Now that the Dallas Cowboys are locked into the fourth seed, let’s discuss who is the bigger threat. Seattle Seahawks? Or Minnesota Vikings? Let’s chat!
The next grand step for the 2018 Dallas Cowboys is finding out if they play the Seattle Seahawks or the Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys punched their ticket against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but now wait until Sunday afternoon to see who is coming to visit Big D.
The Seahawks, who hold the fifth seed at 9-6, will lock that position with a win over the Arizona Cardinals. A win at home guarantees the Hawks a visit to Dallas. The Cardinals are 3-12 and are fighting for nothing but pride.
Seattle and Arizona dance Sunday on Fox at 4:25 PM Eastern Time. But what if the Seahawks lose and the Minnesota Vikings win?
Should the Vikings win against the Chicago Bears, who are also playing the same time as the Seattle game, Minnesota will leap into the fifth seed (with a Seattle loss) and pack their bags for Dallas. The Vikings currently own an 8-6-1 record.
With the Bears winning last week against the 49ers, the team locked up the third seed and plugged the Cowboys into the fourth seed.
Now, the question is on: Who do the Cowboys want to play? The red-hot Seattle Seahawks, who are coming off a big win at home against the Kansas City Chiefs? Or, do the Dallas Cowboys rather send an invite to quarterback Kirk Cousins and his Vikings?
I’d be wary of any #GoHawks campaign at the moment. The Seahawks are 5-1 in their last six games, which includes a 38-31 thriller over the Chiefs that put the Hawks in the tournament. The Seattle squad is building momentum, signing head coach Pete Carroll to a contract extension that will lock him up through the 2021 season.
Quarterback Russell Wilson is having an MVP type season. His 112.7 quarterback rating is the highest mark of his career. Wilson is in his seventh season. He has 3,296 passing yards, 34 touchdowns to just six interceptions.
He’s also averaging 25.2 rushing yards per game. In 15 games, he’s nearly at the 400 yards mark, averaging 5.8 yards a pop. Wilson has played in 12 playoff games, going 8-4 overall.
Clearly, the dual-threat quarterback could give the Cowboys defense some new riddles. The Seahawks defeated the ‘Boys already, but things are different now. The Dallas Cowboys have Amari Cooper running routes. Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch wasn’t a household name for Dallas fans. Sean Lee figures to play again.
So yes, the Seahawks are different, but so are the Cowboys. Still, I’d rather see the Vikings come to town. Minnesota is an inconsistent team and seems to be the easier route to the next round of the playoffs. The Hawks are a hot team right now. Maybe a little too hot?