Charlotte, NC - The Carolina Panthers are playing in their first ever Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday.
The Cowboys have been suiting up on Turkey Day since 1966. The Panthers are 10-0 and the goal is to stay undefeated.
The Dallas Cowboys have been struggling with a losing record of 3-7. Their quarterback Tony Romo is back in the line-up.
Keys to the Game:
1. Test Tony Romo
While Romo showed moments of being back to his old form in Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins, he also threw two interceptions and showed a bit of rust. The Panthers defense is more than capable of getting pressure on Romo, so giving him any as little time in the pocket is going to be key right out of the gate. Expect Romo to look to attack Carolina, even the incredible Josh Norman, early on Thanksgiving.
2. A heavy dose of Jonathan Stewart
The Panthers can take full advantage of a Dallas defense who has struggled against opposing run games in 2015. To this point in the year, the Cowboys have allowed 958 rushing yards, 594 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns to opposing running backs. If Stewart can keep rolling, there's no reason to believe that he can't spark Carolina's offense and quiet down what should be a pretty rowdy home crowd for the Cowboys.
3. Keep Josh Norman on Dez Bryant
It almost goes without saying, but if the Cowboys are going to attack the Panthers through the air, they need to force someone other than Bryant to beat them. While he's still dealing with a few minor injuries, Bryant is one of the elite playmakers in the NFL. Expect him to look to have a huge game on Thanksgiving in front of a national audience, but it'll be Norman's job to make sure that doesn't happen. Is Norman up to the task? It's a safe bet to assume that he will be.
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