The Seattle Seahawks will travel to Miami Gardens, FL to take on the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium in Week 4. Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks will look to go undefeated for the first quarter of the 2020 NFL season.
The Miami Dolphins will look to continue on their impressive win last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ryan Fitzpatrick will make his fourth start of the season for the Dolphins, leaving fans still anxious to see Tua Tagovailoa on the field. Can “Fitzmagic” provide that much-needed spark for the Dolphins on Sunday? The beautiful thing about sports is that we will find out soon enough.
Here are some key components heading into Sunday’s game that will play a factor.
Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Seattle’s Banged-Up Secondary
Ryan Fitzpatrick always has played well when opposing teams let him get comfortable in the pocket. With Jamal Adams and Quinton Dunbar most likely out this week, Fitzpatrick will have time to throw the ball downfield, and he may be in for a big week. I expect DeVante Parker to get back on track with a big game this week.
The bottom line will be whether Seattle can generate a pass rush or not. They don’t have an elite pass rusher to help the secondary out by putting pressure on the quarterback, so if Fitzpatrick has time in the pocket, he will find the open man, more often than not.
Can the Dolphins Slow Down Russell Wilson?
There is no secret to stopping or slowing down Russell Wilson; he is just that talented. The Dolphins are going to have to put pressure on Wilson to try their best to make him uncomfortable to have a chance in this one. Miami’s newly signed cornerback, Byron Jones, is listed as doubtful in this one, and that could ultimately hurt the Dolphins’ chances. How can the Dolphins line up and stop Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf on every snap? I don’t think there is any way they can possibly do that, so Seattle should roll with another win in this one.
Both Teams’ Running Game
Both the Dolphins and the Seahawks don’t necessarily run the ball super effectively. Miami’s Myles Gaskin and Seattle’s Chris Carson are the running backs that will handle the majority of each team’s carries, and whoever can run the ball better of the two, will ultimately win the game.
One thing Seattle’s defense has done well this year, has been stopping the run or limiting the yardage on the ground to opposing backfields. With Jamal Adams out, can the defense step up and limit Myles Gaskin in this one?
Chris Carson is listed as questionable with a knee injury that was suffered last week on what many believe to be a dirty play. Carlos Hyde is also listed as questionable in this one. If they both can’t go in this one, then Seattle’s run game will rely heavily on Russell Wilson’s legs.
I have taken the Seattle spread and over on their game in the past two weeks. With the way Russell Wilson has been playing, I think that trend continues.
I’ll take the Seahawks -6 and the over on 54 total points.
Key injuries for both teams will lead to lots of points being scored in this one. Russell Wilson will lead the Seattle Seahawks to a fourth-straight victory, beating the Miami Dolphins, 34-27.
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