The Miami Dolphins are coming into week four off of a dominating 31-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football in week three. Now, they’ll host the Seattle Seahawks and early-MVP quarterback contender Russell Wilson in their second home game of the season.
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Week four will prove to be one of the toughest games Miami plays all season, and despite Seattle running back Chris Carson possibly missing the game due to a knee injury, the Dolphins may still draw the short end of the stick.
ESPN has the Seahawks at a 62.5 percent chance of winning the game on Sunday, but with recent news regarding one of the team’s key players, the Dolphins may now have a better chance of winning Sunday – as long as they can limit Wilson’s air attack.
Carson has practiced in limited fashion this week and backup RB Carlos Hyde is also banged up, after re-injuring his shoulder that he had surgery on in the offseason. Because of the potential losses, I think the Seahawks will have to rely more on their passing game which has not been a problem for them this season. That passing game may prove to be too much for the Dolphin defense to handle, especially if Miami is without starting cornerback Byron Jones (knee) again.
Russell Wilson Putting Up Jaw-Dropping Numbers
In three games this year Wilson has already completed 79-of-103 passes for 925 yards, tossed a NFL-leading 14 touchdowns and just one interception. Wilson also has three TDs on passes of more than 50 yards or air distance, the most in the NFL. His current 76.7-percent completion percentage is also a NFL-best 9.7-percent points above the expected 67-percent (ESPN). His performances have the Seahawks averaging 37 points per game, something unlikely to stop especially if Seattle is forced to throw even more.
Miami Pass Defense Weeks 1-3 are Jeckyll and Hyde
In week one against New England, the Dolphins did ultimately lose the game 21-11, but were able to hold new Patriots QB Cam Newton to just 155 passing yards along with zero TDs.
Week two saw more of a struggle as the Dolphins allowed Buffalo Bills’ QB Josh Allen to 417 yards, his first career 400-yard game, and four passing scores.
In week three, the Dolphins defense resumed the likes from week one, containing Jaguars’ QB Gardner Minshew during the win. Although Minshew completed 30 passes, he had zero passing scores and tossed an interception.
Ryan Fitzpatrick Setting Career Numbers in 17th Season
Miami QB Ryan Fitzpatrick may have found his groove after having a near perfect game of completing 18-of-20 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. The 90-percent completion percentage shows that he is capable of a shootout with Wilson and the Seahawks. I think this game will prove to be a battle of the QBs, with the winning one being more accurate and having less interceptions.
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Both quarterbacks have been in the league for years and have worked with many different receiving options. With the Dolphins still trying to find their run game, the likes of players such as wide receiver DeVante Parker, WR Preston Williams and tight end Mike Gesicki will need to step up in bigger ways than they have all season. The Dolphins defense will be the deciding factor and need to find a way to produce more turnovers and fill the holes in their pass defense.
Can Miami Contain Wilson, I Think Yes.
The name of the game is trying to contain Wilson in week four. Can the Dolphin defense do that? I think they can. The bigger question is whether or not they will be able to do that. Each week teams have to make adjustments to put themselves in the best position to win each game.
What is the recipe for beating the Seahawks? A strong defensive line that will contain the Seahawks receivers and slow down Wilson somewhat and a little Fitzmagic in the air similar to last week’s performance and more. Kick off between the two teams is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.