The Dallas Cowboys corrected penalty issues from Week One after being flagged only five times during Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Other than that stat, there was very little on the bright side for Cowboy fans to look at. Special teams issues from 2011 seem to have not been corrected and in only the 2nd game of the season reared their ugly head. And it all started with the opening kickoff fumble by running back Felix Jones that led to a Seahawks’ field goal.
The Cowboys had yet to open a season with consecutive wins since 2008, and will have to wait until 2013 before getting another attempt to do so. CenturyLink field is never an easy place to play, and with the 12th Man Army behind the Seahawks, they got the home field advantage they needed.
Entering into Sunday’s match-up, the Cowboys were 9-5 all-time versus the Seahawks and had won the previous four regular season contests. Did the Cowboys come off such an emotional high after beating the defending Super Bowl champs in Week One that the team looked past the team from Seattle during a ten day lay-off?
The game displayed two of the youngest rebuilt defensive secondary units in the league. But it was the Seahawks overall younger defensive unit that showed fire and fortitude, stringing together four quarters of wherewithal. The last regular season match-up between these two teams was on November 27th, 2008. The Cowboys won 34-9 in Dallas. The Cowboys defense sacked then Seahawks QB, Matt Hasselbeck seven times with DeMarcus Ware leading the way with three sacks. Ware was a non-factor on Sunday, unable to register a single sack against an offensive line missing top tackle, Russell Okung.
The Cowboys coached defensive unit is currently being downgraded to below that of both the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks defensive units. Unless this was merely a trap game, and Dallas can bounce back, then at this moment the Cowboys appear to be no better than an 0-2 New Orleans Saints team that gives the appearance to have a bit of trouble with quarterbacks that can make plays with their feet.
Cowboys 31 – Seahawks -13 was my prediction going into the game. That score was close to being right, except the teams were wrong. After a day of football in which division rivals New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles generated comebacks in order to win, the Cowboys now sit at 2nd place in the NFC East. Still behind Philadelphia, and tied with Washington while holding a tie breaker with the New York.