On Thanksgiving evening, Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy will be going up against his former team the Carolina Panthers. Hardy played five seasons with the Panthers organization before signing with the Cowboys last summer. In one of those seasons, Hardy contributed to the Panthers winning the NFC South title with a record of 12-4.
But for right now, Hardy is considered the enemy of the Carolina Panthers. Both sides will be looking forward to seeing each other in the trenches in regards to Greg Hardy and the Carolina Panthers.
Pending a second-half of the season collapse, the Panthers will most likely be the number one seed in the NFC Playoff race. They will seek to improve their record to 11-0 at AT&T Stadium this Thursday. However, Tony Romo and the energized Dallas Cowboys are standing in their way right now.
The Cowboys are fighting for their playoff lives after losing seven consecutive games. In those seven losses, the Cowboys were without superstars Tony Romo and Dez Bryant on the field at the same time. Romo must play a mistake-free contest to catapult the Cowboys to a 4-7 record.
Two interceptions by Romo could cause the Cowboys to lose this ball game, no matter what quarter he threw them. The Panthers have an All-Pro shutdown corner in Josh Norman, who can put an end to Cowboys playoff hopes in a moments notice.
The Cowboys opponent, the Carolina Panthers is capable of putting up an abundance of points if they needed to to win this contest. Their offense does not have the playmakers like the Arizona Cardinals or the Green Bay Packers, however; they do have one playmaker that makes the difference at the most important position on the field.
The playmaker that I am talking about is quarterback Cam Newton. Newton makes receivers that would be the 4th and 5th option on other ball clubs look magnificent this season. They are indeed capable of lighting up the scoreboard once more against the Cowboys tomorrow. The Cowboys are ranked 11th in the league in total defense, but they have given up a lot of big plays this season.
My prediction for this ball game is that the rejuvenated Dallas Cowboys will indeed pull off the upset this Thursday against the Carolina Panthers. If they win the NFC East, I still will have them as my favorite to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 50. With Romo in the lineup and a solid running game, this team can contend with anybody.
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