RENTON, Wash. (AP) — For one of the rare times since coming back to the NFL, Pete Carroll saw the exact style he wanted the Seattle Seahawks to play with in their 27-7 rout of Dallas.
The Seahawks were aggressive, physical, controlled possession and wore down the Cowboys Sunday. Seattle had played that way at times during Carroll's previous two seasons as head coach, but the Seahawks were arguably never more complete than in taking Dallas apart.
"We've had some fun wins and great games and stuff, but because we've been so specific, laid it out there, we told you for what we're shooting for and how we want it to go. We've seen it in preseason and the first time we really got a chance to see it come to life, that is satisfying," Carroll said Monday. "We know now what we are really working toward and what we want to achieve with our effort with the style of play."
Seattle's first win of the season quickly erased the disappointment and concern that arose following a Week 1 loss at Arizona. The Seahawks' special teams staked them to a 10-0 lead thanks to Michael Robinson's forced fumble on the opening kickoff and Malcolm Smith's blocked punt that Jeron Johnson returned for a touchdown.
The defense gave up just one scoring drive, held Dallas to 19 plays and less than 100 yards offense in the second half, and forced Tony Romo into a trio of three-and-outs.
Offensively, Marshawn Lynch ran for 100 of his 122 yards rushing in the second half. Seattle was so successful with the run game that rookie quarterback Russell Wilson was asked to throw just eight times in the second half.
"We played really physical, a really physical style that is what we really want to capture," Carroll said. "There is not a guy that sits in this room that doesn't want to play on a team like that."
That physical style was shown early with Dallas tight end Jason Witten taking hits over the middle from safety Kam Chancellor and running back DeMarco Murray smothered by Seattle's defensive line. Murray was held to just 44 yards after he rumbled for 139 yards last year against the Seahawks.