After losing to the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving primetime, the Seattle Seahawks rolled into AT&T Stadium for a interconference showdown with the surging Dallas Cowboys. Seattle came into this week 13 Thursday Night Football matchup on a two game slide that was largely due to poor quarterback play from Geno Smith. The Cowboys came into the TNF showdown a 10 point favorite, looking to roll over the Seahawks like they did on Thanksgiving beating the Washington Commanders 45-10. Dallas would not coast to another easy home victory after Smith came to play finishing 24/31 for 334 yards 3 touchdowns and an interception. The Seahawks quarterback made pinpoint throws all evening and found major production out of star wideout DK Metcalf. Metcalf would finish with 6 receptions for 134 yards and 3 touchdowns. Metcalf’s performance almost single handedly kept Seattle in this contest after Dak Prescott had another steady performance for the Cowboys, 29/41 for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns. Prescott was able to match Geno Smith’s energy all night in a game that came down to the last possession that would result in a defensive stand from the Cowboys and a 41-35 win. This game remarkably ended with not a single punt kicked, the 5th game ever to record this stat in NFL history.
NFL GAMES WITH ZERO PUNTS ALL-TIME:— NFL (@NFL) December 1, 2023
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Seattle is now 6-6 and on a three game losing streak that will sting even more after losing in a shootout to a team that they were considered as severe underdogs to. Geno Smith had his best game of the season and DK Metcalf looked like a generational wideout after torching a solid Cowboys secondary highlighted by DaRon Bland who leads the NFL in pick-sixs with 6. The Seahawks remain in the playoff hunt but will continue to yearn for the return of Kenneth Walker III even though rookie running back Zach Charbonnet found the endzone in tonight’s loss. I would be hard pressed to believe this Seahawks team would make a wildcard spot given they play the 49ers next week on the road, followed by the Eagles, and Steelers in their final five weeks of the season. I bet this Seahawks team finishes at 7-10 or 8-9 after the injury riddled season their backfield and defense has had.
The Cowboys now move to 9-3 and 6-0 at home this season after grinding out an offensive shootout with a Seahawks team that are fighting for their playoff lives. Dak Prescott has now cemented himself in the MVP conversation after another solid showing to keep the Cowboys breathing down the Philadelphia Eagles knecks. To be fair the Cowboys have not beaten a team so far this season that had a winning record and now prepare for their home faceoff with the 10-1 Eagles. The Cowboys lost their first meeting in Lincoln Financial Field earlier in the year 28-23 and will need to play their best game of the season in order to beat the best team in the NFL. Thankfully star wideout CeeDee Lamb continues his record breaking season after recording 12 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown. This is Lamb’s sixth 100 yard receiving game of the season which is the most by a Cowboys player since Terrell Owens in 2006. The Cowboys defense continues to shine around DaRon Bland who secured his 8th interception this season after showing off his athletic prowess. The Cowboys need Bland to have another big game in order to slow down MVP frontrunner Jalen Hurts and the high powered Eagles offense, look for this game to be a shootout from the first whistle.