Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks Preview: Defense

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The Dallas Cowboys game against the Seattle Seahawks can not start soon enough for Cowboy fans.  Everyone is hoping that they will play well enough to make us forget about that fiasco in Philly. The Cowboys will limp back to Texas Stadium with a losing record, but a chance to get back to 500.  The pundits around the web are calling the next part of the schedule a soft-stretch.  The Seahawks are not as bad as many people think.

Are we in for more head-hanging?

I haven’t seen a Seahawk game since the Boys played them in the playoffs, so I watched the Seattle vs. Cincinnati game as part of my preparation for this week, and a few things stood out to me about the Hawk’s offense:

1. The final score (34-12) is misleading; Seattle was in that game until late in the 4th quarter when the Bengals scored some (17) quick points.

2. Tavaris Jackson looks eerily similar to Michael Vick when he throws, and when he takes off to run.  He puts serious zip on the ball, he can throw the ball from any position, he has a quick release, and he was pretty damn accurate with his passes.

Click on the link to read the other things I learned about the Hawk’s offense.

3. Jackson played good enough to win against the Bengals.  I counted at least 8 drops by his receivers (at least two by Sidney Rice); I also saw at least another 2-4 balls that may not have been “drops”, but were certainly ‘catchable’.  If the receivers had caught all the balls you would expect an NFL receiver to catch, I think the Hawks would have been leading the game in the 4th quarter.

4. Marshawn Lynch’s running style reminds me of Barber when he deserved to be called “The Barbarian”; his production (less than 2 yards a carry against the Bengals) reminded me of the Marion we all saw last year.

Seahawk fans are praying Jackson stays healthy so that they do not have to see this man.

5. The Seahawks offense, particularly the OL, can be sloppy and undisciplined; they had a lot of unnecessary penalties against the Bengals including several false starts.

6. Charlie Whitehurst further weakened the hopes of anyone who still thinks he could be a starting QB in the NFL.

Click on the link to read about what I will be watching for defense:

He handled the post-game interrogation remarkably well.

Before I begin enumerating what I will be looking for this week, I want to say two things about the defensive effort against the Eagles.  First, anyone and everyone who is not named DeMarcus Ware but is remotely associated with anything to do with the Dallas Cowboys defense, deserves a portion of the blame for the abuse they suffered at the hands of the Eagles.  A defense does not give up points on every possession until the 4th quarter without everyone doing something wrong.

Second, Rob Ryan handled the post-game questions calmly and politely. He went to great length to take all of the blame for the defense’s pitiful performance.  He repeatedly stated, “I never gave our guys a chance”,and added, “I called a terrible game”; he also admitted that Andy Reid out-coached him and kicked his ass. I admire Ryan’s attempt to absolve his players of responsibility for a terrible game; he was obviously trying to take all the blame on himself.  But, he couldn’t quite do it.  If you listen closely to the 4 minute and 4 second interview (click here) you will note that despite saying it was his fault like a 100 times in a plethora of different ways, he made one quick comment about the players execution. At around 35 seconds into the interview, he said, “We didn’t execute my calls”, but he did not explain his point, and he carefully avoided repeating it a second time.

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Topics: Alan Ball, Bradie James, Bruce Carter, Cowboys, Dallas, Dallas Cowboys, DeMarcus Ware, Frank Walker, Goug Baldwin, Jay Ratliff, Keith Brooking, Marshawn Lynch, Mike Jenkins, No-huddle, Orlando Scandrick, Rob Ryan, Sean Lee, Seattle Seahawks, Tavaris Jackson, Terence Newman

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