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Why The Seahawks Will Be Looking Into A Mirror Against The Cowboys Sunday

For the better part of the last decade one defense has reigned supreme over the . One defense has continually put their and team in position to win big games, including a dominant win over one of the more productive offenses in recent memory.

That defense, of course, belonged to the Seattle Seahawks.

With a deemed as the “Legion of Boom” and a which rotated through level talent routinely, the Seahawks bolstered one of the best defenses the NFL has ever seen. A defense which perfectly complimented the physical, run first philosophy their offense lived by.

Players like , , , , and will arguably be Hall of Famers one day, and they wreaked havoc on the conference for a strong 3-5 year stretch.

Now, however, things are changing.

Gone are many of the elite players which once bolstered the Seattle defense to top-tier status, and while some big names remain, the talent level simply isn’t the same. The Seahawks missed the postseason a year ago, and now sit at 0-2 before their home opener today against the .

Their window looks to be closed, while their opponent today is looking to build their defense (and team) in the mold of what once was in Seattle.

Former Seahawks Kris Richard has come to Dallas and brought with him a more aggressive defensive philosophy, one which he deployed successfully with the Seahawks. Under Richard the Cowboys are blitzing more often on third down than they have in the past under , they’re utilizing more single high looks, and they are allowing their long and talented corners to do what they do best in coverage.

The Seahawks once leaned on a deep and long, physical secondary. The 2018 Cowboys are looking to do the same thing.

The Seahawks once leaned on a mobile to make plays with his feet while relying on a strong and one of the league’s best backs. The 2018 Cowboys are looking to do the same thing.

and look like they were molded in a 2013-Seahawks lab as cornerbacks, and is as productive as any pass rusher those defenses had. Of course, we aren’t able to say the Cowboys have the consistent front four depth that those Seattle teams did or that they have the single high safety of Earl Thomas’ caliber, but the preliminary pieces are clearly in place.

Today the Cowboys look to improve to 2-1 with a conference road win. But, they also look to bury the Seahawks in the past and take another step towards cementing themselves as one of the elite defenses in the NFC.

It won’t happen over night, but anyone can see that the potential is there.

What do you think?

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Written by 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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