The Cowboys are in the playoffs and take on the Seahawks this Saturday- a rematch from week 3. Dallas lost that game 13 to 24, as the offense struggled to put up points. The Cowboys have made significant improvements, especially on offense, after a slow start to the year. Here’s a look at how the Dallas offense stacks up against Seattle’s defense.
In the Trenches – Jarran Reed and Frank Clark provide the pass rush juice for Seattle. Reed has 10.5 sacks on the season and pushed Conner Williams around back in week 3 for two of those sacks. Su’a-Filo has since replaced the rookie at left guard holding that spot down pretty well. Reed shouldn’t get the constant pressure that helped wreck the last game.
Frank Clark will line up over both tackles and in the previous matchup beat Tyron Smith a few times. Clark also got to Dak one time and has compiled 14 sacks this season. In week 3, Clark was flying off the ball (and may have even been offsides a few times). Prescott will need to change the snap count to shake things up in Saturday’s game. La’el Collins and Tyron Smith matching up against Clark will be key for the Dallas passing game.
The Boys rested Zack Martin the last two games of the regular season but expect him back for the playoff run. The O-line opened plenty of holes in the running game in the first game and will look to do more of the same this time around.
Zeke vs Wagner– It won’t get much better than watching Zeke vs Wagner, two of the best players in the game, go head to head in an elimination game. Zeke led the league in rushing and Wagner finished 4th in tackles.
The Cowboys offense starts and stops with Zeke. He found plenty of running room against Seattle in week 3 but would want a couple of plays back. While he finished the game with 127 yards on 16 carries, Elliott also had a crucial 4th quarter fumble and also stepped out of bounds nullifying an easy touchdown.
Cowboys passing game vs Seattle secondary– The trade for Amari Cooper opened up the Cowboys passing game, and Dak’s numbers prove that. Cooper has caught 75 balls for 1005 yards and 7 TD’s. Michael Gallup has had an impressive rookie year and will look to get behind coverage for a big play for Dallas.
Seattle has two solid corners in Shaquill Griffin and rookie Tre Flowers. Tough and physical, these two aren’t afraid to put their hands on you and mix it up. Both play the run well and they are 3rd and 4th on the team in tackles.
Seattle also has a solid slot corner in Justin Coleman, although Cole Beasley did have 3 grabs for 46 yards in week 3. At safety, Bradley McDougald is a playmaker. Dak will have to be careful not to stare down his receivers, with McDougald roaming the backend.
Bottom Line – The Dallas offense wasn’t very good when these two teams played earlier this year. Prescott was throwing to receivers named Hurns, Thompson, and even Terrance Williams. Yes that Terrance Williams. That group of receivers couldn’t separate from defenders, and Dak struggled as a result.
Cooper and Gallup have been soaking up all the targets and the passing offense is starting to outright win games. The Cowboys are also getting better offensive line play with Joe Looney getting more comfortable and the addition of Su’a-Filo at left guard.
With better play on the offensive line, and Zeke rested and healthy the Cowboys should be able to have some success running the ball. The Seahawks gave up 4.9 yards- per- carry on the season and this Cowboys offense, with Cooper, can now make you pay for stacking the box.
I would bet my firstborn Dak does better than the 168 yards and 2 picks he had back in week 3. Prescott needs to do better than 168 yards, Dallas needs to score more than 13, or this playoff run will be over before it starts.
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