The Seahawks are back in front of the 12th Man, but are they the formidable force they once were? Through two weeks and four preseason games, Seattle is winless this season. Can the Russell Wilson and the Hawks pick up their first against the Dallas Cowboys?
1:25 p.m. | CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Wash.
TV: FOX | Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: fuboTV
12:58 | Seahawks 24, Cowboys 6 Hey, lookie here. Seattle has a run game after all. The Seahawks capped a 10-play, 72-yard drive in the fourth quarter with a 5-yard rushing touchdown from Chris Carson, who has a career-high 23 carries for 81 yards. And this after a strange week in which the Seahawks struggled – and failed – to adequately explain why Carson was left on the sideline for the entire second half of Seattle’s defeat to Chicago. — Stefanie Loh
3:48 | Seahawks 17, Cowboys 6 Is Frank Clark the Seahawks’ new sackmaster? Clark sacked Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott on third down to register his third sack in three games for Seattle. The sack prematurely ended Dallas’ offensive drive and forced the Cowboys to settle for a 35-yard field goal by Brett Maher. — Stefanie Loh
The Seahawks, who managed just three sacks in their first two games (good for 25th in the NFL), produced four sacks of Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott in the first three quarters on Sunday. The Cowboys came into the game having allowed a total of six sacks in their first two games. — Mike Vorel
Three halftime thoughts from Bob Condotta:
- Could that be the quarter that turns the season around for the Seahawks? After a scoreless first quarter Seattle scored 17 points in the second to take a 17-3 halftime lead doing so with a formula that looks familiar — stout defense, quick and timely passing and just enough of a running game.
- Most important stat of the day — Seattle going 6-10 on third downs. Seattle was 7-25 on third downs entering the game and had been just 2-12 in the opening loss at Denver. But Seahawks hit on five in a row during the touchdown drives in the second quarter.
- Yep, Seattle is establishing the run with Chris Carson having 50 yards on 14 carries in the first half. He had just 13 carries in the first two games.
The Earl Thomas situation doesn’t appear to have had any noticeable negative effect on the Seahawks, who are dominating the Cowboys at halftime. Thomas has an interception and has been engaged with his Seattle teammates throughout the half against the team he once lobbied to play for.
— Larry Stone
Hasn’t been flashy at all for the Seahawks, but the game plan has worked out beautifully. Run the ball, and make sure Russell Wilson gets the ball out of his hands in a hurry. The Seahawks quarterback had a league-high 12 sacks coming into the game while playing behind a line Pro Football Focus ranked 29th in the NFL through the first two weeks. No sacks yet today.
— Matt Calkins
1:52 | Seahawks 14, Cowboys 3 On third-and-9 on the other side of the 2-minute warning, Russell Wilson hits Tyler Lockett down the right sideline for a 52-yard score. Seattle aggressively attacked with the long ball because starting safety Jeff Heath was out – he just left the game with an ankle injury. His replacement, Kavon Frazier, couldn’t stop Seattle from scoring. Lockett shed his defender and went dancing into the end zone
9:28 | Seahawks 7, Cowboys 0 Remember how we told you Brandon Marshall was having a tough day? Well, as Bob Condotta observes, it appears that he has been benched for Jaron Brown.
After signing a two-year contract with the Seahawks in the offseason, Brown had done little to justify it in the first two games, managing just four catches for 43 yards. He started to change that on Sunday, hauling in a 16-yard touchdown pass up the seam to kick off the scoring.
12:05 | Seahawks 0, Cowboys 0 Seahawks WR Brandon Marshall is having a rough day. Going one-on-one against Dallas cornerback Byron Jones, Marshall has been targeted four times through the first quarter. He’s only caught one pass for three yards. On the other three times that Russell Wilson has launched the ball Marshall’s way, he’s been disrupted by Jones. On at least two occasions, Jones managed to bat the ball out of Marshall’s hands before he could secure it. — Stefanie Loh
The Seahawks held Dallas to just four passing yards in the first quarter – but had only 15 themselves. This is either a great defensive struggle, or two poor offenses.
— Larry Stone
Three first-quarter thoughts from Bob Condotta:
- Seattle is doing job one on defense — stopping Dallas’ run. The Cowboys have just 33 yards on six carries but 18 of those came on a Tavon Austin end around. Ezekiel Elliott has just 15 on five. If Seattle can keep doing that, it can win this one.
- Seattle is trying to get the running game going but is having mixed results with 34 yards on nine carries. But it’s a start.
- Michael Dickson is starting to even out a little as he has three punts in the game so far, but averaging just 39 yards with one out at the 20 and another at the 15.
0:00 | Seahawks 0, Cowboys 0 Seahawks running back Chris Carson had six carries in a loss to the Bears last week. He had six carries on the opening drive on Sunday. The 5-foot-11, 222-pound running back carried seven times for 29 yards in a scoreless first quarter. Rookie Rashaad Penny added two carries for five yards. — Mike Vorel
1:49 | Seahawks 0, Cowboys 0 The Seahawks defense came to play today and Bobby Wagner has been instrumental in their success. The Seahawks’ defense started off the game a three-and-out, then came up with an interception from Earl Thomas. On Dallas’ third drive, the Seahawks’ defense forced a three-and-out, only to have a penalty go against Seattle on the punt, giving the Cowboys the ball back. It didn’t matter though, the defense stopped them again.
Wagner had a TFL on Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott on third-and-1 on the Cowboys’ first offensive drive, held Dallas tight end Geoff Swain to five yards on the third drive, then, after the penalty, once against stuffed Elliott for a gain of one on second-and-10. — Stefanie Loh
5:37 | Seahawks 0, Cowboys 0 Earl Thomas didn’t practice twice this week for mysterious reasons, leaving his status for Sunday’s game in doubt. Well, he played … and he made an immediate impact. The Seahawks’ veteran safety picked up his second interception of the season in the first quarter, when a pass intended for wide receiver Michael Gallup was knocked into the air by cornerback Tre Flowers. Thomas corralled it at his shoelaces and kept it from hitting the turf for a highlight-reel pick. — Mike Vorel
6:55 | Seahawks 0, Cowboys 0 The Seahawks stressed that they wanted to re-emphasize the run game, and they’ve come out doing exactly that against the Cowboys. Eight of the 10 plays on Seattle’s first offensive drive were runs. Carson had seven rushes for 39 yards, while Rashaad Penny ran once for five yards. Yet, despite all that, Seattle still ended up punting.
1:03 p.m. In a surprising twist in pregame warmups, Joey Hunt took first team snaps at center while Justin Britt – who’s dealing with a shoulder issue – alternated at left guard with J.R. Sweezy and right guard with D.J. Fluker. Hunt was later announced as the starting center.
12:01 p.m. The Seahawks’ list of seven inactive players for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys DID NOT include safety Earl Thomas, confirming that the team expects Thomas to play against Dallas.
Also among the active players was center Justin Britt, who had been listed as questionable with a shoulder injury suffered Monday against the Bears. Britt did not practice all week but coach Pete Carroll had said Britt could play against Dallas if ruled healthy enough. Britt was on the field early for a workout and apparently did well enough to show the team he can play.
Seattle’s inactives are: RB C.J. Prosise, safety Delano Hill, linebacker K.J. Wright, defensive lineman Poona Ford, offensive linemen Ethan Pocic and Jordan Simmons and receiver Doug Baldwin. Wright, Pocic and Baldwin had all been ruled out on Friday due to injuries.
— Bob Condotta
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