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Week 7 Cowboys-Panthers

October 22, 2012

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Once again the Cowboys were their usual inefficient selves being close to a delay of game penalty on nearly every snap, dropping numerous passes, and struggling in the red zone. Yet fortunately they were playing the Panthers who had struggles of their own and were able to get out of town with a much needed win. At 3-3 the Cowboys are still in the thick of the division and wild card race yet the NFC currently has 10 of its 16 teams with a .500 record or better so it’s important that the Cowboys build on this victory otherwise they will soon find themselves in the cellar of the conference. There is quite a lot to improve on considering the Cowboys biggest positive coming into the game, the dominant running game shown against the Ravens the week before, evaporated almost immediately as Dallas was only able to run for 85 yards on a very poor yards per carry average of 2.7. Dez Bryant also didn’t build on his impressive Ravens outing last week with his Jekyll and Hyde show continuing as he was invisible most of the game with 2 receptions for 14 yards. His poor outing can be partially blamed on his groin injury that had him limited in practice last week yet Ogletree’s drops can’t be dismissed away due to injury and it just continues the weekly inconsistencies from this team’s wide receiver corp. On the positive note was the fact that the offensive line pass protected well in this game giving up no sacks and the secondary played another good game which included the unit’s first interception of the season. Yet the Cowboys struggled to put away another poor team and this game was a good decision in the red zone by Cam Newton away from being a loss instead of a win. The Panthers had more yards than the Cowboys (328 to 318), a higher yards per play average (5.5 to 4.5), and an equal number of first downs (both with 18) which resulted in a close win for the Cowboys due to Romo not throwing an interception and Cam Newton throwing one at the worst possible time. That essentially was  the game right there and, while it was nice to be on the right side of a close victory this season, it was extremely disconcerting knowing that the 1-5 Panthers didn’t look like a dramatically worse team than the Cowboys. Right now Dallas is a work in progress and they had better get some things fixed quickly because the defending champs and division leading New York Giants are in town this Sunday and they have revenge on their mind.

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