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Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys - 01/05/2019 NFL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Seattle Seahawks vs. Dallas Cowboys
Date & Time Saturday January 5, 2019, 8:15 PM (EST)
Location
AT&T Stadium
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The Line
The Line: Dallas Cowboys -2 — Over/Under: 43
TV Channel
FOX
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The Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys meet Saturday in the NFL NFC Wild Card at AT&T Stadium.

The Seattle Seahawks are in the playoffs for the sixth time in the last seven years and haven’t lost in the wild card since 2004. The Seattle Seahawks have split their last six true road games. Russell Wilson is completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 3,448 yards, 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Wilson has three touchdown passes in six of his last 12 games. Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin have combined for 1,583 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while David Moore has 26 receptions. The Seattle Seahawks ground game is averaging 160 yards per contest, and Chris Carson leads the way with 1,151 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Seattle is allowing 21.7 points and 353.3 yards per game. Bobby Wagner leads the Seattle Seahawks with 138 tackles, Frank Clark has 14 sacks and Bradley McDougald has three interceptions.

The Dallas Cowboys are in the playoffs for the third time in the last five years and haven’t lost in the wild card since 2006. The Dallas Cowboys have won each of their last four home games. Dak Prescott is completing 67.7 percent of his passes for 3,885 yards, 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Prescott has one or less touchdown passes in 13 of his last 19 games. Amari Cooper and Cole Beasley have combined for 1,397 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Ezekiel Elliott has 77 receptions. The Dallas Cowboys ground game is averaging 122.7 yards per contest, and Elliott leads the way with 1,434 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Dallas is allowing 20.3 points and 329.3 yards per game. Leighton Vander Esch leads the Dallas Cowboys with 140 tackles, DeMarcus Lawrence has 10.5 sacks and Xavier Woods has two interceptions.

The Seahawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. NFC and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Cowboys are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 playoff games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The underdog is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings. The under is 17-8 in Cowboys last 25 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Cowboys last 7 home games. The over is 7-1 in Seahawks last 8 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Seahawks last 8 playoff games.

The Seattle Seahawks have won six of their last seven games and all six of their losses have been decided by eight or less points. The Dallas Cowboys have won seven of their last eight games and are winning by an average of six points during their four-game home winning streak. The Seattle Seahawks have covered each of their last five games as an underdog of any kind. The Dallas Cowboys are 4-4-1 ATS in their last nine games as a favorite of any kind. It's tough to turn down free points with a battle tested, championship roster such as the Seahawks, as these teams don't die easy. However, the Dallas Cowboys are well rested, are expected to get Zack Martin back and the offense has been drastically better since the addition of Amari Cooper. These aren't the same Cowboys that were flat earlier in the year against these Seahawks. While there is a history of choking in the postseason, this feels like the year where the Cowboys can win at least one postseason game. I'll side with the Cowboys and the small number.

Pick:
Dallas Cowboys -2

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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