Sunday, September 16, 2012
How you feeling? Cowboys-Seahawks
By Dan Graziano
As the Dallas Cowboys get ready to play the Seahawks later this afternoon in Seattle, here's one reason for Cowboys fans to be feeling good and one reason for concern.
Feeling good: The Cowboys' receivers should have enough speed to take advantage of the weaknesses in the Seattle secondary. The Seahawks' cornerbacks are unusually big and physical, and likely will try to disrupt Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Kevin Ogletree at the line. But if they cannot do that, Tony Romo should be able to find at least one of them open downfield, potentially for a big play. A high-scoring game will favor Dallas, and it likely would feature several long pass plays since the Seattle defense gets shakier the further back it goes.
Cause for concern: The Dallas defense looked great in Week 1 against the Giants' pass-heavy attack, but they will get a very different challenge in Week 2 as the Seahawks try and run the ball down their throats with Marshawn Lynch. It will be important for the defensive line and the inside linebackers to stay patient and strong up front to slow down the Seattle run game and limit big gains there. The Seahawks will want to control the clock and keep the ball out of Romo's hands as much as possible, and this week's defensive challenge is quite different from last week's.