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Carolina ranks near bottom of the NFL in most offensive categories

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Coach Ron Rivera and wide receiver Steve Smith talk about what the team has to do this week and the challenges they face against the Cowboys.

CHARLOTTE (AP) -- The Panthers offense was expected to be their strong suit this season. That hasn't happened.

Second-year quarterback Cam Newton and the Panthers enter Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys ranked 23rd in the NFL in offense and 25th in points scored. That's a far cry from last season when the surprising Panthers finished seventh in total offense and fifth in points scored.

Wide receiver Steve Smith says the Panthers have spent too much time "middling around'' on offense and played "lethargic'' -- something that he said needs to change soon.

Smith says, "there's a long laundry list of things we can get better at'' on offense.

However, the Panthers (1-4) face another stiff challenge this week in the Cowboys, who've allowed the second-fewest yards in the league.

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