Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks (-8, 47)
Even though the Dallas Cowboys (4-1, 2-0 away) have a great record, there’s still a sense that Tony Romo’s team will implode sooner rather than later. While head coach Jason Garrett is looking for some legitimacy – and a win against the defending Super Bowl champs would provide enough to fill a ten-gallon hat – beating the Seahawks (3-1, 2-0 home) in Seattle may be too tall an order.
Controlling the line of scrimmage will be paramount on Sunday, as the Seahawks and Cowboys rank first and second, respectively, in rushing yards per game. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, the Seahawks also boast the league’s top rush defense, surrendering just 62.3 yards per game. So it will be tough sledding for Demarco Murray, the leading rusher in the NFL through five weeks. Said Garrett, “I think if you look at that defensive front, you see a lot of good guys that they rotate through. They play a lot of run-style defense, they have an eighth guy around the line of scrimmage a lot.”
The Seahawks success on the ground is largely predicated on Marshawn Lynch. However, quarterback Russell Wilson is also adept at the zone-read offense. Washington learned that the hard way last Monday when Wilson put up a MNF record for rushing yards by a QB (122).
Wilson said, “I don’t think running is ever part of the game plan for me really. It just kind of happens. We want to hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin and those guys. If something is not there I just try to take off and get something positive and keep the drive alive.”
Not all of the action will be on the ground, though. This game will also feature the highly anticipated matchup of Richard Sherman on Dez Bryant. The Cowboys No. 1 receiver said, “He’s a great corner, arguably the best in the league. I do look forward to it, just a great battle. It’s not about that [though]. It’s really about trying to get this ‘W.'”
Even though we all know how tough Seattle is at home, swallow hard and take the Cowboys and the points.