The NFL postseason wild-card game between Seattle Seahawks vs Dallas Cowboys will kick off on January 5th at 8:15 p.m. ET in 2019 at AT&T Stadium. NFC East winner the Cowboys won seven of their last eight games and gets the 2019 NFL Playoffs as a No. 4 seed but the Seahawks in 2018 season already dominate the Cowboys in week 3 game by 24-13 at CenturyLink Field. It is therefore wise to try and predict the kind of direction that the tournament is likely to take.
Quarterbacks are obviously going to play a big role Dak Prescott has been doing and really put some good ball against the Giants Cowboys are better defensively and offensively accorting to the cbssports.com Prescott has thrown 14 touchdowns at AT&T Stadium this season and Ezekiel Elliott won the league’s rushing title for the second time in his career with 1,434 yards. The Cowboys did give them a run for their money though. As a matter of fact, they had more yards but hardly converted any of them into credible goals.
Who wins this game I am going to pick this Seahawks because I do think it’s close one and Russell Wilson is the x-factor of the game but I would not be surprised if the Cowboys won with their home-field advantage. Russell Wilson and head coach Pete Carroll have history of postseason experience and success in the playoffs this is why Seattle Seahawks the teams totally different behind the Dallas Cowboys.
Having studied both teams extensively in the regular season ended December 2018, we are able to arrive at some conclusions here. That the Dallas Cowboys are more likely to stage an impressive comeback. We have as a matter of fact narrowed down to five reasons, which in our opinion shall make the upcoming matchup quite different and unique from the others.
#1. Earl Thomas isn’t playing
Seattle Seahawks’ Earl Thomas is not going to play this time around. He did sustain a massive leg fracture during the fourth week of the contests. This was when the Seattle Seahawks was playing the Arizona Cardinals. He is yet to recover. Tedric Thompson has been tapped to play in his absence. His absence is likely to create a void that may leave the Seahawks quite vulnerable to some beating from the opponents.
#2. Amari Cooper is in
Perhaps the main reason why the Cowboys lost was that they had a comparatively weak defense. This was mainly occasioned by the fact that their top defender, Amari Cooper, did not participate in most tournaments. Given that he is to play in the upcoming match, it is highly likely that his participation shall be a game-changer in the upcoming tournament.
#3. Cowboys now know where the flaws existed in the previous matches
The Cowboys had an upper hand in their last match against the Seattle Seahawks. They had the ability to score a whopping 7-7 standing in the second-quarter. However, they squandered these wonderful opportunities due to the weak conversion of their forward, one, Ezekiel Eliot. There is credible evidence to deduce that the player has since realized where he went wrong and is intent on rectifying the mistakes.
#4. Wolf Hunter starts now
Unlike the previous match that was commenced by a non-starter, Sean Lee, this time around, a more experienced Vander Esch is going to set the ball rolling. Being more experienced and well qualified, he is likely to set the ‘Wolf Hunter’ in a nice trajectory than was previously the case. They have also mastered the game of their opponent and have come up with strategies to contain their key player, Chris Carson.
Game: Dallas Cowboys vs Seattle Seahawks
Start time and date: January 5th at 8:15 p.m. ET in 2019
Location: AT&T Stadium
TV channel: FOX
Live stream: FOX Sports GO
Odds: Cowboys -2.5
#5. Blake Jarwin is much better at catching passes now
It will be recalled that for a large part, it was the poor defense of the Dallas Cowboys that cost them the tournament. Things are slated for a change for the better this time around. This is because their tight end, Blake Jarwin has also improved his tactics. It, therefore, follows that he is likely to be better at catching the passes than he was before. This means that on the whole, the ‘Wolf Hunter’ shall most likely concede fewer goals. PS: All these are mere speculations. You have to follow the matches on your own to see how the final outcome is more likely to be.
Prediction: Seahawks 27 – Cowboys 24