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By Eric Umphrey
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NFL Week #4 – Seahawks vs. Dolphins


October 1, 2020

The Seattle Seahawks find themselves in first place in the NFC West with a perfect 3-0 record. This week they travel to Miami to face the 1-2 Miami Dolphins. This should be an easy win for Seattle even though Seattle is currently ranked last on defense in yards allowed per game and passing yards allowed.

At quarterback for Miami is Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is with his eighth team and is playing in his sixteenth season in the NFL. He has a career record of 56-85-1, and his 2015 season with the Jets was his only winning season. This season, Fitzpatrick is having his best year, completing passes at a seventy-one percent rate over the first three games. For his career, his completion rate is only sixty percent. For Seattle, Russell Wilson continues to put up video game-like numbers in the 2020 season. With five touchdowns last week, he is up to fourteen touchdowns this season, which is an NFL record for total touchdowns after the first three season games. He has absolutely carried this team so far.

Myles Gaskin leads the running game for Miami. If that name sounds familiar to Washington State Cougar fans, it is the same running back the Washington Huskies featured for four seasons. Gaskin is in his second season with the Dolphins and has only one touchdown in ten games for his NFL career. He is averaging four yards per carry and 50.7 yards per game this season. As a team, Miami is averaging one hundred and eight yards per game. Chris Carson could be unavailable this week for Seattle with a first-degree sprain suffered late in last week’s win. This injury could keep Carson out for one to two weeks. If that is the case, then the carries should go to a combination of Carlos Hyde and Travis Homer.

Miami’s receiving corps is led by tight end Mike Gesicki. He leads them in touchdowns with two and yards per game with 58.3. Also of note are wide receiver DeVante Parker, Isaiah Ford. This young core accounts for most of the Dolphins 226.3 yards per game. For Seattle, D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are once again showing they are elite receivers in the NFL.

At kicker, Jason Sanders has been perfect for Miami, going 4-4 in field goals and 6-6 on extra points. For Seattle, Jason Myers has also been perfect. He has made his only field goal attempt and is 14-14 in extra points.


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