Entering Week Four, the Dallas Cowboys were 2-1 and looking to make some noise in the league. Their Week Four opponent just happened to be the unbeaten Panthers at 3-0. With both teams looking to stay atop their divisions, Dallas controlled the game the whole time. So what does this win for Dallas mean? Let’s check it out.
— The Carolina defense had been unstoppable up until Week Four, and Dallas looked good.– Dallas had a lot of free time on offense allowing for big plays. Dak Prescott threw four touchdowns in the afternoon but was only hit one time the entire afternoon.
— The Carolina defense also had only allowed 45 rushing yards per game through the first three weeks. Dallas made sure to utilize their two-man running attack, and boy did it work well. Ezekiel Elliot tore up the Panther’s defense with 143 rushing yards and a touchdown while Tony Pollard added 67 rush yards. At a combined 210 rush yards, the two-man game worked to perfection.
— The Dallas defense was not supposed to be the defense that opened eyes in Week Four but here we are. Dallas forced Sam Darnold into two interceptions and a handful of incompletions to wide-open receivers. Darnold did have two passing touchdowns as well as two rushing touchdowns, but it was not enough.
Cowboys Offense Versus Defense
In this game, we saw both sides of the ball perform well for Dallas. From their efficiency moving the ball to their defense pressuring Darnold, all good things. It isn’t easy to choose which side played better in Week Four. Based on the number of points scored, the Cowboys’ offense played best in Week Four. The Carolina defense came into Week Four as one if not the best defense in the NFL to that point. For Dallas’ offense to go out and put up 36 points on them when Carolina only allowed 30 points total in the first three weeks is a big-time performance from Dallas.
While the offense gets the giant nod here, the defense was nothing short of efficient as well. Trevon Diggs showed he is an elite cornerback in the NFL, getting two interceptions. Randy Gregory made some noise with two sacks alongside rookie sensation Micah Parsons adding a sack as well. If Dallas’ defense can maintain this level of play, it will make the offensive side of the ball relax and play as they did in Week Four every week here on out.
There is only one way to put this; Dallas showed up and played a dominant home game. Carolina will still be a solid team in the NFC South this season, but Dallas outplayed them in Week Four. The Cowboys knew it would be a massive boost to their morale to hand Carolina their first loss, and they got it done. Zeke proved he is still an absolute terror running the ball and Dak continued to stay efficient in the passing game. The Dallas defense outplayed the Carolina defense in every aspect, which is still shocking to me.
Give the Cowboys credit because they could’ve easily lost by 30 to this Panthers team. If Dallas can keep the momentum going, they could pull away in the NFC East and open some eyes in the NFC in general. I’m not saying the Week Four win against Carolina was the push Dallas needed for a Super Bowl run, but it sure helps in the short-term goal of boosting them into week five.
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