Dallas Cowboys: Three Ways to Slow Down Russell Wilson

Demarcus Lawrence #90 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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1. Force the running game to beat Dallas

There are so many weapons coming out of the Seattle offense, but Russell Wilson is their most important piece. He has proven time and time again that he can do so many things well compared to other NFL quarterbacks. The Dallas Cowboys have to simply get the ball out of his hands.

One way to do that is the force the running game and Seattle’s running backs to beat the Cowboys. This is a scary thought due in part to the deep backfield Seattle has on their roster. From Chris Carson to Carlos Hyde, the Seahawks have talent in the backfield.

The strength of this Dallas Cowboys defense is their front seven. Granted, there are injuries that are hurting depth and the players are still learning defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s system. Compared to their secondary, Dallas would rather leverage their front seven to stop the run than their secondary to slow down the passing game.

How do the Dallas Cowboys do that? One is to get as much pressure on Wilson as possible on passing plays. Dallas only has two sacks through two games and must get more production from their defensive line.

Putting the pressure on Seattle’s running game to move the ball down the field works in favor of Dallas. Most experts are predicting a high-scoring game so the more field goals allowed, the better. Also, the more times Seattle’s offense is facing a third and long, the better chances Dallas has on winning the game.