Ron Rivera calls Panthers being underdogs to Cowboys ‘disrespectful’

Ron Rivera wasn't the only one a bit upset about the fact that the Panthers are underdogs to the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

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In a bit of a shocker heading into Week 12, the Carolina Panthers have actually been listed as underdogs against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, according to Marc Sessler of NFL.com.

While it’s slightly surprising to see a 10-0 team listed as an underdog, Jason Logan of Covers.com reported that this is actually the second time in history that it’s happened.

So with the Cowboys listed as early favorites, how did the team take it? For starters, head coach Ron Rivera found it a bit disrespectful, per Sessler.

"It’s nothing that we haven’t seen before. You know we’ve had a better record in some of our other games where we were underdogs," Rivera told NFL.com Monday. "So we are going to take it in stride. As I said, we are going to play them one at a time and as far as we are concerned everybody is 0-0 and we’ll see how it comes out.

"It is a little disrespectful, I guess. But apparently they know something we don’t. We are just going to prepare and get ourselves ready for Thursday. We’ll show up."

When the rest of the players found out, one specifically who chimed in was star cornerback Josh Norman, according to Scott Fowler of The Charlotte Observer, and he didn’t sound very happy.

Well, there you have it. The Panthers are hoping to make the oddsmakers eat their words in Week 12.

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