NFL Football

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Seattle 10 7 0 14 31
Miami 3 6 3 11 23
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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 AM MST12:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00 , October 4, 2020
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida  Weather: 86°, Cloudy  Attendance: 12,369

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Seattle Seahawks at Miami Dolphins

  1. The Seahawks are off to a 3-0 start for the seventh time in franchise history and the first time since 2013, a season which ended with them winning Super Bowl XLVIII (48). That season also marks the only time that Seattle remained undefeated after four games.
  2. The Dolphins picked up their first win of 2020 with a 31-13 victory over the Jaguars last Thursday, their largest victory since 2018 (18 points). After a 0-7 start to begin 2019, Miami has gone 6-6.
  3. Miami is 8-4 all-time against Seattle, including 6-1 at home. Each of the five meetings (regardless of location) dating back to 2001 have been decided by seven points or fewer, and each of the last three have been decided by three or fewer.
  4. Russell Wilson is the fifth player in NFL history to throw four or more touchdown passes in three straight games, and the first to do so in the first three games of a season. His 14 touchdown passes are the most through three games of a season in NFL history.
  5. Tyler Lockett caught nine passes for 100 yards and a career-high three touchdowns last week while DK Metcalf had four receptions for 110 yards and a score. They are the only teammate duo this year with 250 or more receiving yards (Metcalf -- 297, Lockett -- 259), and their 556 combined yards are the most of any duo in 2020.
  6. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for two scores and ran for one in Miami's win last week while also completing a career-high 90.0 percent (18/20) of his passes (minimum five attempts). He has completed 71.1 percent of his pass attempts this season after posting a 62.0 completion percentage in his first year as a Dolphin in 2019.
Team Comparison

Seattle
 
Miami
37.0 Points 23.3
308.3 Pass Yds 226.3
118.3 Rush Yds 108.0
6 Takeaways 4
(AP Photo/John Froschauer)

MIAMI (AP) Malcolm Butler won't be available for Brian Flores to send into the game if the Seattle Seahawks get down to the 1-yard line Sunday, and that's not his only worry.

Everything has changed for Flores since the 2015 Super Bowl when he substituted Butler, who made a game-saving interception of Russell Wilson to help the New England Patriots edge Seattle.

"That stuff is in the past," Flores said. "Can't help us now."

Then the Patriots' safeties coach, Flores is now in his second year as the Miami Dolphins' head coach. But Wilson and the Seahawks (3-0) are still a championship-caliber team, which means the Dolphins (1-2) will have their hands full when the teams meet for the first time in four years.

DEFENDING SEATTLE

Flores' order of "Malcolm, go!" sent Butler into the game and into Super Bowl lore. His decision is still fondly remembered in New England, as is the Seahawks' choice of plays.

When asked whether he anticipates that the Seahawks will run or pass in a similar situation Sunday, Flores allowed himself a small smile.

"They can do anything on the 1," he said. "They've got a lot of options."

The bigger issue for Miami is that Seattle can score from anywhere on the field. Wilson leads the NFL with 14 touchdown passes, the most after three games in league history, and the Seahawks have scored 111 points.

Flores' defense is coming off its best performance yet in a 31-13 win at Jacksonville. But Cam Newton and Josh Allen gave the Dolphins fits with both their running and passing, which makes the matchup against the elusive Wilson problematic.

"You've got some guys who extend plays and they're looking to scramble," Flores said. "There are some guys who extend plays who are looking to throw. With Russell Wilson, it can be either-or. He's very good at both."

THIN SECONDARY

Seattle's secondary has been riddled by opposing quarterbacks and by injuries. The Seahawks, who have allowed a league-worst 431 yards per game, will be without strong safety Jamal Adams (groin) and cornerback Quinton Dunbar (knee), both starters.

Backup safety Lano Hill (back) is questionable, and the Seahawks already lost nickel cornerback Marquise Blair for the season. They'll also be without rookie linebacker Jordyn Brooks (knee), who made his first start last week.

"We have to quit making the errors that come from the newness and the guys not being out there together," coach Pete Carroll said. "It has been sloppy at times, and the communication has not been as effective as it needs to be."

CATCHING ON

In the first two weeks, Wilson was more than happy to spread the wealth with his touchdown tosses. But last week against Dallas, Wilson focused on Tyler Lockett, who set a career high with three TD receptions.

Lockett finished with nine catches for 100 yards and is on pace for a 128-catch season.

"We have a quarterback that can figure out a way to run around and just keep the play alive, and you never know when he's going to be able to give it to you," Lockett said.

Lockett isn't alone in having a big start to the season. This week, DK Metcalf can become the third player in league history to start the season with four consecutive games of at least 90 yards receiving and a TD catch.

BUSY BACK

Myles Gaskin, a seventh-round pick from Washington in 2019, has surprisingly beaten out veterans Matt Breida and Jordan Howard to become Miami's No. 1 running back.

Gaskin leads the team with 152 yards rushing and 15 receptions, and he's averaging 4.6 yards per touch after playing little as a rookie.

"Trying not to look bad," he said. "Last year was definitely a learning, humbling experience. It makes you hungry, not playing."

BETTER BLOCKING

The Dolphins are averaging 3.8 yards per rush and have allowed only five sacks. Their improvement over last year in both categories reflects well on a revamped line that includes two rookies, left tackle Austin Jackson and right guard Solomon Kindley.

"Those two have played pretty well thus far," offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said. "They need to continue to improve, which they can. They have the ability to become very good players before it's over."

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AP Sports Writer Tim Booth in Seattle contributed to this report.

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Updated October 2, 2020

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