Cowboys Step Up in Competition Sunday in Seattle

The following item is not intended to minimize what your Cowboys have accomplished this season. I’ll be the first to admit that they – especially the defense – are far better than I predicted.

But to those critics that claim the Cowboys haven’t beaten anybody decent – there is evidence to back their claims.

Again, the Cowboys have won two road games, held onto a big lead at home against the Saints and overcame mind-boggling mistakes to survive the Texans in overtime. In 2013 they did none of those.

But it’s safe to say that at 4-1, the Cowboys’ first real test against an elite team comes Sunday against Seattle.

The defending champion Seahawks are an astounding 19-1 in their last 20 home games, with the lone loss to the Cardinals last December. Included in that run is a dominating 27-7 victory over the Cowboys in Week 2 of 2012. In case you missed their win in Washington last night, they also come equipped with a star quarterback. Russell Wilson is the No. 5 rated quarterback in the NFL.

The Cowboys’ four wins have come over teams with a combined record of 7-12. Only the Texans (3-2) have a winning record.

And the quarterbacks? Amazingly, the Cowboys have to yet face one rated higher than 17th. Colin Kaepernick (25th), Jake Locker (38th), Austin Davis (17th), Drew Brees (23rd) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (33rd) have all helped bolster the stats and confidence of the Cowboys’ defense.

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No way around it, Sunday will be a major step up in weight class for Dallas.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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