The Carolina Panthers defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon, 16-8, during the NFL’s first full Sunday of action.
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Carolina Panthers 16, Dallas Cowboys 8
The Cowboys were unable to get much going for three quarters on offense as only Cole Beasley hauled in over 30 yards and the Cowboys had to fight for every yard. Seemingly no receiver looked capable of making a play downfield. The Cowboys offensive line without Travis Fredrick struggled to be its dominant self and the problems at right tackle and left guard were still an issue as Connor Williams was clearly outmatched in his debut game at guard.
The Cowboys defense played well enough to win led by edge defender Demarcus Lawrence as he racked up several pressures and got home on a sack off of a stunt. He was a force in run defense as well, picking up…