The Seattle Seahawks try to rebuild their season today against Dallas. Emerald City Swagger has all you need to know for today’s home opener.
It’s an NFL Sunday. Emerald City Swagger presents, what you need to know in order to enjoy the Dallas Cowboys home opener today. Whether you are going to see the game in person, or staying at home and watching on television we have you covered.
Who: Dallas Cowboys (1-1) at Seattle Seahawks (0-2)
Where: CenturyLink Field – Seattle, Washington
When: 1:25 p.m. PDT
Line: Seattle Seahawks -1.5, Over/Under 40.5 (Odds Shark)
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What a difference seven days makes for the Dallas Cowboys. After a dismal week one 16-8 loss in Carolina, they returned home last week and beat an undermanned Giants team 20-13. Suddenly all is right with America’s team.
The Cowboys ground game did enough damage to keep New York at bay last week. Ezekiel Elliott had 78 yards on the rushing, and quarterback Dak Prescott added another 45. They needed it. Dallas only had 160 yards total passing which included a 64-yard deep pass and run to Tavon Austin, who beat coverage once all game, for a touchdown.
Dallas’ defense had a field day against the patchwork Giants offensive line. They sacked Eli Manning six times and had an additional eight tackles for loss. If the ‘Pokes played NYG every week, they might be a playoff team.
It was deja vu all over again in Seattle’s 24-17 loss last week. Monday night was like a recurring nightmare for the Seattle Seahawks. For the second week in a row, they lost to a blitzing team with a dominant linebacker. First, it was Von Miller of Denver, then Khalil Mack of Chicago. Seattle was able to manage a paltry 276 yards of total offense. Quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked six times, threw a pick six, and lost a fumble.
Considering the Seahawks were missing two key defensive starts, they did a great job holding Chicago’s offense to only 302 yards and 17 points. They didn’t give up any plays over 20 yards and generally kept the score down enough to give their offense a chance to win.
On the surface, this game looks like big trouble for the Seattle Seahawks. Dallas leads the league in sacks with this season nine. Seattle has allowed the 12 sacks in 2018, highest in the NFL. Seattle’s offensive line gets guard D.J. Fluker back to help on the right side but left guard Ethan Pocic is out of action.
The Cowboys offense is nothing special outside of Elliott. Of course, that is easier said than done. Playing against Prescott is similar to playing against Wilson, which Seattle does every day in practice. Fortunately, Prescott isn’t in Russell’s league.
If Pete Carroll’s offense can be good enough to give Wilson an extra second to get set, they have a puncher’s chance of winning today.