The Cowboys enter the post season winners of their last two and NFC East champions. They are 10-6 on the season and outstanding at home, at 7-1. They are a two point favorite over the Seahawks despite dropping their regular season contest by a score of 24-13. Examining the teams statistically, Seattle is eighth in scoring and 16th in points allowed. On the other hand, Dallas relies mostly on a tough defense, giving up the seventh fewest points in the league, while ranked 22nd in scoring.
When Dallas has the ball, all eyes will be on Ezekiel Elliott, who has rushed for 1434 yards. A dual threat, he has also caught 77 passes out of the backfield. The Seahawks can be very successful at containing the Dallas offense if they stop the run, as Dak Prescott has been sacked 56 times this season. Dallas could have their issues with Frank Clark and Jarron Reed, who have combined for 24.5 sacks this season. Should Prescott have time to throw, he will likely key in on Amari Copper and Cole Beasley. They combined 122 catches and have helped Prescott tally nearly 3900 yards passing and 22 touchdowns.
Seattle's offensive approach should be to control the clock with a ground game averaging 160 yards per game. Chris Carson leads the way with 1151 yards and nine touchdowns, while Mike Davis, Rasahard Penny and Wilson have added over 1300 yards. Like Prescott, Wilson has been sacked a lot, going down 51 times this season. Containing the pass rush will be paramount so Wilson can find the likes of Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin. Dallas cannot fall asleep on Jaron Brown, although he has only 19 receptions, he has a nose for the end zone, having scored five times.
Both Brett Maher of the Cowboys and Sebastian Janikowski of the Seahawks have big legs, however Maher has been inconsistent, hitting better from 50+ (6-for-7) than from 30-49 (13-for-18). Although Janikowski has been rather ordinary in terms of percentage, the veteran has made some clutch kicks this season.
Like is the case in most playoff games, the team with the fewest mistakes will win. This is where Seattle has an edge. They are 8-4 in the post season with Wilson at the helm. Expect a costly interception or fumble by Dallas to be the difference maker. Wilson will find a way to lead Seattle to a win in a tough venue for road teams.