Seahawks offense comes alive in 27-17 win over the Cowboys
SEATTLE — In the third and most important game of the preseason, the Seahawks looked nearly dominant. Almost strong. Pretty collected.
In short, the Seahawks looked close to ready for the regular season.
It wasn’t always easy, but the Seahawks beat the Dallas Cowboys 27-17 CenturyLink Field’s final preseason game of the year. And in the end, it was largely the offense that returned to form after two previous preseason affairs where the team struggled mightily.
The Seahawks fell behind early, as Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott connected with Jason Witten to cap a 7-play, 81-yard drive late in the first quarter. Prescott entered the game in the first drive, as Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo left with a back injury after a Cliff Avril sack.
The Hawks answered, however, with kicker Steven Hauschka knocking a 27-yard field goal through early in the 2nd quarter. Then Russell Wilson threw his first touchdown pass of the preseason, connecting with wide receiver Paul Richardson.
The Cowboys tied the game at the end of the half with a 40-yard field goal from kicker Dan Bailey.
But it was the third quarter where the Seahawks returned to 2014-level dominance, scoring 17 unanswered points. Wilson capped his night with a touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett in the 3rd quarter. The Seahawks star finished 16-for-21 with 192 yards passing and two touchdowns, polishing what has otherwise been an unimpressive preseason.
“We have to keep staying on schedule,” Wilson said during an in-game interview on Q13 FOX. “That’s what we did tonight.”
Wilson praised the often maligned offensive line, who allowed zero sacks from the Dallas defense through the first three quarters.
“The energy and the fans tonight, it’s the real deal,” Wilson said.
On the other side of the ball, Seahawks defensive starters also looked like they fell into form. After a few strong drives by the Cowboys early, the Hawks didn’t allow a touchdown through the middle part of the game. Linebacker Bobby Wagner secured seven tackles, and Cliff Avril two sacks. Defensive end Frank Clark and cornerback Tharold Simon also roughed up the Cowboys quarterback, each securing a sack.
As the game wore on, Seahawks players struggling to make the team had some time to shine as backups took over. The Seahawks and all NFL teams have to cut their rosters down to 75 players from 90 Tuesday.
The Seahawks will finish off the preseason Thursday against the Raiders at the Oakland Coliseum.