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The Seattle Seahawks Remain Critical To Recent Cowboys History

In the NFL, what constitutes as a ?

At the college ranks it's fairly obvious – you play each other just about every year, your schools are typically close geographically, and the students consume extra alcohol when the other school is on the schedule.

In the NFL, and in all professional sports leagues, the rivalry lines are typically blurred. Outside of your own division it is rare to see a team often enough to develop a “hatred.” It's also rare to play a team during enough of your franchise's defining moments to have a series of memorable games against one another.

I don't know if I'd call what the and have a rivalry, but they certainly share their fair amount of recent .

Let's start in 2012.Sean Lee, Seahawks, Golden Tate

Week two of the NFL season, a season which opened with a Dallas Cowboys victory over the rival . It was another one of those / battles, in which Dallas went on the road and defeated the defending champions on their ring night. Things felt good for the Cowboys, and fans were believing this was the year they took the leap from 8-8 to double digit wins and division champs.

Then you had the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle hadn't been all that impressive in recent years, and they were starting a rookie in . They weren't expected to be better than the Cowboys that season, but on that day in 2012 it could be argued an power was born.

The Seahawks absolutely smoked the Cowboys, embarrassing them and defeating them 27-7. It was the type of loss that forces you to re-evaluate everything you have going on within your franchise. Seattle went on to beat Washington in Wilson's first ever playoff game, and would win the just one year later.

Now, let's re-visit 2014.

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In some ways the roles from 2012 were reversed. While the Cowboys were off to a hot start none of the national media was ready to admit they were a legitimate contender. They thought for sure that when Dallas went back to Seattle for the first time since they were decimated in 2012, the Cowboys would be exposed as frauds.

Instead, the Cowboys punched the defending champs in the mouth right in front of the vaunted 12th man. and the Cowboys controlled the game, while Tony Romo made some critical throws when needed in order to get the win.

It was the game which validated the 2014 Cowboys to many and made people believe in what and company were building down in Dallas.

But then there was the 2016 preseason.

It was supposed to be a fun day. The debut of and our first extended look at quarterback Tony Romo since his season ending in 2015. But on the very first drive of the game Cliff Avril dragged Romo down from behind and changed the course of the Cowboys forever.

Once again, both the present and the future of the Dallas Cowboys were changed against the Seattle Seahawks.

entered the game in relief of Romo, and to the surprise of everyone, he never left. Prescott is now the franchise quarterback of the Cowboys, and without that Avril hit it is fair to wonder what the team would look like today.

This week the Cowboys play yet another defining game against the Seattle Seahawks – Ezekiel Elliott's return from . With both teams at 8-6 this Sunday is virtually an elimination game, and is just the kind of game which could propel the Cowboys to one of those magical postseason runs.

Of course, there is a lot that has to happen between now and then for this to be the case, but it would be nice for Dallas to create some positive memories against Seattle for a change this Sunday.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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