After opening the season with a big win over the defending-champion Giants, the Dallas Cowboys have just taken a big step back.
The Cowboys’ offense stalled repeatedly today in Seattle, and Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch both had big games, as the Seahawks won 27-7 in a game that leaves both teams at 1-1.
Wilson didn’t do anything spectacular, but he did what the Seahawks needed him to do: He played within the offense, avoided turnovers, and always seemed to be ready to pick up a first down, with either his arm or his feet, when the Seahawks needed it. Lynch displayed his trademark mix of speed and power, and we could see in this game that the ability to rely on Lynch will help Wilson develop as a rookie without trying to do too much.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo never really looked comfortable, tight end Jason Witten had a couple of uncharacteristic drops, and running back DeMarco Murray didn’t have many holes to run through. This was an ugly game for the Dallas offense.
It was also an ugly game for the officials. There were some questionable calls, and the Cowboys were particularly upset after a play on which Seahawks receiver Golden Tate drilled Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee with a vicious blindside block but wasn’t flagged, and then Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter just barely bumped Wilson out of bounds and was flagged for a late hit.
The Cowboys may complain about the officiating after the game, but first they should look in the mirror. Dallas turned in a disappointing effort, and the Seahawks controlled this game from start to finish.