Seahawks vs. Dolphins: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Darin Pike@darinpikeContributor INovember 23, 2012

Can Russell Wilson have a better year than Ryan Tannehill?
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The Seattle Seahawks (6-4) travel to Florida following their bye week to play the Miami Dolphins (4-6). Pete Carroll's team comes in the winner of their last two while Joe Philbin's club has lost three straight.

Seattle has been a much better team at home than on the road in recent seasons. The week off should have allowed them to get rested and healthy. Now they need to come out and prove they can play away from CenturyLink Field.

The game should come down to who can play the best defense. That favors the Seahawks, but their defense let the team down in Miami. 

Following are the key pieces to this matchup.

When: Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

TV: Fox (check local listings)

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket

Listen (radio): 710 ESPN Seattle and the Seahawks radio network; 940 WINZ Miami and the Dolphins radio network

Betting Lines (via Bovada)

Moneyline: Seattle -145, Miami +125

Spread: Seahawks -3 

If Seattle shows up and plays their top game in Miami, this game will be nearly impossible for the Dolphins to win. The Seahawks have a tougher, more physical defense, their rookie quarterback is outperforming Miami's and Seattle is much better served with offensive skill positions.

But the Seahawks don't always play their best game on the road. They could leave room for the Dolphins to steal a win.

The key is if it it advisable to buy into the road woes for Seattle. Take the Seahawks and give up the points.

Over/Under: 37.5 

The Dolphins have struggled to score points in recent weeks, and Seattle hasn't exactly made a habit of tallying high point totals this season. If one of these teams go gang-busters this could hit to over, but it isn't likely.

Injury Report (as of 7 a.m. Friday)

Seattle Seahawks (via Seattle Seahawks)

Red Bryant, DE, Did not Practice (Foot)
James Carpenter, G, Full Participant (Concussion)
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Full Participant (Back)
Byron Maxwell, CB, Full Participant (Hamstring)
Clinton McDonald, DT, Full Participant (Groin)
Greg Scruggs, DE, Full Participant (Oblique)
K.J. Wright, LB, Full Participant (Concussion)

Miami Dolphins (via Miami Dolphins)

Jabar Gaffney, WR, Limited Participation (Knee) Questionable
Jeron Mastrud, TE, Limited (Hamstring) Questionable
Davone Bess, WR, Did not Participate for Non-Football Reasons
Karlos Dansby, LB, Full Participation (Bicep) Probable
Brian Hartline, WR, Full (Knee) Probable
Tony McDaniel, DT, Full (Knee) Probable
Koa Misi, LB, Full (Calf) Probable
Marlon Moore, WR, Full (Neck) Probable
Mike Pouncey, C, Full (Knee/Ankle) Probable
Paul Soliai, DT, Full (Ankle/Elbow) Probable
Olivier Vernon, DE, Full (Knee) Probable

Fantasy Big Plays

Seahawks: Defense

It is hard to narrow down the good fantasy plays against the Dolphins' defense. While starting a running back isn't the best option against the Dolphins, Marshawn Lynch has been defense-proof this season. 

Miami's pass defense has been suspect, making Russell Wilson, Sidney Rice and Golden Tate worth consideration as well.

But this week the game will be about Seattle's defense. They suffered a huge letdown in their last road game, and Gus Bradley's unit will want to prove they are elite on the road as well as at home.

The Dolphins' offensive line has struggled this season. Seattle is a top-five sack unit this season with 28 so far. They had just 33 all of 2011.

Ryan Tannehill has only been sacked 19 times, but he's been pressured in recent weeks. Seattle will add to that total.

Projected Stats: three sacks, two turnovers, 10 points allowed

Dolphins: Defense

The Dolphins are a young team with a lot of promise, but Seattle's defense creates difficulty for the offense. The corners are great in press coverage but can be beat by smaller receivers that are more nimble and blazing fast.

Neither of those descriptions works well for Bess or Hartline.

Seattle's run defense is one of the best in the NFL so long as they aren't facing Adrian Peterson or Frank Gore.

But their offensive line will cave to pressure at times. Russell Wilson has made a few errors on the road and provided a defensive touchdown for the New York Jets two weeks ago.

Projected Stats: thee sacks, one turnover, 24 points allowed

Key to Victory

Seattle's passing game vs. Miami's secondary

Critics are quick to point out that Russell Wilson and his offense are last in passing yards. That is largely by design, though, as Seattle has relied on their ground game to power its offense.

Wilson has been able to accumulate passing yards through the air against some of the poorer pass defenses in the league. He hit the New England Patriots for 293 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

He also had three touchdowns and 173 yards on 16-of-24 passing against the Vikings.

Miami is ranked 27th in the NFL, allowing 266 passing yards a game.

Sidney Rice is a threat as a No. 1 receiver, and Golden Tate has been productive over the last month. The Dolphins secondary will have to step up to keep this game from getting out of hand early.


The Dolphins have been struggling on offense as of late. The line hasn't been providing adequate protection, and receiving targets won't match up well with the Seahawk secondary.

Miami has limited opposing ground attacks, but at least part of that is the ease in which offenses have been able to move the ball through the air. 

Seattle will remind everyone they can win on the road on Sunday.

Final Score: Seattle 24, Miami 10

Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.


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