Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
Coming off their bye week, I was interested to see if the Carolina Panthers would play better against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday. While "better" is a relative term, there were definitely some areas where they just didn't show any improvement in the loss.
For one, they still can't run the ball, which renders their offense pretty impotent. The Panthers have a very expensive roster of running backs, but those backs combined for only 48 yards rushing on the day.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had a big day running the ball with 64 yards on the ground, but he simply can't carry the running game by himself.
The Panthers also still have problems with ball security, and this time, much of the blame is indeed on Newton. He lost a fumble and threw a crucial interception in the game, and with the way the offense is playing, they simply can't afford that.
On defense, the Panthers were not able to sack Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo even though the Cowboys lost their starting center during the game. This season, Romo has been getting sacked quite a bit, but somehow, the Panthers couldn't come home with even one.
At this point, the Panthers' players are going to have to take a long look in the mirror because their season is going down the drain, and the time for a turnaround is quickly passing by.