Game Predictions & Player Projections - SEA vs. DAL

Game Predictions & Player Projections - SEA vs. DAL


Game Predictions & Player Projections - SEA vs. DAL

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Prediction: SEA 24, DAL 20 (Line: SEA by 6)

UPDATE: Dez Bryant is listed as questionable but was able to have limited practices this week. The Cowboys and Bryant himself say he will play and claims he won’t be on a snap count. But he has not played since Week 1 and now faces the Seahawks defense with Matt Cassel as a quarterback. I am adding him into the projections with only limited expectations and he will be a risk to rely on at all this week.

The 3-4 Seahawks found a weak spot in the schedule last week and notched a win but are only 1-3 when they are away from Seattle. The 2-4 Cowboys continue their Romo-less free fall though getting Dez Bryant back soon could make a difference. The Cowboys pulled off an upset win in Seattle last year when they won 30-23. These Seahawks are not as good as the 2014 version but that’s even more true comparing the Cowboys to last year.

Seattle Seahawks

1 @STL 31-34 10 ARI ——
2 @GB 17-27 11 SF ——
3 CHI 26-0 12 PIT ——
4 DET 13-10 13 @MIN ——
5 @CIN 24-27 14 @BAL ——
6 CAR 23-27 15 CLE ——
7 @SF 20-3 16 STL ——
8 @DAL —— 17 @ARI ——
9 BYE ——  
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SEA @ DAL Rush Catch Pass
QB Russell Wilson 40 240,1
RB Fred Jackson 10 4-30,1
WR Doug Baldwin 3-50
WR Jermaine Kearse 3-40
TE Jimmy Graham 4-50
PK Steven Hauschka 1 FG 3 XP

Pregame Notes: The Seahawks defense came back to life but it was against a mostly lifeless 49ers team and even then the offense could only produce 20 points. The schedule is very kind for a comeback for the 3-4 Seahawks who still have both meetings with the Cardinals and a home game versus the Rams left to play. After the Week 9 bye, the Seahawks only have three more road games left to play and will be likely favored in two.

QUARTERBACK : The year of Russell Wilson-lite continues with his sixth game with only one touchdown, lower 200 yards in passing and marginal rushing with no score. Wilson comes off a season worst 20 yards on seven runs in San Francisco but averages just 39 yards per game as a runner. By this time last year he had three running touchdowns and twice had rushed for over 100 yards in a game. He had also thrown ten touchdowns. Wilson even has better receivers.

RUNNING BACK : Marshawn Lynch finally produced a big game when he rushed for 122 yards on 27 runs in the win over the 49ers but had no catches for the first time this year. He scored a touchdown for the second week in a row but so far this too is Lynch-lite with just the one game to remind us what he used to do almost every week. Coming into last week, Lynch had been averaging just 46 yards per game. Fred Jackson had a season best four catches for 33 yards in that game but remains well short of any fantasy relevancy.

WIDE RECEIVER : There is no consistency here other than turning in mediocre games. Doug Baldwin only scored twice this year and averaged just 37 yards over the last five games. Jermaine Kearse is about the same though he had zero catches in the loss to the Panthers. Tyler Lockett scored his first offensive touchdown of his career and totaled five receptions for 79 yards in the win over the 49ers but was blanked in the previous game and carries no consistency. The sad part is that this unit is about the same as last year.

TIGHT END : Just when Jimmy Graham was coming off an eight catch, 140 yard game that said he was finally in the game plan, he flopped again. Graham only had five targets in San Francisco and caught just two for 31 yards. He remains in the top 5 of under-used start players in the league.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: Marshawn Lynch has a great shot at a good game against the team that’s allowed all but one opponent to score using their running backs. They’ve only surrendered one 100 yard rushing game but five different backs have received over 50 yards versus the Cowboys. Jimmy Graham is facing a defense that has been quite good against the position allowing just one score for tight ends and none to Rob Gronkowski. Lynch is a must start here but Wilson should be nothing more than his usual one-touchdown self. There should be a passing score but it could go to a back or to a wideout. Have to like the Seattle defense as well since Matt Cassel threw three interceptions in his debut versus the Giants.

Gaining Fantasy Points SEA 17 22 24 13 3 7
Preventing Fantasy Points DAL 5 29 7 3 28 30

Dallas Cowboys

1 NYG 27-26 10 @TB ——
2 @PHI 20-10 11 @MIA ——
3 ATL 28-39 12 CAR ——
4 @NO 20-26 13 @WAS ——
5 NE 6-30 14 @GB ——
6 BYE —— 15 NYJ ——
7 @NYG 20-27 16 @BUF ——
8 SEA —— 17 WAS ——
9 PHI ——  
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vs Rush Catch Pass
RB Darren McFadden 60 6-40
WR Cole Beasley 3-40
WR Dez Bryant 4-50
WR Devin Street 2-50
WR Terrance Williams 3-30
TE Jason Witten 6-50,1
PK Dan Bailey 2 FG 2 XP

Pregame Notes: The Cowboys continue to stumble and facing the Seahawks with Matt Cassel probably won’t cause a major turn around. Dez Bryant may play as early as this week and while he’ll help, it may be more about freeing others since he has no chemistry or even practice with Cassel. The Cowboys are still waiting for that fateful day in a month when Tony Romo returns and the band is all back together. But by then – it will be far too late to matter.

QUARTERBACK : Matt Cassel threw for 227 yards and one score in his debut against the Giants but his three interceptions were a killer – particularly the pick-six. That’s to be expected though with a journeyman quarterback who didn’t make the grade in Buffalo this summer. He’s on his fifth team and trying to learn the playbook knowing he’s just a place holder for a few weeks.

RUNNING BACK : The much-anticipated debut of Christine Michael was just as thrilling as his time in Seattle. Michael was only given five carries to gain 18 yards while Darren McFadden went off for 152 yards and a score on 29 carries. Joseph Randle was knocked out of the game and is expected to miss this week with an oblique injury. Since McFadden has the only 100 yard game for the Cowboys this year, he gets a chance to be the primary at least until he flops badly or is injured again.

WIDE RECEIVER : Cassel did a decent job spreading the passes to four different wideouts though Cole Beasley had his first game with no catches. Terrance Williams turned in 70 yards on four catches for his best production since Romo left. The rookie Devin Street caught his first NFL touchdown but totals just four receptions on the year. A new feature to the offense was using the undrafted rookie from Florida Atlantic. Lucky Whitehead is only 5-9, 163 lbs. and ran the ball four times for 35 yards. That’s just one less than Christine Michael ran. Whitehead was not used as a receiver and has just one catch on the year.

Dez Bryant will be trying out his foot this week to see if he can play. I will hold him out until he is cleared to play.

TIGHT END : Cassel turned to Jason Witten more than any other receiver. His eight targets resulted in six catches for a season best 73 yards though Witten hasn’t scored since the season opener. Witten is the most consistent receiver for the Cowboys while Romo is out but sticks around 60 yards per week.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Seahawks have only allowed one runner to score on them though three players have rushed for 80 yards or more on them. Expect a lesser effort from McFadden who is still worth starting since the Seahawks secondary should force Cassel to look for shorter targets and McFadden already caught nine passes in Week 5 when he replaced Lance Dunbar. There is no Cowboy wideout worth considering against the #1 secondary that has give up just one touchdown to a wideout this year. If there is a passing touchdown, it should end up with Witten or a running back. Terrance Williams draws CB Richard Sherman.

Gaining Fantasy Points DAL 29 4 32 10 18 32
Preventing Fantasy Points SEA 4 2 1 31 9 27

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