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Redskins vs. Dolphins: Pros, cons, and a prediction

Sep 11, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT

Matt Jones vs. Browns

Three reasons why the Dolphins will win:

—From the Redskins’ standpoint it would be a great story if rookie guard Brandon Scherff could battle Ndamukong Suh to a stalemate. But the reality is that, while Scherff may visit many Pro Bowls in the future it is likely that Suh will get the best of him. This will have Kirk Cousins on the run, unable to get rid of the ball quickly and will disrupt the Redskins’ plans to control the game by keeping the ball on the ground.

—Even if Scherff is able to hold his own against Suh the Redskins’ revamped offensive line will have to go up against two other very good defensive linemen in Cameron Wake and Earl Mitchell. Someone is likely to get through frequently.

—Ryan Tannehill has improved every year he’s been in the league. If he takes a step up from last year, when he passed for over 4,000 yards and threw just 12 interceptions in 590 pass attempts, he will be tough to handle. Despite some changes the Redskins’ secondary remains suspect and Tannehill could have a big day

Why the Redskins will win:

—DeSean Jackson can take the top off of a defense. He may play a limited number of snaps as he works his way back into game shape and Kirk Cousins might not always have time to throw deep but it only takes one to change the complexion of a game.

—Matt Jones could be a secret weapon for the Redskins against the Dolphins defensive front. The rookie running back may not do to well slamming into the line. But he is also good catching passes out of the backfield and he has great feet when he’s out in space. A good way to beat the pass rush would be for Kirk Cousins to flip the ball to him about half a dozen times and see what he can do.

—Tannehill cut down on the number of sacks he took, from 58 in 2013 to 46 last year. That’s a solid improvement but it’s still in the bottom third in the league. Ryan Kerrigan, Jason Hatcher, Preston Smith, and Trent Murphy could have their shots at the quarterback. If they hit home it could be a long day for Tannehill.


This is a winnable game for the Redskins even though the Dolphins are probably the better team. In a game where defenses should dominate a deep pass or two to Jackson or a big gain on a swing pass by Jones could tilt the balance.

But the Redskins aren’t ready to win a game like this. The matchup reminds me of the Redskins playing the Texans a year ago. They didn’t play horribly but Houston had a dominant defensive lineman in J.J. Watt who disrupted things just enough and Washington made just enough mistakes (giving up a blocked punt and a block extra point and losing two fumbles in Houston territory) to lose. I am not yet convinced that the Redskins are immune from such gaffes.

Dolphins 24, Redskins 17

  1. babyteal1 - Sep 11, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Give a dog a bone Rich….HTTR

  2. colmac69 - Sep 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Been away for few wks so just catching up on what’s bn happening and how pre season has went

    Life certainly not dull with washington for per usual the qb change has polarised opinion.

    First impressions of defense would suggest they gonna b tough to run against.however pass defense and pass rush still doesn’t look for offense rookie Jones looks the part.hopefully him and morris can have a productive season. Big question how cousins performs.I didn’t mind a few ints it was how he reacted after ints that was problem for thing he will do is help o-line…go back to last yr and look how o-line performed when he was qb…it actually played this is cousins last chance to show he can b franchise qb.need reed to stay healthy as well.

    Most people,fans and pundits alike,have us done for btwn two and six wins.with some gd play and some gd luck I think we get six to eight wins and have qb that we could rely on in future then that would b success

    Always gd to be back amongst fellow redskin fans.enjoy the season ahead and here hoping for successful season

  3. skinsdiehard - Sep 11, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    That was with RG3 at QB and Haslett at D-coordinator. Suh is not better than J.J. Watt. The Texans running game and receivers were better than the Dolphins are now. Dude, please. Skins 24, Dolphins 10.

    • skinsdiehard - Sep 11, 2015 at 4:34 PM

      This is Sparta, er…..D.C.!!

    • jamari - Sep 11, 2015 at 6:01 PM

      haha you wish the redskins would score that much, desean Jackson is the only player on that team that is truly relevant.

    • reach4succeed - Sep 11, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      Absolutely!!!! Skins defeat the tana fish.

    • leonardkirby - Sep 12, 2015 at 5:53 AM

      HAIL HTTR, we win, Capital Punishment is back in D.C. You can praise the Dolphins Defense,but ours is better. Ryan Tannyhill will not have a good day, He WILL be sacked,hit,rattled,confused,hurried. Dolphins D is yogurt and we are Pot Roast.
      Skins 34 Dolphins 17

  4. davem23 - Sep 11, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Anyone want to buy my tickets to the game, it seems hopeless.

  5. lorcanbonda - Sep 11, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Last year, the team looked completely unprepared from the first kickoff. Of all the things, that needs to be improved this year. Everyone knows that the Dolphins have Suh & Wake — the skins need to show that they game planned for them. If the plan is “Scherff is just going to have to hold him every play”, then we’re in trouble.

  6. renhoekk2 - Sep 11, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    If they can’t beat an 8-8 team at home, what games are they going to win? I guess that means they won’t win any divisional games either. I would say PHI, DAL, and NYG are all better than MIA. We didn’t beat STL or TB last season, why this season? Looks like 0-16 then.

    Unless of course they are good enough to beat a very mediocre MIA team at home. 27-24 Skins.

    • jamari - Sep 11, 2015 at 5:58 PM

      you obviously don’t know football, kirk cousins loves to turnover the ball, no way the redskins score that much on Miami’s defense

      • Johnny B. - Sep 11, 2015 at 8:23 PM

        I don’t care who gets pissed off here. Grudens play calling caused most of Cousins ints. Getting away from the run game too early and putting the game in Kirk’s hands with all of the pass happy plays. Cousins is not Arron Rodgers he was too green to take that many passes. He tried to carry the team and failed. Rookie coaching 101 let your Qb learn and build confidence. Gruden is killing Rg3 and Kirk.

        • Rick H - Sep 12, 2015 at 11:56 AM

          Agreed he was too green and might still be? But he is reading the D better than RG3 so he and Colt are the only hope this year? A better performance from the O line is crucial. The defense will play better. HTTR

    • Michael - Sep 12, 2015 at 12:58 PM

      You sound crazy thinking like that

  7. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Sep 11, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Hope springs eternal. HTTR!

    • wncskinsfan - Sep 11, 2015 at 6:21 PM

      My biggest concern is more Licht than Scherff. that being said, with the right prepartation and execution, this game is winnable. can’t wait to watch HTTR!

  8. richard reusch - Sep 11, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Let’s go fins beat them ‘skins

    • reach4succeed - Sep 11, 2015 at 9:51 PM

      Let’ s go Skins can the tuna fish!!!!

  9. sidepull - Sep 11, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Our TE vs their TE. I swear they got a big cat at TE and I do not want to see Perry Riley trying to cover that dude one on one. Same for the Phins. Reed is going to be a big factor, nice to dump off to Jones sure, but Reed stays healthy and has a nice game. Its going to take 24 points to win this game if the Redskins can keep it close. Redskins 24 Dolphins 23.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 11, 2015 at 8:42 PM

      Perry Riley playing Mike in the 3-4 Under should not be covering TEs much if any this season. His roll in this defense is expected to be for physical facing off more against lineman and blitzing more than in the past. Of course this is suggestive base on what is being reported on how the 3-4 is normally used under Barry.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 11, 2015 at 10:01 PM

        Sorry that’s the Jack position not the Mike that Perry will play. if I understand the scheme correctly, Riley’s coverage will be the player coming from out of the backfield.

        • gasngo14 - Sep 12, 2015 at 9:07 AM

          you don’t know jack!

  10. kenlinkins - Sep 11, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    IMO when your team is a bit over matched (i.e. Dolphin’s D-line vs. Redskins O-Line) it is up to the coach to “game plan” a way to even things up. If Coach Gruden can use the quick / short passing game on first & 2nd down early it could keep the Dolphins off balance and keep the Redskins in the game early, which is the key. If he try’s to just power run the ball early gaining less then 2 yards (like in the preseason) the Redskins will have a lot of 3 and outs, poor field position and a tried Defense before the half. Either the Dolphin’s walk away with this early (i.e. 38 to 10) or it turns into one of the ugly games with a lot of punts, Field Goals, dropped passes, sacks, fights, and turns on a late drive by the Redskins to win 22-17. I find this game very hard to handicap due to all the changes with the Redskins, but if the Redskins can avoid the early mistakes and find a play maker on defense, it wins on Sunday, if not they lose big.

    • shermanp79 - Sep 12, 2015 at 11:30 AM

      That is what the west coast offense is…..quick and short passes. He needs to get Thompson and Jones in early so they can dump the ball off too. The screen plays will help free things up. We are too predictable with Morris. (it will be interesting if he struggles again this year) in the game. Look at Balt game, once Thompson and Jones got in, we started moving the ball. Let the game dictate the RB rotation. It works great in NE.

      This game will not be a blowout by MIA. I think we win 27-17 Both teams hit one deep but our defense shuts down their run. We sack Tannenhill a few times and cause a couple turnovers.

      Cousins hits Jackson and either Jones or Thompson out of the backfield. Our run game gets a boost with some speed. The running game opens up in the 4th quarter to finish the game out.

      Who knows until it happens but I’m going with thinking positive and think this season starts off with a BANG!!

  11. goback2rfk - Sep 11, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Suh and Wake are going to destroy the below average Skins offensive line. Its going to be a blood bath. Forced fumbles, INT’s galore, 3rd and long sacks.


    Miami: 31
    Redskins: 17

  12. redskinscaio - Sep 11, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    I agree with Rich.

    Also, the Redskins’ weakness? Interior offensive line. Dolphins’ strength? Interior defensive line. Redskins are in trouble. I see a couple of 3 and outs to start the game, and then Kirk will grow frustrated, force a pass and throw a pick early in the second quarter. Redskins go into the half with 3 points.

    A key to the game for me will be whether the Redskins run the ball on 3rd and short and 3rd and mediums with Jones and Morris.

  13. celeoinc - Sep 12, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    This is football. It’s supposed to distract you so why be so pessimistic. Why people always assume that the other teams don’t have issues. Miami offensive line is not that special and their left tackle who is very good will play basically without have practiced the entire offseason. Their linebackers are very weak. This game can go either way.

  14. Agent Smith - Sep 12, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    We have a rookie and a second year tackle on the right side. We’re gonna get blown up. Suh and Wake are licking their chops at this game. My prediction isn’t as close. I see the Redskins unable to move beyond the 50 yard line until late in the 2nd quarter. Lots of three-and-outs. Defense will get pounded.

    Final score Dophins 44, Redskins 7

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 12, 2015 at 5:45 PM

      Well with the many ways that the Redskins could give points to the team that wears pajamas to games; I hate to say but it could get that bad. I think that is the extreme side. However, with serious questions about our coverage team and the overall propensity for huge amounts of turnovers, it’s not a crazy possibility.

  15. crazydolfin87 - Sep 12, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    This Is not a winnable game for the skins stop lying the have no advantage over Miami blow out!

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 12, 2015 at 5:41 PM

      This is cute. Dolphins fans have recently rediscovered their Dangly Bites. You still have a long way to go as a team to be even considered formidable. As bad as the Redskins may be, I still fear the mediocre Rams and Giants far more than your team. Archives

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