Question on the Cowboys: What should they really expect from Hutchinson at this stage?
I thought it was a mistake to start Hutchinson at QB. I thought Quincy Carter deserved an opportunity to play at least until he had about a season under his belt. But Emmitt Smith looked good, and if Hutchinson can hand off to Smith, and Smith can continue to run like he did today, then I think Dallas will be OK.
Question on the Seahawks: What should be their offensive approach with Dilfer out?
This may be a blessing in disguise. Now the Seahawks can get back to handing the ball off and establishing the run -- which has been the missing ingredient in their offense. They haven't been able to establish the run and then open up the pass, so this could be a blessing for them.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Smith broke Walter Payton's record on an 11-yard run with 9:10
left in the game. He finished with 24 carries for 109 yards, both
season highs, and has 16,743 yards over his 13-year career. Payton
had 16,726 yards over 13 seasons.Seattle (2-5) won on the road for the first time this season
despite losing quarterback Trent Dilfer to a season-ending Achilles
injury in the second quarter.Receiver Darrell Jackson sustained a concussion on a
fourth-quarter hit by safety Darren Woodson, then had a seizure in
the shower and was taken to Baylor Medical Center, where he was in
stable condition.Dallas (3-5) lost its second straight in the debut of rookie
quarterback Chad Hutchinson, whose last football game was as a
sophomore at Stanford in 1997.Matt Hasselbeck relieved Dilfer and went 12-for-19 for 131 yards
with an interception."He is a player that gets excitable, but he played within
himself today,'' Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said.Shaun Alexander ran 23 times for 58 yards. His 2-yard touchdown
run made it 7-0 with 12 seconds left in the first half and a 5-yard
TD run made it 14-7 early in the fourth.Smith tied it with a 1-yard run, his 150th career rushing score,
at the end of his record-breaking drive.Seattle's ensuing drive went 72 yards, with Dallas providing 35
on penalties for pass interference and unnecessary roughness, to
set up Lindell's game-winning kick.Hutchinson, who spent the last four years playing in the St.
Louis Cardinals organization, was 12-of-24 for 145 yards with a
39-yard touchdown to Joey Galloway. He was sacked twice."The record was not a distraction,'' Hutchinson said. "I
certainly felt more comfortable in this debut than in my major
league debut. I felt more prepared for the game and the situations
I knew I would face.''Woodson had eight tackles, giving him 1,243 in his career and
breaking the franchise record of 1,236 held by linebacker Lee Roy
Jordan."I'm glad both guys got their records, but that had nothing to
do with why we lost the game today,'' Cowboys defensive end Greg Ellis said. "They are not a bad football team, but we felt like we
should have stopped them.''