As usual at playoff time, the injury list gets pretty small. Pete Carroll said J.R. Sweezy “has got a good chance.”
Earl Thomas had two picks against Dallas in Week 3, when the Cowboys did not yet have Amari Cooper. Bobby Wagner said the Hawks have adjusted to losing “a great, great player” and the only new thing about Dallas’ offense is Cooper, who “changes your offense.”
But which version of Cooper are the Seahawks going to see?
The last time Cooper played the Seahawks was in London when he was still with Oakland. He didn’t last long — knocked out by Bradley McDougald.
Carroll said Jerry Jones’ massive AT&T Stadium feels like a nightclub.
Dak Prescott and Jaylon Smith are key figures in this game.
The Cowboys are the worst offense among the 12 playoff teams, but they have one of the top defenses.
The Seahawks are still the biggest option run team in the NFL.
Walt Coleman, whose crews love to throw flags, will lead a top-graded officiating crew in this game. Coleman’s regular crew protected QBs and called a lot of holding on both sides this season.
The guys at The Athletic look at what has changed since the Week 3 meeting, Cooper’s effect and Jarran Reed’s emergence.
Doug Baldwin talked about his “difficult” year and said, “I’m finding a way every week.”
Frank Clark has had a tough year, too. It started with the death of his father nearly a year ago.
McDougald has played with a bum knee basically all season — which is nothing compared to his brother’s handicap.
Bobby Wagner and Michael Dickson are first-team All-Pros, and Duane Brown is second team.
Chris Carson was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month after he scored five times and finished with three 100-yard rushing games.
Clark was mic’d up for the Arizona game. His best quote: “I eat blood.”
Former Seahawks Steve Hutchinson and Kevin Mawae are finalists for the Hall of Fame. (So are Tom Flores and Edgerrin James, though they didn’t earn that honor in Seattle.)
The Seahawks and Cowboys don’t have a storied series (Dallas leads 10-9, although Russell Wilson is 4-1), but here’s one look at the top five games they have played. Here’s the most notorious:
The Cowboys and Seahawks have only met once in the playoffs.
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