Jim MeehanThe Spokesman-Review

Andrew Hammond

The News Tribune

The NFL playoffs are here, and today the Seattle Seahawks face the Dallas Cowboys.

They’ve played once already in the 2018 regular season (Week 3) with the Seahawks defeating the Cowboys to notch their first win of the season. Things have changed since then, the Cowboys were a mild surprise in winning the NFC East. In the NFC West, the Seahawks finished behind the division-leading Rams but still won 10 games.

Here’s who the pro football experts are picking for the Seattle-Dallas NFL wild-card round.


ESPN’s Todd Archer and Brady Henderson are split on their pick. Henderson is taking the Seahawks 21-20, while Archer is picking the Cowboys in a 23-16 contest. ESPN’s NFL experts had a close 6-5 vote for the Cowboys over the Seahawks.

NFL insider Field Yates shared his thoughts on the contest

“These teams are similar stylistically, as both want to run the football on offense. The Seahawks led the NFL in total rushing yards and rushing attempts, while Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott led all players in rushing yards and rushing attempts. This might prove to be a low-scoring affair, but the difference-maker is the home-field edge; the Cowboys — catalyzed by a young and improving defense — have won seven of eight games at home this season.”

Sports Illustrated

The SI NFL writers are taking the Seattle Seahawks by a 9-4 edge over the Cowboys. The two boldest predictions come from Mitch Goldich and Jonathan Jones, who both have the Seahawks playing in the NFC championship game.


Jeremy Bergman from NFL.com is expecting another close Seahawks-Cowboys game; he’s got the Seahawks winning 20-16.

CBS Sports

CBS’ NFL experts are picking the Seahawks in a 6-2 advantage

Associated Press Writer, Barry Wilner

“This figures to be a game built on rushing. Seattle topped the NFL and has a three-pronged running attack led by Chris Carson. Dallas rides Ezekiel Elliott, who is rested and ready after sitting out last week’s win over the Giants because the result had no bearing on Dallas’ postseason standing. Cowboys 21-20.”