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?

Hmm.

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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