History repeats itself with this year’s NFC Wildcard game, the next chapter in a heated rivalry of two teams that truly can’t stand each other. The Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys have gone punch for punch ever since Seattle eliminated Dallas in the 2006 NFC Wildcard game. Since then, the Cowboys have held a slight edge in games against, winning ten of the nineteen games played. Most recently, Seahawks handled the Cowboys in a 24-13 win in Seattle earlier this season. There will be no love lost when the teams take the field in Dallas on Saturday.
Dallas is flanked by the sixth best ranked defense in points allowed. They’re even better against the run, ranking fifth best, giving up only 94.6 yards per game on the ground. This is a defense that has stopped arguably the league’s best offense, the high-powered top-seeded New Orleans Saints whom they may face in the next round if advance. However, they’re also the same defense that was ripped apart by an Odell Beckham Jr-less New York Giants team in the last game of season, and slashed to the tune of 143 yards on the ground including 109 by rookie running back Saquan Barkely.
Dallas Cowboys Home NFL Form
23.12.2018 – WIN – Dallas Cowboys 27 – 20 Buccaneers
09.12.2018 – WIN – Dallas Cowboys 29 – 23 Eagles
30.11.2018 – WIN – Dallas Cowboys 13 – 10 Saints
22.11.2018 – WIN – Dallas Cowboys 31 – 23 Redskins
06.11.2018 – LOSS – Dallas Cowboys 14 – 28 Titans
The Seahawks fly in with the sixth best offense in points scored with 26.8. An offense with a balanced attack, a mobile quarterback, and best in the league with an astounding 160 rushing yards per game. No team runs the ball better. Head coach Pete Carroll will keep Dallas on their toes with a rushing attack that features three running backs each with over 400 yards, not counting their running threat quarterback Russell Wilson, led by Chris Carson and his 1151 yards. Throwing the ball, Wilson has also proved to be an efficient and effective passer, having his best season to date. He’s thrown for a career high 35 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. On the defensive side, Seattle is not the scary defense they’re reputation built them up to be, but nevertheless are a scrappy bunch that get after quarterbacks and have a knack of making big plays.
Seattle Seahawks Away NFL Form
16.12.2018 – LOSS – 49ers 26 – 23 Seattle Seahawks
25.11.2018 – WIN – Panthers 27 – 30 Seattle Seahawks
11.11.2018 – LOSS – Rams 36 – 31 Seattle Seahawks
28.10.2018 – WIN – Lions 14 – 28 Seattle Seahawks
14.10.2018 – WIN – Raiders 3 – 27 Seattle Seahawks
The Money Line
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Dallas Cowboys to win @ 1.90 (9/10)
Seattle Seahawks to win @ 2.05 (21/20)
Odds taken at 14:00 GMT 02/01/2019
Our Verdict and Best Bets
For a storied franchise, the Cowboys have some demons to expel. Since winning their last Super Bowl in 1996, they’ve only made it past their first playoff round appearance three times. This game will come down to Cowboys inconsistent offense and whether they can protect quarterback Dak Prescott. A tall order for a team that has given up the second most sacks in the league, going up against Seattle’s menacing sack seekers, defensive end Frank Clark (14 sacks) and Jarran Reed (10.5 sacks).
This game will be close, but ultimately Seattle’s playoff experience, Pete Carroll’s elusive play calling, and defensive prowess should be too much for this good but inexperienced Cowboys team.
Dallas Cowboys to win @ 1.90 (9/10) with William Hill.
Dallas Cowboys Total Points, Over 23.5 @ 2.1 (11/10) with Bet365.