Team effort leads to win
Seattle 27, Dallas 7
When: 1:05 PST, Sunday, September 16, 2012
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
I guarantee that there are a lot of Dallas players who spent Monday in the Cowboys training facility, or a massage parlor, trying to recover from getting their butts handed to them.
Marshawn Lynch #24
Despite nursing a back injury, that has limited him in practice, Marshawn has the second most carries in the NFL (47).
Sunday, Lynch gashed the Cowboys defense for 122-yards on 26-carries and capped the day off with his first touchdown of the season. It looks like Marshawn is starting the season right where he left off at the end of last year.
Malcolm Smith #53
Even as a backup linebacker/special teams player, Malcolm Smith showed he can impact a game.
On Sunday, he shot into the backfield and blocked a punt. I don’t remember where I heard that he went un blocked during the play, but that was wrong.
He shed his blocker, using a rip move, before he blocked the punt that teammate Jeron Johnson returned three yards for a touchdown.
That touchdown, and extra point, matched what the Dallas Cowboys would score the rest of the game, and was essentially the game-winning touchdown.
Early on, starting SAM (strong side linebacker) KJ Wright went down with an injury. Malcolm Smith came in the game, for the rest of the series and the defense didn’t skip a beat. KJ Wright returned to the game on the next defensive series.
It is not easy to step on to the field when a starter goes down, and be able to preform. Malcolm handled it precisely how Pete Carrollhoped he would.
Frank Omiyale #65
Speaking of players having to step up when a starter go down, that is exactly what Frank Omiyale did on Sunday.
Starting left tackle, Russell Okung, was a game-time decision. Watching Russell warm up before the game, I tweeted that I didn’t think he was going to be able to play.
Sure enough, Okung was inactive for the game, meaning Frank would have to start against one of the best pass rushers in the league, DeMarcus Ware.
Though Frank was not matched up with DeMarcus the whole game, he did his part to holding the pro bowler sack-less in Seattle.
Yeah, I know, but I had to go there.
Golden Tate #81
Now in his third year as an NFL receiver, it looks like Golden Tate might finally be figuring things out. Tate only caught 3 passes for 38-yards, but I saw him winning one on one battles using his route running ability.
He has really struggled in the past with that part of his game, relying on his talent, instead of perfecting his craft. Tate is doing the little things that separate the solid players from the mediocre.
I firmly believe that every receiver should be a willing blocker.
Golden put his left shoulder into the number on Lee’s chest, de-cleating him.
There is definitely some controversy surrounding the block, and Jerry Jones is whining about it, but regardless of any impending fine, I loved it.
If he does get fined, I would gladly put a dollar in the bucket to help him pay it.
Anthony McCoy #85
I have been very critical of Anthony McCoy in the past, but I have to give credit where credit is due.
He has always driven me nuts with his lack of concentration catching the ball.
The last three games, including the preseason finale against the Raiders, Anthony has caught everything that he should have.
On Sunday, McCoy was targeted 5 times, coming down with 5 receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown. Anthony led the team in targets, receptions, yards and receiving touchdowns.
We could be watching him develop into a solid tight end, time will tell.
There were many players who deserved to be on this list, but, alas, I have to choose only 5 and these guys made the cut.
Agree? Disagree? I’d love to hear your take!