This Week 13 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks is a game the Dallas Cowboys can't afford to take lightly. It has tremendous ramifications as far as playoff seeding is concerned as well as potentially winning the NFC East division. It may not be a must-win, but the importance of the outcome of this game makes it pretty close to one.
Despite their 6-5 record, the Seahawks are still a pretty well-rounded and talented team who could upset the Cowboys this week if they're not careful. The Cowboys do play much better when they have the home-field advantage as opposed to the road, but there are other ways that could help sway this game in their favor as well.
Today, we are going to take it look at a a few key matchups the Dallas Cowboys may want to try to take advantage of in order to increase their odds of walking away with yet another "W" this week.
Cowboys' CB DaRon Bland vs. Seahawks' QB Geno Smith
Even after making history last week with his fifth pick-six this year, all eyes will continue to focus on DaRon Bland for the remainder the season. Not only will everybody be keeping a close eye on him as he makes his case to become this year's Defensive Player of the Year, but also because the way he's been playing his INT and pick-six total could continue to grow. So, don't be surprised if Geno Smith becomes No. 26's latest victim. Seattle's QB has thrown almost as many INT's (8) as he has TDs (12). Considering that and the way Bland is playing, this could be a matchup that helps sway the game in Dallas' favor.
Cowboys' DE Micah Parsons vs. Seahawks' OL
Like DaRon Bland, Micah Parsons is on the Defensive Player of the Year watch for the remainder of the season no matter the opponent. As luck would have it though, this Week 13 matchup with the Seahawks could just be the chance he's looking for to help increase his chances of earning the distinction this year. Seattle's QB Geno Smith just so happens to be the 10th most sacked quarterback in the entire league right now. His offensive line has struggled in pass protection all season and that's something No. 11 and Dan Quinn will try to take advantage of. This could be another multiple QB sack game for the DPOY candidate.
Cowboys' RB Tony Pollard vs. Seahawks' run defense
Over the last couple of weeks Tony Pollard has looked much more like the explosive playmaker we are all enamored with last season. He's gone from averaging 4.4 yards per carry early in the season to 5.1 and 6.1 ypc the last two weeks. Look for him to continue that type of success in this Week 13 matchup with the Seahawks. They are currently struggling to contain the opposition’s rushing attack. Over the last several games they've allowed Baltimore's RBs to drop 230 rushing yards on them and recently surrendered 114 to Christian McCaffrey. Don't be surprised to see No. 20 hit the 100-yard mark this week.