Good morning folks. The forecast is for sun and about 78 degrees at game time, so weather should not be a factor in today’s game.
With that, here are my five keys for the Seattle Seahawks as they look to secure their second road win of the season at Miami.
Win the turnover battle: The Seahawks have a -4 turnover differential on the road this season, so it’s no surprise that they are 1-4 away from CenturyLink Field. But they are playing one of the most turnover prone teams in the league in Miami, who come into the game with a -9 turnover differential. Seattle must create some easy scoring opportunities for the offense today.
Pressure Tannehill: Miami rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill has struggled during his team’s three-game losing streak, Tannehill has thrown just two touchdown passes, five interceptions and has been sacked six times. Teams are showing Tannehill more exotic looks, and he appears to be struggling to process the information, and therefore making more bad decisions. Look for Seattle’s defense to ramp up the pressures against Tannehill.
Go deep: Besides cornerback Sean Smith, the back end of Miami’s defense is vulnerable. The Dolphins have given up 39 pass plays of 20 or more yards, tied for fifth worst in the league. So expect for the Seahawks to match up Sidney Rice or Golden Tate opposite Smith against cornerback Nolan Carroll to try and create some big plays.
Neutralize Cameron Wake: The Dolphins are pretty stout down the middle of the defense with defensive tackles Paul Soliai and Randy Starks, along with linebacker Karlos Dansby. And they have one of the best pass rushers in the game in Cameron Wake. But like they’ve done in the past to pass rushers like Clay Matthews, Jared Allen and DeMarcus Ware, I think the Seahawks will use that outside zone stretch play and try to run right at Wake to threaten the edge of that Miami defense.
Finish strong: The Seahawks are at their best when they have a lead in the fourth quarter, and can then turn and hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch to close out the game. The Seahawks have outscored their opponents 61-38 in the fourth quarter this season, while Miami has been outscored 60-38. So getting out ahead so they can focus on running the ball down the stretch will be important for the Seahawks.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that quarterback Russell Wilson gets an opportunity to show his improvement on the road today against Miami.
Miami running back Reggie Bush is looking to break out. He leads the Dolphins in yards with 575, but has only averaged 10 carries a contest the past five games.
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times provides his keys to victory for Seattle here, which includes containing Miami’s explosive return game.
ESPN’s Mike Sando points to Ryan Tannehill’s struggles against pressure on third down as a reason the Seahawks might send more pressure today.
South Florida Sun Sentinel columnist David Hyde picks the Seahawks over the Dolphins 24-10.
Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald writes the Seahawks Legion of Boom could be a threat to Ryan Tannehill.
Brian Baldinger is the only analyst for NFL playbook picking the Seahawks to handle the Dolphins in this video link.
Pat Kirwn of CBS Sports also likes Seattle over Miami in the video below.