Good morning. We’ll have our regular, Monday Morning QB chat at noon today. But for now, we take a spin around the web to get some reaction from Seattle’s 27-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
In my game story, defense and special teams set the tone for Seattle’s first win of the year. “It’s something we had to have,” Seattle fullback Michael Robinson said. “I called it before the game – it was a must-win for us in our first home game of the season. And it will give us momentum going into next week, and I think we’ll be fine.”
John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that receiver Golden Tate’s peel back block on Sean Lee showed true grit, and served as a momentum-changing play at the end of of the game. “Linebackers and safeties are always trying to take your head off,” Tate said. “Who says offensive guys can’t do the same thing?”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that rookie quarterback Russell Wilson took a step in the right direction in his maturation process. Boling: “He was cool, in the sense of coolness in the heat of the arena … composure, playing within himself, untroubled by the speed of the game or the demands of the moment.”
Meg Wochnick of The News Tribune writes that Seattle’s defense held Dallas to 89 yards of total offense in the second half.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com says that all three phases were clicking for Seattle against the Cowboys. Farnsworth: “This one was more than a blueprint for sustained success, it was an affirmation of what the Seahawks displayed during their unbeaten preseason – playing hard, playing aggressively, playing smart and making plays in all three phases.”
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that Golden Tate’s hit defined Seattle’s win over the Cowboys. O’Neil: “Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee’s pursuit of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson ended abruptly with a high, hard block from Seattle’s 5-foot-10 Tate. The hit was undeniably vicious, debatably legal and absolutely emblematic of the way Seattle beat Dallas 27-7 on Sunday at CenturyLink Field, flattening the Cowboys with a second half no one saw coming.”
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says that Wilson moved past a rough outing against Arizona with a solid performance in his first home game against the Cowboys. Brewer: “He wasn’t electric. He was just efficient. He complemented a power run game with his accuracy, poise and patience. For a young quarterback who has already earned so much respect and fame, Wilson managed to operate with an offensive lineman’s slyness in the Seahawks’ 27-7 victory over Dallas.”
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com writes that the Seahawks took the Cowboys behind the wood shed on Sunday. Thiel: “Remarkable as was the 27-7 outcome over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at the Clink, the way it was administered was breathtaking — an application of Northwest wood in the harshest way. None was more harsh than what was delivered by Tate to Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee, who was jacked so high there was concern that Lee might suffer burns upon re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere.”
John Boyle of the Everett Herald says Seattle had a nice, bounce-back win over the Cowboys after letting one slip away last week. Boyle: “The Seahawks didn’t just bounce back from last week’s loss in Arizona with a victory, they physically dominated the Dallas Cowboys for the better part of four quarters on the way to a 27-7 victory in front of 68,008 at CenturyLink Field.”
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated, who attended the Seattle game, writes that the Seahawks imposed their will on the Cowboys. “We made it a physical day for them, and they weren’t prepared,” Seattle safety Earl Thomas said. “We lasted longer than them, and I feel like we were in better shape. So that’s the kind of mentality we’ve got to keep playing with, and if we do, it’s going to be hard for us to get beat.”
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes that Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” defense lived up to its moniker against Dallas.
Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reports that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects Tate’s hit to be reviewed by the league, and possibly levy a fine. “I’m sure they will,” Jones said. “We saw the same thing you saw. That’s certainly something we know or expect penalties and fines about. They didn’t see the helmet hit or they would have called it.”
Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that former Pac-12 Conference official Jeff Sadorus, who worked last week’s Seattle Seahawks-Arizona Cardinals game as a field judge, has officiated Seahawks regular-season practices for the past three years — and therefore received paychecks from the team — according to two sources affiliated with the locked-out referees. Breer’s report points to another potential conflict of interest with replacement refs that should better vetted by the league.