Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys feasted on an aging Seahawks offensive line in a dominating win Thursday. Linebacker DeMarcus Ware gave Pro Bowl left tackle Walter Jones fits the entire afternoon, finishing with three of his team's six sacks.The Cowboys used a variety of stunts along the defensive line to confuse the Seahawks' offensive line.
The 34-9 win improved the Cowboys to 8-4, which puts them in a strong position in the race for the final wild-card spot. The Cowboys will now have 10 days to prepare for a road game in Pittsburgh. And if the Giants take care of the Redskins on Sunday, Dallas would have sole possession of second place in the rugged NFC East.
After a dry spell, Tony Romo and Jason Witten were back on the same page Thursday. Witten had four catches in the previous four games and was fighting through a couple of injuries. But he caught a 36-yard pass from Romo on the opening drive to set up the Cowboys' first touchdown. Witten finished with nine catches for 115 yards.
Romo was 22-of-34 for 331 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He could've ended up with well over 400 yards, but the Cowboys shut things down in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys took a commanding 31-9 lead when Romo found Terrell Owens for a 19-yard touchdown. The Seahawks asked linebacker Julian Peterson to cover T.O. one-on-one, a strategy that surprised everyone at Texas Stadium.
In his homecoming to Dallas, former Cowboys second-round pick Julius Jones had 11 carries for 37 yards. He also had to leave the game briefly with a head injury. The Cowboys did what they had to do Thursday. Now, they can sit back and enjoy some football on Sunday.
We'll be back in a couple of hours with a lengthy game column. I encourage you to stick around.