Listening In On The Enemy: What the Seahawks Are Saying About The Cowboys

Seahawks expect Cowboys to blitz aggressively.

Seattle Coach Now Sees Four Weapons In Cowboys’ Air Attack - DallasCowboys.com
Seattle coach Pete Carroll weighs in on the offensive weapons the Cowboys will bring to Seattle on Sunday:

"(I was) fretting the fact that they have a whole other weapon to go along with the guys that are playing with him," Carroll said. "Miles and Dez are great players and then here comes Kevin having a big game."

"We didn’t see as much of Jason and I’m sure we’ll get to see more of Jason Witten too," he said. "He’s an extraordinary factor in their offense. It’s just one problem after another."

"There’s a lot of teams that have three guys, but (the Cowboys) have four guys," Carroll said. "That’s because Jason’s such a good player and he’s such a go-to guy for the quarterback."

Seahawks expect Cowboys to blitz aggressively - The Olympian
The Seahawks expect Dallas to take page from Arizona's week 1 playbook and blitz rookie QB Wilson aggressively. Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is anticipating that the Cowboys will blitz from every angle imaginable.

"That would be probably the smart thing to do," Bevell said. "If you watched that game, whenever you leave yourself open for things like that, as we always say, it’s a copycat league. And until you prove you can stop it, then somebody’s going to continue to (try to do) that."

NFL Odds: Breaking Down the Spread for the Seahawks & Cowboys - Field Gulls
Our friends over at SBNation's Seahawks blog take a detailed look at the odds for Sundays's game, and conclude:

"Should Dallas beat Seattle, they can immediately be spoken of in the same breath as New England, San Francisco and Baltimore (and it's ridiculous to discount Green Bay after one home loss, albeit to a good team) as serious threats to go all the way to the Super Bowl, the obvious reason being that not only would they be 2-0, but 2-0 on the road against perceived good teams."

"Objectively, I take the Cowboys -3."

Seahawks Vs. Cowboys: Matching Up With Dallas' Offense - Field Gulls
Danny Kelly takes a very detailed look at the challenges facing the Seahawks defense as they take on the Cowboys offense, and concludes:

"Overall -- it's going to be a tough test for Seattle's young defense, but the home field advantage and the crowd noise should help immensely. I'll be looking forward to what kinds of scheming the Seahawks do early in the game -- blitzing, zone, etc., and whether they'll look to get Jason Jones more involved early on than they did last week."

Seahawks shuffle line, Moffitt to start at guard - HeraldNet.com
The Seahawks apparently have a history of shuffling things around on the offensive line at the beginning of the year, and have not started the same starting five on the offensive line for the first three weeks to open a season since 2007. So it's business as usual in Seattle as second-year pro John Moffit moves back into the lineup at right guard after the previous right guard, seventh-round rookie J.R. Sweezy failed to impress in his NFL debut.

Dallas Cowboys fans in Seattle loyal through good, bad eras - The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times embarks on a long rumination about how the Cowboys are "loved by many and perhaps hated by more"; how the feelings for the Cowboys are "as unambiguous as a pregnancy test"; how after winning only one playoff game in the past 15 years, the Cowboys are the only team that can still embrace the nickname "America's Team."

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas grew up in Orange, Texas, ans sums up his feelings about playing the Cowboys as follows:

"Since I can remember, it was all about the star, you know?" Thomas said. "Just something about seeing the star on the helmet.... That's a historic team, and when you get an opportunity to play against them, it's great."

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