Sept. 9, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson (24) during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals beat the Seahawks 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Game Preview: Dallas Cowboys at the Seattle Seahawks

The Dallas Cowboys opened up their season with a huge win over the defending world champion, New York Giants, 24-17.  Behind the leadership of quarterback Tony Romo, the Cowboys started the season with the win and now take on the Seahawks, who lost to the Arizona Cardinals, 20-16.   Dallas will travel to CenturyLink Field in Seattle with a kickoff of 12:05 CST.

Offensively

In comparing the two offenses and after looking at the data provided by nfl.com, the Cowboys outmatch the Seahawks offense in every category.  The total yards per game have a difference of 72 yards.  The passing game of

the Cowboys has 262 yards, while Seattle 194.  The rushing offense between the two teams has Dallas with the edge 112-109.  The Cowboys lead in points by a marginal lead of 3 points.  The Cowboys third down conversion average beats the Seahawks by 6%.  And Dallas beat the Seahawks in time of possession. The biggest weapon the Seahawks truly has is Marshawn Lynch, who gained 85 yards off of 21 carries in last week’s loss.

The Cowboys offense needs to continue to follow the lead of Tony Romo, hand the ball off to Demarco Murray, and cut down on the turnovers.  Despite the win last week against New York, the Cowboys were playing chase to having the most turnovers in the league.

Defensively

The Dallas defense played well, but the Seahawk defense fared well statistically in comparing the two team’s defenses.  Seattle allows fewer yards total, 332-343.  Dallas was beat in allowing passing

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yards by 25 as Seattle allowed less, 219-244.  The Cowboys allowed more points, but not by much as it was 19-21.  Dallas did allow fewer rushing yards as they allowed 99 as compared to Seattle’s 112.  The Cowboys had a higher percentage of 3rd downs converted as Seattle allowed them 34%, while Dallas allowed 39%.  Seattle doesn’t have any big name players; the only name I recognized was Chris Clemons.

The Cowboys defense will need to stay consistent and continue to pressure the quarterback as they have been.  The Dallas defense has the benefit of playing against a rookie quarterback, Russell Wilson.  Wilson was selected in the third round of the NFL draft.  He played football at Wisconsin and earned his way to the starting job under Coach Pete Carroll.  Demarcus Ware will get a few more sacks to add to his total and perhaps we will see a few more interceptions as well.

Game Prediction

Dallas will win this game easily; the Seahawks played a close game against the Arizona Cardinals.  The Seahawks should have won that game, but things didn’t work out that way and we will see them fall for the second week in a row.  The Cowboys should win this one, 35-10.

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