Pat’s update: Do not go troll Field Gulls
Well, that was...something. We’re ready to get things going with our second game of Saturday: Seahawks vs. Cowboys. Yeah, I think we all don’t know who to root for (or against) in this game as any proud 49ers fan may just want both teams to tie and be out of the playoffs. That’s not possible, so let’s just hope for a good game.
The game kicks off at 5:15 p.m. PT on FOX, with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the announcer booth. Erin Andrews will be on the sidelines along with Chris Meyer.
As much as it may pain us all, the Seahawks are back in the playoffs and rumors of their demise may have been greatly exaggerated. Pete Carroll has managed to get the team rebuilt and back to having their eyes on the prize. Then again, the Seahawks have been beneficiaries of an easy schedule, getting seven of their 10 wins against sub-.500 teams and all of their wins against playoff teams coming to their homebase at CenturyLink Field—a notoriously tough place to play in the NFL. The Cowboys lost to the Seahawks at CenturyLink in Week 3, 24-13. Which also happened to be Seattle’s first win after a narrow loss to the Denver Broncos and a downright embarrassing loss to the Chicago Bears (both away games for Seattle).
The Cowboys get home field advantage this time around. They went on a winning streak late and got some help from the struggling Washington after their quarterback, Alex Smith went down with a gruesome leg injury. Washington was leading the division at one point, but the injury all but crippled them for the playoffs. The mid-season acquisition of Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders also gave a nice shot in the arm to the sometimes-sputtering Cowboys offense.
The Cowboys opened as a one-point favorite, but the line climbed up to a field goal in a matter of minutes as money came in on Dallas. Since then, the line has settled at Cowboys -1.5 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. The Seahawks have shown consistency in being a different team on the road and I do think the original outcome during the regular season will not happen here. This is the same team that the San Francisco 49ers managed to beat just a few weeks ago. I’ll take the Cowboys by a touchdown.
Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys
Where: AT&T Stadium (AKA Jerry World), Arlington, Texas
When: January 5, 2018 | 5:15 p.m. PT
Announcers: Joe Buck (play by play), Troy Aikman (commentator) Erin Andrews (sideline), Chris Meyer
Radio: Cowboys Listings | Seahawks Radio
Online Streaming: Fox Sports
Odds: Cowboys, -1.5
Cowboys blog: Blogging the Boys
Seahawks blog: Field Gulls