I am calling my shot.
Could I be wrong? Absolutely. However, I have a good feeling about this one.
The Seahawks are coming off a very winnable game against the Arizona Cardinals. Of course, people might suggest that if the game was so winnable, Seattle should have actually finished the job.
Dallas is coming off a big win on the road against the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. I suspect that they are feeling pretty good about themselves and that there might be some Cowboys who underestimate the Seahawks.
Let us assume that Seattle will rise and Dallas will fall. The result may well be a quality win for the Seahawks.
I expect that if Marshawn Lynch can run for 85 yards with a bad back, he can break 100 yards against the Cowboys. Dallas did give up 82 yards to the Giants, so the Seattle offensive line has some work to do if Beast Mode is going to break off some long runs. Hopefully Russell Okung will be healthy and ready to go.
Russell Wilson looked very good at times, and in other spots he looked like a rookie. The key will be eluding DeMarcus Ware and finding Braylon Edwards and Sidney Rice. I like the fact that Wilson hit seven different receivers in this game. He didn't exactly sling it down field, but at this point I am content with him managing the game and making shorter, more efficient passes.
What else is going to help the Seahawks win? Noise.
The famously loud Seattle crowd is going to be excited about this game. Despite having an average game, Russell Wilson has generated some hype in the Emerald City, and you had better believe that the fans are going to be ready to bring the noise when Dallas comes to town.
This is one of those games where it would not be shocking to see Tony Romo commit one of his famous gaffes and blow an opportunity to get another road win. This is why Romo is regarded as talented but unable to lead a team to a Super Bowl.
I do not necessarily want to call this a must-win game, but with the Green Bay Packers coming, it would be nice if the Seahawks did not start 0-2.
To win, Lynch needs to run for over 100 yards.
Wilson needs to throw for over 250 yards and two touchdowns. Oh, and no picks.
The defense needs more than one sack. At least three would be good.
With Charly Martin out, maybe the Seahawks should give T.O. another shot. Just kidding.
Final score: Seattle 27, Dallas 17