Cowboys - Panthers Report Card

PASSING OFFENSE
A -- Unable to run, the Cowboys put the ball in Quincy Carter's hands and he delivered, completing 29 of 44 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns. The completions and attempts were career highs. Tight end Jason Witten caught a career-high six passes for 49 yards. Dan Campbell and Jeff Robinson combined for four catches and one touchdown. Joey Galloway and Terry Glenn combined for eight catches.

RUSHING OFFENSE
D -- The Cowboys still can't run, notching 65 yards on 25 attempts, including 12 for 26 by Troy Hambrick. However, Aveion Cason did offer a nice change of pace with six rushes for 26 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown on the option from fullback Richie Anderson.

PASS DEFENSE
B -- The stats say the Cowboys registered only one sack by Leo Carson. But they consistently pressured Jake Delhomme. Eric Ogbogu led the charge with a pass deflection that led to a Roy Williams interception. Cornerback Terence Newman and safeties Roy Williams and Tony Dixon were flagged for interference. The calls on Williams and Dixon were in the end zone and set up Panthers touchdowns. Newman also gave up two long pass receptions.

RUSH DEFENSE
A -- Dat Nguyen didn't have his normally staggering tackle numbers. But the Cowboys defense more than made up for it in doing a job on limiting running back Stephen Davis to 59 yards.

SPECIAL TEAMS
C -- Billy Cundiff missed two field goals, punter Toby Gowin netted 31.8 yards per attempt and Joey Galloway erroneously fielded a punt at the 2-yard line. The coverage against the Panthers' returns was outstanding, including a fumble on the opening kickoff to set up a touchdown.

COACHING
A -- Bill Parcells duped us all. Last week, he said the Cowboys could only play a conservative run-oriented game. He then allows offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon to open things up with a pass-first attack. At 8-3, the Cowboys are guaranteed at least a .500 regular-season record after three consecutive 5-11 seasons. The Cowboys are now playing for the NFC East title and home-field advantage in the playoffs.

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