The Dallas Cowboys had an impressive start to the 2012 season with an opening win in New York. If they’re expecting the schedule to get easier because they’re facing the Seattle Seahawks this week, they could be mistaken.
Dallas has had a history of looking great one week and then giving it back the next, so they’ll have to make sure that’s not the case this time around. Seattle presents winnable game but the Seahawks are a very good home team. Nothing should be assumed.
The Cowboys are a field goal favorite on the NFL odds and it’s easy to see why. Seattle is banged up on their offensive line, is starting a rookie quarterback and is coming off an ugly road loss in Arizona.
Dallas showed that their secondary and defense have improved over the offseason, and if they can find a way to run the ball on the road, a win should be within reach.
Seattle showed their young last week as Wilson had a couple of turnovers and a couple of delay of game penalties. He didn’t get much help from his running backs or receivers – especially Braylon Edwards, who dropped the game-winning touchdown – but the fact that he put them in position in his first start says enough.
The Cowboys have had nearly 10 days to prepare for the Seahawks and that should help. Jason Witten and Miles Austin were banged up heading into the regular season opener but should be much more effective with the additional time off.
Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan should be more comfortable unleashing his defense and blitzes on Wilson because the Seahawks don’t offer the same type of threat down the field that the Giants did.
Overall, this is the Cowboys game to lose. It’s the perfect measuring stick for a team that under Wade Phillips would probably lose in this type of spot. If they’re truly a Super Bowl contender, they won’t stub their toe and they will move to 2-0.