Carolina Panthers: Week 1 Defensive grades vs. Dallas Cowboys

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Julius Peppers and Luke Kuechly
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Julius Peppers and Luke Kuechly /
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Dallas Cowboys v Carolina Panthers
CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 09: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against Da’Norris Searcy #21 of the Carolina Panthers in the third quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

Secondary: B

Benefiting from a dominating pass rush, the Panthers secondary played well behind them. Rookie Donte Jackson earned the start opposite James Bradberry and recorded five tackles of his own, including help in run support.

There was some miscommunication at one point, leaving a Cowboys receiver wide open but Prescott couldn’t connect and for a unit that has historically suffered, this was a good first showing.

Captain Munnerlyn played a significant amount of snaps at the nickel position and helped guarantee a Panthers win by recovering Prescott’s late fumble. This group will be tested again next week against the Falcons receiving corps, including Julio Jones.