The Miami Dolphins have slipped out of the AFC playoff race, but have a chance to knock off one of the NFC's best as the Seattle Seahawks visit Miami.
The Dolphins were in the thick of the playoff picture before losing three straight. They've had a rough go offensively, scoring only 20 points in their last two contests.
They're hoping the Seahawks suffer some jet lag and get caught sleeping off their bye week. Every game counts from here on out for Seattle, which currently stands as the last team out of the NFC playoff race. Thankfully for the Seahawks, quarterback Russell Wilson has been on a tear as of late.
The Wilson show heads off to Miami, where the fourth quarter will decide the game. Anything you need to know about this matchup is below.
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami
When: Sunday, November 25 at 1 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL.com
Betting Line: Seattle (-3), Over/Under: 37.5 (According to Vegas Insider)
Seattle would be a favorite by more than three points at Qwest Field, but the Seahawks are getting a ton of respect going into Miami’s stadium.
Seattle’s three-point advantage, though, is more of a issue with the Dolphins. They look like a different team since losing to Indianapolis three weeks ago and Vegas has taken notice.
If the line goes under three, I would be more inclined to take Seattle, as they are a tougher, grittier version of Miami. But with a push as a potential safety net, I have a slight lean towards the Seahawks.
Seattle Injury Report (via CBS Sports as of 11/20/2012)
4-game suspension. Eligible to return Week 16 vs. San Francisco
Miami Injury Report (via CBS Sports as of 11/20/2012)
What They're Saying
Following their Thursday night loss to the Bills, there have been questions about whether Ryan Tannehill has regressed after an impressive first-half of the season. NFL.com’s Mike Lombardi answers those questions and more, meanwhile shedding light on Miami’s general game plan this season:
With limitations at wide receiver -- most critically, nobody who is able to stretch the field -- opponents have played more man-to-man against the Dolphins, taking away the easy throws. During the current three-game losing streak, Tannehill hasn't been able to make big plays down the field -- with only two plays over 25 yards ... Also, defenses have loaded up on the left side, as most teams realize Miami likes to run behind Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Long. And in the last two weeks, the Dolphins have gotten behind quickly, putting their offense in catch-up mode, which takes away balance in play calling.
Miami: Daniel Thomas, RB
For fantasy owners looking for a quick-fix fantasy pickup, Thomas should get a bunch of carries to move the chains against a tough Seattle front.
Reggie Bush doesn’t have the power to break through the front seven, while Thomas’s running style has more pop.
Plus, Thomas has gained more trust from the coaching staff as Bush has had two fumbles in his past three games. Expect 15 to 20 carries and potential goal line touches for Thomas in the game plan.
The Seahawks will be able to play press coverage against the Miami receivers and limit big plays in the passing game. From there, Seattle should be able to keep Miami to a low-scoring total.
Red Bryant and Bruce Irvin will have opportunities to make Tannehill’s day a rough one. The Dolphins quarterback hasn’t been handling the ball well under pressure as of late, so Seattle should add some sacks and turnovers as well.
Key Matchup: Miami Passing Game vs. Seattle Secondary
Tannehill and Co. will need to make some big plays through the air to compete deep into this game, but Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor will have something to say, or do, on that subject.
Seattle sports one of the best pass defenses in the league, led by NFL DPOY candidate Sherman, who should lock up Brian Hartline on one side of the field.
Where will the Dolphins get their production from in the passing game then? Tight end Anthony Fasano and H-back Charles Clay and Bush will have to be factors down the seam and in the flat. As always, Davone Bess’ crisp routes will be a key to converting first downs.
If the Dolphins can’t break through on 3rd-and-longs and in the red zone through the passing game, the game will take an ugly turn for Miami.
As I’ve said earlier, the Dolphins are the “Seahawks-Lite.” Being on the road won’t change much because Miami doesn’t have much of a home-field advantage.
I’ll take Seattle to win and cover.
Seahawks 23, Dolphins 17