From the outset, I don't like the way the Seahawks match up both offensively and defensively versus from the most talented club (on paper) in the National Football League.
The Seahawks have really struggled offensively all season, particularly through the air as veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has completed just 50.9% of his passes while throwing five TD's and nine interceptions and on the season. The offensive front is very thin and the receiving group is marginal by any standard. Running back Julius Jones and Maurice Morris have played well and have earned every one of the 900 plus combined yards they have gained on the season.
Defensively, the loss of Patrick Kearney was devastating to the Seahawks, but the defense as a whole has not performed well on the season. The Seahawks defense held an opponent under twenty points just once so far this season, a victory over the offensively bankrupt Rams.
The Cowboys should have few problems putting points on the board as the Seahawks secondary has suffered due in part to a lack of a sustained pass rush. Terrell Owens, the talented, narcissistic receiver, put up some big numbers last versus the 49ers, but don't be surprised if former Lions Roy Williams puts up some equally impressive numbers come Thursday afternoon.
Defensively, it's been feast or famine for the Cowboys all season long. Overall, though, I don't see anyone on the Seahawks offensive unit that is likely to instill fear in the Cowboys.
I trust that this veteran Cowboys squad will not look beyond this annual Thanksgiving Day contest, but in spite of their outstanding personnel. With the Giants Steelers, Ravens and Eagles remaining on the schedule, however, I would give the Cowboys just an outside chance of making it to this year's postseason.
No one knows which Cowboys club is going to show up on any given Sunday (or Thursday), but I actually have a feeling that this one could get out of hand about the time you're reaching for your second piece of pumpkin pie.
Cowboys 41 – Seahawks 17