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October 12, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Seahawks vs. Cowboys: Late media picks and (almost) everybody picks Seattle

The Dallas Morning News has published its predictions for Sunday’s Seahawks-Cowboys game, and they line up the same way the rest of the national media and major newspapers has. All four from Dallas predict a Seahawks victory.

That’s the same way The Seattle Times’ Jerry Brewer, Larry Stone, Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks line up.

The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain also picks the Seahawks to win.

Ditto for Sam Farmer of The Los Angeles Times. And Bob  Manaman of The Arizona Republic.

Unofficially, I could only find two from the media who picked the Cowboys: Keyshawn Johnson of CBS Sports and Jarrett Bell of USA Today.

The final count I found on Sunday morning? Sixty-nine pick the Seahawks to win straight up, and only two choose the Cowboys.

Here’s a final roundup of NFL picks from national media and major newspapers:


How they line up: All four pick Seahawks.

Comments: Rick Gosselin – Seahawks, 34-20: Dallas will have some success against Legion of Boom, but Cowboys’ D in over its heads against Wilson, Lynch and Co.

Brandon George: Seahawks,  31-24: The Cowboys haven’t won five consecutive games since 2007, and the Seahawks are 19-1 at home since QB Russell Wilson took over in 2012.

Rick Gosselin, Seahawks, 34-17: The defending Super Bowl champions are 18-1 in their last 19 games at home.

Barry Horn – Seahawks, 27-21: A 5-1 start would be fairy tale stuff. The big, bad Seahawks don’t lose at home.


How they line up: All four pick the Seahawks.

Comments: Jerry Brewer – Seahawks 23, Dallas 19: Finally, the Seahawks will force the game-changing turnovers they’ve been wanting.

Larry Stone – Seahawks 27,  Cowboys 21: The Cowboys are loaded with playmakers, and they’ll make it tense. But Seattle has shown it will elevate its game, especially at home, against teams that threaten its throne.

Bob Condotta – Seattle 26, Dallas 17: The Cowboys will move the ball enough to create a few nervous moments. But a Seattle defense should create a few turnovers against the Cowboys and QB Tony Romo, and that should ultimately turn the tide.

Jayson Jenks – Seattle 24, Dallas 20: The Seahawks’ run defense gets its best test of the season so far – and answers the call.


How they line up: One picks the Seahawks.

Comment: John McClain – Seahawks 27-20


How they line up: One picks the Seahawks.

Comment: Sam Farmer – Seahawks 31, Cowboys 24: The Cowboys aren’t going to be able to run on Seattle the way they’ve trampled some teams. Hard to pick against the Seahawks at home. Russell Wilson is an elite playmaker and shows it each week.


How they line up: One picks the Seahawks

Comment: Bob Manaman – Seahawks, 28-24: Not only does this game have Super Bowl implications, it has incredible star power because of two matchups in particular. It’s an absolute must-watch.

First, we get to see one of the slickest and fastest-talking wide receivers in the game in the Cowboys’ Dez Bryant putting his pride on the line against the self-proclaimed best cornerback: the Seahawks’ Richard Sherman.

Talk about drama. There will be enough trash talking going on between these two guys to keep NFL Films in business for years — even if it never covers another game.


How they line up: All 13 pick the Seahawks.

Comment: Terry BlountThe Dallas Cowboys are on a roll and catch the Seahawks on a short week after a road game across the country. That was a game in which the Seahawks did not play well with 13 penalties and three touchdowns called back. Dallas running back Murray leads the league in rushing, but the Seahawks are No. 1 in the NFL in stopping the rush, allowing only 62.3 yards per game. Dallas is 20th against the run and facing the No. 1 running team in Seattle, which is averaging 167.3 yards per game on the ground. Seahawks 34, Cowboys 17


How they line up: All eight pick the Seahawks.


How they line up: Four of five pick the Seahawks.

Comment: Keyshawn Johnson – I’m getting on the (Cowboys) bandwagon. If they stick to the philosophy of running the ball with (DeMarco) Murray and not panic, and stay patient in the situation … I think they have a chance to go into Seattle and upset them. Now, it’s going to be a long path. It mean, it’s not going to be easy. But they can do it.


How they line up: Don Banks picked the Seahawks.

Comment: Don Banks – Credit the surprising Cowboys for winning the games they had a shot to win, and even humbling the struggling Saints when New Orleans was (or is) vulnerable. But it would represent a sizable step up in weight class to go into Seattle and hang with the Seahawks for four quarters. Dallas isn’t ready for that, but that’s okay. The Cowboys have their first two division games coming up at home against the Giants and Washington, and taking care of business in those are much more important to the trajectory of Dallas’s season than this week. The Seahawks, having survived in Washington on Monday night thanks to the ridiculous play-making talent of Russell Wilson, will make it 2-0 against the NFC East. Seahawks 33, Cowboys 20.


How they line up: All five pick the Seahawks.

Comment: Elliot Harrison – his game will be extremely close early on, with the host Seahawks pulling away late in the third quarter. Look, Seattle is a great team, there’s no doubt about it. But the defense will have its hands full with that Cowboys offensive line, which is a far cry from the Redskins unit the Seahawks faced last Monday. Dallas left tackle Tyron Smith isn’t backing down against anyone; neither is Travis Frederick or Zack Martin. I freaking love, but I think the site’s rating of the Cowboys’ O-line is low. League-leading running backDeMarco Murray ain’t league-leading running back DeMarco Murray without that group.

Murray’s Seattle counterpart, Marshawn Lynch (ranked No. 1 by, has been awesome despite working with less stellar play up front, as has quarterback Russell Wilson. Thinking the Cowboys have trouble, personnel-wise, stopping the read option, as well as Wilson’s keepers. #DALvsSEA


How they line up: Both picked the Seahawks.

Comment: David Steele -Put aside the Seahawks defense and the enticing matchups with the Cowboys’ offense for now. Seattle’s potential to thoroughly humiliate opposing defenses was fully realized early in the Monday night win in Washington — and on that first, devastating and demoralizing series of the game, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks did it without Marshawn Lynch.

A repeat performance, against a far better opponent, would change the vibe of this game completely. Washington ran the ball poorly, but after a while they had to abandon it completely, and the Cowboys and DeMarco Murray can’t afford to be put in that position. If the Dallas defense really has taken that huge step up from last year, now is the time to prove it.

Not that watching Tony Romo and Dez Bryant attack Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and the rest won’t be a treat. In reality, these contending Cowboys need to make sure it doesn’t get to that in order to win, or stay in, the game. Prediction: Seahawks 23, Cowboys 20


How they line up: Six of seven pick the Seahawks.


How they line up: Both picked the Seahawks.


How they line up: All 16 pick the Seahawks.

Comment: Gary Davenport – There are three constants in life. Death, taxes and Seattle winning home games.

Since Russell Wilson took the helm at quarterback for the Seahawks in 2012, Seattle has lost a grand total of once at home.

Of course, the Cowboys are hardly chopped liver themselves. Paced by the league’s best ground game and a defense that’s exponentially better than anyone thought it would be, Dallas has reeled off four wins in a row.

But this is Seattle. The madness. The mayhem. The 12th Man.

And you just don’t beat the Seahawks there.


How  they line up: All six pick the Seahawks.

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