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On Deck: Seattle Seahawks

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    On Deck will be here all season to provide you with everything you need to know (and a few things you don't) about every Cowboys game during the 2014 season.

    The Opponent: The Seahawks battled some huge penalties and a game Redskins defense on Monday night but still managed a 10-point win on the road. Now, they return home, where they almost never lose.

    Past Meetings: The Cowboys hold a 9-6 advantage in the all-time series with the Seahawks winning the one postseason game in the infamous hold snafu by Tony Romo in Seattle in 2007. After that, the Cowboys won three straight games against the Seahawks. Then came their 2012 meeting in Seattle when the Seahawks ravaged Dallas in what essentially was a coming-out party for their current run of success.

    Key Matchup: Cowboys offensive line vs. Seahawks defensive line — This is an epic matchup. It's no secret the Cowboys will lean heavily on the run, but that's a lot easier said than done against the Seahawks' No. 1 rush defense, and especially in that hostile environment. But if anyone can match up with Michael Bennett in the middle, it's the Cowboys' young stable of dominant offensive linemen. Whoever wins that battle will win the game.

    Who's Hot: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray continues his astounding tear through the National Football League after rushing for 136 yards in the Cowboys' overtime win over Houston, marking his fifth 100-yard rushing day in five games. He's far and away the most productive running back in the league this year.

    Rangers second baseman, ahem, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was phenomenal on Monday night in the nation's capital. Wilson rushed for 122 yards and a score while throwing for two more touchdowns and racking up 201 yards through the air. He also helped the Seahawks overcome numerous penalties including the dreaded pre-snap miscues that coaches hate so much.

    Who's Not: The Cowboys' run defense showed its tail on Sunday to an aging, ailing running back in Arian Foster. The Texans veteran rushed for two touchdowns and 157 yards on just 23 carries, good for nearly seven yards per carry.

    The penalties would've cost the Seahawks a game against a better team, like the Cowboys. You'd have to think a lot of those pre-snap penalties will be cleaned up by playing at home. Percy Harvin, for instance, had three touchdowns called back because of penalties. That's unheard of.