On Sunday afternoon the Dallas Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks will square off for a win or die showdown at AT&T Stadium in Dallas Texas.
This is an NFC game of epic proportions with massive playoff implications on the line. The Cowboys and Seahawks are both 8-6 heading into this weekend’s action and along with Detroit are part of a three way tie of teams that are in the ‘still alive’ category. All three teams trail the 9-5 Atlanta Falcons who are currently in possession of the final wild card seed in the NFC. The narrative in this contest is simple, win and you’re still alive. A loss, and it’s curtains on the rest of this season.
The Dallas Cowboys are coming into this game as five point favorites to keep their playoff hopes in tact and will be receiving a shot in the arm as they eagerly anticipate the return of Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott, who has completed serving his six game suspension for personal conduct. Dallas is coming off a hard fought 20-17 victory last week in the Bay area as they disposed of the hometown Oakland Raiders in what ended up being a really close contest. The victory also marked the teams first win in Oakland since the 1995 season. Second year quarterback Dak Prescott struggled in the victory throwing a pair of interceptions and failing to create any big plays like we were accustomed to seeing him do last year. However the offense did just enough, and the defense put forth a gutty effort in the victory.
Seattle on the other hand appear to be an unmitigated disaster having lost two straight games and were absolutely embarrassed by the visiting Los Angeles Rams in a Sunday afternoon laugher. The Rams went into CenturyLink Field in Seattle and hung 42 points on a Seahawks defense that is without two of its brightest stars. Both Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor are battling serious injuries, and All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner is also dinged up, and clearly it shows. The Rams won a laugher 42-7 and what’s even more disturbing for Seattle is the fact that second year running back Todd Gurley went off for 180 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns. Seattle had absolutely zero chance of defending the rush and will now be facing one of the best in the business in Zeke Elliott.
SEA Seahawks +5.0 (1.884) Moneyline (2.91) Over 47.0 (1.90)
DAL Cowboys -5.0 (2.02) Moneyline (1.469) Under 47.0 (1.90)
It will be interesting to see how Pete Carroll and the Seahawks respond to last weeks debacle and whether or not they can perform against a banged up Cowboys secondary. Quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown his hat into the MVP conversation and been one of the lone bright spots in an otherwise ugly season offensively. The former Wisconsin Badger has thrown for nearly 3700 passing yards and 30 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions in 14 games.
This game will be an entertaining one to watch as it will feature two desperate teams that can’t afford a misstep. Rest assured it will be a hard hitting and likely lower scoring affair, hence the over/under totals line of 47 looking quite juicy.