2015 Regular Season Week 8: Cowboys vs Seahawks (Preview)

Home: Dallas Cowboys (2-4)

Away: Seattle Seahawks (3-4)

Game Date/Time: Nov 1st 2015, 3:25 PM CST

Channel: FOX

Four straight losses. Changes at almost every key position on offense. Close losses, and a blow out. This is the Dallas Cowboys as of right now. Seattle on the other hand is trying to find its stride. The Seahawks have been in a few close games and just haven’t had the outcome work in their favor. This Sunday we will have two hungry teams fighting for a chance to stay competitive in the NFC.

Dallas Cowboys

What to watch: Defense

This should be the week we lean on our defense. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch will be running. Our run defense isn’t poor. The challenge will be if they can take a pounding from the ground game, and still be able to get at the quarterback. With Hardy, Gregory, Lawrence, Lee, and McClain you have talent. Now this talent has to build chemistry. Also, don’t forget, they will want to show the other teams defense that they can play too.

Issues: Passing Game

Against the Giants we saw what we saw. A quarterback not ready. Matt Cassel is not the answer for the Dallas Cowboys. You would think the return of Dez is considered something to watch right? Well, first we have to get through the kinks of the passing game. Cassel had some really bad passes last week, and was visibly rattled against the g-men. He is going to have to play under poise against a very quick and aggressive Seahawks defense. If he allows himself to get shaken up early, his lost confidence is going to stop Dallas from hopefully a 3rd win to the season.

Seattle Seahawks

What to watch: Defense

The legion of boom is no longer as dangerous as they once were. Do not take that for granted. They are still a force to be reckoned with. Michael Bennett is tied for the league lead with 6.5 sacks. The guy is a sack machine. Earl Thomas is making his impact felt again, and Richard Sherman has been looking more human these days. Seattle is giving up only 294 yards per game and only 200 yards passing per game. When it comes to points, they are giving up the 5th least points per game at 18.3.

Issues: Passing Game

Russell Wilson has been in a very interesting situation this season. Wilson has a top 10 QB rating but has been sacked a league high 31 times. The reason for the losses is the offense. Seattle has a hard time moving the football, and it is all because of the weak offensive line. Now Seattle does have the second highest completion percentage in the league only behind the Cowboys. But they average one of the worst yards per game in the NFL. If Seattle’s offensive line and running game cannot help Wilson buy time, then it will be a long day for the Seattle offense.

This one is going to be ugly. I expect to see turnovers, and the team that wins field position will win this game. Neither team has had a strong offense, but the mobility of Russell Wilson gives the Seahawks an edge. Plus, the poise of Wilson vs Cassel is also a factor. Cowboys fans might not get to enjoy the return of Dez Bryant with a victory unless the offense can sustain drives and put points on the board.