How the Dallas Cowboys stack up against NFC contenders

Let's determine how the Cowboys stack up against the NFC's likely playoff teams.
NFC Divisional Playoffs - Dallas Cowboys v San Francisco 49ers
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Seattle Seahawks

2022 Points Per Game: 23.9 (9th)
2022 Points Per Game Against: 23.6 (25th)
Key Offseason Additions: WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, LB Bobby Wagner, RB Zach Charbonnet, S Julian Love, DT Jarran Reed, LB Devin Bush, CB Devon Witherspoon, DE Derick Hall

Cowboys Advantage - Their Lack of Run Defense

If there is a team that can match the physicality of the San Fransisco 49ers it would be the Seahawks and the Cowboys got a small taste of that this past week in their preseason loss to the Seahawks. Though they are physical and aggressive, they do it on defense out of necessity, this defense isn't as good as it once was, and the Cowboys have a lot more weapons to worry about this time around. We know this defense prides itself on stopping the run, which is why they brought back Bobby Wagner, but it has made them vulnerable in the passing game, and with the abundance of weapons at Prescott's disposal along with a new screen game to attack this aggressive defense.

In this instance, the Cowboys just have too many weapons that can hurt them and the Seahawks don't have the talent in the secondary to hold up against those weapons, especially if they are so focused on plugging their below-average run defense.

Cowboys Vulnerability - Wide Receiver Double Moves

For as much firepower the Cowboys have on offense, the Seahawks have around the same amount of talent and that was before the addition of Smith-Njigba which now gives them a formidable receiving group. Their blend of speed and size on the outside and their fondness for double moves will really test their secondary. This Dallas defense at times bites hard on play-action passes and with their receivers, they will make you pay in a big way.

In order to combat this Dan Quinn is going to need to make sure these defenders in the secondary are focused on their assignments and not peaking in the backfield. If they get caught they're going to hit a big play, and that's where Seattle is their most dangerous.