We made it. Welcome to the playoffs.
This particular Saturday night the Dallas Cowboys will host the Seattle Seahawks and a lot of narratives will be formed. Are the Cowboys a team that can experience success in the postseason? Can Jason Garrett continue the run his team has been on? So many questions will finally have answers.
The fact that this game exists is quite the answer already, but as this is the world of sports, people want more. Another win. Another notch on the belt. Another reason to cheer. As the great Shane Falco said - it can often be like quicksand.
What will happen on Saturday night between Dallas and Seattle? We don’t have any answers as far as the score is concerned, but we do have BTB’s five bold predictions that will tell you some of the future. Let’s have some fun.
Tavon Austin will have a 40-yard play
The Cowboys saved Tavon Austin for the playoffs, they brought him back last week but it was obviously in preparation of this, after telling us that they were going to feed him the ball at a crazy rate on the day that they traded for him. Surprise, they didn’t.
There has to be some reason why the Cowboys held on this long and are so willing to go back to the Tavon well. He’s a gifted athlete who can be explosive, something we’ve seen before this season however small the sample size.
Austin had the nicest day of any Cowboys receiver when these two teams met earlier in the season. He’s going to have an it moment. Bank on it.
Dak Prescott will out-pass Russell Wilson
The optimist in all of us wants to believe that the Cowboys cracked the code on Dak Prescott last week in New York, and it’s sort of fair to believe that as the quarterback threw for more touchdowns in a game than he ever had before. That’s noteworthy.
Russell Wilson is obviously the better quarterback in this game but it’s fair to assume that where he’s going to hurt the Cowboys most is going to be on the ground as opposed to in the air. There’s no doubt that the Hot Boyz are going to have him on the run and as a result he may not have the opportunity to throw for the highest mark ever.
Faith in Dak. Try it.
Jeff Heath will record two interceptions
When the Cowboys and Seahawks squared off back in Week 3 the safety that everybody wanted in Dallas, Earl Thomas, had two picks. It sucked.
The safety that everybody secretly loves, Jeff Heath, had his own interception (and almost a second) the last time that a playoff game was played at AT&T Stadium. How poetic would it be if he did his best Earl Thomas impersonation when the moment was brightest? In a way, that’s the most Jeff Heath thing that Jeff Heath could do.
The GOAT will strike twice.
Dallas will hit at least 35 minutes on time of possession
The key to winning for the Cowboys for so long has been to play keep away from opposing offenses. It was the formula they used for their most impressive victory of the season against the New Orleans Saints and it’s likely what they want to do all the time.
Russell Wilson is gifted. He has players like Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett to work with. The Cowboys may have a defense that can contend with them but the best way to ensure that Seattle doesn’t score is to limit how much they have the ball. That’s common sense.
The Cowboys are going to try to drain the clock from the moment the ball is kicked off. Which leads to our final bold prediction...
Ezekiel Elliott will eclipse 200 yards rushing
There’s something about the relationship between Seattle and Ezekiel Elliott (Dak Prescott as well) that is so cosmic and interesting. Zeke made his NFL debut during the preseason at Seattle, and he returned from suspension against them last season in a game that was an effective playoff one for both teams.
The identity of the Cowboys as we know it was forged against the Seahawks way back in 2014. That game, you know the one, was the crystallization of a philosophy the Cowboys were brewing and it rose like a phoenix in the Pacific Northwest.
While the phoenix may have burned to ashes in last season’s meeting between the two, it’s time for it to rise again. This phoenix is named Zeke, and he’s going to eat his way to the tune of over 200 yards. It’s going to take all of them to win.