Like the previous two matchups against the Browns and Bengals, this game is winnable if the Seahawks can manage to get their act together on offense and special teams. Points need to be scored in the first half, the o-line needs to give Jackson time to work, opposing punt returners need to be kept out of the endzone, and Whitehurst needs to stay on the bench.
Dallas’ head coach Jason Garrett runs a variant of the old Air Coryell system, an explosive, highly aggressive offense that incorporates deep options into nearly every passing play. If Seattle’s secondary can’t keep up, things could get ugly in a hurry. On the other side of the ball, Wade Phillips’ tired, uninspired defense has been replaced this year by new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s inventive schemes, plus Demarcus Ware is still one of the best pass rushers in the league regardless of defensive scheme.
The Cowboys won’t be pushovers, but if all goes well neither will the Seahawks. After sitting through back-to-back, frustrating losses to beatable opponents, a road win in Dallas would feel pretty great right about now.