The Dallas Cowboys could not have gotten off to a better start to this season, beating the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants on their home turf, then getting a few extra days off before having to play again.
So the Cowboys beat a hated divisional rival, won a key divisional road game, got a little sweet revenge on New York and avoided what could have been a third-straight 0-1 start, all in one fell swoop.
Now the trick is to back that victory up with another one when Dallas heads to the Great Northwest to take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday (4:05 PM Eastern, Fox). After all, what good is it to blast your drive 350 yards down the middle, then hit your next shot out-of-bounds?
Week 1: A Quick Review
In one of those games teams see coming and can’t avoid getting up for from the day the NFL schedule is released, Dallas outplayed New York last Wednesday night and earned a 24-17 victory. The Cowboys out-rushed the G-Men 143-82, held the ball for 34 minutes and got one of those wonderful games from QB Tony Romo. In the process Dallas won outright as 3.5-point underdogs on the NFL betting line.
Seattle, meanwhile, lost last Sunday at Arizona 20-16. The Seahawks outrushed the Cardinals 114-43 and held the ball for nearly 34 minutes, but in rookie QB Russell Wilson’s debut Seattle had two potentially game-winning catches for scores dropped in the final minute.
Sunday’s Betting Line
As of Wednesday AM most NFL betting outlets were listing Dallas as three-point favorites on the road for Sunday’s game.
These teams just met last November, with the Cowboys coming away with a 23-13 victory. Dallas ground out a 23-6 fourth-quarter lead but allowed the Seahawks a late score for the back-door cover on the NFL odds board as 11-point underdogs.
The Cowboys out-gained Seattle that day, but only by a 442-381 margin, and they out-rushed the Seahawks, but only 163-162. However, Dallas picked off Seattle QB Tarvaris Jackson three times.
Mr. Jackson is no longer a member of this Seattle team, having been traded to Buffalo.
Nose tackle Jay Ratliff sat out practice Wednesday as he continues to rehab a high ankle sprain. Look for him to sit out another week and possibly return for the home opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sept. 23.
Safety Gerald Sensabaugh returned to practice Wednesday after sitting out Monday because of concussion-like symptoms. Although he worked on a limited basis, he said he was fine and would play against the Seahawks.
Linebacker DeMarcus Ware was also limited in practice with a hamstring injury that has bothered him since training camp. He played and had two sacks against the Giants. He will play against the Seahawks.