The Seattle Seahawks are off to their best start in five years at 6-4, but that is in no way because of their play on the road. They are just 1-4 away from CenturyLink Field this season and are only in the playoff hunt because of their perfect 5-0 home record. If they want to make the postseason, they are going to have to start making hay away from Seattle and this Sunday in Miami against the Dolphins wouldn't be a bad place to start.
The Dolphins aren't a particularly good home team at just 2-2 and are currently experiencing a three-game losing streak so they can be had. Compare that to the Seahawks' two consecutive wins and there is reason to believe that Seattle might be able to get this done on the road.
Seattle is riding the back of their defense, which has been very good, especially against the pass. Teams are averaging just 196.2 yards per game through the air against the Seahawks' third fewest in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Dolphins are just 24th in the NFL in passing offense, so this sets up well for the Seattle defense.
If the Seahawks are going to get a win, though, they will need a good game from Russell Wilson. He has done well to manage the game and minimize mistakes, but the Seahawks are still dead last in the NFL in passing. The Dolphins' pass defense is one of the worst in the NFL, allowing 266.3 yards per game and Wilson needs to take advantage. Even a smart 188 yards, like he has in last week's win over the New York Jets, probably won't be enough. Not on the road. Wilson needs to air it out some and make the Miami secondary pay.
A Dolphins loss will almost certainly knock them out of the playoff race. They are right on the edge of it at 4-6 and one more loss will probably do them in. The Seahawks are thinking completely differently, though, with a win putting pressure on the San Francisco 49rs to win at the redhot New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon or find Seattle right in their rear-view mirror, a half-game back in the NFC West. Things are looking up for Seattle, but they will only stay that way if they can conquer that road beast.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, November 25; 10 a.m. PT
Venue: SunLife Stadium, Miami Gardens, Calif.
TV Distribution Map: The 506
Radio: 710 AM