Seahawks vs Cowboys by Lloyds
The Cowboys have been a surprise this season, after no one expected them to be 4-1 at this point of the season. Dallas significantly improved on defense and have finally started to use running game against their opponents. Currently they sit on the top of NFC East (along with Philadelphia) but it's a long way to securing the division title. Seahawks are still a powerhouse in the NFC but their defense is not on the same level as last year, yet. They defeated Washington 27-17 on Monday, with an excellent performance from Marshawn Lynch (running back).
It's really difficult to beat Seattle when they play at home. With Russel Wilson as their starting quarterback, the Seahawks are 17-1 on the home turf. What makes them even more stronger is their fans (the famous 12th man) who are the loudest ones in the NFL. Dallas have risen over the expectation and now someone believes that they can pull an upset here but I doubt it. The Cowboys owe their early success to Demarco Murray (running back) who run the ball effectively trough the first five weeks. Cowboys improved their defense (last in the NFL in total yards per game in the previous season) and are now ranked 23rd in the league in total yards allowed. They are ranked 20th in the league in defending against the running game (122 rush yards per game), a figure that will sit well with the Seahawks who are deadly when Lynch takes the ball. However, the most interesting matchup will see tonight is how Seattle's rush defense (1st in the NFL) will respond to Dallas' running game (3rd in the league). If the Seahawks limit Murray bellow 100 yards, they will win the game. Dallas will probably go more to the passing game which means that Murray might carry the ball less than usual. This puts a lot of pressure on quaterback Tony Romo and receiver Dez Bryant, who will have to deal with Seattle's secondary. Romo is a good thrower but he tends to crumble under pressure. Richard Sherman (cornerback) and the rest of Seattle's secondary are great at covering the receivers which will expose Dallas' to interceptions.
The Seahawks are dominant at home, it just that simple. Wilson and Lynch will be too much to handle for Dallas' defense, who do not defend well against the run. The Cowboys will find themselves in a very hostile environment and I don't see how they can avoid losing tonight.
|Seattle -7||Pinnacle||1.76||10||23-30 LOST (-10 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.