10 days since their embarassing loss on Thursday Night Football against the Bills.
They should be well-rested and hungry to beat the Seattle Seahawks, who are definitely are solid team at 6-4.
Sunday’s game features 2 ROOKIES QB’s: Ryan Tannehill (the 8th pick) vs. Russell Wilson (the 75th overall, 3rd round). They are their team’s Franchise Quarterbacks..
I want to take this time to say how I feel about the Seahawks, their coach, their 3-headed machine of QB Russell Wilson, RB Marshawn Lynch and WR Golden Tate and the Legion of Boom.
The Seahawks are definitely a scary playoff team,
But, they are coming to South Beach, where the Dolphins are bringing the steam,
They are led by Russell Wilson, who is 5 foot 10 inches tall.
He is so small, he will be looking up at Cameron Wake’s balls.
Marshawn Lynch is a definitely a beast,
After Sunday against the Dolphins, he will be needing a priest
He will be praying for forgiveness after he plays his worst game of the year
He should hang in South Beach for awhile and have a beer
Golden Tate, you are surely making a name for yourself,
But lets’ be real, when you scored that alleged touchdown against the Packers, that replacement official missed the call because he was beating himself.
You got game and you are from Notre Dame,
But with a name like Golden,
Sean Smith and Nolan Carroll will make you pull up lame.
Their Secondary is known as, “The Legion of Boom”,
What are they? A knockoff of the Legion of Doom?
Wrestling Legends Hawk and Animal were more intimidating than these chumps,
After Sunday, they will be left feeling down in the dumps,
Why? Because they bit on one of Tannehill’s pumps.
Coach Pete Carroll, you are now a success in Seattle after the mess at USC,
Your career is nothing more than empty of glass of HI-C.
You sucked in New England and Jetland,
How can you mess up in a state, where there is Disneyland?
Lets Breakdown their stars:
Russell Wilson’s stats: 157-253 (62.1%), 1827 yards, 15 TD’s, 8 INT’s, 90.5 QB Rating. http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/stats/_/name/sea/seattle-seahawks
The Seahawks in the offseason signed Free Agent QB Matt Flynn to a hefty contract. Everyone thought he would head to Miami and be reunited with Coach Philbin. The Seahawks outbid everyone for his services. They wanted to Flynn to compete with incumbent starter Tavaris Jackson.
It seems like such a waste now: because they drafted Wilson, whom many experts wondered “if could make in the NFL?” Well, Wilson proved the doubters wrong, and won the QB Job.
Wilson doesn’t post spectacular numbers, but he doesn’t make many mistakes either. He has thrown only two interceptions in the last five weeks and has finished only three games with a quarterback rating below 80.
In order to shut down Wilson, the Dolphins can’t let him scramble. On average, he takes 3.19 seconds to throw or scramble past the line of scrimmage, which is the most among all NFL quarterbacks (per Pro Football Focus). Wilson is extremely aware in the pocket and able to buy himself time. It’s vital that Cam Wake, Jared Odrick and Miami’s linebackers seal the edge and force him to connect with a pedestrian wide-receiver corps. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1418867-seahawks-vs-dolphins-10-keys-to-the-game-for-miami#/articles/1418867-seahawks-vs-dolphins-10-keys-to-the-game-for-miami/page/2
Wilson hasn’t looked very good on the road, where the Seahawks are 1-4. He has thrown for four touchdowns with eight interceptions in those games, while at home – where Seattle is unbeaten – he has 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions. http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019752691_apfbnseahawksdolphins.html?syndication=rss
Lynch’s stats: 212 carries, 1005 yards, 5TD’s
No player runs with more fire and ferociousness than Lynch.
According to Pro Football Focus, he has the third-most rushing yards after contact (583) in the NFL and averages just a hair under three yards after contact per attempt. Lynch’s ability to shed tackles compensates for Seattle’s run-blocking shortcomings.
The Dolphins defense has 59 missed tackles this season, but there’s no room for error against Lynch. He’s a threat to take any run—no matter how inescapable it initially looks—to the house. It’s imperative Miami defenders fly to the football and prevent Beast Mode from going into Beast Mode. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1418867-seahawks-vs-dolphins-10-keys-to-the-game-for-miami#/articles/1418867-seahawks-vs-dolphins-10-keys-to-the-game-for-miami/page/6.
Tate’s stats: 26 catches, 337 yards, 6 TD’s
In his first two NFL seasons, Tate caught a modest 56 passes for 609 yards and three touchdowns. This year, he’s on pace to register 42 receptions for 534 yards and 10 touchdowns. Tate has come on in the last three weeks, reeling in 13 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns.
Because Sean Smith will most likely shadow Sidney Rice, Tate will have the opportunity to face off against Nolan Carroll. I say “opportunity” because Carroll is coming off an ugly performance against the Buffalo Bills during which he was penalized four times.
Another reason to beware of Tate: the Dolphins have been burned by no-name wideouts all season, including Andre Roberts, T.Y. Hilton, Donnie Avery, Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens.
So, while you’ll hear plenty of talk about Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Sidney Rice, don’t forget about Tate. He just might be the X-factor for Seattle’s offense on Sunday. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1418867-seahawks-vs-dolphins-10-keys-to-the-game-for-miami#/articles/1418867-seahawks-vs-dolphins-10-keys-to-the-game-for-miami/page/7
The Seahawks may the best SECONDARY in the NFL. Among cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, strong safety Kam Chancellor, free safety Earl Thomas, and nickel Marcus Trufant, the hard-hitting Seahawks form “The Legion of Boom.”
Thomas, Chancellor and Browner were in the Pro Bowl last season, but Sherman might be having the best season this year. He was on almost everybody’s Mid-Season All-NFL team. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/dolphins-blog/sfl-dolphins-rookie-quarterback-ryan-tannehill-will-need-help-against-seattles-secondary-which-might-be-20121117,0,1400572.story.
The play-calling is HORRENDOUS. They hardly ever let him do anything. Let him roll out and throw. How about some screens? Or, how about a play-action fake, and throw deep. The game in which he whipped the Cardinals’ secondary is what he needs to be doing. Babying him, is ABSURD!!!
He made be hitting that perverbial rookie wall, where you eventually struggle in your rookie season. Come on!! Lets be real, he is a professional and should be able to overcome those struggles. He is making bad throws and he is definitely trying to hard.
I believe in this guy, and believe he will IGNITE the crowd and ROCK THE HOUSE on Sunday!!!
My keys to the game AS ALWAYS are the SAME WEEK AFTER WEEK:
1) The 5 R’s = RUN REGGIE, RUN REGGIE RUN!! Give him the ball, and TURN HIM LOOSE!!! Bush needs a MONSTER GAME like he did in Week 2 against the Raiders. The SEAHAWKS are SOLID against the run. They give up 100.6 yards a game (which ranks 11th in the league. http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/sea/seattle-seahawks
If the Dolphins indeed commit to establishing the run, they should also commit to pounding it straight up the gut.
That’s where Seattle is most vulnerable.
Daniel Thomas is Miami’s most physical back, so this could be his time to shine. However, Reggie Bush has also run very efficiently between the tackles. Whoever it is, the Dolphins should make a concerted effort to expose one of the only weaknesses on this Seattle defense. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1418867-seahawks-vs-dolphins-10-keys-to-the-game-for-miami#/articles/1418867-seahawks-vs-dolphins-10-keys-to-the-game-for-miami/page/4
I calling you Reggie Bush out RIGHT HERE AND NOW!!
Message to you Reggie: Run the ball with Power and Authority. You used too.. Where have you gone? Run like Lynch and you will get back to being a great back. Now, you are SIMPLY AVERAGE.
2) Take shots downfield. The Seahawks’ defense is AWESOME. The pass defense gives up only 196.2 yards a game (which ranks 3rd in the league). Tannehill needs to launch it deep to keep the defense honest.
The Dolphins only stand a chance to win when they don’t turn it over, because they’re not creating many explosive plays on offense. They have just 24 pass plays of 20 yards or more this season and five rushes of 20 yards or more. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1409090-miami-dolphins-progress-report-where-does-the-team-stand-headed-into-week-11
3) Protection, Protection, Protection. Lately, Tannehill is getting hit REALLY hard because the protection was horrible. Tannehill is GETTING SMACKED AROUND LIKE A PING-PONG BALL!!! He can’t be successful without a DECENT OFFENSIVE LINE.
4) Get to Wilson!! The front-seven needs to make Wilson uncomfortable in the pocket, so that way turnovers can be forced.
The Seahawks average 255 passing yards per game. That’s dead last in the NFL. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1418867-seahawks-vs-dolphins-10-keys-to-the-game-for-miami#/articles/1418867-seahawks-vs-dolphins-10-keys-to-the-game-for-miami/page/2
5) CB’s (ESPECIALLY SEAN SMITH and NOLAN CARROLL), need to not give up big plays. The Seahawks have a SOLID RECEIVING CORPS led by Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Zach Miller.
6) STOP MARSHAWN LYNCH. Lynch is an INCREDIBLE runner, and the FRONT-SEVEN better step up and tackle him. Chris Johnson and C.J. Spiller just ran over the defense. Now, they need to step up and hit somebody.
7) Special Teams. Punter Brandon Fields and Kicker Dan Carpenter should play a major role in the game.
As always, I believe the Dolphins will RIGHT THE SHIP and win this week (24-14) and get to (5-6) and still remain in the playoff picture.
I believe Tannehill will do AWESOME (24-34, 280 yards, 3TD’s, 0INT’s); Bush goes off (20 carries, 100 yards, TD; 4 catches, 40 yards); Hartline plays BIG TIME AS USUAL (10 catches, 100 yards, TD).
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Written by Daniel Saviuk
My name is Daniel. I love the Miami Dolphins (been a fan since I was 10)...