Cowboys vs. Seahawks NFC’s Best

CenturyLinkField2014The Seattle Seahawks took care of business Monday night, defeating the Washington Redskins 27-17 at FedEx Field.  It wasn’t the prettiest of victories but the team took an early 17-0 lead in the first half and would never relinquish it.  They led by just a touchdown for the majority of the third and fourth quarter, but their defense stifled any attempt Kirk Cousins and the Washington offense made.  With 6:31 remaining in the game, Marshawn Lynch punched in a touchdown reception from Russell Wilson, giving the team a 24-10 lead and ultimately, that was all they needed.

Russell Wilson was exceptional, taking what the defense gave him either by air or ground.  He ended up with just 201 yards passing on 18 completions of 24 attempts, but added an astounding 122 yards on the ground.  He totaled three touchdowns with passes to the aforementioned Lynch and Jermaine Kearse, as well as a rushing touchdown.  It was a classic demonstration of how difficult Wilson can be as a mobile quarterback who makes all the right decisions in the face of the opposing defense.

The Seahawks will head back home in Week 6, currently sitting at 3-1 and tied for first place in the NFC West division with the Arizona Cardinals.  They’ll face another NFC East foe this week with the visiting Dallas Cowboys.  Tony Romo and the ‘Boys are 4-1 having won four straight games since their opening day loss to the San Francisco 49ers. This past week, the Cowboys held off the Houston Texans in overtime, winning 20-17 at AT&T Stadium.

The game will take place at 1:25 PST and is arguably the marquee matchup on the schedule.  The median price for Seahawks vs Cowboys tickets is a whopping $278, the highest of any game this week.

Seattle is very difficult to beat at home so Romo will need a lot of help from stars DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant, as well as stellar play from the Cowboys defense.  And Dallas can certainly expect a rowdy 12th man this week as the Seahawks crowd is notoriously one of the loudest in the nation.  Though Romo had some practice with dealing with loud opposing fans this past week, as he had to use a silent snap count this past week due to the noise level from the visiting Texans fans.

The last time the Seahawks fell at home was Week 16 of last season against the Arizona Cardinals.  Though the Cardinals had four turnovers in that game, they had 56 less penalty yards than the Seahawks.  That continues to be a minor problem for Seattle, as evidence by having three touchdowns called back Monday evening against Washington.

In addition, Arizona held them to just two successful third down conversions on thirteen attempts over the course of the game.  Dallas will have to play similarly stifling defense if they want to come out with the victory.  As a team, they have only tallied three sacks on the season, though they have been able to generate nine turnovers.

The big key could ultimately be how well the Dallas offense can move the football.  If they can extend series and keep their own defense fresh, they certainly have the talent to knock off the Seahawks and pull out the upset victory.