Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks NFL Pick, Odds, Prediction 10/12/14
Dallas Cowboys (4-1) at Seattle Seahawks (3-1)
NFL Football: Sunday
The Line: Seattle Seahawks -8 -- Over/Under: 47.5 See the Latest Odds
The Seattle Seahawks look to continue their dominant run at home as they host the Dallas Cowboys in week six.
The Dallas Cowboys are 4-1 on the season but still seem to have the most doubters of any of the one loss teams in the league. The Cowboys were kicked around by the 49ers in week one but have rattled off consecutive wins against the Titans, Rams, Saints and Texans, needing a field goal in OT last week against Houston to keep their streak alive. QB Tony Romo is completing 69% of his passes for 1,260 yards and nine TDs and five INTs as he’s been able to mostly overcome a nagging back injury this season. WR Dez Bryant leads the team with 376 receiving yards on 32 catches, newly promoted WR2 Terrance Williams has added 16 grabs for 250 yards and five TDs, and TE Jason Witten continues to produce in the clutch with 19 catches for 215 yards. RB DeMarco Murray has been an absolute beast rushing for 100+ yards in all five games with 794 combined yards and five TDs.
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The Cowboys defense is vastly improved from last season but still a mediocre unit ranking 18th in passing yards allowed and 20th in rushing yards allowed. The Cowboys struggle to get to the quarterback with just five sacks on the year but they’ve been opportunistic in grabbing six interceptions. Dallas has a couple key injuries at linebacker with Bruce Carter out and Rolando McClain questionable which could make stopping the run a big challenge in this matchup.
The Seattle Seahawks are 3-1 to start the year after running circles around a hopeless Redskins defense in week five. QB Russell Wilson continues to shine with sound decision making entering this contest completing 70% of his passes for 852 yards with eight TDs and one interception and using his feet to collect 209 yards on 29 carries. The Seattle rushing attack ranks first in the league averaging 167.3 yards per game as Marshawn Lynch has rushed for 306 yards and three TDs and Russell Wilson and Percy Harvin create a dynamic set of options to confuse opponents in the run game. Doug Baldwin leads the team in receiving with 155 yards on 14 catches, Percy Harvin has 133 yards on 19 catches, Marshawn Lynch has 126 yards on 13 catches with three TDs and Jermaine Kearse has eight catches for 106 yards and a TD.
The Seahawks defense may be the best candidate thus far to slow down DeMarco Murray as they enter this contest with the top ranking in the league against the run allowing 62.3 yards per game on average. The Seahawks rank 21st in the league against the pass which is mostly a combination of their loss in San Diego and the fact that they’ve otherwise played with a lead forcing teams to pass more often. Seattle has just six sacks on the year and two interceptions but the strength that doesn’t make the stat sheet is just how hard this team hits which should discourage the Cowboys somewhat from running routes across the middle of the field.
The Cowboys got some practice using a silent count last week, ironically in their home stadium, but they are facing a different animal here going against the noise created by the 12th man. While I think the running game with Murray can mitigate that effect somewhat, I see the Cowboys in a letdown spot here after we’ve already seen two strong offenses in the Packers and Broncos get neutralized for the bulk of the game at Century Link Field.