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Week 9 NFL: Can the Seahawks finally win in Dallas?

Disturbing trend popping up for Seattle

Each time the Seattle Seahawks play an opponent in the NFC East, it seems that they have unfavorable stats that doom them before they play the game. When they played the Giants this year it was the insanely long streak of losses in New York.

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Now that the Seahawks go into Dallas this week, it’s hearing about the blowout losses Seattle suffered against the Cowboys in 2008 and 2009.

This has been a rollercoaster season for the Seahawks, who’s streaky play which could swing either way each weekend. As fans, we all see the true potential of this team. The question is whether or not they can play to the level they are capable of.

If Seattle plays like they did against the Cardinals, like they did in the second half of the Falcons game, like they did against the Giants, this game will not be the 10 point loss that oddsmakers are predicting. If they can put up numbers like they did last week against Cincinnati and make a few key stops, this game could easily swing in favor of the Seahawks.

That’s what makes this team secretly dangerous is that their potential is so high, but they do not play at that level often.

The game plan against the Cowboys is seemingly simple. They don’t have a whole lot of run game despite the freak occurrence of rookie DeMarco Murray’s 200+ yard game a couple weeks ago. The key would be stopping the pass, but even then, their receiving corps keeps changing almost weekly.

The newest threat the Cowboys have is wide receiver Laurent Robinson, who the Rams dropped this season. He is quickly becoming one of Tony Romo’s go-to guys in Dallas. Along with Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, this can be a dangerous combination. Like the Seahawks, though, Dallas has been extremely off-and-on as well.

If Chris Clemons can pressure Romo, the game could swing in the Seahawks favor

The big key against the Cowboys is their defense. They get a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks, especially through Demarcus Ware, who is a beast on the field and is seemingly in opponents’ faces all game long. The offensive line will have to bring their “A” game if they want to give Tarvaris Jackson a chance to even compete against them.

The run game is going to be key as well. If Dallas keeps blitzing, it could possibly open up some opportunities for Marshawn Lynch to run wild or our slot receivers to do some big things. It’s hard to name which receiver will play where for the Seahawks as it is changing each week with injuries piling up or evening out.

One last big key to the game is pressuring Romo. If the Seahawks lineman can bust through the Dallas line and keep pressure on Tony Romo, he is well known for making lots of mistakes.

If he sees a lot of Chris Clemons, the Seahawks should see a few turnovers.

If the Seahawks secondary keeps playing like they have and stopping receivers and not allowing 100 yard receivers, this game should swing in the Seahawks favor.

The question is, though, which Seahawks team will show up on Sunday?

Looking for updated Seahawks and Gameday info?

Seattle at Dallas
Nov 6-1:00 PM ET Record
SEA 2-5 (1-3 V)
DAL 3-4 (2-1 H)

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  • Insider Steve

    This is one those weird games that could go either way, but ultimately Dallas has better talent.

    • http://www.nwsportsbeat.com Brandon Choate

      I do agree, but Romo is one of the most volatile QB’s in the league. If we pressure him, he will cough the ball up faster than a smoker in the cold.

  • Alejandro Ramirez

    The article sounds so positive that I almost get excited about sunday’s game. Really, we have potential, we have talent, but we also have lack of experience!

    • http://www.nwsportsbeat.com Brandon Choate

      I completely agree. We are very streaky, but we have the tools to win this weekend. Like I said, it depends on which Seahawks team shows up. I’m praying for the ones who have their stuff together because I would LOVE to beat Dallas

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