5 pivotal matchups to watch during Panthers at Cowboys in Week 4

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Interior Lines

What happened to the Cowboys’ interior offensive line in Week 3?

After giving up only three sacks through the first two games against some of the best pass rushes in the league, the duo of Tyler Biadasz and Connor Williams gave up four in their Monday Night Football matchup.

Biadasz was simply outmuscled and outplayed for most of the night and Dak Prescott consistently had whoever the center was supposed to be guarding in his lap. This was made worse by Williams having five holding penalties on the night.

Now just imagine what that stat line could look like against a team with a rush like the Carolina Panthers which has 14 sacks so far this season.

While the Eagles essentially had one pass rusher in Week 3, the Panthers will bring in at least five players capable of getting through the line on a regular basis. Players like Brian Burns and Hasson Reddick have taken on some of the games best and made them look foolish.

This means the Cowboys won’t be able to use their super spread as much as they’d like because they will not only have to worry about the Panthers’ fantastic edge rushers but a push up the middle as well which will keep at least a running back home for protection.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see defensive coordinator Phill Snow take things a step further and dial up some creative pressure schemes to add confusion to the mix.

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This is shaping up to be a long day for the Cowboys in the trenches if nothing changes and a fun one to watch for the Panthers.