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Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks prediction & week 2 preview

Can Romo flub it again?

The Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo come into town for the first time since that infamous flubbing of the hold to win the game back in the first round of the 2007 playoffs.

Even though it was a bad snap, or so they say, it is way to much fun to put all of the blame on Tony Romo himself. He deserves it more.

Anyways, it’s put up or shut up time for the Seahawks right now, as they face a tough opponent on Monday Night Football next week against the Green Bay Packers.

Matchup: Dallas vs. Seattle
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Time: 1:05
Date: September 16th, 2012
Weather: High 76, Low 56. Sunny
Team Records: Seahawks (0-1) Cowboys (1-0)
Standings: Seahawks 4th in NFC West. Cowboys 1st in NFC East

Game notes/How they match up

After the dismal offensive showing that the Seahawks put on last Sunday, I’m going to have to give the Cowboys the rights for the offensive matchup winner this week.

Tony Romo is a decent QB, that is for sure, but when his star receivers like Dez Bryant, and Miles Austin decide to show up, it’s a whole different ballgame.

The Hawks hold the edge at RB, Marshawn Lynch is just a beast, even when not 100%.

Defense seems like a toss up for me, I thought for sure we would shut down the Cardinals last week, and we didn’t. Dallas has a much more potent offense than Arizona can ever dream of, so this one is hard to call.

The Cowboys did a good job shutting down Eli Manning and Victor Cruz in week one, and I don’t think Russell Wilson and Sidney Rice are even in the same category as those two.

But no matter what the teams look like on paper, we have the 12th man. And it has been an awful long time since we have had a home game, so noise will definitely be a factor for the Cowboys offense.

Home sweet home for the Seahawks and the 12th man this week, finally.

What to watch: Seattle

How can the rookie Wilson bounce back after that tough loss last week when the game was in his hands, and nobody could come up with the pass reception to win the game.

Wilson showed some signs of brilliance, but also a lot of signs that he is only a rookie.

Undefeated preseason or not, he will need to make better plays to win games in this league.

Will the running game be more of a factor after the dropped passes in the first week?

Marshawn Lynch was listed as questionable all week once again, and after the 90 he put up in AZ on Sunday, I expect him to be fully ready come kickoff this week.

What to watch: Dallas

If there ever was a Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde reference warranted to a football team, it would be for the Dallas Cowboys.

This dysfunctional group has had more of its share of on and off the field problems over the past two decades, and this year Dez Bryant hasn’t disappointed with the trend.

He has been assigned a personal baby sitter that can’t let him out of his sights.

Off field problems like this should cause a rift between his coaches and teammates, so we will see how long it takes for this team to implode.

Hopefully it’s at about the 14:36 mark of the first quarter on Sunday.

Seattle O vs. Dallas D

With half of the offensive starters listed as either questionable or probable, this could end up being a very long day.

The O-line needs all the help they can get, and injuries to Zach Miller, Russell Okung, and John Moffitt make the running game a huge question mark.

Moffitt was not the starter in week one, but his expertise will be needed very soon with this offensive unit.

Other question marks are Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, and Marshawn Lynch.

Pretty big names that will most likely end up playing, but just how much they can contribute will be the question.

As mentioned above, Dallas did a fantastic job on the defensive side of the ball against the Giants, and with their 3-4 style, it may be hard for Wilson to make the short passes through the center of the field.

This is what every Seahawks fan hopes to see on Sunday. (photo usatoday.com)

Dallas O vs. Seattle D

The two-headed monster of DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones in the backfield for the Cowboys will be a tough task for the Hawks front line.

Plus, the speed and athleticism of Byrant, Austin, and Kevin Ogletree will keep the secondary and corners on their toes.

The best bet for the Seahawks D is to put as much pressure on Romo as possible. He is absolutely terrible when forced out of his comfort zone.

Injury Report

Seahawks: Out; Charly Martin. Questionable; Zach Miller, Russell Okung. Probable; Jason Jones, Marshawn Lynch, Byron Maxwell, John Moffitt, Sidney Rice, Greg Scruggs, Golden Tate.

Cowboys: Out; Phil Costa, Matt Johnson, Jay Ratliff. Probable; Miles Austin, Andre Holmes, Mike Jenkins, Felix Jones, Danny McCray, DeMarco Murray, Gerald Sensabaugh, DeMarcus Ware, Kyle Wilbur, Jason Witten.

Predictions

The current line is Dallas by 3, I think they have it too.

The only way I can see the Hawks winning this one is if these probables on the Dallas injury list end up not playing, i.e. Witten, Austin, Murray, and Jones.

Seattle 17 – Dallas 24

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