The Dallas Cowboys did what they needed to do and put another mark in the win column with the 33-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Week 11. To their credit, the Panthers probably put up more of a fight than the Cowboys were expecting, but in the end things pretty much played out the way everyone thought they would.
The Dallas Cowboys don't have much time to enjoy their victory. It's a quick turnaround for them and they'll play in just a few days time on Thanksgiving against their division rival, the Washington Commanders. Before we set our sights on next week's opponent though, let's review a little and take a look at some of the good, bad, and ugly from Week 11.
THE GOOD - DaRon Bland is a beast!
Shout out to Micah Parsons for his multiple QB sack game and to Tony Pollard for scoring his first touchdown since Week 1, but the hero from this Week 11 matchup against the Panthers goes to none other than DaRon Bland. No. 26 has been a take away machine for the Cowboys and proved once again why team should avoid throwing his way at all cost by recording his sixth interception on the year and his fourth pick-six, which just so happened tie an NFL record. Any concern about him starting on the outside as an injury replacement for Trevon Diggs has now long since been forgotten. He's reached superstar status.
THE BAD - Cowboys' offensive struggles
The Carolina Panthers defense surprisingly held Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys offense in check for the most part in Week 11. The Cowboys were only able to rack up a total of 311 total yards on offense (204 passing, 107 rushing), despite putting up nearly twice as much last week against the New York Giants. From start to finish, Dallas was never really able to get much going either on the ground or through the air, even though they found the end zone three times. It was of course enough to go home with the "W", however, to see this unit not reach their previous heights was the only blemish for the Cowboys this week.
THE UGLY - Grinding out road wins
We all know the Cowboys play much better at home than they do on the road and this Week 11 matchup with the Carolina Panthers was no exception. It really wasn't until DaRon Bland's pick-six that the Cowboys were finally actually in total control of the game. Up until that point they were allowing the Panthers to hang around, making this game a lot closer than it should've been. Road wins in the NFL are hard, and sometimes are a little ugly, but the Cowboys were able to grind out the victory, and did it in convincing fashion.