NFC West Power Rankings: Week Eight

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3 – Seattle Seahawks, 4-4 (Last week: 3)

Nov 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll hugs defensive end Demarcus Dobbs (95) after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

A win is a win, and the Seattle Seahawks won on Sunday over a beaten up Dallas Cowboys’ team to get their record back to .500 again. With Matt Cassel running the show, the Cowboys were held to just four field goals, allowing the Seahawks to sneak away with a 13-12 win.

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With a competent quarterback on the other side, Seattle should have lost this game. They had no real offensive rhythm to speak of, and tallied just three scoring drives. The difference is, one of Seattle’s drives ended in the end zone.

Seattle’s defense took advantage of a weak Cowboys’ offense, even with the return of Dez Bryant. Dallas totaled just 220 yards, only 91 of which came through the air. The Seahawks have allowed 15 points and 362 yards of offense the past two weeks (although it has come against two of the worst offenses in the NFL, the Cowboys and the 49ers).

The Seahawks are back at .500, but are still far from the scary team that they have been for the last couple of seasons. If Seattle wants to make it to their third straight Super Bowl, they’ll need to make changes. With a matchup coming against the Arizona Cardinals after the bye week, those adjustments need to come quick.

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