Young Throws Another Pick-6, Loses Fumble As Dallas Cowboys Defeat Carolina Panthers


The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Carolina Panthers 33-10 on Sunday to record their fourth win in five games. Dak Prescott passed for 189 yards and two touchdowns, and DaRon Bland tied an NFL record with his fourth pick-6 of the season.

Early in the fourth quarter, Bland made a diving interception of Bryce Young close to the sideline. He then got up and raced 31 yards for a touchdown to give the team a 30–10 lead.

Bland equaled the record held by Ken Houston (1971), Jim Kearney (1972) of Kansas City, and Eric Allen (1993) of Philadelphia.

In front of a mostly Cowboys fan base, Tony Pollard ran for 61 yards and a touchdown, and CeeDee Lamb found the end zone once more for Dallas (7-3).

In front of a mostly Cowboys fan base, Tony Pollard ran for 61 yards and a touchdown, and CeeDee Lamb found the end zone once more for Dallas (7-3).

The No. 1 draft pick, Young, completed 16 of 29 passes for 123 yards and fumbled. It was his third pick-6 of the rookie season. After David Tepper assumed ownership of the Panthers in 2018, the team is guaranteed to experience its sixth consecutive losing season.

The Cowboys, in their first game since head coach Frank Reich took back play-calling duties, sacked Young seven times and held the Panthers to 187 yards and 13 first downs.

Over the previous five games, the Cowboys have averaged 33.6 points, and going into Sunday, Prescott had three straight games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns. His aerial prowess was unnecessary for Dallas because Pollard did a good job running the ball, and the defense took care of the rest against a mediocre Carolina offense.

The last two minutes of the opening half were a microcosm of Carolina’s season filled with errors.

Eddy Pineiro kicked the subsequent kickoff out of bounds, giving the Cowboys the ball at their own 40, after Carolina had cut Dallas’ lead to 10-3.

The Panthers’ defense had two opportunities to leave the field, but they were twice called for unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, which cost them 30 penalty yards and two first downs for Dallas.

The first occurred on a third down run when Amare Barno hit a sliding Prescott several yards short of the first down marker. A few plays later, following what appeared to be a third down stop, DeShawn Williams shoved Dallas’ KaVontae Turpin in the back.

With a 5-yard touchdown pass to Lamb in the corner of the end zone, Prescott made the Panthers pay, and Dallas led 17-3 going into the locker room.

After Young successfully converted three straight fourth downs, two of which were on completions to Adam Thielen, the Panthers were back in the game in the third quarter. Tommy Tremble and Young connected for a 4-yard touchdown pass to cap off the drive. It was only the Panthers’ third offensive touchdown in the previous four games.

To retake the lead early in the fourth quarter, Dallas responded with an eight-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a 21-yard touchdown burst from Pollard, his first touchdown since Week 1.