When: Sunday, 1:05 p.m., CenturyLink Field
Record: 1-0, after beating the Giants 24-17 in their opener last Wednesday
Where they rank: No. 3 on offense (seventh rushing, 10th passing); No. 7 on defense (12th rushing, fifth passing)
Series: Cowboys lead 9-4 and have won the past three meetings, all in Texas. The series is 2-3 in Seattle.
Star power: Tony Romo. The darling of the Lone Star state remains the most-publicized quarterback who has yet to win anything. In the five seasons when Romo has started at least 10 games, the Cowboys have advanced to the playoffs three times and won one playoff game – in 2009 against the Philadelphia Eagles. But Romo was on the right track in the opener against the Giants, completing 22 of 29 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns for a passer rating of 129.5. And in the Cowboys’ three-game winning streak against the Seahawks, Romo is 62 of 101 for 866 yards, with eight TDs and one interception for a 111.2 rating as Dallas has outscored the Seahawks 95-39.
Unsung hero: Jay Ratliff. Yes, the Cowboys’ nose tackle has been to three Pro Bowls. But even that doesn’t do justice to the disruption he can create and production he can generate – for others, if not himself. Former Seahawks center Chris Spencer always rated Ratliff as the toughest player he went up against. The big question this week is whether Ratliff will be there to work against Max Unger, who has replaced Spencer. Ratliff got a high ankle sprain on Aug. 25 and before that was sidelined for most of training camp and the entire offseason with plantar fasciitis. Josh Brent has been filling in for Ratliff.
On the spot: Ryan Cook. Speaking of filling in, that’s what Cook has been doing at center for Phil Costa, who had to leave the opener after only three plays because of a back injury and is considered doubtful for Sunday’s game. Cook was acquired two weeks ago in a trade with the Dolphins. If he starts against the Seahawks, he’ll have to contend with nose tackle Brandon Mebane, who led all NFC interior linemen in tackles last season and had a strong outing against the Cardinals with four tackles, two tipped passes and a fumble recovery. Oh, and it was Cook who referred to the atmosphere at CenturyLink Field as “fairly loud” this week.
Burning question: Are the Cowboys as good as they looked in their opener? They not only beat the defending Super Bowl Giants, they went to the Meadowlands to do it. The Cowboys rolled up 433 yards, and limited the Giants to 269. They sacked Eli Manning three times, two by DeMarcus Ware. DeMarco Murray picked up where he left off as a rookie by rushing for 131 yards. Kevin Ogletree exploded onto the scene with eight catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Familiar faces: Rookie safety Matt Johnson went to Eastern Washington University and Tumwater High School.
The last word: “This is a very difficult place to play. It’s loud. It’s almost like a college-type atmosphere.” – Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on CenturyLink Field