The Seattle Seahawks host the Dallas Cowboys in their 2012 home-opener. With an opening week loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and Green Bay headed to Seattle next Monday, this game is critical for the Seahawks.
Several key factors make this game an upset special that could propel the Seahawks back into playoff consideration.
Seattle entered the season hoping to improve on a pair of 7-9 seasons under head coach Pete Carroll. Their standard game plan is to mix a stifling defense with a run-heavy offense. Blend in solid quarterback play and the Seahawks should be able to stay competitive with most NFL teams.
Dallas wants to utilize a vertical passing attack and a fast ground game on offense. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's defense relies on presenting varied defensive looks to control the pace of opposing offenses.
Both teams will be playing into each other's strengths, making for an intriguing matchup.
Seattle must respond in the following seven key areas if they are going to get even on the young season.