Sunday, September 27, 2020, CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington, 4:25 p.m. ET
Cowboys at Seahawks Betting Preview: Cowboys (+5/-110), Seahawks (-5/-110)
The smallest regular-season home crowd for a Cowboys game in 57 years (21,708) is still buzzing over last Sunday’s stirring comeback to stun the Falcons, 40-39. Dallas (1-1) scored 16 points in the final 4:57, including a 46-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein on the final play after one of the rarest unicorns in sports — a successful onside kick.
Dak Prescott passed for 450 yards and a touchdown and rushed for three scores, the first man in NFL history to hit those numbers. The only player with even 300 yards and three ground TDs was Jack Kemp in 1963.
Receivers Amari Cooper (100 yards) and rookie CeeDee Lamb (106) both topped the century mark and tight end Dalton Schultz had a team-high nine grabs for 88 yards and a score. Ezekiel Elliott gained 122 yards from scrimmage (89 rush, 33 receiving) and scored against Atlanta but lost one of his two fumbles. The two-time NFL rushing champ gained 127 yards on 16 carries in his previous trip to Seattle in 2018.
Launching an early campaign for MVP honors, Russell Wilson tossed almost as many touchdowns (nine) as incompletions (11) during Seattle’s 2-0 start. He has completed 82.5 percent of his passes while connecting with 10 different targets.
Five guys caught Wilson’s touchdown passes in Sunday’s 35-30 home win against the New England Patriots: Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf, David Moore, Freddie Swain and running back Chris Carson.
Lockett leads the Seahawks in catches (15), Metcalf in receiving yards (187) and Carson in TD grabs (three). Coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, Carson is off to a slow start with 93 yards on 23 carries.
But why run when Wilson is averaging 9.7 yards per attempt? Wilson is 12-2 against the NFC East and 4-1 against the Cowboys in the regular season. For what it’s worth, he did throw a career-high five interceptions against new Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy’s Green Bay Packers in a 38-10 loss at Lambeau Field in 2016.
Cowboys at Seahawks Betting Pick for Week 3
McCarthy is looking for his first road win with Dallas. He coached against Pete Carroll seven times with the Packers from 2012-18, going 0-4 in Seattle (including the postseason).
The teams share a common 2020 opponent in the 0-2 Falcons. Seattle won its opener in Atlanta 38-25 despite giving up 506 yards — including 450 passing by Matt Ryan. Prescott and the Cowboys rang up 570 yards against the Falcons and “held” Ryan to 273 yards and four TDs.
This one comes down to Week 1 NFC Offensive Player of the Week Wilson vs. the Week 2 award winner Prescott, with Wilson (49-16 career home record) getting the slight edge over Prescott (18-15 road record).
Cowboys at Seahawks Betting Pick:
Seahawks 38, Cowboys 31
Cowboys at Seahawks Best Bet for Week 3
Seattle scored TDs on all six trips inside the red zone against Atlanta and New England and ranks second in the NFL with 36.5 points per game.
The Dallas ‘D’ has only allowed 17 second-half points, but look for the red-hot Wilson to have the Seahawks in command by halftime. The Cowboys are missing starting cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring) and Anthony Brown (ribs), and rookie Trevon Diggs (shoulder) didn’t practice Wednesday.
Cowboys at Seahawks Best Bet: OVER 55.5 (-120)