Cowboys vs. Seahawks: Dallas' Biggest Winners and Losers from NFL Week 2
The word "dominate" is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “to exert the supreme determining or guiding influence on.”
Nowhere listed there is a picture of the Seattle Seahawks, but maybe that will change by Monday morning.
The Dallas Cowboys traveled to Seattle to face off against the Seahawks at the very noisy CenturyLink Field. Seattle prides itself on having the “12th”-man advantage, and it just may have worked on Sunday afternoon.
Seattle beat Dallas 27-7, as its offensive line beat back the Cowboys’ best efforts and pushed them off the ball as if they were a junior varsity squad.
The Cowboys were shut out after half and held to just 77 second-half yards.
They were dominated.
Before the Cowboys land back in Dallas, here are a few of their winners and losers from the Week 2 loss.
WINNER: Miles Austin, WR
Austin's season started off better than it did last year. He had five catches for 63 yards and one touchdown on Sunday.
His lone score was a 22-yard touchdown catch on a double move that seemed to get the Cowboys back in the game.
While I don't believe any Cowboy player did enough to take the Cowboys to a victory, Austin did put six points on the board.
LOSER: Felix Jones, RB
Jones' turnover seemed to set the tone for the entire game. The Cowboys turned the ball over three times with the first coming from Mr. Jones.
He fumbled the ball on the game's opening kickoff and it all seemed to go downhill for Dallas after that.
Seattle kicked a field goal and never relinquished the lead.
But Jones never really delivered. He finished the game with one yard rushing, 40 yards receiving on four receptions and 109 kick return yards.
Oh and by the way, he got 23 of those 40 yards at the end of the game when the clock ticked toward zero.
After two games in 2012, it's not looking likely that Jones will be back next season.
WINNER: Tony Romo, QB
By his standards, this was not a good game for Romo.
Dallas didn't have a balanced attack as it threw the ball 40 times for 251 yards. It was forced into throwing the ball that many times because it fell so far behind.
But Romo did all that he could to keep Dallas in the game. It just didn't click on Sunday and it showed by the final score.
His fail safe, tight end Jason Witten, had a case of the drops, and the team just never seemed on the same page.
One cannot blame this "L" on Romo, as he was responsible for the team's lone score.
LOSER: Jason Witten, TE
Witten just flat out didn't play well.
He dropped three balls that I can remember. There was one play where Romo was pressured, spun out of the pocket to avoid trouble, found Witten deep as he had a step on the defender and Witten flat-out dropped the ball.
There was another play where Romo found Witten running down the seam and he dropped the ball again.
Again—Witten just didn't show to fully play on this Sunday.
WINNER: Seattle Defense
The Cowboys offensive line was beat back and pushed out on Sunday. In the second half, the Cowboys stumbled their way to just three first downs and 77 total yards late in the fourth quarter.
Dallas just flat-out struggled and it was physically dominated.
The Seahawks got physical with the receivers to the running backs to the offensive linemen.
It showed as time slowly ticked off the clock and the Cowboys failed to stop anything the Seahawks were able to do.
LOSER: The Dallas Cowboys
We will honestly be here all night ticking down the list of what went wrong on Sunday with Dallas.
As a whole the Cowboys lost the game and their record dropped to 1-1. But not only that, they seemed to think that they could roll their helmets on the field and the Seahawks would roll over.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 122 yards, with the vast majority of them coming in the second half.
Lynch averaged almost seven yards per carry in the second half and shrugged every attempt away by the Cowboys defense to bring him down.
Dallas now travels back home to face the Bucs for its home opener. The Cowboys are left to pick up the pieces of a game where nothing seemed to work and everything seemed to go wrong.
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