Seahawks vs. Cowboys Preview of NFL Week 2 Matchup

By Louis Musto
Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

The Seattle Seahawks set out with a big test in front of them as they square off with the Dallas Cowboys at CenturyLink Field in Week 2 of the 2012 NFL season.

The Cowboys are rolling in riding high off a season-opening victory against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, while the Seahawks lost a nail-biter to the Arizona Cardinals to start their season in disappointing fashion, 20-16.

The Seahawks look to bounce back and prove that they are a contender this season, but the task won’t be easy against a team many have picked to conquer all in the fierce NFC East division. Fortunately, the Seahawks do have some history on their side.

The last time the Cowboys visited CenturyLink Field, Tony Romo botched the snap on what was a certain game-winning field goal in the Wild Card Round of the 2007 NFL playoffs. Since that time, Romo has been haunted by the memory, deemed as an incapable quarterback under similar clutch situations and thus, consistently blowing late-game opportunities to rally his team to victory.

Romo appears at the top of his game this season, though, at least from what could be seen in his near-flawless performance in Week 1 against the Giants. He had one was arguably the best game of his NFL career, torching the Giants defense for 307 yards and three touchdowns.

Combined with a lethal running game behind the legs of dynamic rusher DeMarco Murray could prove to be quite the challenge for the Seahawks defense, despite only allowing 43 yards on the ground against the Cardinals.

Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offensive line will be put to the test as they try to overcome a fearsome pass rush led by DeMarcus Ware, who recorded two sacks last week. Wilson struggled early in the Seahawks’ Week 1 loss, but was able to rally the troops before falling short in the final minute of the fourth quarter. He finished the game 18-of-34 passing for 153 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Wilson will need to improve this week, but that could be easier said than done against a defense that is substantially better than the one he faced in Arizona. With Ware sure to be on his tail often, Wilson will likely depend on his feet a bit more this week to keep him out of trouble. It will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure.

The Seahawks could rely heavily on Marshawn Lynch in this game. The Cowboys pass defense is stiff competition for the rookie at quarterback, but Lynch’s experience and power running game could give Seattle a much-needed lift on offense.

The Cowboys allowed just 82 yards on the ground to the Giants, but Big Blue’s struggles running the football have been well documented. Lynch’s play will be key in opening up any opportunities for Wilson and the Seahawks passing attack to get something going.

In last season’s meeting, the Cowboys toppled the Seahawks 23-13 at Cowboys Stadium and Murray tallied 135 yards rushing and a touchdown. The Seahawks will hope to get revenge at home on Sunday, but it will likely take a career-defining performance by Wilson and head coach Pete Carroll to get it done.

Prediction: Dallas Cowboys 24, Seattle Seahawks 10

Louis Musto is a Featured Columnist for You can follow him on Twitter @LouisMusto.

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