Special Teams leads Seattle to 27-7 win over Dallas


Behind a solid run game and brilliant defensive effort, the Seattle Seahawks beat the Dallas Cowboys 27-7 to even the Seattle record at (1-1).

Steven Haushka started the scoring out Sunday with a 21 yard field goal after the Seahawks turned Dallas over on the opening kickoff of the game. Felix Jones returned Haushka’s kickoff to the 21 yard line before losing the ball.

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The special teams stepped up big on Dallas’ next possession as well to keep the Cowboys from bouncing back after the first turnover. Malcolm Smith blocked Dallas’ punt following a three and out on the Cowboys second possession, Jeron Johnson scooped up the blocked punt scoring an easy three yard return.

The defense then took over for Seattle, making sure the Cowboys weren’t ready to get momentum rolling, Seattle stopped the next drive with a turnover too.

Dallas came out on their third drive looking to move the ball into scoring range. On just seven plays the Cowboys moved the ball 54 yards down field to the Seattle 24 yard line. The defense bowed its back and made a play; Quarteback Tony Romo was dropped back to pass on second down and 10, looking over the center of the field Romo wanted to establish Tight End Jason Witten into the game, but Brandon Browner intercepted Romo’s pass, and deflated any hopes of the Cowboys’ offense being lead a comeback against Seattle.

“We played well. We prepared well. We knew exactly what they were going to be doing out there and we were ready for it,” cornerback Brandon Browner said.

If Seattle’s defense can stay healthy this season, they may be the best unit in the league statistically at the end of the year. Seattle will do this by continuing to do what they did to Dallas on Sunday and that’s pressure the quarterback.

Seattle only got one sack registered Sunday against the Cowboys, but were able to hit Romo six different times in the game leading to hurried and inaccurate passes.

The offense moved the ball efficiently against Dallas as well, Marshawn Lynch ran for 122 yards and one touchdown in the game. Lynch had just 22 yards at halftime, but stepped up big time in the second half. Lynch had a 36 yard run in the third quarter that was reminiscent of his 2010 playoff scamper against the New Orleans Saints, Lynch ran through several Cowboy defenders on the play that then set up rookie Quarterback Russell Wilson’s only passing touchdown on the day.

Wilson was 15-20 on the day passing for 151 yards in his first NFL victory with one touchdown pass. 


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