Good morning, 12s, and happy New Year.
Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today - Tuesday, January 1 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
'The Game Most Likely To Come Down To The Final Play'
At NFL.com, Gregg Rosenthal shares what fans need to know about the 2018 NFL playoffs, and the Around the League editor offers an early preview of each Wild-Card matchup, labeling the Seahawks' primetime game against the Cowboys in Dallas as 'the game most likely to come down to the final play.'
Here's what Rosenthal had to say about Saturday's game, which kicks off at 5:15 p.m. PT at AT&T Stadium with national television coverage on FOX:
The Cowboys' one-point victory over the Giants was typical of their season. Only one of their 10 wins in 2018 came by more than one score (Week 6 against the Jags). Dallas' playmaking defense combined with a stagnant passing game and a conservative head coach invites close games, something very likely to happen next Saturday night against the Seahawks.
Seattle's 24-13 victory over Dallas in Week 3 was one of three games the Cowboys lost by more than one score. These teams are mirror images of each other: They have power rushing attacks and coaches who can be too hesitant to throw on early downs.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer also invite close games. In their final three games, the Seahawks lost by three to the 4-12 49ers, beat the 12-4 Chiefs by seven and narrowly escaped overtime Sunday with a late fourth-quarter field goal to down the 3-13 Cardinals. It's hard to imagine either the Seahawks or the Cowboys consistently grinding out yards in a matchup that will feature one of the best veteran linebacker tandems, Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, and the best upstart linebacker tandem, Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch.
In the playoffs, the teams with the better quarterbacks and head coaches usually win. I'll take Carroll over Jason Garrett anytime, and Russell Wilson is playing at a far higher level than Dak Prescott, who has been erratic throughout the year. Amari Cooper, who energized a struggling Cowboys offense when he arrived in late October, has just 83 yards on 23 targets over the last three weeks. This game will probably come down to one play at the end, and no one is more likely to make it than Wilson.
Social Post Of The Day
Today's 'Social Post of the Day' comes from NFL Research, which breaks down what could be a key matchup in this weekend's Wild Card contest between the Seahawks and Cowboys, taking a look at Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner's missed tackle percentage of 0.7, which was the lowest in the league in 2018, and Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott's 950 rushing yards after contact, which also led the the NFL this season. Who will have the upper hand this Saturday?
More From Around The Web
Seahawks.com's John Boyle highlights the perfect connection Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett have enjoyed this season.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll offered the latest injury updates on 710 ESPN Seattle heading into Wild Card week.
Seattle's Chris Carson is one of three running backs up for Ground Player of the Week at NFL.com. You can cast a vote right here.
A look at Seahawks ticket information for Saturday's playoff game in Dallas.
Mike Vorel at the Seattle Times shares five things to know about the Cowboys.
At 710Sports.com, Seahawks sideline reporter John Clayton says the 10-win Seahawks exceeded expectations this season.
Brady Henderson at ESPN.com has a feature on the Seahawks' unique special teams trio of Michael Dickson, Sebastian Janikowski, and Tyler Ott.
Kevin Seifert at ESPN.com details each playoff team's strengths and weaknesses.
ESPN.com's Dan Graziano outlines eight things we learned about the NFL's 2018 regular season, focusing on the Seahawks in his comment on the NFC West: The Seahawks were supposed to be done, remember? Legion of Boom all gone, offense stuck in the mud, Pete Carroll changing coordinators all over the place ... this was supposed to be the year Seattle started its rebuild. The Seahawks instead went 10-6 and made the playoffs. They finally put together a real run game. The young guys they developed on defense to take the place of those departed championship stars blossomed in key places. The veterans who remained played hurt, played their tails off and led by example. But the foundation here is a quarterback in Russell Wilson who never lets his team believe it's out of a game and a coach in Carroll who trusts in the solidity of the program he has built even as the names on the backs of the jerseys change. The Seahawks went into this season expecting to win, and they did.
Seahawks vs Cowboys Through The Years
The Seahawks and Cowboys will meet for the second time in the postseason this Saturday in Dallas. Take a look back at photos from past games played between the two teams.