Seattle Seahawks Rip Dallas Cowboys 27-7

What a huge win for Seahawks! They really needed this victory. What was really amazing wasn’t that the Seahawks won, but it was the way the simply dominated every aspect of this game. Defense, Special Teams, and even the offense (in the 2nd half) were simply better than the Cowboys in this game.

Game Notes:

  • Defense and Special teams were outstanding in the first half and really set the tempo for the game.
  • The Seahawks gave up a lot of yards early in this game, but Brandon Browner’s interception helped to make sure the Cowboys couldn’t turn all those yards into points.
  • The real trouble was the Seahawks Defense inability to get off the field on 3rd down. Tony Romo improvised very well, and coverages broke down. The defense fixed the problem early in the 2nd quarter, and the Cowboys struggled to move the ball the rest of the game.
  • Russell Wilson wasn’t good in the first half, but was oh-so-good after halftime. Hopefully this will end the QB controversy, at least for now.
  • Marshawn Lynch was huge in this game. Not just the yards, but he got the yards when the team needed them. He was also big on pass protection. That is what a franchise player needs to do, and he did it.
  • Bruce Irvin got his first sack! (Finally)
  • Sydney Rice was not on the field at the end of the game. No word yet on an injury.
  • Golden Tate looked to be the playmaker the Seahawks thought they were drafting back in 2010. He got open, made yards after the catch, and looked very good.
  • Tate also had the hit of the day, but I think it was illegal and will cost him some cash when the league reviews it and hands out fines this week. There are two .gif version of the hit at the bottom of this article, decide for yourself.
  • Braylon Edwards was active, and presumably not hurt, and only played 1 snap on the final drive of the game after the game’s outcome was decided. All I can say is… wow!
  • The Seahawks got the ball back up at their own 10, up only 13-7 in the middle of the third quarter. They marched 90 yards for a TD. The next possession started at the 12 yard line and went 88 yards for a TD. Combined the drives took over 12 minutes off the clock. You’re not going to lose when you do that.
  • A special Kudos has to be given to TE Anthony McCoy. We’ve been hard on him for his inability to catch the ball, or block, or do anything else TEs are supposed to do, but he played very well in this game. I firmly believe that if I’m going to criticize when players do poorly, I have to give them props when they play well, and McCoy played very well. Hopefully he’s turned the corner and will be better from here on.
  • Another player that deserves props is backup LT Frank Oliyale. He stepped in when Russell Okung couldn’t play because of his bone bruise on his knee, and he played well. Much better than anyone expected I believe.
  • Oliyale, McQuistan and TE Zack Miller completely shut down DeMarcus Ware, one of the league’s best defensive players.


*Both of these gifs were borrowed, the first from The Big Lead, and the 2nd from I left their logos on the gifs, to make sure the people who created them received proper credit for doing so.

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  • Hawk_Eye

    This win was huge! I always believed we were a better team than we were last year. What a relief!

    • 12thMan_Rising

      That is exactly what I was thinking. We are better, right? yet we played worse last week. Really had me worried. I feel much better right now.

  • Hanley H. Bonynge

    In a way, this makes the loss to Arizona that much more disappointing, since that was in the division and we are now in third instead of tied for first. That being said, Omiyale shut down DeMarcus Ware. Russel Okung was hardly missed in this game which is a good sign for the Hawks going forward.

  • Michael Bernazzani

    So why do people think the block was illegal? Everyone loves to look back @ Chancellor blowing up Todd Heap last year. Legal hit, when you get those opportunities you take em & enjoy it. WHAT A GAME!!! Thats us, 20 pass plays, close to 200 yds rushing.

  • Ben Burdette

    I think that if people talking about this block actually watched the entire play, looking at Lee and Tate rather than at the ball, there would be no doubt in their minds that Lee does not fall into the “defenseless player” category.

    The play starts with the ball being snapped and Wilson dropping back to pass. If you are watching Tate, he looks open and is signaling for the ball, but Lee is in the zone and is behind Tate in coverage. Tate slips a little, recovers and is running toward the same sideline as Wilson, still trying to make a play to catch the ball. During this entire time, he is *in front of* Lee. Still in front of Lee, Tate’s role changes as soon as Wilson crosses the line of scrimmage, with Tate now becoming a blocker, rather than a receiver. He does a little loop and plants his shoulder and head square on Lee’s number 50. There is no launch since his feet are on the ground at the time of the hit.

    The NFL rulebook states regarding unnecessary roughness penalties:
    Rule 12-2-8 (j) “if a player illegally launches into a defenseless opponent. It is an illegal launch if a player (1) leaves both feet prior to contact to spring forward and upward into his opponent, and (2) uses any part of his helmet (including the top/crown and forehead/”hairline” parts) to initiate forcible contact against any part of his opponent’s body. ”
    Rule 12-2-9 “It is a foul if a player initiates unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture. (a) Players in a defenseless posture are: (8) A player who receives a “blindside” block when the blocker is moving toward his own endline and approaches the opponent from behind or from the side.
    Rule 12-2-9 (b) “Prohibited contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture is: (1) Forcibly hitting the defenseless player’s head or neck area with the helmet, facemask, forearm, or shoulder, regardless of whether the defensive player also uses his arms to tackle the defenseless player by encircling or grasping him; and (2) Lowering the head and making forcible contact with the top/crown or forehead/”hairline” parts of the helmet against any part of the defenseless player’s body.”

    These rules are clear. First, Lee is not a defenseless player. In order to be a defensless player, he must receive a “blindside” block, which is defined as “When the blocker is moving toward his own endline (this could be interpreted as being so) and approaches the opponent from behind or from the side (this is not possible, since Tate was in front of Lee for the entire play)”

    Just because Lee was not paying attention to the injury prone, smallish wide receiver running in front of him, does not mean it was a “blindside” block, since, by rule, a “blindside” block must come from behind or from the side. Therefore, by rule, Lee was not a defenseless player, and the conditions in the rest of 12-2-8,9 do not apply.

    Even if 12-2-8 and 12-2-9 did apply, the wording of the rules is that it has to be forcible contact with the crown or “hairline” of the helmet or forcible contact to the head and neck area. If you look at the various replays, Tate clearly leads with his shoulder first, then head, which is legal, according to Rule 12-1-3 “An offensive player is permitted to block an opponent by contacting him with his head, shoulders, hands, and/or outer surface of the forearm, or with any other part of his body.” Because of the general upward motion of the block (Tate is 5’10″, 202 and Lee is 6’2″, 245), when Tate hits Lee in the chest, the motion carries him upward. Lee’s head snaps forward, making contact with Tate’s helmet, then snaps backward. Anyone who has seen a crash test dummy video knows this is what happens when you run into something. These are simply the laws of physics in action. To me, any helmet to helmet contact here appears incidental.

  • Hawkman

    This does not end the QB controversy in my mind. RW is still playing like a rook. Overthrowing a 6’6″ TE is like WOW! Thank god for Marshawn! KC’s D is now ranked the worse in the league, SO that should tell you something about preseason with RW. Denver’s D dropped a bit but is still listed as #10. HUGE difference there!
    So as I stated before and will keep stating , The so-called competition was scripted or RW would have gone against Denver’s D and Matt Flynn against KC. If that would have happened MF is your QB and the whole RW hissy fit would not have happened!!!!! He has cost us one game already , how many more will he lose?