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We brought in SB Nation's Carolina Panthers blogger for a word association game about both teams to get ready for Sunday's game.
We gave him a list of all the big players and storylines coming into Sunday's game and asked him for the first thing that came to mind:
Cam Newton: Unfairly criticised, but needs to stop trying to do too much with his arm.
Ron Rivera: Making the mistakes all inexperienced coaches do. Needs to get his coordinators under control.
Steve Smith: Tired. A near-decade of team mediocrity is starting to wear the veteran down, but he still has it.
Carolina's 1-4 record this year: Disappointing. Super Bowl wasn't realistic, 9-7 was. It will take a small miracle to get there.
Carolina's future: Hanging in the balance. Newton is the real deal, but will the front office be here much longer?
Luke Kuechly: As good as advertised. He's a special player, and improving every week.
Carolina's defense: Lost. There is talent sprinkled around, but they're not performing as a unit. The secondary is an absolute mess.
Charles Johnson: Worth the money. The Panthers spent a lot to retain him, but he's a consistent force every week-- even if the box scores don't always show it.
Jason Garrett: Not much to say, and I think that's the problem. What is the identity of the Cowboys? Rob Ryan seems more of the figurehead than Garrett.
Jerry Jones: Passionate, sometimes to a fault. Easy to make fun of Jerry, but every team wishes they had an owner that passionate. Still think he needs to stay away from talent evaluation though.
Dez Bryant: It looks like he's finally putting it all together. It has taken a while, but you can see glimpses of an elite receiver.
DeMarcus Ware: When it's all said and done we could be talking about him being the greatest pass rusher of all time.
Cowboys 2-3 record this year: Similarly disappointing to Carolina's 1-4. They should be better, and have the talent to be better.
Biggest X-factor Sunday: Did the Panthers make adjustments during their bye? If they did, and play to their strengths it will change the game. If not, they lose; it's that simple.
Prediction: Desperate Panthers at home change enough to beat a Cowboys team minus DeMarco Murray. 23-17