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Russell Wilson makes the plays that count, and the defense holds Dallas to just four field goals.

First things first: Updating the condition of Seattle receiver Ricardo Lockette, who got the worst of a collision with Dallas safety Jeff Heath during special teams play, the Seahawks are reporting that the 5-hour-plus surgery to repair disc and ligament damage to his neck was a success. It is certain that Lockette’s season is over, but no word will be known for some time if he will ever play football again. Very conceivable to believe that his family will urge him not to as they were in attendance and saw the nerving-racking incident firsthand; Heath crashed into Lockette with a violent block and move on while the receiver collapsed instantly and lay motionless for several minutes before being awakened and taken off the field (helmet left on) on a motorized stretcher. He passed concussion protocol, and displayed a “thumbs up” while leaving the field.

The News Tribune reports that Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch and left tackle Russell Okung stayed behind in Dallas overnight along with Lockette’s family and a team trainer. The surgery took place at Baylor University Medical Center.

The Game:

In a nutshell, another game the Cowboys shoulda-woulda won with key players Romo and a healthy Bryant.

In his second start for the Dallas Cowboys, Matt Cassel didn’t turn the ball over like the previous week, but was still ineffective with short and safe passes that amounted to not much at all. He finished 13 of 25 for only 97 yards (a 3.9 avg. — His 10.8 rushing avg. suggests he should run more often), and 0 TDs. It’s a shame his talent doesn’t match his emotion and leadership. Russell Wilson wasn’t considerably better, especially with the continued O-line struggles. He completed 19 of 30 pass attempts for 211 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. The interception was a tip-catch during a rush by the notorious Greg Hardy, who appeared to be bearing down on Russell all game long. Wilson was not sacked in the game but chased like he stole something. However, he had a scoring pass for the game’s only touchdown, and a key run toward the sideline that set up the winning points, Steven Hauschka’s go-ahead 24-yard field goal with 1:06 remaining.

It was a good week for receiver Dez Bryant’s return. He caught only 2 passes for 12 yards and no touchdowns, with Richard Sherman blanketing him throughout, but conditioning for a receiver is more important and takes longer than for a quarterback, so when Romo returns Dez should have all of his well-documented confidence back. The game’s leading receiver turned out to be Seattle’s Jimmy Graham, catching 7 of 10 targets for 75 yards and 0 TDs. Runner-up in that category says a lot about the game in itself, RB Darren McFadden’s 6 of 8 targets for 49 yards, no TDs receiving or running (20 carries, 64 yards). Marshawn Lynch was unable to get his needed traction and make an impact as well, carrying 21 times for 71 yards, 0 TDs.

Scoring summary:

SEA 1st Quarter 8:47
Steven Hauschka 26 Yd Field Goal – 12 plays, 72 yards,                   Sea 3 – Dal 0
DAL 1st Quarter 0:43
Dan Bailey 33 Yd Field Goal                                                                   Sea 3 – Dal 3
SEA 2nd Quarter 5:29 Luke Willson 22 Yd pass from Russell Wilson (Hauschka Kick)       Sea 10 – Dal 3
DAL 2nd Quarter 1:34 Dan Bailey 35 Yd Field Goal                                                                 Sea 10 – Dal 6
DAL 3rd Quarter 8:51 Dan Bailey 52 Yd Field Goal                                                                 Sea 10 – Dal 9
DAL 4th Quarter 14:27 Dan Bailey 27 Yd Field Goal                                                                 Sea 10 – Dal 12
SEA 4th Quarter 1:06 Steven Hauschka 24 Yd Field Goal                                                     Sea 13 – Dal 12
The Seahawks maintain .500 ball, keeping their 2-game gap behind the division leading Cardinals and a half-game behind the St. Louis Rams. They, along with Arizona, have a bye week before facing each other the week after.
Hours before the trade deadline, Dallas cut their season-opening starting running back, Joseph Randle. Randle, who started the first five games but didn’t play Sunday with a strained oblique, and had been excused last week for “personal issues,” is facing discipline for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, according to sources.

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Tony Lopez

Tony Lopez is a die-hard Rams fan and Rams representing writer at Fanosis, as well as an avid fantasy football player that has won championships at Yahoo, ESPN, NFL(dot)com and FOX. An ex-employment specialist at Goodwill of Southern California's main headquarters, he has work with prison programs and has L.A. certified training to aid people with disabilities. He is also a poet and ghostwriter.