This weekend’s wildcard matchup between the Cowboys and the Seahawks will be the 20th time the two teams have met. The Cowboys holds a 10-9 lead with the only playoff win going to the Seahawks in 2007.
The Seahawks won an error-riddled game in week three this season, 24-13. But none of that matters when two great defenses matchup on Saturday in Arlington.
The Legion of Boom may be dead, but the Seahawks are continuing to impress on the defensive side of the ball this season. We can expect an old-school defensive brawl of a matchup in this one.
Head Coach Pete Carroll admitted in the preseason, this was a rebuilding year for the Seahawks. No one expected them to be rolling into the playoffs, hot off winning 6/7 games including wins over the Chiefs and the Panthers.
Bobby Wagner is a leader of men and is proving to be the lynchpin on defense that the Seahawks needed this season. Wagner has 138 total tackles to his name and an intercept that he returned 98 yards for a touchdown. That puts him fourth in the league in total tackles, behind Colts Darius Leonard, Packers Blake Martinez and the Cowboys own Leighton Vander Esch who has 140.
Despite being overlooked for the Pro Bowl, Vander Esch is having a rookie season to remember. Between him and Jaylon Smith, the Cowboys are developing future leaders of their franchise. Smith has 121 total tackles to go with his four sacks.
S0, we have established that these guys can tackle. The area of concern for the respective quarterbacks is the number of times they have been sacked. Dak Prescott has gone down with the ball 56 times and Russell Wilson 51.
These are horrible numbers which mean one of two things, they hang onto the ball too long or they have a terrible offensive line in front of them.
Both these men will spend plenty of time on their bums this weekend.
Seahawks Frank Clark, 14 sacks, and Jarran Reed 10.5 sacks lead the way for the away team and will have their eyes set on ruining Dak Prescott when they come face to face. The Cowboys are also up to the challenge, with Demarcus Lawrence who has 10.5 sacks of his own.
The Cowboys have won 7/8 games including a dominant defensive display against the Saints in week 13. If they can get anywhere near that performance, they will be too good for the Seahawks.
The Key will be to ensure you never take your eyes off Russell Wilson. He is one of the most elusive players in the league and will hurt you if you give him too much time on the football. The play is never dead when you are competing against Wilson.
The Seahawks have unearthed another talent this season, Australian Punting sensation Michael Dickson. Dickson is one of the best punters in the game and is only in his rookie season.
He will ensure Dak and the Cowboys offense start every drive inside their own 10-yard line. It is up to the defense to keep the Seahawks pegged back as far as possible to give the offense a chance in this one.
This is going to be a one for the ages. There is not a lot between these two sides. Expect a cracking game that will go down to the wire.