Game Preview: Seahawks looking for first win in Miami since 1996

Game Preview: Seahawks looking for first win in Miami since 1996
Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on November 25, 2012. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

SEATTLE — Oct. 6, 1996 -- John Friesz made the start at quarterback, second-year wide receiver Joey Galloway had two touchdowns and Russell Wilson was a month shy of his eighth birthday the last time the Seahawks won a game in Miami.

Seattle will try to change that when they take on the Dolphins this Sunday.

The Seahawks are 3-0 for just the seventh time in franchise history, and the first time since 2013, thanks to a fourth-quarter comeback led by Wilson over the Dallas Cowboys last weekend.

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Wilson threw five touchdowns for the second straight game in Sunday’s win.

His 14 touchdowns are an NFL record in a quarterback’s first three games of a season, and his 139.0 quarterback rating is the best in the NFL.

While the Seahawks have been rolling on offense, they’ve struggled defensively over the first three games. Seattle is giving up an average of 497.3 yards per game, good for last in the NFL.

To make matters worse, the Seahawks may be without starting safety Jamal Adams this Sunday as he continues to deal with a groin injury suffered last week.

The Seahawks will have to rely on the veteran leadership of All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner as they look to turn things around on defense against a very young Dolphins team.

The Dolphins come into Sunday’s game with the advantage of having had extra days off coming off last week’s 31-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football.

Despite drafting former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Dolphins are riding with the veteran leadership of 37-year-old quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter.

Many Seahawks fans are familiar with the Dolphins starting running back, second-year pro Myles Gaskin, who starred at O’Dea High School before posting four straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons at the University of Washington.

The Dolphins are going through a rebuild under second-year head coach Brian Flores and have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL. However, that doesn’t mean they wont be up for the test against the Seahawks on Sunday.

With both a rest and travel advantage and a limited number of fans in the stands, the Dolphins will present a number of challenges for a banged-up Seahawks team.