Seattle Seahawks 3-7-0-3 — 13
Dallas Cowboys 3-3-3-3 — 12
It wasn’t exactly pretty, but the Seattle Seahawks are back to .500.
The Seahawks started their game-winning drive at their own 15 as Russell Wilson converted three third downs to set up Steven Hauschka’s 24-yard field goal with 1:06 remaining.
Wilson threw the game’s only touchdown pass and finished the day 19 of 30 for 210 yards, including 75 to tight end Jimmy Graham.
But while Seattle’s victory was a much-needed sign of continued improvement for the reigning NFC East champions, the win was marred by the injury to receiver Ricardo Lockette who went down after a nasty block on a punt return. Lockette will remain in Dallas overnight for observation after being diagnosed with a concussion. He was able to move all of his extremities while being carted off the field.
On the flip side, the Dallas Cowboys have now lost five straight and Mass Cassel was held to just 97 yards through the air on 13 of 25 passing. Dez Bryant, making his return after breaking a bone in his foot in Week 1, caught two passes for 12 yards in the loss.
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Field Goals Were the Name of the Game
By the final whistle, Wilson’s touchdown strike to Wilson was actually the only touchdown strike of the entire matchup.
The Seahawks and Cowboys combined for six field goals, including Steven Hauschka’s 24-yard game-winner with 1:10 left on the clock. The longest field goal came midway in the third quarter when Dan Bailey connected on a 52-yarder.
Bailey finished with four field goals – all of the Cowboy’s points.
Wilson to Wilson & the Seahawks Are in the Lead
After neither team could get much anything early – rushing for negative yardage, over-throwing receivers – the Seahawks finally found some offensive momentum. Russell Wilson connected with Luke Wilson for the 22-yard touchdown strike, giving Seattle a seven-point lead with just over five minutes left in the third quarter.
At that point, Wilson – the quarterback – had completed just eight passes for 108 yards.
The Dallas Cowboys beat the Seattle Seahawks on the road last season in a victory that came to define their season, jumpstart their confidence and make the rest of the league pay attention.
They’d like to do that again this Sunday. In fact, they need to do that again this Sunday.
Neither squad is the same team that played in Seattle last year, but as the Seahawks have seemingly found their footing, Dallas is desperately trying to get back on track. The Cowboys are in the midst of a four-game win streak and will once again see Matt Cassel start at quarterback after a disappointing multi-interception performance last week.
Dez Bryant is expected to return for the Cowboys this Sunday, but the question remains how explosive the Pro Bowl wideout will be – and if he and Cassel have had enough time to work on their timing.
Still, no matter what Bryant is capable of, the Cowboys need to find a way to manufacture a victory.