Panthers’ No. 1-ranked run defense allows Cowboys to rush for 245 yards

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The Panthers entered the day ranked No. 1 in total defense and No. 1 in rushing defense. They probably won’t be at the top of either category after Week 4 ends.

The Cowboys gained 433 yards, including 245 rushing yards, in a 36-28 victory. Ezekiel Elliott had 143 yards on 20 carries, his first 100-yard game of the season and the most rushing yards he has had since 151 against the Eagles on Nov. 11, 2018.

“I think honestly, the tale of the day was more Zeke,” Panthers coach Matt Rhule said, via Darin Gantt of the team website.

The Panthers entered the game allowing only 45 yards per game on the ground. But the Panthers “got a little out of character at times,” Rhule said, by not tackling well or getting off blocks.

“When the offense can run the ball like that, the playbook opens up,” defensive back Jeremy Chinn said. “We’ve got to stop the run. That’s where defense starts. To be a good defense, it starts with stopping the run.”

It was the sixth-most rushing yards the Panthers have allowed in their history, and the most since Washington ran for 248 in 2019. (The record is the 337 the Rams ran for in 2001).

Defensive end Brian Burns called the performance of the run defense “embarrassing” and “a disappointment.”

“That 245 yards isn’t pretty, but I’m not going to let it define us as a defense, to be quite honest,” Burns said.

7 responses to “Panthers’ No. 1-ranked run defense allows Cowboys to rush for 245 yards

  1. Dak gonna Dak, Zack gonna Zack and Zeke gonna Zeke.
    No defense is gonna stop that.

  2. Dak Prescott is playing dominant football. He looks like the best player in the league right now. If he continues to play at this level, the Cowboys are going to make a lot of good teams look bad.

  3. The Cowboys finally have a defensive coordinator in Quinn. Last years coordinator
    Nolan was a disaster. The players never knew their fits and played with no confidence.
    Marinelli just lined up as if he had Warren Sapp and a bunch of all pro defensive tackles
    that allows a defense to just send 4 rushers ..every once in a while an obvious 5th rusher.
    Quinn seems to have the defense on the same page and playing with certainty and
    confidence. Look at the turnovers!
    On the other side the offensive coordinator has the Cowboys playing great. This team
    is run by the coordinator’s ..they are the key to the season.
    McCarthys pick of Nolan was horrible and to think McCarthy wanted Nolan back is
    scary.

  4. Some of you guys still bashing McCarthy ? I like MM, he isn’t holding back Moore like Red J did. Just look at the option play with Zeke handing off to I think was pollard on the sweep. A good HC will allow his OC/DC to run the show. That’s what both Jimmy & Barry did. Both won Superbowls in Dallas 😀

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