Wrap-up: Cowboys 38, Seahawks 17

November, 1, 2009
11/01/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

The Cowboys did exactly what you have to do against a bad football team. They put the Seahawks away in the first half and coasted to an important win. This sets up a huge matchup with the Eagles next Sunday night at the Linc.

The Seahawks could've been a classic trap game with the Cowboys coming off a big win over the Falcons and looking forward to an NFC East showdown with the Eagles. But Tony Romo and the offense made enough big plays to keep the Seahawks at bay. And the legend of Miles Austin continues to grow. He only had five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown, but he drew two pass interference penalties and opened things up for other receivers.

Even Roy Williams got a piece of the action with his second touchdown catch of the season. And fourth receiver Sam Hurd's 36-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter gave the Cowboys a 7-3 lead. The most important aspect of this game is that Romo didn't throw an interception. He's gone three consecutive games without an interception and he's had five pick-less games this season. He appears to have found a happy medium between protecting the football and letting his rare improvisational skills take over.

He'll now face an Eagles defense that feasted on Eli Manning's poor throws Sunday. Cornerback Asante Samuel jumped in front of Giants tight end Travis Beckum to set up the Eagles' second touchdown and safety Quintin Demps also had an interception. The Linc is the site of the Cowboys' 44-6 loss at the end of the '08 season, and I'm sure that will come up with Romo this week.

For now, though, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett seems to be making all the right moves. And getting benched in favor of return specialist Allen Rossum has apparently inspired Patrick Crayton because he's returned punts for touchdowns in consecutive games.

I'm still not sure what to make of this Cowboys team, but I thought Sunday was an important step. They could've probably slogged their way to victory over the Seahawks. Instead, they came out and had a sharp performance.

Now we can prepare for another NFC East showdown. Perhaps this one will live up to its billing.

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