The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a 20-13 win against the New York Giants, a game that the Cowboys seemingly dominated. In Dallas’ two games this year, their performance has been day and night. The Cowboys offense went from not being able to cross midfield during the first half of the Panthers game to throwing a 64-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the game. The Cowboys now stand at 1-1 when they march into the 12th man in Seattle to take on the Seahawks in Week 3. So now the question is… what’s next for America’s team? Will they flounder as they did in Carolina, or will they handle their business and win their second game in a row?
The Cowboys defense played incredibly well against the Giants. Dallas took advantage of Eli Manning’s inability to scramble, being able to pressure him frequently and sack him six times. Second year edge rusher Taco Charlton had a sack and a fumble recovery, and this front seven could get even stronger should Randy Gregory return from injury this week. When Manning wasn’t getting sacked, he checked the ball down to Saquon Barkley.
This is a good sign for the Cowboys going into Seattle. The Seahawks are coming off an abysmal Monday night performance against the Bears where they saw Russell Wilson get sacked five times in the first half alone. Wilson has been sacked a total of 12 times this year, and while both games he has played have come against teams with elite pass rushers (Von Miller on Denver and Khalil Mack on Chicago), Dallas fans should have faith that their team can recreate the same results.
Although Demarcus Lawrence is not at the same level as Miller and Mack, he is very clearly the Cowboys’ number one edge rusher, and he has been producing over the past two years. Combine that with the fact that Seattle’s offensive line gives the Giants’ line a run for their money as the worst offensive line in the league and you’ve got the perfect storm brewing up next week for Dallas.
A tactic the Cowboys successfully used against the Giants that could work against the Seattle defense could be the run-pass option (RPO). Mitchell Trubisky used this last week against the Seahawks with much success, and there’s reason to think Dallas could do it better. Dak Prescott used to run the option all the time at Mississippi State, and he showed flashes last week against the Giants that he still possesses those running abilities. Utilizing the RPO would also open up the play-action passing game for Prescott, who has yet to throw for over 200 yards this season. The Cowboys should be able to steamroll the weakened Seattle defense, who will may be missing K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner.
Combine all this with the addition of Brice Butler, a 6’3 wideout who runs a 4.37 40-time and looks poised to be the Cowboys’ number one receiver, and Dallas should have big things coming in the future.