Seattle Seahawks vs. Dallas Cowboys: 5 Halftime Adjustments Seahawks Must Make

Bleacher ReportSenior Writer INovember 6, 2011

SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the Cincinnati Bengals at CenturyLink Field on October 30, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks come limping into Dallas to take on the home standing Cowboys.

The good news is the Seahawks are in second place in the NFC West. The bad news is they "boast" a record of 2-5 and can barely see the cloud of dust being thrown by the first-place, 6-1 San Francisco 49ers.

Unfortunately, the bad news doesn't stop there.

The quarterback play has been shaky at best in the wake of the departed Matt Hasselbeck. Tarvaris Jackson has been, by far, the lesser of the two evils as compared to Charlie Whitehurst, and that's really all you need to know. There have been glimpses of hope with Jackson taking snap, but they've been fleeting.

In reality, the Seahawks last as long as their defense does, if one of the NFL's best rushing defenses and the rest of the unit can keep the opposition out of the end zone, Seattle's got a chance.

And that's exactly what the D's been doing for the first 30 minutes.

Now, about that offense...

With these five halftime adjustments, the Seahawks might just sneak out of Jerry Jones' dome with a W:

1. Get Marshawn Lynch into the Passing Game

Marshawn Lynch is a rugged runner, but he's not having a ton of success getting yards on the ground. Considering Seattle is having an equally difficult time getting the pigskin to its wide receivers, the Seahawks might as well try to leak Beast Mode into the flat and see if he can find some room to roam there.


2. Get DeMarco Murray Under Control

The Seahawks' defense is in a bit of a bind because Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo must be taken seriously, especially given his stable of receivers. So it's not like Seattle can pack the box to stifle Dallas running back DeMarco Murray. Nevertheless, the D has to get Murray under control and reassert itself against the rush if the Seahawks have any hopes of winning.


3. Open up the Playbook

I understand Tarvaris Jackson isn't Tom Brady; he's probably closer to Greg Brady, but you still have to show at least the threat of a downfield passing game in the NFL as I understand it. If the opposing defensive backs don't feel any pressure to protect against the deeper routes, a strong defense like the one belonging to the Cowboys will only get stronger.

Even if it's ugly, at least give them reason for pause.


4. Protect the Football

Not rocket science here and the Seahawks having been doing a good job of it thus far. But Seattle's gonna have to keep protecting the rock to keep the game tight. You've gotta figure Dallas will put together a couple scoring drives on their own so any help from Seattle would be fatal.


5. Sidney Rice Is Nice, but Share the Love

I don't know what Sidney Rice said to Tarvaris Jackson during the week of practice, but it must've been some pretty compelling stuff considering the way Jackson's been staring a hole through Rice in the first half. Rice has five targets and only one catch.

So the thought is nice, Tarvaris, but probably time to look someone else's direction in the second half.