Dallas Cowboys vs Carolina Panthers Live Stream & TV Channel NFL 2018 Live Streaming Online Full HD
Cowboys vs Panthers Live Stream & TV Channel NFL 2018 Live Streaming Online Full HD
Each week, your esteemed Panthers.com writers will aim to boil down a week’s worth of pregame analysis into a handful of sentences.
When the Panthers and Cowboys at long last take the field for Sunday’s season opener at Bank of America Stadium, here’s what will matter most.
Offensive key: Will Cam Newton get off to a fast start? He expressed his confidence that the offense can come out of the gate in “midseason form,” even with questions along the offensive line.
While Carolina has won three of its last four openers – including 2014 when Newton was out injured – Newton hasn’t thrown for 200 yards in an opener since 2012 and was last interception-free in 2013.
Defensive key: Not the most original thought, but containing Ezekiel Elliott is crucial.
He’s averaging more than 100 yards rushing through 25 career games, but the Panthers were the only NFL team to not allow an individual to reach the 100-yard mark in 2017.
Elliott also can be dangerous as a receiver, a skill that Shaq Thompson will try to contain in Thomas Davis’s stead.
Gutsy guess: When last we saw Damiere Byrd in a game that counted, he was returning a kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown in a Week 16 victory over the Buccaneers that clinched a playoff spot. Byrd scored three touchdowns in his final two games before heading to injured reserve with a leg injury.
He might not get a ton of opportunities even with fellow wideout Curtis Samuel out of action, but here’s guessing he’ll make the most of one of them and find the end zone on a long pass play.
Offensive key: With the rash of injuries the Panthers have dealt with along the O-line, and with Carolina has to stay out of third-and-long situations. Success on early downs with a good mix of run and (quick) pass is crucial.
The worst thing for Daryl Williams – or whoever has to play right tackle – would be facing Lawrence with his ears pinned back.
Defensive key: I’m looking at the interior disruptors – Kawann Short and Dontari Poe. Everyone knows the Cowboys want to lean on Elliott and that powerful offensive line.
As Ron Rivera said, “They’re an offensive line driven team.” Short and Poe have the ability to wreak havoc up the middle and stop Elliott before he gets going.
And with Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick sidelined and rookie Connor Williams set to start at left guard, Carolina is well positioned with two top tier D-tackles to take advantage.