It wasn’t the pretty, but at the end of the day the Dallas Cowboys are leaving Carolina with a 19-14 win over the Carolina Panthers and will now start preparing for their second game with the 5-2 New York Giants. In the victory over the Panthers, the Cowboys offense looked very stale without DeMarco Murray and with Dez Bryant clearly limited due to his groin injury. However, Tony Romo and Jason Garrett did a great job of managing the game with their limitations on the offensive end, and Rob Ryan’s defense managed to hold the Panthers to only 14 points, but caught a fortunate break at the end of the fourth quarter when Maurice Claiborne wasn’t flagged for an obvious pass interference call that would have continued the Panthers drive.
We can as negative as we want, but the facts are the Cowboys are now 3-3, and now have an opportunity to sweep the Giants in the regular season for the first time since 2007. However, in order for the Cowboys to beat the Giants, they shouldn’t plan to rely on Dan Bailey to score majority of the teams points like they did in week seven, and they will either need Murray back, or for Felix Jones, who has had success against the Giants in the past, to have a productive game next week.
We would like to award the 360Cowboys game ball to Miles Austin. With Dez Bryant limited and DeMarco Murray not with the team, Miles Austin hauled in 5 receptions for 97-yards, and had a great catch in the back of the endzone in the third quarter. His touchdown was the Cowboys only touchdown of the day, and it ended up being the difference between a win and a loss.