October 12, 2014- The Dallas Cowboys come stampeding into the Clink (Century Link Field) on a typical cloudy day in the Pacific Northwest hoping to erase the debacle of the infamous “botched snap” by Tony Romo in the 2006 playoff game. Since then the Seahawks have a different head coach, different starting QB, and are reigning Super Bowl Champs while the Cowboys have only made the playoffs once, in 2009. Since the 2006 playoffs the two teams have met only one once in which Tony Romo was the starting QB in both games. Romo is 0-2 in those games with a QBR of 45, averaging 4.5 yards per passing attempt, and has a combined total of 2 TD’s. That’s Romo’s struggles before the birth of “LOB,” but it should be a great matchup as he has plenty of offensive weapons to try and put up some points. He will have Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and the number one rusher in the league, DeMarco Murray. It should be a great test for the Seattle’s defense and the 12’s as they have the 5th best total defense in the league and the number one rushing defense averaging 2.4 yards per carry. We could very well see the possibly see the dream matchup, Richard Sherman vs Dez Bryant and will determine the success of Dallas’ passing game. If Dallas’ running game cannot get going the game will be in the hands of Romo again which should bode well for the Seahawks.
As well as the defense is the Seahawk offense should have a field day against the Cowboy defense. Russell Wilson is having an MVP caliber season coming off an incredible monday night game against the Redskins. He is undefeated against the league’s best QB’s and has lost only one home game in his short career. It’s no secret to the 12’s what Wilson is doing this year but one of the biggest surprises this year has been the dynamic play of the linebackers, specifically KJ Wright and Bobby Wagner both of which are playing at an all pro level. Both players and the defensive line are intricate part of why the Seahawks have the best rushing defense in the league.
The Seahawks have waived defensive end Gregg Scruggs (6-3, 310) and activated safety Steven Terrell (5-10, 195) from the practice squad. Scruggs hasn’t played a single snap this year but the Seahawks are hoping to resign him and put him on the practice squad. Terrell was with the team during training camp before cut and then resigned onto the practice squad. Originally signed by the Jackson Jaguars in 2013 out of Texas A&M as a undrafted rookie free agent, he was quickly released. The Seahawks also released veteran cornerback Josh Thomas and signed center Patrick Lewis.
Center Max Unger is listed as doubtful for game with a strained foot suffered in the Redskin game and will be replaced by local Bellevue High and University of Michigan standout, Stephen Schilling.
Strong safety Kam Chancellor is listed as a game time decision with a hip strain, not the same hip in which he had off season hip surgery.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1) Seahawks must contain the run and keep DeMarcus Murray in check and hold them their average of 2 yards per carry.
2)Seahawks cannot let Jason Witten have a breakout game. No doubt the Cowboys will try and do what Antonio Gates of the Chargers did week 2.
3) Seahawks needs to create turnovers and capitalize. So far they’ve only have had 4 turnovers and are only on pace for 18 for this season, compared to the league leading 39 from the year before. The Seahawks have been so close in the last couples with dropped interceptions and unable to recover forced fumbles.
4) Seahawks need to pressure Tony Romo. Especially if Chancellor can’t go, they won’t have the enforcer in the back to offset Dez Bryant. The Seahawks can’t afford to let Bryant to have a monster game.
Seahawks 27 Cowboys 23