All rested up
The Seattle Seahawks get back to action on Sunday in a matchup against the Miami Dolphins down in the Sunshine State.
Matchup: Seattle vs. Miami
Venue: Sun Life Stadium
Time: 10:00 AM (local)
Weather: High 76. Low 62. Mostly sunny
Team Records: Seattle (6-4) Miami (4-6)
Standings: Seahawks 2nd NFC West. Dolphins 3rd AFC East
The Hawks get back on the road after their bye week, a place that has not been too friendly to them this year.
This is the first of two road games in a row for Seattle, next week they travel to Soldier Field in Chicago to face the Bears in a tough conference matchup.
But back to the game at hand; this will be the best chance for the Hawks to get their all of a sudden potent offense back on track after the bye.
Russell Wilson has found the confidence he showed at Wisconsin last year finally, and is starting to pick apart defenses, if only a step at a time.
Game notes/How they match up
The Dolphins are an interesting team really, and quite hard to dissect.
With their very own rookie QB at the helm, and one the Seahawks had their eye on in the draft, the growing pains have been visible.
But so have the flashes of greatness too.
They are a team that is trying to find their new offensive identity, just as the Hawks are.
It just turns out that Seattle’s defense has been able to keep the team in more games at the end than the Dolphins’ defense has.
What to watch: Seattle
Of course all eyes will be on the Hawks offense, especially Golden Tate, to see if their is any more trickery up Pete Carroll’s sleeve this week.
They have had two weeks to develop said play, but who knows if there are any actual “said” plays to have been learned.
Second thing to watch is how ruthless Pete Carroll wants to go after his former prized pupil Reggie Bush.
Bush still is struggling to become the back that he was in the college game, but as we have seen earlier this season, he can go off at any time.
Last game Pete seemed to want the jugular of Mark Sanchez, I wonder if he will do the same to the Phins.
What to watch: Miami
What will Ryan Tannehill be able to do with his team during their current 3 game slide.
Of course they will be trying to stop the bleeding before it gets out of hand, but they will be up against a tough Seattle D that has a chip on their shoulder as well.
This team has some offensive threats and should not be taken as lightly as their record shows.
Brian Hartline has had some monster games this year, as has Tannehill (who is still learning the pro game), and the aforementioned Reggie Bush.
These three will have to be at the top of their games to earn a victory and stop this skid dead in its tracks.
Seattle O vs. Miami D
If the Hawks can shake the early start jitters, and play like the offense that took the field the last three weeks, this shouldn’t be a problem game for them.
Marshawn Lynch should be good to go for another 100 plus yards, and hopefully get into the end zone.
Of all the victories for the Hawks so far this year, Miami may have the worst defense of them all, so a win should be in order, eastern time zone or not.
Karlos Dansby is a dangerous fellow in the MLB position, but if the slant routs aren’t available, Wilson does have the capability to go down field now.
Miami O vs. Seattle D
With all the talk about the rookie invasion at the QB position this year, Miami will be the first chance for the Seahawk D to face one.
This should be fun!
Tannehill will have his hands full with the Hawks D, pass rush, and secondary alike.
New sack machine Bruce Irvin could have another huge day down in the sun for the Hawks, at least that’s what I’m hoping for.
If the run game is stuffed early, expect the Dolphins to go to the air a ton. This is their most dangerous aspect on offense.
Dolphins: Questionable: Austin Spitler. Probable: Karlos Dansby, Anthony Fasano, Brandon Fields, Mike Pouncey, Jimmy Wilson.
Seattle is favored by 3 points on the road, so this is a pretty sure bet, at least that’s what the bookies are hoping for. I think it will be a bit more than 3 though.