Dallas Cowboys 30-23 victory over the Seattle Seahawks has defied all expectations for this season. Dallas is 5-1 for the first time since 2007, having lost only its opener to the 49ers.
“Guys aren’t going to back down,” Dallas head coach Jason Garrett said. “We have the right kind of guys on this team.”
The victory was magnified by the 10-0 first-quarter deficit the Cowboys faced after Doug Baldwin blocked a punt and Mike Morgan returned it 25 yards.
However if not for two critical mistakes on special teams, a blocked punt and a muff on another, which led to 14 Seattle points, the Cowboys could have conceivably won handily over the defending champs.
The Cowboys showed that there might not be a team in the NFL that can stop their offensive attack. Seattle came in as the No. 1 rated defense against the run, but behind a punishing offensive line, DeMarco Murray ran for 115 yards on 29 carries with Joseph Randle adding another 52 yards on five tries.
And Tony Romo was again efficient and dazzling when he needed to be, posting 250 yards through the air with two touchdown tosses. As he has done all season, the quarterback spread the ball around, as eight different receivers caught passes, Terrence Williams hauling in two for 70 yards with Dez Bryant chipping in four catches for 63. Also a threat in the passing game, Murray picked up another 31 yards on six catches.
The Cowboys dominated this game in a way the final score didn’t indicate. They nearly doubled the amount of yards gained by Seattle and held the ball for 15 minutes, 18 seconds more than the Seahawks. DeMarco Murray and Joseph Randle hammered away at the NFL’s top-ranked run defense until it cracked, amassing 162 yards on the ground on an average of 4.4 yards a carry.
The defense held Marshawn Lynch to 61 yards rushing and made quarterback Russell Wilson ineffective. The only reason Seattle held a brief lead in the fourth quarter is because it converted three Cowboys turnovers into 17 points.
The Cowboys return to AT&T Stadium to take on the New York Giants. It will be the first of three straight home games before the Cowboys travel to London to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.