Thomas has 2 picks in defeat of Dallas
Prescott, Elliott don’t have the answers against Seattle’s defense.
SEATTLE — Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes in the first half, Chris Carson added a 5-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks avoided an 0-3 start with a 24-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Wilson connected with Jaron Brown for an 18-yard touchdown early in the second quarter and later hit Tyler Lockett streaking up the sideline on a 52-yard scoring pass as Seattle built a 17-3 halftime lead and cruised past the Cowboys (1-2).
The duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott didn’t have the answers against a Seattle defense that had safety Earl Thomas on the field and welcomed back defensive leader Bobby Wagner, who had missed last week’s game with a groin injury. Prescott was intercepted twice by Thomas, including with 3:09 remaining at the Seattle 15 on a deflected pass. Thomas bowed to the Dallas sideline at the end of the play.
Prescott was sacked fivetimes and Dallas had just 58 net yards
passing entering the fourth quarter. Elliott had momentary flashes with a few long runs, but they were too infrequent for a stagnant offense.
Thomas’ second interception was one of two turnovers forced by the Seahawks in the fourth quarter. Elliott broke free for a 26-yard run to the Seattle 19 earlier in the quarter, but the ball was punched free from behind by Bradley McDougald and recovered by the Seahawks.
Prescott finished 19 of 34 for 168 yards, with a 3-yard shovel pass to Tavon Austin for a TD with 7:11 remaining. Dallas failed to amass 200 yards passing for the ninth time in 11 games dating back to last season. Elliott had 127 yards on 16 carries.
Meanwhile, Wilson had the kind of protection that’s been absent most of the season. After being sacked 12 times in the first two games, he was 16 of 26 for 192 yards and was sacked twice by Dallas, which was second in the league in sacks. Despite missing starting center Justin Britt, the offensive line gave Wilson enough time for a few big plays in the passing game.
Wilson’s 16-yard strike to Brown gave Seattle a 7-0 lead, and he took advantage of the absence of safety Jeff Heath when he found Lockett on a 52-yard TD late in the second quarter. Heath had departed with a left ankle injury earlier in the drive, and Wilson found Lockett running up the sideline. Heath’s replacement, Kavon Frazier, was late rotating over, and Lockett went untouched, high-stepping the final few yards for a 14-3 lead.
Carson’s TD run was the first by a Seahawks running back since J.D. McKissic found the end zone on a 31-yard run in Week 4 of the 2017 season. Seattle went 14 games without a running back finding the end zone until Carson bulled his way in with 12:54 remaining.
Carson finished with 102 yards, the first Seattle running back to top 100 yards since late in the 2016 season.
After a week of drama surrounding Thomas, the former All-Pro safety started and almost immediately made his presence known. Thomas had missed two days of practice for undisclosed personal reasons, and coach Pete Carroll had left open the possibility that the former Texas Longhorn wouldn’t play.
But he was on the field as usual, and it took less than a quarter before he made a remarkable interception, pinning a deflected pass against his shin.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott kneels after being sacked on third down with 47 seconds left against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday.
Dallas receiver Michael Gallup catches a pass as Seahawks safety Earl Thomas defends during the second half on Sunday.