Week 3 Breakdown: Seattle Seahawks

On an action-packed Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks hosted the Dallas Cowboys at CenturyLink Field. Scoring was no issue for both teams in this one, but the Seahawks survived the Cowboys’ late comeback attempt.

Seattle moves to 3-0 and stay undefeated on the season, while the Cowboys fall to 1-2.

Game flow, or Seattle’s much-improved run defense?

The Cowboys got down early in this game and it ultimately led to a down game for Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott carried the ball 14 times for a total of 34 yards, giving him 2.4 yards per carry. This stat can be credited to two different things in this game. Game flow was a huge reason why Elliott’s day looked the way it did. It was a fast-paced, high-scoring game, and while Elliott was still able to find the end zone on a one-yard score in the first quarter, he was rather quiet for the rest of the game.

A lot of respect was earned in this game for Seattle’s front-seven. They clogged up rushing lanes and had multiple helmets to the ball every time Elliott touched it. Even without Jamal Adams in the second half, the front-seven played hard all game and made things tough for Elliott. Adams left the game in the second quarter due to a groin injury. Expect Adams to miss some practice time this week, with hopes of getting on the field Sunday against the Dolphins.

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Seattle’s aerial attack proves too much to handle

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson continued his historic start to the 2020 NFL season by adding another five-touchdown performance to his resume. Wilson’s 14 touchdowns is the most by any quarterback to start a season off in NFL history. If it wasn’t for a D.K. Metcalf premature celebration, then Wilson would have had six touchdowns on the day. At halftime, the score of the game was 15-23. A turning point in this game was the first possession out of the half. Dallas possessed the ball and Dak Prescott dropped back to pass, but held onto the ball a little too long and coughed it up on a strip-sack by defensive tackle Jarran Reed. That gave Seattle a short field and Wilson cashed in on a one-yard throw to tight end Jacob Hollister.

Seattle has done this in three straight games. They come out strong and blow games open in the third quarter. It is a formula that has worked for them so far this season.

Second Half

After a quick Seattle touchdown, the Cowboys found themselves down, 30-15. Dallas then had to start another comeback bid, as they did in the first two weeks of the season. Dak Prescott hit wide receiver Cedrick Wilson on a 42-yard touchdown, cutting the Seahawks’ lead down to 22-30 heading to the fourth quarter. Wilson had himself a career night, hauling in five catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

The first drive of the fourth quarter was a pivotal turning point for the Cowboys. Prescott hit wide receiver Michael Gallup for a beautiful 43-yard touchdown. After a missed two-point conversion, Dallas found themselves down two with a chance. After a Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein, 42-yard field goal, the Cowboys had taken the lead and were just four minutes away from completing a second-consecutive comeback victory.

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Russell Wilson did what he does and responded with a beautiful throw of 29 yards to D.K. Metcalf for a touchdown. That gave the Seahawks a late lead of 38-31. For the second straight week, Seattle was going to rely on their defense to close out the game.

Final Moments

Dak Prescott had a chance with a loaded Cowboy offense to make another comeback victory happen. Prescott began the drive by completing passes to Ezekiel Elliot on consecutive plays. It was a lot of short passes and getting out of bounds to stop the clock for Prescott on the final drive. 3rd-and-14 on Seattle’s 26-yard line with only 16 seconds left, proved to be the Cowboys’ last chance. Prescott broke out of a sack and scrambled left. Looking for someone to get the ball to, Prescott took a shot to the endzone and the pass was intercepted by Ryan Neal. That effectively ended the comeback bid by the Cowboys and the Seahawks defense proved they can get it done late once again.

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Stats

Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott both had huge numbers on the day. Wilson finished the game going 27-of-40 for 315 yards, five touchdowns, and no turnovers. Easy to see why Wilson is an early-season MVP candidate. Prescott finished the game 37-of-57 for 472 yards and three touchdowns. He was picked off twice in this game, and both turnovers proved to be pivotal turning points in this game.

A lot of wide receivers had great games in this one. First, Tyler Lockett finished his day with nine catches for 100 yards and a hat trick of touchdowns. D.K. Metcalf finished the game with four grabs for 110 yards and a score. Both receivers led the way for Seattle’s aerial attack.

The Cowboys were led by Michael Gallup, who finished his game with six catches for 138 yards and a touchdown. Cedrick Wilson and Amari Cooper also had productive days for Dallas. Wilson finished with five catches, 107 yards, and two touchdowns. Cooper finished the game with nine grabs for 86 yards.

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Outlook

A tough, tough loss for the Dallas Cowboys. How do they bounce back?

The Cowboys will look to get Ezekiel Elliott going early in next week’s game against the Cleveland Browns. The only problem is that the Browns defense has been fairly good against the run this year.

How will Russell Wilson and company continue their hot start?

Wilson will continue to lead this team as far as they can go. He has been absolutely brilliant so far this season, and I don’t expect him to slow down anytime soon. Miami’s new-and-improved defensive backs may be in for a long one against Wilson next week.

Betting

I am 4-0 when betting for the Seahawks. Be on the lookout for my betting advice in my Week 4 preview. I will also be highlighting key fantasy football players in this weekend’s match-up to help some teams out.

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