The Seahawks eked out a 12-10 win despite predictable offensive line struggles over Miami at home in Week One.
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You could see this coming a mile away. With another experimental offensive line to start 2016, the Seahawks suffered another blow when head coach Pete Carroll revealed that capable rookie offensive lineman Germain Ifedi would be inactive against Miami.
Predictably, the offensive line struggled against the Dolphins’ expensive, star-studded defensive line, headed by Ndomukong Suh, and needed a last minute drive to pull out a 12-10 win at home. Suh stepped on Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson’s ankle (non-intentionally, it appears, but you never know with a dirty player like Suh) in the third quarter. He played hurt the rest of the game, and struggled. He threw a career-high 43 times in the win, gaining only 258 yards while tossing an interception and fumbling once. His four carries went for only 16 yards.
Despite the injury, Wilson appeared to be expecting to play in Week Two against the Rams in L.A. He tweeted this earlier today:
He is listed as questionable for the NFC West showdown next week. There is no way to tell at this point if he’ll play.
The defense held the Miami Dolphins to only 214 total yards and harassed Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Tannehill into only 16 completions in 29 attempts for 186 yards. He scored running the ball to cap off an 86-yard drive, representing the only signs of life offensively for Miami.
The Seahawks’ defense had to hold on at the end for a final stop to put an end to the game and cling to their two-point lead Russell gave the team by tossing a two-yard touchdown pass to receiver Doug Baldwin with less than a minute left. It was another excellent performance by the defense, which, like a good starting pitcher in baseball, kept them in the game while their offense struggled.
Christine Michael carried the ball 15 times for 66 yards, three more carries than Thomas Rawls, who gained only 32 yards rushing for the Seahawks.
They will try to get their offense back on track against Jeff Fisher those pesky Rams, this time in Los Angeles for the first time in 21 years.