The Miami Dolphins are back at home Sunday, as they take their 4-4 mark into battle vs the Seattle Seahawks, who come out struggling at 2-6. Miami is coming off a big road win a week ago in Dev, where they used a solid day from Chad Pennington, who went 23-for-40 for 281 yards with an interception, and a good day from their defense, who had a pick six and a held Jay Cutler and company in check.
The Seahawks continue to be a shell of a team that has owed the NFC West the past few seasons. At 2-6, they have major issues on both sides of the ball and they have a lot of injury issues. They got off to a great start last week with a TD pass on their first play, but from there never scored again and lost at home to the Eagles.
The Fins will look to run and run early vs a Hawks D that seems to give up yards in bunches. They are ranked 27th in the league, and the 9th ranked Dolphins offense should be able to move on them quite a bit. Ronnie Brown didn’t have a big day vs Denver, but still is having a great season with 465 yards and 8 TDs. It will be interesting to see if the “Wildcat” formation comes into play.
Pennington will also test the Hawks secondary. He is having a solid year as well for the .500 Fins, and will look to get the ball to wide outs Greg Camarillo and Ted Ginn Jr. The former first round pick Ginn has been dangerous as of late, and finally seems to be showing that promise that made the Dolphins take him as high as they did in last years NFL Draft.
The Hawks have done little right this year, and at 2-6 need a good outing from their defense to take the pressure off of Seneca Wallace, who will need to have some time to throw and then have a good game from that O-line to open up some holes to run the ball and keep that Dolphins defense guessing. Seattle is putting up 114 yards per game on the ground.
Miami is playing well though on D, and with Joey Porter having his best season in years, it is hard to imagine Seattle coming on the road and being able to pull off the upset. Look for Miami to go hard after the Hawks second to last secondary in the league, and pull off another solid win to move to 5-4.