Richard Sherman up, Marshawn Lynch down in Seahawks' win

Defensive efforts earn Sherman and Hardy game balls (1:17)

Richard Sherman's effective efforts on defense earn him Sheil Kapadia's game ball, and Todd Archer gives his to Greg Hardy for bringing some fire to the Cowboys' defense. (1:17)

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A look at Seattle Seahawks players who were "up" and those who were "down" in the team's 13-12 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.


Richard Sherman: He shadowed Dez Bryant all game and shut down one of the top receivers in the NFL. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Matt Cassel was 2-for-7 for 12 yards when targeting Bryant. On four of those incompletions, Sherman broke up the pass. On one of the completions, he tackled Bryant for a loss. Sherman is being asked to do more this year, and he is playing at a very high level.

Alvin Bailey: Filling in for left tackle Russell Okung, he drew a tough matchup against Greg Hardy for much of the game. Was Bailey perfect? Of course not. But Wilson had time in the pocket for much of the day, and the Seahawks did not allow a sack.

Russell Wilson: With the game on the line, he engineered a 17-play, 79-yard drive that set up the game-winning field goal. It was the 16th game-winning drive of Wilson's career, according to Pro Football Reference.


Special teams: Steven Hauschka had a field-goal attempt blocked for the first time all season, and they also had a long Tyler Lockett return called back because of a penalty on Sherman.

Marshawn Lynch: He managed just 71 yards on 21 carries (3.4 yards per carry) against a mediocre run defense. The run game is a combination of the back and the blocking, but the Seahawks struggled to establish a rhythm on the ground.

Russell Wilson: There's obviously some nitpicking here, but he makes both categories. Overall, this was not one of Wilson's better games. He finished 19-for-30 for 210 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Wilson admitted he missed some opportunities, specifically on third down. And the offense was in a rut for much of the game. The Seahawks need to find consistency on offense to make a run in the second half of the season.