It was a special day for the Dallas Cowboys. Not only did the team get back to .500 with a 23-13 win over the Seahawks, but the organization accepted three new members into the “Ring of Honor” at Cowboys Stadium during halftime.
Former Cowboys Drew Pearson, Larry Allen, and Charles Haley join 17 other former Cowboys in having their names enshrined around Cowboys Stadium. For Pearson, it was about time. Pearson played for the Cowboys for 10 years from 1973-83 and is the second most productive receiver in Cowboys history behind, fellow Ring of Honor member, Michael Irvin. Allen and Haley both played during the 90’s and Allen continued until 2005.
But it was Cowboys running back, DeMarco Murray, that stole the show this afternoon. Murray rushed for 139 yards on only 22 carries. He showed explosiveness and a drive that the Cowboys have lacked for much of the season. Murray, determined to prove that his sensational game against the Rams was no fluke, showed that he is capable of being “the guy” for the Cowboys moving forward. He also chipped in 47 yards receiving.
It was a far from perfect game for the Cowboys who continued to struggle in the red zone, in large part due to play calling. In the second quarter the Cowboys had the ball on the Seahawks 1-yard line and failed to punch it in. Instead, Garrett opted for two pass plays and a misdirection sweep to Murray. The decisions had Cowboys nation wondering why you wouldn’t pound the ball up the middle when you have a back like Murray. Questions I’m sure Garrett will receive this week.
In the end, it didn’t hurt the Cowboys too much as they scored 17 second half points to jump on the Seahawks and put the game away. Tony Romo went 19 of 31 for 279 yards and 2 touchdowns, one each to Jason Witten and Laurent Robinson.
The Cowboys will not be happy with their rush defense for the second straight week. The loss of LB Sean Lee showed as the Seahawks, who boast the league’s second worst rushing attack, rattled off 162 yards and a 5.4 yard average. The Cowboys struggled mightily last week against the Eagles and seemed to have some similar struggles against the Hawks.
Seahawks QB Tavaris Jackson had a rough outing going 17 of 30 for 221 yards, and tossed 3 picks with no touchdowns. The Seahawks did some good things but in the end could not stay with the Cowboys.
The Cowboys lost Miles Austin in the first half with what appears to be another hamstring injury. Austin came up lame after pulling his hamstring during a 37-yard reception. Austin has missed 2 1/2 games this season with the hamstring and hopefully this time he will not miss much time.
The Cowboys (4-4) will look to put some wins together as Buffalo comes to town next week.