By Dave Thomas
If you thought the Seattle Seahawks were left for dead and buried just a week ago at 2-4, think again.
In perhaps their most complete game of the season this past Thursday evening, the Seahawks all but dominated rival San Francisco in a 20-3 win on the road. With the victory, Seattle (3-4) stayed within striking distance of NFC West front-runner Arizona who is 5-2.
Coming into game eight of the season this Sunday in Dallas against a battered and struggling Cowboys team, the Seahawks will look to once again dominate their opponent on the road. If they do, the Seahawks will undoubtedly have more momentum heading into an upcoming first of two meetings with the Cardinals (Nov. 15 in Seattle). After the Arizona meeting, Seattle has two more home games, with visits from San Francisco and Pittsburgh on the slate.
Wilson, Lynch The Keys
While Seattle has a very talented defense (one which has not always played up to its potential at times this season), not to mention a number of offensive weapons that seem to be coming around (tight end Jimmy Graham for starters), the ebb and flow of this team basically still runs through quarterback Russell Wilson and starting running back Marshawn Lynch.
Wilson heads into the meeting with the Cowboys having thrown to date for 1,668 yards and eight TDs. To basically no one’s surprise, the versatile signal caller has also rushed for 271 yards on the ground.
Meantime, Lynch, who missed two and a half games with calf and hamstring issues, has rushed for 304 yards and a pair of scores. In Seattle’s decisive win over San Francisco a week ago, Lynch looked pretty healthy, going for 122 yards on 27 carries and one touchdown.
Both Wilson and Lynch need to not only stay healthy the remainder of the way (notably Lynch and his recurring injuries), but both must also stay productive in order for the Seahawks to have a good shot of overtaking the Cardinals. With Green Bay rolling along (unbeaten to date), Seattle will have an uphill fight in its efforts to claim the top spot for the third straight year in the NFC.
Carroll Still One Of The Top Coaches
When teams are losing, it undoubtedly seems like all eyes are focused on the head coach.
With Seattle struggling out of the gate this season, some might have been questioning whether the veteran coach had lost a step or two. As was shown in the win over San Francisco last week, the Seahawks are quite a dangerous team when operating on all cylinders.
Given there are still nine games left to go in the regular season, all bets are off as to who will ultimately win the NFC West (even St. Louis is in the conversation with a mark of 3-3 after six games.
What is known is that both the Cardinals and Rams will have much of their attention focused on the two-time NFC Champion Seahawks as the second half of the season gets ready to kick off in another week.
Dave Thomas has been covering the sports world since his first job as a sports editor for a weekly newspaper in Pennsylvania back in 1989. He has covered a Super Bowl, college bowl games, MLB, NBA and more. His work can be found on Examiner.com.