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Russell Wilson steals win away from Dolphins

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Adam Gase was hired by the Miami Dolphins to turn around the fortunes of a proud franchise. His specialty is offense, but even he would not give his team a passing grade after their 12-10 loss to the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday.

Despite a meager 222 yards of total offense, Miami was in position to upset the Seahawks and send their legions of fans home unhappy. The Dolphins led 10-6 and needed just one more stop to make the long flight home seem a bit shorter.

Seattle had just 277 yards of total offense when they took possession at their own 25 with 4:08 remaining. Miami had sacked quarterback Russell Wilson three times and made things difficult for him and his teammates all day.

Wilson, however, is a winner. He led his team on a 75-yard, 14-play drive that included two fourth-down conversions.

In the end, he had to throw a perfect pass to Doug Baldwin, who was covered, in the corner of the end zone. It marked the 19th time he had engineered such a comeback.

Before Wilson’s heroics, it appeared Ryan Tannehill had led his team on one of his most impressive drives as a Dolphin. He took Miami 86 yards, 82 of which came via the pass, in just over three minutes to take a 10-6 lead with 4:08 left. Then, Wilson crashed the party.

The Dolphins struggled with the running game prior to Gase’s arrival and it struggled again Sunday. Newcomer Arian Foster led the team with 38 yards on 13 carries. Tannehill completed 16 of 29 passes for 186 yards.

To be fair, the Seattle defense is among the league’s best. Gase and offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen have a week to prepare for next week’s game in Foxboro, Massachusetts against the New England Patriots.

Perhaps just a little more offense might be enough next week. New England will not have Tom Brady playing quarterback. He will be serving the second of his four-game suspension and Jimmy Garoppolo will make his second career start.

 

Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at Bob@ramos-sparks.com.

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