Everything you need to know about Seahawks vs. Cowboys - Week 3
What’s Dallas saying?
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had high praise for Seattle’s defense.
“They’re very talented guys at all three levels of their defense and they have a scheme that they believe in,” Garrett said. “They make it difficult on opposing offenses, there’s no question about that. They have really good run defenders on their defensive front, they got a lot of good pass rushers on their front.”
Wait, what? A lot of good pass rushers?
Stop right there. That’s Seattle’s weakness, but okay. Garrett is simply being diplomatic.
“The linebackers are obviously off the off the charts in terms of their ability to run and make plays,” Garrett continued. “The same thing with the secondary, they got a lot of guys back there. Earl Thomas is as good of a defensive player as there is in the league.”
By the numbers
-1: For the first time this season Seattle is favored in a game and it’s by one point.
5 and 0: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown five interceptions while Dallas’ Dak Prescott has yet to throw a pick.
32: The number of carries for Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott, who has just one fewer than Seahawks running backs Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny combine.
10-7: Seattle trails the all-time series between these two teams. But the Seahawks have won the last two meetings and two of the last three.
Speaking of Zeke
For Seattle to win it must at least hold Elliott in check and force Prescott to win the game.
“He runs really hard,” Wagner said. “I think they have a great scheme and he’s able to read the linemen very, very well.”
Seattle has done relatively well against two other power backs this season, Denver’s Royce Freeman and Chicago’s Jordan Howard. But Elliott is also elusive and has more speed.
“He’s a guy you have to put a body on and a guy you have to make sure you hit,” Wagner said. “I’m excited for the challenge.
Prescott has passed for 165 yards per game while Elliott has rushed for 73.5 per game.
Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (groin) is back after sitting out last week. Right guard D.J. Fluker (hamstring) will make his regular season debut on Sunday. Cornerback Tre Flower (hamstring) is also set to return after missing one game.
Not so fortunate are outside linebacker K.J. Wright (knee) and wide receiver Doug Baldwin (knee). Both are listed as out for Dallas.
Same goes for left guard Ethan Pocic (ankle).
Listed as "questionable" are center Justin Britt (shoulder) and outside linebacker Mychal Kendricks (ankle). Britt will be a game-time decision, according to coach Pete Carroll.
Backup center Joey Hunt would start in place of Britt. Hunt started one game last season in eight appearances.
Earl Thomas’ dream destination
It’s no secret that Seattle safety Earl Thomas hoped to get traded to Dallas during the offseason, but talks between the two teams broke down. Last December, Thomas visited the Dallas locker room following Seattle’s 21-12 win on the road. That event surprised Dallas coach Jason Garrett.
“I’ve never had that happen before, an opposing player comes into your locker room,” Garrett said. “But, we have great respect for him...Easy to see why he’s turned into a great player and a great leader for that franchise. So, we have the utmost respect for him as a player and as a guy and he’ll present a great challenge for us this week.”
How and where to watch
Seattle (0-2) finally plays a home game after starting the season on the road the first two weeks. They return to CenturyLink in desperation mode to face Dallas (1-1). Seattle will welcome back several starters and facing a team with such limited offense should help the Seahawks get their first win, 23-17.
Time: 1:25 p.m., Sunday.
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash.
TV: FOX 12, Portland.
Radio: Portland, KFXX, 1080 AM and Portland, KGON, 92.3 FM