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Enemy Reaction 2020: Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

It took a little longer than planned but Enemy Reaction is here. The Seattle Seahawks won a thriller over the Dallas Cowboys in a game that was somehow crazier than the one over the New England Patriots the preceding week.

Let’s get to recapping the game! Blogging the Boys supplies the comments for Dallas fans, and they’re on the right side of the screenshots.

Russell Wilson finds wide open Tyler Lockett for the touchdown (7-3 SEA)

Tony Pollard fumbles the kickoff and pins Dallas at their own 1 (7-3 SEA)

Ezekiel Elliott is tripped up for a safety (9-3 SEA)

Ezekiel Elliott scores to tie the game (9-9)

DK Metgaffe (9-9)

After slew of Dallas penalties, Tyler Lockett gets his second touchdown (16-9 SEA)

Cedrick Wilson Jr breaks free for 40-yard touchdown (16-15 SEA)

Shaquill Griffin picks off Dak Prescott (16-15 SEA)

No one covers Lockett again (23-15 SEA)

Jarran Reed sacks Dak Prescott, Benson Mayowa recovers the fumble (23-15 SEA)

Jacob Hollister gets his first touchdown of the season (30-15 SEA)

Cedrick Wilson Jr gets his second touchdown of the game (30-22 SEA)

Michael Gallup burns Tre Flowers for the touchdown (30-28 SEA)

Tre Flowers turns a dropped interception into a Michael Gallup catch (30-28 SEA)

DK Metcalf redeems himself in dramatic fashion (38-31 SEA)

Dak Prescott avoids sack, throws up a prayer, which is answered by Ryan Neal to win it for the Seahawks (38-31 SEA Final)

Post-Game: The Cowboys beat themselves (Connor Green, The Landry Hat)

The performance Dallas turned on Sunday against the Seahawks was essentially a crash course in what not to do to win. Beating good football teams usually requires relatively mistake-free play on both sides of the ball. Yet, the Cowboys still came within a score of sending the game to overtime, losing 38-31.

This was a gut-wrenching loss that could have been avoided if the Cowboys had cut down on their mistakes. Still, the fact that the team was able to nearly overcome those issues against a team like the Seahawks shows the tremendous potential of this football team.

If the Dallas Cowboys can cut down on these simple mistakes and play a complete game of football from start to finish, they could potentially make a deep playoff run. However, if the team continues to cough up the football, make bone-headed penalties, and leave points on the board due to subpar special teams play, this might be a long season for fans of America’s Team.

Post-Game: This is probably a 9-win team (Kevin Brady, Inside the Star)

Can we ever get some quality safety play in Dallas? Xavier Woods had been awesome through the first two weeks, but he’s not enough to mask the monumental issues this secondary is having. Specifically at safety. Darian Thompson is simply not it, and it makes me wonder how bad Ha Ha Clinton-Dix must’ve been in camp to get cut from this roster. Busted coverage after busted coverage defined the game on Sunday, and this secondary has a long way to go.

Lastly, let’s talk about this offensive line. I’ve been a big Connor Williams defender since he entered the league, but Sunday was bad. That makes two really poor performances so far this year from Williams, and when the rest of the starters are so banged up, you need Williams to step up and play to his alleged talent level. On the other hand, Zack Martin was awesome. At both guard and tackle! Martin looked like the best swing tackle on the team, filling in for Terence Steele on the right side midway through the game. This offense line is not very good right now, and they need their tackles to get healthy ASAP to stay afloat around .500.

The good news? The Cowboys are easily the favorites in the NFC East. They have the best QB in the division, and are about to hit a bit of a light spot in their schedule. A relative light spot, at least. As the season goes along I think this defense will settle in a bit, but it will be on Prescott’s shoulders weekly. I trust him to get it done, but this is probably a 9 win team.

Post-Game Video: Our secondary is absolute garbage (Dylan Lowe)

Bonus! “Cut Trysten Hill Right Now”

Post-Game Audio: Opponent audio recap with Dallas Cowboys radio announcers Brad Sham and Babe Laufenberg (via Sports Radio KJR)

Enemy Preaction: Miami Dolphins

I’m hoping the Seahawks can make my job easier by having a much easier day at the office against the Miami Dolphins. Somehow I doubt even that will be the case. I’ll just take any win at this point, and if Seattle can get to 5-0 at the bye week... well that would be swell, wouldn’t it?

Thanks for reading and go ‘Hawks!