In a game that saw the first 23-15 half in NFL history, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson took advantage of a depleted Dallas Cowboys secondary tossing five touchdowns in a 38-31 win.
Wilson becomes the first quarterback since 2014 and the first in Seahawks history to throw five touchdowns in back-to-back games. His top target was receiver Tyler Lockett who hauled in three touchdown passes all in the first half and finished with nine catches for 100 yards. He and fellow receiver D.K. Metcalf torched a depleted Cowboys secondary as Metcalf finished with a team-high 110 yards and a touchdown on four catches. Wilson finished with 315 yards despite missing several easy throws.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott did his best to keep his team in the game throwing for a career-high 472 yards and three touchdowns but had two costly interceptions most importantly an ill-advised heave to the end zone with six seconds left. He also fumbled on a strip-sack to open the second half resulting in a Seahawks touchdown. Receivers Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson had breakout games with both topping 100 yards and each finding the end zone. Gallup led with six catches for 138 yards and a score while Wilson had five catches for 107 yards and two scores.
The makeshift offensive line struggled to allow a lot of pressure on Prescott and opening holes for running back Ezekiel Elliott who finished with just 34 yards and a score on 14 carries. Mid game the Cowboys benched rookie tackle Terrance Steele moving all-pro guard Zach Martin to tackle and starting center Joe Looney to guard. Rookie center Tyler Biadasz took over and did a solid job in his first action. On the day the Cowboys outgained the Seahawks 522-412.
Defensively rookie corner Trevon Diggs rebounded after early struggles leading the team with nine tackles and forcing a fumble out of the end zone late in the first quarter. After getting beat deep by Metcalf on what seemed to be a walk-in score Diggs ran him down and punched the ball out forcing the turnover. Linebackers Joe Thomas and Jaylon Smith each had eight tackles while end Aldon Smith continued his comeback tour notching three sacks.
After a 9-9 first quarter, Seatle outscored Dallas 14-6 in the second taking an eight point half-time lead after kicker Greg Zuerlein’s second missed extra point. Each team scored a touchdown in the third with Wilson finding tight end Jeff Hollister from a yard out while Prescott found Wilson from 42 yards. In the fourth Dallas added nine points in roughly ten minutes but a 29-yard Wilson to Metcalf touchdown ended up being the nail in the coffin.
Dallas returns home next week hosting the Cleveland Browns.