A look at the week that was and the week that will be for the Seahawks:
Anatomy of a 38-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys
David Hawthorne’s shoulders: The weight of Seahawks Nation’s expectations was on them as the second-year man stepped in for Pro Bowl middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who went on injured reserve last week after having season-ending surgery to repair a torn pectoral. Time to exhale. Hawthorne was a definite bright spot, collecting two sacks among his team-high eight tackles and also forcing a fumble that set up the Seahawks’ second touchdown.
Damion McIntosh’s feet: The fourth starter – and fifth option – at left tackle this season used them to stay between the Cowboys’ DeMarcus Ware and Matt Hasselbeck for most of the afternoon. Yes, Ware did get McIntosh once with an outside move, but then Ware led the league with 20 sacks last season – including three against the Seahawks on Thanksgiving Day – and had four in the Cowboys’ previous two games this season. Amazing what a little experience can do, even when that player had been out of the league for five weeks before signing with the Seahawks on Oct. 12.
Edgerrin James’ legs: They might have carried him to only 17 yards, but it was enough to get the NFL’s leading active rusher into 10th place on the league’s all-time list with 12,246 yards – three more than Marcus Allen. Next up? Marshall Faulk (12,279) and then Jim Brown (12.312).
Tony Romo’s smiling eyes: And why shouldn’t they be? In his past two games against the Seahawks, the Cowboys QB has completed 61 percent of his passes (43 of 70) for 583 yards, with six touchdowns and one interception. That makes for a passer rating of 110.6. Romo has won 12 consecutive starts in November, while passing for 34 touchdowns and 3,334 yards.
The week ahead
Bring on the Lions. Please. After being outscored 65-20 in back-to-back losses to the Cowboys and Cardinals, the Seahawks need a get-back-to-feeling-good effort against the 1-6 Lions at Qwest Field on Sunday.
To do that, they will need to get back to basics, and fundamentals. As QB Matt Hasselbeck put it in the locker room on Sunday, “I know I’m feeling physically drained, emotionally drained, a bit frustrated and probably searching for answers, too.”
The answer for the Seahawks is to put together a consistent performance, regardless of the quality of the opponent. They need to win, and win convincingly, to launch themselves into a three-game road trip to close the month – Arizona (Nov. 15), Minnesota (Nov. 22) and St. Louis (Nov. 29).
The Lions will arrive with several former Seahawks: Linebacker Julian Peterson, who leads the team with 3½ sacks; strong safety Marquand Manuel, third on the team with 33 tackles; running back Maurice Morris, second on the team with 106 rushing yards; tight end Will Heller, who has 10 receptions; and backup cornerback Kevin Hobbs, who has 12 tackles.