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Cowboys at Seahawks Playoffs Preview

January 06, 2007

NFL Wild Card Playoffs - Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks (-3, 46.5) 8:00 PM EST

If the opening NFC Wild Card encounter between Dallas and Seattle gives one an uneasy feeling trying to just pick a winner, think of the potential buyer's remorse of doing so against a pointspread. This might be the shakiest combination since Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson. Dallas was thought to be a shoo-in to capture the NFC East until they lost last three of four contests. Seattle closed out the NFC West again, this time like a punch-drunk middle-weight having taken one too many shots.

Dallas was sitting pretty with 8-4 record and the football world had become Romo-tized, with the sensational play of quarterback Tony Romo. As is the case in life, all good things must end and the Cowboys season has come crashing down vividly to Dallas fans. Romo started 5-1, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes, with 10 touchdowns and only four interceptions. As the Cowboys lost their last three homes games with only a win at Atlanta in the last quarter of the season, the Romo-mentum stopped with an equal number of TD passes and picks (6) and a few untimely fumbles for good measure.

Seattle off the disappointment of not winning the Super Bowl, at least became the first loser of the big game to make the playoffs the next season this decade. They won the NFC West more by default than skill though. Injuries played a large part in the problems for the Seahawks. They were unable to do well against teams west of the Mississippi River with a 5-6 and 4-7 ATS record.

Seattle is a standard three point home favorite at sportsbook.com with a total of 46.5. A couple of questions need to be answered. Do you trust a team that was 1-3 against San Francisco and Arizona like the Seahawks were? OR Does it make more sense to support a football team that made John Kitna appear a still viable NFL starting quarterback like Dallas did?

Maybe it was Jerry Jones announcement of a new Cowboys Stadium that made the players believe the current version is getting a bit too shabby. Dallas was 5-3 and 4-3-1 ATS on the road. For all the offensive weapons Seattle have, they only scored 20.9 PPG against opponents who allowed 22.2 PPG. Qwest Field is known as the loudest stadium in the NFL, yet the home team was 5-3 and 4-4 ATS.

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