DATE: Sunday, Nov. 25
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
SITE: Sun Life Stadium
TV: FOX (Chris Myers, play-by-play; Tim Ryan, analysis; Jamie Maggio, sidelines)
SERIES RECORD: Miami leads 9-4 (including playoffs)
AT MIAMI Dolphins lead 6-2
AT SEATTLE: Dolphins lead 3-2
LAST MEETING: 2008 at Miami; Dolphins 21, Seahawks 19
SERIES TREND: The teams have met only 13 times since Seattle joined the NFL in 1976, but three of those meetings came in the playoffs. The Dolphins have won four of their last five games against Seattle. You can probably count on a close game, considering eight of the last nine meetings were decided by seven points or less.
SERIES HIGHLIGHT: The last meeting may have been one of the turning points in the Dolphins’ magical run to the AFC East title in 2008. After starting the season 0-2, the Dolphins finally got over the .500 mark (at 5-4) with their victory against Seattle, which was secured after safety Yeremiah Bell broke up a late two-point conversion attempt and the defense later made one last stand.
SEAHAWKS’ RECORD: 6-4
LAST GAME: Won at home vs. New York Jets, 28-7
OVERVIEW: Even though they don’t generate nearly as much publicity as other teams in the NFC, the Seahawks most definitely are in the thick of the playoff race. Much has been made of their struggles on the road, and while it’s true that they’re only 1-4 away from Seattle, it should be noted that all of the losses were by seven points or less.
THE SEAHAWKS’ STRENGTH ON OFFENSE: Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has received a lot of attention this season, but the clear star on offense is running back Marshawn Lynch. The former first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills already has rushed for 1,005 yards on the season and he’ll come to Sun Life Stadium carrying a streak of four consecutive 100-yard games.
THE SEAHAWKS’ QUESTION MARK ON OFFENSE: While Wilson has played well as a rookie, particularly in recent weeks, Seattle doesn’t do much damage with its passing game. In fact, the Seahawks are ranked last in the league in pass offense at 174.8 yards per game.
THE SEAHAWKS’ STRENGTH ON DEFENSE: Seattle has the biggest secondary in the league with oversized cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman along with safety Kam Chancellor, and it’s also one of the best. Safety Earl Thomas, the only starting DB under 6-3, is an elite playmaker and another major reason opposing quarterbacks have combined for only a 73.8 passer rating against the Seahawks.
THE SEAHAWKS’ QUESTION MARK ON DEFENSE: Seattle’s defense, while not as publicized as those in Chicago or San Francisco, doesn’t have a lot of holes. The Seahawks are only ranked 21st in run defense, but that’s the result of two bad outings against San Francisco and Minnesota. In each of their other eight games, the Seahawks held their opponents to 87 yards rushing or less.
THE SEAHAWKS’ STRENGTH ON SPECIAL TEAMS: Part of Seattle’s winning formula has been a nice contribution from the kicking game. Former Jets returner Leon Washington doesn’t have a touchdown on the season, but he does have an 83-yard kickoff return and a 52-yard punt return. Punter Jon Ryan is averaging almost 50 yards, with an impressive net average of 42.5. And kicker Steve Hauschka has made 15 of his 18 field goal attempts — one kick was blocked and another miss was from 61 yards out.
THE SEAHAWKS’ QUESTION MARK ON SPECIAL TEAMS: As with the defense, there isn’t a glaring weakness on special teams. If we have to pick something, the Seahawks are ranked only 18th in punt return average allowed — even though they haven’t given up a return longer than 38 yards.