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Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks - 1/5/19 - NFC Wild Card NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Seattle Seahawks (10-6) at Dallas Cowboys (10-6)
Date & Time Saturday January 5, 2019, 8:20 PM (EST)
Location
AT&T Stadium
Dallas, TX
The Line
The Line: Dallas Cowboys -2.5 -- Over/Under: 40
TV Channel
FOX
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The Seattle Seahawks and the Dallas Cowboys meet in NFL action on Saturday night in one of the NFC Wild Card matchups from AT&T Stadium.

The Seattle Seahawks come into this game with a 10-6 overall record, good enough for the #5 seed in the NFC playoffs after winning 6 of their last 7 games down the stretch. Russell Wilson threw for 3,448 yards, 35 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on 65.6% passing while Chris Carson rushed for 1,151 yards and 9 touchdowns this season. Mike Davis rushed for 514 yards and 4 scores while Rashaad Penny had 419 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Tyler Lockett led the Seahawks in receiving with 57 catches for 965 yards and 10 touchdowns while Doug Baldwin had 50 catches for 618 yards and David Moore has 445 receiving yards with both Baldwin and Moore logging 5 touchdowns. Defensively, Frank Clark led Seattle with 14 sacks and Jarran Reed had 10.5 sacks while Bobby Wagner led Seattle’s defensive unit with 84 tackles this season. As a team, Seattle is averaging 353.3 yards of total offense, including the most rushing yards per game in the NFL this season with 160 yards per game on the ground, along with the 7th-most points per game, scoring 26.8 points per contest this season.

The Dallas Cowboys booked their spot in the postseason by clinching the NFC East division title with a 10-6 record, winning 7 of their last 8 games, including a 36-35 thriller over the New York Giants in the season finale. Dak Prescott has thrown for 3,885 yards, 22 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on 67.7% passing while rushing for 305 yards and 6 touchdowns. Exekiel Elliott led the Cowboys in rushing with 1,434 yards and 6 touchdowns while Amari Cooper led the Cowboys with 725 receiving yards and 6 receiving touchdowns. Cole Beasley had 65 receptions for 672 yards while the aforementioned Elliott led the Cowboys with 77 catches for 567 yards this season. Defensively, Demarcus Lawrence led the Cowboys with 10.5 sacks while Leighton Vander Esch had 102 tackles this season. As a team, Dallas is averaging 343.8 yards of total offense and 21.2 points per game this season.

Seattle is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games against the NFC. Dallas is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 playoff games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

This game features arguably two of the hottest teams in the league over the last couple of months, so you can understand why the line is as low as it is. However, while this game is in Dallas and the Cowboys have been solid at home, I’m siding with the Seahawks here. Seattle has as many playoff wins since 2015 as the Cowboys do in the last 20 seasons. That number? Two. Two wins in 20 years for one of the historic franchises in the NFL. That could mean that the Cowboys are finally due for a win here, but Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have been here before and sometimes that experience is the deciding factor in games like these, so I’ll take a shot with Seattle and the points here.

Pick:
Seattle +2.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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