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Seahawks take a different path in rolling to 4-0 start

Seahawks take tried and true route to victory

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Miami Dolphins strong safety Bobby McCain (28) takes Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) near the end zone, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Miami Dolphins strong safety Bobby McCain (28) takes Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) near the end zone, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Photo Gallery

SEATTLE — K.J. Wright is one of the few that are still around and can provide the perspective.

He was there in 2013 when the Seattle Seahawks started the season 4-0 on their way to a division title, NFC title and eventually the only Super Bowl victory in franchise history.

Seven years later, he’s still kicking around in his 10th season in the league. And once again, the Seahawks are sitting at 4-0 after Sunday’s 31-23 win at Miami.

But the path in getting to 4-0 in each of those seasons — the only two times in franchise history it has been accomplished — has been completely different.

“That was a while ago. … I guess it’s kind of been flipped,” Wright said. “(Back then) the defense was really balling and shutting teams down. And now it’s just flipped and the offense is looking unstoppable. When we bring both of those together, offense and defense just balling, we’re going to be really hard to beat.”

There was still a lot of Russell Wilson to do with Seattle’s latest victory. He threw two more touchdown passes, giving him 16 for the season and tying Peyton Manning for the most in the first four games. Chris Carson played through a knee injury suffered late last week and rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns.

But unlike the past couple of weeks, Seattle’s defense did its part. Shaquill Griffin had a key fourth-quarter interception that led to Carson’s second TD run. Wright had one of his more active games, finishing with eight tackles, three pass breakups and a forced fumble. Most importantly, a defense that had been allowing big plays throughout the first three weeks allowed just one play of more than 25 yards. It went for 26.

“It was huge. It was a huge step for us,” Griffin said. “I feel like today we came in and we believed more in each other.”

What’s working

Wilson continues to be an equal opportunity distributor in the pass game. Wilson connected with nine different receivers on Sunday. No one had more than the five catches of Greg Olsen. It was the third time in four games Wilson has connected with nine different pass catchers. The only time he hasn’t this season was Week 2 when only seven different players caught passes. That level of distribution is making it difficult for defenses to key on just one option in Seattle’s pass game.

What needs help

The pass rush will continue to be an issue until it finds some success. The Seahawks seemed to blitz less and played more conventional coverages in the pass game. But that meant fewer times getting to Miami QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Seahawks finished with just one sack and only six QB hits.

Injuries

For the first time in a couple of weeks, the Seahawks came out of a game without major injury concerns. The only announced injury was when Carson was being checked for a concussion late in the first half, but he was cleared and returned.

The question now is more when injured players such as Jamal Adams (groin), Quinton Dunbar (knee), Carlos Hyde (shoulder) and Jordyn Brooks (knee) may return.

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