Miami Whips Washington

Timothy Earl September 21, 2015 Comments Off on Miami Whips Washington

Washington RedskinsThe Washington Redskins were derailed by poor special teams play and penalties as they lost their home opener 17-10 to the Miami Dolphins at FedEx Field.

With the score tied at 10-10, the Redskins (0-1) punted to the Dolphins with 10:22 to play in the game. Miami kick returner Jarvis Landry caught the ball and sprinted right down the middle of the field untouched his only move a quick shimmy-shake that left punter Tress Way, the last tackler, going the other way.

The Redskins final game tying drive fell short as they were unable to convert a fourth down at the Miami 20 yard line.

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was 21-31 for 196 yards. He had one touchdown pass and two interceptions. The one in the first half did not hurt but the one in the second half did.

Cousins tried to hit wideout Pierre Garcon along the left sideline at the two-yard line with 7:35 to play. The ball was wrestled away by the Miami defender Brice McCain.

After taking a 10-7 lead at halftime the Skins were shutout in the second half. 11 penalties for 88 yards turned three of the five second half drives into punts.

The bright spots were 161 yards rushing,  all but 40 by starter Alfred Morris on 25 carries who was as steady as ever. The time of possession favored Washington who had the ball for nearly 38 minutes while the Dolphins had the ball for just over 22 minutes.

The total net yards were advantage Washington by nearly 100 yards. The net passing yards were about equal.

The game started well for Washington as they received the opening kickoff and went 53 yards in 12 plays. The drive stalled and kicker Kai Forbath booted a 45-yard field goal to give his team a 3-0 lead with 7:39 to play in the first quarter.

The next two drives went missed field goal and interception. Cousins came back strong after the turnover, leading his team on a 17 play, 88-yard drive which resulted in a four yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Reed with 1:49 to play in the first half and a 10-0 Washington lead.

The Washington defense, which played well, gave up a touchdown right before the half as the Dolphins drove 80 yards in nine plays and scored to make it 10-7 with 27 seconds to play in the first half.

The defense had a chance to make some game-changing plays but dropped two potential interceptions that may have turned that “L” into a “W.”

The Redskins were led in receiving by Reed who had seven catches for 63 yards and one touchdown. Garcon had six receptions for 74 hard-fought yards. Washington deep-threat DeSean Jackson left the game early with a hamstring injury and was not a factor in the game.

Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill went 22-34 for 226 yards and one touchdown. Lamar Miller led the team in rushing with 53 yards on 13 carries.

Landry led the Dolphin receivers with eight catches for 53 yards and one game-changing punt return in a winning effort for the (1-0) Dolphins.