Seattle gets its running game going in second half
Notebook: Lynch gives credit to his offensive line
Seattle Times staff reporter
There was nothing subtle about Seattle's offensive approach to the second half.
The Seahawks were going to run the ball. Repeatedly. Turns out, they also did it effectively.
"We just started pounding away," coach Pete Carroll said.
Marshawn Lynch gained 16 yards on his first carry of the second half. He picked up 36 yards on a carry midway through the period. Eight of Seattle's first 12 plays in the third quarter were rushes and by the time the game ended Lynch had 122 yards and a compliment for the men who cleared the way.
"They did a great job today," Lynch said of his offensive line. "It is not always as easy as you may want it to be, but one thing about them is that they are real stand-up guys, each and every one of them."
That included Frank Omiyale, who started at left tackle after Russell Okung was inactive because of a bruised knee. It also included John Moffitt, who started at right guard after missing the game last week. Rookie J.R. Sweezy came in to spell Moffitt.
The Seahawks outrushed the Cowboys 149-8 in the second half.
"We made our adjustments," Omiyale said. "This is what we know we want to do. We stayed with the game plan."
bottle up Murray
Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was held to 44 yards rushing, significantly less than the 139 yards he gained against the Seahawks last year when he was one of only two backs to surpass 100 yards against Seattle.
"We have to hit him no matter what," safety Kam Chancellor said. "If he comes through that hole, you have to make him feel you. If he runs down the sideline you have to make him feel you. Every time he touches the ball you have to make him feel you. If you do that a lot, it's going to be in his head that these boys came to play today. That's how I think he felt. I think we wore him out."
A-Ware of DeMarcus
Protecting the passer was Seattle's primary problem in the season opener, and with Okung out Sunday, there was a great deal of concern about Dallas' DeMarcus Ware.
So what did Seattle do?
"Our plan was to hope he didn't kill us," Carroll said.
He finished the game with two solo tackles, six assists, but no sacks.
"He's an incredible player so we were fortunate to get out of there without him controlling the game."
Fair or foul?
Golden Tate's fourth-quarter block on Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee was one of the signature moments of the game.
Whether it warranted a penalty or not depended on which locker room you were in.
"I thought it was a great block," Carroll said
Specifically, the issue was whether the block was delivered above the shoulders, which would be forbidden as Lee was looking the other way and is considered defenseless.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he expected Tate to be fined by the league.
"I'm sure they will, yes," Jones said. "We saw the same thing you saw. That's certainly something we know or expect penalties and fines about. They didn't see the helmet hit or they would have called it."
Tate said he believed he hit Lee in his chest.
"I knew that I didn't hit him in his helmet," Tate said.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed admiration for the environment at CenturyLink Field.
"It's an example to us how to play at home," he said.
Quarterback Tony Romo said, "I'm sure there were communications issues because of the noise. We will get that corrected. ... It's loud. It's a tough environment. It always has been that way, but it's no excuse. There are loud stadiums in the NFL. We just need to execute better."
• Rookie DE Bruce Irvin was credited with half a sack in the fourth quarter, sharing it with Jason Jones. Irvin was Seattle's first-round draft pick this year.
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