Seattle (3-4) at Dallas (2-4)
When: Sunday, November 1st 2015
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Time: 4:25 ET | TV: FOX
Two teams going in different directions meet today in Dallas as the surging Seahawks meeting the slumping Cowboys. Dallas has lost four straight games since losing quarterback Tony Romo to a broken collarbone in Week 2, but will get back WR Dez Bryant for this game. It might not help much as the Cowboys are now on their third quarterback Matt Cassel. Brandon Weeden was ineffective in his three loses and Cassel threw three interceptions in last week’s 27-20 loss to the Giants. With Bryant being back in the lineup, it might free up an opportunity for TE Jason Witten to get going. Witten’s numbers have gone down since the loss of Romo and he only has two scores on the season. Starting running back Joseph Randle was hurt last week and is reportedly facing a suspension, but Darren McFadden stepped up and ran for 152 yards in his place. Defensively, the Cowboys are ranked 9th in total defense, but 27th in points allowed. They’re very good against the run, but susceptible to the pass.
The Seahawks sit at 3-4, but are probably the best sub .500 team in the league. Actually, they’re probably better than some teams over .500. Three of the Seahawks four loses have come to teams that are a combined 18-0 entering Week 8. The defense is as good as it usually is ranking 3rd overall, 3rd against the pass, and 6th against the run. The biggest concern with this team is their offensive line. Quarterback Russell Wilson has been sacked a league-high 31 times this season. He also had one of the worst games of his career in last season’s 30-23 home loss to Dallas. Running back Marshawn Lynch had season-highs in both carries and yards in last week’s 20-3 domination in San Francisco. Tight end Jimmy Graham is Seattle’s leading receiver with 31 catches and 375 yards. The lack of a big play wide receiver is one of the reasons for Wilson’s struggles this year. Seattle is an NFL-best 20-6 when entering a bye week.
Dez Bryant returning won’t have any effect on the Cowboys offense until Romo returns. With the way both of these offenses are struggling, I don’t think we’ll see a lot of points today. I’ll put a small play on Seattle -6, but the ultimate play is the under.
Pick: Under 41.5