Seattle Seahawks: 5 Bold predictions for Week 4 vs. Dolphins

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)
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DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

The 3-0 Seattle Seahawks face the unpredictable Miami Dolphins in Week 4.

The Seattle Seahawks hold a growing lead in the NFC West and could advance to 4-0 for the first time since 2013 with a win against the 1-2 Miami Dolphins. After ripping off four consecutive wins to start the season in 2013, Seattle went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII. This Seahawks team isn’t as talented but they are among the top two title contenders in the NFC.

The Dolphins are a below-average team, but they’re well-coached and play hard for Brian Flores. Over the past several seasons, Seattle dipped its level of play to weaker opponents and struggled with trap games. A true title contender won’t mess around with Miami. Look for Russell Wilson’s team to come out firing on Sunday.

And with that, let’s make five bold predictions for the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4.

5. D.K. Metcalf goes over 130 yards

Remind me why Metcalf fell to the second-round last year? I don’t hear any complaints about his route running or injury history now. The 22-year-old all-world athlete is averaging 24.8 yards per reception and 99 yards per game this season. He’s also racked up three touchdowns and would’ve had four if not for a humbling moment against the Dallas Cowboys.

Silly mistakes aside, Metcalf is the league’s premier deep threat. He won’t repeat the immature move he pulled against Dallas again. All young players have their mental lapses. The key is that Metcalf learns from his mistake and doesn’t get into his victory trot before the race is over next time.

At 6-4, 229 pounds with a 4.33-second 40-yard dash, Metcalf falls in the same elite athletic class as Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones. He’s an incredible prospect with the potential to go down as an all-time great. Playing with Wilson also benefits Metcalf’s prospects. However, the Ole Miss product needs a season of consistent production before we start having serious discussions about his place among the game’s elite pass-catchers.

The Dolphins paired Byron Jones with Xavier Howard this offseason, forming one of the league’s best cornerback duos on paper. However, Jones might miss the Seattle game with a groin injury, and Howard hasn’t consistently replicated his level of play from his only Pro Bowl season. Howard also lacks the speed to keep pace with Metcalf, who should see several deep strikes come his way.