The Dallas cowboys came to town Sunday to take on our Seattle Seahawks. The last 2 meetings were in Dallas and the last 3 meetings went in favor of the Cowboys.
Not this time, though. The Seahawks reached deep down and got it done, putting a whooping on ‘em, 27-7.
While there was LOTS to love in this game, there were still things that need to be picked on. And you know me, I always find SOMETHING to complain about.
Here is what I loved and hated about the Seahawks thrashing of the Cowboys.
I never thought I would see that day that I would admittedly like Golden Tate. Not necessarily because of him, but because if you have read any of my past stuff, you would know my disdain for Notre Dame players in the NFL. Golden Tate is breaking that mold. And I love it.
He has really come out since the Eagles game last season and started this season as a top option for Russell Wilson. He is no Sidney Rice or Doug Baldwin, true, but he has made himself arguably the most versatile receiver in the corps for the time being.
Tate had 3 catches against the Cowboys for 38 yards. Not too impressive, but what stat isn’t published is that all 3 of those catches went for first downs and extended Seattle’s drives when they were in trouble.
And then he absolutely lowered the boom on Cowboys defender Sean Lee to clear Russell Wilson to rush for a first down.
Now that’s Showtime.
This one may strike you as odd, but let me explain here. With the Seahawks not able to get Russell Okung‘s brittle legs in shape for game time, they put in Frank Omiyale to replace him. He had a formidable job in taking on the Cowboys onslaught.
Especially when he had to face off against Demarcus Ware for a good portion of his snaps.
Omiyale did exceptionally well, not letting anybody through him to get to Wilson. He had one penalty in the game, but who cares? He protected Wilson’s backside and kept the meanest, nastiest LB in all of the NFL off of him.
Frank the Tank took on Demarcus Ware and won. There are not many people at all in the NFL who can say those words.
I would seriously consider making Omiyale a permanent starter after his performance this week.
Special Teams really set the tone in the game this week. They start the game by stripping Felix Jones on the opening kickoff which turns into 3 immediate points. It was a great play, stripping the ball as Felix Jones hit the pile of players and a heads up move by Earl Thomas to fly to the ball and fall on it, giving the Seahawks possession.
Then Malcolm Smith blocks the punt that Jeron Johnson takes to the house for a touchdown.
Starting the game 10-0 was huge for Seattle as they took a long time to get it going in the first half. This game them padding to stay in the game until they clicked and poured it on.
Second half adjustments
This is a funny category, but I can’t choose everyone who performed well as my Love ‘em. So I’ll condense it into here. Whatever Pete Carroll told or said to the team at halftime worked wonders. The defense was already playing well (for the most part).
The defense was already pretty good in the first half, but they came out in the second half on a whole new level. They seemed quicker and stronger and stopped the Cowboys in every facet of their offense.
The Cowboys did not score a single point in the second half of the game. They racked up 112 yards of total offense in the first quarter and only gained another 184 the whole rest of the game. DeMarco Murray was held to 44 yards on the ground.
Then there’s Russell Wilson and the offense who finally clicked, marching down the field twice in the second half for 2 88+ yard drives, including a touchdown by Marshawn Lynch and a touchdown to a guy I have ribbed over his Seahawks career – Anthony McCoy.
Linebacker pass coverage
Like I mentioned in my weekly 5 Who Must Impress piece, the linebacker corps has been enigmatic thus far. They are STELLAR against the run and they hit really damn hard. But they have been giving up the middle of the field in a big way in both games now.
But they also left the middle open for a lot of the game.
Giving up the middle of the field results in dump passes to running backs, to short passes to tight ends and to quick passes to slot receivers. While the Seahawks DID stop Dallas almost every drive, if this Seahawks defense wants to be a legit contender to be a #1 defense, they need to shore that up.
And is it just me or did I keep seeing Leroy Hill on the ground, slipping, tripping, falling the whole game?
Giving up less than 50 rush yards is great. Giving up 200+ yards passing is not good. If they clean that number up, this defense could be one of the best.
The pass rush was a little bit better this week, but it needs to step up big time. When you don’t disrupt quarterbacks, you give them time to stand in the pocket and look at the whole field to make plays. This results in big yardage games for those quarterbacks and usually a touchdown or 4.
The Seahawks got one combined sack, with Bruce Irvin finally getting to the QB, helping Jason Jones bring down Romo.
But that’s not nearly enough. You look at these big time teams and defenses and one thing is common among them – sacks. You HAVE to get to the quarterback in order to give yourself a better shot at winning games.
By disrupting the QB, he makes mistakes which work in the defense’s favor. Otherwise, he is free to throw anywhere he wants. (Given they’re open)
Chris Clemons can’t do it on his own, you guys.
And just for fun, who doesn’t hate the Cowboys? Seeing Romo choke again, watching a rushing leader like Murray get stopped. Seeing just one Cowboy touchdown to a WR or TE, and watching a Seahawk wide receiver deliver the biggest hit of the game on a Dallas defender.
I just hate the Cowboys.