Yes, the Seahawks are the defending Super Bowl champions, and yes, the game was going to be in Seattle.
The Dallas Cowboys didn’t care. And that is probably why they won, 30-23, at CenturyLink Field on Sunday.
“We always have our same game plan – to go in every week and know it’s about us,” Cowboys defensive end George Selvie said on The MoJo Show. “We just went up there and did our thing.”
The Cowboys overcame an early 10-0 deficit thanks to Tony Romo, who threw a pair of first-half touchdowns (one to Gavin Escobar and one to Jason Witten) and DeMarco Murray, who continued his MVP-caliber play, rushing 29 times for 115 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown run that proved to be the game-winner.
As for the defense? The Cowboys limited Seattle to 13 points after the first quarter and picked off Russell Wilson in the final minute of regulation.
“We went out there and played fundamental football,” Selvie said. “Play your assignment, do your job. That’s how we play our defense. That’s how we got it done.”
Dallas limited the league’s top rushing offense to just 80 yards on the ground. Marshawn Lynch rushed 10 times for 61 yards, more than half of which came on one 32-yard burst.
“They didn’t give the ball to him much, but when he did get the ball, we tried to stop him,” Selvie said. “He did get one big play that I missed a tackle on, but it’s all good.”
Wilson didn’t fare much better, finishing 14-of-28 for 126 yards.
“With him, he’s back there making plays and running the offense,” Selvie said. “He likes to take off a little bit. We just had to stay in front of him and keep him in the pocket. Our secondary did a great job of making him hold the ball so we could get some pressure, but we just tried to keep him in front of us and not let him use his legs to beat us.”
Wilson did have a 9-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, but he finished with just 12 rushing yards overall.
The Cowboys, who had more than twice as many rushing yards (162) as Seattle, have now won five straight games for the first time since 2007. They’ve also already won more games than many people predicted they would win all season – and it’s only mid-October.
“It was all negative coming into this season,” Selvie said. “I think the most games (the media) had us picked to win was like three or something like that. But we couldn’t focus on that. We just had to go out there and play football. We have a great team. We have the defense looking nice, and the offense is humming with the running game and the passing game. We just got to keep that stuff going, and I think we can go a long way with it.”
Dallas plays its next three games at home, starting this Sunday against the Giants (3-3). Selvie is hoping for more crowd support than the Cowboys got in their 20-17 win over Houston on Oct. 5, when Texans fans filled AT&T Stadium.
“Hopefully fans come out and show up and have our crowd rocking for the next three games,” Selvie said.