The Seattle Seahawks defense has been known as one of the top defensive units in the league over the last few seasons. The secondary has been given the nickname Legion of Boom. Last season they were the top defense in points allowed, yards allowed, and turnovers. This season the passing game has only snatched up two interceptions, and is ranked 22 in passing yards allowed. The Seahawks are however ranked first overall in rushing yards, allowing a league low 62.2 rush yards a game. This Sunday the Seahawks defense takes on DeMarco Murray, the leagues number one rusher.
The Cowboys came into the season after posting an 8-8 record over the last three seasons. The already weak defense lost Pro Bowler DeMarcus Ware to the Denver Broncos, and Veteran linebacker Sean Lee to a season ending injury. Quarterback Tony Romo had off-season back surgery, and was expected to be less than 100%. Add that with often injured running back Murray, and the Cowboys were expected to have a down season to say the least.
Tony Romo got past a terrible opening game, and since that game has thrown eight touchdowns to just two interceptions. A lot of his success can be credited to the dominant run game and improved offensive line. Through five games Murray has a league best 670 yards, averaging 5.2 yards a carry.
Murray is averaging 134 yards per game, and has not rushed for less than 100 in any game. The Seahawks defense has not allowed a single rusher to get more than 38 yards in a single game. Something has to give when the Seahawks defense takes on DeMarco Murray. Murray’s run at the great Jim Brown’s consecutive hundred yard games continues could run into trouble against the Legion of Boom defense and the streak of shutting down any and all rushers.
When asked about facing the league’s top rushing attack, Seahawks Linebacker Bobby Wagner was less than impressed. He was asked if Murray is the best running back they have will have faced all season, and Wagner said “No, that’s Marshawn.” Marshawn, being Marshawn Lynch whom the defense faces daily at practice.
The Seahawks dominant run defense does not come as much of a surprise, as the defense is what lead them to the team’s first ever Superbowl title. While a lot of players were lost to free agency, much of the core remains the same on the line. This allows Wagner, and safety Kam Chancellor to have free range to put a big hit on anybody who makes it past the line.
To make things even harder for the resurging Cowboys, the game will be held in Seattle’s Century Link Field. At home since Russell Wilson joined the team, the Seahawks are 17-1. The Seattle fans set a Guinness world record for crowd noise last year. A record that the Kansas City Chiefs’ fans just broke this year. Tony Romo has not had a lot of luck in Seattle throughout his career. In the 2006 play offs the Cowboys were about to kick a game winning field goal when Romo fumbled the snap. Romo scrambled for the end zone and was tackled as the clock expired.
Two seasons ago, in Wilson’s first home game, the Seahawks were able to dismantle the Cowboys in a 27-7 victory. A game in which the Seahawks defense came up big with a fumble on the opening kickoff, followed by a blocked punt later in the first quarter.
This Sunday the Cowboys travel to Seattle for a battle of two one loss teams. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 pm Eastern Time on Fox. NFL fans are excited to see what will happen when the dominant Seahawks defense takes on DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys.
Commentary by Andy Lapic
NFL (Game Center)