Week 16 Preview: Dallas at Carolina


The Dallas Cowboys will look to get back on track this week when they take on the Carolina Panthers on Saturday night at Bank of America Stadium.  The Cowboys lost to the Eagles in shocking fashion last week 10-6, as Tony Romo had an awful game, complete with a couple of picks (3) and overthrowing his wide outs all afternoon in going 13-for-36.  This week things should come a bit easier, as the Panthers do not have the playmakers on defense like the Eagles do.

Carolina still has a slim shot at the playoffs, and last week they used a solid outing on defense to stop the Seahawks in a 13-10 win.  They held Seattle to 282 total yards, with 65 coming in the last mintue when they played prevent already up 13-3.  Matt Moore will get the start at QB again for Carolina, last week he played mistake free, throwing for 208 yards and making a few key throws.  Against the Cowboys, staying mistake free is going to be a big key if the Panthers want to hang around.

The Panthers will try and use ball control, run the football and use short passes to keep Romo and the Cowboys offense off the field.  That will be easier said than done, as the Cowboys allow about 94 yards a game on the ground.  Another blow that could hurt the Panthers is if Julius Peppers does not play.  While he has not had his best season, he still can change the tied of a game with a few big plays.

Look for Dallas to come back to playing the type of football we have been use to seeing them play this year.  They will be ale to hit a few big plays, run the ball, and should harass Moore enough to walk out of BOA Stadium with their 13th win of the season.

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