Grades Vs. the Seahawks
Rush Offense: F -- With the way the Seahawks crowd the line of scrimmage on defense, the Cowboys didn't expect to do much on the ground. It showed with their lack of attempts but 49 yards on 16 carries is just not good enough. DeMarco Murray had just 44 yards on 12 carries and was a non factor in the game. It appears Felix Jones is no longer an option on the ground.
Pass Offense: F -- A week ago Tony Romo and the passing game was all the rage. Well against the Seahawks, Romo and company were in funk and out of sync from the outset with miscommuncation on routes, misplays, five dropped passes, an interception and two near interceptions because of blatant drops on defense. The only highly was a 22-yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin. Jason Witten dropped three passes and misplayed a deep ball that he probably should have caught. Dez Bryant dropped two passes and had a fumble while struggling with physical man to man covreage. Kevin Ogletree caught just one pass and had just one target after his breakout play in the opener.
Rush Defense: F-- What else can be said except that the Seahawks ran the ball down the Cowboys throats. They rushed a whopping 41 times for 181 yards. The bulk of the damage was done in the second half when Marshawn Lynch got 100 of his 122 carries. The Cowboys couldn't stop the run or get off the field in the final two quarters as they were simply worn down by the powerful Seahawks running game. This was a game in which the Cowboys sorely missed nose tackle Jay Ratliff.
Pass Defense: D-- Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson was surprisingly effecient, completing 15 of 20 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. Because the Cowboys couldn't stop the run they didn't get Wilson in a lot of third and long situations. They didn't pressure him much hoping to keep him contained yet he still made a few plays with his feet. He was sacked only twice.
Special Teams: F-- Felix Jones continued a miserable start to the season for him by setting the tone in the loss with a fumble on the opening kickoff. It led to a field goal. The Cowboys compounded their special teams gaffes when Dan Conner missed a block allowing a Chris Jones punt to be blocked and returned for a touchdown. Dez Bryant muffed a punt at the end of the half when the Cowboys were hoping to get into field goal range.
Coaching: F -- The Cowboys had 11 days off between the opener and the Seattle game. They claim they were prepared yet they came out flat and without emotion at the outset. Even more embarrassing was the Cowboys didn't fight back when the Seahawks got rough and tough in the second half. Inconsistency and a lack of passion is on the coaching staff.