Miami Dolphins: 4 Reasons Offense Can Lead Them Past Stellar Seahawks Defense
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After a promising 4-3 start to the 2012 season, the Miami Dolphins have dropped three consecutive games.
Conversely, the Seattle Seahawks are coming off their bye week on a two-game winning streak.
Led by quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch, Seattle averages nearly 320 yards per game.
The Seahawks' strength is, however, their ruthless and fourth-ranked NFL defense.
Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins face a tall task on Thanksgiving weekend, but here are four reasons the offense can lead the team past Seattle.
Tannehill Is Better Against the Blitz
Tannehill has thrown six touchdowns during his rookie season.
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Ryan Tannehill has been a better quarterback against the blitz than with no pressure.
That's a good thing for him, because the Seahawks constantly bring extra men—especially speed-rusher Bruce Irvin. The rookie from West Virginia has seven sacks on the season.
As a bonus, ESPN's James Walker points out that the rookie gunslinger from Texas A&M led the league in deep-pass efficiency heading into last week's game.
If Tannehill gets protection from the offensive line—which has been an issue—the Dolphins can successfully move the ball against Seattle.
Davone Bess Is Slowly Becoming a Weapon
Bess made a phenomenal catch on the sideline for a first down vs. the Bills.
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In his last three games, however, the fifth-year receiver from Hawaii has racked up 25 targets.
The Dolphins need Bess to step up, because the Seahawks secondary is nothing to scoff at. Seattle has nine interceptions thus far in 2012.
Brian Hartline had been the favorite for Tannehill early in the season, but Bess is developing a rapport with the rookie quarterback.
Seattle Struggles on the Road
Lynch and the Seahawks have been searching for answers on the road.
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Seattle is an impressive, somewhat unexpected 6-4.
All four of those losses, however, have come on the road—the most recent of which came against the Detroit Lions in a 28-24 defeat.
Russell Wilson has thrown all eight of his interceptions in games away from CenturyLink Field.
Miami must capitalize on any takeaways and field possession, because the Seahawks only allow 16.1 points per game.
Miami's Defense Can Handle the Seahawks Offense
Russell Wilson has struggled against the better defenses of the NFL.
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Hear me out on this one.
Miami allows slightly over 20 points per game, which is in the top 10 in the NFL.
As the Dolphins offense gets more possessions, they will start to find a rhythm. Tannehill has had his fair share of struggles, but he still is and will be a solid quarterback.
It won't be easy to defeat Seattle, but nothing ever is for this Miami team.