Carter Provided the Spark

It was not an aerial show out of the St. Louis Rams' playbook and Quincy Carter is not ready to be Peyton Manning and throw the ball all over the field.

But Carter did revive the Cowboys' slumping offense with a pass happy performance in Sunday's 24-20 victory against the Panthers. Carter connected on a career-best 29 passes in 44 attempts for 254 yards, with two touchdown passes and just one interception.

He brought the deep ball back to a Cowboys offense that had sputtered of late with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Joey Galloway, but mostly he nickel and dimed the Panthers with short passes to the running backs and tight ends.

"Our defense has carried us a long time," Carter said. "It was important for us to come out and at least give our defense a chance. We didn't take advantage of everything, but we did enough, and it was kind of a relief for all of us to get some points up on the board."

It was the first time since the Arizona game that Carter threw for more than 210 yards. And in six of his last seven starts, Carter passed for less than 200 yards and had just two touchdown passes to seven interceptions in the last four games.

Yet, with the running game still floundering, Cowboys coach Bill Parcells felt Carter's arm was the way to go against the Panthers.

"Look it, you know last week I was reading about this guy, he's not getting his team into the end zone and that so, so I think it was a good win for all of us, him included," Parcells said. "I thought Quincy played well," Parcells said. "He had some help with some tough receptions."

Said tight end Dan Campbell: "Quincy played great. He did a helluva job for us."

Other Notes
* RT Kurt Vollers is questionable for the Dolphins game with a back strain. If he can't go the Cowboys might turn back to former starter Ryan Young, who sat out the Panthers game with knee swell or hand the job to rookie free agent Torrin Tucker. With Vollers hobbled early in the Panthers game, Tucker took over and played surprisingly well against defensive end Julius Peppers.

* TE/LS Jeff Robinson caught his first pass/touchdown of the season against the Panthers. Fullback Richie Anderson was the primary receiver on the play but quarterback Quincy Carter went to Robinson, who hauled in a tough catch over a defenders head. Said Bill Parcells: "Jeff Robinson catching that ball is like a pitcher hitting a home run. It's gravy."

* WR Terry Glenn's 20-yard catch midway in the fourth quarter against the Panthers pushed him over the 6,000-yard career mark. He has 6,019 career receiving yards.

* RB Adrian Murrell, who was cut by the Cowboys last week, will not be re-signed for the Dolphins game on Thursday. Coach Bill Parcells said the Cowboys will stand pat this week but is considering some additions for next week that might include positions other than running back. Considering Aveion Cason's six carries for 26 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown run on Sunday, the Cowboys might not need to bring Murrell back. He is not going to fix their ground game and Cason gives them more big-play ability.

"He has been pretty much the same all year as far as his working and trying to prepare. What I see now from that is very comforting is as he does have some success there becomes a greater sense of urgency for him. He is over here last night and looking at film last night. He is not riding the wave in any manner of speaking. He is back to being nuts and bolts and working hard it. That's all you can ask the kid to do really." -- Cowboys coach Bill Parcells on quarterback Quincy Carter.

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