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Undefeated Panthers looking to give fans another reason to be thankful

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The Carolina Panthers are hoping to give fans a perfect Thanksgiving Day. They can do so by beating the Dallas Cowboys and extending their record to 11-0.

The Panthers squeezed in one more practice Wednesday before heading to Dallas for the Thanksgiving showdown with the Cowboys.

Head Coach Ron Rivera talked with the media afterward. He said he noticed some rust on Tony Romo, who missed eight weeks with an injury, but Rivera added that expects Romo to play tough on Sunday. 

“The guy missed eight weeks and now he is back and he is doing the things he is capable of,” Rivera said. “We will certainly have our hands full because they are a good football team and I think he helps to make them better.”

Buses pulled out from Bank of America Stadium at 2 p.m.

Before leaving, Jerricho Cotchery talked about what it means to him to play on Thanksgiving.

“Thanksgiving is a very special day,” Cotchery said. “You know, growing up, you couldn't wait to eat and couldn't wait to watch football you know. So, it is a very reflective day and time and I know the guys will appreciate this day.”

While the Panthers have been unbeaten the first ten games of the season, the 3-7 Cowboys seem to have found new life with Tony Romo. The Cowboys beat the Dolphins 24-14 on Sunday.

Even with Romo at the Helm, fans are optimistic the Panthers will remain unbeaten. “Oh they are going to kick Dallas' butt, big time,” said Zachary Moore. “Dallas is so-so. The Panthers are great.”

Thursday’s game is expected to be a tight matchup. The Panthers are currently slight favorites in Vegas.

Tuesday, Cam Newton said the most prepared team will come out on top. Both teams face the challenge of getting ready after a short week. 

However, the Panthers will have to overcome traveling to Dallas and playing in a hostile environment in primetime. 

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