Football fans know that Seattle, the team from the great northwest and last year’s National Football Conference (NFC) representative in the Super Bowl, began this season with great expectations. However, as a member of the West Division of the NFC, the Seahawks have managed to produce a mediocre Won-Loss record of just 3-4.
In fact, after just seven games, Seattle finds itself in third place, trailing second place St. Louis, a team with a Won-Loss record of 3-3 and the division-leading Arizona Cardinals, a squad that has won four of the six games it has played.
The truth is that the deficit facing last season’s top conference performer is not insurmountable. If Seattle “gets on a run” and wins a bunch of games (something it is capable of doing), it may quickly rise in the standings and challenge the Cardinals for divisional honors.
The Dallas Cowboys, long known as “America’s team,” have fared even more poorly than their opponent this Sunday. The Cowboys were expected to breeze through the East Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) and, in fact, got off to a good start when they toppled the rival New York Giants on the road in the season’s opening game.
But professional football is a game of attrition. Each season, performers for every team lose time on the playing field as a result of serious injuries. Teams that lose “key” players suffer the most. The Dallas Cowboys are one of those teams.
The team from Texas lost its Pro Bowl quarterback, Tony Romo, in that first game against the New York Giants. One week later, America’s team received another devastating blow when its “all world” wide receiver, Dez Bryant, fell victim to broken bones in one of his feet.
With two star players ”on the shelf,” the Cowboys have become easy prey for competitors. That explains why this squad is currently in last place in the NFL’s weakest division with a Won-Loss record of 2-4.
Sunday’s game will be played in “Big D’ and that may help to elevate the home team’s performance. What may help even more is the fact that Dez Bryant has been making a spectacular recovery and made it onto the practice field this week.
If Bryant plays Sunday, the chance for a win by the home team Cowboys will increase dramatically. But, even with Bryant on the field, it will take stellar efforts to outscore the visitors from Seattle. The Seahawks have a stout defense that is led by a cast of all pro and pro bowl players like Richard Sherman, Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Michael Bennett, and many more.
Seattle has been uncharacteristically losing games late when its defense has had trouble stopping opposing offenses. There is little reason to believe that trend will continue.
The Cowboys, to a man, will have to be at the top of their game if they hope to produce a win just a few days from now.
Courtesy of Yahoo Sports