Eye of the Panther

September 28, 2009 11:55 PM

Cowboys Beat Punchless Panthers 21-7

Just when you think you might see an exciting, interesting, and high-scoring NFL game, you get the exact opposite instead.

That was certainly the case on Monday night when the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys met on ESPN's Monday Night Football.

Two of the NFC's most explosive offenses (when they're playing well anyway) managed just two touchdowns and scored only 28 points between them in a 21-7 Dallas win.

Carolina didn't unleash their vaunted running game often enough (DeAngelo Williams rushed for 64 yards in 11 carries - good for almost six yards per carry - but why only 11 carries???), and while Dallas was able to move the ball up and down the field, the Cowboys had plenty of trouble putting the ball into the endzone.

A pair of maligned quarterbacks, Jake Delhomme and Tony Romo, both completed 22 of 33 passes (for 220 and 255 yards respectively) but Delhomme had only one touchdown pass (a 25-yard TD toss to Dante Rosario that gave Carolina a short-lived 7-0 halftime lead) and Romo didn't have any.

The Dallas defense, which has also been maligned for their lackluster early-season play, played a LOT better than Carolina's "defense" (the Cats allowed a whopping 449 total yards), recording three sacks, a forced fumble, and two interceptions, including one that Terence Newman returned for a fourth quarter touchdown, sealing the win for the Cowboys, who scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to win going away.

There's really very little that you can say about the game from a Carolina perspective that would be positive in nature.

The Panthers have to start playing better.

A lot better. 

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