The Seattle Seahawks actually looked like their old selves Sunday in the home opener, a resounding 24-13 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
Bobby Wagner was back in the middle of a 'D' that limited Dallas to under 200 yards until garbage time. Earl Thomas notched his second and third interceptions of the season, hours after he was the subject of a new round of trade rumors, and following a pair of missed practices that could lead to team fines. And Russell Wilson was excellent after two weeks of relentless beatings, completing 16-of-25 for 192 yards and two TDs, while only absorbing two sacks.
Dallas looked, frankly, like it could use Thomas, not to mention a few able-bodied pass catchers to help pick up off the mat Dak Prescott, who averaged a meager 4.4 yards per attempt. He entered Sunday managing just 6.1 YPA, with one touchdown and one lost fumble, and Dallas mustering 28 combined points and two total touchdowns.
The Cowboys couldn't protect Prescott, who absorbed five sacks, including two from Jarran Reed, the latest to bully Dallas rookie LG Connor Williams. And they continue to lack a go-to receiver for Prescott, who's off to a miserable start to life without Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.
After Pete Carroll admitted that a miscommunication with his special-teams coordinator contributed to RB Chris Carson's curious inactivity following a hot start in Week 2, Seattle fed its promising second-year back 32 (!) times for 102 yards and a touchdown. That's the kind of identity the Seahawks hope to establish and need to keep Wilson upright for 16 games.
Speaking of Seattle's identity, we're curious to hear more about the status of Thomas, who tied with a team lead seven tackles in addition to the two picks. After his second interception, off a deflected pass late in the fourth quarter, Thomas drew a taunting flag for bowing toward the Cowboys sideline. Of course, it was last season when Thomas drew much public ire for heading to the Cowboys locker room in Arlington after the game and imploring Jason Garrett to acquire him via trade if Dallas has a chance.
The Cowboys have had that chance for months now but haven't been willing to part with a first-round pick. Perhaps another up-close reminder of the playmaking ability Thomas brings to the middle of a 'D' will change their minds? Or maybe the 3-0 Chiefs, who needed to hang on for dear life in the second half Sunday, might be willing to meet the Seahawks' asking price? Could a change of heart be in the offing for Thomas and his employer after a win that included Seattle getting back to its old ways?
We've long maintained the Seahawks should just pay Thomas, who is clearly still an elite player and can help bridge the gap during a full-scale rebuild. Remember, he didn't even have a training camp and is playing at this level.