The Seattle Seahawks, now 1-1, rebounded after a sloppy Week 1 performance by dominating what was thought to be a very good Dallas Cowboys team. Here are a few things that stood out to me during the Seahawks' 27-7 upset victory at Century Link field.
It was refreshing to see the Seahawks control the line of scrimmage on offense.
Interestingly, rookie right guard J.R. Sweezy, who lost his starting job to John Moffitt earlier this week, wound up replacing Moffitt early in the game and played extremely well. I could be wrong, but this appeared to be a replacement based on performance, not injury. Either way, the positional change produced immediate results as the Seahawks offensive line got rolling. The rushing attack finished with 182 yards on 41 carries, and perhaps more importantly, Russell Wilson wasn’t forced to scramble on nearly every play.
After a shaky first quarter, Russell Wilson managed the rest of the game extremely well and led the Seahawks on two touchdown drives of 88 or more yards–the first time this has occurred since 2005. Wilson finished with a 112.7 quarterback rating on 15-of-20 throwing, 151 yards and one touchdown. I know it’s still early, but Wilson definitely has the look of a franchise quarterback.
On defense, the Seahawks played their usual tough, disruptive, ball-hawking brand of football. While the defense finished the game with only one sack and one turnover (not counting the fumble recovery on on special teams), they were able to limit the Cowboys to only 49 yards rushing and one touchdown.
I was extremely impressed with the tackling of the defense. K.J. Wright had a great wrap-up tackle of DeMarco Murray in the open field that, to me, typified how the Seahawks defenders played throughout the game.
For the most part, the coverage was good. It seemed Romo was looking to attack Browner more than Sherman in this game. Browner was beat by a nice double move on Romo’s lone touchdown throw to Miles Austin, but held his own throughout the game, adding an interception and a forced fumble.
The Seahawks were aided by multiple drops from Jason Witten and Dez Bryant; however, with Kam “Bam-Bam” Chancellor delivering multiple hard hits, you have to wonder if the Cowboys receivers became a little too apprehensive while trying to haul in passes.
Overall we were treated with another solid performance on defense.
The most surprising aspect of the Seahawks season thus far has to be the special teams. After a poor offseason, the special teams have been the most consistent and exceptional unit for the Seahawks. Last week they held Patrick Peterson in check. This week, they forced and recovered a fumble, blocked a punt for a touchdown, had multiple punts downed inside the 20-yard line, and limited the Cowboys on both punt and kick return yardage to minimal gains.
Penalties: Last week the Seahawks were penalized 10 times for 102 yards. This week the results were much better, getting flagged only five times for 35 yards. Home field advantage helped reduce the number of false starts and offensive-line holding calls as defenders weren't able to jump the snap as consistently as the Cardinals did last week.
After what we just saw, you have to feel much better about our chances.