Saturday, January 5 at 8:15 PM ET
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The Seattle Seahawks try to beat the Dallas Cowboys for the second time this season when the teams clash in an NFL Wild Card playoff game on Saturday night. The Seahawks beat the Cowboys 24-13 in Week 3 and this will be their third meeting in less than 13 months.
Cowboys struggle against Seahawks
After two road losses to start the season, the Seahawks got back on track with that convincing Week 3 home win against the Cowboys, when their defense forced three turnovers: two Dak Prescott interceptions and an Ezekiel Elliott fumble.
The last time the Seahawks visited the Cowboys was on December 24, 2017 in Week 16 last season and they eliminated them from playoff contention with a 21-12 win, holding Ezekiel Elliott to 24 yards after halftime in his first game back after a six-week suspension. The Cowboys didn't score touchdown in that game and they've been held to 13 points or less in four of their five meetings against the Seahawks since the start of the 2012 season.
Seattle avoids turnovers
The Seahawks know how to take care of the ball, which was a main key to their success throughout the regular season. Seattle gave the football away five times in their first two games, back-to-back losses at Denver and at Chicago but they turned the ball just six more times in their next 14 games for a total of 11 giveaways, by far the fewest in the league, as no other team had fewer than 15 turnovers this season.
The Seattle Seahawks are:
5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record
4-1 ATS in their last five road games
4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wild Card games
6-2 ATS in their last eight games after allowing less than 90 rushing yards in their previous game
6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games against NFC opponents
6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games on fieldturf
8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games after accumulating more than 150 rushing yards in their previous game
8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall
33-16-3 ATS in their last 52 games following an ATS loss
The Dallas Cowboys are:
3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games against a team with a winning road record
3-8 ATS in their last 11 playoff games
1-3-1 ATS in their last five games after accumulating more than 250 passing yards in their previous game
1-4 ATS in their last five playoff home games
1-5 ATS in their last six games in January
The Cowboys have been tough to beat at Dallas but I like the Seahawks to upset them. Seattle has a significant edge at quarterback with Russell Wilson and on the sidelines with Pete Carroll and this is a team that has been in big stages before and their experience can make a difference here. Also, the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings between these two teams.
NFL Pick: Seahawks +2 (-110) at Jazz Sports
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