In preparing for Saturday night’s wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys, the Seattle Seahawks have certainly done a good bit of studying of the regular-season encounter between the teams in Week 3.
The Seahawks scored a 24-13 victory that day, but the outcome has no bearing on what they are expecting from the Cowboys this time.
‘The biggest thing is just to try to take away the tendencies and the things that you saw within the film’
“Obviously, they’re a different team than they were whenever we played them, Week Three, just as much as we are,” Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett told Bruce Murray and Mark Dominik on the SiriusXM NFL Blitz. “The biggest thing is just to try to take away the tendencies and the things that you saw within the film, to be able to put yourself in a good position to be able to prepare and get ready for the game on Saturday. But obviously, there’s a lot of things that can change even with the tendencies and the way that the DBs play and stuff like that.
“I think, at the beginning of the year, we were still kind of searching to figure out who our identity was going to be.”
“I think, just being able to watch the film, we have a whole season of film to be able to look at, and we kind of pick out which games we want to be able to look at. And after that we started to get our game plan in.”
‘I think we just found ourselves’
The Seahawks have shown dramatic improvement since the start of the season, after going 0-2 and then 2-2 and then 5-5 before going on the 5-1 run that got them to the postseason.
“I think we just found ourselves,” Lockett said. “I think, at the beginning of the year, we were still kind of searching to figure out who our identity was going to be. And once we figured it out, and we found out who we were, we became dangerous. I think that being able to establish a running game was something that really helped us and allowed us to be very valuable as we continue to get deeper and deeper into the season.
‘We knew that we were going to be in a good place’
“But also I think those 2-2 and those 5-5 records helped us out as well, because we had history. And so we didn’t panic. We knew that we were going to be in a good place and all we had to do was take care of each game as we got deeper and deeper. But when we were 2-2, that happened in my first year as a rookie, and we still went to the playoffs. … So, because we had history, we never panicked and we just stayed true.”
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