Panthers need to get offense going vs. explosive Cowboys

There are increasing signs that the Dallas Cowboys have put their offense in good order.That’s far from the case for the Carolina Panthers.The Cowboys will try to keep it going when they face the Panthers on Sunday afternoon in Charlotte.Dallas (6-3) has won three of its last four games, with the offense a big part of that success. The Panthers (1-8) have the worst record in the NFL.The Cowboys are the lone team in the NFL this season who have reached the 40-point level in three different games.”This past month, we’re hitting on all cylinders,” Dallas coach Mike McCarthy said.Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott might be hitting another level. He threw for 404 yards last weekend against the New York Giants, giving him three consecutive games above the 300-yard mark.Dallas receivers CeeDee Lamb and Brandin Cooks both eclipsed the 150-yard receiving mark last week, and the Cowboys ran for 168 yards.”We’re getting through the run schemes that are able to carry over into the actual pass game,” McCarthy said. “We’re doing a lot more (on) third down. I do think it’s a product of us hitting our stride.”Lamb is the first player in NFL history with three straight games of double-figure catches and 150-plus receiving yards.”I don’t even want to call it a streak because that’s just who he is,” Prescott said.Looking ahead to dealing with the Cowboys’ passing attack, the Panthers hope they might be able to get linebacker Brian Burns (concussion) and cornerback Jaycee Horn (hamstring) back in action after both were on the practice field Wednesday. Horn has been out since the opener, and he was designated to return from injured reserve this week.Carolina’s offense, meanwhile, remains in flux. The Panthers had extra time since their Thursday, Nov. 9, loss at Chicago, bringing suggestions that changes could be in the works. Those are mostly related to a low-producing offense.