Dallas Cowboys vs Carolina Panthers : The Dallas Cowboys stumbled out of the playoffs in 2017 after a magical 2016 season, but they expect a return to the playoffs in 2018. The Carolina Panthers are a perennial playoff team, but have yet to win a Super Bowl. These two teams are expected to be contenders and they will meet on Sunday (1:25 p.m. PT/4:25 p.m. ET, FOX, DirecTV or try a fuboTV (free trial) .
NFL Football 2018
Dallas Cowboys vs Carolina Panthers Live Stream
Date : Sunday, September 9, 2018
Kick-off: 04:25 PM ET
The Dallas Cowboys travel to Charlotte on Sunday to face Cam Newton and the Panthers, as both teams try to get their seasons off on the right foot. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott will attempt to get a bitter 2017 taste out of their mouths, but the offensive line may not be quite as fearsome with Travis Frederick out indefinitely with an autoimmune disease. The Panthers have some injuries on the offensive line of their own, with Daryl Williams and Amini Silatolu dealing with injuries and Matt Kalil being out for the season.
The Cowboys have Elliott back, but they will be missing key players. Wide receiver Dez Bryant was released by the team and Prescott will have to find another go-to receiver from mostly inexperienced wideouts. The bigger loss is the retirement of tight end Jason Witten.
The Panthers (11-5) reached the playoffs for the fourth time in the past five years. With quarterback Cam Newton guiding the offense and linebacker Luke Kuechly running the defense, there’s little reason the doubt the Panthers will reach the playoffs. The defense is sound. The offense? That’s a bit of a concern.
Newton remains an enigma. He’s a dynamic leader and an important piece in their running game. But they’re trying to reduce the number of times Newton carries the football and subjects himself to hits. Look for running back Christian McCaffrey to get more carries. Newton is average at best as a passer. His career completion average is 58 percent, he’s thrown double-digit interceptions in each of his seven seasons and he’s thrown at least 30 touchdown passes once in his career.