5 X factors that could prove crucial for Panthers at the Cowboys

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What are some potential X factors that could prove crucial during the Carolina Panthers’ game at the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4?

The undefeated Carolina Panthers face possibly their toughest test on Sunday when they travel to take on star quarterback Dak Prescott and his Dallas Cowboys in Arlington.

A lot has been made of the Panthers’ perceived “easy schedule” as they’ve moved to 3-0, despite the fact that 3-0 is 3-0 no matter who you play.  Carolina has the opportunity to silence the doubters this week when they face arguably their toughest challenge to date against the 2-1 Cowboys spearheaded by stud Prescott and a ton of offensive talent.

The Panthers have also seen an increase in injuries after a Thursday Night Football win over the Houston Texans with Christian McCaffrey, Jaycee Horn, and Juston Burris all ruled out for the trip to AT&T Stadium.

This now puts the emphasis on some role players and rookies to carry a greater weight of responsibility. So it will be interesting to see which roster members step up when Carolina needs them most.

It’ll also be intriguing to see if Sam Darnold and offensive coordinator Joe Brady open up the playbook now with McCaffrey missing for at least the next three weeks. But let’s get into five potential X factors that could decide the Panthers’ game at the Cowboys.