Seattle Seahawks, one of the favorites to win the next Super Bowl, started their 2016-17 NFL season with a 12-10 victory against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. However, should they be worried?
The Seahawks registered a rather ugly win after punting the football on six occasions during their first 11 possessions, followed by two turnovers, followed by another TO over on downs before a pair of field goals.
At the time of the match-winning play, the Seahawks trailed by four and struggling to find rhythm on offense.
The Seahawks’ inability to extend drives must be a worrying factor of coach Pete Carroll.
Also, Seattle struggled to buckle down defensively, allowing Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill an 86-yard touchdown with 4:08 left in the game which gave Miami a 10-6 lead in the fourth quarter.
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Seattle Seahawks: Time to panic?
The Sehawks escaped with a narrow victory but their overall performance must give their coaching staff enough to worry about before Week 2.
The Dolphins actually had plenty of opportunities to make Seattle pay for its lackluster defense. This TSN report aptly explained all of Miami’s missed chances.
“Miami missed on three great scoring chances. On fourth-and-1 at the Seattle 17 in the first quarter, Tannehill tried to draw the Seahawks offside before handing off to Arian Foster, who was stuffed at the line of scrimmage.
“On their next series, Kenny Stills got free behind Seattle’s secondary only to drop what would have been a sure touchdown. And in the third quarter, Andrew Franks’ 27-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Cassius Marsh.”
And that’s why new Dolphins coach, Adam Gase, came away from his debut game with a few regrets about his team’s performance.
“I thought our defence did a great job, had us in the position that we were in. I was just more irritated with the fact that we couldn’t help them on the other side of the ball,” the Dolphins coach said after the defeat.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill had a particularly good outing with a stat line of 16 of 29 for 186 yards, but his receivers failed to convert points despite two drives inside the Seattle 20.
The Seattle Seahawks (1-0) will next face the Los Angeles Rams next weekend in an away game.