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5 THINGS TO WATCH


5 THINGS TO WATCH
Here's what Express-News Cowboys beat writer Tom Orsborn says you should keep an eye on during today's game:


1. Turkey Day Tony

History says Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will shine - even with a splint on his broken right pinkie. In his previous two Thanksgiving Day starts, Romo has completed 43 of 57 passes for 501 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. Need more? He's coming off a 341-yard, three-TD, zero-interception performance against San Francisco and will be facing a Seattle defense that ranks 31st in the league against the pass. Need even more? Romo's thrown for three TDs in each of his four home games this season. The Cowboys, by the way, are 12-3 when Romo throws for 300 yards.

2. Tall vs. small

Seahawks cornerbacks Marcus Trufant (5-foot-11), Josh Wilson (5-9) and Kelly Jennings (5-11) have struggled all season with tall receivers, a big reason why Seattle ranks next to last in the league in pass defense. With that in mind, don't be surprised if the 6-3 Terrell Owens has another huge game for the Cowboys. Last week, Owens blistered San Francisco for 213 yards, including a 75-yard TD. Owens made it clear Tuesday he wants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to continue to make getting him the ball priority No. 1. Given their advantage in height, there's no reason the Cowboys shouldn't employ that strategy.

3. Harried Hasselbeck

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has struggled in the two games he has started since returning from a back injury. In that span, the three-time Pro Bowl passer has thrown five interceptions, fumbled once and been sacked four times. As a result, Seattle ranks next to last in the league in average passing yards per game (140.4).

4. Familiar face

Seahawks running back Julius Jones would love nothing more than to have a big game against his former team. "Anytime a player leaves one organization and goes to another, they're going to be fired up," Cowboys linebacker Bradie James said. "He'll be ready to play. I'm expecting his best, no doubt."

5. Bringing the heat

The Seahawks' defense ranks 29th in the NFL, but one thing it can do is pressure the quarterback. With linebacker Julian Peterson and end Patrick Kerney leading the charge with five each, the Seahawks rank ninth in the league with 26 sacks. But getting to Romo won't be easy. The Cowboys have allowed just eight sacks in the eight games he has played.

Prediction: Cowboys 33, Seahawks 10

Owens isn't the only one who isn't satisfied. Led by the mercurial receiver, the resurgent, still-in-must-win-mode Cowboys overwhelm a hapless Seahawks team that ranks 25th or worse in the NFL in seven categories.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 29, 2008

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