In my story today, the Seattle Seahawks are wondering which Tony Romo will greet them when they travel to Arlington, Texas, to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Will it be the clutch Romo, who played with a broken rib while quarterbacking his team to a come-from-behind, 27-24 overtime victory at San Francisco – the 49ers’ only loss this season?
Or will Seattle face the turnover-prone Romo, who lost a fumble and threw an interception in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ season-opening loss to the New York Jets?
“He’s a good quarterback,” Seattle defensive back Roy Lewis said. “He’s a gunslinger. He has that mentality. He definitely has that confidence about him that he feels like he can make any throw he wants to – which it works for him sometimes, and it works against him at other times.
“But that’s who he is, and we know that going into this game. I think we’re just going to have to be sound, because he is a big-play type of guy.”
Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne is looking for a better result when he returns home to face the team he grew up rooting for, the Dallas Cowboys, this Sunday. Hawthorne hales from Corsicana, Texas, about an hour’s drive south of Dallas
Sport Illustrated’s Peter King names Seattle safety Kam Chancellor to his midseason All-Pro team. King: “A fifth-round pick who saw limited action last season, the 6’ 3”, 232-pound Chancellor conjures memories of giant Cincy safety David Fulcher. Chancellor hits like his hero Sean Taylor.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com reminds us that although Seattle is 2-5, this team is rebuilding for long-term success. This story includes some interesting comments about that process from general manager John Schneider.
More Farnsworth: He offers a detailed report from Wednesday’s practice.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that there’s no friction between Seattle’s struggling offense and the defense.
Brian Burke writing for the New York Times Fifth Down Blog gives the Seahawks a 19 percent win probability in Dallas.
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com writes that the Seahawks will have to do a much better job of protecting the quarterback against a talented Dallas defense if they want to escaped with Tavaris Jackson unharmed.
Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas writes that the Cowboys are concerned Seattle will take the blueprint of what Philadelphia ran successfully on offense and do the same thing against Dallas.