Dolphins vs Seahawks: A Look Now and Then

Preseason is over and the games finally count!! But the Dolphins may wish their first game of the season was mearly a preseason game, because traveling across the country to play one of the best teams in the NFL is a daunting task.

The Dolphins flew out to Seattle on Thursday to get an early jump on the West Coast time change.  And they will probably need to get an equally early jump on the Seahawks in the game on Sunday, to help them attain a victory.

The Dolphins and Seahawks have played 14 times in their respective histories, with Miami winning 10 of those games, including 2 of 3 playoff contests.

The Dolphins have also done fairly well in their 5 career trips to the Seattle, winning 3 of those games on the Seahawks turf.

Some of the more memorable games played by these teams start with the last time they met in the 2012 regular season.  Both Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson were rookie starting quarterbacks when the Dolphins played host to the Seahawks.  Tannehill threw for 253 yards and a touchdown in Miami’s exciting come back, 24-21 win. 

Another game with a bit more meaning was played between these teams in January of 2000.  Quarterback Dan Marino and the Dolphins traveled to the Kingdome in Seattle for a Wild Card playoff contest.  In that game the Dolphins defense lead by Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor held down Seattle’s offense while QB Dan Marino threw for 196 yards and 1 touchdown.  The Dolphins brought home a 20-17 victory.  That victory also happened to be Marino’s final NFL win.

Going back even further to 1984, in a Divisional Round Playoff game, the Dolphins took apart the Seahawks 31-10 to continue their march to the Super Bowl.  The victory also avenged a Divisional Round Playoff loss to Seattle from the year before.

If all these positive facts make a Dolphin fan confident, there is good reason to heed warning.  The 2016 Seattle Seahawks are not only a playoff contender but a Super Bowl contender as well.

Seasoned Pro Bowl players like Russell Wilson, Jimmy Graham, Cam Chancellor & Richard Sherman will be waiting for the Dolphins, with bad intentions.  The Dolphins will literally be surrounded by sharks, disguised as Seahawks.  And don’t forget the loud, rowdy, Seattle fans which are appropriately called the 12th man for their team.

Yes, the Dolphins have a tall order to fill and lots to prove to themselves and their fans.

Former Dolphins owner Joe Robbie would sometimes quote poets when asked questions by reporters.  One quote written by Robert Frost which was used by Robbie goes “We have promises to keep and miles to go”

I think that describes the 2016 Miami Dolphins…

Fins Up!!

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