Now that the Cowboys have evened their record back up, they have an early season opportunity to take advantage of a soft spot in their schedule, or so it appears. Seattle welcomes Dallas into CenturyLink field looking for their first win after starting off 0-2. The Seahawks have had similar offensive struggles as the Giants, with the main focus being on protecting their quarterback Russell Wilson. The Cowboys have struggled to sustain long drives, which has been a strength of this team for the winning portions of the Jason Garrett era. In Week 3, one of the two teams must exceed their current performance offensively to take home the win.
1. The Cowboys need to score at least 10 points in the first quarter.
Seattle struggles protected the Quarterback as well as running the ball. If Dallas can get an early lead it will force Seattle to press on offense which will allow the self-proclaimed “Hot Boyz” pass rush the opportunity to pin their ears back and go after Russell Wilson. If Wilson is running backward for most of the game, it will set up turnovers and field position opportunities for the Dallas offense.
2. Ezekiel Elliott needs his first 100 yard game of the season.
It’s no secret that the key to Dallas’ success is on the ground. Elliott has been good the first two weeks but the offense needs the Zeke from the second half of the Giants game to come out and dominate.
3. The secondary needs to make the play that changes the game.
Dallas’ defensive success has been driven by the pass rush and great effort from the secondary, especially the starting corners Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie. Seattle does not exactly bring the firepower on the outside that Dallas saw from the Giants last week. The Cowboys corners need to take advantage of that weakness on the edges and get aggressive, leading to a turnover of some sorts in the Seattle passing game.
A lot of folks are unsure about this game, in fact, it even seems that the Dallas beat is siding with Seattle given that the Seahawks are a desperate team. Well, the Cowboys are at risk of falling to 1-2 in a division with the defending Super Bowl Champs. The Redskins and Giants look to be a tad below the NFL’s median line so there is an opportunity for Dallas to overtake Philadelphia. That being said the Cowboys need to win games like this one on Sunday. In 2014 Jason Garrett took a Dallas team that wasn’t getting the recognition they deserved up to Seattle and beat the league’s best team. I guarantee he will have his guys ready to go for Sunday, the Cowboys are a body blow team, and they will get this Seattle team wobbling early. If Dallas gets ahead early, and with Zeke delivering the shots, they will fall. I like the visiting team in a second-half runaway, 35-17.
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