up those big gaps and comely drag in sound as a community earlier than.”
AP Skilled Football Creator Schuyler Dixon contributed.
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