By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
Seahawks 24 – 13 Cowboys
The Seattle Seahawks had a lot of what could have been distractions the days prior to their week 3 game against the Dallas Cowboys. However, once on the field, they were completely focused and ready to get their first win.
To be totally honest, I waited a little longer than normal to write this article. In fact, this is the second time in a week I’ve paused my writing “just in case”. That “just in case” would be Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.
It has been well documented that Thomas is unhappy with his contract, including a holdout during the preseason. However once he arrived at the facility, ready to play week 1, most fans thought that would be the end of the drama. How little did we know.
During the first two games of the season, Thomas played lights out, showing that preseason is an option when you are a future Hall of Fame player. But then came week 3. The week the Seahawks play the Dallas Cowboys. The team where just last season Thomas, after beating Dallas in Dallas, ran to the Cowboys locker room to tell Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett to “come get him”. Fans knew this game would have lots of media attention due to that, but again…how little did we know.
Last Wednesday, Thomas missed practice. This is not uncommon as Wednesday is usually an accepted veterans day off. Thomas practiced Thursday with the team but did not participate Friday for personal reasons. The media and fans ran wild with this.
Would he play? Would he be traded before the game? Would he fly home with Dallas on their plane? And come Sunday, it was much ado about nothing. Yes, Thomas is picking and choosing when he’ll practice, but on the field, he delivered and delivered big. Two interceptions on the day.
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) 23 September 2018
Will he or won’t he be traded? Its a question no one can answer at this point. But for now, Seahawks fans, and the team for that matter, get to enjoy the benefits of having Earl Thomas III on the field playing for their side.
Now, for the rest of the game.
This win was desperately needed. Not only for the fans but for the players too. It was just a week ago today some fans were calling for quarterback Russell Wilson to be traded and head coach Pete Carroll to be fired. For the record, I was not one of those people.
Seattle was 0-2, losing to teams most thought they should beat. The possibility of them making the playoffs would go down drastically if they ended up 0-3. Playing a Dallas team that had dismantled the New York Giants the week before, Seattle was tasked with controlling the Cowboys run game, and at the same time making sure they had one of their own.
Wilson threw two touchdowns, completing 16 of 26 passes. While those numbers aren’t astronomical, it was exactly what fans wanted to see because it meant a better run game. In this game, Seattle had a 100-yard rusher in running back Chris Carson. It was the first time a Seahawks RB ran for 100 yards since 2016. Fans were thrilled.
The offensive line was greatly improved also. Wilson had been sacked six times in each of the first two games, but that number was decreased to just two. Guard D.J. Fluker returned to the line and his presence was felt. The pocket was solid and the lanes for runs opened up.
More importantly, as mentioned in the tweet below, the name Germain Ifedi was not a major topic. The beleaguered Seahawks offensive tackle has been a source of conversation about his play, or bad play I should say. Not this game. On this day, he went completely unnoticed which is exactly what the fans wanted.
@bcondotta nobody is talking about germain ifedi today. if anybody is dissecting the reasons for yesterday’s win over dallas, i should think they should probably start with the fact that nobody is talking about germain ifedi today.
— kelphelper (@kelphelper) September 24, 2018
As for the defense, this game proved that although the famed Legion of Boom may technically no longer exist, the Seattle defense is still strong and solid. Much of that can be attributed to Earl Thomas and the return of linebacker Bobby Wagner, but a name that isn’t being talked about is safety Bradley McDougald.
McDouglad is the replacement for retired safety Kam “Bam Bam” Chancellor, and he is filling the shoes beautifully. Great coverage, interceptions, and well… plays like this make fans wonder if there really won’t be a drop off from the LOB.
Great strip by Bradley McDougald!
— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) September 23, 2018
This game showed fans the team most thought they would see in 2018. Young, talented, hungry, with some room for improvement. If the Seahawks continue to play the way they did in Century Link Field on Sunday, a playoff run may not be out of the question.
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