Carolina is one of just two undefeated teams remaining in the NFL and quarterback Cam Newton is being considered for the MVP due to his outstanding play this season. Newton has always been a strong runner at quarterback, but this season his passing is much improved.
The Cowboys now have Tony Romo back under center after missing 7 games, Dallas is four games under .500 but is still in the running to win the NFC East, trailing the New York Giants by just two games.
Tony Romo led Dallas to its first win in 8 games last weekend defeating Miami 24-14.
Carolina beat two opponents in the NFC East – Washington and Philadelphia – handily and brings the league’s third highest scoring offense, but faces four of their next five games away from home.
The Carolina defense, albeit not as strong as previous years, is rounding into form and has a strong front seven against the run.
Greg Hardy the defensive end for Dallas will be facing his former team for just the first time since he left last offseason. Carolina will have its talented defensive end Charles Johnson activated to play and give Romo a hard time with his pass rush.
Dallas will look to run the ball with Darren McFadden to take the early pressure off Romo and open passing lanes for him to hit Dez Bryant down field and Jason Witten over the middle.
Dallas has won five straight games outright against Carolina. However, the two teams have not played head to head since October of 2012.
Corey Brown a Carolina wide receiver and cornerback Charles Tillman are questionable for Thursday’s game.
Dallas cornerback Morris Claiborne missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury and did not practice early this week. He too will be questionable for the Thanksgiving clash.
Carolina has covered the number in just 1 of the past 5 games head to head with Dallas.
Latest Line: Detroit vs Dallas
Favorite: Dallas -1.5, Over/Under: 45.5
Carolina on the season is 10-0 straight up and 8-2 against the spread, while Dallas is 3-7 SU and ATS. The Panthers on the road are 4-0 SU and ATS, while Dallas at home is 1-4 SU and ATS.
Lean: Dallas -1.5