It wasn’t pretty, but the Seahawks are still unbeaten, improving to 4-0 on the season with a 31-23 road win over the Miami Dolphins. Seattle’s defense kept Ryan Fitzpatrick and Miami’s offense out of the end zone until the final minutes of the game, holding the Dolphins to five field goals through three-plus quarters.
The game was close throughout until the Seahawks scored a pair of touchdowns to make it a comfortable victory.
Here are three immediate takeaways:
1. Seahawks offense is human after all, but still clutch
Seattle’s offense certainly cooled after a torrid three-week stretch to open the season. And yet, the Seahawks still put up 31 points and could have had much more. Seattle had a failed fourth down attempt in the first half from the Dolphins 18-yard line. Russell Wilson also threw an interception in the end zone on a play that began from Miami’s 6-yard line.
The Seahawks finest moment came at the end of the first half. Seattle got the ball back with :24 left in the second quarter and two timeouts. A 57-yard bomb to David Moore led to Travis Homer’s 3-yard touchdown catch with :03 left in the half. Moore came up clutch in the fourth quarter as well with a pretty toe-tap 17-yard touchdown catch in the back right corner of the end zone. That made it a two-score game and Seattle never looked back.
Wilson finished the game with 360 yards, two touchdowns and the pick. DK Metcalf had 106 yards on four catches. Tyler Lockett was held without a catch for the first three quarters but caught two passes for 39 yards in the fourth.
Chris Carson, despite leaving the game briefly to get checked for a concussion, returned and racked up 80 rushing yards and two touchdowns. They were his first two rushing scores of the season. The second, a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter, put the game on ice. It was an impressive game from Carson after suffering a scary knee sprain just a week prior.
2. Alton Robinson, Ryan Neal are defensive heroes once again
These two made crucial plays once again for Seattle’s defense. With Miami facing 3rd-and-3 from the Seahawks 9-yard line, trailing by just five points in the fourth quarter, Robinson tackled Myles Gaskin for a 2-yard loss to preserve Seattle’s lead. He also had a quarterback hit. He’s been fantastic over the last two weeks after spending the first two games as a healthy inactive.
Neal now has interceptions in back-to-back games. He followed up his game-sealing pick against Dak Prescott and the Cowboys with another takeaway on the game’s opening possession. Alton Robinson hit Fitzpatrick on the play, causing a wobbly pass. Cody Barton then tipped the ball up into the air and Neal came down with it. Neal also had a massive hit against Gaskin that resulted in a PBU. It was Neal's first-career start as he played in place of Jamal Adams (groin).
3. Shaquill Griffin and K.J. Wright also shine for defense
Griffin, like Neal, now has interceptions in consecutive games. He picked off Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter, a takeaway that led to Chris Carson’s game-sealing 1-yard touchdown run. Griffin said before the season that he wanted to emphasize getting his hands on more footballs in 2020. Thus far, he’s doing well in that department.
Wright was everywhere against the Dolphins. He blew up multiple screen passes and finished the game with eight tackles. Wright also had three pass breakups, which was impressive, however he’ll be disappointed that he didn’t grab one of them for an interception. All three were catchable to varying degrees of difficulty.
Odds and ends:
-- Bobby Wagner had a game-high 12 tackles.
-- DeeJay Dallas got his first-career touches. He had two carries for eight yards and two receptions for 15 yards.
-- The Seahawks didn't have an accepted penalty against them. One flag, a personal foul against Quandre Diggs, was wiped out as the Dolphins also had a penalty on the play.