I will be the first to admit, I was very worried about the Seahawks' chances on Sunday, September 16. Dallas was coming into Seattle with a long layoff after beating the NY Giants pretty handily on the 2012 NFL season's opening night, Wednesday September 5.
Having an extra three days off to bask in the win, watch the Seahawks offense look positively moribund against Arizona, and then prepare for that same offense must have looked pretty appetizing to the Cowboys. It definitely looked that way to the tons of Cowboys fans that showed up for the game.
Hearing that starting left tackle Russell Okung was going to be out again with a leg injury gave me nightmare visions of Dallas monster defensive end DeMarcus Ware feasting on rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.
I won’t say that I had no hope for a Seattle win, because this game was in the now legendary confines of CenturyLink Field, home of the Beast Quake. This was the place Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo entered into history as the quarterback unable to hold onto a field goal attempt and then be tackled short of the first down from behind by Seahawks safety Jordan Babineaux, the play that led to a classic posting on Facebook.
Soon, after properly fueling with alcohol to loosen the vocal chords, the 12th Man came alive as Cowboys kickoff return man Felix Jones had the ball knocked loose by Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson on the opening kickoff. Seattle recovered but the drive stalled. The Seahawks managed to come away with a field goal.
Another kickoff led to a Dallas three and out. The ensuing punt got blocked by linebacker Malcolm Smith and the football was recovered by safety Jeron Johnson for a touchdown. Five minutes in and the Seahawks special teams have given the home team a 10-0 lead. It was a nervous lead but made all the better that the Seahawks would not be so dependent on a shaky offense thanks to a special teams cushion.