The Seahawks lost a close won last week against the Arizona Cardinals after failing on a last minute touchdown pass but hope to change the results this week.
Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson played decent in his first game but needs to improve on his completion percentage and not commit any turnovers. Wilson should leadership in the last drive of the game and will hopefully bring that quality on the field when he faces a much stronger defense with the Cowboys.
Wilson will be up against a strong pass rush and will have to know where outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware is at all times. Ware is the rushing threat that can make a head coach cringe when their quarterback gets sacked. Wilson will have to be on his feet and prepared to run in case the protection fails which it did on more than one occasion last week.
The run game of Seattle will have to be alive if they want to put up a fight against the Cowboys who are coming off a strong victory in week one. Marshawn Lynch will have to be the big impact player to get the offense going. If Lynch can turn on “Beast Mode” and run through Dallas’ front line that will relieve enough pressure off of Wilson and allow him to be comfortable in the pocket.
The defense of the Cowboys will have to key on the run game instead of rushing the quarterback but that is only if the run game succeeds.
Along with getting the running game going, the receiving core of the Seahawks needs to help their young quarterback and actually catch the ball. Last week there were quite a few drops including a game winning touchdown pass that would have given Wilson his first fourth quarter comeback. If receivers like Braylon Edwards and Sidney Rice can make the plays in the air Wilson can get into a rhythm with the offense.
On defense Seattle will have a big task in stopping the high offense of the Cowboys lead by quarterback Tony Romo. Romo had an exceptional game last week and is a threat to repeat that same performance. The secondary of the Seahawks will have to match up well against the Dez Bryant and Miles Austin and the rest of the Cowboys receiving core.
The Seahawks will also be occupied on the defensive front with running back Demarco Murray who is an all-around back that can hurt any team. The defensive line has to fill the holes and force Romo to beat them with his arm.
This will be a big challenge for the Seahawks but if they are able to get going on offense they have a good chance of beating this Cowboys team in week two.