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Chargers Vs Cowboys

The Chargers likely will contend with triple-digit temperatures in Dallas, where they’ll practice Thursday through Saturday and kick off against the Cowboys at 7 p.m. CT Sunday.
SAN DIEGO – Questions about the weather in Dallas are based on more than hyperbole or the perception of spoiled San Diegans this week.

Mired in a record-setting hot summer and in what Texas state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon deemed the worst one-year drought in its history, Dallas will feel like an oven for the Chargers, who practice outside Thursday before holding merciful sessions indoors Friday and Saturday.

“In a football uniform, it’s been a while (since I’ve experienced that),” Rivers said. “We obviously don’t have the heat out here, but the one thing we do is practice at a high tempo and a high level. I expect us to be able to handle it much like if you had to go East for a game early in the year.”

A thunderstorm last week prevented the city from tying a 31-year-old record for most consecutive days of triple-digit temperatures. Dallas reached 100 degrees for 40 consecutive days.

The city has started a new streak since. The National Weather Service forecast calls for highs of 106, 105, 104 and 102 degrees Thursday through Sunday. Temperatures are not expected to dip below 80 while the Chargers are in Dallas.

“It’ll be a changeup for us and certainly an added dimension, but we should be alright for a few hours,” Rivers said.

RETURNING HOME: Head Coach Norv Turner and receiver Patrick Crayton will enjoy a homecoming of sorts this week.

Each spent significant portions of their careers in Dallas. Turner won back-to-back Super Bowls with the Cowboys as offensive coordinator in ’92 and ’93, helping Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin flourish.

Crayton played the first 82 of his career for the Cowboys, catching 50 passes for nearly 700 yards and seven touchdowns in ’07, his best season.

“I’m looking forward to getting back home and competing against some guys I used to play with,” Crayton said.

Dallas Head Coach Jason Garrett was Crayton’s offensive coordinator. Rob Ryan is now defensive coordinator, so Crayton doesn’t believe he’ll be able to gauge how well the Chargers’ offense is doing by comparing practice results during the next few days to his time in Dallas, though a lot of the defensive personnel remain the same.

“Tendencies may be there, but they’ll be in different spots,” Crayton said.

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