Seattle Seahawks (3-0)
vs. Miami Dolphins (1-2)
10 a.m. | Hard Rock Stadium | Miami
TV: FOX | Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: NFL Game Pass
Live updates: Seahawks vs. Dolphins
Final: Seahawks 31, Dolphins 23
Wilson 24-34 for 360 yards and two TDs and it's going to feel like his worst game of the season.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 4, 2020
Carson adds another TD
Carson his second TD of the game and Seattle up 31-15 with four minutes left. Looking good for just the second 4-0 start in team history.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 4, 2020
Seahawks hit quick TD
Dolphins add another FG
Third and 10 and Seattle blitzes and Dolphins pick it up and get the first down.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 4, 2020
Adam Jude's third-quarter thoughts
Well, he is human after all.
Russell Wilson threw his first truly bad pass of the season, and it was intercepted in the end zone. The Seahawks had a chance to really start to pull away after an impressive drive to open the second half — marching to the Miami 6-yard line.
That’s when Wilson came under pressure, jumped and threw off-balance — and had his pass intended for DK Metcalf on a slant intercepted by Xavien Howard.
Through three quarters, Wilson is 19-for-29 for 263 yards with one touchdown and one interception. On the season, he has a 15-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio this season.
How tough is Chris Carson?
The star running back initially appeared to suffer a significant knee injury late in the victory over Dallas last week. Turns out, he’s all right.
And against Miami today, he took a scary helmet-to-helmet hit in the second quarter — it appeared he might have been knocked unconscious — and was evaluated for a concussion.
Turns out, he’s all right.
Carson returned to open the third quarter with three carries in the opening drive of the second half. He has 10 carries for 43 yards and a first-quarter touchdown.
Bend, don't break
The defense has been OK. It’s been better than it was in the first three games, anyway.
This is a bend-but-don’t-break defense — playing soft coverage, with a keep-the-ball-in-front-of-you mentality. And it’s working well enough. The Seahawks haven’t allowed any plays more than 22 yards, and stopping those big plays had to be priority No. 1 for this defense after so many issues vs. the Cowboys last week.
The Dolphins haven’t scored a touchdown, having to settle so far for four field goals. It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Seahawks lead 17-12 entering the fourth.
End of third: Seahawks 17, Dolphins 12
Another Dolphins FG
Defense has given up some yards but no play of longer than 22, which was a huge emphasis of Carroll's this week. Bending but not breaking.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 4, 2020
Myles Gaskin once broke all my racing records at the Alderwood Boys & Girls Club. Look at us now.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) October 4, 2020
Wilson picked in the end zone
Chris Carson returns after big hit in first half
Seahawks running back Chris Carson, who was injured on a tackle last week against Dallas, left the game Sunday against the Dolphins and was evaluated for a concussion.
Fortunately for Seattle, he reentered the game in the third quarter.
Carson fumbled on a hit by Miami linebacker Elandon Roberts and left the game to be evaluated by team doctors. He missed the end of the first half, when Travis Homer caught a Russell Wilson touchdown pass, then returned at the beginning of the second half.
Carson had to leave the Cowboys game last week with a knee injury after a tackle and leg-twisting by Trysten Hill, who was fined $6,522 for the hit. But he did not suffer a significant injury, and while he was listed as questionable for the game against Miami, he practiced fully Friday and started the game.
Bob Condotta's halftime thoughts
What a big swing before the half
Seattle is still obviously not out of the woods in this one. But what a big swing that was with Russell Wilson using his legs to create a 57-yard pass to David Moore.
Just more proof of what a quick-strike offense this has become and how many good things can happen at a moment's notice when the ball is in Wilson's hands.
Miami was right back in the game. But now Seattle has a 17-9 lead which history says may be insurmountable.
The Seahawks are 58-0 since 2012 when carrying a lead of four or more into halftime.
Seattle finally fails in red zone
Aggression is great when it works. But it can lead to questions when it doesn't.
Depending on how this plays out, some may question Seattle going for it on fourth and three at the Miami 18, ahead 10-6. Wilson was sacked when backup right tackle Cedric Ogbuehi was beaten and it turned into the first time this season the Seahawks had failed to score a touchdown on a drive into the red zone.
But the big drive at the end make make the fourth-down failure a moot point.
New-look secondary hanging in
There was lots of reason to worry about the secondary with all of the injury issues. And Seattle has given up a fair share of yards -- 176 to Ryan Fitzpatrick.
But the interception on the first drive has been the difference in the game and is symbolic of a defense that has done a nice job making some plays on balls so far, though you wish K.J. Wright had been able to hang on to the two he had his hands on.
Seattle is going to have to keep that up in the second half though with the Dolphins set to go even more into pass-every-down mode.
Halftime: Seahawks 17, Dolphins 9
Seahawks secure late touchdown
Travis Homer, back home in Miami, with a TD grab on a Russell Wilson missile. Seahawks 17, Dolphins 9.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) October 4, 2020
Chris Carson update
Defense holds as Dolphins add another FG
First time Seattle fails in red zone this season. Had been 10-10.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 4, 2020
Chris Carson injured
Dolphins tack on 3 more
Another FG for the Dolphins.— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) October 4, 2020
🏈 Sanders from 29 yards
📍 8 plays, 64 yards
Q2 | Seahawks 10, Dolphins 6 https://t.co/mCjHmhRbQ2
KJ Wright again playing SAM LB and getting his hands on some passes but will be mad he hasn't caught them.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 4, 2020
Adam Jude's first-quarter thoughts
Ryan Neal's unlikely story continues
You knew the Seahawks’ defense made a big upgrade at safety this offseason — it’s just that no one predicted that that safety was Ryan Neal.
With Jamal Adams (groin) out, Neal has been the best player on the Seahawks defense. And this, remember, was a player promoted from the practice squad just last weekend — just in time to make the game-clinching interception in the end zone against the Cowboys.
Neal then had another interception today on the fourth snap of the day — a leaping catch after Cody Barton tipped the pass high in the air. Ryan Fitzpatrick was hit by the Seahawks’ Benson Mayowa as he released the throw.
The Seahawks nearly got a second interception later in the first quarter, but K.J. Wright couldn’t hang on to the leaping attempt.
The Seahawks led 10-3 at the end of the first quarter — so a pretty good start for a Seattle defense decimated by injuries.
Speaking of Adams — he says he’s locked in while watching from home:
Russell Wilson finished the first quarter 7 for 11 for 107 yards. Two of those incompletions were drops — from DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, of all people — and one was a throwaway.
Yep, yep, Russ is cookin’ again.
As good as Metcalf has been so far this season — and he’s been really, really, really good — we can all see clearly there is one area for improvement still: his hands.
He dropped a sure first down throw from Wilson midway through the first quarter. Granted, he took a mighty hit from Miami safety Bobby McCain, but what makes elite receivers elite is they consistently make those plays.
McCain, by the way, was being evaluated for a concussion after that hit on Metcalf.
End of first: Seahawks 10, Dolphins 3
DK Metcalf looks like Kam Chancellor with that dark visor, and just as menacing.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) October 4, 2020
Seahawks score first off turnover
Chris Carson is an absolute tank.— Sean Quinton (@Quinton_Sean) October 4, 2020
Seahawks open with INT
Ryan Neal: All he does is intercept.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) October 4, 2020
Just as everyone expected, the All-Pro safety is making a difference for the Seahawks defense this season. (Ryan Neal with his second pick in his last five defensive snaps.)— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) October 4, 2020
Seahawks announce inactives
Can Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense keep carrying the defense?
Sunday marks the Seahawks’ first game in Miami since Nov. 25, 2012, a day that also stands as maybe the last time — if not the only time — people seriously questioned where things were headed for Seattle under Pete Carroll.
A last-play 24-21 loss in a game the Seahawks were favored to win dropped Seattle to 6-5 on the season and further clouded the team’s playoff hopes.
And nearing the end of his third season Carroll left Miami that day with just a 20-23 record with the Seahawks.
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