Dallas Cowboys – 7, Seattle Seahawks – 27
Tony Romo (250 total yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) just does not like visiting CenturyLink Field, as it’s been a house of horrors for him. Once again, Romo showed that he’s not necessarily the best QB on the road against a physical defense. Even though this was one of the tougher defenses he’ll face this year, he still had a decent fantasy showing, but these are types of numbers that owners can expect from Romo when faced with a tough defense.
When the Seahawks are able to follow the blueprint of tough defense and effective running, it means Russell Wilson (179 total yards, 1 TD) won’t have to be the one to carry the team on his shoulders. He’s a great game manager at this point, but you won’t be able to count on big numbers from the rookie QB anytime soon.
Miles Austin (5-63, 1 TD) was the only Cowboys receiver that was able to break through the Seahawks secondary; if he’s healthy, Austin should be an every week starter. Jason Witten (4-58) ended up with decent stats but nothing like his owners have been accustomed to over the past few years. Dez Bryant (3-17) was basically non-existent, and you have to wonder how elite Bryant really wants to be. Welcome back to earth, Kevin Ogletree (1-26).
On a day when Wilson didn't have to pass much, only backup TE Anthony McCoy (5-41, 1 TD) would have been worth a play, and I'm sure no one outside of McCoy's mom played him in a fantasy lineup. Sidney Rice (3-33) wasn't really worthwhile, and if the Seahawks continue this game plan, you might see this type of stat line more often than not.
DeMarco Murray (12 car., 44 yards; 4 rec., 31 yards) will get most of his team’s carries as long as he’s healthy, but against a physical team, these numbers may not be out of the ordinary. Murray is a must start against softer defenses, but you’ll want to temper expectations against big physical defenses, especially on the road.
Marshawn Lynch’s (26 car., 122 yards, 1 TD) back is apparently just fine, as he rolled over and through the Cowboys defense. When the Seahawks are at home, Lynch is a must start. He should probably be started most of the time anyhow, especially since the Seahawks plan on running the ball early and often every game.