The uniforms Carolina will wear Thursday will be all “Panthers blue” – a combination the team has never worn before. Panthers players wore the uniforms Monday to break them in, and the uniforms met with mostly positive reviews.
“I feel really fast in those,” defensive end Mario Addison said.
“We’re going to put on a show,” cornerback Josh Norman said. “A real nice, bright and colorful show.”
The Panthers already had the blue jerseys, but the blue pants are new.
The Cowboys will be the opposite of colorful – they will be wearing a uniform that is predominantly white. Both uniforms are part of a new “Color Rush” initiative by the NFL and Nike, which features some teams playing on Thursdays in alternate, one-color uniforms.
▪ It looks very bad that the Panthers had three backup players suspended without pay this week for violating the terms of the NFL policy for substance abuse. Frank Alexander, Wes Horton and Stephen Hill all have had their chances with Carolina. If I were the Panthers, I would cut ties with all three of them as soon as the rules allow.
▪ You will have more time to get a second plate of food than usual at halftime of this game. Although NFL halftimes generally run a crisp 12 minutes, the Cowboys always have an extensive halftime show on Thanksgiving Day that is almost like a mini-Super Bowl in terms of execution. This year entertainment will be provided by country star Luke Bryan, and halftime is going to go a whole lot longer than 12 minutes.
▪ The Cowboys are way better than a 3-7 team with Tony Romo at quarterback. His left-handed throw to avoid an end-zone sack Sunday was remarkable. The Panthers have never beaten Romo, either – he is 4-0 against them. Then again, the Panthers have never had a team quite like this one.
▪ My prediction: Carolina 23, Dallas 16.
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