The playoffs are finally here folks, and love them or hate ‘em, it’s always a bit more exciting when the Dallas Cowboys are playing in them. On Saturday evening, they will host the Seattle Seahawks in what should be one of the more closely contested match-ups of the weekend.
Nobody really anticipated seeing either team in this spot, as many pegged Pete Carroll and Jason Garrett’s squads to really take steps back in 2018. Both teams however went out and secured 10-6 records, and despite some obvious improvements, one of the aspects that makes this game so fascinating is that both squads still possess some obvious warts.
It’s do-or-die from here on out, and we’ll step up our game in the Picks section as well! Read on below the odds for the most in-depth analysis and an official betting selection to get your NFL weekend off on the right foot. Enjoy the action!
Seahawks vs. Cowboys Betting Odds:
Seattle Seahawks +2 (-110)
@ Dallas Cowboys -2 (-110)
Over 43.5 (-110)
Under 43.5 (-110)
Seahawks vs. Cowboys Pick:
The Cowboys have really improved offensively since the arrival of wide receiver Amari Cooper. That isn’t a coincidence either, as the talented pass-catcher has re-invented his own game while helping the Cowboys out along the way. That said, Dak Prescott still remains a big issue. After a promising rookie campaign, the Cowboys now seem to be winning in spite of Prescott. He is inaccurate and makes ill-advised decisions, and Seattle’s defense should be able to really rattle him on Saturday.
Usually, the Cowboys can easily just hand the ball of to Ezekiel Elliott and have him gobble up opposing run defenses. However, on Saturday that likely won’t be the case. Seattle has gotten healthy at the right time, welcoming back key linebacker K.J. Wright to the fold. The Seahawks now boast a healthy crew of players who can effectively stuff the run. Adding to the Cowboys’ troubles is the health of offensive lineman Zack Martin. He is reportedly quite banged up, and though he’ll likely play – his ability to clear holes and win battles could be impacted.
On the other side of the ball, look for the Seahawks to have some O-Line issues of their own. Luckily for Russell Wilson, he is quite used to this and should be able to escape the pressure and make plays using his legs. Dallas does boast a solid defense, but if you had to isolate a weakness, it’d definitely be their secondary. Aside from corner Byron Jones, Russell Wilson should be able to find his receivers downfield and they’ll be able to win their 1-on-1 matchups.
The Seahawks are better than Dallas, and I see more avenues to them winning this game, than I do for Dallas. Their defensive unit has really been solidified with K.J. Wright returning, and Russell Wilson has a promising history of solid outings in big games. Though I doubt this spread will get to 3, it might be worth waiting. Right now however, I feel confident in a Seahawks upset victory on Saturday night.
PICK = Seahawks +2 (-110)