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Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
For at least one week, all was right with the Dallas Cowboys. But sustained happiness has not come easily in Cowboys camp in recent years, something Dallas will try to change when it visits Seattle for the first time since 2005. Dallas has not started 2-0 since 2008, but the Cowboys are in position to do so if they can continue the strong play that led to a 24-17 win over the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants a week ago.
Seattle rookie quarterback Russell Wilson met mixed results in his debut, completing just 18 of 34 passes for 153 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He led Seattle into position for a game-winning touchdown but couldn’t get the Seahawks in the end zone. Wilson will have to contend with a Cowboys defense led by DeMarcus Ware, who had two sacks against the Giants and has 27 1/2 in his past 20 games. The Cowboys have won four of the past five meetings, including a 23-13 home win last season.
ABOUT THE COWBOYS (1-0): Dallas’ offense was in top form against the Giants, rolling up 433 yards as quarterback Tony Romo completed 22 of 29 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns. The Cowboys might have found a rising star in receiver Kevin Ogletree, who caught eight passes for 114 yards and the first two touchdowns of his career against New York. Against a Seahawks defense that has 23 interceptions since the start of the 2011 season, the Cowboys might lean more on second-year running back DeMarco Murray.
ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (0-1): Seattle isn’t likely to get into many shootouts this season, relying on a strong defense to keep it in games and hoping Wilson can take care of the ball well enough to win. Running back Marshawn Lynch, who had 85 rushing yards in the season-opening 20-16 loss at Arizona, is the key to the Seahawks’ offensive success. Seattle mustered only 254 total yards against the Cardinals and will likely need better offensive production to keep pace with the Cowboys and their bevy of talented offensive players.
1. Murray’s 131 rushing yards last week marked his fourth game with 130 yards or more on the ground and the Cowboys have won all four, including last season’s victory over Seattle in which Murray ran for 139 yards.
2. After scoring at least one touchdown in 11 straight games last season, Lynch has not scored in his past two contests dating to the 2011 season finale against Arizona.
3. The Cowboys are 35-8 (including playoffs) when Romo starts and has a rating of 100.0 or higher. One of Dallas’ most notable playoff defeats came at Seattle in the 2006 season, when Romo bobbled the snap on the tying extra-point attempt in a 21-20 loss.