The underdog Carolina Panthers - never thought I'd be typing that - beat the crumbling Dallas Cowboys en route to improving their undefeated streak to 11-0.
The hype that was surrounding the Cowboys due to the return of Tony Romo amounted to nothing against a Panthers team that overwhelmed the Cowboys in all facets of the game, especially defensively.
Dallas struggled to move the ball against a stingy Panther defence which held the Cowboys leading receiver and runner in the game - Darren McFadden - to just 56-yards overall.
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The Panthers picked off Tony Romo three times, returning two of those for touchdowns. Their pass coverage was excellent, and the Josh Norman, Dez Bryant battle was as good as we expected, with Dez being held to just 2-catches for 26-yards.
Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly continues to amaze, he grabbed two of the three Romo interceptions, showcasing incredible awareness and knowledge of where the ball was going to be thrown.
Another aspect of the game the Panthers defence dominated was at the line of scrimmage, despite just registering one sack, the Panthers controlled the line, shutting down run lanes, and pressuring Romo constantly.
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This dominant performance from the defence shows how complete a team the Panthers are, when one unit struggles, the other can step up and show out. That being said, the offensive unit which I stated as struggling, still managed to put up 19-points.
Cam Newton had a pedestrian day passing, albeit converting many crucial third downs through the air. His stat line read; 16/27 completed passes for 183-yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. He did, however, find the end zone on a four-yard touchdown run, sharing with us afterwards his notorious dance moves.
The Panthers offensive line had an up and down game, on many occasions opening up good holes for running back Jonathan Stewart, while on other occasions being beaten by the Cowboys defensive front.
The Dallas defence also managed to contain Cam to some extent, holding him to 45-yards on 12 running attempts, although he did have the previously mentioned rushing touchdown.
As for Cowboys quarterback Romo, he looked a shell of himself all game long, before leaving in the third quarter with a collarbone injury. His stat line read; 11/21 completed passes for 106-yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions.
With the extent of Romo's injury unknown as of yet, we have no idea how long he will be out for, but this loss against Carolina pretty much puts a dagger into their season and any hopes they had of a miraculous late season run.
Even if Romo missed just one week, the fact that the Cowboys are 0-7 without him this year, gives Dallas fans very little hope.
One last thing that needs to be mentioned is the ridiculousness that the Panthers were pegged as the underdogs for this game, they are undefeated for a reason, and they continue to improve and grow as the season endures.
Hopefully next time, people will know better than to doubt an undefeated team.
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