Cowboys Dud: Most of the offensive linemen
Just a couple of plays after Cooper Rush and Jalen Tolbert connected on a beautiful 35-yard completion, the Dallas offense stalled out. They had moved into the edge of field goal range and were facing a third-and-four on the Seattle 34-yard line.
Rush dropped back to pass but had no time at all since Brock Hoffman was unable to slow down Jarren Reed. The veteran defensive tackle was no match for Hoffman and sacked Rush almost as quickly as he took the snap.
Hoffman was also flagged for illegal use of the hands, pushing the offense back to their own 23 as they looked to put up points before the half.
Alex Taylor-Prioleau was also flagged on that same drive, getting caught holding. That forced Dallas to run the ball and go to the half, rather than see what Grier can do in the one-minute offense.
The issues weren't unique to those two either. Matt Waltezko struggled with Boye Mafe who was getting pressure on the quarterback at will and even batted down a pass.
It wasn't just pass protection either as many of the second-string linemen had a hard time opening holes consistently in the run game. The worst example was Malik Davis getting blown up on second-and-eight right after the Seahawks went up 10-7. Davis took the handoff to the right side but Matt Farniok was thrown aside by Roderick Perry, who recorded a tackle for a two-yard loss.
Dallas believes in their starting five linemen but there are a lot of questions behind them and those remain after this one.