Going through the Seattle roster, besides Russell Wilson (who was spotlighted last season) there isn’t anyone who you think the Cowboys might ‘fear’ to face on Sunday.
Well, there is one.
Earl Thomas is not only the best free safety in the NFL, but he’s also playing mad this season. If you’re a Cowboys fan you most likely already know the story of Thomas asking Jason Garrett outside of the Cowboy locker room to get him if Dallas had the chance in the offseason. The team offered Seattle a second-round pick late in the preseason according to reports but was denied by the Seahawks.
Thomas wants a new contract and is playing like he deserves one. Without any training camp appearances, he stepped onto the field against the Broncos week one and recorded five tackles, two pass defenses, and an interception.
The six-time pro bowler and three-time all-pro has been a superstar his whole career, his 26 career interceptions currently place him 11th on the active INT leaders list and every player above him has been in the league longer than he has. By the time Thomas hangs ‘em up, he’ll be known as one of the greatest safeties of all-time.
Dallas does have former Seattle defensive coordinator Kris Richard in the building who can hopefully give the offense some pointers on how to face Thomas. Expect he and the rest of the Seattle defense to play very aggressively. At 0-2 if they were to lose to the Cowboys and fall to 0-3 their season might as well be over in the Month of September.
Thomas most likely won’t be shut down, at some point during the game you’ll most likely see him make a play, whether it be a tackle for a loss, an interception, or a forced fumble. The goal is to limit the plays he does make against the Dallas offense.
Seattle hasn’t been great defending the run this season thus far, they rank 23rd in yards allowed on the ground, allowing roughly 116 yards per game. If Dallas can move the ball effectively by running they should have a good chance of limiting the plays Thomas is able to make.
This is a very winnable game for the Cowboys, which isn’t something you’d usually say about a team that has to travel to Seattle. A few things have to go right, but most importantly the Cowboys will need to score early and force the Seahawks to play from behind. They will pull it off and defeat the crumbling Seahawks, 20-17.
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