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Predictions For Betting On Cowboys Seahawks – Cowboys, Rested And Ready, Go To The Pacific Northwest

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/13/2012 6:31:50 PM

The Dallas Cowboys played a rare Wednesday season opener in 2012. They will count on that fact to help them in week two when they pay a visit to Seattle to take on the Seahawks.

Dallas Cowboys @ Seattle Seahawks – Sunday, September 16   
Sport betting line: Dallas -2.5

Why Dallas Will Win

The football betting community took notice of the way Dallas comported itself as a team in week one against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants in a road night game. The Cowboys made a strong statement on the defensive side of the ball, especially in the secondary. Cornerbacks shut off the deep ball and forced the Giants to dink and dunk down the field. Every Cowboy defender – at all levels of the defense – made excellent reactions to the ball and to the flow of play. Dallas was extremely well prepared, a sign that this coaching staff is getting better under head man Jason Garrett.

On the offensive side of the ball the players like Jason Witten and Miles Austin, who were not completely ready for week one because of less practice time, will be more warmed up. Adding in the great connection that was made between Tony Romo and his newest receiver in week one, Kevin Ogletree, the Cowboys' offense becomes that much more dynamic. Moreover, the success of the running game in week one against the Giants' defensive front was appreciably noticeable. The Cowboys were able to kill the clock in the final minutes, a very encouraging sign for them as they move to week two.

All in all, things look pretty good for the Cowboys at this point. They will also be rested for this game because their season opener was played on a Wednesday, four days before most of the rest of the league began its season.

Why Seattle Will Win

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll must love various sets of poker games. The sideline sultan of the Seahawks took a poker-table risk of the highest order by installing Russell Wilson as his opening day starting quarterback instead of offseason acquisition Matt Flynn. The move was questionable, and it's true that Seattle lost at Arizona in week one, but if a fourth-down pass had been caught by receiver Braylon Edwards in the end zone, the outlook would be so different for the Seahawks this week. Wilson now has a game under his belt, and he should be able to see the field with more clarity and understanding in week two, thereby giving the Seahawks a small but real edge. Seattle is hoping that a sharper offensive performance will in turn aid the defense by helping it to stay off the field. The Seahawks will want to control the ball against the potent Cowboys. Carroll's defense is young and fast, but Dallas can potentially overpower the Seahawks up front. If Seattle's offense is up to the challenge, the Seahawks can dictate the tempo of play and create the kind of game they want.

When one also realizes that Seattle's home field is one of the biggest in the league – the Seahawks played opponents tough last season, even though they finished with a 7-9 record – the Cowboys are going to have a tough task this weekend. Even with Dallas' rest and freshness, the Cowboys are not being installed as a heavy favorite. That should tell you something important about the value of Seattle's home field.

Who Will Win

The Cowboys' four-day rest advantage is hard to ignore in this contest. Dallas is naturally confident after its week one breakthrough against New York. Getting extra rest to properly recharge for week two should enable the Cowboys to win in the Northwest.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Dallas

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