Panthers vs Cowboys Week 4: History, player to watch, gut prediction
By Riley Donald
Carolina Panthers vs Dallas Cowboys “Under the Radar” Players
Dallas Cowboys: CeeDee Lamb, WR
Carolina Panthers: Robby Anderson, WR
Last week we called for tight end Dalton Schultz to find the end zone, what do you say we try to keep this thing going? I know calling CeeDee Lamb “under the radar” is a bit odd with all he brings to the table, but guys, who on this offense isn’t showing out after just three weeks?! After his 44-yard catch against the Eagles to get things going early, Lamb only tallied two more catches for 22 yards.
With Michael Gallup still out and Amari Cooper nursing his ribs back to 100% health, I think Lamb has his official coming-out party in AT&T Stadium this Sunday. The Panthers are without first-round pick, and some Cowboys fans wish in the recent draft, cornerback Jaycee Horn.
Horn broke multiple bones in his foot and is going to be out for the foreseeable future for the Panthers. The Panthers did trade with the Jaguars for another former first-round pick, CJ Henderson, to lessen this blow. Henderson will likely be seeing time alongside AJ Bouye, each seeing their first action for the Panthers this season.
Two cornerbacks starting for their first time against this offense is a matchup I really like. Look for Kellen Moore to use Lamb’s explosiveness to create miscommunication. We called Schultz finding the end zone last week and I think Lamb continues the trend of finding the end zone plus chipping in over 100 yards.
Panthers receiver, DJ Moore, should get a lot of attention from Cowboys rising star, cornerback Trevon Diggs, come Sunday. I don’t think Sam Darnold is that special and I think their 3-0 record with him at the helm is a bit misleading. I like Diggs to slow down the Darnold to Moore connection.
Insert Robby Anderson. This is an area of concern I have for the Dallas defense. Anderson is one of the slender, deep threat receivers that have given the Cowboys fits in the past a la Desean Jackson, Odell Beckham Jr, and others. The cornerback spot opposite of Diggs seems to be a bit in flux.
Anthony Brown did capitalize on a brutal throw by Jalen Hurts and turn it into an interception, but he has still shown some suspect play. Rookie defensive back, Kelvin Joseph, is not expected to play this week. Brown will likely draw the duties of guarding Anderson. What I would like to see is safety help to Brown’s side from Jayron Kearse, who has pleasantly chipped in 20 tackles and two pass breakups already.