Through sheer grit and determination, the Dallas Cowboys were able to outlast the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13 and walk away with the 41-35 victory. It definitely wasn't easy, but a win is a win no matter how it was earned. With their fourth consecutive win, the Cowboys were able to remain a perfect 6-0 at home on the year and will look to continue that streak next week against their bitter division rival, the Philadelphia Eagles.
The much-anticipated rematch with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 14 is a little over a week away and the Cowboys may have a slight advantage with a little extra time to prepare having just played on Thursday and have the home-field advantage this time around. But before we set our sights on the grudge match next week, let's recap a bit to determine the good, bad, and ugly from the matchup with Seahawks to hopefully learn from it.
THE GOOD - Finishing the fight
Considering the penalties and penalty yards the Dallas Cowboys collected, and how poorly they played defensively against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13, it was pretty amazing to witness how they continued to fight throughout the ball game to earn their fourth consecutive victory. These kind of back-and-forth slobber-knocker type of games are the ones Dallas has been known to let slip through their fingers, despite being the favored team to win. To find a way to beat teams when they aren't at their best is a step in the right direction for a team who has their sights set on the Super Bowl. Hopefully they can keep it up.
THE BAD - DaRon Bland getting victimized
As a whole, the Dallas Cowboys defense really didn't have any answers for the Seattle Seahawks Thursday night and struggled pretty much the entire game getting off the field. The way they performed was uncharacteristic, and even more surprising was how poorly DaRon Bland played. He was targeted early and often in the passing game and ended up surrendering six catches for 137 yards in the first half alone and gave up a total of two touchdowns. Yes, he did redeem himself a bit with his eighth interception on the season, but overall there is no doubt this was probably the worst game of his entire career.
THE UGLY - Penalties
Being the two most penalized teams in the league, it was no surprise the yellow laundry was flying as much as it was Thursday night in the Week 13 matchup between the Cowboys and Seahawks. There ended up being a total of 19 total penalties committed by both ball clubs, nine of which were by Dallas and resulted in 127 penalty yards. In just about any other game all of these penalties normally would've resulted in a loss for the Cowboys, but thankfully for them Seattle's 10 penalties for 130 yards helped balance the scale. For a team with championship aspirations, they can't continue to beat themselves with penalties.