Thomas has 2 picks in de­feat of Dal­las

Prescott, El­liott don’t have the an­swers against Seat­tle’s de­fense.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Tim Booth

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.

OTTO GREULE JR / GETTY IM­AGES

Cow­boys quar­ter­back Dak Prescott kneels af­ter be­ing sacked on third down with 47 sec­onds left against the Seat­tle Sea­hawks in Seat­tle on Sun­day.

OTTO GREULE JR / GETTY IM­AGES

Dal­las re­ceiver Michael Gallup catches a pass as Sea­hawks safety Earl Thomas de­fends dur­ing the sec­ond half on Sun­day.

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