The Dallas Cowboys have what is considered by most to be the best stadium in the NFL, so it only makes sense that they would want to play all their games at home. However, the Cowboys have to go on the road to take on the Seattle Seahawks because there is a Coldplay concert at AT&T Stadium on Thursday night. Despite having to go on the road, the Cowboys are preseason favorites to win the NFC East according to NFL expert picks, so the trip to Seattle will be a great test for the team against a playoff caliber team.
Over the past four years, the Seattle Seahawks have been one of the best teams in the league. The team won the Super Bowl three seasons ago, and almost won it for a second consecutive time in 2014. The Seahawks also play in what is considered to be the loudest stadium in the league, which should make this game have a regular season feel to it.
If the Cowboys play well in Seattle, it will boost the team’s confidence as they get ready for the start of the regular season.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett echoed the same sentiments. The coach called the Seahawks a very well-coached team with a lot of good players and said it would be a fun challenge for his team to go into a hostile environment against one of the best teams in the NFL.
Since this is the third preseason game of the season, which is also known as the dress rehearsal, the Cowboys will give their starters more minutes than they have played in the preseason so far. The game will also be first round draft pick Ezekiel Elliot’s preseason debut.
Elliot, who came into the league with much hype because of how well he played in college and the fact that he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, will get a chance to show the rest of the league what he can do.
Since Elliot missed the first two preseason game as he was recovering from a sore hamstring, the Cowboys will likely not play him for more than a quarter or two to avoid any more injuries.
After a 4-1 start in 2014, the Cowboys had plenty of doubters, but they put all the doubt to rest against the Seattle Seahawks, whom they defeated at Century Link Stadium to legitimize their season. The team will be hoping for a similar outcome against one of the top contenders in the NFL.
Last season, one of the biggest issues the Cowboys had was the lack of a consistent running game. The team let league leading rusher DeMarco Murray leave via free agency, and couldn’t replicate his production with their running back by committee approach. The inconsistencies in the running game led the team to draft Elliot and sign Alfred Morris from the Washington Redskins.
With the team’s running game expected to be much improved this season, Tony Romo will not have to carry the team on his back, which should be a relief for the veteran quarterback who is returning from an injury that ended his season early last year.