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Morning links: 5 keys for Hawks vs. Dolphins

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 25, 2012 at 5:33 am with 13 Comments »
November 25, 2012 9:08 am
Seattle Seahawks' Sidney Rice, right, celebrates his touchdown against the New England Patriots with Seahawks' Golden Tate, in an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks beat the Patriots 24-23. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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.

Clare Farnsworth of breaks down the game here.

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.

Morning links
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  1. Eric I like your keys. I think turnovers and getting a short field for at least a couple of them, are going to be huge today.

    The other thing is that usually once or twice a season your Special Teams needs to be the difference maker in a game. I think today is one of those games. Force a fumble…get a long return…a couple punts deep inside the 10. Those are the things that can turn momentum your way and quiet a hom crowd and instill dout in the home team.

  2. I think the Seahawks are either an elite team or near elite status. This is a game the 49ers would win easily by double digits. But I’d be happy with any type of win here.

    If the Seahawks lose this game, I would wonder if they could beat the Bills and Bears, which leaves them at 9-7 and outside of the playoffs. The NFC Wildcard picture has unexpectedly tightened up with the Redskins, Saints and Bucs now entering the picture.

    If they can win this game, I’ll keep the thoughts going for a 12-4 finish and a 1st round bye with a home playoff game for only the second time in franchise history.

    Winning this game (against a mediocre team on the road in an early game) is the second to last step in their progression towards actual elite status. The last step would be beating a good team on the road in an early game, something the Holmgren teams rarely ever did.

  3. rynehawk says:

    Eric, that link to the Adam Beasley article isn’t working for me. I did find a different one:

  4. wazzulander says:

    As others have mentioned, this seems to have been the perfect time for the bye week. I’m excited to see everyone getting healthy and have all our options available. I’m specifically looking forward to seeing a healthy Baldwin, integrated with Rice and Tate. Despite some of the deserved criticism, I think Tate has proven he’s a bonafide playmaker in this league and he’s going to continue to improve. We already knew Rice was a playmaker and is now proving he’s not as fragile as we worried. So if Baldwin can regain last years form I think we can really take the passing game to the next level the rest of this season, opening things up even more for Beastmode.

  5. What pabs said.

  6. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    lol bobby, feeling lazy this morning?

    i want to see sacks and interceptions this gamne. 3-4 sacks and 2 picks would be nice. wilson needs light up the fins early and often great week for the pass to set up the run.

  7. This BobbyK is a wise fellow….

  8. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    lol pabs

  9. confucious says:

    Consistency is the definition of elite in the NFL dictionary. Although I would like for the Seahawks to have attained that status, I think we will be waiting a bit longer. These next two road games will speak volumes as to the status of this years team.

  10. SandpointHawk says:

    I don’t know about the Pabs and BobbyK love fest, for years they have been bickering like politicians. I know others have stepped up to fill the void but really how long are we going to have to put up with this?

    Oh and by the way…Go Hawks

  11. Yes, these road games will tell us a lot about the team Pete Carroll has built so far. Any stat you want to look at says the Seahawks should win this game start to finish. But the real key today is to come of the bye week, go on the road, and not play flat. If anyone holds the key to making that happen every time, they should be coaching in the NFL, because it happens to good teams as often as not.

    I’m really looking forward to watching Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright playing side-by-side again, both healthy, and continuing to improve their reads.

  12. Hammajamma says:

    31-0 and they are vaulted into the national conversation. The D will have a big, big day.

  13. I usually am a bit disappointed on road game sundays, but today I’m kind of looking forward to not being soaking wet with rain and beer all over me. ;)

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