It wasn’t all pretty, but Dallas takes care of business in Carolina.
Players of the game
Micah Parsons, Pollard and Bland.
Parsons finished the game with over 60 yards. It might not be the most productive from that aspect, but he ran as hard as I’ve seen him run all year.
Parsons finished the game with three sacks. After struggling a week ago against New York, he found his way again.
Bland is the one that closed the game with his pick-6 after the Cowboys scored their touchdown in the second half.
This was a gross football game regardless of the score. This team better be ready to play on Thanksgiving.
A win is a win and I am happy with all of them that end up in the left column, but it was not pretty even though the score was a blowout.
It finally happened.
The long, national nightmare for Cowboys nation is over. Jerry Jones will induct Jimmy Johnson into the Cowboys Ring of Honor. The moment will occur at the half of the team’s game against Detroit on Saturday, Dec. 30, with another key architect of the franchise’s championship past, Troy Aikman, broadcasting the game for ESPN.
Jones and Johnson held a joint news conference with reporters at Bank of America Stadium moments after making the announcement on Fox. Both men expressed the genuine feelings they share for one another while acknowledging the mistakes and hubris that delayed this announcement for so many years.
Congrats, Jimmy pic.twitter.com/nXLIl3DG6Z
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 19, 2023
It was a cathartic moment for Jones, Johnson and the franchise.
“It feels right,” Jones said.
“First of all, I really thought it was time and I wanted to do it this year,” Jones said just seconds before the Cowboys kicked off their 33-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers. “I wouldn’t have wanted that to linger any longer at all.”
“One reason for this year is I’m alive,” Johnson said. “He always told me I was going in.”
Dallas picks up another win before their Thanksgiving matchup against Washington.
The Dallas Cowboys have found themselves in a zone since their embarrassing defeat in San Francisco all the way back in Week 5. On Sunday, the club traveled to the friendly confines of Bank of America Stadium, where Cowboys Nation had taken over the ballpark to make it a home away from home.
And while the play wasn’t nearly as explosive as it was the week prior in their romp over the New York Giants, the results were the same. Dallas used a patient approach on offense and a pressurized one on defense to stymie the Panthers by the score of 33-10. The win moved Dallas to 7-3 on the season.
Quarterback Dak Prescott had a safe day, throwing for 198 yards and finding both rookie TE Luke Schoonmaker and Pro Bowl WR CeeDee Lamb for touchdowns. They were joined in the end-zone celebrations by Tony Pollard, who scored for the first time since Week 1 and cornerback DaRon Bland, who has outscored most of the Dallas offensive playmakers.
Bland returned a Bryce Young pass 31 yards for his fourth Pick-6 of the season, tying an NFL record. It was part of a strong defensive effort that rattled the rookie QB the entire contest, holding him to 123 passing yards.
A quick summary of how Sunday’s action went down.
As the clock ticked over into the final frame, the Cowboys made sure that any hopes of an upset were quickly squashed. First, Pollard’s simple 2-yard run started things off, but he soon capped off the possession with a spectacular 21-yard rush. He exploded right up the middle, broke tackles on his way and then dragged a defender to the goal line for his first touchdown since Week One.
And then that man did what he does. On the Panthers’ very next snap, DaRon Bland stretched out in front of target Jonathan Mingo, hauled in the interception, rolled to the ground and then got up and raced 30 yards for the touchdown. That marked his fourth pick-six of the season, which tied the NFL record. Not that it mattered in the end, but Aubrey missed the extra point, his first time doing so since the season opener.
Needless to say, now with a 20-point lead, the game was well in hand. Which in turn allowed the defense to pin its ears back and get after the passer. Young was sacked on three consecutive plays, the last one also bringing a fumble that Donovan Wilson recovered at the Carolina 27-yard line. That led to a little redemption for Aubrey, who was good this time on his 27-yard field goal.
That left the rest of the game to backup quarterback Cooper Rush and many of the other reserves, who finished out the final uneventful minutes in the 33-10 win.
3 Cowboys who immediately benefitted from Jerry Jones lifting Jimmy Johnson Curse - Adam Weinrib, The Landry Hat
Just hours after Jerry ended the curse, these three players thrived. Coincidence?
Perhaps most crucially for the Cowboys, their speedy back got off the schneid, which — and I think we can all agree on this — Johnson and Jones can take full credit for.
Pollard, who hadn’t broken the plane of the end zone since Week 1, didn’t just score on Sunday, but found paydirt on an extra-powerful run. Sources say that Pollard looked like he had a little additional juice on his 20-yard sprint, fighting through defenders and dodging bodies, because the arc of the universe decided to bend towards justice this week.
TP runnin’ ANGRY @Tp__5
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 19, 2023
That’s an Angry Run if we’ve ever seen one. You could almost feel several decades of aggression between Jones and Johnson melting away in the process.
Both parties were cagey on Sunday about what exactly caused the long delay in acknowledging Johnson’s role in bringing Dallas to prominence, but Jones gave his old coach the satisfaction of knowing that he hadn’t had to earn membership in the Ring of Honor. He’d been born into it.
Thanksgiving Appetizer: Dallas Cowboys Feast On Another Tasty Opponent in Devouring Carolina Panthers - Top 10 Observations- Richie Whitt, Sports Illustrated
What is your takeaway from this one?
6. SPICY BLAND - Other than his brother or irritated fans in Buffalo remember Trevon Diggs? DaRon Bland is making him more forgettable by the week. Bland picked off Young for a diving Pick Six early in the fourth to put this one way. It is the cornerback’s league-leading 11th interception in the last two seasons and his fourth Pick Six this year. That ties him for the most Pick Sixes in a season with Eric Allen (1993), Ken Houston (1971) and Jim Kearney (1972).
5. OH, AUBREY - Stop the presses, Cowboys’ kicker Brandon Aubrey missed. The rookie is now 21 of 21 on field goals and 29 on 31 extra points, hooking both misses wide left.
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