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The Seahawks haven't beat the Miami Dolphins since 1996 when they won 22-15 at Pro Player Stadium. Last year Seattle opened the season in Miami and were shut out 23-0. This only made the sting worse, because it was also the Dolphins that knocked the Hawks out of the playoffs in a 1999 Wild Card game - a 20-17 Seattle loss in their last game ever played at the Kingdome.

Already one of just six teams in the AFC with a winning record, the Seahawks will find redemption Sunday.

Both teams will try to run the ball and whoever does this best will probably win. Running back Lamar Smith will lead Miami's seventh-ranked rushing attack against Seattle's fifth-ranked run defense. Shaun Alexander will be the go-to guy early for the Hawks and will run against Miami's 16th-ranked rushing defense.

With Matt Hasselbeck back in the lineup after recovering from a groin pull, he won't be asked to scramble around much and make plays, just feed to Alexander. Miami's passing defense ranks fourth in the league so Seattle will try to stay away from challenging the secondary unless they have to.

Quarterback Jay Fiedler has guided an offense that ranks 21st in the league, with seven interceptions and five touchdowns. Fiedler has only been sacked five times in five games. The challenge for Seattle will be to stop Miami on third-down conversions, where their conversion rate is about 45 percent this season.

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