Why Dallas Cowboys Opening at Seattle is a Bad Idea

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Jan 18, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; General view of the downtown Seattle skyline and Space Needle with the Seattle Seahawks 12th man flag in advance of the 2013 NFC Conference championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

How about a 2014 regular season opener between the Dallas Cowboys and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks?


You didn’t have to watch a second of Super Bowl XLVIII last weekend to realize that the Seahawks are the class of the NFL at this time. They are likely to stay there for awhile, although probably not as long as the “12th Man” would like to hope.

It’s true that starting March 11, the raid will begin on the Seattle roster, just as it did at about the same time some 21 years ago and not long after Super Bowl XXVII, a blowout victory for the Dallas Cowboys, the youngest team in the NFL at the time, over the veteran Buffalo Bills.

When you’re young, good and deep, expect your roster to get eaten alive by the dreadful salary cap that has all but ruined the NFL—all that remains now is the exchange of pads for flags and we can all turn to cricket, or something.

Yes, the Seahawks will have serious issues keeping the corps of the present world champions intact, but this will take a few seasons to unfold. If head coach Pete Carroll has anything to say about it, it could take longer.

So again, how about that season opener between the ‘Boys the ‘Hawks up in the Emerald City?

Any other year, I would say great.

This coming season, there’s no way that this should happen.

Dallas Morning News columnist David Moore offered his thoughts on why Seattle’s convincing win over the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos sported a similar atmosphere to Dallas’ hammering of Jim Kelly and the Bills. After all, you had very young teams with brash and successful head coaches who dominated in the college ranks suddenly rising up and taking down veteran AFC powers known for having explosive offenses, right?

The trash talk, the confidence, the depth, the young playmakers, etc.

Those qualities all describe the champion Seahawks and the Cowboys—but remember that this is the 1992 Cowboys we’re talking about, not last year’s team that maintained its consecutive string of .500 mediocrity topped off with a division loss to officially kill any playoffs hopes in its season finale.

You realize by now that the Broncos dropped 51 points on Dallas last October—not in Denver mind you.

In the Super Bowl, Manning was completely neutralized after posting a historic regular season that broke NFL records for touchdown passes (55) and passing yardage (5,477).

I ask one more time, Seattle anyone?

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  • Old Frog

    Tough call. Lose but keep it close like the 49ers did it’s a “moral victory”. Get blown out like Denver then it could crater any confidence the team might have. Win and JJ can sell kool aid and jerseys for at least another 5 or 6 games.

    • Christian Blood

      Frog those are pretty much the options … not one of which seems very good for the big picture.

      I say pass on this.

      So Jerry will certainly do it LOL

  • SmartThinking

    This Dallas team is not built for, nor does it have the mentality to play heads up against the Seattle team I watched crush the life out of Denver last Sunday. Seattle is the the best team I’ve seen play the game in 20 years. They’re relentless and physical and they look for an opportunity to knock the crap out of anyone who gets near them.

    Everyone talks about the last Dallas/Denver game like it was the way Dallas played all year. I suggest Dallas played over their heads that game and Manning never had any doubt about beating them.

    Dallas is scheduled to play Seattle and the 49′s and New Orleans and Chicago this next season. The only comparison I can think of that even comes close to giving Dallas any chance whatsoever in any of these games is feeding the Christians to the lions.

    If Dallas makes it to 7-9, it’ll be a miracle in my book.

    • Christian Blood

      SmartThinking, that’s smart thinking.

      Seattle is probably the best team in 20 years, at least on both sides of the ball. Certainly better than anything that ever came out of New England, even while they were cheating.

      Your 7-9 prediction looks about right. I think it could be around 6-10 or even 5-11. I just don’t see how this team improves enough to remain .500 next year.

  • Earl Robertson

    I don’t need some columnist to point out for me what the Seahawks remind me of. After they lost to the Falcons In last year playoffs I already knew what this team reminded me

    • Christian Blood

      Earl this is true. I don’t see how this team comes close to 8-8 next season. The resources simply aren’t there.

  • Bill Nash

    Do not underestimate the Cowboys in this season OPENER. Dallas has a competitive team….their problem, like other NFL teams, as the season moves on is INJURIES! They should be at full strength for this game. Dallas will be the underdog….but Seattle may be just a little too cocky and get beat by a Cowboys team with just a little more desire.

    • Christian Blood

      I see where you’re coming from Bill, but there’s no guarantee at all that Dallas emerges from training camp healthy. Even if, Seattle is definitely a superior team and I don’t see any let down for Carroll’s bunch. Teams just love beating Dallas because of who they are and especially during a season opener at home on national television.

    • Fried Toast

      >”Seahawks may have caught the break of breaks like SF did years ago….having a mega talented team AND playing in a relatively weak division.”

      You’re kidding, right? Relatively weak division? How about the best division in the NFL right now? I think San Francisco was the 2nd best team in the NFL this year and the AZ Cardinals were an unfortunate victim to the system. I think the AZ defense would have similarly shut down Manning had they been in the Super Bowl.

      In 2014, the NFC West meets the AFC West, so we’ll see how good the divisions both are seeing as Denver and KC were two of the AFC’s best teams while Seattle and San Francisco were the NFC’s two best teams.

      I do agree with the writer that opening vs. Seattle would be a bad idea (for Dallas that is).

  • Fried Toast

    >”It’s true that starting March 11, the raid will begin on the Seattle roster”

    It shouldn’t be too bad this year. Sydney Rice and Chris Clemons will be gone. Zack Miller may be gone if there is no restructuring for him. Although Michael Bennett and Golden Tate have both stated they’d be willing to take a discount to keep the team together, they are also angling to get paid, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we lose at least one of the two (most likely Tate). Other than that, there isn’t much to raid. So next year should be a good year for the Hawks. I don’t know if we’ll be back in the Super Bowl again, but Seattle should actually be a better team next year. Our D has the depth to survive losing Clemons and we won the Super Bowl without Sydney Rice. Having a healthy Harvin will open up Seattle’s O (as can be seen in his limited 2013 opportunities – lots of big plays), so Seattle could ostensibly be a better team (same to similar D, but an improved O) in 2014. Don’t count on free agency knocking out the Hawks this year. At this time next year, there will be painful decisions to make, so save this article and use it in 2015. ;)