The Seattle Seahawks look to tell the country that they haven’t gone anywhere this week against the Dallas Cowboys on national television. The Seahawks and Cowboys get the 4:25 slot this week in a game that Dallas is playing shorthanded once again. Matt Cassel gets the start for the second straight week after a rough game against the Giants last week. It wasn’t the debut that Cassel wanted and it didn’t make anybody more confident in him than Brandon Weeden. The Cowboys had to do something, and Cassel was the only quarterback on the market that was worth a look. Weeden was so brutal that their hand was forced and the Cowboys had to make the move to Cassel. What else could they have done? Brought in JeMarcus Russel? That last statement I of course was not being serious. In any case, Cassel is going to need to do better than he was against the Giants. The Giants have a pass defense that ranks among the worst in the NFL. And while the Seahawks defense hasn’t been as stingy as we have seen, they are an upgrade from the Giants.
The Seahawks are hoping their win over the 49ers last week kicks starts them. They blasted the 49ers for a 20-3 final. They looked like the Seattle Seahawks, not the kind of stuff we seen prior to that game. However, the Hawks took advantage of one porous offense, this week, well they have Matt Cassel to contend with. If they come to play they should be able to contain the Cowboy’s offense as well.
Sports don’t always work out that way, though. Results happen that make you think what in the world just happened. If the Cowboys pull this one off, yes it’ll be one of those games. The Cowboys better start accumulating some wins, because at 2-4 they are falling too far behind. Although, it isn’t like the NFC East is some hugely competitive division. For that reason it must be frustrating that Tony Romo isn’t active. I think they run away with the division if he was healthy. However, it does look like the Cowboys will be getting one of their playmakers back, Dez Bryant. We’re going to see today if Matt Cassel can get the ball to him. If not, look out on the sidelines, could be some tension! Find my pick below, as I look to follow up a 4-0 week 7 in the NFL.
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The Seahawks still looked to have a Super Bowl hangover before last week. I know it was only the 49ers they smacked around, but in pretty well all of their other games they didn’t look like the same dominating team we have been used to in recent years. The Seahawks haven’t even lost their main core yet to free agency and they are already starting to slip. Who knows, maybe they take what they did last week and carry it over to future weeks. Their heads just haven’t looked into it at all. And oh yeah, how is that Jimmy Graham trade working out? The Seahawks sacrificed part of their offensive line to bring him from New Orleans, a move that doesn’t look so good now.
This offense clearly isn’t for him. It feels like the Seahawks’ defense has fallen off the map and are out of the top 5 statistically. Wait, or are they in the top 5? Yes, they actually are believe it or not, the Seahawks are 3rd in the NFL, allowing 294.1 yards per game. They also have given up just 18.3 points per game. So before you go thinking that the Seahawks’ defense is done, you need to take a look at the numbers.
Against the pass the Seahawks are 3rd in the NFL. This is where I think things get hairy for the Cowboys. Note that the Giants are 30th in the NFL defending the pass, yet Matt Cassel still had trouble doing much against them. I don’t know how he does much better against the Seahawks. Heck, Cassel hasn’t looked good since he took over for Tom Brady after he blew his knee out several years ago. Dez Bryant is going to be back, or so the media is reporting, which is why I believe the line is on the lower side. I don’t think he is going to jump in and do much damage with Cassel at quarterback. I look for the Seahawks to win this matchup by a margin of 7 or 10 points.
PICK: SEAHAWKS -4.5 (-110)