The Seattle Seahawks experienced some bumps and bruises in their regular season opener. Starting a rookie quarterback on the road, that was expected. Even so, Seattle was a Braylon Edwards catch away from winning and they should have another good chance to notch their first win of the season when the Dallas Cowboys visit in Week 2.
Dallas is clearly an upgrade in competition over the hapless Arizona Cardinals but the Seahawks are a team that fares much better at home than away. The 12th man at Qwest Field is a clear advantage for Seattle.
The Cowboys have covered just two of their last 10 spreads following a divisional game and they’ve also covered just four of their last 19 when posted as the favorite. Those are valuable nuggets to note for those who plan to make their NFL picks this week.
For the Seahawks to win this week, they’ll need to support Russell Wilson a little bit better. He did show some jitters in his first start with some errant throws, a pair of turnovers and a couple of delay of game penalties, but he also put his team in position to win. Even so, the Seahawks didn’t run the ball particularly well (3.5 yards per carry) and the receivers dropped some key passes. The margin for error will be even smaller this week when the Cowboys visit.
The good news is that Seattle’s defense looked very good in the opener as they held the Cardinals to just 43 yards on 20 carries while the pass defense limited Arizona to 215 yards.
The Seahawks are a young team searching for confidence, which makes Week 2 critical to their season. If they can upend the Cowboys, there will be a much more optimistic view of their season. If they happen to lose, though, they’ll drop to 0-2 and the team will be somewhat demoralized after all of the offseason optimism.