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.
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.
Steven Hauschka 26 Yd Field Goal – 12 plays, 72 yards, Sea 3 – Dal 0
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|