Cowboys (12-2) vs. Panthers (6-8)  Saturday, December 22, 7:15 PM CT on NFL Network (Locally on My27 in the Dallas Area)

Week 16 Preview:

The Dallas Cowboys look to get back to their winning ways as they travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.

After the Cowboys’ 10-6 loss to the Eagles last Sunday, the Cowboys found themselves with the same record as the Green Bay Packers in the race for home-field advantage in the playoffs.  The Cowboys can still clinch home-field advantage with a win and a Green Bay loss on Sunday this week.  Don’t count on Green Bay losing though, so the best thing that we can do is to win out now.  This game may seem easy, but don’t forget that the Panthers upset the Seahawks last week.

The Cowboys may need to rely more on the running game this week, especially with the injury to Romo’s right thumb. 

Look for Cory Procter to get the start under center for this game with Andre Gurode out due to a knee sprain.

Dallas’ main challenge on defense will be containing Steve Smith.  Terence Newman will have his hands full in this game.

Safety Roy Williams is suspended for this game for the horse-collar tackle that he made on McNabb last week, his backup Pat Watkins is out with an ankle injury, but I don’t see that affecting us that much in this game.  Carolina has very little offense.

Terrell Owens has been quiet in his last two games, recording 21 yards and 37 yards.  Somehow the Cowboys need to find a way to get him more involved.

For the first time in 17 games, Romo failed to throw a touchdown pass, setting a Cowboys record. 

The Cowboys got bit hard by the injury bug last week.  Starting center Andre Gurode (knee), backup safety Pat Watkins (ankle), and wide receiver Terry Glenn (knee) are out.  Chris Canty (knee), Marc Colombo (ankle), Anthony Fasano (head), and Tony Romo (thumb) all practiced all week and are listed as probable.