The Carolina Panthers vs. the Dallas Cowboys
The Carolina Panthers are ruthlessly, disgustingly, and violently terrible. When the Cowboys play those kinds of teams, they win by 80 points. That’s what we’re looking at here.
Cowboys offense vs. Panthers defense
The Cowboys currently have a +141-point differential against teams with a losing record. They’re just going to bully the life out of the Panthers. The nice thing about it is that running back Tony Pollard is going to continue his hilariously disappointing season.
We’ve been keeping track of his stats this season compared to his 2022 campaign (which was his best). A year ago, he appeared in 16 games and collected 193 carries for 1,007 yards.
In the nine games he’s played this year, he’s had 135 carries for 529 yards. That means he’s at 69.9% of his career-high carries for just 52.5% of his career-high yards. That’s objectively bad and subjectively delicious. The Cowboys want to be a dominant run team, but their guy is a certified pumpkin.
To be fair, that doesn’t really matter because the Panthers are awful and Pollard will find a way to be productive, but looking at it from a broad scope, it’s very nice to see.
The Panthers’ defense is garbage. They’re allowing 26.9 points per game. Teams are averaging 21.8 points per game in the NFL this season, so that’s very bad.
There’s not much more to say about this defense except that they’re somehow better than the Giants’ defense, so that’s something they can hang their hat on. Good for them?