Seattle really struggled against California teams (1-4) but had little trouble with teams outside the state, winning 9 of its 11 games. This game is in Texas. The Seahawks ended the season as the NFL’s top rushing teams with 160 YPG. Unfortunately, they did struggle through the air, finishing 25th in the league. The vaunted rushing attack was led by 2nd year back Chris Carson, who rushed for 1,115 yards and 9 TDs. QB Russell Wilson had another fine season, passing for 3,448 yards and 35 TDs against only 7 INTs. The defense finished the season 16th in the league while giving up just over 353 YPG.
By mid-season, the Cowboys looked destined for a dismal season. However, the defense got good and the Cowboys were able to win 7 of its last 8 games to jump into the NFC East title. It’s noteworthy that only 4 games came against playoff teams, including a 24-13 early season loss to these same Seattle Seahawks. The offense’s undeniable leader is Ezekiel Elliot who led the NFL is rushing 1,434 yards and 6 TDs to go with another 567 yards and 3 TDs receiving. QB Dak Prescott threw for 3,885 yards and 22 TDs, though he also committed 14 turnovers. The defense ranked 7th in the NFL, giving up 329.2 YPG.
Prediction: It’s troubling that Dallas lost 3 of it 4 games against playoff caliber competition. It’s just as troubling that the Cowboys were only able to score just over 10 PPG in those 4 games. The team’s 9-3 record against lesser competition is a testament to the softness of the Cowboy’s schedule. As for Seattle, they can look brilliant at times and then suddenly disappear into the abyss. Really looking for a defensive battle as both teams will work hard to establish a running game. Play under 43.5 (Final Score Seattle 20-17).