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October 12, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Cowboys 30, Seahawks 23: First impressions

Bob Condotta: In a battle of the two best rushing teams in the NFL, Dallas came away winning the battle up front, outrushing the Seahawks 163-80 The reality is, Russell Wilson’s running had masked the fact that Seattle’s running game has been uneven at times this season. The Seahawks simply couldn’t overpower or stop Dallas the way they thought they could.

Jayson Jenks: Marshawn Lynch needs to get the ball more. Lynch averaged 6.1 yards per attempt, but he carried the ball only 10 times, including just two times in the first half. Seattle’s offense struggled to find a rhythm and sustain drives, but Lynch is too valuable to only get 10 carries.

Percy Allen: Tony Romo, whose biggest blunder may have been the botched field goal hold during Seattle’s 21-20 playoff win over Dallas in 2007, may have exorcised some demons at CenturyLink on Sunday. When the Cowboys needed big plays, Romo (21 of 32 for 250 yards) delivered. None were bigger than his 23-yard throw on third-and-20 late in the fourth quarter. On the play, Romo spun away from pressure in the pocket, rolled right and delivered a strike to Terrance Williams who tiptoed along the sideline for the catch. Dallas scored on the drive to take a 27-23 lead. It’’s still early, but the Cowboys (5-1) appear to be the front-runner to win the No. 1 playoff berth.

Jerry Brewer: The Seahawks haven’t been outplayed quite like this during the Russell Wilson era. Don’t let the scoreboard fool you. The Cowboys outgained the Seahawks 401-206. It was a sterling day for the Dallas offense and defense. If the Seahawks hadn’t dominated on special teams, the game wouldn’t have been so close. This is one of the more concerning performances the Seahawks have had in some time.

Larry Stone: The Seahawks seemed oddly out-of-kilter most of the first half, when they inexplicably almost ignored Marshawn Lynch on offense. They woke up for a time in the second half, but Russell Wilson didn’t have any magic on a potential game-winning drive at the end

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