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Cowboys-Seahawks: Five things to watch

1On the road

On the road. The Cowboys are 2-0 on the road this season and have a chance to match their 2013 road victory total with a win. But Seattle is known as being one of the toughest places to play in the league, partly due to the team and partly due to the fans. The Cowboys had loud music blaring all week at practice to try to emulate the crowd noise.

2DeMarco’s load

DeMarco Murray is the NFL’s leading rusher and an MVP candidate. That, however, comes with a heavy workload. The Cowboys would like to get Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle more involved, but are they willing to go away from the hot hand?

3Romo’s role

Tony Romo has found a routine that works for him and his surgically repaired back, taking off Wednesdays. He has to hope it works again this week, especially if the Cowboys struggle to run the ball against the Seahawks’ top-ranked run defense. That means the offense will fall on Romo’s shoulders.

4Containing Wilson

Russell Wilson is emerging as one of the elite quarterbacks in the game, a true dual threat to run or pass. The Cowboys’ defense has to stay home and in its lanes as best as possible to try to contain him. If not, Wilson could orchestrate a thrashing.

5Missing linebackers?

Bruce Carter will be out, as might Rolando McClain. Those are two significant losses to a linebacker corps that is charged with the task of stopping Marshawn Lynch. The Cowboys have liked what they’ve seen from rookie Anthony Hitchens so far, but this will be his biggest test yet. — Drew Davison