DALLAS, TX, Sporting Alert – Carolina Panthers will look to extend its franchise winning streak and stay undefeated on the season when they take on the Dallas Cowboys in a Thanksgiving NFL game on Thursday.
The Panthers (10-0) are off to their best start in franchise history after putting away the Washington Redskins 44-16 in a one-sided outing on Sunday.
Star quarterback Cam Newton, during that game, threw a career-best five touchdown passes – four of which came in the first half, while completing 21 of 34 passes for 246 yards.
The 26-year-old has been in great form this season — passing for 2,283 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for another six TDs for 382 yards on 86 carries.
“I have labelled myself as a pocket passer with the ability to run,” said Newton, who revealed that he wasn’t a big fan at being called a running quarterback.
The Panthers travel to the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, to face a Cowboys side that is 3-7 on the season, but snapped a seven-game losing streak over the weekend with a 24-14 win over the Miami Dolphins, a game in which Tony Romo made his return from injury.
And while the Panthers are seeking their 11th successive win on the term and 15th in a row in the regular season – dating back to last year – Romo and Dallas are hoping to build a win streak that would lift them further up in the NFC East while they push for a playoffs spot.
“To have Tony back as our starter and all that he brings obviously has a positive impact on our team,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said ahead of the matchup.
“His leadership from that position, for the offense, but really for everybody on our team, and also his performance makes a big difference.
“It’s good to have him back and running our football team again and playing the way he is capable of playing.”
Earlier in the week, the Vegas odds favoured the Cowboys as the 1.5-point favourites, probably because of Romo’s return to the Dallas lineup.
However, as the time rolled closer to this Thanksgiving special, the line shifted to the other side, with Newton and the Carolina Panthers now listed as 1-point favourites.
“I think that Carolina is the best team in the NFC, if not football right now, and we have to play a really, really good game to win this week,” Romo said.
“We’re going into it with our heads down, knowing that we have to go play a really tough, physical game and play our best ball to win.”
The game’s total is sitting at 46.
The Cowboys have played on all but two Thanksgivings Day since 1966, while the Panthers will be making their Thanksgiving Day debut.
Panthers are ranked No. 2 in the ESPN NFL Football Power Rankings.
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Line: CAR -1.5
Live TV Channel: CBS
Thanksgiving Full NFL Schedule
Thursday, November 26
Philadelphia at Detroit 12:30 PM FOX Ford Field, Detroit
Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys 4:30 PM CBS AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Chicago at Green Bay 8:30 PM NBC Lambeau Field, Green Bay