Countdown to kickoff

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Greetings from Cowboys Stadium – which is in Arlington, not Dallas. It’s a beautiful day, with the temperature expected to be in the mid-70s by kickoff.

We – Tony Ventrella, Kenton Olson and I – were here yesterday to tape a video segment for Seahawks.com. But that was from the parking lot of the $1.2 billion structure that some locals refer to as “Death Star.” Now, we’re inside, where the video screen you’ve undoubtedly heard so much about really is overpowering – no matter which of the seven levels you might be sitting in.

The Seahawks aren’t being given much of a chance in this one – nationally and especially locally. The predictions in today’s Dallas Morning News are 30-17, 30-14, 35-10, 24-16, 31-14, 30-17, 28-10 and 31-16. All Cowboys, of course.

To shock the football world, the Seahawks are going to have to find some offensive balance, give Matt Hasselbeck time to throw against a rejuvenated Cowboys pass rush and be able to withstand everything the Dallas offensive can throw – and run – at them.

“Explosive plays” definitely will be needed. Those, according to offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, are runs of at least 12 yards and pass plays of at least 16. The Seahawks have produced 30 in their first six games, but only eight in the run game – and just two in the past three games; none by former Cowboys running back Julius Jones.

We’ll be back later with the inactives for the game.


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