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Seattle Seahawks vs. Miami Dolphins Pick & Prediction OCT 4TH 2020

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Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are off to a stellar start. Now the team needs its defense to step up.


The Seahawks are 3-0 for the first time since their Super Bowl championship season of 2013 heading into a Sunday road game against the Miami Dolphins (1-2). However, Seattle has been doing it in a very unlike-Pete Carroll way -- riding Wilson's arm and not their defense.


Wilson has set an NFL record for most touchdown passes through three games with 14 and became the first quarterback to throw four or more touchdowns in each of the first three games.


He was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after completing 27 of 40 passes for 315 yards and five scores last Sunday in a 38-31 victory against the Dallas Cowboys. Wilson hit DK Metcalf on a 29-yard TD pass with 1:47 remaining for the winning score.


The Seahawks' Ryan Neal intercepted a Dak Prescott pass in the end zone in the final seconds to clinch the victory. A week earlier, the Seahawks stopped New England's Cam Newton at the 1-yard line on the final play of a 35-30 Seattle win.


The defense has been another story, having surrendered 86 points -- the third most in league history for a 3-0 team.


"It's not something I am accustomed to. It is not something I want to be accustomed to," Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said.


The Seahawks have allowed 1,292 yards passing, more than any team through three weeks -- the 2011 New England Patriots allowed 1,131. For comparison, the 2013 Seahawks with their "Legion of Boom" defensive backfield gave up 440 over the first three games.


At least the Seahawks have been good against the run, allowing 66.7 yards per game.


"We have to do good at something so it's good to hold teams under 50 yards or 75 yards rushing," Wagner said. "But when we're still giving up as many yards as we're giving up, it doesn't matter."


Injuries have played a part.


Rush end Bruce Irvin and nickel back Marquise Blair sustained season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injuries in Week 2. Blitzing safety Jamal Adams, the team's big offseason acquisition in a trade with the New York Jets, sustained a groin injury and spent the fourth quarter on the sideline last week. Cornerback Quinton Dunbar (knee) and safety Lano Hill (back) were both inactive against Dallas.


The defensive-minded Carroll has continued to preach balance, but the #LetRussCook campaign has continued to take off. With lead running back Chris Carson having sprained his left knee last week, Wilson's role might even expand.


"I would rather win by a lot, but I don't mind," Wilson said. "I don't mind winning either way. A win is a win, and I love winning."


The Dolphins are coming off their first victory of the season, a 31-13 triumph at Jacksonville on Sept. 24 in which veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 18 of 20 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a score.


It was Miami's first victory by a double-digit margin in 39 games, ending the longest drought in the league. It was the first time the Dolphins have won a game by more than eight points since Dec. 3, 2017, a 35-9 victory over the Denver Broncos.


"I'm excited for the players and coaches to see the fruits of their labor," Dolphins coach Brian Flores. "That's why we put all the time in -- to win ballgames. Now the goal is to try to string them together."


The Dolphins might have trouble slowing Wilson, with an ailing defensive backfield and a ground game that has yet to do much.


Veteran newcomers Matt Breida and Jordan Howard have combined for 75 yards in 31 rushes, a 2.4 average. Myles Gaskin, a seventh-round draft pick last year out of the University of Washington, has a combined 243 yards from scrimmage.


Cornerback Byron Jones missed the Jacksonville game because of a groin injury and has remained out of practice this week. The other starter, Xavien Howard, grabbed the back of his right leg after making a late-game interception and has been limited with a knee injury.


--Field Level Media


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Seattle Seahawks vs. Miami Dolphins

Russell Wilson threw for 360 yards and two touchdowns and Chris Carson rushed for a pair of 1-yard scores as the Seattle Seahawks recorded a 31-23 victory against the host Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon.

Wilson, who completed 24 of 34 passes, found David Moore in the back right corner of the end zone for a 17-yard scoring strike with 5:30 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The score for the Seahawks (4-0) came 1:30 after the Dolphins (1-3) had closed to within 17-15 on the fifth of Jason Sanders' field goals.

An interception by Shaquill Griffin led to Carson's second touchdown with 4 minutes left for the Seahawks. Carson rushed 16 times for a season-high 80 yards.

Miami's Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 29 of 45 passes for 315 yards and rushed for a team-high 47 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown scamper with 1:50 remaining. A two-point conversion throw to Preston Williams pulled the Dolphins within eight points, but the Seahawks recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock.

The Seahawks led 17-9 at the intermission, scoring touchdowns on their first and last drives of the half.

Carson opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run after Ryan Neal intercepted a tipped Fitzpatrick pass on Miami's initial drive.

Sanders kicked 41-, 29- and 45-yard field goals to offset a 55-yarder by Seattle's Jason Myers, to cut the Seahawks' lead to 10-9 with 29 seconds left in the half.

Wilson drove the Seahawks 75 yards in four plays, capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass to running back Travis Homer with 6 seconds left. The key play of the drive was a 57-yard pass to a wide-open Moore down the left sideline.

The Seahawks took the second half kickoff and marched to Miami's 6 before Xavien Howard made a diving interception in the back of the end zone on a third-down play. It was only the second pick Wilson had thrown this season.

Sanders kicked a 43-yarder with 4:12 left in the third to pull the Dolphins within 17-12 entering the final quarter.

--Field Level Media

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