Seahawks Surge Past Cowboys, 38-31

by Kevin Nesgoda

In this week’s matchup we saw the Seattle Seahawks take on the Dallas Cowboys. It truly was a tale of two halves for the Seahawks, but even after battling key injuries throughout the game their offense was able to pull through and the defense was able to step up when it counted. 

The Cowboys took an early lead 3-0 lead right off the bat. Seattle was able to bounce back with a scoring drive of their own, with a deep shot down the field to the team’s leading receiver on the day, Tyler Lockett. On the following kickoff, Seattle pinned the Cowboys within the one-yard line because of a muffed kickoff by return man Tony Pollard.  On the following play the Seahawks were able to capitalize and stop Ezekiel Elliot in the backfield for a safety.  

However, after the mistakes made by the Cowboys, they were able to put together a solid drive of their own, leading to Elliot plunging into the end zone from the one-yard line and tying the score at 9-9. Again, this revamped offense led by Russel Wilson was creating some momentum when they took a deep shot down the field. As DK Metcalf was streaking down the field with five yards of separation from his defender, Russ was able to drop the perfect ball into his hands. Unfortunately, sometimes you deal with lack of football IQ with the younger players. Dallas’ defender never gave up of the play and was able to strip the ball from Metcalf where it rolled out of the back of the endzone for a Dallas Cowboys touchback. 

After what seemed to be a costly mistake, Russ and Lockett were able to connect on their second touchdown pass of the day from the one-yard line, putting Seattle ahead 16-9. Dallas, being as persistent as they are, still wouldn’t let up—Dak Prescott was able to hook up with Boise State Alum, Cedric Wilson, on a forty-yard pass that brought Dallas within one. 

With the pressure on Seattle, the team knew that they would have to put up points because of the key injuries they had on defense. Wilson didn’t waste any time as they got the ball back to put themselves in another scoring opportunity. As the clock winded down all the way to seven seconds, Wilson was able to hit Lockett for a hat trick on the day, giving the duo three touchdown connections and putting the lead at 23-15. 

At the start of the second half, the pass rush started getting to Dak and the Cowboys when Jarran Reed and Bobby Wagner were able to apply pressure and create a strip sack that was recovered by defensive end, Benson Mayowa. Mayowa returned the fumble to Dallas’ five-yard line. Following Chris Carson’s four-yard run, Wilson was able to find tight end Jacob Holllister for the one-yard pitch and catch, giving the Seahawks a 30-15 lead. 

As the game progressed, the Seahawks’ play calling got very complacent, and Dallas was able to slowly chip away at the lead. Prescott again found Cedric Wilson on a drag route across the middle, where he was able to take into the end zone for a forty-two-yard score. After another unsuccessful drive by the Seahawks, the Cowboys got the ball again down 30-22. Dallas put the pressure on when they were able to meticulously put together a nine play, eighty-nine-yard drive down the field to bring them within two points of what use to be a sizable lead held by the Seahawks. The Seahawks still seemed out of rhythm on the following drive, where again they would have to punt the ball back to the Dallas offense that seemed to build some momentum after a strong start to the second half.  

Seattle was able to control the bleeding on what looked to be another promising drive for the Cowboys and only hold them to a field goal, but at this time their lead had been decimated. If there is one thing we’ve all seen from Wilson’s tenure, it’s that no game is out of reach for him and his team. With 1:47 left in the fourth quarter, Metcalf redeemed himself when Russ found a hole in the coverage and hit him in the end zone for a twenty-nine-yard score, giving Seattle a 38-31 lead over the Cowboys. 

As the Cowboys got the ball back they were not backing down. After a surge by the pass rush in the second quarter, Seattle was not able to slow down this Cowboys offense. After what looked to be another potential scoring drive by the Cowboys, Seattle’s rookie defensive lineman Alton Robinson was able to take down Dak for the sack. Dallas was forced to burn up their final timeout and come up with a play call that would give them a chance to tie the game. On the final play of the game, with Seattle loading the field with DB’s, Ryan Neal picked off Dak’s last-stitch throw to seal the deal and push the Seahawks to 3-0 on the year. 

Notable Injuries- 

Chris Carson- Knee sprain

Jamal Adams- Groin Strain

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