Heading into the game on Sunday it is pretty clear that the Cowboys are a heavy favorite. I don't think this game will be a cake walk, but, if the Cowboys play a good game, they will win. There are a lot of factors that make me feel confident heading into this game.
The biggest strength I see in the Cowboys right now is their defense. Russell Wilson struggled last week against a traditional defense. This week he'll be looking at different fronts and blitzes from all over the place throughout the game. That is a tough task for a rookie quarterback starting his second game in the NFL. I was very high on Russell Wilson going into the draft. I was really hoping the Cowboys would take him in the middle rounds to develop. He has a lot of talent. He can run and he plays smart football. I just don't think he is ready to face a defense as talented and sophisticated as the Cowboys just yet.
Tony Romo is always the x-factor for the offense. If he plays well then the Cowboys usually win. But the big concern on offense is the offensive line. Last week Romo threw is only interception on a play where the Giants had pressure right in his face. The line has to improve and do a better job giving Romo a clean pocket.
DeMarco Murray might be looking at a big game this week. Not only will he be a big part of the game early on, but if the Cowboys can get out to a lead I'm sure the Seahawks will see a heavy dose of DeMarco Murray. I won't be at all surprised if Murray gets 20+ carries again and goes over 125 yards.
I'm expecting to see the defense force at least two turnovers. I won't be at all surprised if we see a fumble and one or two picks from Wilson. If the Seahawks start turning the ball over early then this game could get out of hand very fast. But if they play conservative and get Marshawn Lynch going it is going to make things tough on the defense. Lynch is the only thing that could foil the plans of the Cowboys. If he gets going it will open everything up for Wilson. The defense should be focused on stopping Lynch early on.
I feel confident heading into this game but the Cowboys haven't shown nearly enough yet for me to be overconfident. The penalties need to be reduced and the line has to block better. I think we'll see improvement on both of those fronts. I'm picking the Cowboys to win big 30-13.